Welcome to Year 5 Sycamore Class!


Class Teacher – Miss Pope

Class Teaching Assistant – Miss McGuinness

A warm welcome to the Sycamore class page! Please visit our page to keep up to date with our learning and to see our learning in action, visit our twitter feed!


We have begun this year reading the book ‘The Vanishing Rainforest’ by Richard Platt which links in with our whole school project ‘One World’.

This text links in closely with climate change and deforestation- such as that which is currently happening in the Amazon Rainforest. The children have enjoyed making the connections between the fictional story and the non-fiction of real life. We will also be moving on to look at non-fiction and poetry which will also link in with our whole school project on ‘One World’.


During the year we will have separate sessions focusing on spelling, punctuation and grammar. The objectives we will focus on to begin with are: consistent and accurate use of capital letters and full stops, accurate use of commas in lists and after fronted adverbials, evidence of noun phrases conveying complicated information with greater precision, build cohesion using adverbs and adverbial phrases and the effective use of modal verbs.


Reading will be carried out though Talk for Reading. Accelerated reader will be used within guided reading to support in the progress of comprehension. Reading interventions will also be taking place outside of class to support those children that need it.


Currently in Maths we are looking at place value and have already covered rounding 4 and 5 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and a 1000. We have also been decoding roman numerals and writing sentences with them in! We are maths geniuses in Sycamore class!

Once we have finished looking at place value, we shall also be looking at addition and subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division and perimeter and area.

We will continuously be working on our times tables daily. This will be done through a range of activities, games, lesson starters and class songs. Times tables will also be sent home to practice each Tuesday and must be returned the following Tuesday.


We have begun this term by looking at ‘Life Cycles’ in connection with our ‘One World’ topic and the children have come up with a list of questions which they wish to explore further.

By the end of the unit, children will be able to describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.They will also describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.


During our Topic lessons, we will be looking at ‘One World’ which is a whole school project around climate change, pollution, rising sea levels and more. The children will be working hard to produce pieces of writing, art work and drama around this.


Maths times tables homework goes out every Tuesday and is expected in the following Tuesday.

Please read every night if possible!

P.E kits must be in school for our P.E sessions on a Tuesday.

Thank you very much for visiting our page and please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any questions.


      Miss Pope