Welcome to Sycamore Class!
Hello, my name is Mrs Plummer and I am looking forward to teaching Sycamore Class this year. We are also very lucky to have Miss Hall and Miss Emam working with us this year.
Our new topic for the Autumn term is:
To begin our topic, we will be thinking about what we already know about fire and what we want to know about the Great Fire of London. We will look closely at what it was like in the past and why the fire started. We will then explore the changes that came about as a result of the fire.
We will be linking our science learning with our topic, by investigating the properties of different materials. We will then use what we know, to think about why certain materials are used nowadays to build houses, instead of those in the past. Within the subject of geography, we will locate London on a map and identify its key physical and human features. To develop this further, we will also explore the world’s continents and oceans.
Alongside all our science, geography and history learning linked to our topic, we will be designing and making our very own houses to re-create the Great Fire of London street scene, in both our art and design and technology lessons! In art we will study the work of Stephen Wiltshire and use his observational drawings of London as inspiration for our own skyline paintings, which we will then enhance by creating fire tints and tones.
Amongst all the fun, we will be having a visit from the local fire service, firstly to discuss fire safety. They will then come back later in the term to help us start and extinguish our ‘Great Fire of Longshaw!’. We will also have a visit from Warburtons the bakers where we will learn all about the different food groups and how to make bread.
This year in English, the children will be following a story telling approach, known as talk for writing, to develop their oracy, imagination and writing techniques. They will then read and perform a variety of stories with familiar settings, and use their work on descriptive writing to enhance the middle part of a story. Next, the children will look closely at the features of diary entries, which will link to our topic work on the Great Fire of London. They will then plan and write their own well-structured diary entry, in the first person. Following the ‘Great Fire of Longshaw’ the children will have the opportunity to write a detailed news report about the events including eyewitness accounts. Later in the term, the children will perform and write a poem based on a fireworks theme. Finally, they will read and enjoy a selection of traditional tales, and following this, plan and write their own version.
In Maths, the children will read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words. They will practise counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10, both forwards and backwards, and begin to show multiplication as repeated addition.Whilst solving problems, they will apply what they already know and use pictures and objects to help them calculate. We will be encouraging the use of critical thinking and reasoning, whilst solving problems. They will also identify, sort and describe 2D and 3D shapes and begin to tell the time to 5 minute intervals, in addition to half past and quarter times. Finally, they will interpret and construct charts, tables and graphs and measure length and weight in standard units and apply this in practical activities
It is important that your child's book bag is in school every day. Please read with your child every night and discuss what you have read. You do not need to read the whole book at once.
Homework will be given out every Friday reflecting the children's learning that week. Please ensure homework is back in school by Thursday to ensure homework can be issued the following Friday.
Please make sure that every piece of clothing that comes into school has your child's name on it so that if it does get lost or misplaced it can be easily returned.
We have two P.E sessions every week, including a specialist FUNDA session. Please make sure your child has their P.E kits in school throughout the term.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate
to come and speak to me.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Plummer :)