Welcome to Sycamore Class!
My name is Miss Freeman and I teach Sycamore Class. We are very lucky to have Mrs Pilbrow helping with our learning. Sycamore is the middle class of the school and teaching year 2 and year 3 children.
Welcome back! I hope you have all had enjoyable and relaxing holidays. Thank you for all the wonderful holiday work, I am very much enjoying starting to read them all.
Some of the exciting things that we are working on this term:
English: We are starting off the year thinking about traditional tales- really old stories. We will be learning and retelling stories about a special creature that lives in the sea.
Topic: The Seaside! We will try to answer some Geography questions; What makes our seaside special? Why are coasts important? What happens on the coast? After half term we will be thinking about the special days at this time of year, starting with Diwali, Remembrance Day and November 5th.
Science: The environment; why it’s important, and how we look after it. After half term we will start to investigate light and shadow
Please note; soon we will be telling the time in maths. This is an area that many children find challenging so telling the time at home will help prepare them for this subtopic.
P.E. at the Nadder Centre is on Thursday afternoons. This term children will also need their P.E. kits in on Fridays as part of our exciting new Friday timetable.
Spellings and mental maths (times tables or number bonds) are usually given out on Wednesdays with spelling and maths tests on Mondays. Your child should use their homework book as a practice space for these and for any week-specific homework, the front of the book has some suggestions of different ways to practise.
As last year, your child’s reading book and yellow reading record need to come into school and go home every day. This book is a record of every time your child reads with an adult during the year. When your child reads please record it here, even if it wasn’t their school reading book.
Please learn spellings and tables with your child daily alongside reading. This will help them to feel ready for tests and secure the knowledge. Verbal work during spare moments can be equally helpful.
Tests will be in a mixed order and will use lots of different words (multiply, times, groups of); sometimes children will be trying inverse lists answering questions such as “How many tens in forty?”
The spelling lists your child is given may be based on target words for their age group, topic words, or words they know but forget to spell correctly in their writing.
If you have any questions please come and see me.
|Term starts||September||November||January||March||May (SATS)||June|
|Topic||The Coast||Festivals of Light||The Home Front||Life||Life||Explorers|
|History||X||Key events – Bonfire night, Poppy day||WW2 –local history, in depth||x||X||Significant people
|Geography||The coast, maps, vocab, fieldwork||x||x||Local area – non European country||X||World’s countries, Europe and Americas|
|R.E.||Diwali||Christmas||Jesus’ miracles||Forgiveness/Easter||Sharing/ Sikhism||Pilgrimage/Hinduism|
|Science||The environment||Light||Growing plants||Animals: bodies||x||Rocks and fossils|
Colour, form and space
|Drawings – line and texture||Colour/Shape||Texture/Collage|
|DT||X||Research/ development||Seasonality -cooking||Use mechanical systems
Build and improve
|ICT||Organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data||X||algorithms||Write and test simple programs||Internet safety
Know about ICT outside of school
|music||Singing, playing recorders, Mr Walker sessions|
|Sport||Covered by Nadder Sport Centre|
|Term Starts||September||November||January||March||May (SATs)||June|
|Topic||Rock and Roll||Take to the Sky||Early History||All Creatures Great and Small||Life and Land||All over the World|
|History||Significant people – The Beatles
National life –Living memory
Theme (flight) through time
|Stone age to iron age||X||How has land use changed locally?|
|Geography||British geography||Compass points, maps||X||X||Mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes,||Continents, oceans, countries, settlements + trade|
|R.E.||Jesus’ teaching||Why did God give Jesus?||Prayer/Islam||Easter - Resurrection||Covenant -Judaism||Hajj - Islam|
|Science||Forces -magnetism||Materials||Needs of animals, alive and dead, food chains and habitats||X
|Plants –lifecycle, requirements for life|
|Art||Drawing/colour||Sculpture –designer/craftsman||Range of materials
|Pattern/texture -designer||Panting, texture -artist|
|DT||x||Design and evaluate||Seasonality-Savoury dishes|
|ICT||Design and write programs||Logical reasoning
|Collect and present data||Internet safety
|Music||Wide range appreciation
Listen and understand
|History of music||Make and combine sounds musically||Improvise +compose
Listen with detail