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Year 5/6 - Sycamore and Oak

Stars of the Week!

What rain? Sycamore class had great fun today during our 'Outdoor Day' and wrote some brilliant poems.

Exploring 'forces' by making catapults. Sycamore class loved making catapults and testing how much force was needed to knock down a wall of bricks!

Black History Month - We've completed our work based on 'Black History' and we're very proud of the work that we produced based upon our research. Have a look at some of the work that we have on display in the school.

Run, run as fast as you can! We've had great fun this term learning skills to help us run faster. To finish the term we all competed in races to find out the fastest boy and girl but we also looked at who had improved their running skills and whose perseverance has seen them run more efficiently. Sadly only some children won the medals but we were all winners on the day!

Happy Yellow Day! Sycamore class looked at how the colour yellow can help when we're feeling anxious or upset. We found looking at a picture of the sun transported us to another country where we felt warm, calm, relaxed and even a little tired! Therefore, we drew sunflowers based on Van Gogh's famous painting to help us on the days when we're not feeling too happy!

Cube incvestigation!

Learning about Isaac Newton's 3rd Law by making water rockets. You can see the fun we had!

Sycamore Class have been learning about 'Significant Black People' during our Black History Month. Look at what they found out about Garrett Morgan!

Sycamore Class share War Memorabilia

Air resistance - Science

Gyrocopter time!

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Oak and Sycamore gallery

Autumn Term 2020


Welcome back everyone! We hope you all have had a wonderful and exciting Summer break and got to spend some quality time with your families and friends. We are very excited to welcome our new classes and begin our learning journey for this academic year. 



In English, Sycamore class will be reading The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe whilst Oak class will be studying The Nowhere Emporium. These units of work will help bridge the gap between lesson objectives missed during the lock-down period and into their new class year.


After half term, both classes will be studying Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. This is a very exciting novel and we our confident the children will thoroughly enjoy it. We plan to use this novel as a stimulus for our reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling objectives. The school will be providing each child with a copy of the story to follow along with. 



We will be working on our basic maths arithmetic skills. We will be encouraging the children to give reasons for their thinking and explain any mathematical concepts they have used. Through this, we hope the children will grasp the mastery elements of what we have been learning about. This term we will be doing a lot of recapping and making sure their fluency skills are embedded.



Throughout this term we will be exploring the units Forces. This unit allows the children the chance to promote their scientific curiosity and understanding. We plan to conduct many investigations and work practically. Towards the end of last term, we started to conduct some investigations that explored what happens when you mix two materials. 



Throughout this unit, we will be learning about World War I and II linking to our class novel, Private Peaceful. There is much to learn and we are looking forward to it.



In Music, we will be working our way through our Charanga units. We have heard some beautiful voices and cannot wait to see the children compose their own pieces of music using the instruments. Children are applying their musical skills to some M.C. Grammar raps in their English lessons.



Art / D.T.

In art we will be looking at the different techniques we can use to create different effects using pencil as well as linking our projects to our topics




All children in school will be having PE outdoors to aid social distancing and we will be covering units traditionally covered in the Summer term. Athletics will feature. Oak class will begin swimming on a Friday. 



We are very busy exploring the concepts of Scratch and Microsoft Excel. There are many challenging components in both pieces of software. But the children are enjoying creating the own algorithms and spreadsheets.



We love exploring the units on 1Decision. They are giving the children a good insight into the world and offering advice on how to conduct themselves as good and honest citizens, whilst keeping themselves safe at all times. Our social media unit was particularly effective. We are excited to continue learning about citizenship.


Children are welcome on to the playground from 8.40am. The schools takes no responsibility for children arriving before this time. Classes end each day at 3p.m. In the Upper School, parents who wish to have their children escorted home should make their own arrangements to have them met at the school gate and the person to escort them should be at the school no later than 3.#pm as the school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the children after that time, unless written permission is given for a club. Also, if you wish for your child to walk themselves home, written permission must be sent to the class teacher before the child can be dismissed.


Thank you for your continued support,


Mr Zaim, Mrs Foulkes and Mrs Bowen

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