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Sapphire Class 2017-2018

Welcome to the Sapphire class page!

      Here 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.

Important documents

Letter -join

Welcome to our new 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 practise using the new letter formation! Details of how to download resources are available below. 

Purple Mash

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.

Purple Mash(1)

Term 5

Bright Lights, Big City.

Bright Lights, Big City. Put on your best outfit because you’re invited to have tea with the queen. Use your best manners and comb your hair, as one will not be amused if you don’t! What do you know about England’s capital city? Let’s find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.

Step ack in time and discover what happened in the Great Fire of London. Where did it start? How did it end? Create a model of the bakery on Pudding Lane. Learn where the rhyme, London’s Burning comes from.

Hang on, there’s someone new in town. Plan a tour a special visitor making sure he takes in all the sights and sounds of London before he finally meets his family at London Zoo.

Are you ready for the bright lights of the big city? Hop in a black cab and…enjoy the ride!


Today we had a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace. The children listened to their tour guide while they moved the picture around to see the beautiful rooms. Find the link below to see for yourselves!

Did you know...

The most visited cities in 2013 were: Paris, Barcelona, New York, Rome, London, Chicago, Berlin, Munich, Venice, Madrid, Bangkok, Singapore, Istanbul, Dubai, Kuala-Lumpar, Hong Kong, Seoul, Milan, Shanghai, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Vienna, Taipei, Riyadh and Los Angeles.

The exact centre of London is marked by a plaque in a church called St Martin-in-the-Fields, which is located on the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square. 

There is a strange-looking building in London, nicknamed the Gherkin, which is 180 metres high. It gets its name because it looks a bit like a giant gherkin, a type of cucumber.

In the 1800s, London became the first city to reach a population of more than one million people. It was the largest city in the world until Tokyo overtook it in the 1900s.

The Great Fire Of London destroyed most of London in 1666, including more than 13,000 houses, 84 churches and 40 halls.

More than 100,000 people were made homeless after the Great Fire and the damage would have cost over £1 billion today.

The Great Fire did not spread across London Bridge, which meant it was kept to the City of London and did not damage any buildings on the other side of the river.

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland.

Cardiff is the capital city of Wales.

Belfast is the capital city of Northern Ireland.

Some of the largest cities in the world are Shanghai, Beijing, Karachi, Lagos, Mumbai, Buenos Aires and Moscow.

Useful Websites

Traditional songs

Nursery songs and rhymes - BBC 

A range of animated nursery songs, all with highlighted words, including London Bridge is falling down and Oranges and lemons.

Pussycat, pussycat - YouTube

This contains variations of the words for the traditional song and links to short video clips with highlighted words.

Ring a Ring o’Roses - mfiles  

An MP3, MIDI or sheet music can be downloaded for Ring a Ring o’Roses and a number of other traditional nursery rhymes. 

The Queen and the Royal Family

Her Majesty the Queen - The British Monarchy

Information for teachers about the Queen’s early life, education, marriage, family and interests, as well as videos and an image gallery.

Queen Elizabeth II - BBC

Child-friendly information including key facts about the Queen, her family and early life as well as videos, sounds and images.

Buckingham Palace - Interactive Video

Experience a 360˚ degree view of the Grand Staircase, the Throne Room, the Blue Drawing Room or the White Drawing Room. 

London Zoo

Kids - ZSL

The Curious Creatures section contains short videos enabling children to meet unusual animals from around the world. The site also contains videos about zoo keepers.

Transport in London

History of London transport - London Transport Museum

Vintage images of London’s transport, including buses, cabs, the underground and trams.

Museum Guide - London Transport Museum

Chronological information about the history of London’s transport system from Victorian times.

The Great Fire of London

Samuel Pepys - BBC

Child-friendly information, pictures and games related to Samuel Pepys.

Where there’s smoke - The Play House  

A collection of three great videos containing key facts and observations in chronological order about the Great Fire of London from the perspective of Lucky the cat and Samuel Pepys.

Dick Whittington and his cat

Floella's Story Sack - Dick Whittington - CBeebies Radio

A ten-minute, audio version of Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington - BBC

A talking book version of Dick Whittington.

Dick Whittington: the true story - BBC

Teacher information about Richard Whittington – the real Dick Whittington. 


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