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History study of the Maya Civilisation
We were fortunate to welcome Mr Johnstone to our classroom to introduce the ancient civilisation of the Maya. He introduced us to lots of aspects about this ancient time and brought food for us to taste and games to play. We had a very enjoyable morning. We didn't particularly enjoy the maize porridge though!
Our Geography study of Volcanoes
During our Geography lessons so far this half term, we have been looking at volcanoes around the world. We have been thinking about the reasons for their occurrence and watching videos of volcanic eruptions.
In our English lessons, we have been editing and redrafting the Maya story 'The Hero Twins'.
As part of our learning about the Maya civilisation, we have been learning about the environmental conditions which they had to manage in their survival. We have thought about how they managed rainforests, mountain areas and scrubland areas for crop growing. We spent time thinking as engineers about how they would have created and watered growing spaces.
We have also been studying volcanoes as there are a number of these in Central America. This is another environmental hazard which the Maya people had to survive alongside. We have been learning about plate tectonics and how this links to volcanoes and earthquakes. Today, we made our own volcanoes.
Showing our emotions
In our learning about 'Faith and the Arts', we have been exploring the emotions and feelings which religions and individuals attach to things which they believe and have confidence in. We tried to demonstrate through freeze frames how a particular emotion might look. Can you guess which emotion we are demonstrating?
We have also been thinking about how people show their faith through music. We definitely enjoyed dancing along to some Gospel Music and exploring the feelings we have when different classical pieces of music are played.
Instructional Writing and Bread Making
As part of our learning about Ancient Greece, we have been exploring the layout and language features of instructional writing in English lessons and making our own bread rolls in Design Technology lessons. We had a lot of fun covering the classroom in flour!
Plympton Library Visit
We had a fantastic morning visiting Plympton Library. We learned about the organisation of a library and had a look at some of the books that we are able to borrow.
Plymouth Half Marathon Challenge - 24.10.15
Registration for the Plymouth Half-Marathon challenge will take place during the first week back after half-term. Entry costs £10 for the event which will take place on Sunday 17th April 2016 and includes, race number, t-shirt, race goody-bag and a medal.
Letters will go out to on the first Monday back and need to be returned by Friday 6th November.
Some of our former pupils appear on the official poster for this years' event. Have a look on the half-marathon website for more info:
Bronze Age Settlements
We had a fantastic afternoon in the woods today creating our own Bronze Age settlements. We tried really hard to include all the features which we saw on our trip to Merrivale. Can you spot the standing stones and stone circles? Some groups even added the finer detail of including picked fruits and berries! The roundhouses proved to be trickier than we thought.
Year 5 Home Learning
Friday 16th October 2015
During our English learning after half term, we will be completing a non-fiction writing unit. At the end of the unit, we will be writing a non-chronological information report about Dartmoor’s Bronze Age landscape.
Task: Collect information facts about Bronze Age burial. Use the questions below to focus your thinking and research. Please write the facts you find in your homework books. These can be written in sentences or in note form. Please write facts in your own words as this will help you to
understand the facts better. There is no need to print off pages from information sites. Remember to watch the BBC Bitesize video and the Dartmoor National Park video about the Bronze Age. There are links to these on the Sycamore Blog Page on the school website and they are listed
Where were people buried? How was this different from burials during the Stone Age?
How were people buried?
What items were people buried with?
What celebrations were there when people died?
Why are there very few remains left in the Bronze Age cists on Dartmoor? (There are 2 reasons for this. Think about ‘peat’ and the ‘Victorians’!)
www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zssnfg8 - BBC Bitesize Bronze Age
www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDHYmJE9TOE (Bronze Age Dartmoor - The Life of Marghwen)
This homework task is recorded on the Sycamore blog page.
Summer Reading Challenge 2015
Well done to those children in Sycamore Class who took part in the reading challenge. We had 130 children who took part across the school. This was the largest contribution of any school from across the city.
Today we were introduced to the new Reading Journal/Log for Key Stage 2 children. Remember that the aim is to get us all reading and sharing our recommendations for good reads!
When you have completed a book, complete the record page with your thoughts about the book. You only need to complete the page when you have finished reading your book.
Please ask Mrs Lockley if you need help in choosing an author or a particular book theme. I love reading children's books.
Have fun reading!
Merrivale Trip Monday 5th October 2015
We had a very wet visit to Merrivale on Dartmoor to look at the remains of a Bronze Age settlement. After an extremely wet and windy walk through the thick mist, we discovered roundhouses, burial cairns, burials cists, a standing stone, a stone circle and a 260m long stone row. Unfortunately it was too wet to do any sketching or map work. We certainly discovered why the Bronze Age people decided to move off the moor! Too cold, wet, windy and misty!
Our history learning this term focuses on the links and changes which happened in Britain from the Stone Age through to the Bronze Age. We have studied the present day landscape of Dartmoor to search for clues about the past. We are very proud that we have a British National Park on 'our doorstep'. We are very much looking forward to visiting Merrivale on Dartmoor on Monday 5th October to look for clues that Dartmoor was occupied by Bronze Age people.
Remember to have another look at the BBC bitesize videos. The link is below. This page will give you links to the other videos that we watched.
Our study author for the Autumn Term is Michael Morpurgo. Remember to borrow his books from our class supply and your local library. Have a look on his website to find out what he's been up to recently.
During our English learning, we have been studying the author Michael Morpurgo. We have been reading a selection of his short stories with the idea of using his stories, Mad Miss Marney and The Giant's Necklace to write our own.
We have been thinking about how the story setting will influence how the character behaves. During one of our lessons, Blue Group worked together to create a setting description. Can you spot what kind of grammar skills we focused on?
The narrow, winding track, which was hidden in the denseness of the forest, stretched in front of me. Heading deeper and deeper into the forest, the track narrowed towards the door of the log shack. The only sound was an owl overhead. As I stood at the rotten, wooden gate, which was held together with rusty hinges, I shook with fear. Beyond the gate stood a guarding tree which was dead and bare. Ivy clung and spiralled the gnarled branches. The twigs that littered the ground snapped under every step. Street lights in the distance became flickering dots as the wind blew stronger and moved the trees.
Above my head, the moon, which hung in a haze of misty yellow, hid itself in the darkening clouds as the night moved on. Rain spat and soaked my clothes making my spine tingle.
In the semi-darkness, which came and went, I noticed that the shack looked abandoned. A vent above the front door began to whirl like a rusty engine creating a terrifying noise. The porch door was an unusual blood red colour. Beside the door, a crow perched on the blade of an axe embedded in a wooden sign saying 'Ready for Demolition.' The chimney suddenly coughed a puff of smoke and the pungent smell engulfed the air and burned my nostrils.