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Sapphire Class

Welcome to the Sapphire class page!

      On this page, you will find links to useful websites, information about our learning, recent activities and options to download key documents.

                    Select the Photo tab to see photos of our learning activities and events.

 I am contactable at jpearson@netherfield.e-sussex.sch.uk should you have any queries or concerns.

Scroll through the photos below to see our classroom.

Important documents

Term 5 Wriggle and Crawl!

Wriggle and Crawl

Free Minibeasts Poster – BookLife

Discover, Imagine, Create and Explore! Our D.I.C.E this term is called Wriggle and Crawl. Grab your coat and Pooter, we're about to go out and about on a minibeast hunt! Sweep your nets in puddles and ponds and lift up logs to see who's home. Then set up your own minibeast laboratory and observe their every move. Add notes and labels and ask your own research questions - just like a real entomologist! Learn about bees, worms, and butterflies too. Can you make a food chain to show who eats who? Carry out investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey. Then animate to show how your favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly... Urgh! On your belly, legs at the ready, it's time to wriggle and crawl!

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Fun Facts

Bumblebees are capable of buzz pollination, where the bee grabs the flower and produces a high pitched buzz that releases pollen.

Honey bees and some bumblebees live socially. They are led by a queen and serviced by male drones and female worker bees.

In its lifetime, a single bee can collect enough nectar to make one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey. 

Eating honey can help you be smarter! It's the only food that contains 'pinocembrin', an antioxidant that improves brain function. 

Butterflies can taste with their feet and choose the yummiest leaves to lay their eggs on, as that will be their caterpillar's food.

The largest butterfly in the world is the Queen Alexandra's birdwing, which  lives in Papua New Guinea and has a wing span up to 31cm. one of the smallest is the Western pygmy blue from Africa, which has a tiny 1.5cm wingspan! 

All spiders have fangs and almost all spiders are venomous. However, most spiders poison is too weak to harm humans. 

Daddy longlegs are arachnids also known as Harvestmen. They have three body sections, unlike spiders who have two, and their legs have seven sections, which they can break off to surprise or distract a predator.

Scientists have proved that ants were alive during the dinosaur age and that dragonflies were around even before the dinosaurs!

Useful links

Pupil resources – Woodland Trust 

A site from Woodland Trust filled with free child-friendly identification keys, hunt sheets, top tips and minibeast packs.

The minibeast pack – RBKC

A minibeast teaching resource that contains information on the best methods to collect minibeasts as well as differentiated identification keys.

Minibeast corner – BBC

Lots of minibeast-related activities, including ID guides and classification keys.

Minibeast activity booklet (PDF) – Environment & Heritage Service

A teacher information pack with identification keys, investigation ideas and support materials.

Identify Nature - National History Museum

A website where you can get help in identifying different types of bugs and other nature items.

You will also have links to free seasonal ID guides for different type of nature.

Minibeast spotting sheets – Wildlife Watch

Very useful spotting sheets from Wildlife Watch, the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts and the UK’s leading environmental action club for kids.

Child-friendly information about minibeasts

Minibeasts – Parkfield ICT

Includes information pages on what minibeasts are, where they live and their life cycles, as well as minibeast labelling and drawing activities.

Minibeast videos – BBC 

A wealth of videos about insects and other minibeasts.

Minibeasts – My Learning

A site to help children understand minibeasts, including an interactive game called Super Bugs, which gives children the chance to make their own minibeast.

Minbeasts – Resources hwb Wales

An interactive site where children can build their own minibeasts, classify bugs and explore gardens.

Insects – The Learning Zone

Interactive insect identification key.

Reading links, Epic and Oxford Owl

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Maths Shed

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Letter join

Welcome to our school handwriting scheme. Handwriting is a very important element of school life, and the associated skills need to be taught carefully. We have adopted the Letter-Join strategy for handwriting across the entire school and cursive script will be taught to everyone. We would love you to encourage your children to practice using this letter formation. Details of how to download resources are available below. (Click the logo.)

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Purple Mash

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A reminder that we have joined the Purple Mash community for teaching and learning computing and digital literacy. The children all have their own logins to access the games , activites and programs on the website, and they will be able to explain to you how it all works. If they have forgotten their login, we have a record of them and will be able to provide them to you! Click the picture to go to the login page.

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