WELCOME TO SYCAMORE CLASS
Class Teachers - Mrs. Rawnson (Mr Sainsbury teaching Fridays)
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Flint and Miss Sealey
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome back! It was brilliant to see the children back in school and to hear about all of their holidays.
This term we will be 'Knuckling Down' to some work. We will be learning how to focus attention, stay on task and make sure that they learn to ASK when they still haven't understood something. These important life skills will mean that they should start to take real ownership of their learning.
There are many fun things planned for this term too. Firstly, the topic of The Tudors is always a firm favourite with children. To bring this fantastic topic alive, we have planned two trips this term. One to the Salisbury Museum to help us launch the topic and after half term we will be going to see the spectacular Mary Rose.
Most of the class are involved in our enormous Choir adventure to the O2 arena. If your child is involved please encourage them to practise the words as it will really enhance their enjoyment if they are confident. (I am aware that the songs may well be annoying you now, but please be enthusiastic for them!)
There will be the opportunity for you to come and work with your child as I will be holding a Parents' Session about SATS on Monday 4th February 9-10am in the school hall. This will give you all a valuable understanding of what the SATS involve and how best to support your child as they learn the skills required to demonstrate how capable they are in a test situatation.
What a spectacular term we have had!
I hope that the children enjoyed their 'Bake Off' challenge and that you all got to sample their Yule Logs. They really did look delicious. Maybe get them to make you one at home?
May I wish you all a wonderful festive season and a peaceful holiday!
“And now, the end is near, and so we face the final curtain...”
Wow, wow, wow! What a fantastic week. The sun has mirrored the warmth of kindness of your children. They have challenged themselves beyond their wildest dreams and they are all extremely proud of themselves. What an incredible bunch of young people. This chapter maybe over but our adventure together is just beginning! Get some rest this weekend I will be raring to go bright and early on Monday morning!
“I Will Survive!”
We learnt how to survive on an ‘island’. We learnt how to light a fire using a ‘flint and steel’ from a tinder box. Our hardest challenge was keeping the fire ‘fed’ by finding an endless supply of suitable wood- this required a lot of tenacity! At the same time, they had an ‘air drop’ of provisions that they then had to prepare for their team whilst keeping the fire going. Then they had to prepare for the raging storm that was fast approaching (and surprisingly local to about a metre square!) by building a shelter for the team. The day drew to a close with the infamous ‘Nightline’- the ultimate challenge into trusting their friends and believing in their own ability.
May I take this moment to say how impressed we are with their humour, positivity, kindness and manners. You should be very proud of them all.
“I would walk 500 miles ...” (not quite!)
Well the morning brought well rested children! All went to sleep brilliantly and slept well, meaning that we could really embrace today’s challenge of a serious hike that was navigated by the children. They learnt to read Ordinance Survey maps and to use a compass to lead us through the amazing countryside surrounding Braeside. The children were in good spirits throughout- we were out from 10.30 am- 5.30pm! They also enjoyed learning some incredible history of The Battle of Roundway Down. Dinner was shepherd’s pie and lemon crunch (some children had thirds!) and they are now enjoying the grounds of this spectacular place before we start our evening challenge.
We have had a fabulous first day! Serious 3 hours of paddling... and one accidental capsize from Miss Sealey’s boat! All occupants were laughing and were quickly joined by the rest of their classmates. All dry and eaten a hearty tea of roast pork and crumble. They have enjoyed exploring the grounds by torchlight, participating in an orienteering challenge. Perfect children ... so far!