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Year 5 - Sycamore

For Sycamore class 2018 - 2019, please see below.
Welcome to the Sycamore class page. Here we will be sharing pictures and information so that you can see what we've been learning in school and share our adventures!

Head Teacher's Award - Summer 2019.

The award this term went to Parya from Sycamore class. Well done Parya, you are an absolute star and thoroughly deserve this award. Good luck for year 6.

Head Teacher's Award - Parya

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths day (STEM) - 17.7.19

Sycamore class spent a brilliant day at the Lido in Plymouth, where they looked at a variety of science based activities and displays. They learned about propulsion, buoyancy, generating electricity from waves and underwater robots to explore to seabed. "It was an inspiring, fun educational day and I particularly enjoyed controlling the underwater submarine and looking at the picture from it's camera and I didn't crash!" Melissa year 5. 

We would like to thank Mrs Brinkworth (Plymouth City Council) for organising the day and for our parent helpers who supported us.

Plympton Academy Taster Session - 19.6.19.

Children from year 5 were invited to spend the morning at Plympton Academy to try a variety of activities, have a look around the school and meet some of the teachers. The activities included PE, science, DT and art. In PE they were challenged to work on their skills, knowledge and character whilst trying to be beat their partners in a series of sporting tasks. They were asked to support and encourage each other. Later, they were introduced to a Bunsen burner in the science laboratory. They learned the difference between an orange/yellow flame and a dark blue flame. At the end of the session they were all awarded their 'Bunsen Burner Licence/. 

Please ask your children to explain the difference in the flames and what caused the change.

Space Planetarium visit -3.6.19.

To launch our Earth and Space theme this term the children had a Space Dome experience, during which they saw the planets of our Solar System, found out about facts about each of them and looked at several star constellations visible at different stages during the month. Please ask your children to tell you about the planets and what interesting facts they can remember (hopefully they can tell you something about the planets they looked at, 8 in total). 

Space Planetarium visit (apologies for the dark pictures - it is space!).

As part of our Mental Health work this week we have been looking at what makes us happy and the children have been designing their own 'rules for a lovely life' in the form of a poster. They voted for their favourite, which will be painted on the Woodford Elmer and displayed in Plymouth as part of the Elmer trail (details to follow). The winning design was by Emmie. "I thought of lots of happy stuff and used this to decorate Elmer. I hope you enjoy my design,"  Emmie.

The winning design 'Rules for a happy life' by Emmie.

Science - 16.5.19

As part of our science work this week the children have been looking at reversible and non-reversible changes. They have been mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and observing the results. Please ask your child to explain what happened and why they think it occurred! Hopefully they will be able to tell you bout this reaction and if it is reversible or not.


Governor's Cup - Sycamore Class 10.5.19.

Today Aisha was awarded the Governor's Cup for giving 100% effort in her writing, well done Aishasmiley.

Congratulations Sycamore Class  3.5.19

It's been a busy week but the adults in Sycamore Class have been so impressed with the children this week we have given them all 'Star of the Day'. They have showed brilliant learning skills especially their inference and clarifying in English.

We are proud of each and every one laugh Mr B.



Science - 1st May 2019.

As part of our science work this week we looked at how to separate various mixtures of material including sand and water, salt and water, raisins and flour and paper clips and rice. We used different processes as part of this investigation, which was very interesting and good fun! Please look at our photos below.

Connie and Melissa.


To reinforce our learning this week please ask your children the names of the processes we used; they should be able to use technical language such as evaporation (for the salt and water). Do they remember the other 3 terms?

Greek vases.

As part of our work on Ancient Greece, we have been designing our own Greek vases. The children have designed their own vases and during our first week back they have started the project! Using yoghurt  pots,  balloons and paper mache they have overcome some problems and their vases are nearly ready for painting. Please have a look at stage one of the project. We will add stage 2 and 3 in due course. 

Greek vases - Stage two!

Greek vases stage 3

Sycamore 'Bikeability' Day - Thursday 4th April 2019.


The children spent time this morning showing us their cycling, scooting and running abilities on an obstacle course set up by Ryan from Sustrans, as part of our Big Pedal activities. The children talked about the ABC's prior to tackling the course, which claimed a few casualties! Please ask your child what the ABC stands for to reinforce their learning from today.

Headteacher's Award - Spring Term Wednesday 3rd April

The award this term went to Ruby from Sycamore class. Ruby is a hard working, conscientious member of the class who is an absolute pleasure to teach - well done Ruby you deserve this award!

LABPlus Crime Scene Investigation - 28.03.19

A group of our year 5 and 6 children visited the University of Plymouth yesterday to take part in a STEM session, looking at some of the techniques that Crime Scene Investigators use to solve crimes.  Working in pairs, we used computer software to produce facial composites that matched a description, in the same way the police would if they were searching for a criminal!

Have a look at some of the e-fits of our fellow year 5/6 students.  Can you tell who they are?

Year 5 Greek Day - Thursday 14th March 2019.

Year 5 were fortunate enough to have our expert, Mr Johnstone, come into Woodford for the day. The children wore their Greek outfits and spent the morning looking at Greek life, maths using an abacus, the Olympics and had a Greek feast for lunch. Take a look at our photos!


During the afternoon we looked a range of Greek artefacts including some weapons and plate armour - can you guess who is wearing it??

World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2019.


As part of World Book Day Sycamore Class were challenged to re-write the classic story of Cinderella with a twist! Please have a look at our performance and can you work out what the twist was?


Our re-written Cinderella Story (with a twist).

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Sycamore visit to the Science and Technology Showcase 2019, Plymouth University - 23.1.19.


Year 5 spent the morning at Plymouth University visiting the Science and Technology Showcase. On display were some of the latest technological devices, many of which are being supported and developed at The University. These displays include facial reconstruction and recognition software, robotic demonstrations and Virtual Reality systems. The children were able to investigate these and other exhibits including eating seaweed and trying to stay on a Segway! 

The event was designed to encourage children to explore and  consider a career in the sciences.

Christmas Tree competition 23.11.18

Woodford Year 5 children took part in a competion to decorate a tree this week, the theme being our 'Community' at Christmas. Children used their pictures to design Super-Heroes and wrote messages thinking about Christmas.

This tree will be on display at the Ridgeway over the festive period.

Good luck Year 5!

Narrative Poetry - 19.10.18

Over the last two weeks, the children have been studying The Highwayman by Alfred Noyles.

Inspired by this, this week, we wrote our own narrative poems, telling the tale of a character who had to journey home from a dangerous situation.  Having finished our poems this morning, some children were able to perform their poetry for the camera so that parents/ carers could enjoy them too.


Please have a look at our Journey poems.



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Year 5 trip to Dartmoor 14.09.18

Sycamore spent a fantastic day on Dartmoor looking for evidence of Stone Age existence. During the day, we looked at dwellings, meeting areas and burial sites. Children spent time drawing and recording valuable information from Mr Johnston and asked some fantastic questions. During the afternoon, we went to the  Visitor Centre at Postbridge, where we saw a wide range of artefacts and even tried on some realistic clothes!

Brian Pollard visit to Year 5  19.10.18


Year 5 were lucky to have local artist Brian Pollard spend the afternoon with them. He spoke about his paintings, techniques and inspirations. He gave the children some top tips then helped them to produce their own 'Pollard' inspired paintings.