Sycamore Class Blog

Sycamore stars!

Dear parents,

The children have had a very eventful week this week!

We have continued with our Spanish and Latin lessons. Our Latin lessons focus on the Roman Empire and how the Roman's lived, in line with our topic. The children are learning some Latin phrases as we go along, and have really enjoyed it!

We have also been lucky enough to have an art specialist in class this week, helping us to make some beautiful Christmas cards. The children were so focused and had a fantastic afternoon!

In Maths, we have continued to learn our multiplication and division skills, focusing on the 3 and 6 times tables. Any support you could give the children at home with their times tables would be brilliant.

In English, we have started a new explanation text. The children have been focusing on vocabulary and key features, before innovating their own next week!

Have a snowy and safe weekend!

Miss Burke.

Sycamore adventures!

Dear parents,

We've had another fun week in Sycamore with Latin lessons, Spanish and our trip to Chester Zoo!

Firstly, in Maths we have been continuing to learn multiplication and division, the children still need some more practice on their times tables! It'd be great if you could practice them at home.

In English, the children have finished their defeating villain stories, they were very interesting to read!

In Latin, we've been learning different verbs, nouns and adjectives.

Today, we have enjoyed our trip to Chester Zoo! We have been learning more about the different types of songbirds and today we got to see them! The children also loved all the other animals, particularly the giraffes and elephants!

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Burke.

Wildlife discoveries in Sycamore!

Dear parents,

This week, we have had another visit from our friends at Chester Zoo! We have been out into our school wildlife area to look for birds with our binoculars. The children found many different types of birds and really loved their afternoon!

In one of our reading lessons, the children stuck post-it notes to their backs with significant words from our class novel. The children had to use varied language to try and describe the words to each other, and the significance of these words to our class novel.

In Maths, we have started our new topic of multiplication and division and have been using lots of different ways to help us to understand multiplying numbers. If you could also practice their times tables at home, that would be great!


With the Christmas play nearing, it would be really helpful if you could practice any lines the children have with them at home.

Thanks and see you Monday,

Miss Burke.

Sycamore superstars!

Dear parents,

Another brilliant week in Sycamore class.

We have been enriching our learning about songbirds with another visit from Chester Zoo! The children loved making songbirds and singing like them, too!

In English, we have been continuing to learn our defeating villain story! The children are beginning to innovate their own stories - I've seen some fantastic ideas! We have also been focussing on possessive apostrophes, they children are trying really hard with this! The children created some of their own sentences using possessive apostrophes! We also played a fun pass the parcel game to finish our lesson, the box was filled with lots of sentences using apostrophes and the children had to tell me which ones were right, and which were wrong when the box landed on them!

Have a fantastic weekend and see you Monday!

Miss Burke.

An exciting week for Sycamore

Dear parents,

An exciting week for Sycamore this week!

It's been equality and diversity week, so we have been learning about accepting and appreciating our differences. We had a guest speaker in class doing some workshops!

We have also had a visit form Adele at Chester Zoo with the 'Sing for Songbirds' project! Adele has been teaching us about some endangered birds, in particular, the ones in Chester Zoo at the moment! The children thoroughly enjoyed this.


In Maths, we have finished off our topic of addition and subtraction! The children have worked hard at using estimation, inverse operations and checking strategies!

In English, we have started a new topic - a defeating villain story about Dr Who and the Daleks! The children have really enjoyed this so far, and are getting to know the story really well. We have focused on vocabulary, grammatical features and finished the week with a hot seating task! Some children took the hot seat, microphone, and got into role as Dr Who!

Well done Sycamore! Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Burke.


We are Romans!

Dear parents,

Sycamore had a fantastic last week of half term. The children have worked very hard, and I hope are having a well-deserved break.

In Maths, we have been continuing with subtracting 4 digit numbers, with exchanging (borrowing from next door!). This has been  a difficult concept, but the children are working hard to master it! We also made a human abacus to help with our understanding.


In English, we finished our Newspaper report topic. I enjoyed reading some fantastic and exciting newspaper reports, using suspense!

We had a brilliant trip to Chester to enrich our knowledge of the Romans and the Roman Empire. The children were able to have a tour around a museum, dressed up as Romans and learn about the Roman army.

It was also very exciting to see Mr Smith and Mr McKenzie-Owens 'fight' as Roman soldiers against each other!

Hope you're having a fantastic half term! See you Monday!

Miss Burke.

We are musicians!

Dear parents,

We've had a great week in Sycamore this week!

In Maths, we have been continuing with regrouping and working on our addition skills.

In English, we are continuing to work on our Newspaper reports, starting to innovate and create our own ideas in preparation for writing our own Newspaper reports next week! The children have been coming up with some fantastic ideas and vocabulary. They have been working hard to include the 5W's, including who, what, where, when and why.

In Music, we had our final week of ABBA - Mama Mia (much to our disappointment!). The children really enjoyed doing their final performance, and we even had a special visit from Mrs Rimmer who came to watch. The children have been performing with musical instruments, which they have thoroughly enjoyed!

In Topic, we have been learning about how the Romans transported goods throughout their Empire. We answered some questions, then the children used the i-pads to conduct some of their own research!

Great attitudes to learning this week - well done Sycamore!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Burke.

Week six in Sycamore!

Dear parents,

Another fantastic week in Sycamore!

In English, we have been learning our newspaper report bout the big bad wolf and little red riding hood. The children have created their own short dramas to show their understanding of the report. They have also taken part in a 'hot seating' task whereby the children have to get into character as either the big bad wolf or red riding hood! The other children have been in role as reporters asking them lots of questions in relation to the report! They had such fun with this and it has helped them learn a lot. They have been able to apply this to their writing.

In Maths, we have moved onto our Addition and Subtraction topic this week. The children have been learning to add and subtract 1,000s, 100s, 10s and 1s. We played a game of Maths bingo to introduce the topic, we were adding 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s to give numbers.

In topic, we have been doing some cross-curricular work with Maths, and finished our Place Value topic by looking at Roman Numerals! The children have really enjoyed this, and we used some lollypop sticks to create our Roman Numerals. 

All in all, a brilliant week. Well done!

Miss Burke.

Fabulous week five in Sycamore!

Dear parents,

Another fabulous week in Sycamore class, with lots of exciting activities.

In Maths, we have been working hard at ordering and comparing numbers, and moved onto counting in 25s!

In English, we have come to the end of our journey stories, and I am looking forward to reading them all!

In Topic, we have all taken part in some role play around the Roman invasion of Britain. We pretended to be a Celtic tribe sitting around our fire, who had just heard the news the Romans were coming to invade! We reacted in our roles as Celts, and decided the best course of action! Some children decided they wanted to protect the iron, gold and silver that the Romans thought we had here in Britain. Eleanor even had a go at being the tribal elder herself!

In RE, we have been continuing to learn about the Sikh religion. This week, taking a focus on the Baisakhi festival, the celebration of the Sikh New Year. The Sikh's celebrate their New Year in many different ways, including eating holy food, praying and dancing. So, we tried some of our own Punjabi dancing to their music get a feel for the Sikh festival and holy day.


All in all, another great week.

Have a fantastic weekend! Miss Burke.

A fantastic week in Sycamore!

Dear parents,

Another brilliant week in Sycamore! The children are working very hard, and had a lovely trip to Petty Pool!

In Maths, we have been learning to count in thousands, and comparing numbers. We were able to move onto some reasoning with this and the children are working very hard on their reasoning language!

In English, we are coming towards the end of our innovation stage of our journey stories. I'm excited to read their new invented journey stories next week when we finish this topic! The children have had some fantastic and imaginative ideas.

In DT, we have made some lovely Roman jewellery to go with our topic - the children loved this!

We have also been on our lovely trip to Petty Pool! The children have showed great determination and motivation towards all the task, and gave it everything they had! They were wall climbing, crate building and went on a beautiful nature walk - we learnt a lot!

Have a lovely weekend! Miss Burke.