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Sycamore Class [Year 6]

Welcome to Sycamore class.

Topic Webs:

Term 1 2017-2018 - World War 2

Term 2 2017-2018 - World War 2

Term 3 2017-2018 - Victorians

Term 4 2016-2017 - Victorians

Term 5 2016-2017 - Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaurs

Term 6 2016-2017 - Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaurs

Sycamore class of 2016-17

Sycamore has had an action-packed frenetic year thus far packed with activities to extend learning beyond the classroom. Up until Christmas Sycamore carried out an array of cooking activities in Forest school including using an apple press to make apple juice and mulled apple juice, apple fritters and pancakes.

Sycamore used hand tools to create a wooden poppy field to mark Remembrance Day as well as creating their own keepsake wooden poppy pendants. In English they then applied their World War Two Topic knowledge and poetry writing skills to produce war poetry which was performed in assembly and is now displayed outdoors amongst the poppies.

In December, Sycamore was proud to be invited to perform Christmas carols at Tesco, helping raise money for local charities.

January and February saw Sycamore travelling to Theatre Royal, Bath to watch the pantomime Aladdin and to the Assembly Rooms to experience and even participate in a live performance with Bath Philharmonia (together with Willow class). The following day, members of Bath Philharmonia worked all day with Willow and Sycamore to create a performance piece based on the childrenís dreams which was performed to great acclaim to parents in a concert at the end of the day.

Amid all the SATs preparation, Sycamore class has been busy in other curriculum areas. As part of Book Week, Sycamore held a sleepover fund-raising Readathon.

In addition to performing songs from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in the MidSomerset Festival and rehearsing for the Dance Umbrella, to be performed in Bath on March 30th, they participated with body percussion in a performance with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Colston Hall, Bristol.

In Science, the children consolidated their learning about the skeleton and its functions by creating skeletons in Forest School, involving tool use.

They have also welcomed Spring by pond dipping in the orchard, discovering A LOT of frogs and some newts.

They also experimented with volume and pitch when learning about sound, with Owen and Noah aiding learning by playing their guitars and Frankie on ukulele. They then experimented with pitch in Science, competing to create the correct notes with water in bottles to perform given well-known songs.

On Wednesday March 22nd Sycamore visited Radstock Museum. They dressed up in Victorian costume to 'go back in time' and participated in a formal Victorian lesson, involving only being allowed to write with their right hand, writing on slates and being under threat of the dunce's hat! They then found out about life in a typical miner's cottage in Radstock, being shocked that several families would have shared one outdoor toilet and that a whole family would have used the same bath water !
The children felt sorry for the canaries used to detect gas in the coal mines and were slightly horrified by the difficulty of pulling a guss and crook in cramped, dangerous conditions.
Finally, the children handled artefacts from Victorian times and had to deduce their purpose.

Sycamore class have settled well into their new classroom and have made an excellent start to their studies.

Term 1 saw the introduction of a new Buddy system which matched Year 6 pupils to new Holly class pupils with the aim of helping them at break times and meal times and occasionally in class too.

In PE Sycamore have been improving their netball skills and have also linked Science to PE by measuring their heart rate before and after circuit training exercises. In Term 2 they will be doing Football with Mr Mason as well as Rugby with Old Edwardians. On November 18th Year 6 will be taking part in Multi- Skills at Somervale.

Sycamore are enjoying weekly Art sessions with Mr Taylor from Somervale based on street art. They are also very excited about using the brand new computers in the ICT suite in Term 2.

Year 6 have really enjoyed their current topic of World War Two. The topic has leant itself to some high quality cross-curricular writing and the children are enjoying the novel Goodnight Mister Tom so much that they sometimes don't want to go home or out to break as they want to read on! We shall watch the movie after we have finished the novel.

November sees the children beginning to practise the hymns for the annual Bath Abbey Carol Service which we are attending on December 6th.

In Forest, cooking has been a major feature with the children thus far cooking sausages, baking bread, frying apples fritters and learning how to use an apple press. They have also weaving large scale spider webs . Additionally, Sycamore have weeded and planted all the planters around the field and the hanging baskets and pots at the front of the school, to enhance our environment.

All in all, a busy time has been had by all!

Bath Lantern Festival

Longvernal attend the Bath Lantern Procession having made lanterns for the event. Enchanted Forest of birds, beasts, trees and mythical creatures travelled from the Holburne through the streets of Bath to Parade Gardens. It was an exciting event where pupils from Sycamore Class enjoyed dancing to samba music as they paraded through the streets of Bath

Holburne Museum Lantern Workshop and Procession

On Friday October 23rd Sycamore class will be bringing Forest school indoors as they prepare once again for The Holburne Museum Lantern procession. The pupils will work with staff from The Holburne Museum to produce willow-framed lanterns on a common theme with other schools within BANES. The culmination of the project will be to participate in a wonderful lantern procession through the streets of Bath, starting in Great Pulteney Street and finishing at Parade Gardens.

Sycamore Trip to Lifeskills, Bristol

On Friday October 9th 2015 Sycamore class visited Lifeskills, Bristol. Pupils experienced various Ďreal lifeí scenarios and learnt how best to cope with these eventualities. Situations included being short-changed in a shop, a house on fire, discovering a child unconscious in a playground in addition to various everyday concerns such as spotting hazards in the home and crossing a road safely, considering stopping distances. They learnt how to contact emergency services. The quiz carried out before and after the learning experiences demonstrated that the children had taken on board lots of life skills!

Alice In Wonderland Production

Click on the picture to the left to see more images of our fantastic production of 'Alice In Wonderland'.

Farm Visit

Click on the image to the right to see more pictures of us meeting the lambs.

Science Fair at Bath University

We had great fun, as well as learning lots at the Bath University Science Fair. Click on the picture to the left to see more images of what we did.

Theatre Workshop

Click on the image to the right to see more pictures of us enjoying our Theatre Workshop earlier n the year.

Sycamore Class residential trip to the Isle of Wight June 2015

Building on the success of the previous two summersí Y5/6 residential Forest camps under canvas which were held locally, Sycamore Class travelled further afield in June to Isle of Wight.

After a beautiful drive through The New Forest with much spotting of wild ponies, we enjoyed a smooth crossing during which we were able to travel on deck enjoying the views of Solent. This was followed by an adrenalin- fuelled open top bus trip amid the treetops, necessitating much ducking under over-hanging branches before being deposited at Alum Bay. Here those children (and staff!) who suffer from vertigo had to overcome their fears to take the cable car down the cliff at The Needles to the beautiful beach below. The children enjoyed beach-combing, exploring the different coloured sand deposits and they also discovered an absolutely huge jellyfish!

We then set off along the National Trust track towards Totland Bay via Tennysonís Monument. The children were eager to reach this as they had studied Tennysonís poetry and had enjoyed finding out about more about Tennyson through the History primary source of a letter from Lady Tennyson to Abigailís aunt, who worked for Lady Tennyson at Farringford, Isle of Wight. Unfortunately an untimely storm meant that, for safety reasons, we didnít reach Tennysonís Monument.

The following day the children again had to tackle any fears to participate in coasteering, involving not only scrambling across slippery rocks and ploughing through rock pools but plunging off rocks into crashing waves as they followed the coast along near Freshwater Bay. We also enjoyed kayaking lessons, which they found to be a contrasting experience to kayaking in the river on last yearís camp. The weather was glorious; we enjoyed a fun beach afternoon before walking back to the YHA Totland. The evening was then spent at the beach at Totland to enjoy the sunset and a talent competition.

On the final morning we all walked along the coastal path from Totland to Fort Victoria, famous for its sand glass, fossils and rare red squirrels. The children proved to be expert fossil-hunters, finding several pieces of turtle shell and a sharkís tooth. In addition to this foraging of several large bags of cuttle-shells, which we know several grandparents were grateful for on behalf of their pet buggies. The trip ended rather splendidly when we were invited by the ferry Captain, who had been impressed with our behaviour on the outward journey, to visit the ferry control room where we learnt all about the navigation involved.

All in all, it was a highly successful trip and we look forward to sailing even further afield in June 2016 to Granville, Normandy, France.

Sycamore News - April 2015

Sycamore has had a busy and varied year thus far. In September they travelled to Victoria Park in Bath to watch the departure of the Bath stage of the Tour of Britain road cycle race. Some children managed to acquire some famous cyclistsí autographs. They then had the opportunity to participate in activities including trialling a varied collection of often bizarre bicycles and circus skills including juggling and stilt- walking.

Also in September, Sycamore benefited from a creative writing workshop with local published author Joffre White, producing some imaginative and action-packed stories.

In November, linked to the Forest curriculum, Sycamore took part in a workshop run by The Holburne Museum in which they made lanterns created from willow on the theme of fish. On November 20th they then travelled to Bath and took part in a lantern parade together with several other BANES schools which set off from Great Pulteney Street and reached its climax at Parade Gardens.

In December, Chloe and Hannah from the egg theatre education team worked with Sycamore on a pantomime workshop in which they studied characterisation techniques and freeze - framing in addition to enjoying many Drama games. This was followed in early January by a day spent at Theatre Royal, Bath, which involved a theatre tour including an opportunity to tread the stage boards, a workshop in the Ustinov studio, meeting and interviewing cast members plus a hilarious performance of Cinderella in the main house.


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