Hello and welcome to Sycamore Class with Miss Tyers

Year 3/4

Welcome back after what I hope has been a relaxing two week break. This is going to be another 7 weeks of exciting learning ending with a whole school pantomime preformance of  'Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies'.


                                          'Oh No It Isn't!'

Our topic this half term is based around learning the skills to perform our very first whole school pantomime at Bishop. Watch this space for more details....

In music we will be concentrating on our singing skills. We will learn the importance of warming up our voices before we begin singing and we will start by learning our songs for our Christmas performance! We will practise changing our pitch, volume and tempo when singing to create a different mood for the music.

Our art and design learning will focus on sketching skills this half term to create a sketch of our designs ready to use in our design and technology sessions. We will look at different shading effects and how these can be used to create texture in a picture.

During this half term, we will fully explore ‘light’. Children will understand that they need light to see and that light is reflected from surfaces. They will explore shadows and learn how shadows are formed when a light source is blocked by an opaque item. Children will consider the dangers of looking directly at light-sources (mainly the sun) and how they can protect their eyes

PSHE- Anti- Bullying Week 2019 is taking place from Monday 11th – Friday 15th November and has the theme ‘Change Starts with Us’. It is coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance, which is based at leading children’s charity the National Children’s Bureau. Through cross-curricular learning, we will be integrating ideas that’s take the theme further and highlighting the importance of Anti- Bullying throughout the curriculum.

Whole school Re Day will be based around symbolic festivals such as Christmas and Diwali, learning about Christian and Hindu commitment by describing some spiritual ways of celebrating festivals from both religions. We will then look at comparing and contrasting festivals and reflect thoughtfully on the reasons why some people value such celebrations very highly, but others not at all in both religions.

Computing lessons will consist of using technology to organise and present ideas in different ways and applying different fonts and images to compliment the piece of work produced.

In Design and Technology, we will be creating aspects of various costumes for our production. We will be developing the skills of accurate measuring, cutting material safely and simple sewing techniques.

Over the years, the Salvation Army have helped many of  our families t school. We would like to return this kindness by donating Christmas gifts that can go to families and children who won't otherwise have any presents. If you are able to make any donations of new or unwanted presents (in good condition), please take them to the office. We will then pass them on to the Salvation Army on your behalf. Let's help make a family smile this Christmas.

English will continue to be enhanced by our daily Active English lessons to secure the understanding of grammar in a unique, fun and extremely active way! 

We will be learning about the features and structure of play scripts and the children will be given the opportunity to write their own. One play script will be chosen for each class to perform to the 2 other classes in their phase. We will also be learning about stories from other cultures which will link in with our learning in RE

An exciting time for maths, as we introduce 'Power Maths'where we will learning the mastery approach to maths. Not only will the children deepen their understanding of applying practical skills, but they will also have the capability to explain why. 

Measure – developing the children’s knowledge of units of measurement by introducing the kilometre and using its equivalence to express distances in kilometres and metres. They will then be introduced to the concept of perimeter as the distance around a 2D shape. They will begin by considering squares and rectangles drawn on squared paper and then progress to work with rectilinear shapes where the side measurements are labelled.

Multiplication and Division- This will build upon the previous work children have done on multiplication and subtraction from Year 3, where they learnt how to multiply by equal grouping and to divide using sharing. It will also build upon previous work children have done on addition and subtraction and developing reasoning skills. To deepen their understanding, the children will be encouraged to use visual representations to tackle multiplication and division questions, and to understand concepts such as grouping and sharing.

Percy Parker is going to be singing this with us to help us, and remember that there is TT Rockstars too!


https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/19592 - Your child will have a login, please contact me if your child has lost their's.

By the end of year 4, it is an expectation nationally that all children are able to recite multiplication and division facts up to the 12 x tables.

Swimming will take place on a Tuesday afternoon for all Year 4 children, this is part of the National Curriculum, therefore all children are expected to take part in learning this valuable life skill. There will be an information pack sent home with the children where all questions should hopefully be answered, however if there are any further queries, please do not hesitate to ask. There are also important forms that must be filled in and sent back to school as soon as possible please. If your child wears earrings, then they are responsible for the removal of these. If any parents/carers/grown-up's are able to volunteer their time to support us with swimming and observe, it would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you can. Thank you.

The children willl continue to learn French as their Modern Foreign Language, with an emphasis on clear and accurate translation and pronunciation by applying French phonics. 

Homework will be set on a Friday and should be returned on the following Friday, so we can share our amazing talents with each other. The children are trying hard to achieve their 30 points to gain a well deserved award for their home learning. Please remember though that points can only be awarded if the content and presentation meet expectations of the school.

Weekly spellings will be set after the children have been taught the spelling pattern and ways in which to apply them. It is important that the children are able to apply them in the context of a sentence and not just remember them as a list. As always, your continued support in applying this is very much appreciated. These will be issued on a Monday and tested on Friday, remember if the children achieve between 8/10 spellings each week, then they will automatically earn homework points.

Children should  read daily to a grown up, at home, for at least 10 minutes a day, please may I ask you to regularly sign their reading diary as evidence of this (reading 5 times a week will automatically earn the children homework points). As a class we are all striving to reach our 75 plus reads, so not only will the children be rewarded for their efforts, but the more reading material they are exposed to,  will show an improvement in their use of language in developing their writing.  Please remember your child should not only be reading the words on the page, they must be able to understand what they have read. Please encourage them to talk  freely about their book and ask them lots of questions. Children are also expected to then log onto Accelerated Reader to quiz themselves about the book they have read. We are trying hard to improve comprehension and understanding.

Accelerated reader


Don't forget to log onto Marvellous Me and find out all the amazing things your child is doing in school.

Marvellous me


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Dates for the Diary:

Mon 4th Nov- Return to school

Mon 4th Nov- Whole School Topic introduction

Thurs 7th Nov - Fri 8th Nov - Year 4 Residential to Hagg Farm.

Thurs 14th Nov- School Nursing Team in for Flu Immunisations.

Tues 19th Nov- Individual School Photographs

Christmas Diary Events to follow...

Which will be the class of the week with the highest attendance?

We need to reach above 96%.

 Please remember that routine dentist and other appointments should be made outside of school hours wherever possible.

Children should not be picked up early except in exceptional circumstances. To avoid disruption to assembly at the end of the day, please phone in earlier in the day to make arrangements for the children not to go into assembly. 

School Clubs.

There is a fantastic variety of clubs for the children to sign up to, therefore please encourage your child to try something new. However, there is an expectation that these are regularly attended as some are over subscribed and have a waiting list. Therefore, you can understand that another child could take the place.

Miss Jones and Mrs Hade are talent spotting for a Bishop Singing Group. There are various up and coming events that we have been invited to atend, including an inter school competition and switching on of the Newark Christmas Lights. There are a limited amount of spaces, so don't hide your talents away, come and show us what amazing singing voices we can show off at Bishop.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to come in and talk to me. We are a Firling class family, where we look after and respect each other in an evironment we feel safe and valued in.

As always in Sycamore class, this half term is going  to be A-MAZ-ING !

Kind Regards,

Miss Tyers.

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