This week we discussed which of the time periods we have studied they would have chosen to live in as criminals! Balancing the type of crime against the potential punishments was an interesting thought process!
In maths, we continued to work on statistics - extracting data from a range of tables - one and two way. We looked also at timetables for timing journeys and this is something we will revisit in term 2 to secure. In English, we continued with 'The Third Floor Window' and investigated the change of tone and formality in a series of letters before drafting and editing a letter from one of the characters. This was, in some cases, really tricky as we only experience one character in depth in the book so there was a lot of inference used with the additional characters.
Well done also to our Gold winner this week - Lola has dug into her learning and and even whilst working from home persevered with the online work I set.
Congratulations to Sycamore for a brilliant first term back - they have shown great determination and tenacity with their work and have produced some great pieces! I look forward to term 2!
Term 2 documents
This week in Sycamore, we have delved into the Mysteries of Harris Burdick and drawn out thoughts, ideas and questions based on images and simple sentence introductions. The children have been developing their skills in creating sentences with clauses to 'grab the reader' and draw them in. In science, we revisited the investigation from the previous week to discuss the validity of the results and to discuss how we might evolve the investigation to get more sturdy results.
In History we learnt about crime and punishment in the Victorian times, reflecting on the different periods in history that we have studied across the term and discovered how and where the first Police force came into being and how the Victorians had a wider opportunity to indulge in petty crimes!
Well done to Mia A, our gold award recipient for some great phrases and ideas incorporated into the narratives written based on 'The Arrival'.
Bulletin: 8.10.21 This week we realised just how fast September had whizzed by! We commenced our final week working on The Arrival and have spent time this week writing the different sections of the story based on the 5 part process. We have used ; as conjunctions, developed better understanding of direct and reported speech and tried to engage the reader through the use of emotion and description in the story. In maths, we spent time learning how to use the inverse calculation to check an answer - using part/whole models and bar models to help visualise the different sections of the question.
In Science, we conducted the investigation we carefully planned last week - finding out how the length of a wire could affect the bulb in the circuit - we discussed how to spot anomalous results.
Well done to our Gold winner this week - Melodee has done a terrific job of joining in with class discussions, asking and answering questions about a range of topics.
This week in Sycamore (w/c 27th September), we have been working on addition and subtraction strategies in maths - recognising different representations of a question (column, horizontal, part/whole model & bar model) allows the children to grasp the concepts behind the maths as well as the processes involved in solving the question.
In English we planned and wrote a report about a creature from 'The Arrival' with the children coming up with some fantastic pieces of writing using subheading, specific language and in many cases using the subjunctive voice!
In Science we spent time on Monday discussing how to effectively plan a scientific investigation and discussing variables and why we need to have a control test before making any changes.
In History the class became engrossed in a discussion about a specific case of crime - they were presented with scenarios that built upon one another to build a picture of a criminal and their activities before their thoughts were twisted by a change in circumstance and we began to wonder if the criminal was perhaps a hero. This lead to the moral discussion of whether there was ever a time when crime was a positive thing... some great thoughts, deductions and debate!
This week (w/c 20th September) we have been investigating our understanding of negative numbers and understanding the crossing from positive numbers to negative and how our place value knowledge is impacted - e.g. counting back in 10's from 22 see us at 22, 12, 2 and then as we move into negative numbers we hit -8 and children need to understand why when we have spent time learning about which column changes counting forwards.
In English we have continued our work on 'The Arrival' and have learnt about the effective use of apostrophes, multi-clause sentences and developing playscripts to reflect a scene.
In Science we planned and carried out an investigation into the effect a change of voltage has on components in circuit.
Welcome to Sycamore Class.
I am Mr Young, and I have been working at CPS for almost 7 years. I enjoy being part of the CPS team and being able to share the journey of making the school better alongside staff and children.
I don't have children but I do have a mischievous and adventurous bear, named Harumphrey. We have travelled the world together and had all sorts of adventures! Sometimes he pops into school to help us with our learning although at times he can be more of a hindrance than a help!
In my spare time I love cycling (not very fast, but increasingly far!) and I am out and about as often as I can be - even in the snow - which is my favourite weather!
Learning in Sycamore is a two way relationship - I expect you to take part and share your ideas and thoughts with the rest of the class as this helps to broaden your own thoughts, opinions and develop long term knowledge. I'm also keen to develop you as a whole person - learning how to become resilient, flexible, empathetic and respectful - skills to take through our whole lives!
What to wear and bring to school:
All students should come to school in school uniform and with a school bag. Students should pack a water bottle, hat and any pencil case/stationery that they may want to use. Please make sure all personal items are labelled with your child’s name. On PE days, (Tuesday & Thursday) children should come into school in PE kits rather than school uniform. These days will be communicated to parents and any alterations (due weather for example) will be sent in a message to you.
Termly timetable and homework
Your child will receive a timetable at the start of each term. This will also be sent out and put on the class web page. Homework will be primarily set via Google classroom each term – where possible submission should also be on Google classroom (unless something more tactile like a model/cooking etc). As with previous years the homework will be based on the 100 point challenge. If at any point you would like extra support work for your child please contact me and I can provide appropriate support.
End of the day
The school day ends at 3.05pm (currently under staggered end times) – if you would like to grant permission for your child to walk home independently at the end of the day then please print a copy of the letter below and send into me.
This permission remains open - you may sign up at any point or withdraw permission should you need to. Just keep me updated.
Please note that permission for independent walking ends at the end of the academic year and new permission will be needed for the following year.
If you have any queries about the daily routine or what your child is learning then do not hesitate to get in touch. I will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible, occasionally this may take longer than I would like but I always aim to get back to you within 24 hours during the school week.
Welcome meeting slides
Term 1 documents
Please print and return for permission to be granted.
Term 2 timetable (subject to alteration)
Reading holds the key to learning in almost every other subject and learning opportunity - it is difficult to access a History topic without developing reading skills as an example.
We expect each child to read beyond school hours.We suggest 5 separate occasions each week. We suggest each night from Monday to Thursday and then an additional session between Friday and Sunday - they may read more of course! This should be a mix of independent reading and reading aloud to someone. It should be recorded in their reading record each time they read outside of school. It is no coincidence those that read regularly see the biggest improvements in writing also.
Each child has a reading diary to record their reading experiences and these are being checked on a weekly basis.
Please also be aware of the value of reading the right text - whilst I understand that certain texts by certain authors are a nice 'Sunday afternoon' read, there is such a wealth of knowledge to be gained by varying the author, text type and genre of book we read - new vocabulary, punctuation use, grammar development and inference all come from a range of text rather than simply reading the 'cartoon' type books.