Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Part of the East Somerset Federation which includes Bruton Primary School

Sycamore - Year 5

Welcome to Summer Term in Sycamore Class!


This page is where you can hopefully find the information you need about what's going on in Sycamore.  It's also where we will share photos and examples of some of the things we've been doing, so make sure you keep checking back.


This term our Quest is 'Life Along the River', and we'll be looking at what rivers are like and how we use them before moving on to learn about an ancient civilisation who lived along a river.


PE days are every Tuesday and alternate Mondays and Thursdays.  I will make sure I tell you which days you need to come in your PE kit, and there is a rota on the website which tells you when our PE days are.  We hope to start swimming this term too, so make sure you remember your kit on the right days.


Homework will be set each week on Google Classroom, and you have your own log in details for that.

We test spellings on a Friday and then send home the new spellings to be practised over the week.  You need to hand your spellings in on a Friday morning.  You can use Spelling Shed to practise your spellings too.  You also have logins for Times Table Rockstars to practise times tables.  I expect you to read regularly.  You will be given a reading book to keep at school, but I hope you will also read at home.


Parents/Carers, if you have any questions or need to contact me you can use the class email sycamore@eastsomersetfederation.co.uk.

Mrs Baker

Summer Term Overview - Life Along the River

Look at our amazing Ancient Egyptian Death Masks!

Some great puzzle solving in maths today. Can you get through the maze, adding the numbers up to make exactly 100?

Investigating air resistance

Review Posters

Our Egypt Film Trailers that we made based on our current Quest. We planned on Jamboard first and then used biteable (a software) to help us create our film trailers.

In Quest, linking to Egyptians and Computing, we have planned and made film trailers. Our Jamboards below show our plans that we then presented to the rest of the class

Look at our amazing bee artwork! We learned about how important bees are and how we can

We learned about the effects of gravity, and the difference between mass and weight. We investigated the link between mass and weight, and used Newton meters to measure the effect of gravity on objects around the classroom.

We've been investigating nets of 3D shapes in maths, and figuring out which are true nets and which are untrue. Some great reasoning going on!

We explored forces in action on the playground, and learned about gravity, friction and air resistance acting on moving objects.

We looked at some river paintings by Monet and experimented with mixing colours to recreate them

In Sycamore, we have created a whole class database, using Google Forms to gather information about different rivers around the world.

Christian Values Week


We have spent this week focusing on our school Christian values.  We have thought about what they mean and how we show our values and put them into practice in school.  We have written poetry, played team games, completed challenges and had lots of really interesting discussions.  At the end of the week we created a piece of art to represent the value of Friendship - our Fruit Bowl of Friendship shows some of the qualities we think are important in a good friend and it will be displayed with art work from all the other classes to show our school values.  

We've had lots of fun, and we are looking forward to spotting our school values in action as we go through the term together.

Look at some of our beautiful Easter cards! Have a great break everyone!

We read The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf. It was amazing! We wrote poems about refugees.

We have been learning about how mountains are formed, and we made some amazing models!

We made contour maps of potatoes!

We are learning about mountains in our quest this term

We've been doing some descriptive writing about what it might have been like to be at the Ancient Greek Olympic Games

There was a real buzz in the classroom today when we played a game to practise finding multiples of a given number

We researched the Elgin Marbles and held a debate on whether they should be returned to Greece. We voted, and the motion was carried - we believe they should be given back to Athens.

Investigating thermal insulators

Practising reading and writing Roman numerals

We have been reading lots of Greek myths, in preparation for writing our own!

Today we started our quest - Who were the Ancient Greeks and what did they do for us?