Stone Age Boy

Last week Sapphire Class received an interesting email. The email was from someone called SAB who claimed to be an expert in the Stone Age and explained how they would love to help us with our Stone Age learning!

We were all very confused by this email until we started to read a book called Stone Age Boy in our Literacy lesson…

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The email was from the boy in our book!

We were all very excited and decided to work together to think of some amazing questions to ask Stone Age Boy.

We put these questions to the test by hot seating members of the class who were acting as Stone Age Boy and included our favourite questions in an email back to Stone Age Boy.

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We Sell Sea Shells On The Seashore…

This half term we have been learning about the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning. Mary Anning is famous around the word for her amazing discoveries in the cliffs of Lyme Regis.

This week we have been selling our own ‘curiosities’. First we wrote some persuasive writing trying to convince someone to buy our fossils. We used rhetorical questions, repetition, and alliteration to persuade our customer, some of us even created a business name and a catchy slogan.

Then we performed our persuasive writing. We used a green screen to transport ourselves onto the sunny beach of Lyme Regis and imagined we were selling sea shells on the seashore.

Contraction Surgery

Today in Sapphire class we all became surgeons! We even wore special surgeons masks! We used our surgery skills to make contractions from two words using scalpels (scissors) to remove the letters we didn’t need. We then used plasters to ‘stitch’ our new contractions back together before adding an omissive apostrophe. We really enjoyed being contraction surgeons and have secured our understanding of contractions and omissive apostrophes!

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Once Upon A Dream

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This half term Sapphire class are going to be entering a poetry competition called Once Upon A Dream. In this competition we have to create a piece of poetry inspired by a dream we have had. This week, to really inspire our writing, we have created our very own dream catchers.

Dream catchers were originally made by the Native American people. Dream catchers are hung above children’s beds. The net part of a dream catcher is designed to catch any nightmares so that the children have peaceful, beautiful dreams.

Keep checking our blog to read the dream poems we create!

Gladiators!

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This week Sapphire Class have been looking at Gladiators as part of our Romans topic. We have learnt lots of facts about gladiators and even dressed up as the different types of gladiators.

Did you know that he name gladiator comes from the name of their weapon the gladius or short sword.

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In Literacy we have been looking at the book Gladiator by Alan Gibbons. We have read the book and next week we are going to write our own gladiator time-travel story. Keep an eye on our blog to read some of our finished stories!

‘Have I Got News For You?’

Today some lucky children in Y3 had the opportunity to take part in a ‘Have I Got News for You?’ event at Sheffield Town Hall. The event was run by ESCAL and involved a day full of news and literacy based activities.

In the morning we completed some activities which involved; interviewing children from other schools; completing a news based quiz; deciding if A.T.Wolf is guilty of murdering the three little pigs.

In the afternoon we had a workshop with author and poet, Conrad Burdekin. Conrad performed some of his hilarious poems for us. Then he taught us how to write our own poems! We then had to perform our poems in front of an audience.

Here are the poems we created:

Tomatoes

As red as my mum when she’s angry,

Smell like old granny trumps,

Red evil devils,

I’d rather have the mumps,

They feel like alien bogies,

They slap me in the face,

The seeds are little ninjas,

They go all over the place.

 

We Love Jelly

Gooey, chewy,

Nice and sweet,

I would have it for a treat,

Raspberry red,

Strawberry pink,

It will stain your tongue like ink,

Wobbling, bobbling,

On a plate,

I will eat it with my mate,

Poetry Performance

Last week Y3 were working really hard and looking at performance poetry in our Literacy lesson. Performance poetry is a type of poetry that is written to be performed.

Throughout the week we rehearsed our poems ready for our performance. While rehearsing we used a success criteria that we created. We had to use loud clear voices, add some actions and use lots of expression.

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On Friday we met with Aquamarine Class in the studio to put on a special poetry performance. We performed our poems and critiqued each others performances using two stars and a wish. Mr Sieczkarek watched our performances and he was very impressed with our actions, volume, props and great teamwork.

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Light Poems

Recently in Sapphire Class we have been looking at poetry. Our poems have all been about light, which was our science topic last half term. This week we have been writing our own acrostic poems. In an acrostic poem the first letter of each line join together to spell out a word or phrase.

Here are a selection of our poems…

 

Light

Light is shining like a red  sapphire.

Its round like a huge, yellow ball.

Gold, gigantic and glittering sun.

Helps us to see.

The tired sun is sleeping in a cloud bed.

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By Lucy Billard

Light and shadow

Lovely light shines on you perfectly

Incredible light is a humongous, giant explosion

Glorious, as glorious as a gemstone

Hidden light shines bright

The sun is as hot as a volcano

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Amazing shadows

Naughty reflections make light

Dare to look at the sun

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Super sun is horrific

Hiding shadows are afraid

Adorable lovely torches are beautiful

Don`t look at the sun it will make you blind

On top of you is the sun

Wonderful light

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By Harrison Musson

World Book Day 2017

Yesterday in Sapphire Class we celebrated World Book Day. For one day only we could come to school dressed as our favourite book characters. Some of our costumes were amazing!

We also had to decorate our classroom doors for a competition with all the other classes in school. We decided to decorate ours like the cover of our favourite book, Gangsta Granny.

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We had so much fun on World Book Day and can’t wait to use our voucher to buy a new book!

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