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Sycamore Class

We are Sycamore Class (lower Key Stage 2), Years 3 and 4. We are excited learners and very busy in our Class with Mrs Peall, Mrs Parkman and Mrs Deacon.

We are aiming to be independent learners and know we have to try our very best in all we do. We know we need to take more responsibility for organising our belongings and completing tasks but the adults in our lives will support us with this.


Things to remember:

Home learning is given out on a Monday and returned for a Friday.

Our P.E. takes place every Tuesday afternoon.

We should aim to read every night and this can be either a book from home or a school book.

Weekly round up!


Dear parents,
Thank you for your support during this time of worry for us all. We have continued with learning in school as best as possible. For those of you at home you may like to read what we have covered as I have put some ideas of how you could follow up on this at home. Mrs Parkman, Mrs Deacon and I would like to wish all of our Sycamore families well during the coming weeks. The school website will be the place for information regarding work after Easter on our class 'Home Learning Page' but we have an 'Isolation Work' activity already below.
With very best wishes,
Mrs Peall
Activities we have completed this week:
We made a pomp pom spider to take home, as everyone needs a great friend like Charlotte to talk to when we feel worried. (We used a video on Google to learn the basics of pomp pom making).
We designed, made and flew parachutes for Charlotte’s babies. It was a nail biting competition of time spent in the air and distance achieved! (No babies were hurt it was a cotton wool ball!)
We wrote poetry based on Anthony Browne’s ‘My Mum’ (there are videos of this story being read to inspire housebound poets!)
We have learnt to convert fractions into decimals. Dealing only with tenths (Y3) hundredths (Y4).
We have investigated the inside of a seed (chopped open fruit) and found out about their dispersal (lots of BBC videos available on this).

P.S a great website for more information on spiders



This week we have begun to rehearse our play. We have also researched spiders and complied an information text about them.
We have found fractions of quantities by sharing objects and then using times tables to help us. Some children require a little more repetition at home to help with securing these number facts- any support would be much appreciated.

In Science we investigated the roots of plants and completed an experiment.

Today we interviewed the sports personalities and found out what would be required to pursue each sport. Thank you for your support with this as we had a fabulous array of sports demonstrated. We were also lucky enough to be treated to a visit from Torvill and Dean and watched the Gold medal winning routine.

Next week: We have some children representing us at the cross country on Monday.
On Thursday (19.3.20) , we have a non uniform day for the donation of an egg or chocolate.
On Friday we will have our Mother's day service in the church.


We have reached the dramatic information that Wilbur is to be killed in our shared text and have written persuasive letters about this issue.
We have continued to investigate fractions on a number line (up to a whole =Y3 beyond a whole =Y4). Y4 have also looked at improper fractions and how to turn them into a mixed number.
We have retold the Easter story and examined the emotions of all involved in readiness for our Easter Play.
Next week we will be giving out roles to the children and they will have parts to learn.

Next week is Sports aid week and on Friday children can come dressed as a Sports Star for a £1 donation if they wish.

Have a lovely weekend


We have begun our 'New Life' topic by reading the first four chapters of Charlotte's Web and reacting to the themes raised in the text with poetry, letters and advice.
We have investigated the parts of plants and what a plant needs to live.
We have continued to look at Fractions- what makes a whole and how we find equivalent fractions.

For more information, the topic web for curriculum work this term is on our class page on the website.
Things to look forward to...
Next Thursday is World Book Day and the children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character.
Have a good weekend!


14.2.20 This week;
In Maths we have investigated area (Y4) and solved problems involving length.
In English we have written a newspaper report about the amazing firework competition read about in the 'Firework-maker's daughter'.
We have painted our mountain sculpture and hosted an open afternoon.
We have shared our home learning projects -- there were some truly spectacular projects.
We have survived base camp! We had a great time learning about the practicalities of surviving climbing a mountain with Mr Pickles, and then learnt to put up and take down a tent and cross a crevasse in extreme weather conditions. All photos are below of our learning journey.
Thank you for all of your support with the activities this term, have a lovely week's holiday.





In our assembly we wanted to show the value of true friendship. We asked, what makes a good friend? We also encouraged everyone to think about themselves and ask,  are you a good friend? We realised we are all lucky to have friends as  life would be sad and lonely without them. Sycamore  Class demonstrated with a show of 'thumbs' which values we thought a friend should have and shared them in poems and fables. The audience were encouraged to join in with this and also to say thank you to their friends during the assembly. Finally our school value of 'Friendship' was perfectly captured, as Sycamore Class  beautifully sang, 'Count on Me'  by Bruno Mars to show how we need to be a friend first.


This week in English we have begun to analyse the characters, plot and punctuation used in our new shared text 'The Firework -Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman. We have tried to use commas for clarity in our writing.
In Maths we have begun column multiplication and have used 'the long method' (showing partitioning before calculating the total) and then Y4 have moved on to using 'the short method' (showing exchange as a 'carried' digit).
In Science, we examined the particles which make up solids liquids and gases.
In Topic we have used an atlas (and Google maps) to locate mountains, mountain ranges and information about their height.

This week we have also begun to plan our assembly about Friendship in RE (next Wednesday 22/1/20 - 9am in the church).



In Sycamore Class this week we have;
used multiplication to solve related number problems (Y3 = using 'ten times bigger' /Y4= finding factors and reasoning about numbers).
Revised the past tense in English (adding 'ed' and looking at exceptions) before developing this in the progressive tense (I was ___ing/ I am ___ing).
Started our new topic 'Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes' by looking at the image of Tenzing Norgay on Everest and finding out facts about the first successful ascent of the Mountain. We then wrote a diary as though we had climbed the mountain.
We have begun our Science topic by sorting images of 'solids, liquids and gases'. All in all a busy five days!



The Diary of an Autumn Leaf

Activities inspired by Charlotte's web.

Base Camp day- great fun learning about mountain climbing with Mr Pickles and surviving Base camp -crossing crevasses and putting up tents in adverse conditions!

One World- finding out about our local area and if the future is sustainable for our village.

Christmas Child- the box wrapping