Sycamore Class

Welcome to Sycamore Class!
 
Class Teacher: Miss M Rogers
Teaching Assistant: Mrs N Genner-Morris
 
Summer Term 2018
Welcome back Sycamore Class! This term's topic is Underground, Overground, a science-based topic focusing on living things and their habitats! Our Class Novel this term is The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Click on the topic web link below to find out more about what we are studying in our topic sessions this term...
 
Radish Result! 
Wow, what an exciting result! We clearly have a class full of green fingers! Good work Sycamore for growing such a successful batch of radishes. 
Bug Hotel Revamp
Sycamore Class are looking to give the bug hotels in Ellwood Garden a bit of a refurb after half term. We are accepting donations of any of the natural materials listed below.
  • Wooden pallets
  • Strips of wood
  • Straw
  • Moss
  • Dry leaves
  • Woodchips
  • Old terracotta pots
  • Old roofing tiles
  • Bricks, preferably those with holes through them
  • Old logs
  • Bark
  • Pine cones
  • Sand
  • Soil
  • Hollow bamboo canes
  • Dead hollow steam cut from shrubs or herbaceous plants
  • A sheet of roofing felt
  • Planks of wood
  • Whatever else you can find preferably natural materials
If you have any of the following materials lying around (or in need of g a good shift!) please contact Miss Rogers either via email, at the end of the day or via link book so we can arrange a time to drop them into the garden.
Many thanks!
 
Minibeast Sign Language
Today in Sycamore Class, we learnt the signs for different minibeasts! 

Hard at work in Ellwood Garden!

Sycamore Class had lots of fun planting radishes in Ellwood Garden today as part of our Underground, Overground topic! We learnt how to prepare the soil for sowing, make seed rows leaving space between them and our seeds. After that we carefully covered and watered them.We are looking forward to seeing how they get on over the summer term! 

All about Charles Darwin!
We are learning all about the famous scientist Charles Darwin in our topic lessons this term! 
Here are some fun facts about Charles Darwin we have found out ...
  • Charles' dad wanted him to study medicine, but he was afraid of blood! He was more interested in studying the sponges!
  • His voyage lasted five whole years at sea!
  • Darwin appears on the £10 note!
  • There is a statue of him outside London's Natural History Museum! 
  • He is most well known for his theory of evolution!
  • Darwin had a passion for geology (the study of Earth and rocks) and botany (the study of plant biology)! 
Happy World Book Day from Sycamore Class!
We had lots of fun dressing up and sharing our favourite stories on World Book Day! Can you guess what characters we are dressed as? 
World Book Day Cinquains
Here are a selection of our Cinquain Poems for World Book Day! Test your children's book knowledge and see how many you recognise...
Would you like to find out more about what we are studying in Sycamore Class? Click the links below for further information...
Building for Bugs!
The Year 4s and Year 5s had a great time constructing their 'Bugtels' this week! I was so impressed with the innovation they showed when experimenting and adapting their design. Using their annotated design plans, they came up with some original ideas and evaluated them throughout the building process. We even spotted some insects arriving for check-in before we had even finished making it! This is sure to be one popular hotel! A big thank you to families and friends for donating such a large array of natural materials for Sycamore Class to use!
Clearing
Sycamore Class worked really hard today clearing our two bug hotels ready for remodelling! During the clear out, we spotted lots of minibeasts. I'm sure they are impatient for refurbishment to be complete so they can book a night's stay at our new and improved 'Bugtels'! Building will start next week - we will keep you posted with our progress...
Live World Cup Story!
'Defenders: Russia'
We will be following Tom Palmer's live World Cup story daily in class starting 14th June, the first day of the FIFA World Cup 2018! A new chapter will be published every morning during June and July, which Palmer writes the night before inspired by the ongoing events of the World Cup! On top of that, we will get the chance to vote weekly about what happens next in the story. We are all very excited! I can't wait to find out what is going to happen in the next chapter tomorrow... 
 
Royal Wedding Celebrations!
Celebration was in full flow this afternoon in Sycamore Class in preparation for the Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle tomorrow! 
We had such fun writing our own royal invitations to our friends and family inviting them to the big day. Wouldn't it be exciting if an official letter like this turned up on your doormat?  
After all our hard work writing, it was time for a party and what better way to congratulate the expectant groom Prince Harry and bride-to-be Megan Markle than with a yummy jam scone and some raspberries? All watered down with a refreshing cup of squash - ddddelicious!  
Outdoor Classroom Day
After drafting and editing our own play script adaptations of The Hobbit, we used Ellwood's fantastic outdoor space to explore how we could perform them. The children were asked to 'think like directors' making informed decisions about their use of space and props. 
Letters to France!
Sycamore have been writing letters to their Pen Pals at our link school in St Hilaire! Take a look below to see copies of some of our letters! We liked challenging ourselves to write them in french and drew some fantastic illustrations for our Pen Pals to enjoy! We can't wait to hear back! 
 
Class Novel: Summer Term 2018
This term in Sycamore Class, we are studying the text The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. We will be writing leaflets to inform and persuade readers to visit the film set 'Hobbiton' in New Zealand! Also, we will be our own play scripts to entertain our readers by turning parts of the story into scenes that we can act out! As a class, our aim is to finish the whole book by the end of term! We have two copies in class the children can take turns to borrow. Alternatively, why not pop down to the local library and see if you can get your hands on a copy to read at home? 
Happy reading!
 
Circus Skills Workshop
A big thank you to Tom for teaching us the art of Circus performance! We had such a fun afternoon practising a range of circus skills from plate spinning to using the diablo. What a treat! 
Snow Day Haiku Poetry
Over the past few weeks in Sycamore Class, we have been learning how to write Cinquain and Haiku Poetry. Here are our Haiku Poems we have written about the recent Snow Day!
We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we have enjoyed writing them ...  
 
Fluffy snow angels. 
Yummy, delicious cocoa,
melting marshmallows. 
 
Yay, there is no school,
powdery snow like flour. 
Laughing, so much fun!
 
We walk in the snow,
whizzing down a steep steep hill!
The smell of chicken.
 
Having fun skiing,
freezing, frosty snowball fights.
Drinking hot chocolate.  
 
Making snow angels,
have fun skiing in the snow!
Frost is in the air.