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Sycamore Curriculum Overview Term 3 and 4 2022

Here are our free verse poems for you all to read.

Hello Sycamore class! 

We hope that you are all well and keeping yourselves busy. As you are moving forward to your new classes, please complete the task attached and bring it with you in September for your new teacher. 

Have a lovely summer and stay safe!

Sycamore class transition task

Please take a look at our class video which is uploaded on our class seesaw page.

Hope you enjoy it!

Hello Sycamore Class,It is great to see so many of you engaging in all the work we are putting on seesaw for you. I have posted our new topic work on Seesaw, as well as the Knowledge Organiser and homework grid.We are starting now to look at 'The Grand Canyon' Please take a look at the Knowledge Organiser and homework grid that are below. The rest of the work for the new topic will be on seesaw.Take Care.



Hope you are all well!

We had plenty of notifications via seesaw and email letting us know what you've been up to. That's lovely to see. We are looking forward to learn what you'll achieve this week!

Please find below the documents that you need for this week's English and maths (31.03).


Stay safe!

Mrs Maciejewska and Mrs Mizon


Hi Sycamore, hope you are all keeping well and keeping busy?!

I am attaching the new Kahoot quiz link for this week - Henry topped the leader board last week, well done Henry! 


I have also posted the link on Seesaw and this is where we will be posting other learning activities. Its great to see so many of you logging on and sharing what you have been doing at home. If you haven't logged on yet, hopefully we will see you on there this week. If you or your parents have any questions about Seesaw, please drop myself of Mrs Maciejewksa an email.

Have a great week

Mrs Mizonsmiley

Home Learning Packs


Good morning!

Please find attached activities for all your subjects for the coming 2 weeks. Please note that maths and English will have more activities uploaded next week. 

Hopefully you will all find these accessible and easy to follow. Let us know how you're getting on.


Just to let you know the login for the music website is currently not working, we are looking into it and will update you as soon as possible.


Mrs Mizon and Mrs Maciejewska

Hello All!

So I have been playing around with Kahoot, an online quiz tool. I have created a general knowledge quiz challenge for you all to have a go at. It is open until March 27th and then I will create another one for you all. Here is the link to access it: 


Good Luck! Mrs Mizon smiley


Good Morning Sycamore Class!

So, day 1 of home learning! My children and I did the Joe Wicks workout this morning - anyone else take part in this?

Don't forget to email us photos of what you're doing at home and if your parents are happy for us to post them on the website, let us know. 

We will be posting some home learning activities on here in the next couple of days. Stay well, keep in touch and we look forward to seeing what you are up to at home.

Mrs Mizonsmiley

Year 4 Maths-As well as your pack that was sent home on Friday, I have put some links on the tab ‘Mrs Butter’s Maths’. I will add to this as time goes on. Good luck and above all keep learning those times tables!

Here is a document which contains lots of websites that are offering free educational resources during this time.

 We have set up a new whole school Twitter account. The idea is to provide links and resources to help with home learning.  Be great to get as many families from Great Doddington Primary following it. We are @gt_pri     smiley

Here is our new topic Knowledge Organiser focusing on World War II and also homework grid for this topic.

World Book Day 2020.

What happened in Sycamore Class on Monday?!

Visit from Lifespace, thinking about how we are all different and unique and that 'Its Good to be ME!'

Some of our super homework on Endangered Animals!

Reading in Sycamore Class

Here is our new Knowledge Organiser on 'Endangered Animals' and our homework grid

21st November 

Today we had Tudor Lady in Waiting 'Marjorie Horseman' come in to round off our Tudor topic.  We had great fun making 10 sec pictures of Tudor scenes (don't worry no-one really got executed!) We learnt a Tudor dance called a 'Pavane' and we put together some drama's about Henry VIII's wives. It was a great way to finish our Tudor Learning!

Whilst some of Sycamore class completed their Bikeability, in class we were learning about onomatopoeias!

Fitness training with Virgin Active

Tudor Knowledge Organiser

We have had some fantastic Tudor homework in so far this term! Here are just a few examples.

Don’t forget to choose a new task from the grid each week. Homework, including MyMaths and Spellings Shed is due in on Thursdays.

Making chocolate truffles for our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon! We had great fun :)

In our English lessons we are building up to creating our own stories based on 'James and the Giant Peach.'

Today we were writing character descriptions of our main characters.

Here are some examples of our writing.

These are the spellings we are focusing on this week in class and for our homework. Spelling Shed homework will be online on Friday, please help your child in learning this spelling and when hearing them read try and spot some of them in their books.

In our maths today we were making chatterboxes and playing board games to help us with our times tables.

some of our timetable chatterboxes

Tomb Raider 

Welcome back to our new term.  I hope you all had a restful Christmas. 


Our new topic is THE EGYPTIANS 


Acute and Obtuse angles with spaghetti!

Decimal Representations - Year 4 Maths

Homework Year 4 Maths - Mrs Butter

Please see a copy of the letter that was sent home at the start of the year, regarding homework expectations.  


14.06.19 - Mymaths Coordinates 1.  Also, practise a times table of your choice on pixl. Thank you for all completing last week’s task.


Remember to complete mymaths you can always use the computer in the classroom any lunchtime to complete it!  Please continue to practise times tables 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,12x regularly.


PiXL - https://timestable.pixl.org.uk/Timestables.html  or Google: PiXL TT app.  The page should look like the picture below; then children need to add the necessary log in details that they have printed in their diaries.  Keep practising!


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The Magic Box

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Our Class learn and Performed the poem The Magic Box by Kit Wright

School Trip to Holdenby House

We had a wonderful day out, experiencing an Evacuee Day


When we arrived time was wound back to 1942.  A selection of characters greeted us then guided us around a variety of hands on activities that taught the children how to become more useful evacuees:

  • Mrs North showed us how to make Woolton Pie, a range of other seasonal wartime foods and explained the weekly ration.
  • Mrs Fortescue-Oliver needed help with her knitting and rag rugs for her Make-Do-and-Mend Drive.
  • Stella, the land army girl, showed us how to keep safe, we looked in an Air Raid Shelter and got to see a selection of Gas Masks
  • After lunch we took part in a sing-along to cheer everyone up before the children were sent to their host families.

It was a very exciting day, the children learnt lots and enjoyed all the activities. 


Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to help and Mrs Pike, we could not have done it without you. 


Miss Shelton and Spain Class. 

Congratulations to our school council representatives 

Year 5 

Elliott S. 


Year 4 

Abi J. 

Noah K. 

WW2 Homework Grid

Welcome to Spain Class Page 2017- 2018 


Our new topic for this term is WW2, we have lots of fantastic fun planned. Watch this page to see what we have been up to. 


Miss Shelton and Spain Class

Our new play equipment. 


A huge thank you to FOGDS for our amazing, new play equipment. We really appreciate all the hard work and fundraising you do to help us have such wonderful things.

Our Exciting Start

Vicious Volcanoes

For the next term we will be learning all about volcanoes. We have lots of exciting things planned! 


Below is a copy of the homework grid for this term, I look forward to seeing some more fantastic, creative projects. 

All homework is set on Thursday and due in following Thursday, first homework deadline of the new term is: Thursday 26th April. 

Topic Overview

End of term...


In true Great Doddington style we had a very busy end of term and squeezed in as many events as possible, including the Marathon, egg hunt, talent show, samba concert and a rock concert. Below are a selection of pictures. 


Samba Performance

Samba Song

Make some noise! Rocksteady


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World Thinking Day

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!


We were fortunate enough to have a very special visit from Nick who works for Gallone’s Ice Cream! We learnt lots about Gallone’s Ice cream and how the company was started. Did you know they have been making ice cream for over 125 years? We learnt how ice cream is made, the importance of a balanced diet and how ice cream makes us happy, therefore positively affecting our mental well-being.

Nick brought with him a selection of flavoured ice creams all coloured yellow, they were all wacky-experimental flavours such as Curry and Smokey Bacon!  We had to try and guess the ingredients in the ice cream, some of them tasted really strange!  

To finish the fun filled morning we were treated to a small pot of delicious ice cream whist discussing our favourite flavours.


Thank you or such a fantastic morning!


Take a look at some of the picture below, they show some funny reactions to the tomato soup Ice cream. 

School Council reps for Year 5


After a successful term on school council Sam has decided to step down, we have voted again and the school council representatives for year 5 are now: Abi and Dougie. congratulations. 

Our New Homework Grid

The Big Freeze. 



We had fantastic fun making Norman style trebuchets, we designed, measured, cut, and constructed our catapults. Of course then we had to fire them to see if they worked. We had a competition in the hall to see whose would fire the furthest.

School Council reps for Year 5


After a successful term on school council Emma and Tom have decided to step down, we have voted again and the school council representatives for year 5 are now: Abi and Sam S. congratulations. 

Iona's Homework

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Fantastic Homework 

Evie C. Norman Homework.mp4

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Samuel W. Solomon's Day Out..

So what changed after The Battle of Hastings?



A huge thank you for all the wonderful Norman projects, we are having an amazing range of projects. The children are really enjoying sharing them in class. 

(Pictures to follow) 

Are you a Norman or a Saxon? 

School Council reps for Year 5


Following an election in class, the school council representatives for year 5 were chosen. Congratulations to: Emma and Tom .


School Council reps for Year 4


Also selected following an election in Year 4 reps were selected:

Congratulations to: Evie and Rhys

Our Computing Work:

A copy of the homework grid.

Spain 2017 - 2018 


We are a mix of year 4 and 5 children our topic is the Norman Conquest, we will link this to our learning. 



Mr Gunn & Miss Shelton will be hosting a meeting for year 5/6 parents to give you information on this year's residential to Caythorpe Court PGL Centre. The meeting will take place in the school hall at 3:40pm on Monday 22 May. Parents and children welcome; we will give you an itinerary, details of the blog for the trip, and do our best to answer all your questions.



Design Your Own Roald Dahl Inspired Character Competition

School council elections


The new school council reps for Spain 5, elected by the class, are:

Charlie and Lauren






P.E. lessons in class Spain will be on a  Monday and Thursday.

Please ensure children have the correct kit each week.




Contact Miss Shelton

If you want to make an appointment to see me privately, or just send me an email, please use the contact form below.

2016 - 2017

Congratulations boys, 2nd in the whole county, a great achievement

Upcoming events:


Next week as part of our science work we will be learning how to clean our teeth; we have been donated from the BDA individual cleaning packs for each child. Each child will be given a pack and will be shown how best to clean teeth their teeth, they can then bring their new toothbrush and toothpaste home and share their learning at home.




Over the past term we have been learning how to Samba; the children have worked extremely hard and learnt two contrasting Samba pieces. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to our Samba performance on Tuesday the 1st December in the School hall at 9.15 the children are so excited to show case their spectacular work and we look forward to you joining us.


Norman Visit 


To finish the week in style we had our fun filled Norman day; children participated in Norman re-enactments, battle chants, authentic Norman games, Norman artefacts fire building and much more. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and asked lots of wonderful questions.

A big thank you to Hrothgar, our Norman visitor, who shared his knowledge and made the day educational, entertaining and memorable. 


See the fun we had in the photos below. 

(Please note: no children were harmed in the making of this re-enactment!)

The String Performance

This week has been very busy in Spain Class- we started the week off with a fantastic String Performance by some very talented musicians from NMPAT. The children were truly inspired by the performance and all listened with excitement. 

Please take a look at the videos below. 

The String Performance

Motzart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

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Disney Frozen

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Football is Fun Tournament Friday 23rd October Spain Class

Spain class showed off their excellent footballing skills in a “Football is Fun” tournament against Freemans School. Every child played in 3 matches and it was fantastic to see them dribbling, tackling and passing the ball. Particular highlights were Robert’s amazing goal, Freya’s goal line clearance, Lauren’s skills on the ball and Carys’ determined tackles. All 3 Doddington teams won 1 match and lost 2 matches and it was great to see the children battling hard right up to the final whistle. Freemans were the eventual winners of the tournament.

A big thankyou to James and Jay who refereed all the matches, coached the children during the games and helped them with their positional play.

Thank you to Tesco who provided oranges for refreshments.

Thank you to all the parents that came and supported the children. I hope you enjoyed watching the children play .

J Chapman

Norman/ Anglo Saxon Outfits

Harvest Samba

The Norman Journey through the Bayeux Tapestry

Storming Normans

2015 - 2016 

Welcome Back 



Newspaper article on our Olympic Park triathlon trip

Here is the Rotakids letter.

Evening Telegraph, 29/5/2015, page 23

To see a very short video of the Year 4 cross country race go to PE and Sports (under news and events)
Cross Country Route Map. See PE and Sports.

Year 4 Quicksticks Hockey District Champions.

Match report and photos under PE and Sport.

Mr Gunn's new Maths Challenge for March is now online, on the Maths Challenge page of this website.

Enter by 15 April (just after the Easter holidays). Have fun and win prizes.


To see the match report and photos from the hockey tournament, please go to "News and events", then "PE and sports."

NEW: Whole School Maths Challenge

See Mr Gunn's new whole school maths challenge competition. Join in the fun. Enter now. Win a prize.

For this month's competition, go to:




A fantastic start to the Egyptian Projects, thank you to all who helped at home; I know the children love doing these projects and they learn so much discovering information for themselves.

There will be more to come over the week. 

Fun Maths Starter 




Photos from our archery session, a fantastic morning that the children all thoroughly enjoyed.


Maths game used this week: 




We are half way to collecting our first tablet! Please keep collecting the tokens, thank you for your support. 



The website we were looking at today in French: http://www.henrides.net/

Isle of Wight residential, payment information


Further to requests from parents at the meeting last week, a letter will be coming home later this week with all children booked on the IoW residential giving information about the payment schedule, payment deadlines and details for making online payments, from small regular top-ups to the whole amount (not due until April 2015). I hope this has addressed your concerns, but Mrs Pettifer has included her direct email address in case you have any questions that I cannot answer.


I have also added a direct link to online payments under the side tab: PARENTS / USEFUL LINKS


Best regards,

Mr Gunn


Our new class topic.... 


Mayan Mayhem 


Follow the link for a fun Mayan maths lesson  http://maya.nmai.si.edu/maya-sun/maya-math-game 

can you count Mayan style? 




WW1 Projects


A big thank you for all the wonderful WW1 projects, the children have all presented their work and told the rest of the class how much they enjoyed making and creating their projects at home.


We had a fantastic selection of such as: models (tanks, zeplins, a selection of WW1 planes,) WW1 cooking, PowerPoints, artefacts and many more. 




WW1 Video

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Parent information meeting on the Isle of Wight residential, GDPS school hall, Tues 4 Nov at 6:15pm. Lots of useful info and a chance to ask us some questions about the trip. All welcome, parents and children.


Mrs Molcher (Head of Mears Ashby Primary) & Mr Gunn

Creative Project.

Due 6th November 2014


Your homework this week is to demonstrate your topic learning. By creating a project to show all you have learned about WW1.

This can be a project of your choice to demonstrate your learning. It is always fun to do these projects with others at home share ideas and discuss what you have learnt at school.


Examples of creative topics in the past:

Booklets, Diagrams, Models, Food baked, Outfits made for teddies, PowerPoints, Videos.



Examples of creative topics in the past:


Enjoy, I look forward to seeing your creative side, we will share these in school to celebrate your learning and hard work. 

A Shoemaker goes to war. 


First trip of the year successfully completed- the children and the adults had a fantastic day.

The day started with a visit to the museum- children got to learn about local heroes and their roles in WW1, experience the terrible trenches and handle artefacts from the war.  The children were very lucky to hold, touch and even try on some real WW1 items. The hand grenade proved very popular among the boys.


The morning was then followed by a hands on drama session- the children imagined what it would be like living in the trenches, they were surrounded by realistic noises and sandbags bringing the experience to life. The children then completed a creative writing session based on the experience- some amazing writing was completed and I look forward to extending this with the children in school.  The day finished with the children sharing and their work.


Overall a very successful and enjoyable trip, thank you again to the helpers; Mrs Doe, Mr Scola, Mr Smith and Mrs Davies it would not have been a success without you.