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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School

Sapphire Class

Welcome to Sapphire Class! We are a class of Year 3 pupils.

Our teacher is Miss Male and Mrs Rowland is the teaching assistant in our class.

See below to find out more about what goes on in Year 3. The comments are usually written by the School Council representatives.

Summer Term

Our topic: Life of the River


Week beginning 18th June 2018

This week Sapphire Class have been working very hard! In numeracy and literacy we have been trying hard to show Miss Male everything we know and have learned over the past year. We've completed more than 5 challenge booklets and are very proud of ourselves. We even had to do 2 booklets in one day, we were all tired out.

In French we played a game where we had to have a conversation by asking and answering questions in French. It was good fun.

We had our final swimming session this week. We spent the first half of the time showing what we've learned and the second half of the session having free time with floats, woggles, sinkers and playing games. Even Miss Male got in the pool! It's a shame the past 10 weeks have gone so fast!

We'll now be back to having PE on Tuesdays and Fridays for the final few weeks.


Week beginning 11th June 2018

This week in science we have been investigating shadows at different times of the day. The day Miss Male chose was brilliant to begin with because it was sunny and bright. But as the day went on the sun hid behind the clouds so we had to pause our learning on that until the next day. The next day was better but we still need to go outside a couple more times to be sure we collect all our findings so we can then draw a conclusion.

In literacy we have been revising key spelling, punctuation and grammar skills ready to show what we've learned next week. We have been recapping key numeracy skills this week as well to be sure we are ready. We have also been telling the time on digital and analogue clocks.

As the World Cup has begun, we have each picked out a country at random as part of our Sapphire Class sweep stake - may the best team win! We are encouraged to support our team throughout the matches.

In swimming this week, we each had the opportunity to jump or dive in to the pool at the deep end. We had to be confident to do it and resilient when swimming to the flags!


Week beginning 4th June 2018

This week in numeracy we have been learning how to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes and 1 minute. We have also begun to convert the time between analogue and digital. This is quite tricky.

In literacy and guided reading we have been showing our comprehension skills in a challenge booklet. We have been going over the answers together to build up our resilience and see how we can improve next time.

In science we have been learning about how shadows are formed and learned 3 new words: opaque, translucent and transparent. We explored using torches and objects.

In art we have been comparing 3 artists: Claude Monet, Anna Smith and Carol Arnott. We enjoyed our inspire session on Wednesday where we went outside and took rubbings and zoomed in photographs of different textures inspired by these artists. We hope to make a whole class collage from it all.

On Friday we had our KS2 Step in to Sports day, we were all very tired by the end of the day but very much enjoyed it.

This term's Summer Homework challenges have been sent home this week. I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing about what you have a go at! Also, as there will be no class trip this term due to the costs of the Autumn trip being higher than anticipated and the cost of swimming this term, Sapphire class are encouraged to visit a river at some point over the next few weeks. Perhaps you'd like to take a picnic!


Week beginning 21st May 2018

Although it's the last week before half term and lots of us are tired, we've still been working hard. We had a fantastic swimming lesson on Thursday and Miss Male was very impressed with all the progress we're making!

In literacy we reminded ourselves how to use inverted commas and Miss Male read us an extract from The Wind in the Willows which we had to write the next part of the story for. We really enjoyed writing it and have shown lots of writing skills including fronted adverbial phrases, inverted commas and the different sentence types for example.

In numeracy we have been learning how to tell the time. Lots of us have found this quite tricky but we are confident with support from home as well, we can do it! We have been telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and the nearest minute.

We also have been getting very excited for the KS2 play as it's the first time we get to be a part of it! In light of this we are having a Madagascan Disco as part of our gem party on Friday!

We hope you will have a brilliant half term and we'll see you back on Monday 4th June! We also invite you to our inspire session is on Wednesday 6th June in the hall at 9:30.


Week beginning 14th May 2018

This week in numeracy we have been identifying equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions with small denominators. We learned that the denominator stays the same (because the number of parts in the whole) and the numerator changes. We really enjoyed this.

In literacy we have been developing our geographical vocabulary by creating a glossary. We were all really good at being specific and wrote at least 2 sentences for each term's definition!

In geography we researched world rivers and compared them by length, location, source and mouth. This was very interesting.

In PE we practised using the hurdles, hoops and sprinting on the track.


Week beginning 7th May 2018

We hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday Monday at the beginning of the week! It was lovely to have such sunny weather!

In PE we have been continuing our learning of athletics and ran 2 laps around the field. We have also been getting better at our swimming, perfecting our skills in front crawl and backstroke.

In numeracy we have been busy finding fractions of amounts in different ways. The bar model was really helpful. We have also started thinking about equivalent fractions.

In literacy we have been creating glossaries, we started by reminding ourselves of how to put terms in alphabetical order and writing our own definitions. We played articulate which was good fun.

We have also nearly finished our non-chronological reports on the laptops. We just need a little more time.

We also went on TT Rock Stars and Bug Club to practise our skills through technology.


Week beginning 30th April 2018

In numeracy we have been learning about fractions, what a tenth is and counting in fractions. We have also been finding fractions of amounts. In literacy we have been using the laptops to present our non-chronological reports. We are typing up our information and learned how to search for a diagram and then copied and pasted it into our reports.

In geography we labelled the key features of a river on a diagram and also located rivers on a world map. In French we have been learning about hobbies.

In PE this week we have been taking part in races and ran around the field in athletics twice passing the baton to a team member. Our confidence in swimming is growing.


Week beginning 23rd April 2018 

In numeracy we have been measuring and calculating the perimeter of shapes and what perimeter means. Perimeter is the whole way around a 2D shape.

In PE we have been doing athletics and we have been swimming very well.

In literacy we have been editing our work, designing a plan of how to present our non-chronological reports. We have begun to use the laptops to present our information. It took a long time to begin with but we really enjoyed it.

In geography we have been learning about the key features of a river.

In qualities and values we have been thinking about how to be kind, confident and stay healthy.


Week beginning 16th April 2018 

In literacy this week we have been using the iPads to research the answers to our questions about rivers. We had to use the vocabulary from our questions in our answers and also use the correct punctuation. We have also been writing exclamation sentences. Some of us found it difficult to use ‘what’ or ‘how’ at the beginning and ended up writing more questions instead!

In PE we have been focusing on athletics and our swimming is getting better.

In numeracy we have been converting measurements between metres, centimetres and millimetres. This could be quite tricky but helped when we had to compare lengths.

Our French is improving and we are enjoying reading Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

We have also been enjoying the sunshine, we hope it lasts the weekend!


Week beginning 9th April 2018

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the Easter break. This week Sapphire Class have been very busy!

On Tuesday we had our wow morning introducing our new geography topic of ‘Life of the River’. We completed a rotation of activities including researching rivers on the iPads, exploring our local rivers on Google maps on the laptops, problem solving task using Miss Keating’s water tray, designed our front-cover for our topic book and began to create our classroom display showing how rivers are formed. We really enjoyed it and had lots of fun.

In literacy we have been exploring and analysing non-chronological reports and comparing them. We have also been forming questions and answers with the correct punctuation. In guided reading we have begun reading Kensuke’s Kingdom. It’s quite a long book but we persevered reading all four A4 pages of chapter 1!

On Wednesday we had a maths money day where we explored converting money between pounds and pence, practised adding and subtracting using money and giving change. At the end we got to play shops to put our learning into practise. We all worked really hard and enjoyed it.

We have also begun to measure using cm and mm this week which we soon found we had to really concentrate to see the little lines on the ruler. We’ll continue with measurement next week as well.

On Thursday we had our first swimming session with school at Chilton Trinity. We were all very excited and had fun showing what we know.


Spring Term

Our topic: Lights, Camera, Action!

Spring Term Curriculum Map


Week beginning 19th March 2018

This week we have been busy! On Monday we braved the snow and ice and still came to school! We had a longer playtime in the morning to make the most of making snowmen. It was great fun!

In PE we have been practising our tennis skills and played a game where we had to aim in a particular part of the court. During reading time we've completed lots of different reading comprehension papers to develop our skills. In RE we have been learning about Passover, the Mezuzah and the Easter story.

In literacy we started the week writing play scripts and ended the week writing a story about a talent show. We enjoyed both ways of writing. In numeracy we have been challenging ourselves through the four operations in booklets and we went over the answers together. This really helped us see where we were making silly mistakes and other ways of proving how we are right. In science we have been exploring how light travels. We have also been exploring where we should shine the torch on our puppet theatres so we get the clearest shadow.

We had our Celebration of Learning on Friday where we performed The Sound Collector by Roger McGough (poem). We also showed lots of our learning including our shadow puppet theatres, topic books, instruction texts and homemade musical instruments. We also sold some jars for our enterprise and made just over £30 for OLC. Thank you to all who donated, decorated and spent!

Sapphire Class wish you all a very Happy Easter and enjoy the two week break! We'll see you all bright and early on Monday 9th April to begin our next topic! Watch this space...


Week beginning 12th March 2018

This week in numeracy we continued to practise division using a number line for remainders and also investigated how many ways there are to answer a problem.

In literacy we have been exploring play scripts and discussing how they are different to other forms of writing. In guided reading we have been answering a range of questions to different texts to develop our skills further.

In PE we have been running as many times as we could in 6 minutes. This was our fitness lesson, we also played football with a difference. Each time we scored a goal we had to run back and touch the goal post.

On Monday we enjoyed our trip to The Brewhouse Theatre. We got to explore light and shadows with different materials and then created shadow puppets to test out. We learned how to make shadow puppets with our hands and explored distance and clarity. One of the best bits was having a tour backstage. We went into a dressing room with light up mirrors, into the wings (side part of the stage) and the light control centre. We even got to have a go at changing the stage lighting. It was really good fun.

Don't forget we have our Celebration of Learning next week on Friday at 11 o'clock in the hall. We will also be selling our jars we decorated last week for £1 each.


Week beginning 5th March 2018

This week in literacy we have been giving and writing instructions on how to make a puppet theatre. We recounted our inspire and used those skills to write about. Some of us presented our instructions as a poster, others chose a booklet style. The whole class worked really hard on these and they look fantastic! 

In numeracy we have been practising our division skills using a number line. We realised we could use multiplication facts to help us. We found this quite tricky.

In PE we are developing our tennis skills and in Health & Fitness we had to run around the field twice, it was hard for everyone but we all enjoyed it.

The children brought in their homework projects on Monday. They had to make a musical instrument which makes two different types of sound. They are all incredible!

We decorated our jars for our enterprise project at the end of the week. We look forward to sharing and selling them at our Celebration of Learning on Friday 23rd March at 11 o'clock (anyone who can't make it and wants to buy one can send your child with some money. They'll be sold for £1 each).

Reminder: We have our class trip on Monday afternoon and we are very much looking forward to it!


Week beginning 26th February 2018

Monday: INSET day.

This week we have been practising our times tables through column multiplication. This showed us just how important it is to learn our times tables! Some of us forgot to show the exchange beneath the line.

In literacy we have been exploring instructions and planned out how to make a puppet theatre. We wrote what equipment we needed and have started to improve our writing through conjunctions of cause/place/time.

In PE we practised our feeding skills by underarm throwing and aiming to bounce the ball in a hoop on the floor just in front of our partners. This will help when it's warmer and we can get back outside to practise feeding the ball for our partners to hit back.

Thursday school was closed at 12:15 due to snow. Keep an eye on the main part of the website for more updates on snow and school closures. In the mean time, enjoy!

Friday: Enjoying the snow day!


Week beginning 19th February 2018

This week in numeracy we have been showing our understanding of statistics through pictograms, bar charts and tables. In literacy we have been writing expanded noun phrases and using conjunctions in sentences to improve them. We realised that we could do this quite easily but often forget to use it in our writing!

In PE we have been practising our tennis skills. It can be quite difficult with the racket because it's like an extension to our arms! We will continue to practise this.

We really enjoyed our inspire on Friday where we created puppet theatres in groups. We look forward to using them later in the term.


Week beginning 5th February 2018

This week in Sapphire Class we have been showing our learning in Numeracy and Literacy through challenge booklets. We then went over our answers together to see what went well and how we can improve. This shows how we are being responsible for our learning and how resilient we are when we challenge ourselves.

We also elected our new School Councillors this week. Children who wanted to put themselves forward for this role, had time to write a mini speech (if they wanted to) and perform it loudly and clearly to the rest of the class about why they think they should get the responsibility of representing the class and the school. The children then voted using a ballot box. The first time they voted there was only one person who had more votes than the others so we had to do a second vote to be sure of a clear winner. Thank you to the previous School Councillors who have done a great job, best of luck to the next two!

This week as part of our learning experience we have been taking videos of ourselves performing The Sound Collector which we then uploaded into iMovie App to create a mini movie of the poem. We edited the clips by adding sounds and effects so that the movie would run smoothly. We worked hard to make sure we used good articulation, expression, gestures and projection. We really enjoyed this learning experience.

The Spring homework project to create a musical instrument that makes at least two different kinds of sound was sent home this week, please remember this is due in on Monday 5th March. Keep practising The Sound Collector and see how you get on using TT Rock Stars!

We hope you all enjoy the half term and come back fully refreshed and ready to learn!


Week beginning 29th January 2018

This week in Sapphire Class we have been practising our 3, 4 and 8 times tables and solving arithmetic questions for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

In Literacy we have been practising and rehearsing The Sound Collector whilst focusing on different areas. For example, articulation, expression, gestures and movement.

In Science we have been exploring how sound travels. We have also been investigating loud and quiet volumes with high and low pitch using different percussion instruments. 


Week beginning 22nd January 2018

This week in Numeracy we have been learning our 8 times table. We have also been learning about the difference between grouping and sharing. We showed our working out as the bar model.

In Literacy we wrote our own versions of The Sound Collector poem. We had to make sure the end of the 2nd and 4th lines rhymed. They are truly fantastic! In ICT we typed up our poems on the laptops and learned how to save and reopen documents.

In Science we went on a sound hunt around the school listening out for particular sounds and using what was around us to generate other sounds. We used the iPads to record the sounds and had to investigate which sounds most accurately matched with The Sound Collector. It was very interesting.

In Art this week we have been drawing self-portraits in detail. They are much better than our contrasting light and dark versions.


Week beginning 15th January 2018

This week we discussed and wrote questions about what we want to find out in this topic. We also created a class mind map about what we already know about light and sound.

In Numeracy we have been learning the 4 times table through multiplication and division. In Literacy we have been analysing The Sound Collector by Roger McGough (poem). We noticed the rhythm, rhyme, repetition and powerful vocabulary choices. In teams we magpied parts of the first stanza and rewrote it which we really enjoyed.

In science we began to explore sound by choosing lines from the poem match with sounds around the classroom. In art we had a go at drawing self-portraits in the dark and in the light to compare which we found the easiest. The children found it much harder in the dark - as expected!

Our core value for this term is responsibility so we have been discussing how we are responsible at home and at school. 


Week beginning 8th January 2018

Happy New Year!

This week we have enjoyed the WOW start to our topic. Sapphire Class came in from lunchtime to find a darkened classroom! The windows had been blocked out and the children soon realised their eyes needed to adjust. They explored the classroom with torches in hope to find hidden letters which would spell out the name of our topic. Afterwards we spent some time just listening to the sounds that were being made around us and thinking about how they are made and how they get to our ears.

In Numeracy we have been practising simple number facts and learning the 3 times table. We also reminded ourselves of Times Table Rock Stars which can be found at this web address: https://ttrockstars.com/login. Don't forget Miss Male can see when you've logged in and had a go!

In Literacy we wrote about what we gave and were given for Christmas using commas in lists and deciding whether we needed to use 'a' or 'an'.

We discovered our author of the term is Roald Dahl and researched 3 key facts as a homework to share with the class. We also reminded ourselves of Bug Club which can be accessed at this web address: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login. Remember you should be reading every single day!


Autumn Term

Our topic: Invading England.

The pictures below show us on our WOW day where we made model houses and placed them like a village on the carpet. After lunch we came in to discover we had been invaded by the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings! 

Throughout our topic we learned about what the invaders left behind and how that has had an impact on the modern day. In our inspire we got stuck in to making mosaics like the Romans and on our trip we had a living history day where we had great fun making bread, using a lathe, wattle and daubing and much more!

In Numeracy we learned about place value, addition and subtraction and began to learn about multiplication and division. In Literacy we wrote adventure stories and recounts. The recounts were amazing! Some children wrote up to 7 pages about their school trip!

Our topic this term is Invading England. We are enjoying learning about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. In particular, we are discovering what they left behind.