Sycamore: Year 5 and Year 6

Sycamore: Year 5 and Year 6

Welcome to Sycamore Class - Year 5 and Year 6.


We are back in school and so very happy to be! Thank you for all the support you gave your children to help them with their learning at home. Now we are back we are enjoying being a class, remembering and celebrating being with our friends again and learning with each other.

Our learning for the rest of this term will be focused around

  • Writing non-chronological reports about the Mayans
  • Discovering more about the Mayans culture, life and legacy
  • Exploring art work inspired by the Mayans
  • Becoming designers using 3D drawing software
  • Reinforcing our knowledge of our times tables
  • Continuing with our work on fractions and working on different types of measurements
  • Finding out about forces with hands on experiments

Helping your child with reading

As the children have mastered the skills of phonetically decoding words and are reading with more fluency there are still skills that the children must learn and build in order to become truly fluent. When hearing your child read at home it is important that they read the punctuation ; pausing where appropriate or adding emphasis and expression. Modelling a sentence that they may have misread is a good way to do this and then asking your child to reread the passage adding in what they have learnt.

We want to foster a love of reading as this will not only open up the world to them but is also key to helping them learn across all subjects as they move to secondary school.

The two films below show how it is possible to praise and guide your child at home when you hear them read.

Example  lesson : Reading with expression 

Example lesson : Reading the punctuation

Celebrating Remote Learning in Term 4

We will share the highlights of this weeks learning here together with those who’ve received certificates for their work.

Monster illustrations inspired by the author Ed Vere for world book day.

Portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso

Looking back at life in Sycamore Class this year before Lockdown……..

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize

We are lucky to have been chosen as part of a selection panel for the Royal Society Young People’s Book prize.

The competition aims to promote literacy in young people and to inspire them to read about science. It also supports the writing of excellent, accessible STEM books for under-14s. The Prize is unique in that the winner is selected by judging panels made up of young people at schools across the country from a shortlist curated by an adult judging panel. We have a judging panel who each week are scrutinising a different book together with  13,000   other primary children across the UK.

We are comparing and judging 6 books. In recognition of the hard work our pupils will have put into selecting an over winner, we are allowed to keep the books.


SARI Zoom Visit

Sycamore class had a lesson via Zoom from the charity SARI (Stand against Racism and Inequality). It focussed on the movement of people around the world through history, together with the many different reasons for migration. The talk linked closely to our work in Sycamore  on WW2, the persecution of Jews and evacuation of Jewish children from Germany as well as our work on the Windrush.

A very thought provoking activity required  the children to choose  5 ‘things’ they‘d pick to migrate with and then having 4 of them removed for various reasons…..It brought home to them  the reality of starting life in a new country with close to nothing.


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