Week ending Friday 9th March 2018
This week Sycamore have been using the snow that we all enjoyed for their inspiration for writing during our English sessions this week. We discussed and evaluated how the author of 'The Dreadful Menace', used for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, used language, metaphors, similes and symbolism and then, later in the week, we used these to create our own poem. In Maths, the focus has been calculating area and perimeter of both regular and compound shapes. On Thursday we shared our favourite books with the children from Magnolia class. We hope all Mums, Step-Mums, Nans and Grandmas had a lovely day on Sunday and enjoyed receiving the cards we made on Friday to celebrate Mother's Day.
Pictures of both the shared reading and card making can be seen below.
Week ending Friday 23rd February 2018
Welcome back after the Half Term holiday, we hope you had a lovely break. This week has certainly been a busy one in Sycamore class.
In English, our writing has taken the form of discussing Scientific Reports, how the use of the 10 separate steps are needed to produce a viable report. After we had written the beginnings of our report we then carried out the investigation to enable us to complete all the steps (see pictures below).
During Maths our focus has been converting and using standard units of measure for length, weight and time to solve word problems. For our PE sessions on both Tuesday and Thursday, Sycamore joined Willow class to complete short circuit tasks including squat jumps, long jump and short sprint (See pictures below).
On Friday afternoon the class was given the choice of taking part in either a set DT project or complete computer programming work using Purple Mash (See pictures below).
Week ending Friday 26th January 2018
This week has been our assessment week which took on a very similar timetable to the SATs week that will take place in May. The children completed a full set of assessments, including Arithmetic, Maths Reasoning, Spellings , SPaG and Reading Comprehension. We are so pleased with the results achieved by everyone and are very proud of how hard children in Sycamore work when faced with these assessment weeks. Well done!!
During our afternoon sessions Sycamore have been carrying on with this term's Topic work and have been busy researching the 1969 Moon landing. In Science they have continued the work on the Circulatory system.
Week ending Friday 12th January 2018
Our first full week back has been a busy one in Sycamore class. In English we have planned and drafted our own science fiction stories, and then finalising them, after editing, at the end of the week. Our focus in our SPaG sessions has been identifying definite verbs which has helped improve our writing. In Maths we have been revisiting both multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 and some have begun to multiply decimals, following the rules of decimal places within their answers. Our Topic work saw us identifying and discussing the planets within our Solar System and in Science we have begun to research the circulatory system.
On Friday all of year 6 took part in a workshop called 'What's in the box?'. This is a workshop run through Lincolnshire County Council and is used to educate young people on the dangers of misuse of substances. At the end of the session, the children in year 6 were:
Week ending Friday 5th January 2018
Happy New Year!!
Welcome back to everyone in Sycamore class. We hope you all had an amazing Christmas!
This week, in Maths, we have begun our Geometry work in position and direction by firstly looking at co-ordinates on all four quadrants of a grid. We began by plotting a variety of points and then moved onto using a set of co-ordinates to produce both regular and irregular shapes.
Our focus in English for this term will be Science Fiction and this will run alongside our Topic of 'Stargazers'. We discussed and then listed the features that are usually associated with Science Fiction stories and produced a story board for our own writing.
To kick start our Topic, on Wednesday afternoon, we completed a treasure hunt to find facts about space travel, history and planets. A fun start to our Topic work!!
Week ending Friday 1st December 2017
We have had another busy week in Sycamore class as the countdown to Christmas begins.
In English the focus this week has been writing a Discussion Text. This involved giving a balanced argument for and against having homework in primary schools. The children gave many good ideas for both sides of the argument before embarking on writing their pieces of work and then finishing off with their own opinion.
In our SPaG sessions we have revised different sentence types, including sub-ordinating and co-ordinating clauses.
In Maths we have been continuing our work using fractions and converting these into percentages and decimals.
Our Science work was to recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind but that offspring characteristics can also vary and may not be identical to their parents.
We finished the week off on Friday afternoon by beginning the countdown to Christmas with some Christmas style crafts.
Week ending Friday 24th November 2017
This week in Sycamore class has been our assessment week. It is when the children of Sycamore class show us just how brilliant they are (something we already knew!) by completing SATs style tests. Everyone worked extremely hard and we are proud of them all.
On Wednesday it was time to have some much earned fun and begin constructing our spitfires as part of our DT projects and then, on Friday, it was time to paint them. They are now hanging in the classroom. Please take a moment to look through the photos taken.
Week ending Friday 17th November 2017
This week has seen Sycamore class complete more work concerning fraction, including comparing, simplifying and ordering both mixed and improper fractions. This has helped the children understand the relationship between division and fractions when finding common factors.
In our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) sessions, the focus this week has been the use of brackets, commas and dashes for parenthesis when writing and the difference between dashes and hyphens.
Our writing this week has been the task of completing a narrative where the beginning has already been given to them.
During this week's DT (Design and Technology) session we finalised our plans and designs for our spitfire and produced a list of materials that will be needed.
Week ending Friday 10th November 2017
Another busy week in Sycamore class.
In English, we began the week with an introduction on Anne Frank, we learnt all about her family and her life before entering the 'Annexe'. This is where Anne's family hid from the Gestapo during WWII before they were captured and taken to concentration camps. We then looked at diary entries written by Anne during the two years spent in hiding and we began to plan our own diary entry using a mind map, Using the headings of 'see' 'hear' 'touch' and 'feelings' we could transport ourselves to the time of Anne's diary being written, enabling us to add more emotion in our diary writing.
In Maths, this week's focus has been Fractions. We looked at adding and subtracting both common and improper fractions as well as finding fractions of whole numbers.
Using bullet points correctly and consistently has been the focus of our SPaG sessions this week.
During our DT sessions this week we have begun to design our Spitfires in anticipation for building next week.
Week ending Friday 3rd November 2017
Welcome back after Half Term, we hope you all had a lovely, relaxing break.
As we begin Term 2 we also start our swimming sessions on a Tuesday morning.
This week we have started work on this term's topic of 'A Child's War' which will focus on the first and second World Wars and the lasting effects on modern day Britain. In English Sycamore class have been looking at features associated with diaries and have completed their own diary entry using a day they experienced during Half term. In SPaG, this week's focus has been a revisit of nouns, pronouns and their use in sentences. Our Maths work has concentrated on Fractions, both equivalent, simplified and then ordered on a number line from largest to smallest using differing denominators. RE this term will involve thinking about Remembrance Day and then moving onto the retelling of the Christmas Story.
Week ending Friday 13th October 2017
This week has seen Sycamore class completing assessments in Reading, SPaG and Maths. Everyone worked with determination and resilience, well done!
Topic work this week saw Sycamore class discover how the railways changed Britain in Victorian times.
On Wednesday we welcomed 3 visitors into school to talk to us about many different aspects of WWII. This will help us next week to write poems for Remembrance Day.
On Friday every pupil took part in School Games Day, competing in their house teams of Carter, Stukeley, Farmer and Littlebury. In the hall Boccia took place whilst outside teams took part in Hockey matches on the hard standing playground and Volleyball on the field. Everyone enjoyed the day, thank you to both Mr Green for organising the day and to the adults from Agilitas for coming into school and coaching us on each sport. The overall winners were the yellow team. (See pictures below)
Week ending Friday 6th October 2017
The end of another busy week in Sycamore class.
In English we have been planning our narrative using our knowledge of Victorian life. We began by using the heading 'Introduction', answering the questions of When? Where? Who? and Why?, and then continued planning as we built up to a problem, resolution and then, finally, the conclusion. On 'No Pens Day Wednesday' we used oil pastels to create a scene from our story and then later in the day we worked in groups to bring our stories to life using drama (See pictures below).
This week in Maths we have been revisiting formal written methods for multiplication and we have also looked at both squared and cubed numbers.
Our topic work has involved understanding what education for children was like in Victorian times and compare and contrast this to current educational practice.
On Friday we were joined by Reverend Kate as KS2 celebrated Harvest Festival. Thank you to everyone that joined us in school for this celebration and for the many donations of items. These have been passed onto the Holbeach Community Larder.
Week ending Friday September 29th 2017
We have had another busy week in Sycamore class.
In Maths we have been revisiting two of the four calculation functions of addition and subtraction using formal written methods, including decimals. At the beginning of the week during our SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) sessions we have been punctuating speech in our writing, both direct and indirect and then moved on to looking at story structure and using a variety of sentence openers. This week during English we have started to write our book reviews using paragraphs to group information. In RE we have carried on with our topic of Buddhism by comparing places that are special to Buddhists with those that are special to Christians.
We are very lucky to have two visitors coming in to work with both Sycamore and Willow classes on computing during our Multi Skills afternoons. Rhys and Brad are studying Computer Science (CISCO) and Media over in the Sixth Form at UAH and will be coming in every Friday to take small groups and introduce them to Programming.
Please take a moment to look through our pictures.
Week ending Friday September 22nd 2017
This week we have again been completing lots of hard work!
In Maths we have continued work on Place Value, rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. Also this week we have revisited work on negative numbers and finding the difference between negative and positive numbers crossing 0.
In English we have been writing biographies, firstly about each other and then about Queen Victoria using research we have completed earlier in the week.
In our afternoon sessions we have again been looking at electrical circuits in Science, we have retold the story of Siddhartha Gautama in RE and during our Multi Skills afternoon we made lava lamps, cooked mini quiches, learning about Victorian life with our museum boxes containing Victorian artefacts and completed cross stitch.
In Mr Sutton's outdoor PE session we have been learning the rules of Handball and then putting these into practice during short games.
Please take a moment to look through our pictures.
Week ending Friday 8th September 2017
A very warm welcome back to Holbeach Primary Academy to our new Sycamore class and all their parents and carers. We are looking forward to sharing lots of news with you as we journey through your child's last year in primary school.
This week we have been settling into our new class routine, we have elected our new School Council members, assigned classroom responsibilities and shared some summer holiday news. Sycamore class have also been completing assessments in Maths to allow Sycamore staff to begin to give support to each pupil where it is needed.
On Friday we completed our first 'Multi Skills' afternoon with groups from both Sycamore and Willow classes taking part in Science experiments, sewing, printing and cooking. Please take a moment to look through our pictures.
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Graduation Ceremony ~ Tuesday 18th July 2017
We would like to thank all parents, grandparent, brothers, sisters, friends and family of Year 6 children for joining us today to celebrate your children graduating from Holbeach Primary Academy. We hope you enjoyed the morning as much as the children did. We are very proud of them all and wish them every success, both during their journey through secondary school and for the future.
Samba, Bikes and Kebabs ~ What a fun-filled day!! 14/06/2017
Today began with our usual Wednesday morning Samba lesson with Tim, who will be joining us for our Summer Fayre on the 15th of July when we will be showcasing our music to all parents, grandparents and carers.
Next, we had 3 visitors from GET BIKING!! They brought along a myriad of bikes, trikes and go-karts, there was even a 7-seater bike!! Everyone had a chance to ride a variety of bikes around the 'track' on the netball court. Even Mrs Tully and Mrs Evans had a little go! Everyone enjoyed themselves and we are pleased to report there were no accidents! (See pictures below)
This afternoon was spent making fruit kebabs. We chopped, sliced, peeled and stoned a large variety of fruit before using wooden skewers to produce our kebabs. As an extra treat, melted chocolate was drizzled on the kebabs before the all important taste-testing took place. A great afternoon was had by all. (See pictures below)
Sycamore class General Election Forecast
12.45pm 8th July 2017
Samba lessons with Tim
Every Wednesday morning we have a Samba music lesson with Tim. We have been learning 'Body percussion' as well as learning to play Samba drums, Tamborims, cow-bells and shakers. Even though it is only our third lesson, Tim is impressed with our progress.
Week ending 12th May 2017
After completing their SATs tests with courage, perseverance and determination, Sycamore class were rewarded with cupcakes!!
Well done Sycamore, we are proud of you!
Week ending 24th March 2017
This week has been a busy week revising key elements of SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). We began the week revising the correct use of hyphens and then moved on to looking at the identification of subject, verb and object within sentences. Later in the week, the focus became the use of both colons and semi-colons in our writing before finishing the week off with looking at the difference between dashes and hyphens.
In Maths we have been revising Data Handling, including reading and interpreting data using pie charts and both block and line graphs before collecting data and constructing our own. We have also revisited Time, including reading both analogue and digital clocks and converting 12-hour clocks to 24-hour clocks and vice versa.
The Holbeach Hub are holding an Easter Fayre and invited us to produce some props for use during their Easter Egg hunt. We designed and created lots of Alice In Wonderland inspired props and enjoyed a whole Art and Craft afternoon on Monday. Everyone enjoyed working in their groups and produced some amazing props (See Photos).
Week ending Friday 17th March 2017
This week our work in Maths has been a revision of using and reading a variety of scales and then writing and converting between standard units of measurement of length, mass and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa.
In English, instructional writing has been the focus. First, the class followed instructions, as given by the Science Museum website, on how to make a periscope. As they followed the given instructions they made notes on how the instructions could be improved to help produce a better finished product. After the planning and writing of their own instructions they each peer assessed each other's. Their focus was to:
This week, in Art and DT the designing of our individual Mayan Masks began with sketching using both traditional and modern designs.
In RE we have started to hear the Easter story, following Jesus' journey to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the event's leading up to The Last Supper.
Week ending Friday 10th March 2017
Year 6 have been working very hard this week whilst completing their assessment tests. The week followed the same format of testing that will take place in school during the week beginning Monday 8th May.
On Monday the children completed an English Reading test, Tuesday saw them completing both the Punctuation and Grammar test as well as the Spelling test. On Wednesday the day began with Maths paper 1 (Arithmetic) and on Thursday they completed both Maths paper 2 (Reasoning) and 3 (Reasoning). All the children worked extremely hard and we are very proud of all their efforts in all the tests. Your child's results from these tests and their progress will be shared with you during the Year 6 Parent's Evenings (Slips will be returned to you on Monday, giving you your appointment time).
Thank you to all the parents/carers who attended the SATs meetings on Thursday, it was lovely to see you all. We hope you found it useful when understanding the format of testing that takes place as well as ways in which you can support your child both before and during the testing. There are links to Grammar vocabulary on the class page as well as examples of previous papers. We are also happy to answer any other questions or worries regarding the tests.
Week ending Friday 3rd March 2017
This week has been another busy one in Sycamore class.
In English we have been looking at a variety of sentence types and how we can use these to develop our writing skills. We have planned a 'thriller' type narrative based on the Mayan civilisation and hope to use our new knowledge of the various sentence types to make our narrative even more thrilling.
In Maths we have been comparing and ordering fractions, including both improper and mixed number fractions. We have also been revising our previous learning of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions with different denominators using common factors and then writing the answer in its simplest form.
This week, in Science, we have carried on with our topic of 'Light and Dark' by investigating the direction in which light travels and have discussed the definition of a light source.
Week ending Friday 24th February
Our first week back after Half Term has been a busy one!!!
This week, in our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions, we have been learning how to punctuate correctly when using bullet points and then we have put our learning into practice when writing our discussion texts.
In English we started the week by having a class discussion on the arguments both 'for and against' President Trump building a wall between the USA and Mexico. Next, we planned our own balanced argument using notes and then, on Thursday we wrote our own discussion text.
In Maths we have been concentrating on recognising and ordering numbers up to 10,000,000 as well as using negative numbers in context and calculating intervals across 0.
Our Science work for this term will be 'Light and Dark' so this week we have been identifying parts of the eye to help us understand how light travels in a straight line.
Monday 6th FebruaryThe Year 5 and 6 children practised their science skills in a scenario where a crime had been committed and it was their responsibility to work together to piece together the evidence.
They had to tape off the crime scene to protect the evidence and clues were then identified, collected by tweezers into evidence bags, interpreted and analysed.
This included characterising fingerprints, investigating footprints, identifying fibres and investigating DNA.
They learnt many interesting facts such as everyone has a unique fingerprint, that not all surfaces may hold fingerprint evidence and that the tread of a footprint can show the weight of a suspect.
the young detectives were successful in presenting their evidence at the end of the session and had a great time solving the crime.