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.

Dear Parents,

 

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.

Kind Regards,

Miss Freeman

Year A

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

Darwin

Mary Anning

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
Art Painting sculpture Painting/Artist

Colour, form and space

Drawings – line and texture Colour/Shape Texture/Collage
DT X Research/ development Seasonality -cooking Use mechanical systems

Build and improve

x X
ICT Organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data X algorithms Write and test simple programs Internet safety

Know about ICT outside of school

X
music Singing, playing recorders, Mr Walker sessions
PE Dance         Swimming
Sport Covered by Nadder Sport Centre

 

Year B

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

Significant events

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

Pattern/texture -designer Panting, texture -artist
DT x Design and evaluate       Seasonality-Savoury dishes
ICT Design and write programs   Logical reasoning

Computer networks

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

   
PE dance   Dance     Dance

Swimming