Sycamores

Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to Sycamores. There are 2 members of staff in Sycamores this year. Miss Harrison is the class teacher and Mrs Bastovanowich is the Teaching Assistant.

We are a class of 8 – Year 4 and Year 5 children.

Our first topic for the autumn term was “Inside Out”. This topic was an opportunity for us to get to know the children. They have told us about themselves, who they live with and the people who are important to them. We have done lots of PSHE, talking about our emotions and how we like to learn. We have watched the film and discussed how our feelings affect the way we are in school. We linked all our learning very closely to our school core values, which are Respect, Responsibility and Resilience.

Our next topic is “The Rainforest”. This is a Science led topic where we will find out about constructing and interpreting a variety of food chains and identifying producers, predators and prey.

We will also be learning to recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways. We will explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment and recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

In English we will be learning to use similes and use them in poetry about the Rainforest. We will also be reading some fiction stories based in the Rainforest.

In Maths we will be covering place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We will be doing weekly sessions on Mathletics which the children can access at home if they wish to earn more points and work hard towards earning new certificates.

In Art we will design and print our own patterns based on the leaves, flowers and animals of the rainforest.

In PE we are doing swimming every Thursday up until Christmas. We are also doing outdoor games sessions with Sophie and our focus will be orienteering.

Every Friday we will be taking part in Music sessions in the hall with Mr Flase who will be teaching us about rhythm, duration, tempo and how to begin to understand musical notation. And of course we will be singing our hearts out!

Another busy term to look forward to with plenty of interesting learning challenges and opportunities to work together as a team.