Sycamore Class

Welcome to our Sycamore Class page. This is where we will share our news and topics for the school year.

Term 3:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be looking at the book Flotsam by David Wiesner and using this as a stimulus to help us to write our own stories focusing specifically on character.

Maths

Initially the focus will be on decimals and percentages and then we will be looking at algebra.

Science

We will complete our work on ‘Evolution and Inheritance’. Following this, we will begin our next topic relating to ‘Living things and their Habitats’.

Humanities

We will be focusing on Geography and the different biomes and climate zones found on Earth and this will link closely with our science work of habitats. Later, we will move to looking at comparing different places in terms of agriculture, physical geography, climate patterns and human geography. We will make links to mathematical concepts through time zones of the world.

RE

We will focus on what Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists believe about the beginnings of life on Earth and compare this to the scientific theory of creation, encouraging children to look at what they believe and why.

Art

In Art, we will be looking at the work of the Canadian landscape artist ‘Ted Harrison’; colour mixing and creating our own landscapes using his techniques. This will link with our geographical work at we look at landscapes from different parts of the world.

Design

In Design, we will be looking at the history of clocks, how to design products for a purpose, how clock mechanisms work and eventually designing and making our own working clocks. We will link maths to our design as we make accurate measurements and look at how angles are used to create clock faces.

Computing

Our ICT topic is spreadsheets and we will be using a graphing program in order to make comparisons between countries in Geography.

Music

Building on previous years’ work. Being able to read, write, perform and appraise written notation using the 3 non-tuned percussion instruments. Starting to use the final percussion group – the tuned family of instruments. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a melodic way. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a harmonic way - chords. Learning that ‘chords’ are the basis for all western music. Starting to learn about different western musical genres and how they ALL use a chordal structure. Realising that pitch too can be notated and started to learn the basics. Learning to play the recorder from notation. Further ukulele skills!

PE

We will continue our gymnastic sessions and Mr Perry will be focusing on skills.

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

In French we continue learning vocabulary relating to animals in particular, focusing on differences between masculine and feminine nouns, as well as using nouns in the plural.

PSHE

We shall be looking at a theme of ‘Getting on and Falling out’.

Term 2:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be watching a short film entitled ‘The Lighthouse’ and using this as a stimulus to help us to write our own newspaper report.

Maths

Initially the focus will be on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and then applying this to problem solving. Following this, we will be looking at geometry, focusing on the language of position and direction.

Science

Our topic is Evolution and inheritance, where we will be looking at fossils and extinction; how fossils are made; the work of Mary Anning and Charles Darwin and how people in families look similar because of inherited traits. Following this, we will be looking at how animals are adapted to the habitats and environments that they live in.

Humanities

We continue our work on World War Two. The focus this term will be: evacuation, rationing, the work of women and a link to local history.

RE

We will be considering how to make our society more equal through history, research and debate.

Art and Design

We continue to study the work of Henry Moore. After this, we will complete a textile-based object through a make-do-and- mend project.

Computing

We will be focusing on programming using ‘Scratch’. We will design and create a game which will be tested by children at Yardley Hastings School.

Music

Building on previous years’ work. Being able to read, write, perform and appraise written notation using the 3 non-tuned percussion instruments. Starting to use the final percussion group – the tuned family of instruments. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a melodic way. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a harmonic way - chords. Learning that ‘chords’ are the basis for all western music. Starting to learn about different western musical genres and how they ALL use a chordal structure. Realising that pitch too can be notated and started to learn the basics. Learning to play the recorder from notation. Further ukulele skills!

PE

Gymnastics will be our focus this term.

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

We shall be learning all about how to describe our families as a link to science and making a family tree, which we will talk about in French. We shall also be looking at Christmas in France.

Term 1:

Subject

 

Sentence explaining curriculum

English

We will be reading Chalk by Bill Tomson and using this as a stimulus to help us to write our own short stories.

Maths

Initially, the focus will be on place value looking at numbers up to and beyond 1,000,000. Following this, we will be looking at applying addition subtraction, multiplication and division strategies.

Science

We will be studying the topic of light. We will be investigating how light appears to travel in straight lines and how objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye. In addition, we will learn about reflection and refraction.

Humanities

Our main focus will be history based on World War Two. We will use a range of sources to help us to learn about what life was like then. 

RE

We will be learning about the lives of people of faith from different religions. The children will be identifying key events in their lives, looking at how their faith and beliefs have influenced them to overcome challenging circumstances, and how it has inspired their lives and work. They will compare and contrast these experiences throughout the unit.

Art and Design

We will be studying the work of Henry Moore and creating art to link with our WW2 topic.

Computing

We will be focusing on different strands of e-safety including rules for staying safe online.

Music

Building on previous years’ work. Being able to read, write, perform and appraise written notation using the 3 non-tuned percussion instruments. Starting to use the final percussion group – the tuned family of instruments. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a melodic way. Being able to use the tuned instruments in a harmonic way - chords. Learning that ‘chords’ are the basis for all western music. Starting to learn about different western musical genres and how they ALL use a chordal structure. Realising that pitch too can be notated and started to learn the basics. Learning to play the recorder from notation. Further ukulele skills!

PE

We will be undertaking circuit training activities in order to improve fitness and stamina.

Modern Foreign Language (KS2)

We will be learning how to ask and answer questions; revising colours, numbers and days of the week; learning new vocabulary for a variety of different animals that we can then use to build sentences in written form and continuing to listen to songs and stories in French.