Sapphire Class

Sapphire 2023-24
Our trip to Barleylands Farm
On 9th May, we had a wonderful trip to Barleylands. We learned about healthy eating, made pizzas with healthy toppings, had a tractor ride, saw (and smelled) plants in a polytunnel and stroked and fed lots of animals. We had amazing weather so we ate our lunch outside in the sun.
This is NOT the way to Bethlehem
Our KS1 play this year was about 2 children who made a snowman that came to life and together they went on a journey round the world to find out where Jesus was born. Year 1 performed dances from Australia, Japan and the North Pole, as well as the stars and camels that they found in Bethlehem!
Firework pictures
Having learned about the history of Guy Fawkes Night and watched videos about how to keep safe on Bonfire Night, we had great fun creating our own firework pictures using pastels.
We love art!
In the first term, we have been learning to mix colours and apply paint and pencil carefully, staying within the lines.
What a great start to the year!
It has been Super September for Sapphire Class. We have had Forest School sessions, lots of drama to help us with our writing, materials games in science and much, much more!
Welcome to Sapphire Class
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning
We had great fun raising money for Macmillan by eating cakes with our families!
Super Science
We are learning to identify different materials. First of all we played a game to match the materials and their names, then we went on materials hunt in the school grounds.
Dramatising A New House for Mouse
Our focus text this half term is A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek. We really enjoyed pretending to be the different animals as we retold the story.
Sapphire Class 2021-2
We had a brilliant week just before half term, celebrating the Queen's platinum jubilee. We learned about the Queen's reign, created crowns, made bunting, had a street party on the playground, sang songs about the Queen (including the National Anthem) and did a sponsored walk dressed in red, white and blue.
Plant hunters
This term we have been learning about plants and we went on a treasure hunt in the school grounds to find and identify different plants growing there.
School trip to Layer Marney Tower
We had a wonderful trip to Layer Marney, all dressed up as Tudors. We tried on armour, learned how to do archery, listened to stories about the Queen, walked round the lake on a nursery rhyme trail, climbed the tower, made Jubilee jelly pictures and did some maypole dancing. What a brilliant day!
Eid celebration
Our families joined us for an Eid celebration, making cards, pictures, lanterns and other things associated with Eid.
Art day
In the spring term, our art block was printing. We finished by having a whole day of art, designing Easter wrapping paper, practice the skill of printing using small potatoes and then using the skill to make Easter cards for our families.
Following instructions: making a jam sandwich
What better way to learn about instructions than making a sandwich? We thought about all the steps we needed to take, put them in order and then followed them to make the sandwich. The final instruction was to eat it!
Lights, Camel, Action! (Our Christmas Play)
These photographs were taken on the day of our dress rehearsal. It's a shame the parents were not able to come and see all the hard work we put into learning the dances and songs, but we are all really looking forward to seeing the video that was produced!
More Forest School: marshmallows and popcorn!
Near the end of our Forest School sessions, Justine made a bonfire and we toasted marshmallows and made popcorn. It was a freezing cold day but we didn't mind at all!
A walk round the local area
Year 1 all went for a walk round the local area, taking note of the things we saw. We then made wonderful maps including all those features.
Children in Need
We raised lots of money for Children in Need by coming in to school in our pyjamas! Our teddies enjoyed helping us with our work too!
We really enjoyed learning about Diwali traditions. We made our own diyas and lanterns, as well as taking part in some Bollywood dancing together.
Making Egg Box Dragons
Our focus story this half term has been "The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon" and in DT we have been making our own dragons. First of all, we looked at existing examples and talked about the one we liked best, then we designed our own. After that we practised our cutting skills, before making our own dragons and evaluating the results. We thought it was great fun!
We love Forest School!
Sapphire Class began their forest school sessions by making shelters. Some of us also made pictures to show our learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot.
Sorting and counting
This week we have started our maths work on place value by sorting objects in different ways and making sure that we can count them accurately.