Sycamore (Y3 & Y4)

Welcome to Sycamore Class

Class Teachers: Mrs Fitzsimmons and Ms McInnes

Teaching Assistant: Miss Turner

 

Hello Sycamore Class


It’s the last week of term! A very big well done for all your hard work and a big thank you to all of you who have emailed in photos of your home learning. You can see many of them in the slide show at the bottom of this page. I’ve also created a gallery to show off some of the amazing advertisements that you have created as part of last week’s writing task . It’s not too late to send yours in if you haven’t already done so to:

sycamore@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk

Here is the new timetable for the week beginning Monday 18th May.

There are two PowerPoint presentations available for the writing tasks this week. If you are not able to access PowerPoints, the images have been saved as PDF documents too.

It’s a revision week in maths. On the weekly timetable grids for both year groups you will see that there are links to online home learning videos for each day. Year 3 will be revising addition and subtraction. Year 4 will be revising fractions. Can Year 4’s also please complete a sound check https://ttrockstars.com/ this week.

Mrs Fitzsimmons

 

Topic work

If you'd like to have a look at some science or topic work then please check out the BBC Bitesize Home Learning Materials - link below. When we were last at school we were looking at food chains in science, and volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes in topic. Perhaps think about making an information poster or leaflet. You could write a report and present the news to your family.

 

See what takes your fancy! Don't forget to email to let us know what you've been doing:

sycamore@st-johns-warminster.wilts.sch.uk

 

Miss McInnes and Mrs Howard

 

 

Some amazing examples of your advertisements. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos.

 

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.

 Reading

Between 9 and 9:30, we usually 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.

 Maths

In Maths, we follow the White Rose scheme. You can find more information on this by visiting their website at https://whiterosemaths.com/ 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!

Writing

Each term we look to improve our writing skills in a variety of different fiction and non-fiction genres. 

This term we have worked on play scripts and persuasive writing. 

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.

 

 Afternoons

We have been learning all about Volcanoes, Mountains & Earthquakes.

Sycamore afternoons with Mrs Howard

Bonjour Sycamore! I’ve missed seeing you on Wednesday and Friday afternoons – I hope you’re all behaving well at home.

Our science topic this term is food chains – can you think of a food chain of plants and animals that might live in your garden? How about a food chain for a different climate – perhaps a rainforest or a desert? You could design a poster or make a little book of different food chains. Try to use the special words we learnt – producer, consumer, predator, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore.

In RE we’ve talked a lot about Easter and Jesus’s last supper with his disciples. Could you draw a picture of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the donkey? Or perhaps a picture of the last supper or of His time in the garden of Gethsemane with the disciples.

Recorder lessons have been fun this term and you can now play three different notes! If you’re lucky enough to have a recorder at home perhaps you could practise the notes we’ve learnt. Without a recorder you could try the clap and respond game with someone at home that we play together in class.

In French we have learnt different ways to greet people and numbers up to 10. Perhaps you could practise and perform a conversation with a toy.

Hope to see you all very soon – au revoir!

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