Sycamore (Y3 & Y4)
Welcome to Sycamore Class! It's lovely to see everyone back in school for a new term.
Sycamore Class is taught on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays by Mrs Fitzsimmons, and on Thursdays and Fridays by Mrs Howard.
Teaching Assistants: Miss Turner and Mrs Coleman-Waddington
Our usual morning routine:
In Sycamore Class, we start the day with morning activities of free writing or Maths. We use http://www.pobble365.com as a stimulus for our writing. If you have access to the internet, have a look at the website. With each picture, there are some great ideas to help you get started with your writing.
In Maths, we follow the Power Maths Scheme. We also do daily times tables revision and practice.
If you are looking for something extra, have a look here for some fun activities to do:
Click on Primary Pupils, then click on Topics (top right of screen). This will then take you to a list of topics to select from. When you click on a topic, there is a number of activities to choose from, including the suggested age range the activity is aimed at. Have fun!
Every day we have half an hour to complete our Bug Club activities. These include expanding our vocabulary range in preparation for reading the variety of texts, discussing what we have read, answering retrieval (‘right there’) questions, followed by inference (thinking about what we have read) questions. These involve being clue detectives to read between the lines for a deeper understanding of what the author is trying to tell us. It is really important that we can give evidence from the text to support our ideas. So do please read every day and discuss what you are reading with an adult, including finding out the meaning of new words when you come across them.
Each term we look to improve our writing skills in a variety of different fiction and non-fiction genres.
This term we are working on a whole school project based on the book Here We are by Oliver Jeffers. We will also be creating our own characters for a story and writing a biography.
All letters must be of the correct size and positioned accurately. Joins must be clear. Remember, people who don’t know your handwriting style, must be able to read it easily.
You will know from a recent letter home that we are starting to use the very exciting Sir Linkalot app to help our pupils learn spellings in a fun and engaging way. We start with Bundle 1 - Key Keats - and will test the children at regular intervals to assess their spelling skills.
Homework will be sent home on a Friday afternoon and should be returned to school on a Thursday. Homework will comprise of a reading comprehension and arithmetic. Children should also be reading at home daily and practising spellings via Sir Linkalot.
PE lessons for Sycamore class will remain on a Friday afternoon. We will be learning about athletics and football this term.
In the afternoons we will be studying a variety of subjects including grouping living things in science and learning about the Romans and the impact they had on Britain in history.