Good morning Sycamore. How was your weekend? We only have 2 more weeks left before we 'break up' for the Summer holidays! I love our 'Monday Motivation' quote. I'm sure many of you didn't think it would be possible to be in lockdown for so long where most things were shut, but you have done it and should be so proud of yourselves!
I have spent the weekend doing some more baking - I made some black olive, garlic and rosemary bread and some chelsea buns.
Chelsea buns before going in the oven Black olive, garlic and rosemary bread It doesn't last long in my house
I hope you have a really good Monday and I look forward to receiving some more of your wonderful work.
Amy has been busy working hard on completing her Reading, Maths, SPaG and Project. I love your design on the Greek Vase and I like the way you have designed the Minotaur to be so big and scary looking! Keep up the hard work, we are nearly at the end of term!
Hi Sycamore. I feel like I say this every Friday, but I can't believe how quickly the time is going! I am moving house in a few weeks, so will be spending most of my spare time over the next few weeks packing everything in to boxes
I hope you all enjoy today's project work where you get to choose which activity to do. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please let me know if you're getting up to anything exciting. We have something exciting to look forward to next week....I wonder if anyone can guess what this could be?
I am so proud of Dorian for creating a PowerPoint about Croatia (where he used to live). He even presented it to a group of children which can be very scary to do! I am not surprised that Ms Khan couldn't wait to give Dorian a Headteacher award! Dobro napravljeno Dorian!
Good morning Sycamore! How was the first day of the month for you? We celebrated Marlow's birthday by letting him have some bacon for breakfast and bought him a new fluffy toy - which he loves! We also took him for a long walk. I think he had a good 4th birthday
I hope you have enjoyed learning about Greek Gods/ Goddesses so far this week. Today, you will be designing a 'Wanted Poster' for a mythical Greek creature. Please send me your work as I would love to see your posters. Enjoy your day
Good morning Sycamore! Can you believe we are now in July? I really wonder where did April, May and June go? Does anyone else feel like this? It's Marlow's birthday today, he is 4 years old! We will celebrate by going for a long walk - his favourite thing in the world. Have a great day and let me know what you get up to
Hi Sycamore. Hope you had a good Monday and started the week off with a positive mindset
As the temperature has cooled down, I decided to take Ellis to see some animals. It was magical to watch his reaction as he saw animals for the first ever time! As you can see in the picture below, he loved seeing the penguins who came up close to see us.
I understand some of you are finding it tricky at the moment to motivate yourselves to do work at home - I totally get this! My top tip is to remember to give yourself a break and plan something nice to do. This might be some baking, a walk, run around your garden etc. If I wake up feeling negative, it always helps me to spend a couple of hours doing something 'fun' which then completely changes my mindset for the rest of the day. This helps me be a lot more productive throughout the day. I hope you have a good day
Another week of seeing Gabriel's fantastic effort. I love seeing that you have been working hard on all subjects - you have been very busy!
Hello Sycamore. How are you today? I hope you all had a great weekend. Did anyone get up to anything exciting? I went for a walk to Port Meadow in Oxford with Mr W, Ellis and Marlow. We haven't been here before but we loved it here - the river on one side and a big field on the other. We even saw a gaggle of geese. Marlow loved swimming in the river!
As always on a Monday, I have uploaded a copy of First News for you to read. Remember this can count as your daily reading! For your project this week, we will be focusing on Greek Gods and Goddesses.
I have loved receiving messages from you telling me what you have been up to - thank you for spending your time writing to me. It really cheers me up when I hear from you! If you haven't messaged me, you can use the 'Contact Form' on the website to do this. Have a wonderful Monday!
Jacob has been busy at home completing his work which has included Maths, SPaG, Spellings and Project. He is enjoying the Greek project more than the Victorians. Does anyone else feel the same? I'm so proud of Jacob as although he doesn't like to practice his spellings, he understands how important this is and has persevered to learn them. What a fantastic job Jacob!
I am so impressed with Kyra for completing so much Maths work. She is such a wonderful learner! I'm sure you will all feel just as proud as I feel with how hard she is working at home!
Good morning Sycamore! What a hot day we had yesterday. We cooled down by getting the paddling pool out. Ellis loved splashing about! Did anyone else find a way to cool down?
I hope you're all enjoying the Greek project. It's Friday, which means that you can choose what to do for the project. Have a wonderful day today and a great weekend! I look forward to hearing what you have been up to.
Bradley has been busy writing a 'Blood Moon' myth and has written a lockdown poem. I love your myth Bradley - although a little gruesome. I like your use of brackets to add in extra information to your sentence and your word choices 'sucked up to the moon.' Great job Bradley!
Kyra, you have blown me away with the range of learning you have been doing at home! You have been working hard on your spellings, writing, maths and project. I am so proud of you for challenging yourself to do this.
I love your idea of a mythological monster that blows out hurricanes. I also like the detail you have used to draw your monster. Good work Luke!
Thank you for sending your work in James. I love your description of the Minotaur and love your word choices. This paragraph creates a clear picture in my head of the Minotaur. Well done!
Hello Sycamore. What a hot day we had yesterday! It really felt like we were abroad - maybe we could imagine we are in Greece and really step in to the shoes of the Ancient Greeks. Yesterday, I went for a walk with Mrs Taylor, Mrs Downs and Mrs Paxford (and Ellis of course). Has anyone else been doing a lot of walking? I would really like to hear about what you have been up to.
Ellis is continuing to try a variety of foods and yesterday's lunch included salmon, pasta, cream cheese and spinach! He was covered from head to toe, so he then had a cool bath in the garden which 'killed two birds with one stone' (which is an idiom and means achieving two things with one action). The bath:
1) Cleaned him
2) Cooled him down
Has anyone ever heard this idiom before?
I would love it if you could do some daily reading, maths, spag, project and spellings. It would also be good to get in some exercise each day too. Have a good day!
Hi Sycamore. How are you? Yesterday was a hot day! And it's only supposed to get hotter today. Ellis is trying new foods everyday, and yesterday he tried toast and salmon for the first time - which he loved.
As our Arts Lead, Mrs Giles thought it would be a fun idea for you to take part in the 'Picture Challenge' from First News. Lets see if someone from Fir Tree will feature on their website. Let me know if you're going to take part and please send me a picture. I would love to see your ideas.
Good morning! How is everyone today? Hope you all had a good start to the week. I spent another day of going for a walk and Ellis is now having 3 meals a day (just like we do), so I've spent lots of time making food for him - even though most of it ends up on the floor and around his mouth! I apologise in the delay to upload 'First News' - I put it on to the website yesterday afternoon. If you want to read it, have a look below 'Monday 22nd June.' I hope you enjoyed reading/ listening to Theseus and the Minotaur, which is one of my favourite Greek myths. I'm sure you will have fun creating a comic strip to retell the myth. Have a wonderful day!
Well done Bradley! You have really got stuck in to our Ancient Greece project and have been investigating where Greece is on a map and you have displayed the weather forecast for 18th - 24th June. You have stated that Greece is closer to the equator than the UK which is why it gets hotter weather all year round. They are experiencing a hot day today (35 degrees on Monday 22nd June) - which is similar to the 'heatwave' we will be getting this week. Thank you for sending your work to me Bradley - I'm sure that everyone will love seeing what you have been up to.
Good morning Sycamore. How was your weekend? What did you get up to? This weekend we went for a walk to Swyncombe woods where we saw a hare (which was too fast to capture on camera). We also went to the Watercress gardens in Benson and sat by the pond where we saw some Tadpoles, Frogs and Pond Skaters.
It was Mr W's first Father's Day, so Ellis spoilt him (well, I spoilt him for Ellis). I bought them matching t-shirts which said 'Superhero Dad' and 'Superhero Sidekick' as Mr W loves Marvel films. Here's a picture of E in his t-shirt.
As it's Monday, you have a new set of spellings to practice for the week. I would also really appreciate it if you could continue with your daily Maths, SPaG and Project. I would love to see your work as it always puts a smile on my face. Have a good Monday!
Amy has been working on her Daily Maths Challenges. I love how you have showed the answer as a mixed number. Well done for challenging yourself Amy!
This brilliant Greek myth forms the basis of our learning for the next couple of days. Who can recognise the voice of the story teller? I hope you like it! Underneath the video clip is your task for today.
Morning Sycamore. It's Friday! I keep losing track of what day it is - they all merge in to one. Is anyone else forgetting what day it is? The picture below sums up my Thursday.
As it rained most of the day, we stayed indoors and played with bubbles. Ellis was trying to grab them and Marlow just wanted to eat them.
Today's project is a 'free choice' where you get to choose one project to complete - unless you want to challenge yourself to complete more than one. Thank you to everyone that's sent their work to me - there's nothing better to put a smile on my face as I love to see what you have done. If you haven't sent any work yet, remember to use the 'Contact Form' on top of the class website to do this or email your work to the school office who will forward it to me.
Happy Friday and I hope you all have a great weekend.
James has been learning about the Parthenon (temple on the Acropolis of Athens). He researched some facts and then created a model out of Lego. I love how he has really thought about the Greek architect and designed tall columns and his model is symmetrical, just how Greek architecture was. Did you know that the Greek architecture is still copied today in government buildings and major monuments around the world? They must have built good, sturdy buildings for them to have such a big influence around the world! Well done for working so hard James!
Another week of working hard on his Maths, SPaG and Project. Thank you for sending me your work Gabriel- I love to see what you have been up to and the progress you are making.
Hello Sycamore. Hope you're having a good week. It's nearly the weekend already! I don't know where the time is going?! We went on another walk today, where Ellis slept and Marlow paddled in the river. Does anyone recognise where I went? Use the 'Contact Box' to have a guess.
I look forward to seeing your wonderful work. I would love to showcase your learning on our class page, so please remember to get your work sent over. Have a wonderful day.
Hi Sycamore. How was your day yesterday? I had a busy day with Ellis as he refused to nap and spent the day trying to crawl forward (he is currently able to move backwards). I definitely need eyes at the back of my head at the moment as he is very interested in everything and wants to test everything with his mouth!
I hope you enjoyed your Greek project and found out where the Ancient Greeks fit into on a timeline of World History. Today you will be ordering events from Ancient Greece in chronological order. Have a good day!
Hi Sycamore. How are you all today? I hope you had a good Monday! I had a very Body Smart day by starting my day with the Jo Wicks workout, went for a walk with Ellis and Marlow and did some gardening before the rain comes again! Like many of you, I can sometimes find this lockdown challenging - but exercise really does help our mindset! Has anyone been 'Body Smart' at home?
I hope you all have a good Tuesday and remember to do what you can
Gabriel has been busy on this Monday and he has wasted no time in getting stuck in to our new 'Ancient Greek' project. I love the way that he recorded himself presenting facts about The Ancient Greeks and what he would like to learn. Unfortunately due to the size of the folder, I'm unable to upload this on to the website. Gabriel has also used his Technology Smart skills to present his knowledge about The Ancient Greeks. You are a fantastic learner Gabriel.
Happy Monday Sycamore! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The sun finally came out - something that I really missed last week. Ellis Arthur turned 7 months old on Saturday and we celebrated by going for a walk by the river with Marlow the dog.
Mr W went to play golf on Sunday, Ellis had a long nap so I decided to make some falafels. How many of you have ever tried them? They are deep fried balls of chickpeas which I seasoned with garlic, cumin, coriander, parsley, salt and pepper - they were very tasty! Falafel's are Israel's national food and they claim to be the country that invented them. However, Egypt disagree with this and say that falafel's orginated there. I always find it interesting to learn about the history behind food. Here's a picture of them before I cooked them. Has anyone been cooking anything 'different' during their time at home?
Thinking about it, I should have made Baklava to get us started with our Ancient Greek project - which is a traditional Greek dessert. I am so excited to be starting this new project. Has anyone ever been to Greece? It is one of my favourite places to go on holiday to - especially Crete. There was an earthquake the last time I went to Crete in 2017, which was a frightening experience. Luckily, it was only a small one (5.2 magnitude tremor).
For your project today, I would like to find out what you already know about The Ancient Greeks and what you would like to learn. Also, remember to practice your weekly spellings and complete the Maths and SPaG challenges too
I love starting my day with being sent examples of the learning you have all been doing at home. Thank you Gabriel for sharing your work. You have been working hard on completing your Project, Maths and SPaG challenges. I like how you've presented your facts around the picture of Queen Victoria.
This term, Year 5 are going to dive deep into a fascinating period of British History called 'The Victorians'
During this project, you will have the chance to investigate a range of different areas, including :
There will be lots of opportunities for you to independently research areas that you find particularly interesting and record your learning in lots of different ways (similar to our Homework Menu)
Each day, to keep your learning bubbling, we would love you to do your best to complete:
Remember if it helps: use the Daily Homework Chart to mark off what you have covered each day
Good morning Sycamore. It's Friday! I can't believe we have done another week. Time really does fly! I have loved hearing from some of you and seeing examples of your learning. I know it can be hard at times, but remember to do as much as you can and try your best - that's all we can do. I hope you all have fun doing something different for your project today. It's your last Victorian task and a day where you can choose the activity you would like to complete. I look forward to seeing what you have chosen to do. I hope you all have a well-deserved rest this weekend and share what you have been up to with me
Bradley has enjoyed learning about Queen Victoria. Did you learn anything from the facts that Bradley has included in his work? I also love the way he has used a variety of colours to reflect Queen Victoria. Well done Bradley!
Hi Sycamore. I hope you're having a good day. I was hoping the weather would cheer up and we would see some sunshine, but it was another rainy day yesterday - although the garden appreciated it. Marlow (the dog) doesn't like going for walks in the rain, so I had to drag him for a walk. He wasn't too impressed, as you can tell with his face in the picture below!
Ellis has recently started to eat solids, which has been really fun! He pulls some funny faces as everything is new to him. Today he tried broccoli florets for the first time. Most of the food ends up on the floor - Marlow loves this and thinks that Christmas has come early.
We only have two more activities on the Victorian's and then we'll be moving on to a new project next week which I hope you will enjoy. I would love to see examples of your work and hear from you. Please remember to get in contact if you need anything - I am here to help you!
Good morning Sycamore! I hope you had a good Tuesday and enjoyed drawing or creating your own train. I look forward to seeing your work. If you would like to develop your 'Picture Smart' skills further, Mrs Giles (our Arts Lead Teacher) has sent me a link to share with you all which includes creating some street art of your own - or you could use your garden if that's easier. If you decide to create something, could you please send it to me using the 'Contact Form' as I would love to see what you have created.
Hi Sycamore Class!
How are you all today? I hope you had a good day yesterday and learnt lots about Stephenson's Rocket.
It's been great hearing from some of you and seeing examples of your wonderful work.
James has been very busy researching George Babbage and Ada Lovelace. He also found some interesting Beowulf facts on the internet and decided to use this to help him write a short story. I love the word choices that James has used in his story. Do you all agree?
Hello Sycamore. I hope you all enjoyed the weekend despite the rain. I spent the weekend trying to catch a break in the rain and get as much fresh air as possible with Ellis. He has changed a lot since he came to visit you all in January and is now sitting up by himself and tries to eat everything in sight.
As it's a Monday, I have attached 10 spelling words for you to learn. Remember, the more we practice them, the easier they will become
For today and tomorrow, we will be continuing our learning on Victorian Railways. I wonder how many of you can tell me why Stephenson's Rocket was so important? Please remember to send any work you have completed as I would love to display them on our class page.
I can't believe it's Friday already! This week has flown by, although this could be something to do with the INSET days on Monday and Tuesday?!
Hopefully you're all getting on well with the Maths work on BBC Bitesize. Friday is Challenge Day on BBC Bitesize. How many of you will be up for the challenges?
The project work on a Friday will be different and you can choose an activity of your choice from the 'Victorian Homework Menu.'
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to hearing about what you've been up to. Remember to use the Contact Form to send me a message - I would love to hear from each and every one of you
I hope you all had a wonderful first day back doing some home learning yesterday. If you're anything like me, the first day back after a break can be daunting, but it's a good time to give yourself a goal for the term (linked to home or school) and get a routine going My goal this term is to start each day with a positive thought. What will your goal be?
Gabriel has been busy working on the Maths and SPaG challenges. He has also been busy doing some daily reading. Well done Gabriel!
Good morning Sycamore. I hope you have had a lovely time enjoying this beautiful weather. As promised, I have attached the activities for today. We will be carrying on with our Victorian project for a couple of weeks before moving on to a new exciting project! On a Friday, you will be given a 'Homework Menu,' where you will be able to select the project you would like to complete.
The Maths challenges are a bit different this term as Ms Khan would like us all to use BBC Bitesize. There will be a link available each day which will take you to a specific lesson on their website. Here's the link to the Year 5 page which has all of the lessons on it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zhgppg8/year-5-and-p6-lessons/1
Hi Sycamore Class. It's Mrs Williams 😊 I am back after having baby Ellis who has been keeping me very busy!
I hope you have all had a wonderful half term and are all healthy and happy. I would love to hear from you to find out what you have been up to and if you have any news or work you would like to share with me from your year. Mrs Taylor has been keeping me updated and I have loved hearing about your year and seeing examples of all the wonderful home learning you have been up to. I am so proud of you all for persevering with this challenge of learning from home - it certainly isn't easy.
Just a reminder that today and tomorrow are INSET days, so I will be uploading some learning challenges on Wednesday. If you would like to be Body Smart for June, which can help keep your body and mind healthy, I have uploaded a 'Daily Active Calendar' for June.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Hi Sycamore Class.
I hope that you had a chance to listen to my goodbye message yesterday.
Have a great half term!
Stay safe and keep well.
I will miss you all very much. Enjoy your final term as Year 5's.
See you in Year 6!
Good morning Sycamore Class
How are you on this beautiful sunny morning? I hope you are all well.
As it's my last day teaching you tomorrow, I thought I would send you a little goodbye video from me.
Hi Sycamore Class
How are you today? Are you enjoying finding out about the Industrial Revolution?
This was such an important period of history that began in Britain during the Victorian era and from there spread to other parts of the world. Important inventions included the Spinning Jenny and the Power Loom of the textile industry as well as the steam engine.
Happy Tuesday Sycamore Class!
Isn't it super to see the sunshine return!
I am sure you have been out playing in it or perhaps going for long walks
Thank you for all the fabulous work that you are sending in. Remember that you can use the Contact form at the top of this page, or email the school office to send any work or messages
Phoebe has been very busy making a super power point all about the Victorians.
Well done Phoebe!
Luke has also been very busy working on the Victorians. He has produced a power point about The Industrial Revolution
Fabulous work Luke!
Ayman continues to work hard on his daily Maths and SPAG Challenges. Well done for being so motivated Ayman!
Welcome to another week of home learning - our last week before the half term break, and my last week teaching you!e
I hope you had a great weekend and were able to go out for a few walks in the sunshine. It's certainly makes me happy when the sun comes out
Jacob has been so busy! He really enjoyed last week's work on Victorian Inventions. He visited Silly Bridge in Cholsey which was designed by the famous Victorian inventor Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He designed a glider with updates, and he also joined in the toilet roll art challenge that his brother was set for his Art homework. As well as all that, he made a monster from the Tempest, as well starting to play a bit of tennis. You have packed in such a variety of exciting activities. Well done Jacob!
Phoebe has been very busy doing lots of reading, TT Rockstars, read theory, spellings and cooking.
She baked sausage rolls and bread from following recipes.
Ella has produced an excellent presentation about a famous Victorian inventor.
She researched Lord Joseph Lister. She says it's amazing that he invented antiseptic and was surprised to find out that Listerine mouthwash was named after him!
Here is this week's First News and some activities for you to try that will help to consolidate your learning.
Here are this week's spellings. They are words with an 'ear' sound but spelt 'ere'
This week, we are going to look at an exciting part of the Victorian era known as The Industrial Revolution.
What was it?
Why was it called that?
When did it take place?
Who did it involve?
Why was there an Industrial Revolution?
Hopefully by the end of this week, you will have discovered the answers to these questions
Happy Friday Sycamore Class! The week seems to have flown by.
I am so proud of you and all the work you have been sending in.
I am sad that I only have a week left teaching you, but I know you will be very excited to have Mrs Williams back.
She will start to teach you after the half term break. I shall talk more about that next Friday.
Esther wanted to share her photo of her splendid ginger biscuits that she made yesterday. They look absolutely fabulous!
She has also been making a few other things such as war time honey biscuits and raspberry pavlova - yummy!
James had a very exciting time last weekend as he took part in a virtual camp with Cubs.
He put up his tent to sleep in, made dinner for his family, made and lit a campfire and put it out safely! In the morning he made pancakes for everyone and then tidied away his tent. He also had time to join in 3 zoom meetings with the other Cubs over the weekend! Sounds like a very busy and exciting weekend James!
Today is the last day exploring Victorian inventions.
Do you know who invented the telephone?
Have you heard of an artist called Salvador Dali?
Click on the link to discover today's task
Good morning Sycamore Class
I hope that you are all well and ready for a new day!
The work that you are sending me is fantastic - it really brightens my day when I see all the different activities that you are doing.
I am missing you all very much so it's great to read the messages you send me and to see your happy smiling faces in the photos you send.
Keep sending me them all to me - by using the contact box at the top of this page or by emailing the office.
Brooke has been busy making cakes for her birthday today. They look delicious and beautifully made.
Have a great time celebrating your special day.
Alesha has been busy making VE day bunting and decorated her garden with her super art work.
She says she is really missing school and is looking forward to seeing you all soon.
I love your gorgeous dog Alesha!
James has been making a World War 2 scene over the last few weeks and finally finished it at the weekend. He says it took a lot of concentrating as there is lots of detail in the rocks, trees and camouflage. It looks absolutely fabulous doesn't it! He also researched Isambard Kingdom Brunel and recorded some of his findings in a power point. He also worked with his mum to write a story using as many of this week's spellings as he could - what a great idea!
Ayman has been so busy and hard at work with his daily Maths and SPAG Challenges as well as learning his spellings. He has also enjoyed reading First News and answering some questions to consolidate his understanding.
Today there are more weird and wonderful Victorian inventions to investigate.
Hi Sycamore Class!
I hope that you are all safe and well today
It's been great to receive more of your work.
Keep sending me all your news and photos by using the contact form at the top of this page.
Charlotte starts off most of her days doing the Joe Wicks workout and then structures her work throughout the day with regular breaks to go outside and play with her guinea pigs. She particularly enjoys the Maths challenges and has also been doing other things like Crash course and Steve Backshall online courses.
Here are some photos of what she has been up to; making lovely chocolate chip cookies , painting a canvas picture of her guinea pigs, Daisy and Fudge, with a rainbow, making a power point about the Victorians and a decopatch elephant and butterfly.
You have been working so hard Charlotte . Well Done!
Justin has been working very hard with his home learning on his SPAG and Maths Challenges, as well as practising his weekly spellings. He has produced all this work.
Kyra has been working hard on her spellings and maths challenges
It's fabulous to see you working so hard Kyra!
Have you heard of a famous Victorian inventor called Isambard Kingdom Brunel?
Do you know what he is famous for?
What did he invent?
Today's daily Victorian task is to explore exciting facts about this clever man.
Good Morning Sycamore Class
I am really missing you all very much. It really makes me so happy when I receive your emails and see all the fantastic work that you are producing.
Keep sending it to me by using the contact form at the top of this page or by emailing the school office
Ayman has been very busy working on his daily Maths and SPAG challenges. Well done Ayman for your motivation and positive attitude to your home learning.
Ella enjoyed her VE Day celebrations by decorating her house with bunting and by making a fabulous flag. She also created a flag using chalk. What an Art Smartie - Well Done Ella
Here is this week's edition of First News and some activities to consolidate what you have read.
Did you know that the Victorians invented their own version of a keyboard similar to what we use today when using a computer?.
Click on today's challenge to explore information about this great idea that they invented
Hi Sycamore Class
I hope that you all had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend!
Did you do something special to celebrate VE Day? If you have any photos I would love to share them on the class page. Remember that you can send me them to me by using the Contact Page at the top of the page or you can email the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, we are going to continue with our project on The Victorians. There were many great inventions during the Victorian era and this week we are going to be exploring all about them
I will also put on this week's new spellings. Remember you can click on the Spelling Activities Grid at the top of the page under the heading Term 5
There is also a daily Maths and SPAG challenge on as usual
Also Bradley, Amy and Kian would like to share some of their work and news
It is normal to worry about things during lockdown. There are lots of things we are not sure about, and some questions that cannot be always be answered.
I have attached a link to a E book for you to use when you are perhaps worrying about the lockdown. I hope it helps.
Amy has been very busy with her project on the Victorians and has completed some work on what it was like to attend school during the Victorian times as well as discovering lots of facts about Henry Morse who invented the Morse Code
She has also be challenging herself with her times tables beyond 12.
I love her photo of the bunting she made for the VE Day celebrations.
Well done Amy!
Bradley has also been busy working on Morse Code
Great investigating Bradley!
Kian has sent you all a message and would like to share it on the class page.
'Hello. This is what me and my family have done to decorate our house and my face painting"
I absolutely love your face painting Kian. Fabulous!
This week our spellings are all about adverbials of place.
I am not setting any work today as it is a Bank Holiday
Enjoy the weekend and VE Day celebrations - even if they are at home or in your garden
I would love to see any photos of how you celebrated or how you decorated your house.
Hello Sycamore Class. Hope that you are all well and looking forward to another sunny day!
How are you getting on with the work on VE Day?
Perhaps you have made some bunting to hang in your front windows?
Or maybe you have researched about Winston Churchill?
Did any of you perhaps make up your code to crack on Monday?
Have any of you spotted any hedgehogs during Hedgehog Awareness Week?
Keep sending me your work - I really love to see all of it and it's lovely to share on the class page. Remember you can contact me by using the Contact Form at the top of this page or you can email the school office.
Ella has been very busy and has been making sure she completes her daily Maths and SPAG challenges and practises her spellings. She has also produced an excellent power point of some Hamlet characters
Bradley has been hard at work, and having fun, designing his own makeshift air raid shelter. It looks very cosy in there Bradley!
As it's Bank Holiday tomorrow, I have put 2 tasks for you about VE Day so that you can choose which one you would like to do. You can of course do both!
Have you ever wondered what it must have been to have to ration your food?. Some foods were hard to find during World War 2 and in limited supply, so people had to find other ways to substitute ingredients.
Today's task is to create a menu of typical food that you would have eaten back then.
The other task dated 8th May is all about music and songs you might have heard on the radio during World War 2. There is a fabulous favourite Horrible Histories video clip to watch. Perhaps you could also learn the song and perform it yourself? There are others links to music for you to listen to and compare the music then to that of today.
Please send me any photos you take or send me your work by using the Contact List at the top of the page.
Good Morning Sycamore Class
How are we today? Isn't it wonderful to see the sunshine again!
Yesterday was my daughter's 20th birthday which makes me feel a bit old. It was strange celebrating it in lockdown but she still had lots of fun celebrating.
How are you getting along with your VE Day work? Have any of you made some banners to celebrate this Friday? Perhaps you have hung them in your bedroom window or are going to display them outside the front of your house? If so, it would be great to share any photos you have taken on our class page. Remember that you can send me any work or photos by using the Contact Form at the top of the page or by emailing the office who will then forward it to me. Alternatively if you just want to message me and let me know how you are getting along, that would also be lovely.
As you can see Bradley has been working very hard on different aspects of the curriculum; reading, maths, project and Challenge 100! Well done Bradley for all your super effort and positive attitude to learning!
If you would like me to share any work the rest of you have done, please send me a message and your photos using the Contact Form at the top of the page
Today's task is to research about the famous Winston Churchill and why he was so important at leading our country to victory during World War 2.
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Has anybody spotted a hedgehog yet?
How are your VE Day banners coming along?
I would love to see your work and photos. Please remember to use the Contact Form at the top of the page
I hope that you enjoyed yesterday's activity all about VE Street Parties
Today's activity is all about codes!
Codes were used during World War 2 to send secret messages.
This week your spellings are all time adverbials
Remember to choose an activity from the Spellings Grid to help you practise them.
Good morning Sycamore Class. Welcome to another week of on line home learning
I hope that you are all had a wonderful weekend - perhaps you spent some of your time making some bunting for the VE Day celebrations. I am looking forward to seeing all your photos of this and how you will decorate your houses.
Remember you can send me messages and any of your work and photos using the Contact Form above.
Bradley has been doing amazing research about his great grandad and information about his time in the army and the 2nd World War. Here is some information that he found out whilst researching him :-
Donald Stephen Blanch
Acting Warrant Officer Class 11 (Battery Sergeant Major)
Served in the Royal Horse Artillery during WW11 (and before)
Served in the coronation of King George on 12th May 1937 and Queen Elizabeth 11 coronation on 2nd June 1953.
Only 15,000 Military medals were awarded in WW11 and were issued for bravery in battle on land.
Donald Blanch received his award when he and a compatriot carried a wounded officer off the battle field.
He sounds a very brave and remarkable man, Bradley
This week is Hedgehog Awareness Week. Hedgehog events around the country are being organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and take place every year. It aims to highlight the problems that hedgehogs face and how we can help them.
Here are some fabulous activities that you may want to try; including a crossword and instructions on how to make a Hedgehog Feeding Station
Here is this week's First News along with some puzzles and comprehension.
All this week, there will be a fun task centred on VE Day celebrations.
Today we are looking at party celebrations, street parties and games that would have taken place on VE Day
I hope you enjoy today's task.
Please do send me any work and photos using the Contact Form at the top of the page
Happy MAY DAY Sycamore Class
I can't quite believe where April went but let's hope that now it is the month of May, the sunshine will return soon!
As you know from your introduction work on Wednesday and Thursday, VE Day celebrations are planned for 8th - 10th May 2020 all around the country to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day
Above you will see a link to click - this is a letter from Ms Khan.
Please read the letter - it is about a special event that BBC Radio Oxford is launching
As we will be unable to have parties with friends and family, instead the BBC are encouraging everyone to get involved in a different way
The Great British Bunting.
They are asking you to make bunting and to hang it outside of your window.
They would love to see photos of your bunting so please do send them to their address so that they can display them on their website
Please remember to send me any photos too using the Contact Form at the top of the page
Below I have attached instructions of how to make your bunting, as well as a template
Here are today's challenges
Jacob has been extremely busy. He has produced a fabulous power point all about Shakespeare's Hamlet play that we were studying in class. He has also produced a poster for Mrs Giles' Art Challenge and has designed a very informative poster about the Heroes of Covid-19
To mark Captain Tom Moore's 100th birthday, he also drew a wonderful portrait of him
Well done Jacob on completing all this fabulous work.
James has been busy making a VE Day Celebrations poster after watching the videos and doing some online research.
He also made a 'lazer maze' from the Home Activities poster that I sent out. Then he very cleverly used his maze for his Schools Challenge 100 that was on the website yesterday. This was challenging you to do something 100 times to match Captain Tom Moore's achievement. Yes he went through his maze 100 times!
Good Morning Sycamore Class! How are we today?
I am sure that you will all have seen the fantastic work Captain Tom Moore has achieved in raising funds for the NHS.
If you haven't - watch this Newsround Clip to catch up on all the latest news :-
Captain Tom Moore's tenacity and perseverance have captured the hearts of the nation, not to mention all the other values and smarts that we strive for at Fir Tree.
With this in mind, it would be wonderful to acknowledge his achievements.
It's his 100th Birthday TODAY and we thought it would be lovely to choose one of the following activities :-
Alternatively, if you have been inspired by Captain Tom Moore's achievement of completing 100 laps of his back garden, perhaps you would like to join in something huge - by taking part in the School Games Nationwide Challenge 100. You can choose any activity, using any or no equipment, and complete it 100 times
Please send any pictures of these to me via the Contact Form or the School Office and we will collate them. Also, you might like to research some more information about him and his life.
Kyra and Amberley have both been very busy - scroll down under today's challenges to see their fabulous work!
Our VE Task today is to watch the second part of the introduction - watch the video below (no sound).
Record your own reflection page
You can use words, pictures (draw your own or find some) or a combination of the two!
Send your wonderful work to me via the Contact Form or the school office so that I can share them on the class page
Amberley has produced a fabulous and very informative power point all about Victorian Ragged Schools
Well done Amberley - it's packed with lots of interesting facts!
Kyra sent me a lovely message telling me how busy she had been too.
Here are some of the activities that she has been doing in her home learning
"My doll's house has been very fiddly and tricky at times but I am really enjoying making it. I hope to finish it soon. The foods I have been making are pastry cheese twists, M and M cookies, flapjack, oat biscuits and pizza. I have also been planting seeds and they are starting to grow and I am about to plant some more"
Fabulous work Kyra!
Happy Wednesday Sycamore Class!
Isn't is super to wake up to the sun this morning after such a long day of rain yesterday.
I spent most of my time yesterday reading and baking. I made a banana loaf but unfortunately it didn't last very long!
You may have noticed when you went to the class pages, that there is a new button to press 'Message from Fir Tree Staff' with a coloured rainbow. Click on the button to see a message from all of the teachers at Fir Tree!
Scroll down underneath today's challenges to see the amazing work that Kian Shepherd has been doing.
For the next few days, the whole of Fir Tree are changing their projects. All classes will be spending this week and next focusing on VE Day in anticipation of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on the 8th May.
For the next few days. there will be some power points to watch to help introduce you to what VE Day is. They will give you the chance to explore the history and meaning of this special and significant day.
Here is today's : it is a video of a power point (there is no sound - just in case you wondering)
1. Watch the short video of the power point above from the British Legion which introduces VE Day.
2. Watch this fascinating video from the BBC
3 .As explained on the final slide of the first video of the power point, record at least 5 new things you have learned/discovered/realised about VE Day.
Here are today's challenges
Kian has sent in a huge array of different work that he has been doing - hasn't he been busy?
Fabulous work Kian!
Here is a message and some photos that he wanted to share with you
"For the last couple of weeks I have been doing homework. I will show you some.
Today I have done research on children 'then and now' and I have also created a Victorian house on Minecraft"
Hi Sycamore Class.
Where has the sunshine gone? It certainly is different weather today however I think our gardens definitely needed some rain.
Perhaps today is a good day to try out some of the Home Activities that I sent yesterday. Remember that you can find the link under the heading Activities To Help Your Child or find it under yesterday's work. Please do send any photos that you can using the contact form at the top of this page.
How are you getting on with the Art Challenge set by Mrs Giles. James Maslen has been busy designing his. Please send your art work to me or the office - make sure you hold on to it as Mrs Giles would like to display them at school once lockdown is over. Please also visit the Art page as all the posters are going to be displayed on there.
Here is the link again with all the information.
James was inspired by the Art Challenge set by Mrs Giles. He has produced a wonderful poster to show the work of the heroes of this Covid-19 pandemic. He has certainly thought about his Steps to Success for designing a poster.
Maybe you have designed a poster too and would like to share it with the rest of Sycamore Class. If so, please send it to me using then Contact Form
Daniel has been enjoying doing some work on our topic The Victorians and has produced a timeline, some Maths work using an abacus and written about ragged schools. Well done Daniel for working so hard on our project.
I really enjoy seeing all your work Sycamore Class so do please keep sending any using the Contact Form - scroll back to the top of the page.
Welcome to another week of exciting on line learning, Sycamore Class!
I hope you had a fun filled weekend in the sunshine
I spent my weekend gardening and planted some geraniums. With all the sunshine that we have had, I already have some flowers popping up. It has really made me appreciate that Spring is here
I also went for a long walk around Ewelme and saw another sign of new life - some piglets. They were very cheeky and curious and came very close to where me and my family were walking!
I am sure that over the weeks you have become very good at thinking of lots of activities to play independently but also perhaps with your siblings and family too.
If you need any more ideas, here are a few attached in the link below There are a whole range of fun activities designed to be played at home or in the garden with very little equipment needed, including Air Hockey, River Crossing, Lazer Maze and Blanket Ball.
I will also attach the link under the sub heading Activities to Help Your Child if you want to save them for a later date.
I know how much you all enjoy the latest edition of First News arriving in our classroom. Therefore I have attached the most recent copy for you to read at leisure. I have also added some comprehension activities too if you would like to consolidate what you have read.
More backdated copies can be found under the sub heading First News - just scroll further down the class page.
This week, we continue to look at words ending in 'ough'
I have attached some activities for you to do some extra practise should you wish to try them - a word search and a spelling maze.
If you have been enjoying the work on Victorian schools, then there are two more activities; one for today and one for tomorrow. On Wednesday, we will be starting to look at Victorian Inventions!
Remember that if you would like to send any work to me to share on the class page, please do - I would love to see it!
You can find the Contact Form at the top of this page.
Here is today's daily task :-
Happy Friday Sycamore Class - isn't it lovely to wake up to this glorious sunshine!
I hope you all enjoyed St George's Day - did any of you do something special to celebrate our Patron Saint Day? Perhaps you saw some England flags flying whilst out on your daily walk?
In case you are not familiar with the story of George and the Dragon, scroll down to read Jacob's amazing story that he wrote. He has also written an alternative and very amusing version with Ms Khan as a dragon
Here are today's daily challenges :
Jacob has written the famous story of chivalrous George and how he bravely fought off a dragon.
He has included some powerful verbs and amazing adjectives which makes his story so engaging to read
Well done Jacob.
Underneath his picture you will see that he has also written an hilarious alternative version about Ms Khan being a dragon who hated play time and playground equipment . Thankfully St Jacob comes to the rescue .Fabulous!
Happy Reading everyone!
Today England remembers St George, the patron saint of England
Do any of you know the legend of St George ? Why do celebrate on 23rd April every year? What is a saint?
Perhaps some of you could challenge yourself to do some research about why it is a special day for England.
Perhaps draw an English flag, re write the legend of St George even
As always I would love to see any work you produce so that we can share here on the class page.: remember you can send me any work and photos via the contact form at the top of this page
Here are today's daily challenges:
How are we all today? Hope that you are all well and enjoying the glorious sunshine
Have any of you been lucky enough to see the Starlink satellites moving across the sky? It would be wonderful to see any photos you have taken - please send them to me using the contact form
For those of you who perhaps haven't had a chance to hear about them, Starlink is a satellite constellation that is being constructed by an American company Space X, founded by Elon Musk
They have sent satellites up into the Earth's orbit in batches of 60.
The satellites appear in a line crossing the night sky - you don't need a telescope to see them - just a clear night.
They have been seen over the past few nights and hopefully we can continue to see them over the coming few nights too.
It's been lovely to hear about what you have all been doing during lockdown . Do scroll down after today's challenges to see some super photos of James A and Kyra showing us what they have been doing to keep busy with their learning.
Kyra has been extremely busy during lockdown doing lots of online Maths learning, as well as keeping fit with Just Dance and workouts with Joe Wicks. She has also been enjoying baking for her family. She is currently constructing a dolls house with a roof terrace and furniture! Very kindly, she has been making posters to say thank you to the bin men and postman. What a thoughtful idea Kyra
James is making a fantastic model of the Elizabethan Globe Theatre where many of Shakespeare's plays have been performed. Here is a message from him about how he has constructed it.
"I have been building a model of the Globe Theatre. I made it out of wood covered with plaster cloth and painted it white. The roof of the Globe didn't cover the whole building and the audience standing in the middle would have got wet if it rained. Now I am drawing on the wooden beams on the outside"
Fabulous work James - we can't wait to see the finished product!
If James and Kyra have inspired you to try a new activity, please do get in touch with me by using the contact form and send me some photos!
Good morning Sycamore class on this lovely sunny start to the day
I hope that you are all well and looking forward to some great learning today
Today we are going to investigate some of the important events that happened during the Victorian era.
Using websites and timeline cards to help you, can create a timeline of your own?
Again - please send in any photos you take of your marvellous work. I can't wait to see your timelines!
Remember to use the contact form if you need to ask me any questions too.
Many of you will have seen the fantastic work, Captain Tom Moore, has achieved in raising funds for the NHS.
His perseverance has captured the hearts of the nation, not to mention all the other values and smarts that we strive for at Fir Tree School
With this in mind, it would be lovely to acknowledge his achievements.
If you would like to, you might want to make him a birthday card, or write him a birthday message to send to him.
The address to send it to is :
Captain Tom Moore
C/O Post Office Limited
67 Bedford Road
Remember to send it in good time. His birthday is 30th April
As an extra challenge, you may want to conduct some research on him, his career, his life and his role in the army.
Mrs Giles has just announced an exciting Art Challenge .
This is to design a piece of art work that best reflects the work of 'Heroes' during the Covid-19 pandemic
And finally for today, here are some wonderful photos of James.
They show him busy at work making Easter Tiffin - looks absolutely delicious, especially the mini eggs
Well done James!
Welcome back Sycamore Class!
I hope that you had a wonderful time celebrating Easter.
Perhaps you and your family organised an Easter egg hunt? An Easter walk? Watched some films together?
I would love to hear how you celebrated
I spent a lot of my time cooking during the holidays. I enjoyed making a Hot Cross Bun pudding and a special Easter cake. After eating all those, I needed to go on quite few walks. It was beautiful to see signs of Spring and new life everywhere I walked, made even better by the glorious sunshine
I would love to see some of your photos of how you spent Easter
Ella has been very busy practising her expert cooking skills! She treated her mum and dad to a homemade lasagne
Looks delicious Ella!
As we are starting a new project, it would be wonderful to find out what you know .
Today's activity is to create a mind map to show your current knowledge, and also to create some questions that will help to deepen and extend your learning.
If you have any questions, remember that you can always message me using the Contact Form (towards the top of the class page)
I would really love to see some examples of your mind maps so please feel free to send me some photos of your work too.
This week's spellings are focused on words ending with 'ough'
Remember to use choose an activity from the Spellings Activity Sheet to help you practise them.
This can be found under the Homework Documents section at the top of this page. I have also added it again underneath.
As well as using ideas from the activity sheet, I have also attached a crossword and wordsearch to help you practise the spellings.
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 :
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.
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.
Why not try to create :-
Here are some websites that you might find useful for Easter
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!
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 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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 www.cosmickids.com/yoga
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.
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 :
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
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.