Home Page

St Mary Bourne Primary School

Learning, growing and achieving together!

Sycamore Class Blog

Sycamore Class Spring Term Letter

Secret Santa.

Yesterday afternoon, Secret Santa dropped off a sack full of presents for the class.  One of the children took the place of Santa and handed out the presents to the rest of the class. When the sack was empty, all the class opened the presents together.  There was great excitement.  What a lovely idea, suggested by the children.  They managed to keep the gifts secret.  Well done. 

Secret Santa

Secret Santa  1
Secret Santa  2
Secret Santa  3
Secret Santa  4
Secret Santa  5
Secret Santa  6
Secret Santa  7
Secret Santa  8
Secret Santa  9
Secret Santa  10
Secret Santa  11
Secret Santa  12
Secret Santa  13
Secret Santa  14
Secret Santa  15
Secret Santa  16
Secret Santa  17
Secret Santa  18
Secret Santa  19
Our Maths lessons this week are looking at time and solving time problems.  To begin the topic we worked, with a partner, on investigating time related vocabulary and numbers.  
Over the past three weeks, the children were set a challenge to build their own model Anderson Shelter.  The results, as you can see, are fantastic.  The Anderson shelters are built out of a huge variety of materials; we have been amazed at the different building materials used.  Some of the children made model furniture and we have tried to take photographs to show these.  Well done everyone. 
 On Friday afternoon of 17th November, most of year 6 walked down to the Village Centre to set up and share their games with the community at the yearly St Mary Bourne Primary School Christmas Fair.  The children did not take long to get everything organised and even had time to play each other's games.  At 15.30, the children from school attended and the games area soon became very busy, with an exciting atmosphere.  Well done to everyone who ran their stalls so efficiently and a huge thank you to all the adult helpers, not on Friday but also in school.  

The week before half-term we learned all about the Hindu festival of Diwali.  This week Hindus and Sikhs, all over the world, celebrated Diwali - the festival of light - what an appropriate time to discover what this festival is all about.  To begin with we discussed good and evil and thought about examples of both in the world today and in the past.  There were some interesting discussions about different people and events that have occurred.  

During the week, we read the story of the Ramayana - which is all about the story of Rama and Sita.  We also found out about Rama's childhood and preparation to be the king of his country; how he met Sita and why they were banished for 14 years.  Next we made masks so that we could re-enact the play.  There were no lines so we had to understand the chronology of the tale and make our own lines.  We also made clay divas - little lamps - these were lit to show Rama and Sita the way home to the palace after their fourteen year absence.  We found out all about the festival and what happens on the five day celebration.  Finally, we performed the play to the rest of the school during assembly time.  

Today, our Science was all about volts - how the volts in a cell or battery affects the brightness of a bulb.  We thought about making predictions and then observing what happened and recording this information.  From this we came to a conclusion.  We observed what happened to the bulb each time we used a cell with a higher number of volts.  
Our games lessons are all about rugby.  Mr Filby comes into school to work with our class towards the end of the afternoon.  We have been trying to work collaboratively and to pass the ball sensibly.
In Maths, we have been looking at finding common multiples by playing a game.  This has led on to us looking at fractions and how to use common multiples to express fractions in the same denomination.  
Our History topic is The Battle of Britain and today we were lucky enough to listen to a lady, Mrs Bray, who lived in Kent during the Second World War.  She is the most amazing lady and brought in many artefacts to share and let us handle them.  One item was her wedding dress and her daughter's teddy.  Later on, Mrs Bray talked about rationing and brought along the weekly rations for butter, fat, tea, sugar, bacon and sweets, (but the amount she showed us was for a month!).  The children listened attentively and asked many interesting questions.  
Welcome to our class, Sycamore.  We have been very busy in our Maths lessons - making and reading number sentences using the greater than or less than symbols. 

Cam toys

Cam toys 1
Cam toys 2
Cam toys 3
Cam toys 4

Sports Day 2017

Sports Day 2017 1
Sports Day 2017 2
Sports Day 2017 3
Sports Day 2017 4
Sports Day 2017 5
Sports Day 2017 6
Sports Day 2017 7
Sports Day 2017 8
Sports Day 2017 9
Sports Day 2017 10
Sports Day 2017 11

First Aid morning. Last Thursday, a representative from St John's Ambulance came to school to work with Sycamore class on First Aid. The morning was full of interesting activities, especially when we went outside to look at choking, finding someone unconscious and the recovery position.

Buddy work 

On Wednesday afternoon, Sycamore and Oak class worked together.  As Oak class have been finding out about the maiden voyage of the Titanic, we wanted to know what could they tell their buddy about the journey.  The first task was to tell their buddy what they knew and, if possible to write down the fact on a post-it note, (otherwise the older buddy wrote down the information.)  Finally, the children were given the opportunity to draw the Titanic.  

Dancing to Ice, Ice Baby

Still image for this video

My Movie ice scarlet.mp4

Still image for this video

My Movie noah.mp4

Still image for this video
In English this week, Sycamore class are writing a report about Tam and Kham (two characters from the book Moon Bear).  They have developed their own word bank to describe moon bears, temples and tourists.  Now the children are going to plan and produce a piece of creative writing. 

The day before the Easter holidays, Sycamore class were lucky enough to go to Hurstbourne Tarrant Primary School to watch an interactive performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet.  The actors were fantastic at explaining the story and including the children as some of the actors.  The class returned to school via the Test Way, eating a picnic lunch half-way home. 

Our Geography and Music topic this term is all about Longitude and latitude.  Our Music topic is rap - using Vanilla Ice - Ice, ice baby.  Yesterday, we had an excellent music lesson - all the children were engaged and enjoyed answering the questions.  At the end, the children were given the opportunity to move creatively to the music.  

 

Earlier in the week, the children worked in pairs to show that they understood compass points and how to follow directions.   

Longitude and latitude

Longitude and latitude 1
Longitude and latitude 2
Longitude and latitude 3

Seeing strands of saffron change the colour of the water.

Seeing strands of saffron change the colour of the water.  1
Seeing strands of saffron change the colour of the water.  2
Seeing strands of saffron change the colour of the water.  3
Seeing strands of saffron change the colour of the water.  4

Yesterday, the school participated in a action-packed, international day - with a focus on Uganda. We were lucky enough to have some visitors from Uganda. They joined us in our assembly.

Poetry recital

Still image for this video
Our Class each learned a poem to recite to the rest. It was good fun - different homework.

Tom poem.mp4

Still image for this video

Reciting our poems

Still image for this video

Reciting our poems

Still image for this video

Reciting our poems

Still image for this video

Homework this week, was to learn-by-heart a poem and then perform to the rest of the class.

Here is a list of previous SAT spellings and the type of spelling they are.

list of spellings and spelling patterns for Year 6 - good luck

Gym

Still image for this video
Sycamore Class performed their gymnastic displays to music by Adele.

Playing shape dominoes - we had to think about the properties of the shape too.

Playing shape dominoes - we had to think about the properties of the shape too.  1
Playing shape dominoes - we had to think about the properties of the shape too.  2
Playing shape dominoes - we had to think about the properties of the shape too.  3
Playing shape dominoes - we had to think about the properties of the shape too.  4

investigating homophones in spellings

investigating homophones in spellings  1
investigating homophones in spellings  2
investigating homophones in spellings  3
In class this week we have been looking at the active and passive voice when writing.  We agreed that we usually write in the active and so a challenge has been set to try and use both in our writing.

active and passive voice

active and passive voice  1

IMG_3614.MOV

Still image for this video

Gymnastics

Still image for this video

Gymnastics

Still image for this video

Gymnastics

Still image for this video

Gymnastics

Still image for this video
This half term, Sycamore class have been working on creating a gymnastics display with a partner or as part of a small group. On Wednesday, they performed their sequences to each other. What an amazing piece of work by everyone.

Gym rehearsal

Still image for this video

Gym

Gym 1
Gym 2
Gym 3
Gym 4
Gym 5
Gym 6
Gym 7
Gym 8
Gym 9

Safer Internet day

Safer Internet day  1
Safer Internet day  2
Safer Internet day  3
Safer Internet day  4
Safer Internet day  5

Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.

Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  1
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  2
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  3
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  4
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  5
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  6
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  7
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  8
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  9
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  10
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  11
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  12
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  13
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  14
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  15
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  16
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  17
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  18
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  19
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  20
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  21
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  22
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  23
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  24
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  25
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  26
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  27
Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.  28