🌲 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.

 

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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.

Place Value

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.

MAGNA

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.

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We we all loved our day at MAGNA…

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… although it left some of us rather tired!

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Fossils!

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.

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Rocks!

This half term, we have been learning all about rocks and soils in our science lessons. On Tuesday, we were learning about how rocks change over time by investigating the causes of erosion.

In our investigation, we had to first put our rock into a container, fill it with water and then seal the container tightly. Then, we had to shake our container non-stop for 100 seconds. Finally, we poured the contents of our container into a funnel lined with filter paper. When we examined our filter paper, we discovered that the rock had started to erode away. We repeated our investigation with igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.

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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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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.