Year 5 - Sycamore 2020 - 2021

Mrs Johnson

Welcome to Year 5: Sycamore Class

Mrs Johnson (Class teacher)

 Mrs Johnson                   Mrs Reid                       Mr Holmes 

 Class Teacher                 TA                                  TA 

17 12 20 Frozen Kingdom

Another one of my favourite topics!  The children will love this one .......

Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. This half term, we’ll start by making and observing icebergs. We’ll then find out more about them using non-fiction books. We’ll learn technical vocabulary so we can write reports in the role of engineers. Using globes and maps, we’ll identify the polar regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment. Then, we’ll investigate the tragic story of the RMS Titanic, and find out about the people on board. We’ll download images of polar features and save our information in digital folders. When we’re more familiar with the polar regions, we’ll write exciting stories, poems and diary entries from the perspective of brave explorers. Researching our favourite polar animals will be fun, and we’ll create animal artwork inspired by the Inuit people. We’ll experiment with digital photography and create amazing effects using paints and dyes. At the end of the ILP, we’ll present what we have learned and construct a large-scale model of an igloo!

29 10 20 A Child's War

One of my favourite topics!

A siren sounds and a Spitfire zooms overhead! It’s 1939 and Britain is at war. This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and cook delicious wartime food. At the end of the ILP, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.

18 10 20 Year 5 SPaG for Parents/Carers

Are your children coming home and coming out with these long, complicated words when explaining about the writing expectations in Year 5? Welcome to my world laugh! I have attached a glossary

for you to read - I'll test you next week! smiley. I think you'll be quite surprised as to what they have to learn!

Your children have settled into Year 5 really well and are a delight to teach. I even enjoy going swimming with them - well not actual swimming! Usually it's a real pain - lining them up to go, someone has left their bag in the class, noisy on the bus, noisy lining up to go in, disappearing under the water so they can't hear instructions ..... get the picture? I usually have a headache after swimming but this class are fab! It's actually less stressful than being in class!

I'm sure you already are but you should be very proud of your children. I'm very proud to be their teacher!

Mrs J

29 09 20 Isolation Day 7!

Tomorrow, tomorrow I love you tomorrow - you're only a day away! That will be utter nonsense to you young ones laugh ask your parents / carers!!

I am so looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow! Don't forget to bring in all of your work so you can stick it into your books.

So, today I am going to ............... get ready for tomorrow laugh Iron my clothes (okay I never iron!), pack my lunch (actually that is normally done as I run out of the door) and pack my bag ............ mmm now where is it? ..... maybe I'll tidy my house laugh

See you tomorrow!!!

Mrs J 

28 09 20 Isolation Day 6!


Please note the absence of 'Good'!!!! I'm BORED!!!!! Even more BORED than yesterday and even more BORED than the day before!! Nearly there though - I can nearly touch Wednesday!

Did you all have a lovely weekend? I .... er ....... got up ............mmmm........ had a shower dressed (into clean pjs obviously) .......... oh my goodness I'm even more BORED now! laugh

Pepper hasn't started digging for freedom but I have - I reckon I'm just under the front door now smiley

See you all on Wednesday - I'm so excited!

Quick Update

Connor K is beating you Gabi surprise

25 09 20 Isolation Day 3!

Yay, it's Friday! Is anyone doing anything exciting this weekend .......................................... crying ...... probably the same as every other day in isolation!!

I have a couple of secrets to tell you sshhh!

I had a 2 hour zoom meeting yesterday with 12 other teachers (including Miss Cope) and I did it in my pjs blush. I just put a hoody over the top! Are you proud of me? Thanks for your pj photos - I'll post them on here when I have permission!

Also, I really did want some chocolate yesterday and I felt too embarrased to ask my friends to get me some  ....... so I ordered some from Amazon! wink It's coming today - I'm so excited! I'll post a picture later .......... when I have permission from myself! Now children .............. here comes the healthy bit ...................I'm not suggesting you eat chocolate every day but a little, in moderation, is fine!

Pepper is driving me crazy! She keeps walking to the front door and looking at her lead sad She doesn't understand when I try to explain to her that I can't take her out! I think she'll be trying to dig her way out very soon!

Anyway, have a lovely day and weekend!

Mrs J

24 09 20 Isolation Day 2!

I'M BORED!!!!!! I want to go back to school! .................... and Ben, I haven't got any chocolate - what am I going to do? Would it be right to ask one of my friends to drop me some chocolate off? It would be okay if it was milk or bread but chocolate? 

Thank you for sending me a photo of you working in your pjs Kayleigh - love it! I need some more though - let me know if you are happy for me to put it on our school FB page. I'll do mine today too - though that does mean brushing my hair!

Did I tell you? I'M BORED!!!!! Now I know how you lot feel having to listen to me all day! I'm going to see if I can find a course on 'How not to bore yourself and others'. What do you mean Hayden - there wouldn't be one long enough??? Cheeky!

Well, have a lovely day and work hard .............. in your pjs - clean ones obviously! Mmmmmm hands up if you are in the same pjs as yesterday? Mrs Reid, put your hand down and go and get showered and changed! Disgraceful! laugh

Mrs J

23 09 20 Isolation Update!

Your work for today is ready for you laugh

Don't stress if you can't do it - although you all should be able to! I didn't sleep well last night - very strange dreams! I am tired and my head feels a bit fuzzy - mind you, I think my head is always fuzzy! Do your best, that's all I will ever ask for.

Enjoy your day and I'll 'see' you tomorrow.

Mrs J

23 09 20 Isolation

Welcome to the PJ Party! If you are not working in your pjs then please go and get changed laugh

Well that was a bit of a shock yesterday wasn't it? Now I don't want you to worry (especially Ben!), I've managed to book an Asda delivery for Saturday so I won't run out of chocolate. However, if any non isolating parents are passing, please feel free to throw chocolate at my house - all contributions are gratefully received.

I have put a home learning sheet on for you - this one is just to get you started while I have a lie in reorganise your work cheeky. Make a start and I'll post another one very shortly!   

17 09 20 Work during Isolation

If there is a child off school for isolation, I will post each day's work on here.

There are always the options of:

  • Sumdog
  • Times Tables Rockstars
  • Oxford Reading Buddy

Their login details are in their reading journals and their homework books.

This week, we have been looking at


Place Value: Rounding numbers to 10, 100 and 1000.

There are excellent lessons on The National Oak Academy:

Lessons 5,6,7


Our focus has been writing a diary entry. The children are to imagine they are Charles Darwin trying to sleep in a hammock on the HMS Beagle. We have researched what life was like on board and looked at ways to include some facts about Charles Darwin to make the entry more authentic. We watched this little video to remind us:

National Oak Academy:

Lessons 3,4,8,10 will support in writing this diary entry.

16 09 20 Meet the Teacher

Obviously this cannot take place at the moment so I have attached a PowerPoint containing everything I would have told you at the Meet the Teacher evening. If I have missed anything or if there is anything else you would like to know, please let me know.


Welcome to Sycamore Class! I'm really looking forward to getting to know you all in September. It has been quite a strange year but please don't worry about coming back. I will assume you have forgotten everything and we'll start everything again. I have a terrible memory so understand when children forget things (apart from doing homework!!!) I don't know who I am half of the time!

Parents: Guidance is changing almost daily so please do not worry about whether your child wears their PE kit on the right day or orders the correct lunch etc. The main concern is for your children to return to school and be happy. If there are any issues, I will obviously inform you straight away. 

Our class email is:

If you have any worries, please do not hesitate to email me.

Our First Topic: Darwin's Delights

Ship ahoy! We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.

During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?

At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?


It is important that we have strong lines of communication between ourselves and home; if you have any concerns regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our class email address is:

I would normally encourage you to come and see me after school but that will be difficult with all the restrictions. Email me with any issues / problems and I will reply by email or phone if necessary. 

Working with Year 6 this year we have Mrs Reid every morning  and Mr Holmes every afternoon. What a team!

On a Tuesday afternoon, the class will be taken by Mr Perry for Spanish and VARA Sports for an indoor PE session.


P.E is taught on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Children should come to school in their PE kits. PE will be outdoors due to the current circumstances so please make sure the children have a warm top, tracksuit bottoms and trainers. 


I will update you on how we will organise homework nearer to the time.


From Sept these will be the options:




CARTON OF MILK (189ml) 25p                                  

All will be ordered and paid for via Parent Pay. No cash will be taken/handled. 

Ideas for working from home:

  • Sumdog: don't forget to log in to SumDog weekly to complete Maths, Reading and Spelling activities. Remember the more games you complete, the more points you earn and the more levels you unlock! What are you waiting for! 

  • Times Tables Rock Stars: times tables help us in all areas of Maths and it is important that we know times tables facts up to 12x12 as well as related division facts. Log in to your Times Tables Rock Stars to practise those facts for quicker recall. 

  • Super Mover: be a super mover and get active while you learn. Follow the link to practise your times tables or SPaG. 

  • SATs Revision: check out the following links for SATs Revision too - BBC Bitesize SATs Revision 

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