Wear it Wild Day!

On Friday, in support of World Wildlife Fund, members of Sapphire class came to school dressed as a wild animal! We all brought in a pound and raised a lot of money to support the charity.

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Pride of Prince Edward

Congratulations to the latest Pride of Prince Edward from Sapphire Class!

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The Pride of Prince Edward this week is a pleasure to have in class. He is kind, polite and hard working. He always looks after others in our class and makes it his mission to be a friend to everyone. These qualities and more make our friend in Y3 Sapphire Class an obvious choice to be a Pride of Prince Edward!

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Orienteering

Today we visited Norfolk Park to take part in some orienteering.

We had to read a map and find our way around the park and find some special posts. On these posts was a number and a letter. Once we had found all the letters we had to unscramble them to make a word. Our word was ‘bluebell’.

Stone Age Visit to Manor Lodge

This week we visited Sheffield Manor Lodge and we had an amazing time. In our class this term we have been learning all about the Stone Age and this visit helped us to learn even more!

Our first activity was to build a Stone Age shelter big enough to us fit in! We learnt that people in he Stone Age had to make houses that were easy to put up and take down because they were always moving to escape the harsh weather conditions. Then we explored how Neanderthals made fire. We used an replica of a Stone Age tool which created friction to make embers.

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After that, we completed some activities about Stone Age hunters. We made our own spears, followed animal tracks and fired a bow and arrow.

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Finally, we learnt about Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire. Although lots of historians have speculated about its purpose nobody actually knows what it was used for. First we built our own model of Stonehenge. The stones used to build Stonehenge were heavy (25 tons!!) so we used logs to roll the stones into position. Then we had our own tribal initiation ceremony, we had to choose a prehistoric name, mark our faces and pass through the monument.

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We really enjoyed our trip to Manor Lodge and have learnt lots and lots about the Stone Age!

🌲 Forest Schools 🌲

Recently in Sapphire class we have been enjoying Forest Schools sessions with Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

Our first job of the day was to warm ourselves up. We warmed up by playing Winter Dragons. To be the dragon, we had to show Sarah our scary dragon faces and do the loudest dragon roar possible. This game helps us to warm up our bodies on a cold autumn morning.

Our first activity of the day was a scavenger hunt. Sarah gave us instructions such as “find something soft” and our job was to hunt around to find something that matched that description. The only rule was that everything must be natural, not man made.

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Next, we had a go at making fire ourselves. We used a flint and steel and had to strike the flint with the steel to make a spark, then we had to try and land the spark on some cotton wool to make fire! This was our favourite part of the morning.

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After making fire, we worked together in teams to build a shelter. We used the materials that we could find in the secret garden and some big plastic sheets from Sarah and Matt.

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Our afternoon task was to build an obstacle course that we could use in our session today. We used some of the skills that we had learnt previously such as our den building skills and using the tarpaulins to create tunnels for us to scramble through.

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Our final job was to toast marshmallows by the fire. We had to used a willow stick to pierce the marshmallow on the end and then come up to the fire in small groups. It was tricky to make sure that marshmallow didn’t get too close to the fire otherwise it would have caught alight.

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We would like to say a massive thank you to Sarah and Matt from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust for coming to work with us. We have loved working with you and have learnt so much.

 

Special Mentions

Leading in Learning – Bronze – Henrique Da Costa

This week in Literacy we have been writing descriptions of the cave from our book Stone Age Boy. Henrique completed a fantastic piece of writing and used lots of amazing vocabulary. Henrique even created this sentence to describe how he was feeling walking into the cave:

‘The more I walked into the cave, the more my fear grew like flames in my stomach.’

Excellent Effort – Bronze – Eva-Lee Petch

Eva-Lee is always hard working, but Mr Little has been particularly impressed with the effort she has shown this week. Sapphire class have been looking at investigations in maths this week and Eva-Lee found this a little tricky at first but she persevered and showed determination to find a solution to the problem. Keep up your fantastic attitude to learning.

Charming Citizenship – Bronze – Ethan Ncube

Ethan has impressed everyone recently with his amazing attitude. Ethan has been working hard on making sure he is always doing the right thing. He has been polite, hardworking and kind in class and can now be relied on to be a sensible role model to others in the classroom. Keep it up Ethan, we all love your mature attitude!