Sycamore Newsletter Term 1 – ‘The Victorians’

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Dear Parents,

We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday! Our topic for term 1 is ‘The Victorians’ and we will be using the text: Street Child by Berlie Doherty. Our topic work this term will include learning about Queen Victoria, school life, home life, and workhouses.


Reading Please read with your child regularly, even if it is just one page.  Their books and book bags will need to be in everyday for 1:1 reading.  You may like to add a positive or helpful comment in their homework diary, but please acknowledge the fact that the book has been read by signing and dating in the comments space. A member of staff will be checking homework diaries on a Friday and children are expected to have read at least 3 times a week with an adult. If they have, your child will receive a raffle ticket. One will be drawn out of a box each week and the winner will get a book as the prize!


Due in on a Friday, new ones sent out on a Friday. (Please look out for a homework letter to explain this in more detail.)
Maths Task set on a Friday, to be completed for the following Friday.
Grammar Task set on a Monday and due in 2 weeks later on a Monday.

Helping to enrich our topics

It is always great to have items or visitors that support our topic, so if anyone has any knowledge, or items that may help us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to see and hear about them.


Please can you make sure your child brings in a named water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all jumpers are labelled and bring a coat for any wet weather.

Project Based Home Learning (optional)

This term we would like you to choose a task from the following:

  • Research a famous Victorian
  • Create a powerpoint about school life
  • Research an area of your interest in the Victorian era and present it in your own creative way!

We will be sharing these during the first week of term 2, we can’t wait to see how creative you are!

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Mackarness and Miss Brooks

Reading at School and at Home

Useful Websites

Questions you could ask your child about their learning this term

  • Who was Queen Victoria?
  • Who was Prince Albert?
  • What was it like to be a Victorian child?
  • How has the Victorian era impacted on our lives?
  • How were the poor treated in Victorian times?

Learning Map