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Year 4 - Sycamore ARCHIVED 2015 - 2016

A trip to Brownsea Island:


Sycamore enjoyed their day out to Brownsea Island and spent much of the day exploring the different habitats on the island such as woodland, swamps, grassland and heathland. We also looked at micro-habitats such as leaf litter where minibeasts can be found.


We explored the different food sources within the island's habitats, particularly focusing upon red squirrels. We learnt that there are many reasons why Brownsea is such a suitable environment for the 200 (approx.) red squirrels who live there. There is a variety of good food sources, such as chestnuts and pinecones, a lack of predators and freedom from the grey squirrel, which is known to spread the disease squirrel pox.


We also looked at a variety of different moths which had been trapped on the island for a  survey and had the opportunity to hold, and then release, a variety of different species.


There are some pictures of our trip below.

In maths we have been finding unit fractions of different amounts, counted up in fractions and considered equivalent fractions and decimals too. See our number line work below.
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Welcome back for the last half of the summer term!


Today we have started our new topic 'Predators and Prey'. We have learnt that there are over 9 million species of animals and that these can be divided into smaller groups of vertebrates and invertebrates and then sub-divided further into animals which have similar characteristics. See the pictures below where we sorted the animals into their different groups.


We have also conducted a mini-beast hunt where we counted over 30 worms, a daddy-long-legs larvae and numerous woodlice.

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We had a very enjoyable day at Bryanston School learning the skills involved in playing cricket. We then spent the afternoon playing kwik cricket against other schools. 
Watch our song in the video to learn how to times and divide by 10, 100 or 1000.


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Measuring in maths

In maths over the last couple of weeks we have been learning about mass. We have learnt to convert between grams and kilograms and also estimated the weight of a range of objects and food items, as well as recording their actual weight. We have used our knowledge to solve a range of word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We really enjoyed making cheese straws and tasting the results of our measuring. We learnt that it is important to follow instructions carefully and to weigh ingredients accurately so that things turn out as they should!


See our tasty delights in the photos below.

Developing our tennis skills in the sun

Read about the frustrations Sycamore think teachers might face when they are interrupted.

Class poetry - we have identified the features of a Haiku and Cinquain and then written our own poems in these styles - here are a selection of our favourites.

We have been investigating the pitch and volume of different instruments. Which of these instruments do you think we were able to change the pitch and volume of?

The Sound of Music


We have been busy investigating how sound travels through vibrations and made our own string telephones to demonstrate this. We have also conducted an investigation into how vibrations can be muffled by different materials. 


Did you know?

Rabbits can rotate their move both their ears in different directions at the same time to hear different sounds. They can also rotate their ears 270 degrees to catch quieter or more distant sounds.


As part of this topic we have also been studying electricity. We have made electrical circuits and conducted a number of science investigations into the effects of altering the components of a circuit. We have discovered that if we added too many batteries to a circuit the bulb blew because the voltage was too high.

We have discovered a range of conductors and insulators within the classroom and used our knowledge of these to design our own switches to operate a bulb.

Welcome to Sycamore Class!

Welcome to Sycamore class page!

The topic for the rest of the Spring term is 'Picture Perfect' which will develop knowledge about different artists and their styles. See the pictures below of some of our beautiful artwork in the style of David Hockney.

To begin book week this week we dressed as pirates and, as the week progresses, we will be writing adventure stories in which a pirate causes trouble! We will also be writing our own science-fiction stories over the next couple of weeks. 



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