Sycamore: Year 5 and Year 6
Welcome to Sycamore Class - Year 5 and Year 6.
This is not how we had hoped Term 3 and 2021 would start. But, as ever, Sycamore have risen to the challenge. As a team of children, supported by parents, carers, bubbled-up family members and each other they have proved that they are a credit to Shoscombe and we are hugely proud of you all.
More information about how home learning will be organised for us this term can be found in this letter.
Links to Remote Learning this week
How to get help through the day
The Sycamore team are able to reply to Dojo messages through out the day. Mrs Pudsey is in school on Monday and Wednesday mornings and Claire is in school 2.5 days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday pm), Miss Bannister is in 2 days (Wednesday and Friday) so we will not be able to reply during those times. Other than when we are in school (when I’m not helping my two at home with their learning!) we will endeavour to answer your questions as soon as we can. Miss Mills is with us Thursday and Friday.
If children can express what they are finding hard, they can write to us via their portfolios. It is possible to voice record on this section with a photo. So if it is a particular maths question they are stuck on, take a photo and then voice record what they think they have to do or which bit is confusing them. We will reply by either writing an explanation, or recording a video using diagrams if that’s easier or we can give you a call at home and talk it through. So you have lots of options, please do use them.
Parents please do use the message section of dojo and we will reply as soon as we can.
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.
Celebrating Remote Learning in Term 3
We will share the highlights of this weeks learning here together with those who’ve received certificates for their work.
Tudor portraits and Birthday cards for Queen Victoria, as part of our topic on Kings and Queens.
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.