Sycamore (Y3 & Y4)

Sycamore (Y3 and Y4)

Welcome to Sycamore Class

 Class Teachers: Mrs Fitzsimmons and Miss McInnes

Teaching Assistant: Miss Turner

 Hello Sycamore Class

I hope your first week at home has been a good one and that you have made a start on the home learning tasks. If you have a garden, I am sure you have been making the most of the lovely spring weather, just like I have. I wonder if any of you have invented any new games to play outside? If you have, let me know and I can pass your ideas on to my own children!

Mrs Fitzsimmons

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

So far this term, we have all learnt about fractions. The current unit for Year 3 is Money and for Year 4 it’s Decimals. You have all been sent work sheets for these units. It is important that you complete them in the correct order.

For Year 4, White Rose Maths have produced some excellent short videos that correspond to each lesson.  You can access them here:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

Unfortunately, the home learning videos for the Year 3 unit do not correspond to what we are doing. They are still very useful as a revision guide for the unit on fractions that we have just completed.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

 In addition, have a look on 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

This term, we are writing recounts with a focus on letter writing. We know that a recount is a piece of writing that gives details of an event that has happened.  The main features are:

  • Chronological order
  • Written in the first person
  • Past tense
  • Time connectives

We have written some letters at school. Can you remember the correct lay out of a letter? If you would like to write a letter to me about what you have done this week, I would love to receive it, either by email or you can send it through the post to the school address.  

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!