Menu
Home Page

Sapphire

Let me introduce you to Sapphire Class…  I am Jenny the class teacher, Linda is our TA2 and we have our teaching assistants Janice and Amelia.  The pupils in Sapphire class are:  Daniel, David, Lawrence, Joshua, Damian, Zaki and George.

Summer 2

Topic

Our topic this half term is ‘How does your garden grow?’ During this topic the children will experience digging, planting and watering in the school garden. In class we will be investigating seeds, learning what they need to grow successfully, planting them and caring for them. The children will learn to identify and name key parts of a plant. We will be looking at what lives in the soil and how minibeasts are important in the garden.

ICT

In ICT Skills this half term our focus is on photography. The children will be learning to use the different settings on digital cameras and iPads to take pictures around the school grounds. The children will then edit and Photoshop a selection of their favourite images.

Literacy

This half term our fiction Literacy work is based around The Twits by Roald Dahl. Mr Twit is a foul and smelly man with bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard. Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye. Together they make the nastiest couple you could ever hope not to meet. Down in their garden, the Twits keep Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family locked in a cage. But not for much longer, because the monkeys are planning to trick the terrible Twits, once and for all . . .

We will also be doing a 2 week non-fiction section on minibeasts to link in with our topic theme.

The 3 Pigs Challenge

The 3 Pigs Challenge 1
The 3 Pigs Challenge 2
The 3 Pigs Challenge 3
The 3 Pigs Challenge 4
The 3 Pigs Challenge 5
The 3 Pigs Challenge 6
The 3 Pigs Challenge 7
The 3 Pigs Challenge 8
The 3 Pigs Challenge 9
The 3 Pigs Challenge 10
The 3 Pigs Challenge 11
The 3 Pigs Challenge 12
The 3 Pigs Challenge 13
The 3 Pigs Challenge 14
The 3 Pigs Challenge 15
The 3 Pigs Challenge 16
The 3 Pigs Challenge 17
The 3 Pigs Challenge 18
The 3 Pigs Challenge 19
The 3 Pigs Challenge 20
The 3 Pigs Challenge 21
The 3 Pigs Challenge 22
The 3 Pigs Challenge 23
The 3 Pigs Challenge 24
The 3 Pigs Challenge 25
The 3 Pigs Challenge 26
As part of our topic work on houses the children undertook The 3 Pigs Challenge.  They were given 5 different stations with materials on to build a house for the a pig - sticks, straws, sugar cubes, marshmallows and straws and Lego with card.  Once the house was built, they used hand fans to try and blow them down.

___________________________________________________________

This week in maths we have been focusing on 3d shapes.  We investigated different types of 

packaging and talked about the 3d shapes we had found. To link with our Town & Country topic, the 

children designed and made buildings from the different boxes and containers.

The Buildings

The Buildings 1 Damian
The Buildings 2 Damian Plan
The Buildings 3 Daniel
The Buildings 4 Daniel Plan
The Buildings 5 David
The Buildings 6 David Plan
The Buildings 7 George
The Buildings 8 George Plan
The Buildings 9 Joshua
The Buildings 10 Joshua Plan
The Buildings 11 Lawrence
The Buildings 12 Lawrence Plan
The Buildings 13 Naomi
The Buildings 14 Naomi Plan
The Buildings 15 Zaki
The Buildings 16 Zaki Plan

ICT Skills - Lost Posters

ICT Skills - Lost Posters 1
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 2
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 3
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 4
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 5
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 6
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 7
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 8
ICT Skills - Lost Posters 9

Sapphire Class - Summer 1

 

Literacy

 

This half term we will be reading and basing our Literacy work on Paddington Bear by Michael Bond.

 

 

The classic story of the bear from Darkest Peru who arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that read,

‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ Mr and Mrs Brown discovered him, named

him Paddington and welcomed him to their home, where he has lived ever since.

 

Topic

 

This half term our topic is Town & Country which has a Geography and History

focus. During the topic the class will explore their local surroundings and

experience the differences between our urban towns and rural countryside.

The children will identify familiar characteristics, landmarks and locations and also look at the differences between construction materials and styles of buildings.

 

ICT

 

Our ICT Skills focus this half term is ‘Creative’. The children are going to design and create different formats such as posters, leaflets, postcards and storyboards

using images and text. Some of this will link in with our Paddington Bear literacy

book.

 

In Topic ICT we will use some of the drawing and construction programmes to

design, draw and build houses.

Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine

Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 1
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 2
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 3
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 4
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 5
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 6
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 7
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 8
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 9
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 10
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 11
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 12
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 13
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 14
Exploring Georges Marvelous Medicine 15

Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials

Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 1
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 2
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 3
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 4
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 5
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 6
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 7
Touching and Talking About Slimey Materials 8

Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes

Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 1
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 2
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 3
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 4
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 5
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 6
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 7
Maths - Exploring 3D Shapes 8

Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll?

Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 1
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 2
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 3
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 4
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 5
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 6
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 7
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 8
Maths - Which 3D Shapes Would Roll? 9

Truck Art Pictures

Truck Art Pictures 1
Truck Art Pictures 2
Truck Art Pictures 3
Truck Art Pictures 4
Truck Art Pictures 5
Truck Art Pictures 6
Truck Art Pictures 7
Truck Art Pictures 8

Spring 2

 

This half term our Literacy book is George’s Marvellous Medicine

George is alone in the house with Grandma. The most horrid, grizzly old grunion of a grandma ever. She needs something stronger than her usual medicine to cure her chronic grouchiness. A special grandma medicine, a remedy for everything. And George knows just what to put into it. Grandma's in for the surprise of her life - and so is George, when he sees the results of his mixture! 

 

Our science and PHSE based topic this half term is Spellbound.  The children will experience and examine a range of different substances by mixing, melting, freezing, combining and blending. They will observe, explore and comment on the changes in state through looking, touching, smelling and tasting (when safe).

 

In ICT Skills this half term we are focusing on creating sounds and music using different programs such as Busy Things, 2Explore, 2Beat and Beat Box App.  

 

Our topic ICT will see the children create mixed up animals, potion bottles, insect symmetry and labelling owls.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________
In topic ICT the children created their own collages on http://www.aminahsworld.org/ by dragging and dropping different objects, fabrics and papers.

ICT Topic

ICT Topic 1
ICT Topic 2
ICT Topic 3
ICT Topic 4
ICT Topic 5
ICT Topic 6
ICT Topic 7
ICT Topic 8
ICT Topic 9
ICT Topic 10
ICT Topic 11
ICT Topic 12
ICT Topic 13
ICT Topic 14

Paul Klee

This week the children have learnt about the artist Paul Klee. They have used pastels, paint and pencil crayons to recreate some of his famous work - the Townscape, a Portrait and the Cat & Bird.

Originals

Originals 1
Originals 2
Originals 3

Literacy and Topic Photos

Literacy - In Literacy we are reading My Many Coloured Days by Dr Seuss, which links colours and feelings.  The children created a coloured collage background with an image of themselves in the middle, to show that we feel many different emotions.  They created a storyboard with captions using the key colours and animals from the book.

Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Topic - In topic the class learnt about warm and cool colours.  They used these to create an underwater themed picture with starfish.  We learnt about the artist Wassily Kandinsky and used his concentric circle work to create our class tree and snails.  As part of this years first Year 4 assembly, all the children printed with their hands onto giant class hands to create a large piece of artwork, which is on display in the corridor.
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10

Spring 1

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51rhMGjv12L._SX407_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

This half term our Literacy book is My Many Coloured Days by Dr Seuss, which explores feelings and colours.

Amazon: 'You'd be surprised how many ways I change on different coloured days.'  Maybe on some days you feel sort of brown, like a bear; you feel slow and low, low down. But then comes a yellow day and wheeeeeeeee! you feel like a busy, buzzy bee.  Dr. Seuss takes the reader on a journey through many different moods in this vibrant and highly original book.

My Many Colored Days

Our art based topic this half term is Pictures, Paintings and Photographs.  The children will learn about different artists and their styles each week, allowing them to experience working with a variety of mediums.  In ICT the children will take pictures using cameras and iPads and then use programs to manipulate and change the images.  We hope to visit a photography exhibition at Stockwood Discovery Centre, which opens at the end of January.  Sapphire class will be learning about and creating work in the style of:

 

Picture 1

Sapphire Class Autumn 2

 

Literacy

 

This half term each year band focuses on a traditional tale and in Year 4 our story is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

 

A retelling of this classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm, recounting the story of a beautiful princess with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony.  With 18 beautifully designed books in the first reader series, this well-loved traditional tale is specially adapted for beginner readers. Supports national literacy strategy with high frequency vocabulary and phonics.

 

Topic

 

This half term our topic is ‘Let there be Light!’  During this topic pupils will experience a variety of customs and practices associated with certain festivals and celebrations, such as Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah and Christmas.

 

Maths

 

In maths we will be covering the areas of number, geometry and measure.  We will be focusing on subtraction, number formation, capacity, positional language and 3d shapes.  Keep looking at our webpage to see what we get up to.

This half term our skills focus in ICT is typing. The children used a framework on Busy Things to draw their own monsters and then write about them.

ICT Monsters

Maths activities

Maths activities 1 Halloween shape game
Maths activities 2
Maths activities 3
Maths activities 4
Maths activities 5
Maths activities 6 Numicon
Maths activities 7
Maths activities 8

Literacy activities

Literacy activities 1
Literacy activities 2
Literacy activities 3
Literacy activities 4
Literacy activities 5
Literacy activities 6
Literacy activities 7
Literacy activities 8
Literacy activities 9
Literacy activities 10
Literacy activities 11
Literacy activities 12
Literacy activities 13
Literacy activities 14
Literacy activities 15
Literacy activities 16
Literacy activities 17

Topic activities

Topic  activities 1 Chinese Dragon
Topic  activities 2
Topic  activities 3
Topic  activities 4
Topic  activities 5
Topic  activities 6
Topic  activities 7
Topic  activities 8 Diva lamps
Topic  activities 9 Lanterns
Topic  activities 10
Topic  activities 11
Topic  activities 12
Topic  activities 13
Topic  activities 14
Topic  activities 15
Topic  activities 16 Menorah
Topic  activities 17
Topic  activities 18 Pumpkins
Topic  activities 19
Topic  activities 20
Topic  activities 21
Topic  activities 22
Topic  activities 23
Topic  activities 24
Topic  activities 25

Mead Open Farm

Mead Open Farm 1
Mead Open Farm 2
Mead Open Farm 3
Mead Open Farm 4
Mead Open Farm 5
Mead Open Farm 6
Mead Open Farm 7
Mead Open Farm 8
Mead Open Farm 9
Mead Open Farm 10
Mead Open Farm 11
Mead Open Farm 12
Mead Open Farm 13
Mead Open Farm 14
Mead Open Farm 15
Mead Open Farm 16
Mead Open Farm 17
Mead Open Farm 18
Mead Open Farm 19
Mead Open Farm 20
Mead Open Farm 21
Mead Open Farm 22
Mead Open Farm 23
Mead Open Farm 24
Mead Open Farm 25
Mead Open Farm 26
Mead Open Farm 27
Mead Open Farm 28
Mead Open Farm 29
Mead Open Farm 30
Mead Open Farm 31
Mead Open Farm 32
Mead Open Farm 33
Mead Open Farm 34
Mead Open Farm 35
Mead Open Farm 36
Mead Open Farm 37
Mead Open Farm 38
Mead Open Farm 39
Mead Open Farm 40
Mead Open Farm 41
Mead Open Farm 42
Mead Open Farm 43

Cookery activities

Cookery activities 1 Biscuit Houses
Cookery activities 2
Cookery activities 3
Cookery activities 4
Cookery activities 5
Cookery activities 6
Cookery activities 7
___________________________________________________________________________________________________

Topic

This half term our topic is What a load of Junk! which focuses on recycling and the environment.  In class we’ll be looking at different materials and how they can be recycled or reused.   The class will take part with the rest of the year band in a project identifying and improving an area of the school.  We will be going on visits out to the local recycling bank and charity shops in the local town centre.

Literacy

Our main book for this half term is The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and we will also be using non-fiction books linked to our topic.

Amazon Description:  George wished he wasn't the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he's the smartest giant in town . . . until he bumps into some animals that desperately need his help - and his clothes!

All children will love The Smartest Giant in Town, a funny and warm-hearted tale from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

 

Numeracy

In maths we will be covering the areas of number, geometry and measure.  Keep looking at our webpage and reading the home school book to find out which strand we will be covering each week.

Literacy activities

Literacy activities 1 Smartest Giant in Town - Story Maps
Literacy activities 2
Literacy activities 3
Literacy activities 4
Literacy activities 5

Numeracy activities

Numeracy activities 1 Estimation and Pictogram work with Smarties
Numeracy activities 2
Numeracy activities 3
Numeracy activities 4
Numeracy activities 5

Art activities

Art activities 1 Stained Glass Names
Art activities 2

Topic activities

Topic activities 1 Jam jar tealights
Topic activities 2
Topic activities 3
Topic activities 4
Topic activities 5
Topic activities 6
Topic activities 7
Topic activities 8
Topic activities 9 Masks from reused milk cartons
Topic activities 10
Topic activities 11
Topic activities 12
Topic activities 13
Topic activities 14
Topic activities 15
Topic activities 16
Topic activities 17
Topic activities 18
Topic activities 19
Topic activities 20
Topic activities 21 Tin shakers
Topic activities 22
Topic activities 23
Topic activities 24
Topic activities 25
Topic activities 26
Topic activities 27
Topic activities 28 Newspaper chain creatures
Topic activities 29 Recycling posters
Topic activities 30
Topic activities 31
Topic activities 32
Topic activities 33
Topic activities 34
Topic activities 35
Topic activities 36
As part of our topic 'What a Load of Junk!' the children reused old wellington boots and turned them into fun planters.  They started by stuffing their boot with shredded paper and compost and finally added winter flowering plants. 
Picture 1 Welly boot planters
Picture 2
Picture 3
Picture 4
Picture 5
Picture 6
Picture 7
Picture 8
Picture 9
Picture 10
Picture 11
Picture 12
Picture 13
Picture 14
Picture 15
Picture 16

Cookery activities

Cookery activities 1 Making fairy cakes
Cookery activities 2
Cookery activities 3
Cookery activities 4
Cookery activities 5

Trips

Trips 1
Trips 2
Trips 3
Trips 4
Trips 5
Trips 6
Trips 7
Top