Sycamore Tree Class Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 2015


Dear Parents/Carers,

Sycamore Class Curriculum Newsletter - Autumn 2015

     Welcome to the new year in Sycamore class! I am really looking forward to getting to know your children this year.

      Our geography topic this term begins by looking at rivers and the water cycle. We will be exploring the path of the River Deben, as well as going on a field trip to the river with Suffolk Wildlife Trust. This should tie in well with our science topic of rocks, as well as our DT topic on building a model raft. Next half term we will look at similarities and differences in human and physical geography in the UK and the rest of Europe, while our science topic for the second half term looks at animals, including humans. DT for the second half term looks at textiles, including various materials and methods of stitching.

     In RE this term we will be looking at religion and the individual, beginning with Christianity and moving onto Islam. We will consider how following each religion affects people’s actions and beliefs, which should be extremely interesting.

    Our PSHE topics will be learning about money and the influence of media in our lives. In French the children will be learning to identify body parts, give character descriptions, increase their number knowledge and begin to use basic prepositions, such as sur and dans.    


    I will teach the class each morning, with Mrs Farrant, and Mrs Doherty will teach the class each Monday afternoon. Every Friday afternoon Mrs Hammond will take the class for Forest School. The children will need to come with suitable clothing and footwear every week. Without this, for safety reasons, children will not be able to take part. If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Hammond directly.

      PE will take place on Fridays and swimming is on Monday mornings, however your child should have their PE kit in school each day. It would be helpful if your child had jogging bottoms/tracksuit bottoms and trainers as well as plimsolls or light weight canvas shoes. You may remember that Mrs Doherty contacted you last year explaining that children will not be barefoot in PE lessons due to the risk of splinters from the village hall floor. Outside trainers will not be suitable for indoor gym or dance. Please ensure that all kit is clearly named.


       Our collective worship value for this half term is forgiveness. We will be focusing on this area in assemblies and also other curriculum areas.        

         Homework is an important part of the children’s learning. The expectation is for pupils to read at least three times a week at home and to note this in their reading record. Spellings will be sent home each Monday and tested on a Friday morning. Pupils will also have a times tables test each Tuesday morning. Two further pieces of homework will be given out on a Friday to complete and return to school by the following Thursday. If your child is struggling with homework for any reason, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The format for sharing assemblies will continue to be the same as last year, with one class leading the assembly and sharing their work. Sycamore Class will be leading the assembly on 27th November.

We will be having a daily snack (fruit) and story time each morning before assembly. If you would like your child to have fruit please send this in daily as free fruit is only provided in key stage 1.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs Janine Penistone