In science this week the children have been investigating air resistance. Their challenge was to design and make a parachute that fell slowly and safely to the ground. To do this they chose to investigate the effect the size of the parachute has on the speed of falling. They did this by creating three parachutes of different sizes and dropping them from a height to see which parachute would fall the slowest.
In computing this term, the children have been learning how to make and program Lego models using coding. Today they have created an alligator that snaps its jaw down and eats food when the sensor in its mouth is triggered. They have added sound effects and experimented with different codes.
They have also created a lion that transitions from sleeping and snoring to standing up and roaring. They programmed this on a loop so that it repeats the code.
In French, the children have roleplaying visiting the supermarket. They have then used the new ipads to create i movies of their role-plays.
In computing the children have been creating their own games and apps using espresso coding. To view your child's games and apps click this link. http://apps.coding.discoveryeducation.co.uk/?site_id=9394
Welcome back Sycamore class! We hope you all had a relaxing Christmas break with your families.
We have an exciting term ahead of us. For PE this term, the children will be going swimming at Devizes Leisure Centre on Tuesday mornings. In Science we will continue our topic on the solar system, linking this to our work in computing and writing. The children will also be embarking upon a locality project with Mrs Boud, where they will be comparing the UK to Italy. For reading this term the children will be reading the novel Street Child by Berlie Doherty. They will study the dialect and vocabulary used and engage in class debates. In maths they will be learning about area and perimeter, multiplication and division and finally fractions. Later in the term the children will begin coding in computing and will be creating their own games and apps. The children will also have RE, art, French and music lessons to enjoy.
We will continue to update the class page with news and examples of fabulous learning throughout the term so keep checking in!
Welcome back to school after our half term break!
We have already been busy in class this term and we are only in week 2.
As part of our T4W (talk for writing) we have been writing recount texts and in Math we have been focusing on statistics.
Our topic this term has changed slightly and we are now focusing on learning about human and physical geography along with biomes of the world.
A few things have changed in class too- the children were earning WOW slips last term for good learning behaviors. This meant the children earnt 2 house point and a marble for the jar each time they got one of these. This term, we are continuing the WOW slips, but the children have the opportunity to nominate each other for the WOW slips. We are also keeping track of who earns WOW cards and when the children have earnt 8 of these, they will be given the opportunity to choose a prize from the class prize box.
Term 2 is always a busy term and we have a number of events coming up that are detailed within the school newsletter. We are starting off with parents evenings next week (Tuesday with Mrs. Spencer and Wednesday with myself). We are looking forward to having the opportunity to catch up with many of you to share the successes of your children. If you do not have an appointment and would like one. Please contact us before Tuesday 20th November.
Homework sheets have now been sent home. These can be found online if you have misplaced them or we have additional copies in class.
If you have any further questions about our learning this term or anything else. Please feel free to contact myself or Mrs. Spencer.
It's been a busy start to the year so far in Sycamore Class. In French, the children have been learning the parts of the body and are going to be role playing 'at the doctors' this week.
We have started to look at what makes an effective webpage in Computing lessons and have made a list of features we want to include on our Roman websites.
In Science we have been learning about reproduction in plants and will start to investigate ways some plants can reproduce next week.
In PE lessons we have been perfecting our batting, bowling and throwing skills. The children have been throwing at targets and practising different types of catches, as well as batting using rounders bats. Today we had our first rounders match which the children really enjoyed. Next week we will be focusing more on improving our fielding skills.
This week we have been thinking about inventors and inventions that have changed the world. The children have had the opportunity to design an invention that will be entered into a competition. Look out for your child's application form which will be coming home this week!
We have been busy learning about rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and even 100000 this term. We have been investigating using different resources to help our calculations. Numberlines are a useful way of establishing whether or not we round numbers up or down. I have included a link to a video that briefly explains some of the rounding methods we have been using in class. Challenge your child to have a go at rounding some numbers if you have a spare 5 minutes!
In literacy we have been writing persuasive texts. Children have been using persuasive features such as: alliteration, power of 3, hyperbole, rhetorical questions and imperative commands! They have been working on a piece of writing that is designed to persuade you to visit Rome... apologies in advance for any holiday requests!
Sycamore Class 2017-18