Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Sycamore Learning Blog of 2019! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year, and here we are ready to start another busy year. It’s been lovely to see the children settle back into class this week, and they are already working really hard, bringing their curiosity and enthusiasm to our new topic and learning. See what we got up to below..!
In English, we have started to look at our brand new Power of Reading book for the half term. We still don’t know what it’s called, but we know it is by our Author of the Half Term, David Lucas, and it contains a small, orange monster called Grendel, who seems rather fond of chocolate. Speaking of chocolate, our new topic is ‘The Cadburys’; we will be learning about the important local history and geography of the Cadbury family and factory over the coming weeks.
In Maths, we are continuing to look at multiplication. The children have explored the idea as equal groups, repeated addition and multiplying through pictures, as well as beginning to interpret arrays. In our afternoon mental maths, we have practiced skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and will be looking more in depth at our times tables of the next few weeks. This is a great one for some quick extra practice at home! I have also set a Sumdog homework recapping skills from this week.
Elsewhere this week, we have been looking at a new unit of dance in PE. On Friday in Music, we started to learn how to play the recorder, as well as taking a first look at our new unit on rock music. In Geography, the children revised their knowledge of the continents and oceans, as well as locating Ghana on a map of the world, with its importance to the global trade in cocoa linked to our topic. In RE, we looked at the problems with stereotypes and why they shouldn’t be used to judge others, and in Jigsaw we thought about what our goals might be for the new year. In Computing, we looked at the equals function when using a spreadsheet.
Just a couple of notes for parents this week. New reading targets have been sent out for this half term and should be in your child’s diary, along with some new reading books. Also, on Friday we gave out this half term’s new homework sheet, which might give you some ideas for fun activities to do at home!
Thank you for reading the blog this week. Have a lovely weekend, and I will see you on Monday!
Mr Hall 🙂
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