Sycamore (Y3 & Y4)

Term 3 Week 4
Week beginning 25.1.21
 
Hello everyone and welcome to week 4! We really enjoyed seeing everyone's faces online last week - some of your jokes were terribly funny! 
 
Below is the work for this week - if you have any queries then please contact us through our class email:
 
sycamore@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
 
Fingers crossed we have more sunshine than rain this week and we can all get outside at some point to enjoy some fresh air. Whilst you're outside, have a look for the first signs of Spring - Mrs H spotted some snowdrops today which looked so pretty. As the days get longer again we can all look forward to some warmer weather - hopefully!
 
Stay safe everyone and keep up the excellent work.
 
Mrs H and Mrs F xxx 
Term 3 Week 3
 
Welcome to Week 3 Sycamore Class! Please find below details of the home learning for this week. It has been lovely to see all of you online or in school this week - we do miss seeing everyone all together. 
 
At school we have been skipping a lot at playtimes, the current record for one person skipping is 88 jumps! Can you beat that at home? Let us know how you get on.
 
Don't forget to use Sir Linkalot to practice your spellings and also Times Tables Rock Stars for times tables. 
 
Please use sycamore@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk to contact us if you need any help.
 
Stay safe and behave!
 
Mrs H and Mrs F 
 
Hello again Sycamore Class and a Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a restful and fun Christmas.
 
 
Here we are again in lockdown and so we have arranged some work for you for the rest of this week. There are booklets of Spring activities for English and maths. Work through them at your own pace over the next 3 days.
 
 
 
Make sure you read to an adult every day - if you've finished your school reading books then read something else! A recipe book, a newspaper or magazine, the back of a cereal box! Perhaps keep a log of everything you have read and give each one marks out of 10. 
 
 
Our topic in PSHE this term is Hopes and Dreams. Have a think about what you would like for yourself, your family, the planet. Draw a picture of your hopes and dreams and surround the picture with words and short phrases to describe them. Use the words you have collected to write either a poem to describe your dreams or a letter to a friend to explain your hopes and why you have chosen them.
 
 
We look forward to 'seeing' everyone next week for our online lessons - make sure you have paper and a pencil ready for each session. You will receive a Teams invitation before each session starts so look out for them.
 
 
A timetable of work for next week will be posted below before Monday 11th January. 
 
Use our class email if you need to contact us:
Sycamore@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk
 
Good luck and stay safe everyone.
 
Mrs F and Mrs H xxx

Welcome back to Sycamore Class! It's lovely to see everyone back in school for a new term. Please take a look at our new topic map below.

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

 

Homework is sent out on Fridays to be returned on Thursdays.
 
Thank you to all the parents who are reading regularly at home with their children.
 
Don't forget to keep practicing your spellings with Sir Linkalot and times tables with TT Rock Stars!

 

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.

Maths

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:

https://nrich.maths.org/

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!

 

 

 

Reading

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.

 

Writing

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.

Handwriting

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.

Spellings

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

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

PE lessons for Sycamore class will remain on a Friday afternoon. We will be learning about athletics and football this term.

 

Topic work

In the afternoons we will be studying a variety of subjects including parts of plants in Science and learning about the migration in Geography.

 

 

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