Sycamore Learning Blog: Autumn 1, Week 7

By Mr Hall on Friday, October 19, 2018 in News. 5 Comments

Hello everyone and welcome to week seven of the Sycamore Learning Blog! We’ve been busy as usual this week – read on to find out what we’ve been up to…

In English this week, we have been looking at poetry. We read ‘Portrait of a Dragon’ by Moira Andrew, and came up with our own ideas to describe a dragon. We then drafted, wrote and performed our poems and spent the days as poets!

In Maths, we have continued to look at addition and subtraction using the number line method to help us. This is a really important skill for the children to master and apply in so many different ways, so if you want to practice at home here are some questions you could try:

32 + 15 = __

24 + 43 = __

__ = 56 + 42

Reply with your answers in a comment and earn yourself a sticker on Monday!

In Science this week, we continued to learn about materials and their properties, before planning and carrying out our own experiment. We wanted to find out which material would be best to build a drawbridge in a castle; which would be strong, rigid and stable enough to support a heavy weight, and which would not. The children came up with some fantastic ideas all of their own, and really enjoyed carrying out the experiment!

In Computing this week, the children put all the skills they have learned to use in creating their own code in Free Code on Purple Mash. Have a look at home if you want some more practice.

And in History, the children learned all about the Bayeux Tapestry, including why and how it is such an interesting source of information from history. Then, they made their very own Bournville Tapestry, by recreating scenes from the Battle of Hastings using wax crayons and pastels (apologies for any messy uniforms!) on cartridge paper. Finally, Mr Hall stuck the whole class’s work together to make an enormous tapestry that we measured to be 9m long! Although that’s nothing compared to the real thing measuring almost 70m in length!

Just a quick note for parents this week. As you may have seen from the letter sent out earlier this week, we will be holding our Banquet Day on Wednesday 24th October. The children are invited to come to school in costume, such as a king, queen, prince, princess, knight or dragon, or their own clothes. We would also ask for your support in providing the children with a small plate of food (wrapped in film/foil) to serve as their banquet in the afternoon. Some ideas for food could be: a slice of bread, a few biscuits/crackers, a small cake, a handful of raisins or a piece of fruit such as an apple. Please do not send anything too large or in need of refrigeration, as we can’t accommodate this for 90 children! And please remember our school has a nut-free policy – if you have any questions concerning specific allergies for your child, please let me or any member of Y2 staff know as soon as possible. Thank you for your support – we look forward to having a fabulous banquet day!

Thanks for reading the blog this week – see you all on Monday!

Mr Hall 🙂

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  • Isabelle says:

    Dear Mr Hall

    The answers are 47 67 98

    I would really love a sticker. Thank you! Isabelle 🙂

    Ps. My mum helped me type this

  • Isabelle says:

    Dear Mr Hall

    The answers are 47 67 98

    I would really love a sticker. Thanks you Isabelle 🙂

  • Megan says:

    To Mr Hall,

    I liked when we went to Tamworth castle. I really liked when we did the science experiment, is the science experiment finished yet? I enjoyed writing the places and colour adjectives.

    32 + 15 =47

    24 + 43=67

    98=56 + 42

    See you later today.


    • Mr Hall says:

      Hello Megan, well done on completing your maths challenge! It’s lovely to hear about what you’ve enjoyed this half term. See you on Monday!

      Mr Hall 🙂