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What a brilliant day!  Today began with us looking at the apple-themed food.  We all liked the look of it - especially the apple doughnuts and the apple and sausage rolls.  Next, Sycamore class went outside, armed with a piece of string, a ruler and a table to fill in.  The task was to find out if there is any relationship between the diameter and circumference of an apple.  To begin with, we used string to measure the circumference and then cut the apples in half to measure the diameter.  Each group worked with twelve apples.  Next we came inside to construct a scatter graph to see if there is a correlation between them.   We found there was - a positive one.  After break, Sycamore class worked with Miss Rampton on building apple towers.  It took a lot of patience and collaboration to make the tower free-standing. 

After lunch, we cut apples into tiny pieces and then bashed them in a bag to put the mush through an apple press.  The end result was put into small glasses to be drunk. Delicious.  Finally we went into the hall, to try some of the apple food brought in today.  

It was a lovely day.  Thank you Mrs Robinson. 

On Friday, in the afternoon, Sycamore class practised their circus and balancing skills.  To begin with, they practised with peacock feathers; balancing the ends on their finger tips, noses and chins.  To increase the degree of difficulty, they tried to balance the feather on their toes and knees.  Next, they began to juggle with scarves.  These are useful beginners tools, as they are so light and take a long time to fall, which gives beginners more time catch the scarves.  The children then moved onto juggling balls, first beginning with two and then three - this was tricky as timing is of the essence.  Plate spinning was enjoyed by all and they found that they could get the plate to jump off the stick onto their finger and back onto the stick.  The tricky bit here was to begin spinning the plate without using their hands.  Finally, the children could walk across the tight-rope and move on some pedals.  

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This half-term our Music topic is based on the Ancient Greeks.  We have listened to "Father's theme" by Eleni Karaindrou.  It is a haunting piece of music, with the oboe as the main instrument.  Today we used scarves to help us show the movement of the music.  

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Our gym lessons this half term are all based on "Cheer leading."

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We are looking at addition and subtraction of fractions this week.  Knowing your times tables is essential in order to solve these.  The children have been working hard to find the lowest common denominator and solving mixed number problems, as well as using fraction strips to help us see and understand what the common denominator would be.  
To help us with expanded noun phrases, we used Where's Wally? images.  The pictures are very busy and there are plenty of people to describe and then ask a partner to find them.  
Our Maths this week, is all about fractions - especially addition and subtraction and simplying them.  To get us into the mood, we played a game.
At the moment in Games, Sycamore class are finding out how to be play leaders - they are finding out what is important so that children enjoy playing games.  Today they found out that leaders need to be good communicators. 

"Teacher Pleaser" presentations.

On Tuesday, each pupil presented their explanation of how the machine worked.  Some of the class created Powerpoints, with the image on to help them explain more clearly.  Some created their own machine, whilst others spoke with no props.  Well done to everyone for speaking clearly and  confidently to the audience. 

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Creative History

Today an Ancient Greek lady, called Daphne, came to visit Sycamore class.  She appeared during registration ready to share a typical day in her life.  We looked at artefacts and thought about what the objects could be, how they were used by the Ancient Greeks and what they were made of.  We also looked at the clothes Daphne was wearing and what her costume told us about her life and home. Together we found 42 pieces of evidence.  The children then thought about what evidence there was to show trade, agriculture or mining. In the afternoon, we played some games - they were great fun.  We also had some trays of sand with some artefacts hidden in them, that we used brushes to remove the sand and reveal an object.  We used information sheets to discover what we had found.  Finally we were given some clothes to dress up in.  We had a great day. 

Our Science lesson this week was drama based.  We first of all looked at a Powerpoint on the heart, learning that it is a muscle, its approximate size and where it is positioned in the body.  Next we went outside and, in groups, sketched the heart, showing the four chambers and the blood's journey through it.  By using red and blue cards (to represent oxygen and carbon dioxide) the children were either muscles or red blood cells and dramatized the blood's journey.  The children also had to explain what they were doing and why.  
In Maths, we have been looking at finding the area and perimeter of rectilinear shapes and compound shapes.  In order to calculate the missing sides some of us used white boards and cuisenaire rods to help us understand how to find the missing lengths.  It really did help.  

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In our History topic, we have looked at Classical architecture and how the Georgians liked the architectural features of Ancient Greece and Rome and included some of these features into their buildings - for example columns, pediments and quoin stones.  We then looked at some images of Ancient Greek columns, discussing their shape and function.  Then in groups of three, we made using the same size paper, columns.  Next, and this was the fun part, we added some weights to the columns to see which one could carry the most weight.  We are then going to design and make a paper Greek temple applying the information we have found out. 
Today we began our computing topic - based on programming through Logo.  In pairs, we wrote down instructions and then moved a Lego robot across squared paper.  We then moved onto giving instructions and seeing if our partners could follow them.  

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Our Science topic this term is based on the human body and the circulatory system.  To begin the topic we thought about blood and what is in it.  We discussed the vocabulary - red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma and looked at some images of them.  Then we made blood smoothies using raspberries (to represent red blood cells), vegetarian marshmallows (to represent white blood cells), sprinkles (to represent platelets) and pineapple juice (to represent plasma).  It was great fun making and then drinking them.  

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Our last rehearsal for our gymnastic display

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Last Thursday afternoon, Sycamore class attended a "Keeping Safe" series of workshops at Bramley, Nr Basingstoke.  We were put into two groups and carried out a series of exercises, scenarios, watched videos and answered questions about a number of themes.  We loved them all and learnt something at each activity.  They included: healthy relationships, keeping safe on the railways, cyber bullying, Stranger Danger, stopping distances for lorries, calling 999 and first aid.  
This morning, Mrs Robinson re-arranged the classroom to be a cafe, with an eating area, a preparation and cooking area, with menus and euros to spend.  The children were in three groups and rotated round so that all had a chance to prepare, serve and eat the food.  It really was a great lesson.   Danke, Frau Robinson.  
During SATs week, Sycamore class began their DT topic on sewing.  The cutting out and sewing each piece took a long time and everyone had to be very patient and keep the stitches small.  The end results are amazing - well done!

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Today was Uganda Day at School.  To begin the day, Mrs Robinson took assembly and told us all about the food children at Makonzi School would eat.  Sycamore and Hawthorn class worked together on making chapatis.  We used weighing scales and followed simple instructions.  The ingredients were very simple - flour, water and a pinch of salt.  Next we cooked them - well an adult did.

After lunch there were some chopped vegetables to add to the  cooked chapatis and rolled them up to eat.  They were delicious.  Also during the day, Mrs Bevan Thomas (a school  governor) came to talk to each class about visiting Makonzi school with Dodie.  

A great day!

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Creating an aquarium for mayfly larvae.

 

This morning, Vee visited our class.  She has come into school to talk to us about the chalk streams and the wildlife that could be found.  Today, we made, using plastic bottles, tubing and a pump, an aquarium to watch mayfly change into adults.  The instructions were read out and the "home" easily made.  Then we walked a local garden, which has the Bourne rivulet running through the middle so that Vee could catch some mayfly larvae.  Next we brought the creatures back to class so that they could be put in their new home.  The class are going to monitoring the water level and temperature as well as counting the hatchlings.  The organisms are going to be released into the school pond area. 

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This morning in Maths, we did some problem solving - both in groups and individually.  To begin with, an envelope with statements on was placed on the table and in groups we had to find out which shape was which colour.  We definitely had to talk to each other and make sure we understood the statements.  

This was followed by a 'leap-frog' challenge - to follow some simple rules and get the six counters (in the end we used people) to swap places.  

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This morning, instead of sitting at our desks, we went out to complete a SPAG challenge hunt in the school grounds - orienteering really.  The children worked in pairs, following a map to locate where the questions were.  It was great fun discussing the possible answers and being on the move. 
In English today, we looked at different ways mountains are formed.  The children completed a plate tectonic jigsaw to help their understanding that the crust is always moving.  The next step is to write an explanation text to show their understanding. 

Music.

Our Music lessons this half term, with Hampshire Music Service, have been based around a short film called "I Lava You".  This week, we looked at the three chords used to accompany the song and, using those three chords wrote our own accompaniment.  Next, we identified which notes made up the three chords and then used those notes to make our arrangements more interesting and challenging to play.  Notice how closely we follow the conductor.  

Performing Act 1, Scene 1 of The Tempest by William Shakespeare

As a class, Sycamore have watched a performance of The Tempest by Shakespeare at Hurstbourne Tarrant.  This week we read and discussed the first act.  The children wanted to know the meaning of the challenging vocabulary so that they fully understood what was happening in the storm.  

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Our Maths lesson was calculating area of parallelograms.  To begin with, we were all given a parallelogram, a marked triangle was cut off and added to other end to create a rectangle.  We already knew the formula for calculating the area of rectangles.  

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This week is Maths and Sports week.  On Monday, the snow helped us look at square numbers and how they could be arranged.  It was jolly cold outside but great fun making snowballs.  They were then arranged so that the class built a pyramid.  

The Tempest.

Last Wednesday, Sycamore class walked to Hurstbourne Tarrant primary school to watch a performance of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  It was a great performance and the children are more knowledgeable about the story and characters.  The walk was muddy but fun.  Back at school, the children worked in small groups to perform the play in twenty minutes.  

Science 

Today we looked at reflection and how to see behind us as well as around corners.  

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For gym, the children were creating sequences to the theme tune of Mission Impossible, using the springboard to boost their jumps. Everyone agreed it was great fun and all made progress.
Our Science topic is Light and we have been finding out what happens to the length of a shadow when the light source is moved closer to the object. 
Our Music this half term is called "I lava you."  It is Pixar short film.  The children are learning all about the music that accompanies the song and how the chords change.  There is an opportunity, to not only sing, but also to play percussion accompaniment.  On Wednesday the children followed the chords and which notes to play on the glockenspiel as well as being a human xylophone.  

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

On Tuesday 6th February 2018, the year 6 attended a languages day with Overton and Longparish.  The day was organised by Testbourne modern foreign languages department.  The children were in three groups, and participated in three activities where they were introduced to German, Russian and Greek.  It was an excellent morning and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn something new.  

Year 6 languages day at Testbourne Community School.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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.   

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Seeing strands of saffron change the colour of the water.

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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

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Our Class each learned a poem to recite to the rest. It was good fun - different homework.

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Reciting our poems

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Reciting our poems

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Reciting our poems

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

Gym

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Sycamore Class performed their gymnastic displays to music by Adele.

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

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investigating homophones in spellings

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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.

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Gymnastics

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Gymnastics

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Gymnastics

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Gymnastics

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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

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Safer Internet day

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Advertising our own chocolate bars to the class.

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