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There will be daily challenges to help you continue your learning while you are at home.

Every day there will be a selection of different challenges -  try to complete as many as you can.


Each day , please challenge yourself to :

  • Practise your reading skills on Read Theory
  • Practise your times tables on TT Rockstars
  • Use Hit The Button to practise your mental maths skills
  • Visit GoNoodle or Cosmic Kids Yoga to keep up your daily exercise
  • Choose a research project from our 'Homework Ideas' grid and spend time investigating and presenting your new, fascinating knowledge! We will share all these once we're back in school.
  • Explore our daily Maths problem to consolidate your knowledge


If you find any of these challenges a bit tricky at home, please don't worry -  make a note of what you were unsure about and we will go through these together when we are back at school.


We want you, while school is closed, to be able to practise your reading, writing, maths and problem solving skills. 

When you've chosen your homework research project, think about what kind of things you could write about. 

What text types could you use that would link to your projects ?


I will be updating this part of the website with exciting new challenges every day for you to choose from.




Easter Holidays

As it's the Easter holidays next week, Fir Tree have agreed that work will not be set daily.

I wish you all a Happy Easter and I'll be back on Monday 20th April. 

Of course, I know that most of you will carry on with your learning (reading, times tables, projects); that is up to you.

I will be checking my emails daily and responding to messages.

If you would like to send me any examples of work or photos to pop on the website that would be super, or you would just like to send me a message to tell me how you are, that would be great too. 

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Why not try to create :-

  • your own egg head hair and see how many different styles you can create
  • an Easter egg Suncatcher
  •  a Puzzle Easter Egg Hunt
  • Textured eggs using different material (buttons, wool)
  • An Easter egg planter
  • Use your Maths skills and measure the perfect sized seat for your egg to sit in a Lego racer


Here are some websites that you might find useful for Easter

Friday 3rd April 2020

Happy Friday Sycamore Class

I have been busy making a carrot cake this morning. I am not sure it will last that long in our house though!

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Have you been baking any cakes? Or maybe you have been helping to prepare the family meal?

if you would like to send in your photos, I would love to see them.

You can find the contact form if you keep scrolling down this page


Hints for Today's Maths Challenge


Here is today's Maths Challenge and some useful tips if you need them


Section 5 Numerals is a word for numbers of digits

Section 6 Litres/ml milli means 1000 so 250 ml is less than 1000l so your answer will need to be less than 1 (begin with 0.something)

Section 7 Shapes : regular shapes have equal length sides,  irregular shapes have different sized lengths

Section 8 Data -  find the total number of children by adding up the frequency (total)  for each animal


How are you getting on with this week's spellings?

How are you getting on with this week's spelling words?

Remember if you are not sure of the meaning of the word, look it up using a dictionary, or google

Why not try putting the words into sentences to show their meaning? 

Here are a few for you to try 


Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good morning lovely Sycamore Class!

I do hope you are all feeling well today and ready for lots of exciting activites

Here is todays Maths Challenge


You may find the following helpful when answering the questions

Hints for today's  Maths Challenge

Section 1 : Place Value start from the units and work up

Section 2: Mental addition and subtraction try partitioning units +units, tens + tens and if a number ends in a 9, try to make it to the next 10 first.

Section 3: Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 - count the 0's to help you know how many places to move the digit. eg x 100 has  2 00's so move each digit 2 places to the left to get bigger

Section 4:Comparing fractions - crocodile eats the bigger number and you may need to convert to common denominators for some of them


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How are you all getting on with your Hamlet Projects?

Maybe you have started to think  about a new project from the Homework Grid ideas?

Have you chosen a Science one? or maybe a Computer one?

It would be great to see some examples of what you are doing  -  even if it is a work in progress.

If you can, try to complete one of the spelling activities from the sheet everyday to practise this week's spellings.

Perhaps you could send me a photo of you playing Hit the Button or TTRockstars

I am sure you are all bursting with energy! How are you using it? Joe Wicks daily workouts? Cosmic yoga?

Remember to keep Reading. It will be super to share some of the books you have read, and we can keep adding to our book covers on the wall in the book corner





Wednesday 1st April 2020

Happy April  Fool's Day Sycamore Class

How many of you succeeded in playing a trick on your family?.  I would love to hear some of your tricks and whether you were able to fool anyone!

It's been so wonderful to hear how some of you are using your time to challenge yourself. James Atkin has been taking on the role a scientist . Here is his news:-


" I did a science experiment to extract DNA from bananas!. I used mashed bananas, washing up liquid and salt to break open the banana cells and release the DNA, then ice cold ethanol (very strong alcohol) to make the DNA stick together so we could see it. This bit needs to be done very carefully and with help from a grown up. 


James has sent us a picture to show the layer of DNA

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Here is today's Maths Challenge, as well as a thought for the day. 

Keep busy and please do let me know what wonderful things you are doing  whilst learning at home


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Tuesday 31st March 2020

Hi Sycamore Class

How are we feeling today?

I have attached today's Maths Challenge (see attachment underneath the reading photo)


I am hoping that you are using this time to immerse yourself in some reading.

Why not find a comfy spot on the sofa, curl up with a blanket in the garden or just find a quiet cosy spot in your bedroom?

Why not have a look at the  website that we have used many times in our whole class reading sessions.


On this website, you will find lots of recommendations for new books , giving you a little taster by reading extracts

I would love to see some photos of you reading and  the books you are have chosen.

Let's see how many different places you can find to read in!

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Monday 30th March 2020

Hello Sycamore Class. 

I hope that you all had a super weekend. 

I would love to hear what you have all been doing  -  remember you can get in touch using the contact form - just scroll down this page

I have attached today's Math's challenge as well as this week's Spellings. 


I have also attached some websites that you might find useful.

These give ideas for Maths and Science activities, as well as ways to keep your body and mind active

Friday 27th March 2020

Happy Friday Sycamore Class

How are you all today? Staying safe and well I hope.


I hope your projects are going well -  how is your Hamlet going? Maybe you have had time to look at the Homework Menu Grid and have started to think of which other project(s) you may choose to do .

Will be a Science one or maybe a Maths one?


I would love to see your projects and anything else that you have been doing this week.

I have attached a contact form  for you to let me know all about what you have been doing and to for us to keep in touch.

Any photos would also be great to see 

Contact Form

Here is today's Math's Challenge

Thursday 26th March 2020

Good morning Sycamore class

How are you all today -  hope that you are well and enjoying the sunshine streaming through your windows

Here is the Math's challenge

Remember  to choose a spelling activity from the Spelling Menu too

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Hello Sycamore Class -  how are you today?

I hope that you are keeping active.

Quite a few members of staff have been taking part in the Joe Wicks live exercise class this morning.

I chose to start my day with some yoga. Remember if you would like to do some yoga too, you can find lots of great activities on

Today I have given you all a Maths challenge as well as this week's spelling list and some great activities that will help you to practise them.


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Tuesday 24th March 2020

Happy Tuesday Sycamore Class!

I hope you are finding lots of interesting things to do

I hear that Joe Wicks exercise class at 9am is a firm favourite already, as well David Williams who will be reading a daily story at 11am


Here is another daily Maths challenge


Multiplication Matching Challenge 

You can play this with a partner or on your own

Choose which set of multiplication cards you want to play with and cut then out

Place them face down.

Take it in turns to turn over 2 cards. If they are a match, keep them face up

The game ends when all the cards have been matched in pairs

The one with most sets wins the game

You could vary the game by :

  • Play using a scoring system -start with 100 points,  lose 10 points when you turn over 2 cards that don't match win  50 points when they do
  • Play against the clock -   can you beat your personal best
  • Play with face-up cards -  start with the cards face up so that you can focus so that you can focus on the Maths rather than the memory aspect of the game



Monday 23rd March 2020

Hi Sycamore class - how are you?


Here is today's daily Maths Challenge.

Target Number : 301

Can you make the number 301 using any of the 4 operations and the numbers 1,2,3,6,10

You can only use each number once

You have to use all the numbers

You can use the operations as many times as you like

How close can you get to 301

Getting In Touch

If you would like to get in touch about your learning, or to share some wonderful examples of your work, send me a message using this form. Remember to ask for consent from your parents/carers first as you'll need to include an email address.