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Sycamore Class [Year 6]

Welcome to Sycamore class.

Topic Webs:

Term 1 2018-2019 - World War 2

Term 2 2018-2019 - World War 2

Term 3 2018-2019 - Victorians

Term 4 2018-2019 - Victorians

Term 5 2018-2019 - Our World

Term 6 2018-2019 - Our World

A very big welcome to Sycamore’s web page.

We hope that you all had a lovely and restful summer break. The children have come back enthusiastic and have hit the ground running by working hard and demonstrating a mature and responsible attitude.
Year 6 is a busy and exciting year. We already have lots of fantastic trips and activities planned to balance out all of the hard work leading up to SATs.

We will update this page regularly with photos and information so please make sure you keep ‘checking-in’!

As you will already be aware the teaching team in Sycamore is: Mrs Bazeley, Miss Leyman and Mrs Clarke. If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

Useful information:

Set on Fridays. Due in Tuesdays.

Reading Logs
The expectation is that your child will read a minimum of 5 times a week, logging this in their Reading Log with 3 more detailed entries per week.

Forest School
Friday afternoons

Wednesday afternoons
*Please note* Term 1 – PE will now be taught on a Monday morning with Mrs Macdonald.

Friday 21st September 8:30-13:00 – Lifeskills Bristol

Dance Umbrella 2019

On Tuesday April 2nd, Sycamore Class travelled to The Forum in Bath to take part in Dance Umbrella. They had been rehearsing for weeks with Michelle Rochester of Make A Move and had worked together to devise a piece around the dynamics of ever-changing friendships. They performed with great confidence and also enjoyed watching the other schools’ performances as there was a wide range of dancing styles. We were very proud of the exemplary behaviour throughout the whole experience of our pupils; on stage, back stage and in the auditorium.
Click on the picture to see a gallery of images.

Radstock Museum Visit

On Tuesday March 26th 2019, Sycamore class went to the Radstock Museum. Everyone looked splendid dressed as Victorians, from gentlemen to chimney sweeps.

We were captivated by the knowledgeable and fun volunteers who took us back in time to experience Victorian life. In the schoolroom, we learnt a song in a round and heard about their stricter discipline. Some were surprised that the cane wasn’t as thick as they had expected!

We visited a blacksmith and the co-op. Matty H and Brandon helpfully pretended to be horses to show how a horse’s shoe is fitted! At the co-op, we were inspired to hear how 28 people saved their pennies until they could open a shop with food that wasn’t expensive. We were challenged to examine various artefacts and guess their function. We explored Victorian ice skates, poison bottles, and hair curlers. The iron was very heavy as it was made of solid iron. We felt as though we had spent a morning in a Victorian town and have learned many details about life at that time.

Click on the images above to see galleries of pictures about our visit.

Cross Country Running Competition

A group of Longvernal children in Year 6 ran with determination at a recent cross country school competition. The children were challenged to run around two large loops of a field and a woodland area at Somervale playing fields in the pouring rain. All of the children ran brilliantly, showing grit and resilience to complete the wet, muddy and testing race route. Deservingly, the boys and the girls both finished in third place in the small schools team standings. Well done to all the children who took part; we were incredibly proud of their effort, team work and camaraderie.

Sycamore Class Term 3

Sycamore have had another successful term starting with a thoroughly enjoyable trip to the Pantomime to watch Peter Pan, where three of our pupils were invited on the stage to sing.

Dance Umbrella preparations are now fully underway with specialist Michelle Rochester coming in to help choreograph our dance alongside the children.

We are enjoying reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty and have been relating this to social history aspects of Victorian Britain. From this, we have taken part in drama activities and have written diary entries in the role of Jim Jarvis. Additionally on Thursday February 7th, we travelled to South Wales to Blaenavon Iron works and Big Pit. Both places further increased our understanding of the impact on lives of ordinary people of the Industrial Revolution.

It was exciting donning miners’ hats and lamps to descend 300ft (90m) down the mine shaft to experience the conditions down the mines and to learn about the process of extracting coal. We were able to relate this to our learning in school about transportation, steam and coal in Victorian times. The children impressed us and the staff at the museum with their existing knowledge and ability to make links between Science and History.

Click on the image to the left to see a gallery of pictures about this term.

Sycamore Class Term 2 2018

Sycamore pupils were very busy in the weeks leading up to Christmas. They were very active, with several pupils competing in the swimming gala at Midsomer Norton whilst others participated in a football tournament. In addition to these teams representing the school, everybody in Sycamore has had the opportunity to experience expert coaching in netball and gymnastics with Laura Macdonald from Norton Hill School and also participated in the Multi - Skills Festival at Somervale School.

In Forest School, Sycamore visited the Ammerdown Estate to forage in the woods for pine cones and other natural resources to create their reindeer Christmas tree decorations. Ellie was very stoical when she went splat into some particularly gloopy mud, everyone loved climbing and swinging on a huge tree and Evren did a spectacular spontaneous somersault over the gate on exit!

As part of the World War Two topic, Sycamore has been reading and answering comprehension questions on Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian. On the final day of tem we then watched the movie. Not a dry eye was in the house! Sycamore also studied the features of writing newspaper reports with Mrs. Buckeridge, the Bath Spa Teacher and were delighted when they themselves, as a result, were featured in a newspaper article in The Journal about their news reports written about the Dunkirk landings.

The term ended on a high with the Key Stage 2 disco and Sycamore class is looking forward to seeing Bath Pantomime, Peter Pan on Friday January 10th.

War Poems

Click here to read the poetry we have written about war.

Sycamore Class Term One 2018

Sycamore pupils have been busy this term learning all about World War Two and enjoying the novel Goodnight Mister Tom for whole class Guided Reading. They have carried out a range of writing including: an autobiography; a diary entry as a fighter pilot; a letter home from an evacuee and a historical story. They additionally watched and listened to an authentic interview with Molly from Sycamore last year’s Grandad before writing this up in reporter style.

In PHSE, we visited Life Skills and have also looked at e-safety. For Forest School, we have visited Silver Street, held traditional conker competitions, carried out forest management in The Orchard in addition to some cooking and den-building.

We have been fortunate in having the opportunity to work through Somer Valley Arts with local artist Edwina Bridgeman to produce a Bayeux- tapestry inspired tapestry commemorating World War 1 and some of Sycamore were also interviewed for an audio recording linked to this. This is part of the ‘Paulton Remembers’ event scheduled for November 10th.

In Science, we have been learning about Evolution and Inheritance. We were lucky enough to visit Somervale to have one of our sessions taught by a specialist Science teacher in the Science labs. The Science teacher was incredibly impressed with the children’s existing knowledge and ability to ask appropriate questions; some he would hope for in his Year 9 class.

Sycamore have really shown from the outset that they are ready to be leaders of the school and have done a fantastic job as buddies for our youngest new pupils as well as proving to be fantastic playground leaders and assembly monitors.

Beer Residential

The children really enjoyed their trip. Here are some of the memories they are taking away with them:

“I liked it when Thomas asked ‘When is pudding?’… when we had already eaten it all!!” - Elsie
“Beer was a wonderful experience. I will treasure every moment of it.” - Ethyn
“I found it funny when the cat kept sneaking into the boys’ tent and wouldn’t go away!” - Francci
“I loved our trip! It was especially funny when Mrs Courtier got pooped on twice by a seagull which then took her sandwich!” - Maia
“I enjoyed choosing music for the car journeys. We listened to Cotton Eye Joe 9 times!” - Corey
“Beer was really fun - I will never forget it.” - Ben
“My favourite part…The YHA breakfast… enough said!” - Maisey
“I found it really funny when everyone thought a buoy out at sea was a shark fin!” - Benji


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