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Welcome to Sycamore Class!

 

 

Hello and welcome to the Sycamore Class page! Our topic for this term is ‘Into the Wild’. Our class focus is on the wonderful island of Madagascar. The children have been working really hard on creating their non-chronological reports since the start of term and we hope to have these finished by the end of the week. Pictures will be made available on here as soon as possible. The children have all been incredibly enthused about their learning and I have been very impressed with their creativity in the compiling of their reports.

 

We have also been looking at the geography of Madagascar and mountain formation and focussing on landscape artists in our art lessons. Music has been a real success and the children are thoroughly engaging in their singing lessons. As we move forward into the term and more and more work is produced I will update this page with pictures and information as it occurs. I will aim to do this on a weekly basis.
Finally, I have been made to feel very welcome by all the children in the class and feel very at home already!  I have stressed the importance of us all working together as a team both inside and outside of the classroom at all times.
 
Mr Burke

Week 4/5

What a week last week! Firstly it was nice to meet so many of you on the Year 5 welcome evening. I hope you found it useful and gave you a good insight into what we as a class will be looking at this year. Last week was the culmination of our project looking at Madagascar in terms of non-fiction and I am delighted with the results of the children’s hard work (pictures to follow). Friday was European Languages Day – and as a class we focussed on Italy. This involved looking at the music, the culture, what an Italian primary school child’s day consists of and most importantly – the food! We created our own Italian cafe with menus and logos and then cooked some great pizzas for celebration time where the rest of the school came around and sampled our goods! I am happy to say we ran out through high demand!

This week we have started looking at stories from other cultures in English. The children have begun putting themselves in the shoes of children from completely different backgrounds to their own and writing as those children. We have also started looking at our fiction text on Madagascar called ‘Plundering Paradise’
In maths we have been working hard at long multiplication and are making good progress. In science and geography we have been looking at the water cycle and mountains and their formation in a cross curricular fashion.
Mr Burke

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15.1.16

 

Hello!

 

It was lovely to see you all over the last few evenings. Here, as promised, is the medium term plan for this term. As was discussed in our individual meetings, this can be cross referenced with the copies of the maths and English sections of the National Curriculum I gave out to you. 

 

As of today, optional homework will be available for the children each Friday to take home to do over the following week. This will be in addition to the usual spellings and homophones that are sent out every Friday and tested during the week which are expected to be done by all pupils. The topic of the optional homework will change from week to week dependent on what are doing in class or what I feel would benefit the children at that particular time.

 

As I expressed to many of you in our meetings, it is vital that your children continue to read to you on a regular basis. I have started a little competition each week to get the children to read at least three times a week to an adult (older siblings count too!) with a reward for the person who has the most amount of parent signatures and comments in their diaries each Friday. Some of the children can read very well but is is important to keep reading with them so that they can be questioned on their understanding of the text and the meaning of certain words. The expression in their reading can be improved by you modelling how certain aspects of writing can be read (e.g. speech and its intonation) to them so they can hear it in practice to then use themselves.

 

Below is a list of what is expected of your child by the end of year 5/6 in relation to their reading comprehension. Many of these you can help with by listening to your child read and by using the checklist below as a guide to check the levels of their understanding of what they are reading.


 checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
 asking questions to improve their understanding of whats being read
 drawing inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence from the text
 predicting what might happen from details stated and implied
 summarising the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
 identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning of the text
 discuss and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader. How does it make the reader feel?
 distinguish between statements of fact and opinion
 participate in discussions  with you about books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, building on their own and your ideas and challenging these views courteously!
 explain and discuss their understanding of what they have read
 provide reasoned justifications for their views.

MEDIUM TERM PLAN TERM 3 - Please be aware things may vary slightly from time to time!

20.01.16

 

Hello!

 

Please note I have updated the medium term plan so it now includes the art we have been doing this term and will continue to do.

 

As a side note - the children have finished making their leaflets on India today and I am incredibly impressed with ALL of them and the effort they have put in both in terms of the research they have done but also the design.

 

Today I am also sending out a Term topic for he children to complete in their home learning books before the end of this current term. This will happen once a term from now on and can be handed in at any time before the end of the term in question.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Burke

22.02.16

 

Hello - Welcome back to Term 4. This year is flying by!

 

Our Topic for this term is science based and is called Life and Growth.

 

Thank you to all those who brought in pots and canes etc. As I'm sure your children have told you, it was so we could create our own 'Bug Hotel'! The children really enjoyed it and worked very well together to take apart what was there and recreate it with their own bits and pieces, finally putting some of the old back in there. We will revisit the Hotel to see what visitors we have had over the term!

 

The medium term plan for this term will be up shortly for you all to see. There have been some alterations to it as we are now lucky to have students from Bath Spa university coming in teaching all about Opera and the children will eventually perform alongside the Bath Spa University choir (dates TBC! This has meant some re jigging of the plans!

 

Please see below for some pictures of our Big Bang day last week.

 

 

Best wishes.

 

Mr Burke

 

 

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26.02.16

 

Hello!

 

I am really trying to encourage the children to read at home as much as possible with an adult or older sibling as many times a week as is possible. I appreciate this is not always easy. I put some ideas on an earlier post about the sort of questions you could be discussing with your children to assess their understanding of what it is they are reading. This is just a quick note to say that, if you, hadn't already noticed from the new reading diary format, there is a list of possible questions at the front for you.

 

Your help is much appreciated on this front and many thanks to those parents who have begun to listen to their children read more.

 

p.s. you may have heard your child refer to 'pester power' Just to clarify, I have encouraged this ONLY in relation to them reading with you!!

TERM 5

 

 

15.03.16

 

Hello!

 

Welcome back to Term 5! My goodness this year is flying by at a rate of knots! I hope you and your children had a relaxing break over Easter. We have hit the ground running straight away this Term with our Topic which is the ancient Egyptians. The whole of Monday this week was full off fun activities to inspire the children in relation to the topic. The morning was given over to making pyramids out of marshmallows of various sizes and matchsticks of varying sizes. Whilst there was lots of fun involved in this, there was some mathematical thinking needed which the children soon clocked! The rest of the week has seen us looking a tup-levelling descriptive writing in English and revisiting subtraction in maths but with a focus on real world application. I have been impressed with the level of the children's recall on the process which has enabled us to get deeper into why it is important to have the skill in real life.

 

I am very pleased to say that the afternoons have been full of History to do with our Topic and the children were fascinated to be able to see just how long ago the ancient Egyptian empire existed, how long it lasted but also how, in relation to History as we know it, how small a time period it actually represents.

 

Please have a look at the photos below for the fun and learning we have had back in this first week.

 

I look forward to seeing you all over the coming week.

 

Best wishes

 

 

Mr. Burke

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17.5.16

 

Hello!

 

It has been a little while since I have posted on here so I thought I would share with you what we have been up to in Sycamore class this term! The children have been working really hard in their maths and English and I have been impressed with their overall ability to recall processes that were taught a while ago to a high standard. In maths, this has meant we have managed to get onto the real world application of topics sooner which has been great for the children to see that it is everywhere in life! In English we have been working hard on our grammar, recovering areas already taught but also pushing on with new areas. I'm pleased to say that the children are now implementing this into their independent writing more and more.

 

I'm delighted to say the children have all loved the Ancient Egyptians topic that we have done this term. We have focused on several areas in great detail. The children are always bringing in ideas and facts from books or research they have been doing out class which has, at times, kept me on toes! We have managed to include lots of history, geography, English and even science in our topic this term. Last week we did a science experiment on mummifying apples with various combinations of differing salts. Yesterday we took the results... Please see the pictures below for our mummified apples!!

 

Thank you to those of you who have responded to our Year 5/6 Literacy morning which is next Tuesday (24th May). Both Miss Sanders and I are looking forward to it greatly. Feel free to pop your head in to the office or see either myself or Miss Sanders if you want to come but haven't let us know yet.

 

All the best

 

Mr Burke

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WELCOME BACK TO TERM 6!

 

I can't quite believe it has got to this point in the academic year already! Our topic this term I am very excited to say, is The Romans. This was by far my favorite subject within history when I was at school so I am really hoping to pass on some of my enthusiasm and love for the subject to your children! For our Big Bang yesterday we have been making mosaics that the children have designed themselves, then transferred onto squared paper to then stick on tiny squares of thicker card to the design to then colour that particular square in. This process was repeated for every single square! Whilst this has been great fun, the children very quickly learnt what a laborious and exact process it must have been for Roman artists to do, especially to the standards that they were made too. Most have not been finished so I will send the children home tomorrow with their mosaics and lots of squares of card so the children can finish them  as soon as possible then they be can displayed in the classroom.

 

There will be plenty of cross curricular learning this term through our Romans topic which I am excited about and we will be pushing on with our 144 club and reading targets. As always, please keep the reading up at home with your child as much as possible. Every little helps and the wider the range of genre they are reading the better. Please see further up the page for a list of questions you could ask your child when they are reading with you so you can check their levels of comprehension.

 

Many thanks to those of you you came to the Year 5/6 Creative Writing English morning at the end of last term. Both Miss Sanders and I though thought it was a great success and some lovely writing was achieved out of it.

 

 

 

 

Best wishes

 

 

Mr Burke,

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Please see below for some pictures of the design and beginning to make stage of our Mosaics yesterday!
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