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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 5!

What will our learning look like this term?

Following our transition back into school, learning will continue to be organised into manageable chunks and there will be plenty of brain breaks and chances to get outside and be active.

A continued priority over Terms 5 and 6 will be our children’s well being and mental health. We understand that the transition back into school has been exciting for many but also unsettling and may have caused some anxiety and also some social and friendship issues which can be tricky to navigate. Therefore we will spend quality time exploring our feelings, 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.

In English we are getting stuck into an exciting Write Stuff plan based around ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’ by Oliver Jeffers. During this unit we will explore many writing techniques such as onomatopoeia, similes, comparatives and superlatives and different grammar and punctuation aspects too. To end this unit we will write a humorous story in the style of the one we have been studying. Our non-fiction focus this term will be a newspaper article themed around our History topic.

Maths is focused around fractions this term and the children will learn all about the numerator and denominator, equivalence, how to order and compare and much more. We will also continue to focus on times tables and arithmetic skills to help the children develop quick mental recall.

Afternoon Learning

Our History topic this term is the Ancient Egyptians! During this topic we will explore the country of Egypt as an ancient civilization but also its place in the world today. We will learn about the chronology of this time period, the achievements and influences, the power within society and also the traditions of that time. We plan to mummify tomatoes, participate in a virtual seminar with Bristol City Museum and Gallery and have a go at being Egyptian scribes! To complete our topic we will become journalists and write newspaper articles themed around Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamen.

In DT the children will plan and make a sandwich snack. This will link with our PSHE focus of  ‘Healthy Me’ and also our Science focus around the digestive system and teeth. The children will also create clay models of human teeth, linking to Art and Design.

RE will be focused around Humanism- what this is and how people’s worldviews may influence their decision making and lifestyle. We will also explore the question ‘What kind of world did Jesus want?’

Salut! We will rekindle our love of modern foreign languages over Terms 5 and 6 and revisit French. We will focus on basic greetings, colours, numbers and classroom/household objects to get us back in the swing of being linguists!

Computing will focus on coding this term and we hope to get stuck into Charanga for some fun music sessions.


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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