Welcome to Sycamores!

Sycamore class is where you’ll find an enthusiastic and creative bunch of children in years three and four.

Along with our hard work, positive attitudes and growing independence, we take pride in our work and always put in 100% effort in all areas of the curriculum. We are a friendly, creative bunch and enjoy sharing our success and helping other people.  We are keen to talk about our learning and eager to ask questions to gain a better understanding of our wonderful world.

Becky Hawling and Lucy Minifie are our class teachers while Sophie Summerhayes works in our classroom to support our learning. Mrs Sutton teaches Sycamores on a Wednesday afternoon and Mrs Fraser teaches Sycamores on a Thursday afternoon.

As well as our core learning, we enjoy Computing on a Monday afternoon, P.E lessons on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning and we like to get messy with art on a Friday. We look forward to welcoming you!


English is such an important part of our day. We love to read inspiring texts and use these to develop our writing skills over a series of weeks.  We often start our learning with a ‘Hook’ which really excites and engages us in our learning. Each day we use innovative and fun methods to help us learn our spellings as well as concentrating on perfecting our handwriting.


We love maths in Sycamores and are becoming accomplished mathematicians. As a result of practical maths opportunities, we can apply our learning to solve problems and create our own investigations. We like to use a variety of learning styles to help us to understand tricky mathematical concepts. Children work hard to explain their thinking and show understanding in a variety of ways. We study four main areas of maths over each term; number sense, additive reasoning, multiplicative reasoning and geometric reasoning.

Our class blog

Teign Inter Valley Gymnastics Competition

Congratulations to our two Gymnastic teams that competed and represented Bearnes at the Teign Inter Valley Gymnastic Competition, which saw both teams finish an awesome second place against tough competition! Both teams had to complete [...]

Inter Valley Dodgeball Tournament

In December a team from Sycamores Year 3 & 4 and Redwoods Year 5 & 6 took part in the first tournament of the Teign Inter Valley 2018/19 League. Last year, the honour of representing [...]

Lights, Camel, Action! Strictly the Nativity!

For the Bearnes Christmas production this year, we were incredibly honoured and lucky to be able to perform at The Avenue Church. Thank you to Sarah, Jean and Gill who welcomed us and were so [...]

Sycamores attend The Link Academy Tag Rugby Festival

Sycamores took part in the inaugural Link Academy Tag Rugby Festival at Newton Abbot Rugby Club on Friday 19th October 2018. Bearnes, after walking the short distance from school were there in force fielding 3 separate [...]

KS2 Orienteering

Sycamores enjoyed time in the sunshine this morning.  Outdoor learning at its best as we discovered the skills of orienteering. Team work and communication skills were really important and we loved helping each other in [...]

The Link Academy Year 3 and 4 Problem Solving

What fun we had in the sun! Some children from our Sycamores Class spent the afternoon joining forces with their counterparts from Hennock, Harbertonford and Landscove in a brilliant afternoon of problem solving tasks.   Working [...]

Isambard Kingdom Brunel visit

Sycamore and Redwoods had a visit from Isambard Kingdom Brunel today!  We learnt all about his life and how, thanks to his amazing engineering skills, the railway came to Newton Abbot and Torbay, changing the [...]

Sycamore Class Anti-Bullying Graffiti Wall

  Great Anti- Bullying week with Sycamore class. Look at our positive affirmations and ways to put an end to bullying!  

Sycamores make Washi Dolls!

Sycamores made these wonderful Washi Dolls today. They were skillfully crafted and lovingly made to a high standard. Can't wait to use them with our literacy learning. Well done Sycamores!

Sycamores Trip to Bradley Manor

Sycamores had a fantastic outing to Bradley Manor where they explored the woodlands and observed local wildlife.  

Sycamores Enrichment Week 2017

Please click on the link to see a little video montage of our fabulous enrichment week in Sycamores class

National School Sports Week

This year Bearnes took part in National Schools Sports Week a National Initiative to promote and encourage young children to get involved in Sports and Physical Activity that teaches them to lead a healthy balanced [...]

Naturemake Workshop

  On Friday, year 3,4, and 5 children were immersed in a nature craft workshop led by artist Naomi Vincent. We were inspired by the natural materials Naomi brought with her and by the examples [...]

Science Week – Wednesday

KS2 have a had a fantastic science-filled day today. The pupils took part in four different investigations throughout the day all to do with the British Science Week theme: Change.   Activity one involved making [...]

Roman Mosaics

Roman Mosaics As part of the our Roman Topic, the children made some beautiful mosaic tiles. The children were given some plywood and had to design and cut all the tiles for their pattern. Then [...]

Manga High Maths

Sycamores are really excited about maths! Everyone has been given their own login names and passwords for a maths games website called Manga High (www.mangahigh.com). We have used this engaging website at the start of [...]

Gardening in Courtney Park

Sycamores were showing off their green fingers at the park yesterday. They were tasked with weeding flower beds and planting daffodil bulbs and did a tremendous job. They came back to school raving about their [...]

A Concert in the Classroom

  Charlotte's mum came into Sycamores yesterday to help us to learn about the flute. She performed several pieces of music and, for one of these, she was accompanied by Charlotte! It was a very [...]

Fantastic PE lesson in Sycamores today

Sycamore class today had their Health Related Fitness lesson in Courtney Park. The learning focus of 'Interval Training' inspired us to run and speed walk up the hill, which was surprisingly easy. The class measured [...]