Dragon Boat Festival

On Monday Sapphire Class had a treat. We were invited to Manor Library to take part in an activity with the Confucius Institute who are based at Sheffield University.

First we learnt all about the Dragon Boat Festival and we found out that it is a traditional Chinese holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan. We also learnt how to say hello (Nǐ hǎo) and dragon boat (Lóngzhōu) in Chinese.

Then we created our own dragon boat by folding some red paper into a boat shape, it was really tricky but we persevered and everyone managed to make their very own dragon boat.

Finally we raced our dragon boats by balancing them on our heads and having a race.

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We had lots of fun learning all about the dragon boat festival!

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Dream catchers were originally made by the Native American people.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!

Microscopes

At Prince Edward Primary School, we are working hard towards achieving the Silver PSQM (Primary Science Quality Mark) award.

Yesterday Mr Little wheeled a large blue box into our classroom. We were all curious to find out what was inside. When Mr Littl opened the box we discovered a set of microscopes for us to use. How exciting!

We discussed how to take care of the microscopes and how to use them properly. We looked at how to move the lens up and down to make the image we saw clearer.

We loved looking at the objects through a microscope and were amazed by the tiny details we could see. Our favourite thing to look at was the sugar, we thought the grains of sugar looked like tiny ice cubes.

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Equivalent Fractions

Recently in Sapphire Class we have been learning about equivalent fractions, a topic which can be really tricky. However we have all persevered and tried really hard. We used magnetic fraction shapes and bars as well as the fraction rods to find how many smaller fractions we could fit into the bigger fraction. We had to be careful because they needed to fit perfectly, with no gaps or overhangs.

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This investigating really helped us and gave us a strong foundation for the rest of our fractions learning.

Special Mentions

Congratulations to these children who all received mentions in this week’s assembly.

Excellent Effort – Silver – Leon Simpkins

This week in our Literacy lessons we have been writing our own gladiator stories. Leon sometimes finds writing a little tricky, but for this piece of writing he was bursting with fantastic ideas. Leon worked really hard and made sure he met his target not once, not twice but three times in his writing! Well done Leon keep up this Excellent Effort!

Leading in Learning – Bronze – Karolina Jankowska

Karolina has been leading the way in literacy this week. Karolina has been bursting with incredible ideas for her gladiator story. She doesn’t keep these ideas to herself though, Karolina loves to share her ideas with others in the class and always offers tips to help others improve their writing. Keep it up Karolina.

Leading in Learning – Silver – Nevaeh Brown

Nevaeh is the kind of child that every teacher loves to have in their class. Nevaeh is always smiling and never fails to put a smile on Mr Little’s. She always puts 100% into all her learning and always completes work to the highest standard she can. Well done Nevaeh, make sure you carry on leading in learning!

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!

100% Attendance

Congratulations to all these children who gained 100% attendance for last half term!

Hannah Adenuga
Maria Amoabeng
Jenifer Borbone
Shaiarna Brown
Omar Mabger
Igor Nowak
Robyn Rose
Mikolaj Tyksinski
Lily-May Wagland
Declan Walker
Honey Walker O’Malley

In Sapphire Class we understand how important it is to be in school everyday and try our hardest to arrive in school on time.