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2021/22

Discrete Week-
Hinduism

For this week of learning, we will be looking at the religion of Hinduism. We will begin by exploring how Hindus describe 'God' and then compare and contrast these to our own ideas. We will then look into how Hindus show commitment to their religion before discussing how Hindus celebrate milestones throughout life. We will look at how these commitments give a sense of belonging and reflect on places within which we 'belong' and talk about the milestones that we share and celebrate within the class. During guided reading, we will reflect on the philosophies of Hindu scholar Sri Aurobindo, discussing his poem 'Who?' and ending the week by practising his ideas about finding happiness through yoga. Take a look at the knowledge organiser below to see our outcomes in more detail! 

Learning Experience Five-
Sink your Teeth into Digestion

 

For this learning experience, we will begin by looking at our teeth. We will then spend time exploring the effects of sugar on teeth, and why it is important to look after them. Following that, we will explore the rest of our digestive system, following the journey of food through our bodies. Take a look at the following documents to see what we will be covering in more detail! 

 

We also looked at food chains and how animals within one ecosystem interact, depending on one another for food. After we annotated one food chain, we researched and created our own. 

We spent a couple of lessons exploring the digestive system process and the route the food travels on it's digestion journey. We annotated and labelled key features of the system and explored the key processes that occur at each stage. 

We investigated how different drinks affect our teeth. Instead of teeth, we used eggs and soaked them in either coke, water or apple juice. Each drink caused the egg to react differently, depending on whether they contain sugar, acid or neither. 

To support our learning on teeth, we researched how we can keep our teeth clean and healthy. We created some informative posters to help other people too! 

We began by looking at the teeth. We labelled each type of tooth and identified how we use them in our mouths. We also looked at the layers of each tooth, adding information as to what each layer does! 

Discrete Week-
La Familia

For the first few days of this term, Sycamores will be doing a discrete block of learning on the family or 'La familia' in Spanish. We will also be extending our number knowledge, learning to count to 100! Check out the knowledge organiser below to see what we will be covering, in more detail.

After a week of hard work, we have created some fantastic paragraphs about our families, after translating a paragraph about Miss Gibson's family. 

Learning Experience 4-
The Circle of Life

 

For this learning experience, we will be looking at all things living. We will begin by sorting items if we think they are living or not before using the life processes (MRS GREN) to help us. We will then look in more detail about what makes a thing alive before looking at ways to sort different living things based on their features. We will look in more detail at habitats, how they can change and how they affect the living things found there. We will also look at classification keys. For our Final Learning Outcome, we will carry out some field work about the living things in the local environment before completing a classification key that can be used in the woodland area in school. 

For our final learning outcome, we worked in groups of three to create our own classification keys, based on the wildlife we could find in the woodland area. 

We had a great time on the Santa Trail for the countdown to Christmas. We worked out maths clues to lead us to Santa! 

We wrote some brilliant diary entries as if we were Harry Potter, finding out we were wizards and journeying off to Hogwarts! Check out our amazing writing below! 

As you can tell, we had a fantastic time at our Christmas breakfast, eating bagels and sharing a Christmas book with friends. 

We explored a range of classification keys sorting real animals, pretend animals and even monsters from Monsters Inc., based on their characteristics! 

During the countdown to Christmas, we took part in a house competition in the hall. We completed lots of silly races and fun challenges to try to win points for our house! 

We explored the ways in which habitats can be destroyed or damaged, either by natural or human causes. We also looked at how animals must either adapt to these changes, or face extinction. 

We also looked at the different ways in which we can sort organisms. This includes plants and animals, vertebrates and invertebrates and their diets. 

To support us in writing our diary entries, some of us took turns to hot seat as Harry Potter, whilst the rest of us asked questions. We had a great time! 

We learnt about the seven life processes and how MRS GREN can help us remember them. They are movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduction, excretion and nutrition. Organisms need to complete these processes in order to survive. 

To start our learning experience, we worked in groups to sort a range of images. We then discussed what makes something 'living' and then used this knowledge to re-sort our images. 

Discrete Week-

In Tune with Tarzan

 

In this week long learning experience, we will look at the life and music of Phil Collins with specific interest in the creation of the score and soundtrack for Disney’s Tarzan. We will focus on appraising some of the key songs from the film before performing “You’ll be in my Heart” in a sneaky but exciting way! Check out the knowledge organiser below for more information on what we will be covering... 

We had the best time performing 'You'll be in my Heart" by Phil Collins as a flash mob in assembly for our Final Learning Outcome. 

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We had a fantastic time sharing a Book and a Bagel whilst reading for pleasure. 

Learning Experience Three-
 AR-ainforest 

 

Our journey through the rainforests of Earth will begin by looking at the continents and oceans of the world, focussing in using maps and mapping software to locate the equator and identify the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. We will then look closer at what rainforests are, finding them around the globe on maps and identifying their key features; this will include climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts. Following that, we will focus on South America, identifying the Amazon rainforest and the key countries it covers. We will then identify the key features of the Amazon rainforest, comparing it to the temperate rainforests located within the UK. For our final learning outcome, we will create an AR rainforest, using AR software, screen recording our creations to discuss the main features of a rainforest. Check out the documents below for more information about the outcomes we will be covering! 

Look at some of the fantastic work we produced across the learning experience! 

We enjoyed exploring factor pairs using a range of resources and methods including counters, cubes and arrays. 

We used atlases to plot the countries contained within South America. 

Click on the sub-page below to hear us read some powerful Remembrance Day poetry. 

We started to learn our seven times table using repeated addition, multiplication wheels, hundred squares and the seven times table song. 

Learning Experience Two-
ICE, ICE,  S  T  E  A  M  Y  !

For this learning experience, Sycamore Tree Class will be getting our science heads on, and delving into the world of states of matter. We will begin by sorting materials by the state at which they can be found at room temperature, looking at the properties of each material and how that can give use clues on which state they fall into. We will then explore each state in more detail, identifying the properties and discussing the behaviour of the particles of materials in those states. We will then explore how temperature can change the state of certain materials, creating experiments to test this. Next, we will look at how and why water changes state before planning our own experiments, based on this, for our final outcome. For more information on what we will be covering, check out our documents below!

For our final learning outcome, we designed and carried out our own experiments. It was our responsibility to choose our variables, decide our equipment and write our method. We then recorded our own results and made our own conclusions.  

We then looked at the effect of temperature on the state of water. Miss Gibson showed us that when heated, water evaporates into a gas (water vapour) and when the water vapour cools, it turns back into a liquid. This is called condensation. When water is cooled, it becomes a solid (ice). This process is called freezing. When ice is heated, it turns back into a liquid. This is called melting. We tested our findings in an experiment to find the boiling point of water.

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We explored the effect of temperature on a range of solids including chocolate, butter and ice. We recorded our findings in an experiment write up.

We discussed and explored the properties of solids, liquids and gases, and then looked at how the particles in each state behaved. We recorded these discussions in our learning experience books.

Miss Gibson demonstrated the properties of gases using coke and mentos and bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Both experiments produced a gas which expanded the balloon. The gas in the balloon (Carbon Dioxide) was heavier than air in the balloon. 

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Miss Gibson demonstrated the properties of liquids using skittles and water and milk, food colouring and dish soap!  

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We looked at a range of materials and sorted them based on our own criteria. We then looked at the terms, ‘solid’, ‘liquid’ and ‘gas’ and the properties of each before sorting them again. Our reasons for sorting them were fantastic!

Discrete Week-
Online Relationships and Being Safe

This week, we will be discussing keeping ourselves and our bodies safe online and in person. We will discuss our boundaries and what we feel comfortable with, how we will keep our bodies (including our privates) safe and then talk about how to deal with encounters online and when we are out and about. We will learn which information we must share with trusted adults and which information we should keep from strangers and other people. We will also look at how information we do share online could be used. Check out the knowledge organiser below for more details on what we are covering or for information about how to talk about these topics at home, click on the link below.

Look at the amazing learning we have covered to show off our knowledge on keeping ourselves safe!

Learning Experience One-
Artful Anglo-Saxons

This learning experience will take us on a journey through the Early-Ages of British History to 449AD, the start of the Anglo-Saxon Era. We will start by looking at the Anglo-Saxon timeline, highlighting all the key events that occurred before, during and after this key Era in early history. We will look at their invasion, where they came from and how that shaped the organisation of Anglelund. We will then move on to how their society was arranged and key elements of culture including housing, religion, laws and language and its influence today. We will also begin and end this topic with exciting experiences including a workshop and a trip to Canterbury Cathedral. To finish, the children will make their own news report/ documentary on a part of, or event from Anglo-Saxon life. For more information about the things we will be covering, why not take a look at our progress grid or knowledge organiser below?

For our final learning outcome, we created an Anglo-Saxon News report, detailing all events that occurred throughout the Anglo-Saxon Era. Click on the link below to check out our hard work!

We have really enjoyed singing our six times table song… It’s a bit of an earworm!

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We have explored a range of artefacts and evidence, discussing how we know the Anglo-Saxons lived the way they did.

We had the BEST time at Canterbury Cathedral on our school trip. We dressed up and acted out the history of the cathedral, learning all about St. Augustine, Ethelbert, Bertha and Alphedge (who, fascinatingly, was killed by the Vikings with ox bones!!). We then had a chance to create stained glad windows, Canterbury crosses, write in runes using quill and ink and even try our hand at stonemasonry! We also realllllyyy enjoyed the gift shop!