Sycamore Class Welcome

Welcome to Sycamore class!welcome to my class

We are Y5/6 pupils and we are taught by Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Arthur.


 

sycamore leaf

Chester Zoo

After our first half term together the children completed an anonymous questionnaire, it was really helpful to see what the children have enjoyed, what they haven’t enjoyed, what is helpful to them as learners and what isn’t.

What is helpful: 

  • Scribble book
  • Examples
  • Writing little notes
  • People helping me
  • Being able to just get on with it
  • Video clips
  • The ideas you give us
  • Having a worksheet you can scribble on
  • Using a laptop
  • Having someone to read the question to you
  • Working together with people you get on with
  • Being in partners
  • It is a quiet class
  • You can get help if you need it
  • Going through sums together
  • Watching clips
  • Being allowed to use colour for my numbers
  • Fraction cards
  • Discussions and role-play

What is not so helpful:

  • Having so many different ways to work out a sum
  • Spending too long talking at the beginning
  • A long queue if it’s just Mrs. Hughes

Linked with our ‘Earth & Space’ topic is our class novel…Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic – Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he’s the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force-defying Cosmic rollercoaster – or to be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn’t all about being a grown-up.

 

In English, we will also we embracing all things Space, using ‘Pandora’ as our stimuli we will write:

  • A non-chronological report about the strange life forms discovered
  • A balanced argument about whether or not we should welcome new-life to Earth
  • A newspaper article all about Pandora
  • A recount about the day we flew into space…and that’s just the first half term

Click here to watch our clip – you might just recognise it:

We are exceptionally excited about our new approach to Maths this year – using materials from The White Rose Maths Hub who are one of 35 national Government funded hubs and work with hundreds of early years, primary and secondary schools across England to raise standards and inspire children and their teachers about the power of maths.  The National Curriculum Mathematics standards are blocked into units, for example, we will study Fractions for four weeks, where we aim to give all the children time to explore the concepts in more depth using a range of methods to suit all learners.

Here is an example of our termly overview:

Maths Termly Overview

As mentioned, Science is the driving force this term and we can’t wait to study ‘Earth & Space’ and we have many investigations planned to enthuse the children:

  • What might affect the size of a crater?
  • Why does the moon look different each night?
  • Are any other planets out that habitable?
  • Where have these meteorites come from?

If you missed our ‘Meet & Greet’ session at the end of the Summer term, please find attached a copy of the handouts:

welcome back letter

The children were asked to read just one book over the six week break on which their English homework will be based, I really hope the children are enjoying their books, here is a copy of the homework tasks which might help the children plan ahead.

Autumn 2017 Part 1

autumn homework part 2

Spelling homework Spring Part 1 booklet

Year 5 and 6 Statutory Spelling Activities

 

The children are become experts at assessing their own writing and finding ways to improve. With increasing emphasis on technical writing vocabulary, I’ve put together a little reminder sheet to help…

writing-reminders

Please keep up the reading at home…just a short burst as often as possible and a signature on the map!

For more details about the curriculum expectations and pupil progress, please view our Pupil Progress pack which can be found within the Sycamore page, tab ‘Pupil Progress’ on the  left-hand side of the screen.

Really looking forward to working with you all,

Mrs. Hughes