Sycamore Class

Dear parents, 

Welcome back!

In English this term we will start by looking at some nonsense poetry, using a poem called The Dragon who ate our school. This is a really fun and exciting poem, I think the children will really enjoy it! We will also write a fictional narrative using the The Nightmare Man by Pie Corbett as a focus. This will encourage the children to create suspense in their writing. Following this, the children will look at information texts, looking at Mr Twitt’s biography. After half term, we will be writing recounts as part of our non-fiction focus.

In Maths, we will be continuing with Multiplication and Division before moving onto fractions! We will be also looking at decimals and converting fractions into decimals. We will also being looking at measurement and how to convert different units of measure.

In Science, we will continue with our topic of animals including humans, and will be studying teeth in humans and their simple functions. The children will focus on food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. Later on in the term, we will focus on states of matter, looking at solids, liquids and gases.

This term, our topic will be the Roman Empire and it’s impact upon Britain. We will look at a timeline of Roman Britain and the invasion until departure in chronological order of events. We will study the attempted invasions of Julius Caesar and successful invasion of Claudius. We will also look into the development of Roman settlements and identifying these on a map.

In Art and DT, the children will design, create and evaluate their own pieces of Roman jewellery. We will also look at Roman Mosaics.

Homework will be given out on a Monday and needs to be returned by Friday. Spellings will also be given on a Monday and the children need to learn them at home. There will be a spelling test every Friday. It is really important the children learn their spellings at home. It would also be great if you could read at home with your child, even if it is just a few pages each evening.

If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Miss Burke.


Termly Newsletter

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Summer, I’m sure the children are refreshed and ready to embrace their learning as we are now starting our first Autumn term in Sycamore class!

Mr Rimmer will be joining us in class in the mornings, and Mr McKenzie-Owens will be supporting the class in the afternoons.

Our topic for this term is Transport, where we will be looking at the history of railways and the Titanic. When studying the Titanic, we will look at its history and how it all began. We will be looking at key dates and events, and the significance of the disaster. We will also be looking at railways, how they first came about, and the roles of significant people throughout the creation of railways as a form of transport.

I’m really looking forward to our new topic, and have some more exciting things planned! I will be taking the children on school trips relating to these subjects, which will enrich our learning. I will give you more information as the time gets closer.

In Maths, we will be very busy and working hard on our place value skills, learning to understand the value of 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s. We will learn how to identify the value of a digit, and partition numbers appropriately. We will also be enhancing our knowledge of addition and subtraction this term. We will also continue to focus our times tables, it would be great if you could support the children at home with this. Times tables games are a fun way to improve skills and fluency.

In English, we will be looking at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, including some fun and enthusing poetry work. We will be starting the term by focusing on journey stories. The class will also focus on their spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation skills.

In Science, we will be focusing on living things and their habitats, and will be exploring outdoors to help us with this.

In RE, we will be exploring Christianity and Sikhism to enrich our understanding of the world and different religions.

The children will have PE with Mr Rimmer every Wednesday afternoon and also on a Friday with myself. It would be best for the children bring their PE kit to school every Monday morning, and take home on a Friday.

Homework will be given every Monday and will need to be returned by Friday. This will include English and Maths and weekly spellings. If you could read with your children at home a little each night, that would really support the children with their reading and writing.

I am really looking forward to starting the new Autumn term! If you have any queries, please feel free to come and see at the end of the school day.


Miss Burke, Mr Rimmer and Mr McKenzie Owens.