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Welcome to Sycamore class web page- 2020/21 See below for Homework details

Sycamore Class - September 2020

Our class are in school years 4 and 5 and children are eight, nine and ten years old.

Our teacher is Mrs Dakeyne for most of the time but, on many Fridays, the class will be taken by Mr Chisem.

Mrs Warriner and Miss Armitage are our TAs and Mrs Hilton teaches us on Wednesday mornings too.

Mrs Dakeyne - class teacher

photo 2020

Please contact me via email if you have any issues or worries especially as it is difficult to meet up at the moment. 

I will only be too pleased to help!

Email:       mrsdakeyne@stmaryscofe.org.uk

Special Mentions

Every week, we have a 'Stars of the week' Collective Worship and we celebrate the great attitudes of the children or learning going on in each class.

This week (w/e 27.11), our star was Ruby for taking the time to help others.

Important things to remember

Each week you will need to do certain things on certain days BUT do remember your reading books and journals every day!

Monday - Reading book check and change if necessary. Mrs Dakeyne will be checking journals and setting challenges.

Tuesday - Spelling challenges

Wednesday - PE kits needed.    Mrs Dakeyne's PPA time. Reading books and journals needed. Times tables tests.

Thursday - PE kits needed.

Friday - Mr Chisem teaching on most Fridays.



Please encourage children to be as independent as they can be when packing school bags. Please print off the timetable (at the bottom of the page) and encourage them to look each day so they may be prepared.

Books and journals should be available EVERY DAY!

Our timetable

Autumn 1

What do we learn?

Our timetable is full and varied:

In English we are studying a range of books to really develop all aspects of language. We will focus on HISTORICAL NOVELS to make links with our topic.

Our topic for this Autumn term will be a HISTORY based topic  and we shall be learning about the changes during the Victorian Age.

In Maths, we will start with PLACE VALUE and then move to ADDITION and SUBTRACTION followed by MULTIPLICATION and DIVISION but please do keep practising those times tables!

You can find the links below:




Reading in year 4 and year 5

By now, most children can decode text with relative ease and feel they are 'fluent' readers. Often this is not quite the case as there are many different reading skills needed to fully understand (and therefore enjoy) a text.

Below, I have attached our READING VIPERS which we use in class to develop understanding of texts. Each part is as important as the next and should form part of your questions when reading with your child at home. Ideally, a child will read their school book at least three times during the week. Questions can then be asked based on different reading skills:

Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation and Retrieval.

Please do print off the VIPERS to help your questions about the texts.


Reading Challenge

Please check your child's reading journal. It is essential they read TO you as well as on their own. In our new scheme, the books have questions and key discussion pointers at the back.  Please do have a look! Use the VIPERS (above)to form your questions about the text.

Spelling Challenge

Each week the children will be investigating spelling rules or patterns and occasionally learning a few specific key words.


There are still supporting videos on the White Rose Maths Home Learning page for each concept learned. Please have a look. Sometimes I will set challenges or send home supporting sheets to complete at home. Links will be here.

Extra homework can be printed from this page too.

This week's homework: w/c 30.11.20

Please see the spelling lists that need to be learned (above). Each week the children will be asked to learn the list for that week. I shall be testing on Mondays but please enocurage them to practise at home using LOOK,SAY, COVER, WRITE, CHECK.

Useful websites for learning

Google Classroom

All children can access Google Classroom via their email addresses and school passwords.

Please look at the Classroom for links and passwords for specfic websites. 

You can also contact me via Google Classroom as I do get regular updates as to any activity posted on there.

We visited Nell Bank for our long awaited class visit. What a great day!

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