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Sycamore summer 19 letter

DT - designing and sewing our pictures in circular frames.

Receiving and reading our informal letters

Art - using a variety of media - watercolours, ink and pastels - to create our trees

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Learning the vocabulary for ingredients used when making sandwiches in German

Outdoor art - sketching with charcoal

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Using numberlink cards to help us with times tables and division facts

Investigating prime numbers

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Our Music lesson, this week, was all about ostinato and creating different rhythms.  To begin with, the children had to choose an insect and create three different rhythms when saying or clapping the word.  This led on to them sharing their rhythms with a partner and later the class.  Mrs Davies provided the children with the first line of The Cucaracha, they practised playing the tune and investigating what notes would be used for the second line.  

World Book Day - Listening to stories.

Listening responding to music. This was great fun.

Science - looking at fossils. Using toilet roll, we created a time line of the history of the Earth and noted some important events.

Music - listening to some music from Mexico.

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Identifying features in an informal letter.

In English, this week we have been looking at subjunctive mood.  We have found that it is used in formal situations and when expressing a wish or desire. To begin with we sorted sentences into two groups - subjunctive mood or not.  

Last week, it was Safer Internet Week.  Mrs Robinson held a Key Stage 2 assembly, showing us all what the emphasis was this year.  It is all about being sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave - in fact being internet legends.  We have talked about being safe when on the internet and knowing how to keep safe and who we should talk to if feeling unsure.  To end the series of lessons there is a game to play to become internet sharp.  It was great fun. 

In Maths, we have been looking at nets and 3d shapes, with a particular focus on the number of edges, vertices and number and shape of faces.  In class, we have been accurately drawing nets in order to construct 3d shapes and experimenting with the number of nets that can create a specific shape.  Often, this has involved the use of Clixi and cubes.  
In History, we looked at and closely studied images of Greek artefacts to help us prove whether some statements about Ancient Greek women were true, false or if there was not enough evidence.  We worked in pairs and discussed each statement carefully and searching for evidence.  
Part of our English is to look at dialogue and how direct speech can be used in newspaper reports.  We have been using the Greek myth about King Midas as our stimulus and today we thought about what people in the palace might have said when Midas had his wish of turning everything to gold.  After the drama, the class wrote some of the sentences into their books, demonstrating that they understand how to punctuate direct speech.  

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Creating a dance from the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

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Our Science topic this half term is Electricity.  We began the lesson by revising the symbols and their definition.  This then led on to a loop card game, using the symbols and meanings.  

Our English journey to begin this new term, is all about King Midas.  We have read a number of different stories about the myth - a comic strip, a story and watched a short video.  Today, we thought about the vocabulary we "magpied" and discussed from yesterday to create the main characters through drama.  To end the lesson, we were introduced to "conscience alley".  We had to collaborate to know what we were going to say to the person walking through the alley, to help them make up their mind.  

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Christmas kisses (a German chocolate treat) were given to each child

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Today was the final performance of our cheer leading topic. We performed to our buddies in Oak Class and Maple class were invited too.

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Yesterday, Sycamore class were invited by the Village Lunch to sing at the Christmas Lunch.  The children have been learning some festive songs and Christmas carols with Mrs Davies for our Carol Concert later on in December, so we choose three to entertain the diners.  They were Alleluia - a cappella in three parts, We want to celebrate this Christmas and When a child is born.  The children sang beautifully and everyone was very appreciative of their efforts.  
Our RE topic this Christmas is looking at the two narratives of St Luke and St Matthew.  We are looking at the similarities and differences between them.  From our collated information we are going to produce a Venn diagram to show our findings more clearly.  

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A musical class composition of Icarus and Daedalus

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With Mrs Davies, Sycamore class have written a summary of the Greek myth, Icarus and Daedalus. Then in groups, the children took one part each and put a chorus in between each section. This video is of our final performance.

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First rehearsal of group moves.

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Our dance this half term is based on Cheer leading. The children have been collaborating in pairs and larger groups.

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Our music topic this half term has been looking at creating music to retell a Greek myth. Today we were given the choice of 5 scenarios and created, using percussion instruments, a musical scene.

Measuring outside and then converting from one metric unit to another.

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This week, we have carried out research in to the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses.  The class have worked in pairs and given a short presentation about their chosen god/goddess.  At the end of each talk, the audience said what they had learned.  

Our Maths lesson, this morning, looked at mean averages.  To begin with we talked about the vocabulary and what average, range and mean average meant.  Then we looked at how to calculate the mean average by finding the total, and then dividing by the number of items.  The mean average of 14, 26, 10 and 22 is - the sum of the numbers - 72 and then dividing this number by 4 = 18.  

Next groups were given cups of chews and money.  They worked collaboratively on finding the mean average number of sweets per group, the mean average number of coins per group and the mean average amount of money per group.  

After several after-school sessions, the games - created by the class and parents - were ready.  They were duly taken to the hall, ready for the year 6 children to set-up for 15.30.  All the children helped run their stalls for 90 minutes and they were enthusiastic and polite to everyone.  Well done!

Rugby practice - great collaboration and participation

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Our Science lesson today was finding out about the lungs and how the respiratory system is closely linked to the circulatory system.  We first of all, looked at the different parts of the lungs and labelled a diagram.  Then we carried out an experiment to find out our lung capacity - by blowing through a piece of tubing in an upturned full bottle of water.  The air (from our lungs) displaced the water in the bottle.  From the results we collected, in a table, we are able to see if our prediction was right.  

Cheer leading - props were added today.

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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.  

Measuring the field to produce a map for orienteering.

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I lava you - such fun.

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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.  

Learning the vocabulary associated with circles.

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Gym

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More gymnastics

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Mission Impossible gymnastics

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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.

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. 

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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.