Stone Age Houses

Sapphire class received another email from our friend Stone Age Boy this week. Stone Age Boy explained that his friend OM’s village had been destroyed by a storm and all the houses had been destroyed.

We told Stone Age Boy that we would write him some instructions of how to make a Stone Age House so that he could help to rebuild OM’s village. But before we could write some instructions we needed to have a go at making a Stone Age house for ourselves.

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And here are some of our finished houses…

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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.

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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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.

Red Nose Day 2017

Sapphire Class have had lots of fun today dressing in something red for Comic Relief. Prince Edward have raised lots of money this year by selling red noses and having a non-uniform day.

Remember, it’s not too late to donate some money to Comic Relief. Comic Relief funds 1000s of projects worldwide and with your donations they could fund even more.

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Smarties Fractions!

This morning in Sapphire class we have taken a sweet approach to our learning.

In maths we have been continuing to look at fractions. This morning Mr Little set us the challenge of calculating the fraction of each coloured Smartie in a pack.

First, we had to start by counting how many smarties there were in our tube to find our denominator. Then we counted how many there were of each colour to find our numerators. Some of us even managed to simplify our fractions and draw bars to show them!

We all loved finding fractions using Smarties!

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