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Welcome to the Sycamore Class page!



Teacher: Mrs Tucker  
Teaching Assistants: Miss Thorne and Miss Taylor


Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a place where teachers, parents and students can communicate.  It allows parents and children to ask the teachers questions if they are confused about something and for teachers to send out messages to the  whole class with ideas and support.  There are still several parents from both Sycamore and Walnut that have not yet signed up to this service.  I do not want you to feel pressured but it will allow you to contact us easily if you need anything or have any questions.

The login details can  be found in your child's new learning at home book.  If you are having trouble logging on please contact the school and we will help you get started.

Unfortunately you will  need to do this for each child as each  class has a separate dojo.  Please do not feel this means you have to follow the work we are providing.  Class Dojo is purely a way to keep in touch and for you to see any work  your child  has shared with us.  It is not a social  media site and so  you  will  not get bombarded with messages and  adverts.

Sycamore is a Year 5 class at St James Church School

Welcome and thank you for visiting our class page.


We hope the children had a lovely half term and welcome them back to another action-packed term. We are continuing our learning on 'Space' and have lots more to look forward to during this term. Please refer to the Spring Curriculum Overview for more information regarding the topic and what the children still have to look forward to. If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to come and ask one of the Year 5 team. Thanks for your ongoing support.


 PE and Forest School

Sycamore class have PE and forest school on alternate weeks until Easter.  PE lessons will commence on 25th February. Please ensure your child has the correct kit including suitable footwear for both lessons. Now the weather is colder, please make sure your child's kit includes warm clothing as we always aim to have lessons outside on these days. If the correct kit is not in school for these lessons, your child will NOT be able to participate.

Times tables 

Times tables are practised daily in school and tested on a Monday.  Any practice at home will really help to develop maths skills.  There are many website and apps to support learning in this area. Each child now has their own login details for Times Table Rockstar which is an interactive game that helps children with their times table recall. There will be various competitions in school to motivate the children.




Homework each week will continue to comprise of reading, practising of times tables and spellings.  One additional piece of homework will also be sent home each week e.g. maths.   New homework will be given out on a Tuesday and needs to be completed and handed in on a Monday.  Please pop in to see me if you need any support with homework as it is an important part of your child's learning.



All pupils have been set a termly points target on Accelerated Reader and they earn points each time they pass a quiz at school.  Any support that can be given at home with reading is incredibly beneficial - reading together daily, discussing new vocabulary as well as making trips to the library all help. For those children that meet their target, a reading reward will take place at the end of the term.  



Spellings will be given to the children every week on a Wednesday with a test taking place on the following Tuesday. They will also be given a weekly activity to help them to learn the pattern.  In addition to this, each child is working towards their Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum spelling awards which are tested every few weeks.



Spelling Awards

13.2.20 Phases of the Moon- We used Oreos to create a 3D version of the phases of the Moon. We even got to eat the leftovers!

24.1.20- Fruit Solar System. We looked at the relative sizes of the planets using different fruits. We then used toilet paper to look at the distances between the planets on a smaller scale.

23.1.20 RE Day- We spent the day looking at our school values (respect, aspiration, forgiveness, kindness, trust and perseverance) and vision (Love God, Love Others, Love Ourselves). We linked Bible stories and verses to our vision and had a go at acting them out (Good Samaritan, Corinthians and The Creation Story). We then painted a board that represented part of The Good Samaritan story

8.1.20 Space Topic- we made a start to our new expedition by seeing how much we already knew. We had a variety of activities to test our knowledge and to think about what we want to find out.

17.12.19- Mini Police. The Mini Police have been working closely with the local PCSOs and have recently been giving out leaflets to create an awareness on different laws.

4.12.19-Battle of Britain. We looked at the turning point in WW2 and how this affected the outcome. We looked at German and English advantages and the maneuverability of the Spitfire and Messerschmitt.

Sycamore Bible Story Performance- The Story of Abraham and Sarah

28.11.19 Science Investigations. In groups, looked at different variables we could change to affect the amount of time it takes for our 'Sycamore seeds' (spinners) to fall. Groups chose one variable to change and then kept the rest the same making sure that it was a fair test. We then carried out the investigation and recorded our results.

22.11.19 Maths Day- Spatial Reasoning. For our Maths Day we looked at symmetry using Numicon; Tangrams and a 3D cub challenge set by Mrs Carrington. We loved the practical activities and used our perseverance to complete the challenges.

14.11.19- Seed Dispersal. In Science, we learnt about different types of seed dispersal which linked with our topic on forces. We made our own 'exploding seeds' and tested how far they dispersed. We then made our own 'Sycamore seeds' and explored and observed how they fell.

No Pens Wednesday

WW2 Investigator Day

Anderson Shelters- as part of the children's home learning, they researched and built their own Anderson Shelters. We were very impressed with their efforts and the outcomes were absolutely amazing!

Harvest Festival- In preparation for our harvest festival, we made a collage of a tree as a symbol of harvest. We used different mediums such as chalk, water colour paints, charcoal, aritist pencils and pens to create different textures. We held the tree up in church and we read out some of the harvest poems that we wrote.

17.9.19- Joshua Seigal Visit- We were very lucky to have published poet, Joshua Seigal, come to the school today. He performed a variety of his poems, asked questions and did poetry writing workshops with Years 5 and 6. He was great!

Joshua Seigal Performance

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11.9.19- Start to our WW2 topic by pretending to be evacuees. We made name labels and created freeze frames based on some authentic photographs we had been studying.

3.9.19 First Day of Year 5- team building activities

Year 5 2018-19

21.6.19 Values Day- children were slit into their house teams to take part on a carousel of activities (team games, forest school, art and singing). At the end of each activity, children had to think of a collection of words that underpin our school values.

Y5 Trip to Ashford Water Treatment Works- the trip included a nature walk around a reservoir; a tour of the water treatment works; testing water samples and a river study.

Raft Building- inspired by our class book 'The Explorer', we designed and made our own rafts and tested them to see how many 'passengers' (pennies) they could hold. We experimented first by just using a sheet of foil and 1 craft straw.

Year 5 Willow Workshops- children crafted either a butterfly, dragonfly or fish from withies. The finished products were quite impressive!

Maths Day 24.5.19

We had a rockstar themed day to launch our new Times Table Rockstar interactive resource. Each child now has their own TTRockstar login to practise the recall of their times tables.

Year 5 made times table board games which they then played with Year 3. Each year 3 child was given a game, that year 5 had made, to take home.

Science Week

We started off science week with a carousel of activities with years 4 and 5. In Sycamore class, we had a water themed room and had 3 activities to complete: Cartesian Divers, Vortex in a Bottle and Paper Flowers. We had great fun exploring and using our observation and prediction skills.

We continued science week looking more closely at our topic of lifecycles. We drew some botanical drawings of Alstroemeria and Wallflowers; learnt about the different parts of flowers; completed flower dissections and made some junk model flowers.

Water Cycle- Year 5 spent the afternoon setting up 3 experiments to replicate 3 main stages of the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation). We focused on our scientific observational skills which helped to understand what happens at each stage

Friday 26th April 2019 - Today some school forum members took part in the Children’s Parliament at County Hall in Taunton. They spoke about their recent project ‘Eating our way to a better planet’ and explained how they were collecting and recycling crisp packets in the school. They represented the school superbly and spoke confidently in such illustrious surroundings. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and all their hard work paid off with a good presentation.

RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school.

St George's Day- we made dragon eyes in celebration of the legend of St George. We explored different textures with various implements before creating our eye design. We used metallic paints to decorate them once they were dry.

Easter Service

Inspired by the artwork of Peter Thorpe, Year 5 used acrylic paints on canvas to create their own space art.

Book Week 

Freeze frames from Jack and the Beanstalk

World Book Day Vocabulary Parade

We practised our measuring and scaling skills in maths by making giant cookies and smoothies

Performing Jack and the Beanstalk for Year 1

26.2.19- Year 5 began the new half term with a science day. We started by setting up a shadow experiment, which we observed throughout the day. We also played shadow games by attempting to make a variety of shapes. Exploring shock absorption and stability, we designed and made space landers that had to deliver our 'aliens' safely to Earth.