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Welcome To Sapphire Class

Welcome To Sapphire Class 1

Year 5 Christmas Homework Tasks 

As Christmas fast approaches, we have decided to include a range of Christmas homework tasks the children can choose to complete rather than the ones on the grid in their homework books. These include:

  1. Writing a Christmas themed poem. 
  2. Designing and making a 3D Christmas card. There are plenty of interesting designs to be found online.
  3. Writing a diary recount either for an Elf rushing to prepare all the presents on Christmas Eve or as one of Santa's reindeers helping to deliver the presents on the big day itself.
  4. Completing their very own Christmas list along with prices. They must then add these mentally, using the methods we have learnt in class, to find a grand total. (Place Value, Regrouping, Estimating and Equal Sum however the children are not allowed to use a calculator or column method).

Alternatively, your child can choose to complete one of the tasks remaining on their homework task grid.

What will we be learning?


Week beginning: 13th November 2017 


This week we will planning and writing our final piece of work in our Literary Heritage unit.


We will be learning about mental strategies for dividing and selecting appropriate strategies for multiplying and dividing.


During Science, we will be learning about the structure and function of the Human Heart. 


In Netball, we will be focusing the different types of passes and creating space in order to receive the ball


We will be focusing on ‘Why did so many Vikings leave home?’

Class Debate​​​​​

As part of the end of our topic about the Anglo-Saxons, we held a class debate on whether the period should or should not be known as the Dark Ages. After some fantastic arguments, counter-arguments, questions and answers from both sides, it was the team who were against the Anglo-Saxon period being known as the Dark Ages who emerged victorious. 

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Children In Need

On Monday 13th November, Sapphire Class will be holding auditions for The Children In Need Talent Show. Each child is welcome to enter however it will cost £1 per child in order to do so. After seeing all of the auditions, we will all vote for our class winner who will represent us in the final on Friday afternoon. Children are welcome to bring in any props or equipment to support their act so please bring these in on Monday. On Friday 17th November, along with the talent show, we will be having a pyjama day, again costing £1, in order to raise money for Children In Need.

The Joy of Reading


On Monday 30th October 2017, Year 6 went to the University of Hertfordshire for The Joy of Reading event.  We listened to the award-winning author, Elizabeth Laird, who told us about how she writes characters and uses her real-life experiences to develop her plots about current issues (including refugees and poverty)!  We certainly learnt a lot during the afternoon.  At the end of the session, we got the opportunity to have a picture with Elizabeth Laird.

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Chiltern Open Air Museum 

Sapphire Class visited Chiltern Open Air Museum on Tuesday 3rd October. We started our morning touring the grounds as we looked at what life was like during World War 2 as we explored a house and we even got to play with some very old toys. 


Our first workshop of the day allowed us to try our hand at archaeology. We dug up a range of artefacts as well as putting pots back together and sorting through rubbish to find clues. 


After lunch we entered a Viking hut where the children took part in a range of activities to prepare the hut ready for a special visit from the Bishop who tried to convince us to become Christians. We wrote messages in Latin, made impressive broaches, learned how to thatch a roof and even got to try on armour. 


We had a great day and learnt a lot of interesting facts about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

Rosh Hashanah Day 


On Monday 25th September, Sapphire class learnt about Rosh Hashanah. We had 3 activities throughout the day.  First, we researched Rosh Hashanah with Mr Neiman and created posters to display what we learnt.  Then, with Miss Winwood we made stained glass windows with representations of Rosh Hashanah to display in our classroom (due to cycling proficiency we are still making them this week, once they are completed we will show you a picture of our finished display!).  In the afternoon,we made honey biscuit dough with Miss Buttle (we hope you all enjoyed these at home). 

Year 5 Running Festival


On Friday 15th September, all of Year 5 participated in a Cross Country Running Festival. With great effort and teamwork, we won both the boys and girls competition. Well done to all the children for taking part with great enthusiasm and representing the school proudly.

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Viking Day

On Wednesday 6th September, Sapphire Class took part in a Viking Day where we came in dressed up in some fantastic looking costumes. To begin, the children had a carousel of activities including making Viking name prints, warrior bracelets and creating candles. In the afternoon, we did an archaeological dig to investigate the source of different Viking artefacts and where they may have been found in a Viking Village. The day finished with the Viking leader demonstrating to how to make a metal cast of a clay pot made by Frankie earlier in the day. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots of interesting and fascinating facts. What a start to the year. Please see the pictures below.

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Upper Key Stage 2 Long Term Plan