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…
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.
Recently Sapphire class have been working hard on developing our place value knowledge. We have used a range of manipulatives to create different three digit numbers and have deepened our understanding of the value of each digit in a number.
This knowledge is SO important and gives us a good foundation to develop our numeracy skills in the year ahead.
Congratulations to our first Star of the Week, Mathematician of the Week and Superstar Writer!
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Today we enjoyed a fantastic trip to MAGNA science adventure centre. The trip was part of both our Rocks and Soils topic and our Natural Disasters topic.
First, we had a workshop all about rocks and volcanoes. To start with we were given an empty film canister and had to fill it with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. This caused a chemical reaction that made the mixture spill out onto the table. We then had to place play dough around the canister where our mixture had spread to. We then repeated this two more times using different coloured playdough to form a volcano! Then we became geologists and excavated ‘rock’ from our volcanoes using a clear straw. In the straw we could see the different layers that helped to form our volcano!
After lunch, we had an opportunity to explore MAGNA. MAGNA is made up of four pavilions which include lots of exciting and interactive exhibits.
We even had chance to watch ‘The Big Melt’ a show that taught us all about MAGNA’s past as a steelworks.
We we all loved our day at MAGNA…
… although it left some of us rather tired!
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.
Tremendous Teamwork – Gold – Jacob Butler & Abdullah Fetyan
Abdullah and Jacob are a pleasure to have in class. They are hardworking and work tremendously as a team. Jacob and Abdullah regularly support each other’s learning by checking each other’s work and suggesting improvements. Well done boys – Miss Caudwell is lucky to be gaining such a tremendous team in her class next year.
Excellent Effort – Bronze – Lily-May Wagland
Lily-May has a phenomenal attitude to her learning. Lily-May can sometimes find her work a little challenging, but she always perseveres and puts 100% effort into all her learning and completes her work to the highest standard she possibly can. Well done Lily-May!
Excellent Effort – Silver – Karolina Jankowska
Karolina has been working incredibly hard in her literacy lessons this week, and has written an amazing biography about Mary Anning. Karolina made fantastic notes about the life of Mary Anning and used these notes to write a very informative biography. Well done Karolina, make sure you keep up your Excellent Effort!
Today, we were invited to wear the colour green to school to show our support for the people suffering or were involved in the Grenfell fire in London. By wearing green, we show solidarity and support for the people who died, were injured or lost everything in this tragic event.
A massive thank you to everyone who donated to this cause. We have raised over £200! This money will go towards helping those that have been affected in London.
As part of our rocks and soils topic we have been looking at how fossils are formed. Today, we learnt that fossils are formed over millions of years. Animals, plants and even footprints can be fossilised.
After learning how fossils are formed, we made our own fossils. First, we made an impression with a creature in some clay. Then, we placed the clay into the bottom of a plastic cup. Then an adult poured plaster over our moulds and we left them to set. Finally, we peeled away the clay to reveal our amazing fossils.
This week, we have been looking at money in our numeracy lessons. We have been finding different ways of making amounts using both coins and notes. Soon we will be moving on to adding amounts of money together. Check back to see how we get on!