Welcome to Sycamore Tree Class
A warm welcome to parents and children from Sycamore Tree Class.
Thank you for visiting our class page. Here you will find lots of information about the fun and exciting things we are learning! And as we are always very busy, do visit this page often as we will be sharing all our amazing adventures.
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***PHONICS - IMPORTANT INFORMATION***
The Year 1 phonics screen will take place sometime in the Summer term. As you are probably aware all children in Year 1 have to take part in this.
Please look below to learn more about the phonics screen and how you can help your child at home.
What is the Phonics Screening check?
Click on the links below for more information.
If you would like further information, please click here to see the Department for Education’s pdf on phonics and the phonics screening check.
Use these free activities to help your child to practise and get ready:
Autumn Term 1
It has been a really exciting start of the new school year. We have been really busy in this first few weeks and lots of amazing learning has been happening.
All about Me! We brought in 5 of our favourite items to share with the class. We learnt lots of new thing about each other.
Riddles - What am I? We learnt how to write riddles and describe our animals using adjectives. We even practised with our partners to see if they could solve our riddles.
Labels and Captions - we walked around our classroom labelling objects. This helped us to understand the difference between labels and captions which we used to describe our animals.
We have been reading the fabulous book called 'The Extraordinary Gardener' during our English lesson. First we learnt how to sequence the original story using beginning, middle and end. Then we learnt how to re-invent the original story and retell it to our partners and the class.
We learnt to count backwards!!
Counting one more! We learnt to count one more using dice, lollipop sticks and a number line.
Representing Numbers. We used lots of different objects to represent a number.
Compare numbers - We used 3 sets of numbers and had to compare them using the language 'greater than' and 'less than'.
We learnt how to compare numbers using 'greater than, less than and equal to' symbols.
Part Part Whole - We can add using the part part whole model to help us!
Number Bonds to 10 - we used concrete objects to find as many number bonds as we could before writing them down in a systematic way.
Compare Number Bonds - we were Special Agents on a secret mission to find as many number bond pairs as possible in a heap of mixed up number sentences. We definitely rose up to the challenge!!
What makes a tree? We are lucky to have a school garden with so many different trees. We used our scientific skills to compare and observe the height, width, texture of the bark and shape of leaves on selection of trees.
Who's Who in the Animal World - We used our scientific skills to observe and explore our school garden to find as many animals to record on our sheets.
Sense station - we worked in small groups to explore our senses using sense stations.
Searching for signs of Autumn.
Our Local Area - We learnt to create an aerial view map of our classroom using the compass directions; North, East, South and West to help us plot classroom furniture. We used different shapes to represent the furniture.
Fieldwork around our School -during our walk we observed things we could hear, see, smell and touch.
The Initiation of Baptism - We learnt to recognise and described the symbols and signs of Baptism and why they are important.
School Chapel - We labelled, described and learnt the important parts a Church. We used our school camera to take pictures.
Our Classroom Prayer Leaders
School Rules - The children helped our friend Harold the Giraffe to look at the school rules and to discuss which ones should be kept and the ones that need changing.
Catch it, Kill it, Bin it - learning about the importance of preventing the spread of germs.
A warm welcome to parents and children from Sycamore Tree Class.
Please keep safe and well during school closure.
You can access activities for the children to complete during this time by looking at the Home Learning Y1 page.
To stay updated, please visit this page often as we will be sharing our many adventures during our time in Year 1.
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Spring Term 2020
Sycamore Tree Class pupils have been extremely busy during Spring Term, take a look at what they have accomplished!
Our Bean Diaries - we are using our science skills to observe and investigate the growth of beans.
Science Week - children bought in their science experiments from home and explained how they worked to the class.
English - we designed a class poster all about saving whales, we had to do lots of research on whales before we could make the poster.
Math - measuring objects using non-standard units. We used our hands, straws, string and paper to measure objects in our classroom.
Gardening - we learnt about recording the weather on a weather chart, how to take the temperature and we made wind turbines!
Gardening - using our investigation skills to study plants from our school garden. We observed and learnt about the importance of roots, stems, leaves and the flower of plants.
Bird Watch Week - we made projects at home and in school all about our class bird the Blue Tit!
We went to see what birds we could spy in the school garden!
We even got a visit from some interesting birds thanks to Falconry UK!
Art and ICT - We took pictures of flowers using ipads and cameras. After we became artists and sketched our photos in our art books using pastels.
English - using adjectives and nouns to describe a setting from the book 'The Quest'
We have had a very busy start to the autumn school year. Why not take a look at what we have been up to, there has been plenty of exciting learning happening in and around the school.
Using our 5 senses to discover the world around us.
Representing numbers - How many ways can you represent a number? Sycamore Tree class found more than 1 way!
Science: Hands on experience and close-ups of live bugs and insects. We thouroughly enjoyed our learning experince with The Bug Man.
Comparing groups that are 'greater than' or 'smaller than'.
Spud and Yam!! On Friday the 11th of October Spud and Yam came to perform for and with the boys and girls at our school.It was a fantastic performance. Sycamore Tree Class had an amazing time singing along African songs and also playing some instruments.
We are now reading an excellent book called 'The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch' by David and Ronda Armitage. We have started our learning by acting out the story.
Planting new seeds!!
To celebrate Remembrance Day children made their own poppies!
Learning about 2D and 3D shapes...
In History we are learning about Our School Then and Now! We have found so many old artefacts that were used in our school a long time ago...
Sycamore Tree children created their very own Advent Wreath and Advent Calendar!
We used Clay to make different animals as part of our science leaning! We have been learning about Reptiles, Mammals, Birds, Fish and Amphibians.
Looking at deciduous and evergreen trees and raking leaves in our school garden...
Children designed and made their own Christmas cards using 2D shapes. They are all unique!
Making Sock Snowmen for the Christmas Fair
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New arrivals at the Convent
EASTER BREAK UPDATE
During our Spring term we have been very busy.
In Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of place value and learning different addition strategies.
In English we have been writing instructions using imperative verbs and time conjunctions to make our work more interesting. We have also used a story map in RE to retell Jesus' arrival into Jerusalem and the days leading up to Good Friday.
In our Science work we have been discussing the different types of animals; herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Ask your child how they identified each type of animal and what they have learned.
In our Topic work we have been looking at our local area and the changes that have happened over the years. We have looked at aerial maps and been able to tell our friends how we come to school.
We had a wonderful celebration of Mothers Day and the children designed their own cards and wrote lovely poems about their amazing mums.
In preparation for Easter the children have been using their fine motor skills to weave the handles for their Easter baskets.
We hope you have a lovely Easter and have the time to relax and enjoy some time together.
Looking forward to seeing the children , rested and ready for another exciting term, on Tuesday 23rd April.
Welcome back to all our children and parents, we hope you all have enjoyed a restful festive break. We have started our term with great energy. The children have come back rested and ready to learn.
As always, we have been really busy, have a look at some of the things we have been learning:
History, we are looking back in time to see how things have changed, focusing on how houses have transformed through years. At the end of the topic, we are going to create rooms in 'olden days' style, using recycled shoes boxes.
In Science, we have been looking at 'Materials'. In our Gardening lessons, we have classified the material in 'natural' and 'man-made'.
In Maths, we have been learning to use different strategies to solve Addition and Subtraction simple word problems. We have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We went on a shape hunt around our school garden and identified 2D and 3D shapes in the environment.
We had an assembly on Healthy Eating this week. We learned how many portions of fruits and vegetables we should eat in a day and how important it is to exercise in order to keep healthy.
Linking it with History, we looked at food eaten in the past; how ingredients have changed and which food we still eat. We then decided to make our own vegetable soup.
We made a list of the vegetables we should use, we went to Sainsbury's and bought lots of vegetables. On our way back, we stopped in our school garden to harvest the chard, cabbage and kale planted last year. We chopped the vegetables, cooked them and eat them. All the children tried the soup and loved it.
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We have been very busy this week, learning lots of new things and beginning to prepare for Christmas.
We have enjoyed and learned a lot from assemblies by: The ‘Power of 1’, Metropolitan Police and CAFOD.
In class we have been reading the story of Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We have thought about feelings, how we can be a good friend, care about each other and make good choices. We have learned how to use Makaton sign language and can now retell the story by signing. This links with our whole school ethos, Golden Rules and British Values.
We have also been looking at 100 squares and 2D shapes in maths. We will continue to look at this next week. We even made our own 2D shape picture of an Owl to link with our story!
During our gardening lesson we made ‘Mandala’ patterns out of leaves. They look amazing!
We are getting really excited about learning our Christmas songs and need to practise to make sure that we are pitch perfect for our Christmas concert.
As we think about welcoming Advent, please spare a thought for those children who may be less fortunate than us.
Have a lovely weekend,