Hi and welcome to Sycamore class’ webpage, which will tell you all about the exciting things we do in our class. This year, we have a new teacher called Miss Campbell, who is ready and raring to go to make sure we have the best year at Bowsland Green. She has worked very hard to make sure that our class is inviting, bright and colourful with resources that we can find nice and easily and displays that get us ready for learning. There is even some knitted bunting made by Miss Campbell’s very own nan!
This year in Sycamore class we will aim to PART-E to the max everyday by displaying our school values on a daily basis.
P for Pride: We always aim to show pride in all we do, especially in our work and make sure that together we are showing our Bowsland best! We will always remember that marvellous mistakes help us in our learning journey and will make us even prouder of the final result! We are proud of what we do and our fantastic school.
A for Achievement: By taking pride in our work, we will be purple learners, achieving in all our subjects. We will be motivated to take risks that might challenge us in our learning, but will help us when we’re trying to hit movers and Potential learning champions every single day!
R for Responsibility: Responibility means caring for others and our environment, both in and out of school. It is really important that this year we are super role models for the younger members of Team BG, especially now that we are the oldest in our school and the experts in how to show Bowsland Brilliance. This means that we will be responsible members of the team at every point of the day: as soon as we walk through the door and not just in our classes, but at playtime too!
T for Teamwork: Teamwork is really essential to our school and therefore it is vital we work together to make Team BG proud! This year in Sycamore class, we have a wide range of different personalities and qualities that fit together really well and means that every single member of our class has something to contribute to Team BG. We are ready to greet the challenges that come our way, remaining positive and supporting each other in everything we do!
E for Enjoyment: We are ready to show our new teacher what we can do and are already enjoying everything we have done at school this year so far. We can’t wait to get stuck into every opportunity that comes our way with smiles on our faces and are looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Our topic this term is WW2. We are all super excited to explore and learn about what happened and who was involved – lots of us have things to contribute already!
We are really excited and looking forward to all the exciting challenges coming our way this year at Team BG.
What is important to us in Sycamore class?
“Being happy, cleaning up and always aiming to be a “mover”.”
“The best thing about Bowsland Green is that it has the best playground in the world!”
“We wear all our badges with pride.”
“We share ideas, listen to each other and love having fun.”
“We love our class: it’s new and improved with inviting, fun and exciting resources.”
“We are a lovely bunch of people so it will be really easy to make friends.”
Keep an eye out for all our latest learning! Speak soon…
Written with pride by Sycamore Class.
The House of Wisdom
Our topic this term is “The House of Wisdom” and in UKS2, we have explored the story of Scheherezade and how she had to read a different story every night to the King in order to keep her life. Yesterday in English, we watched and read three versions of the “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” story and wrote a comparison of them in our English books, we then worked in teams to choose our favourite parts from across the different versions and acted our own, new and improved version out in the sunshine. LKS2 came to watch us and we had a lot of fun.
This is Sycamore’s class assembly (without the live bits) for anyone who would like to view it again or who missed it the first time. We really enjoyed making it and everyone had a vital role to play. Enjoy!
R.E – I can discuss Mother Teresa’s ideas.
R.E – I could devise key questions to ask Mother Teresa about her ideas.
R.E – Challenge: To explain why suggest why Mother Teresa’s ideas might be difficult to follow.
In R.E. this week, we partook in a silent discussion. Around the room were several quotes from Mother Teresa. We began the lesson by learning about who she was and what she did throughout her life. We then walked around the room annotating the quotes. The first time we walked around the room, we wrote what we thought the quote meant, the second time, we wrote why it might be a difficult motto to live by and the final time, we wrote a question that we would have asked Mother Teresa about her idea. For example, one of her ideas was about God not needing us to succeed but just needing us to try. A question that was asked on this quote was why he didn’t want us to succeed and why there is such a pressure nowadays to succeed if this is not a requirement from God. It was a really meaningful discussion and everyone was extremely focused.
A visit from snakes
Our topic this term in science is “Living Things”. We started the unit with a big bang six weeks ago where we discussed the importance of classifying living things. We used two hula hoops and had a variety of recycling that we soon realised could be sorted into so many different ways. We used this new found knowledge to prove that a special group of scientists, called taxonomists, particularly a man named Carl Linnaeus designed a classification system so that all living things could be grouped appropriately.
To end our focus on classification, Marley’s dad, Tom, came in with three of his most friendly, non-venomous snakes – one of whom was called Tallulah. Using our taxonomist skills, we used all of the work we had been doing to classify snakes as vertebrates, marsupials and reptiles. Some of us were even brave enough to hold the snakes! What a fantastic end to this topic!
Exploring Native American Culture
Today in English we started our new unit with a big bang. We began our lesson by sharing all we know about Native American culture and learnt what fantastic story tellers they were. Miss Campbell was really impressed with how much we already knew and how eager we were to keep learning more. After our discussion, using stories about ‘Thunderbird’, a famous Native American myth, we created our own stories using puppets made out of paper and pencils.
Making the most of the sunshine, Sycamore flew outside for a grammar lesson to practise using possessive apostrophes. Our task was to choose an item from the playground and put the possessive apostrophe in the correct place, bearing in mind the rules for singulars and plurals. Some of us even used sticks to write the phrase we needed. What a fantastic grammar lesson in the wintry sunshine.