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Welcome to Sycamore. Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed your two week break.  Spring1 is set to be another busy half term in Sycamore with a brand new adventure, learning songs for our end of year show and continuing to prepare for the year 6 SAT's in May.

 

Underneath, you will find a link to our weekly spellings and homework.  Every Friday you will be given your homework, times tables book, reading book and spelling book.  Your books need handing in the following Thursday. We will also have our spelling test and times table tests on Thursday. 

 

 

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Our Star of the Week Award goes to.... Millie!

Our Star of the Week Award goes to.... Millie! 1
Our Star of the Week Award goes to.... Millie! 2
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Writing Buddies

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Tremendous Tudors

 

This half term we received an email from Mia Storey, who works at Temple Newsham House.  They had found a mysterious family tree with missing people and wanted our help working out who the missing people were.

 

 

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We recognised the man in the middle as King Henry VIII and realised that this must be part of a Tudor family tree.  We learnt some key events and put them into a chronological order during a Burn 2 Learn session.

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After we started writing a description of Henry VIII.  To help us, we thought of some fronted adverbials to improve our writing.

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Using our fronted adverbials, we wrote character descriptions about Henry VIII
During a Burn 2 Learn we discovered lots of facts about Tudor houses
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We then drew tudor houses and using water colours we painted them.  Next we labelled our drawings and wrote adverts for them.
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We learnt about the Battle of Bosworth.  Before writing an eye witness account about the battle we did a Burn 2 learn to help us improve our verbs.  We had to find four different options to replace each of the underlined words.
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Next we designed Tudor purses.  We sketched out our design first before making the purse out of felt and embroidery threads....
After we had made our purses, we looked at the types of food eaten during the Tudor period.  To make things interesting we had a taste test: cheese, egg, ham, turkey and Tudor soup!
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Jousting was a popular sport between knights during the Tudor period. We held our own tournament....
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On February 14th, we made jam tarts ready for the Tudor feast on Friday 15th....
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UKS2 Christmas Concert - Wednesday 12th December

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River Rescue - Autumn 2

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The children returned from the holidays to find the classroom awash with rubbish and a mysterious letter! The letter was from David Attenborough – who the children learnt is a famous broadcaster and naturalist. He was writing to the children to ask for their help…

 

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Their task was to learn all about the devastating effects pollution is having on the rivers of the world and how people can try and help solve this problem.

Before getting to work, the children wanted to know more about David Attenborough so they completed a burn 2 learn to make a timeline of his life. They then wrote biographies all about him.

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Then we wrote a biography about his life.
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After looking at how Pablo Picasso used collage in his work, we decide to re-use our rubbish to make a collage. We used David Attenborough and the amazing work he has done on the importance of keeping the oceans clean as our inspiration!
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We found out that pollution in our oceans is a global issue.  After completing a Burn 2 Learn, we were able to identify some rivers from across the world and share some interesting facts about them.
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We thought about how authors open stories in different ways by completing a Burn 2 Learn.
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Then we started to work on a story about a magical land with a river running through it.  First we labelled pictures from the book 'Journey' about how a character would be feeling.  Then we began describing the magical world and added relative clauses to make it interesting.
In reading, we read a poem called "A River's Story".  There was some tricky language in it so we completed a Burn 2 Learn to match up the words to their meanings. Next we answered both comparison and inference questions about the poem.

We also drew pictures illustrating what the river was like before it was polluted by the factories.

 

 

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To understand how a bottle ended up in the Irish Sea, we learnt about the journey a river takes from source to mouth and imagined the bottle had been dropped in a stream whilst visiting Ingleborough Hall.
During a Burn 2 Learn, we matched pictures of features of rivers to their names and descriptions.
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First we thought about what the river is like at different stages: the upper, middle and lower course. After we wrote some non-chronological reports about the journey a river takes.

 

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We looked at different types of pollution that affects rivers and worked out what could cause it.
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Sycamore's Autumn 1 Adventure

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Our adventure began when we met Osmund and Hilda, who are brother and sister, and live in Anglo-Saxon England in 793AD. 

They offered to take us around their village and teach us all about their life. First however, we needed to fit in with the locals so using a computer programme we generated our own saxon names.  Using clay we made name plates.

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Next we designed our outfits....
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We created a clay plaque with our Anglo Saxon name etched into it.....
Next, we completed a Burn 2 Learn to find out some key facts about where the Anglo-Saxons came from and where they settled.
Then we completed maps to show what we had found out .......
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Osmund and Hilda wanted to find out what it was like for their relatives when they travelled to Britain.  We imagined we were leaving Denmark, Germay or the Netherlands and tried to picture the scene.
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As a group we came up with lots of noun phrases to describe the scene. After we wrote setting descriptions.
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Osmund and Hilda wanted to learn about the journey their ancestors would have taken. Their mother had a diary belonging to Alfred and Elga, distant relatives.  Unfortunately it was so fire damaged it needed the gaps filling in.  First we thought about what we would pack now if we were leaving home and what the Anglo-Saxons would have taken.  Next we learnt how to use fronted adverbials to open our sentences in our diary in different and interesting ways.
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After that we thought about all the negative and positive feelings that Elga and Alfred might have experienced.
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Then it was time to write our amazing diary....
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We have been looking at what an Anglo-Saxon Village looks like.  We made nets of cubes and made our own Saxon homes.
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A popular Anglo-Saxon game is Taefl......it was lots of fun to play!
Next it was time to try some Anglo-Saxon food!  Five lucky(ish) children completed the blind taste test of some Anglo-Saxon food: plums, honey, bread, carrots and barley water.
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We also learned about some of the other dishes and types of food that the Saxons ate......we designed a menu including them.
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After we had written out formal invitations, we held an amazing Saxon feast and our parents and families joined us!
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Whilst on our adventure we read the story of Beowulf.  It is from the Anglo-Saxon period and after reading it we drew storyboards retelling the main parts.
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Osmund and Hilda received some news of invaders.  We completed a Burn 2 Learn to find out who they were......and found out they were Vikings!  We used watercolours to create pieces of art depicting the Viking's journey over to England.
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To really understand how Hilda and Osmund live we visited Danelaw Dark Village for the day.  We lived like Anglo-Saxons and learnt how to farm, grind flour, protect the village and making clay lamps. Take a look at what we got up to! There are also more pictures in a link at the top of this page.
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Osmund and Hilda were then received news that their village was under attack from the Vikings.  However when they got to the weapons store the weapons were all gone! During a Burn 2 Learn we helped them find their lost weapons...

Weapon Evaluation

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After, we wrote a setting description describing the battle between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings.  We planned our descriptions using our senses.
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