WELCOME TO SYCAMORE CLASS
Class Teachers - Mrs. Rawnson (Mrs Butcher teaching Fridays)
Teaching Assistants - Mrs. Champion and Mrs Bravery
Topic into full swing!
We have defintely been 'Working Hard and Playing Hard'. They have been really enjoying learning about Ancient Greece, in particular they enjoyed being Spartans, although I think that they would prefer being Athenians!
We have also had a wonderful visit from Mr Laver (Governor and parent of Madeleine, yr 5, and Henry, Yr 1), who is a real expert in Ancient Greece. We learnt so much, as well as how to make effective notes- an invaluable skill for secondary school.
There appears that there was a problem with Mathletics this week- the children were brilliant and told me immediatedly about it. We will explore the problems as a class this week and I will give an additional week for these tasks.
I hope that they are all enjoying exploring what Ancient Greek 'Mythical Creature' they will make as their Home Learning Challenge- Due in the first Monday after Half Term.
We have started back with the enthusiasm and dedication that I like to see children approaching a New year with. It is so hard to come back to school this term after the glorious festivities and cosy nights in play games. I got them all to write a 'Thank you' letter to you all on the first day back -please pester them if you have not received it!
We had a fabulous 'launch' of our project with STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) activities and exploring historical artefacts and I am sure that the children will enjoy this topic.
Last term's mantra was 'Be the best that YOU can be', this term's is, 'Work Hard, Play Hard, NO FAFFING!'. This term is about getting them to 'knuckle down' with their learning and then we still have fun learning other things. HOWEVER, there is some precious time being wasted getting books out etc- the biggest waste of time is 'Tidy Up Time' where they still appear to believe that I will magically tidy up their desks for them! Don't worry I'll happily nag them for you all! I am pleased to report that they have already made progress on this!
This term I will increase the homework and be more strict on its completion. Children who have not completed it will be staying in at breaktime- they do need to ensure that they have got into good habits for secondary school. A note on this, we have switched over to the NEW MATHLETICS site. It runs in parallel with the old Mathletics site, but I think that some children are getting a bit confused and are unable to find the tasks that I have set, this is likely to be because they are not clicking on 'New Mathletics'. Any problems I run a lunchtime Mathletics session on a Wednesday and can clear up any problems for them there!
Please find the copy of our term's learning in the Spring section of our Class Page if your child has not brought you a paper copy!
We have been doing SO much recently.
Christmas Story Writing- The children have all written a special stories for their reception buddies. We will finish editing and then share them with their buddies in the run up to Christmas. I was very impressed with the quality of pictures that brought their stories alive.
Mindfulness- we have been having wonderful sessions with a Mindfulness teacher from St Edmund's. This is a much needed chance for the children to think about how they handle difficulties and then explore how to help them deal with their responses. It will hopefully help those who become anxious, frustrated, angry or those that just ignore the issue.The world throws us problems EVERY day it is how we deal with them that is important. We have also explored how to improve our 'attention'. Ask them about it and get them to explain what they have been up to!
Christmas Fete- I was SO impressed with the children and their involvement in running their stalls. Thank you and WELL DONE!
Netball/ hockey team- Thank you to those who took part in our recent matches and inspired and mentored others in younger year groups- we were very proud of you.
Choir- Our choir was BRILLIANT in all of their various concerts/ performances. Thank you to those in Year 6 who modelled the expectations to the younger year groups AND introduced and closed the special Small Schools' Carol Service. Very brave!
"And now, the end is near...my friend,I'll say it clear... I did it my way!" As it appears I can only speak in song quotes..." I did it my way !" was definitely how all of you attempted the challenges of Braeside.
What a truely wonderful bunch of children you are! You gave this week such a lot of energy. Each of you handled your own challenges and faced collective problems that will have helped you grow as individuals and as a class. Each and every one of you pushed yourself out of your own personal comfort zone and supported others as they did the same. The learning that you did this week will benefit you for life. I have so many highlights, as I am sure do you, and it will take us all of next week to process all that we learnt... roll on Monday!
I could easily spend spend the next hour singing each of your individual praises ( I will spend the next year doing that!) but for now massive congratulations go to our Braeside boy- Harry F, who shared his endless practical skills with both pupils and staff by communicating and explaining rather than taking over... "You have a go at this; I've had the chance before." Is a direct quote from this remarkable lad that saved so many from the jaws of the mud swamp, who incedently is now nicknamed 'Hero Harry'.
And also our Braeside Girl- Maddie. Her endless encouragement of others and perpetual chatter and smile kept everyone's spirits high even during 9mile hikes/ mud slides/ tired arms and frustrations with boats etc etc. She was always quick to spot other people's achievement and to offer sincere praise.
Thanks also to the awesome team of staff who came in shifts( Miss Purchase, Mrs Carter, Mrs Thornhill, Mrs Bravery, Mr Sainsbury, Mrs Champion and Mrs Baker); may they all have restful weekends!
Sleep well everyone and remember YOU need to help your families wash that stinky kit! I hope that you enjoy the photos- sorry there are so many but you were just so awesome that I had to try and capture it all!
We are very very very sorry! Our night line may have got a TINY bit muddier than we expected!! We did do a practise run in the light and it was all fine... however we created a lot of mud in the dark and it all got a bit slippery! The children were brilliant and demonstrated real resilience and team work- what this week is all about. We apologise for the state of their clothes that will be coming home- please be PROUD of them,not cross!