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‘Let your light shine’

(Matthew 5:16)

Sapling Class

Welcome to Sapling Class: Year​ Three & Four

Miss McCubbin is the class Teacher and she is supported by Mr Griffiths, Miss Hussey and Mrs Blunn.​

What do we do in our class?

In class we have Termly Topics. The topics we will cover this year are: Through the Ages, Rocks, Relics and Rumbles and Emperors and Empires. We always strive to make learning enjoyable and engaging for the children and topic work is just one way in which we do this.

Latest Class Newsletters and Resources

Today was our art day. Our theme was summer, so we focused on the artist David Hockney, copying his image ‘Pool and Steps’. We chose to use watercolours to imitate the colours he had used. After that, we made collages depicting a summer scene or object.

This term, Sapling Class were lucky enough to have drumming lessons every week, which they thoroughly enjoyed. They learnt a variety of rhythms and played games which were lots of fun. To celebrate their hard work, they performed to the rest of the school, showing great concentration to keep in time with each other.

This term, we have started learning about botanical art. We began the project by finding out what a botanical artist is. We then studied leaves and flowers closely and sketched them, adding annotations and swatches of the colours.

Somerset Cricket Day

We were lucky enough to have a visit from Somerset Cricket in May! The coach lead us for an assembly and a range of different workshops throughout the day! We had such a great day – Thank you to Sean and Somerset Cricket!

London Trip – Matilda

We had the opportunity to go and see Matilda the Musical in London! We set off at normal school time on the coach, had a short tour of London led by Mr Batchelor, had a picnic lunch in the theatre, then SHOWTIME! Thank you to those that helped to make this possible and to those that helped. We even managed to sneak in a Burger King on the way home. Thank you – what an incredible day!

During RE day, we had a brilliant time, exploring spirituality and water. We looked for links between humans, planet earth and God (we are made of water, Planet Earth is made of water, God is made water). We shared some Bible stories, including the creation story and the story of Noah, and explored spirituality and water across different areas of the curriculum. These included, creating music based on how water makes us feel, art inspired by our relationship with water, stained glass windows based on conserving water, writing poems about water and how it makes us feel and how it linked us to God. We also explored our School Vision of Let Your Light Shine.

On World Book Day, we had a wonderful time dressing up as words! We had a parade to celebrate and explain the definitions of our chosen words. After that, the children got to chose a book which was read by an adult. In Sapling Class, we listened to some writing tips from the author Laura Ellen Anderson, who set us the writing challenge of designing a spooky character and the story map they were from. Finally, we enjoyed virtually joining Michael Rosen’s live World Book Day performance!

To kick start the spring term, the children wrote some wonderful fables! As always, we worked through the full writing process and the children had control over what their fable was about and their chosen moral. To begin each writing project, we first look at ‘mentor texts’ and consider our product goals by identifying the common features. Some of the product goals for our fables were: having a clear moral, keeping it short and snappy, a character learning the hard way, and the two characters having a conversation before and after the lesson had been learnt.

I was really impressed by the children’s mini books and some of the writerly techniques they used, including trying out different story openers when revising and looking the blurbs on books to help them write their own.

As part of our Rocks, Relics and Rumbles topic, we did a soil investigation to find out what type of soil can be found in our field. We discovered it was clay soil and had lots of fun in doing so, getting our hands muddy!

We had lots of fun on Science day, making skeleton puppets and bridges using paper. We learnt about the different names of bones and tried out different ways of folding the paper and using various resources to make the best bridges possible!

Publishing party to celebrate and share our brilliant fables!

During the last week of term, we had a lovely time doing lots of Christmas activities! These included making Christmas cards, calendars, dancing, having a very special visitor and Christmas maths code cracking.

Last half term, we loved writing our own information texts on things we are experts in. We went through the full writing process (idea generating, planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing) to create beautifully crafted mini books, which the children were all very proud of. Along the way, the children learnt writerly techniques which will support their lifelong knowledge and enjoyment of writing. We are now moving onto writing our own fairy tales.

The children throughly enjoyed Wellbeing day this term. They worked wonderfully together in mixed age groups. They did lots of activities which they now know can help to support their wellbeing. These included baking cookies, mindfulness colouring, yoga and meditation, listening to stories, team building tasks and art!

For our Remembrance Service, Sapling class made poppy paintings using watercolours to share, as well as a wreath to leave in the church. Sprout Class did some lovely readings whilst Oak Class read poems.

Sapling Class homework

Spellings

Please take time to look at the spelling rule for the week and practise the spelling homework linked to this. Spelling will be assessed on Friday. Below are some websites the children can use in and out of school to practise their spellings further:

https://spellingframe.co.uk/

https://www.spellzone.com/

 

Times tables

Year 3

By the end of Year 3, the children should be fluent with the multiplication and related division facts of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

Year 4

By the end of Year 4, the children should be fluent with all of the multiplication and related division facts up to the 12 times tables.

The children have a Times Table quiz every Friday where they work their way up through increasingly harder levels, as well as quickfire questions to keep them on their toes.

Each child has a username and password for Times Table Rockstars, a website which encourages the children to improve their recall! We also have a class leader board to display our achievements, this includes teachers too!

Please see Miss McCubbin if your child has any problems logging in.

https://ttrockstars.com

 

Reading

Reading continues to be one of the most important skills for children to continually practise. Children are asked to read at least 3 times a week and have a grown up sign their reading record. Explore books by different authors and remember to read a range of styles of text e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry. To promote reading for pleasure in school, we encourage book talk through daily story time as well as allowing the children to share picture and poetry books every week.

Below are a number of websites that support children’s reading development by offering free e-books and audiobooks. If possible, make time to join your local library so your child can explore all of the wonderful books they have to offer!

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/oxford-owl-ebook-collection

https://www.storynory.com/archives/stories-for-younger-children/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/eyfs-storytime/zdv4vk7

Forest School

One of our favourite things to do is go up to the field and have a forest school lesson with Miss Trowbridge. We learn about fire and forest safety and all about how to protect the environment and nature. Of course, there is always time for a hot chocolate made on the fire!

Religious Education

In RE this term, we are focusing on God and Incarnation.