Sycamore 5

Welcome to Sycamore 5!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Webb - Class Teacher
Mrs Stubbs - Teaching Assistant

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Spring 1
From Rags to Riches
On Tuesday, pupils from Year 5 agreed to help the local historical society after they received an email with details about a Victorian time capsule being buried on school grounds over 100 year ago.  With the aid of a metal detector, the pupils set out in earnest to find it.  After a couple of red herrings in the form of bottle tops, they finally unearthed an old biscuit tin containing artifacts.  They then spent the remainder of the morning, using their inference skills to identify as much about the original owner as possible.  Well done year 5!
Autumn 2
Year 5 carried out some amazing textiles and sewing artwork on the Thursday. The children worked together to create an enormous wall hanging based on our British values. Many thanks to 'Crazy Mary' for her expertise and guidance - we know that end result is going to look amazing!
'I learned that pronouns can be possessive like, 'her',' Braden.
'I didn't know until today what a modal verb was.  It is a word like 'might' or 'will' that show how possible or certain something is,' Lauren.
Year 5's assembly was inspired by Sir Michael Morpurgo's book, Kensuke's Kingdom.  The story, used to drive this half term's theme - LOST!, sees the main character (Michael), washed overboard in a strange land.  In the assembly, members of the class are washed up in different biomes from around the world.   They describe to the reporters who find them, the climate, landscape and animals that surround them.  The assembly itself was used as a vehicle to help the children with their geography learning.  Watch this space to find out what they have learned.
'I loved our song, Rocking all over the World by Status Quo,'  George.
'My favourite part was the joke about Mrs Davis' maths lessons,' Maizie.
The RNLI dropped into visit year 5 today to help them understand the role they play in the UK and also how to stay safe around water.
Autumn 1
I Am Warrior
Year 5 have really enjoyed their first topic, I am Warrior.  They have loved discovering facts about both Roman civilian and military life.  To end the topic, they researched foods that are found in the Mediterranean to prepare for a typical Roman celebration - a banquet.  Everyone helped by cooking honey biscuits and oregano flat breads.
'Today was the first time I tried humus.  It was nice.  Someone told me to try it with celery so I am going to do that,' Ben.
'When I smelt the fig, it didn't smell nice but when I tried it the taste wasn't very strong,' Harley.
'I enjoyed making the flat bread.  The taste was very nice, however, I wasn't keen on the texture.  It was a bit chewy,' Lauren.
Year 5 traveled across to Viroconium Cornoviorum, more commonly known today as Wroxeter.  This town in Shropshire was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.  They explored the ruins, townhouse reconstruction and museum to help them deepen their knowledge about life in Roman Britain.  They enjoyed creating mosaics and dressing up as different member of society too. 
Did you know that Wattling street is the same road that leads right up to Wroxeter's gates?  This is where the road, that originally started in Rome, finally ends.  We have really enjoyed this topic and this was a great way to finish it off.  Well done Year 5.
Sycamore have enjoyed their first tea party this year with Mrs Day after the whole class hit their weekly reading target.  Well done everyone and thank you to all those people at home who helped them achieve this.  We are now looking forward to our tea party with Mr Coleman after reaching our target for a second consecutive week.
Year 5 are completing the theme 'I am Warrior' which started with an order from the Roman Emperor Claudius to join his army.  The children go on a journey, discovering who the Romans were and the role they played in British history.  Over the next few weeks, they will learn about the Roman invasion of Britain and the role of the Celts, Boadicea and Picts from Scotland.  They will also discover that they have an impressive legacy which can still be seen in our lives today, such as the A5 road and police riot controlling tactics. 
Welcome to Pine 4!
2018 - 2019
Miss Marklew - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Tomb of Treasure
Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt herself, came to visit year 4 today.  During our time with the queen, we learned about the ancient Egyptian’s traditional beliefs and customs, social hierarchy, writing and some of the games they played. 
Summer 1
Bottoms, Burps and Bile
Take One Author - Anne Fine


The children were set the Giganta-gut challenge, each group were given the task to make their own digestive system . Year 4 followed instructions and discussed what each part of the model represented in the digestive system - breaking the food up using teeth, swallowing the food in the Oesophagus, food in the stomach with acid and bile, food travelling through the intestines, and the waste product that exited the body!  All the parts were then joined together to make one fully working ‘Giganta gut.



Spring 2
Blue Abyss
This morning the children were introduced to the realities of what lurks in the Blue Abyss.  Having watched some spine tingling footage from the Blue Planet series, the children were asked to categorise some of the mysterious sea creatures that could be found in the oceans.  They were then challenged to work out where all the water that is in the oceans comes from. They were a little concerned to learn it was the same water that the dinosaurs had been drinking!
Spring 1
Voyage into the Unknown
On Wednesday, some of our children took part in the 'Fly to the Line' regional finals in Telford. Even though we didn't make it to the next stage, we had an amazing experience and learnt so much from the very knowledgeable and supportive team. Thank you for a great day. @RAFMUSEUM #FTTLUK 
This half term the children will go on a wild adventure with Charlie Small to discover a host of extraordinary animals and places.  They will need their map skills to make sure they don't get lost on the way and understand food chains to avoid getting eaten.  As if that wasn't enough, they also have their assembly on Thursday 31st January.  Good Luck!
Year four have had an exciting return to school this week after finding out they had been entered into a national glider designing competition.  Teams in each class are vying for the top spot in order to win the chance to take their designs to the regional finals. They have been challenged to learn about the mechanics of flying and then design, test and improve a glider model that will fly the greatest distance. 
The competition is on but who will win?
Autumn 2
Windows of the Past
The children became detectives when they returned after the half term to solve a grisly Tudor murder.  They will soon discover just how dangerous it is to live in the Tudor times, especially if you weren't of the correct religion.
Autumn 1
Raiders and Traders
Year 4 trained how to be vicious Viking warriors with Gregolf the Viking.  He also taught them how to read ancient runes and play games such as nine men morris and kubb.


'Nine Men Morris was really fun,' Noah.


'I loved the real boar skin and weapons he brought in,' Autumn .


'The chain mail was really heavy,' Archie.


'I liked it when I blew the Viking horn.  I also liked the weapons and jewellery,' Oliver.


'I liked the part when I got to wear a helmet.  I also liked the game Kubb and I won,' Megan.


Welcome to Oak 3!
2017 - 2018
Mrs Atkins - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Summer 1
On Wednesday Year 3 discovered that a mysterious object had been washed up on the beach on the West Coast of Scotland, during a storm.
"We are trainee journalist at the Daily Drumnadrochit.  We are trying to find out what the mysterious item is.  The Chief of the newspaper sent us clues for our evidence table.  Our classroom is now a journalist office with briefcases and house plants on the tables."
Spring 2 
This half term we will be covering our theme Overground, Underground and our Take One Author, David Walliams.
Yesterday Year 3 visited the Dudley Canal because we are learning about mining and canals.  We mostly enjoyed when we made the ribbon and lace plates.  Also when we painted the inside like a castle or rose.
Legging on the canal boat was fun!
Lucy and Chloe
This half term year 3 will be travelling around North America with a dog called Larry. The big problem that we have is that Larry keeps getting lost! Luckily, year 3 have got super geographical skills and are able to find him each time he wonders from his owner, Pete. We will follow Larry as he climbs The Golden Gate Bridge, visits The White House, watches a show in New York, takes part in a showdown in Texas and gets a star on the walk of fame in Hollywood.