Sycamore Learning Blog: Autumn 1, Week 2

By Mr Hall on Friday, September 14, 2018 in News. 2 Comments

Hello everyone and welcome to another Sycamore Learning Blog. I can’t quite believe we’re at the end of the second week already! Read on to find out what we have been up to this week…

In English this week, we continued to look at our mystery book, and even got to read a few more pages! We learned some new, exciting vocabulary to describe the character of the princess, and then practiced putting it into descriptive sentences and a short narrative with the children using their imaginations. We have also tested spellings this week, and have sent them home in their reading diaries to practice.

In Maths this week, we have been looking at place value in lots of different ways. The children seem very confident in their maths and have been impressing Mrs Brown and I all week! We looked at lots of different ways of representing and partitioning two digit numbers, and used this to solve problems.

In History this week, the children learned about a very famous historical event from long ago – The Battle of Hastings in 1066! Before knowing the story, the children heard all about the four possible kings after Edward the Confessor’s death – if you can remember them, write a comment back to me on the blog! We then traveled back in our time machines to imagine reenacting the battle, with arrows in eyes and all.

In RE and Jigsaw, we have been looking at the rules we have around school and why they are important to keep us safe. In Computing, we looked at using an iPad safely and responsibly. We have now sent home Purple Mash and Sumdog login cards (they are both the same!) so that the children can use the software and access homework tasks at home. And finally, in Music we continued to explore South African music with ‘The Click Song’ by Miriam Makeba – I’ll attach a link below, as it is a very catchy song!

Just a couple of notices for parents this week. Thank you to everyone who has sent their child with the correct PE kit so far (t-shirt, shorts and pumps) – please can this be sent in if not already! On Friday, Y2 sent a letter home to request some help with supporting our Power of Reading topic and our new book. Next Friday, 21st September, please could the children bring to school something precious to them to write about, similar to the character in the story. Please make sure it is not too valuable or breakable, and if that is what your child would like to bring, we would suggest bringing a photograph instead. And finally, it is our Celebration Assembly next Thursday, 20th September, and some children have been given invitations for parents to join us and celebrate a fantastic first few weeks. If any other children have certificates, trophies or medals they have earned, they can bring them in on Thursday as well to show.

Thank you for reading this week, and see you all on Monday!

Mr Hall 🙂


Edit: Forgot to mention! I’ve also set some Sumdog homework this weekend, which will run to next weekend.

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  • Poppy says:

    Hi Mr.Hall, it’s Poppy here. I’ve been on my bike and swimming today, I am in my swimming club championships next Sunday and I’m a bit nervous but I’m hoping to get a medal ‍♀️. My sister Amelie will win some medals, Noah won a medal last year.

    I’ve really enjoyed history this week, the four kings were William, Harold, Edgar and another Harry I think, my mummy didn’t know the story so I’ve taught her something new. I’ve been on Sumdog today, I used to not like it but it was fun today.

    Hope you are having a good weekend and I’ve told mummy Iceland is in Birmingham so she can buy me some yoghurts .

    Love from Poppy (and Amelie, I’m typing for her!)

    • Mr Hall says:

      Hello Poppy (and Amelie!) It sounds like you were very busy biking and swimming. Good luck in your swimming championships this weekend! Fingers crossed you all win some medals.

      Well done on your history learning – you remembered all four of the Kings! Good job trying out Sumdog as well, there are lots of fun different games to try.

      See you on Monday!
      Mr Hall 🙂