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Welcome to the Year 6 Olive webpage.

Class Teacher: Miss Haden

Support Staff: Miss Mennell

Current Learning Journey: How does the way we look define us? 

PE Day: Mondays and Wednesdays. Please remember to send your child to school in their PE kit. They need a pair of trainers, a white/blue t-shirt and a plain grey/blue/black tracksuit.

You can keep in touch with Miss Haden and Miss Mennell on ClassDojo. Teachers use the app to set home learning activities, pass on messages and to send you photos of your child learning at school. You can use the app to get in contact with Miss Haden and Miss Mennell and they will do their best to answer any questions as soon as possible. Let school know if you need instructions for how to access your child's Dojo account.

Week 3 - w/c 16/11/20

What another great week from Y6 Olive! They have all worked extremely hard in all areas of their learning and are challenging themselves in everything they do. 


In writing the class have began looking at story writing and have this week unpicked the language of a range of stories and how the writer has used specific language for effect. We looked at our new text this half term, 'Fox' and used a range of oral re-telling and drama to empathise the characters. 


In maths we have began focusing on fractions. This week we have learnt about equivalent fractions and how we can use our factor knowledge to help us do this.


In our science lessons we have carried out an experiment to see how much mould can grow on bread in different conditions over a week. This experiment will help us understand and support our learning on how microorganisms grow and why they are classed as living things. 

This week's certificate winners are...

Week 3 learning

Week 2 w/c 9/11/20

This week the children have engaged really well in all areas of their learning.

The children have made me incredibly proud with the amazing instruction writing they have written in writing this week. The children have really taken their time and effort to perfect their writing. 


In maths the children have worked hard to revise their knowledge of factors, multiples and prime numbers. They are now getting more confident at answering different calculations that involves BODMAS. 


The children have also really enjoyed learning about classification of living things in science so far, particularly classifying the Liquorice All sorts and learning about the characteristics of different groups of living things. 

week 1 w/c 2/11/20

The children have worked really hard during their first week back. Here’s what we have got up to this week:


In writing, we have linked our first piece of writing to our DT learning which we will be making our own fox cushions. We will therefore be writing our own set of instructions on how to make these cushions. In  order to do this, we have looked at a range of instructions and evaluated their effectiveness. Looking at the grammar used in these examples, we have completed learning based on clauses, phrases, colons and semi-colons used in lists and the layout and organisational structures of instructions.


In maths, we have continued to focus our learning on the use of long division to calculate a range of division calculations and have moved onto looking at factors and multiples.  


Our Learning Journey topic this half term is ‘How does the way we look define us?’ These science lessons will involve learning about living things and their habitats. This week we have looked at how and why living things are classified based on their similarities and differences .      

The evolution theory of man.

The children have really enjoyed learning about evolution and inheritance this half term and have learnt lots of amazing facts along the way. The children this week have completed a topic quiz to see how much they have learnt by linking the knowledge organiser vocabulary into this.  (19/10/20)

The children have designed their own class charters with the rights and responsibilities that they have. Some children decided to create a poster whilst others created a presentation explaining about each right and responsibility. 

Week 6 - w/c 5/10/20

The children have been working really hard within their learning this week and are continuing to settle in well.

This week in our writing lessons we have been focusing on information texts linked to our class text , 'Moth - An Evolution Story'.  The children really enjoyed reading the story as it links closely to our Evolution and Inheritance science topic and are now completing a range of grammar activities (clauses, phrases, cohesive devices and different sentence types) that will help them begin to write their own information text about the peppered moth. 


In Maths this week we have been revising basic multiplication using both the formal written method and area model. We have used our understanding of this to progress our learning onto multiplying three digit numbers by two digit numbers. Also, we have been completing many different reasoning questions to support our understanding.


This week's science lesson has involved learning about the evolution of man and how humans have evolved over time. We researched the different stages of the theory and have begun using these facts to write an explanation based on the stages. 


Our art learning this week is about applying our knowledge from the skills and techniques we learnt about in last weeks lesson to help us begin creating our own collages based on the work of Annegret Soltau and Derek Gores. 



The children are working really hard learn all of the y5/y6 common exception words that the children are required to spell correctly and use within their writing.  Here is a copy of the spellings that you can practise spelling at home:

Here are some learning activities that will support your learning at home:


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Home learning w/c 12/10/20

Home learning w/c 5/10/20 

Autumn 1 week 3 w/c 14.9.20

The children have settled into school well and are now working really hard in all subjects.


In writing, the children have been focusing on the text 'The Matchbox Diary' and have made many predictions about what the illustrations show throughout the text. They have then used this to understand how key characters feel through different events that take place in the story. This knowledge of the characters has been  transferred into what it would look like if key characters were to write a letter to their loved ones. The boy in the story left for America to be reunited with his father and in return has written a letter to his grandmother that was left behind in Italy. The children have focused on the differences between a clause and a phrase as part of their grammar lessons and have begun to identify these well. 


In maths, the children have been learning about place value and are now beginning to answer a range of reasoning questions to support their understanding. The children have looked at a range of true or false questions to allow opportunities for them to problem solve and reason. 


The children have become engrossed in their science topic so far this half term and have learnt how we inherit characteristics from our parents and how living things adapt to their environments. 

If your child is absent due to covid reasons, here is a link to home learning that is linked to the lessons taught in class that week:

Welcome back Y6 Olive!

Welcome back Y6! We are so happy to have you back in school and back learning with us again. 

Here is a copy of the autumn 1 curriculum overview, home learning and science knowledge organiser. We would love to see some of the home learning that you complete at home over the half term!

As we have begun learning about evolution and inheritance in science, why not test yourself by creating a quiz using the knowledge organiser vocabulary?

Home learning!


Hey Year 5 Sycamore! Hope you are all safe and well at home! We are missing you all! I know many of you have already signed up for class dojo but if you haven't then you can use your login details (in your home learning pack) to create your account and join us! Me and Mrs Mellor post daily learning activities and some random photos and videos to keep you all entertained. You can also message us to say hi! 


Here are some websites that will support you with your learning at home:


See below for some more learning activities that you can do at home. Send them me via dojo and you will earn dojo points!


Stay safe Sycamore!


See you soon!


Miss Utley


Welcome to the Year 5 Sycamore webpage.

Class Teacher: Miss Utley 

Support Staff: Mrs Mellor

Current Learning Journey: Why does my ice cream melt?

PE Day: Thursday


Current Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius

Learning Champion: Daruisz for working really hard in Maths and Writing. He is using lots of different language in his writing and he is becoming confident with fractions in his maths. 

Jigsaw Genius: Kevin for understanding how to be safe. He always tells an adult if he has any concerns.

Acres Attributes: Tupali for being a kind and caring person. She looks out for other people to help keep them safe and happy.

Arithmetic Friday!

In this week's Arithmetic Friday, we have been consolidating our knowledge on multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. We started off by doing a recap quiz and then we did some different games and activities to help us practice. 

Easter Week!

In RE, we have been focusing on Christianity. We have been learning the events of the Easter Week. Each group focused on section of the story and we had to present our section back to the class. We then created a story map to help us remember all of the events in the right order. We will be looking at our key word 'destiny' and we will be deciding whether each part of the Easter Story was destiny or whether it just happened. 

World Book Day!

We turned our classroom into a construction zone as we had a design technology focus this World Book Day. We read the story of Rapunzel and then we had the task of rescuing her from the tower. We used junk materials to build and construct something that would save her. Some of us built slides whilst others built parachutes and lifts. We then tested our designs to see if they would work. Rapunzel only survived twice!


This week, we have completed our puppets. We added the finishing touches by sewing on the buttons for the eyes. We then stitched around the puppet to sew it together. We have some really good puppets that we are going to show the younger children!

Exploring trees!

In Science, we investigated some tree cuttings to see what we could learn about the growth of the tree. We learnt about how the cuttings can determine the age of the tree. We then wrote up our findings like real scientists would!

Boccia and Curling!

This week, we had a very fun PE lesson. Some expert coaches came in to teach us all about boccia and curling. After learning the rules and the techniques, we got to have a go ourselves! We were in playing against each other in teams and we had very good sportsmanship!


In P4C, we used the video 'The Man on the Moon' to help us discuss the themes and ideas that the video raised. We came up with lots of key words from the video including: planets, kindness, loneliness, caring and perseverance. We then discussed these key words in our groups and came up with some questions that we could discuss the following week. The question with the highest votes was: Is there life on other planets?

Making Ladders!

Over the past few weeks, we have been creating different designs and art work using natural resources. This week, we created ladders using sticks and string. We had to learn how to make safe and secure knots that would keep our ladders together. We made some amazing ladders!

Puppet Making!

In Design Technology, we have been designing our own hand puppets. We are focusing on fairy tale characters and after brain storming some ideas, we have chosen which character we are going to make. After creating our design, we gathered our materials and began drawing, cutting and sewing. Next week, we will be sewing the two halves of the puppet together to make our complete puppet. They look great so far!

Animal exploring!

In Science, we have been learning all about the life cycles of animals. This week, we have been looking at how long it takes animals to reproduce. We explored some animals facts and had a game of animal top trumps to help us learn the facts. We learnt some exciting facts! For example, we learnt that Carps can lay up to 300000 eggs at once! We then wrote our own reproduction cycle for an animal of our choice.

Practical Maths!

This week, we have been learning how to multiply large numbers by 1 and 2 digit numbers. We have learnt 2 methods - the column method and the area model. We have been using deans and counters to help us visual the numbers. We have then gone on to learn how to formally set out the calculations. 


This half term, we are learning about gymnastics. This week, we looked at different types of balances and how we need to use our muscles to help us balance. We looked at symmetrical and asymmetrical balances. We then practised some and shared them with the class.


We started out P4C lesson with a get set game. We had to work as a team to get a tambourine all the way around the circle without making any noise. We then read this week's stimulus: King of the Sky. We discussed about the key messages in the story. We came up with: belonging, kindness, perserverance and belief. In groups, we created a range of philosophical questions. The question that got the most votes was: Should we always welcome everybody? This will be our question to discuss next week. 

Typing experts!

This half term, we are learning how to type properly and quickly. We are learning about which fingers to use for what keys. We have been practising by playing different typing games. We are on our way to becoming typing experts!

Pete Mckee art!

In Art, we have been learning about the artist Pete Mckee. We have looked at his style of art and the purpose of it. We then looked at the colours he has used and learnt all about primary colours, secondary colours, warm colours and cool colours. We then learnt different painting techniques including: solid colour painting, fading and the water technique. We are now beginning to create our own Pete Mckee style art work based on the theme socialising. We have done a great job at drafting and drawing these in our sketch books. We will be painting them next week. They look great so far!

Creating a birds nest!

In forest school, we looked at what makes up a bird's home. We talked about how we could make a nest comfortable for a bird and what resources we would need to make one. We then spent the afternoon collecting resources and creating our own nest. We worked well as a team and each person had a role to play. The nests looked amazing and comfortable!!

Rock n Roll!

This week in PE, we have been learning some Rock n Roll dance moves. Once we had learnt the dance moves, we created our own routine. We did our movements in beats of 8. We then performed these to music to the rest of the class. They looked great!

Making Graphs!

In Computing, we have been looking at spreadsheets and learning about what they are used for and how to use them. We have spent the past couple of weeks learning how to input data. This week, we did a survey on favourite subjects and we inputted the data and made a graph. 
In Forest School this week, we learnt all about the fairy village that had been destroyed by the storm. It was our mission to build back the fairy community so that the fairies could come back. We discussed what made a home and a community and then we built  houses, shops, hotels and a hospital for  them. We worked as a team and created an amazing community for them to come back to! And we had a great time!

Cubed numbers!

In Maths this week, we have been learning all about prime numbers, squared numbers and cubed numbers. We had lots of fun working them out on the tables and then we had the knowledge to answer some reasoning questions in our books.

Creating dialogue!

In Writing, we have been looking at how we can use dialogue to convey character and advance the action. After having lots of discussions about effect dialogue and how the author has used it, we made our own dialogue from parts of the chapter. We then acted these out and discussed how we used the dialogue to advance the action. 

Baking crumbles!

In Food Technology, we have spent the last few weeks trying, creating and planning our own crumbles. Today, we spent the afternoon baking our crumbles. We learnt different skills such as: chopping, peeling, shaping and weighing. We worked great in teams and made sure that everybody got the opportunity to do everything. We had  a chef come in to help us and teach us how to do these skills. Our crumbles were so tasty that we ate them all within minutes!

Arithmetic Friday

In Arithmetic, we learnt all about decimals. We started by creating our own decimals by diving whole numbers. We then did some problem solving activities where we had to work out the correct decimal. 
In P4C, we have been thinking about what home is and how it is important to us. We came up with lots of ideas on what makes us feel at home. We then looked at pictures of different homes around the world and in groups we came up with questions that we could discuss. After a vote, the chosen question was: 'Should everybody have a home?'

Spreadsheet Superstars!

In Computing, we have been learning about spreadsheets and their purpose. We have learnt some key vocabulary such as: rows, columns and cells and we have used these to help us navigate a spreadsheet. We have learnt how to create calculations, delete cells and insert images. 

Taste Test!

In Food Technology, we have been learning about crumbles (a Yorkshire dish) and what ingredients go into them. We taste tested 3 different crumbles: apple, rhubarb and blackberry. We then decided which ingredients we would like to use in our recipe and next week we will be creating our own recipes!

Anglo Saxon Craftsman!

We became Anglo Saxon Craftsmen/women and created some of the things we have been learning about. We made Anglo Saxon coins, illuminated letters, Anglo Saxon houses and practised weaving some clothes! We had a very fun afternoon and we learnt what it was like for the Anglo Saxons craftsmen all them years ago!

We love reading for pleasure

Class challenge!

We had a class challenge during our Arithmetic Friday lesson. We had to answer the questions to find the answer and then we had to find the next question sheet with that answer on it. We aimed to find all of the matching cards but we didn't get them all!

Playing with parenthesis!

We have been learning how to punctuate parenthesis correctly. We spent time practically moving the clauses around and adding in information to create our parenthesis. We then applied this to our newspaper reports and got some of our own parenthesis in there!
In writing, we have been learning about newspapers and what their purpose is. We have made our own newspaper article based on the defeat of Grendel in our class book (Beowulf). We became newspaper journalists and used role play to interview Beowulf, the king and the witnesses. We then used this to help us create some speech for our article. 

PE - Tag Rugby!

In PE, we have been learning how to attack and defend in Tag Rugby. Today, we had 1v1 competitions against our partner, we had to try and steal each other's tag! We then introduced the balls and in groups we had to keep the ball away from the defender. 


This week in Philosophy for Children, we have created some questions based on a stimulus. The stimulus we looked at was an animal performing at the circus. In groups, we discussed our thoughts and ideas and we came up with some questions that we could discuss next week. We are definitely becoming philosophical thinkers!

Jigsaw - creating games!

In Jigsaw, we have been thinking about having positive behaviour. We learnt about the importance of following the rules and why we have different rewards and consequences to support this. We created some games and made a set of rules and got our friends to play our games!


In writing, we have been looking at different clause types, including subordinate clauses, main clauses and relative clauses. We have been changing the structure of the clause position in sentences and discussing how this has an effect on the sentence. We have also been learning how to punctuate these correctly in our writing. 

The Vedas

This week, we have been learning about the Vedas during our RE lessons. We learnt about the 4 ways that Hindu's show commitment and have a positive life style. We then made posters in groups to represent what we had learnt. 

What have we been doing this week?



We have been carrying on with our place value unit. We have been using place value to help us problem solve. 



We have been learning about campaign speeches and why people do these. We have been focusing on modal verbs and how we can use these to persuade. We have also been looking at what relative clauses are and why we use these in our writing. 



This week, we went on a school trip to Conisbrough Castle. We explored the castle and learnt all about the past owners. We learnt how and why the castle was built and we even got to spend some time playing in the castle grounds!

Conisbrough Castle!

Writing class text: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo.

In writing this week, we have been looking at character descriptions and we have  drawn our own monster to describe. We have been focusing on expanded noun phrases and how we can use these to add detail in our writing. 



In Maths, we have been looking at number and place value. We have also spent time looking at Roman Numerals. We have been doing problem solving activities using our knowledge of place value and Roman Numerals. 


Reading class text: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. 

We have started reading the first few chapters of the book. We have been using our inferencing skills to work out what is happening and how people feel. We have been using our APE (answer it, prove it, explain it) grids to help us write our answers to the inferencing questions. 



We have been learning all about Anglo Saxons, who they were and where they lived. We have learnt about castles and labelled all the parts of a castle. Next week we are going on a trip to look around a castle and learn even more about the Anglo Saxons!


To start off our history week, we have began looking at local railways. We have looked at key facts about the history of Sheffield's railway and have put this into our very own timeline, showing the changes to the railway over time. (17/12/18)

In today's maths lesson, we have been looking at multiples of 3 and 6, and the similarities that they have.

We can now recognise what numbers are both multiples of 3 and 6, as well as understanding the relationship of doubling the 3 times table to work out our 6 times table. Using numicon, we have worked out multiplication sums in the 3 and 6 times table and were able to show the understanding we have between the two multiples. (17/12/18)

In writing, we have been looking at relative clauses and how they can extend our sentences by adding more information about the noun. This will help us to create specific instructions to Mount Merapi next week. This practical activity allowed us to see how a relative clause can be embedded in a range of sentences.(6/12/18)
In today’s French lesson, we have been listening and speaking simple French phrases based on activities that we might do in our spare time, outside of school. It was great to put our own sentences together using a variety of French phrases and share these with our peers. (5/12/18)
In today’s writing lesson, we have been focusing on subordinate clauses in preparation of writing our instructions to Mount Merapi. This practical activity allowed us to understand the structure of sentences when a subordinate clause is included. This really helped us to visually see how subordinate clauses can be written alongside a main clause. (5/12/18)

Maths Morning at Acres Hill


Thank you to all parents and carers that attended the Maths Morning in Y4 today, the children really enjoyed taking part in their arithmetic work as well as showing parents their understanding of addition and subtraction. The children really enjoyed it! (30/11/18)

Today's writing starter!

We are getting confident in converting singular words into plural. (27/11/18)

Before we began to plan our adverts based on selling our own firework, we had a go at sorting words into plural and singular categories from our WAGOLL. From this we learnt a range of different rules that we must consider when converting words into its plural form. This also helped us with our spelling!  (26/11/18)

Today in spelling we played a group game called Spell it. The aim of the game was to choose a spelling card for our partner to spell correctly. If they spelt the word correctly, they would roll a dice and work around the template to the finishing line. 


In maths we focused on making number bonds to 10 and 100. Using our knowledge of this we used base 10 to show representations of each number. Also, we played a number bond pairs game which helped us build our confidence to complete our work on number bonds. (16/11/18)

Today we have been working really hard in both our writing and maths lesson. (13/11/18)
Before planning our newspaper reports, in writing we recapped our understanding of verb forms by highlighting the ones that were used as part of the newspaper witness statements. (12/11/18)
We have finally finished our firework artwork. They look great! (9/11/18)
Today in our arithmetic lesson, we have been practising adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers with exchanging. In pairs, we consolidated our learning through a game that helped us to practise applying our understanding of addition and subtraction through the use of the column method.  We rolled a dice to create our sum and whoever solved the sum the quickest gained a point. We had so much fun doing this! (9/11/18)
Today in Writing, we have been learning about how to write a newspaper report about the disappearance of Lila. Before we begin to write our own, we came up with our own catchy headlines with the use of alliteration to make this even more effective. In the lesson we also completed an activity called Role on the Wall where we had to draw the outline of the characters in the newspaper report and write key words based on how they were feeling as well as what they may have said when being interviewed by reporters. This lead us to record and ask key questions via IPad to get us to feel what it would be like being a news reporter. (5/11/18)

In this weeks music lesson we had the opportunity to look at the cornets we will be playing for the very first time. As well as practicing our rhythm activity, we also got to have a go on the cornets too. (22/10/18)



Today in French we have been learning about colours, listening to how they are pronounced and spelt. From doing this, we completed a matching activity that allowed us to complete and identify these colours in our word search. (16/10/18) 

Next week is the start of Acres Hill’s 10 day Active challenge. Let’s try and get as many people travelling to school in an active way as possible.

This week in Maths we have been learning how to add 4 digit numbers together involving column exchange. Today's Friday lesson was an opportunity to display our understanding of doing this as well as carrying out subtraction to solve a range of problems. We had to justify why some questions had the wrong answer. 


Using place value counters really helped us to represent each problem for us to answer. 

This week in writing we are preparing to write a biography about author, Philip Pullman who wrote our class text, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. In order to do this we have been looking at verb forms that we can use in our writing. Although challenging at first, the ordering and matching activity really helped us to understand the different forms. (9/10/18)

In todays Art lesson, we have continued looking at developing our pastel techniques in order to create our firework art work in the upcoming weeks. Our focus was to look at how a snapshot of a firework from a piece of artwork can include a variety of pastel techniques within it. (5/10/18)
Today was Arithmetic Friday in our Maths lesson where we were looking at multiples of 6. Using our base 10, we identified how we can use this to support our knowledge of our 6 times tables. (5/10/18)
Today in History we have been using the IPads to research information about Guy Fawkes' life. This research will then help us to write up our very own Guy Fawkes fact files. (2/10/18)
Every Monday in our music lessons we are learning to play the cornet. In order to do this we learnt to follow different beats through singing a range of different songs. Also, we had a go at drawing our own musical notes to help us begin to read music. We really enjoyed our music lesson taught by our visitor! (1/10/18)
Today in Maths we have been learning to count in 100's and 1000's. In order to do this we used digit fans to make a 4 digit number, which we then used place value counters and base 10 to represent the changes in the thousand and hundreds column.  (27/09/18)

Mount Cook Residential! 24/09/18-26/09/18

What we will be covering this half term:

Y4 Sycamore Autumn Term Home Learning