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Sycamore Class – Years 3 & 4

Sycamore Class – Years 3 & 4

We are Sycamore Class! We are Year 3 and 4 children and here on our page you can have a little peek at the brilliant things we get up to. We strive to be inspiring, exemplary learners and caring members of our school and local community. Currently, we may all be learning from different places but we remain united as the wonderful Sycamore Class that we are. Happy browsing and we hope that you feel as proud in our learning as we do.

About us!

This is the web page for Sycamore Class and we are a mixed age class of years 3 and 4. We are part of a wonderful class family that includes Mrs. Price, our excellent Teaching Assistant, who is with us all week. On Mondays and Tuesdays we are taught by Miss. Bowden and on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays we are taught by Mrs.Warren.  Also, we are very lucky to have Mr. Lucy on board to deliver us high-quality and fun PE lessons. The adults in Sycamore work very closely together to ensure that all learning and transitions are seamless. We try our very best in all aspects of our learning, show care and compassion for each other and take pride in our class family.

Welcome to Term 4- Home Learning and our Return to School

Due to the current lockdown we begin our Term 4 learning from the safety and comfort of our own homes. Sofas might be our chairs and dining tables may be our desks, but we are still giving it our all and producing some really great work! Our learning styles may have changed to suit the given circumstances, but we still have English, Reading, Spelling, Maths and a foundation subject each day.

What will our learning look like this term?

Upon our return to school on Monday 8th March, we will spend time reconnecting with each other and settling back into our relationships and routines. Learning will be organised into manageable chunks and there will be plenty of brain breaks and chances to get outside and be active. We understand that many of us have been used to learning from the sofa or kitchen table, at all sorts of different times, and so we will take time to reestablish our school routines!

Much of our English and Maths learning will focus on demonstrating what we know and revisiting much of our learning from the Autumn and Spring term so far. This will help our teachers and teaching assistants know how to tailor our learning most effectively for the Summer term.

A priority will continue to be our children’s well being and mental health. We understand that the transition back into school will be exciting for many but also unsettling and may cause some anxiety. Therefore we will spend quality time exploring our feelings and approach in returning to school and explore our goals, qualities and strengths both individually and as a class family. We will also strive to make learning creative and practical where we can, to help our children learn in new ways, and together.

Afternoon Learning

Our History topic this term is the Romans and while we are unable to tackle this in quite the way we hoped, we will continue to learn about this topic and it’s influence on our lives today. So far we have explored the the geography of Italy and its culture and traditions today, so that we can build an understanding of its place in the world. We have also explored some of the traditions in the times of the Romans, including what they ate and how they socialised. Many of us have decided that roasted dormice and jellyfish aren’t too tempting!

In DT we have designed and made our own Roman shields, see some examples in the gallery below. Upon our return to school we hope to explore how the Romans shaped our history and lives today by learning about important invasions, the British resistance and developments they made to our country.

Dundry Book Week!

On the week beginning 1st March we will enjoy a whole week of book themed fun, to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 4th March. Each afternoon the children will choose an activity or two to try from an exciting menu created by the teachers.  Also, the Dundry teachers have compiled some our favourite stories and poems, see the video below!

During Week 4 of our Spring Term, as a school we will immerse ourselves into Science Week! As a class we will investigate and discover in a fun and practical way and all activities will help us reconnect with our classmates and develop our team work and communication skills.

Helping your child with reading

Reading isn’t really just one skill- it’s a whole collection of skills- that children must learn to become fluent and independent readers. When hearing your child read at home it is important that you share books together and talk about what they might be about, by looking at the front cover and illustrations. As well as asking their opinion of the story. These conversations help to give them a sense of what is inside the book before they start to read it and preparing them for some of the vocabulary they come across. This means you are setting your child up for success right from the start.

Identifying vocabulary your child does not know is essential to help them become fluent readers. If there are more than five words on a page, or in a passage, that your child is unable to identify they will not be able to comprehend the text. This means that the text is too difficult for them. Therefore, it is important to consider the vocabulary in a book and have discussions around this. Encourage your child to be independent by looking up the word in a dictionary, discuss what specific words mean, and relate them to real-life to build an understanding for your child. Thus, helping them to comprehend the text.

Model reading with your child or taking turns to read is great to build up confidence. For example, modelling a sentence that they may have misread is a good way to support this, and then ask your child to reread the passage ensuring they address what they have learnt.

Additionally, it is important that they read the punctuation, pausing where appropriate and adding expression. If your child has enjoyed a book, encourage them to recall what has happened so far, can they remember the key events. This helps showcase their understanding of what has been read.

Lastly, praise is crucial to foster a love of reading. Notice what your child has done well and tell them, often.

Please see below for a helpful video which shows Mrs. Warren reading with a child.


Useful Links

These are recommended, high quality learning resources which we will use in school, but will also be very useful at home -particularly if Seesaw has failed and you need immediate access to further learning. (Do get in touch for a quick fix though if SeeSaw has failed. Often a new code reset will fix any issue.)

Celebrating home learning

A feelings rainbow to explore how Edward, the main character in our novel, may be feeling during a specific chapter.


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