Welcome to the Sycamore Class page!
Teacher: Mrs Tucker
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Lockyer and Miss Taylor
Sycamore is a Year 5 class at St James Church School
Welcome and thank you for visiting our class page.
Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely break over the festive period and welcome you back to another action-packed term. Our new topic is 'Space' and we cannot wait to get started with the learning we have planned. Please refer to the Spring Curriculum Overview for more information regarding the topic and what the children 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.
Sycamore class have PE every week until half term with normal PE lessons commencing on 7th January 2020. Please ensure your child has the correct kit including suitable footwear. Now the weather is getting 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.
Dates to remember this term:
Monday 6th January- INSET day
Thursday 23rd January- Whole School RE Day
Tuesday 4th February- KS2 Road Safety Talks
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by the artwork of Peter Thorpe, Year 5 used acrylic paints on canvas to create their own space art.