Gravity

January 15th, 2018

This week we started our new Science topic- Forces.

We started by looking at gravity and finding out about who discovered it  – Sir Isaac Newton.

We then investigated the relationship between weight and mass by using force meters (Newton meters) to measure different objects. We discovered that 1 Newton is equal to 100g.

 

The Mysterious Maya

January 15th, 2018

We really enjoyed our first topic lesson.

We had a chocolate tasting session  – blindfold!

The chocolate had an unusual taste. It was orange flavour with spices. We then had to use the internet to research which past civilisation used chocolate. After exploring the Aztecs and others we discovered that the Maya also used chocolate. We found out some quick facts about the Maya and then made notes.

Our second lesson involved finding out where in the world the Maya lived. We used Google Earth to locate central America and fill in maps showing the modern day countries that the Maya would have lived in. We then found out the location of many of the Maya cities and added them to our maps. We discovered that the Maya had city states not unlike the Ancient Greeks that we studied in the Autumn term.

Our next session will involve discovering how we know about the Maya by looking at evidence.

Roman Numerals – Codebreaker

January 15th, 2018

In Maths we have been extending our knowledge of Roman Numerals up to 1,000.

After an introductory lesson we then had a really fun lesson applying our knowledge to solve a Roman crime!

Some golden plates belonging to a Roman woman called Agrippa had been stolen.

The prime suspects were: Nero, Felicia and Julius.

We worked in groups to solve the crime by translating Roman Numerals into numbers and then using the code to find the matching letter.

After cracking all the clues we found out that the thief was …

Felicia.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January 5th, 2018

Hope you all had a great Christmas.

Hope you’re looking forward to the new term and a great 2018!

See you on Monday.

love from

Mrs Padfield 🙂

Merry Christmas!

December 21st, 2017

I just wanted to say to all of Sycamore Class – thank you for an amazing first term. Thank you for all your hard work and the joy that you bring everyday. Thank also to parents/carers- your support is invaluable and much appreciated.

I hope you all have a very happy and fun-filled Christmas and that the new year brings lots of happiness,

love from Mrs Padfield

xxxxx

🙂

Illustrator Visit

December 21st, 2017

On Wednesday afternoon we had a visit from Tania. She has illustrated a new children’s book called:

Where’s my Hug?

She brought in the original boards she made  for the book and talked about how she did them. It was great to see and understand the process she went through. Her visit was very inspiring especially for all our budding artists.

Thank you Tania!

Christmas Party!

December 21st, 2017

We had a great time at the Christmas party. Mr Cross did a brilliant job on the mic as usual and everyone had lots of fun. There were some great dancers too!

Noel dans Sycamore Class

December 18th, 2017

Today in French, Mrs FitzGerald brought in a French traditional cake to share with us.In England, we call it a Yule Log or Chocolate Log but in France, it is called La Buche de  Noel.

La buche de Noel c’est tres bien! – Henry

Cest delicieux! – Evan

C’est bonne! – Amelia

La buche de Noel c’est delicieux! – Zara

La buche de Noel c’est magnifique! – Majed

We also had a go at singing Jingle Bells in French. We were interested to see that the words are totally different to the English version.

 

Science Fiction – The Iron Man

December 15th, 2017

In Science Fiction we have been writing our own stories using The Iron Man as a model.

We have identified that the author, Ted Hughes, used lots of similes, repetition and short dramatic sentences. we have successfully incorporated these features into our stories.

Here’s an excerpt from one of our stories:

‘Fingers twitching like a newborn baby, his leg, his rusty right leg, lunged backwards. Never before had he seen a  mine, his ear then slightly slipped to an awkwardly diagonal left. Numbers shone in his over-sized eye, then the other green, orange and then they turned back to the turquoise blue.’

Class Worship – Christingles

December 5th, 2017

Today our classroom was filled with the wonderful scent of oranges as we were making Christingles for our Church Services on Wednesday and Thursday night. We talked about the significance of each part of the Christingle.

We sang along with the songs we will be singing.

We can’t wait until we can take them home to eat!

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