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Year 6 - Sycamore Class 2020-2021

Cool Aeronautics

 

         Each year, our oldest students have the opportunity to attend the Fleet Air Museum, joining other schools from around Somerset to participate in scientific engineering challenges. Due to CV19, the trip to the museum was not possible, however Leonardo Helicopters hosted the event live online, meaning that this year’s students wouldn’t miss out on this amazing experience. 
          We were presented with scenarios requiring teams to solve puzzles, using their knowledge and skills in maths and science. The centrepiece of the day was building working model cars to then cross a bridge that teams had made from recycled materials. All teams completed the challenge (to varying degrees of success!) and had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

SYCAMORE VIDEO

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Remembrance Day 2020

Year 6 children, took the responsibility of leading our schools Remembrance Day celebrations today. The service included poems, readings, prayers, laying of class wreaths and the playing of The Last Post by Mr R Lush fromThe Salvation Army.

After the service, at a safe distance, children delivered hand written poppy postcards, poems and art work to West Abbey Care Home.

Write,Learn, Post

To complement our ongoing friendship tree project with our International Partner Schools, Sycamore Class have created their own individual Friendship Tree to be shared with their pen-pals.

They have written their first postcard to their Spanish pen-pals and are eagerly waiting for their response. 

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Remembrance Display 2020

 

Sycamore has been hard at work making and decorating wreaths to lay at our Remembrance Day service next week.

African Drumming Workshop

 

To celebrate Black History Month, we were able to invite in Kaspa from Zamble African Dance Company to give our class an opportunity to learn about the history and culture surrounding ceremonial drumming and also to play our own collective rhythms! 

Leave this to us sonny!

 

Sycamore Class enjoyed an amazing Experience Day, with South West Heritage providing many hands-on resources and workshops for our evacuees to get to experience first-hand what those months in 1940-41 would have been like during the Second World War. We learnt about rationing, clothing and what to do in an air raid! 

Black History Month 2020

 

We celebrated BHM this October by researching many influential black musicians, politicians and historical figures. Along with writing biographical accounts of these amazing people, we created artwork to adorn our walls too!

#Hello Yellow!

A fantastic effort from the pupils and staff in Year 6, as we joined in with the World Mental Health Day to show our support, understanding and recognition to those suffering from any form of mental health problem today. As usual, Mrs Sherry came up with the goods, fashioning the teachers in banana outfits for the day, whilst students did their best not to burst into fits of laughter every time a new staff member entered the room! The staff were very proud of the understanding shown of the topical discussions and as a school, we raised an incredible £405!

Pig Heart Dissection

As part of Year 6 studying the circulatory system, all children had an exciting science lesson dissecting pig hearts.

 

They cut the heart from the apex, right to the vena cava, where the blood enters the heart. Carefully, the children studied the chambers, to investigate the way the blood enters and exits the heart, by poking their fingers through the passages!

 

The lesson really helped to consolidate all of the learning that took place prior to the dissection and understand how blood circulates our bodies.

 

Life Saving CPR Skills in Sycamore

From this academic year, all state-funded schools in England will need to teach first aid as part of their health education. This will include basic first aid for our children, for example dealing with common injuries, burns and stings, head injuries and also life saving skills. 
   

This week, Sycamore took part in a refresher session in CPR, led by Mrs Sherry. At the end of the session, all children were able to show their competence in performing a primary survey, carrying out CPR, awareness of how to place a casualty in the recovery position and the important numbers to call in an emergency.

National Poetry Day 2020

Sycamore and Mulberry children share some poetry

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European Day of Languages

Sycamore Class enjoyed celebrating The European Day of Languages this week. By using songs, looking at flags from around the world and through discussion, the children then wrote ‘Why it is Important to Learn a Language.’
Every child in the school was given a sticker to wear throughout the day, so enabling them to greet one another in a different language.

 Cześć, ciao, bonjour, sveiki, hello!

Congratulations to our new language ambassadors for this year - Ewan and Sophie!


These children have been chosen to represent our school, as great role models for promoting languages across the school. Our Ambassadors play an important role in the organisation of Language Days in our school and closely work with teachers to promote the importance of learning a foreign language in primary schools. They enjoy their role as Language Ambassadors because they are proud of their cultural heritage and the languages they speak. This also gives them a chance to encourage other children to have the opportunity to speak a language that they do not learn in school.

Please give a round of applause to our newly elected School Prefects!

At Preston C of E Primary School, we are very keen to recognise the hard work and positive behaviour of our children and becoming a prefect is a perfect opportunity to recognise and celebrate these qualities.


We are very pleased to announce Sycamore’s prefects for this year are: Lily S, Sophie B, Sophie J, Owen W and Masie M - congratulations!

 

All Year 6 children are invited to apply in writing to become a prefect at the beginning of Year 6. The application letter includes:

 

❖ Why they want to become a prefect

❖ The personal qualities they possess which enable them to fulfil the role

❖ How they demonstrate these skills and qualities

❖ What they think they can offer to the school as a prefect

 

Prefects at Preston C of E Primary, will help to raise the expectations and behaviour throughout the school day, including break times and lunchtimes. Prefects will demonstrate, in their everyday lives, all of the values that the school upholds:

 

❖ Demonstrate independence, responsibility and reliability 

❖ Promoting high expectations and to be a role model for others

❖ Show initiative and honesty in all situations

And your School Council representative is...

Congratulations to Harriet B, who the class voted strongly in favour for to represent Sycamore at the regular council meetings as well as carrying out duties that the student body of the school wish our council representatives to undertake. 

Welcome Back!

 

It has been a long time coming…

 

28 children in a classroom, all at the same time! It was wonderful to welcome our children back this week and to see how positive and enthusiastic they are. The resilience of our learners never ceases to amaze us and each have been a credit to their families, settling so well back into the flow of the new year.  

 

It doesn’t seem two minutes since the children were starting in reception and yet here they are, embarking on their final year at Primary School!

 

In Year 6, we work really hard to ensure that all children have the best opportunity possible to achieve their full potential. However, we also try to ensure that we have fun along the way and provide the children with some lovely, long-lasting memories.

 

If you have any questions about this year then please speak to Mr Branch - your child's class teacher - or speak to Mr Gordon, the phase leader for Year 5 and 6.

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