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Sapphire Class

Welcome to the Sapphire class page!

If you are looking for the Learning Projects page to complete learning at home during January, please 

      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 3 Rio De Vida!

Rio De Vida!

rio de janeiro carnaval GIF

Hot hot hot! Dancing feet, step to the samba beat! Shake it, shimmy, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air. 

Come join the party in Rio, keeping the rhythm with your party shaker! Bright colours, patterns and feathers...can you make a headdess or party mask?

Meet magical creatures rom Brazil's myths and legenst and create your own too... be as fancy as you like!

Let's get down to Rio wherte football is king, and practise our skills on golden beaches.

Now, we need to plan a celebration with fabulous music and song. 

Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos!

Fun Facts

Rio de Janeiro means 'January River'. In fact, there isn't a river there at all! Portuguese explorers mistook the Guanabara Bay for the mouth of the river.

People who are born in Rio are known as 'Cariocas'. 

Thanks to its constant good weather and beautiful beaches, Rio attracts millions of tourists from around the world. 

Rio was the Capital of Brazil from 1763 until 1960, when Brasilia became its capital city. 

Rio is home to the oldest electric tramway in the world, the Santa Teresa tram or Bondinho.

Football is the most popular sport in Rio de Janeiro and there are four major clubs to support; Botafogo, Fluminense, Vasco da Gama and Flamengo. Which would you choose?

Rio de Janeiro became the first South American city to host the Olympic games in 2016

Rio's Christ the Redeemer' statue is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. It stands high on a mountain overlooking the city.

In February, Rio's hottest month of the year, the city if at its liveliest with carnival fun a-plenty!

Rio is often known as 'Cidade Maravilhosa' (The marvellous city)

On each day of the Rio more than two million people party in the streets. That's a BIG party!


Useful links

Carnivals around the world

Venice carnival 2015 – YouTube

A three-minute film of still photographs taken at the Venice carnival. Check the content for suitability first as some of the masks are unusual.

Oruro Carnival 2013 – YouTube

A one-minute advert including a montage of clips taken during the Bolivian carnival.

Brazilian carnival costumes – BBC Bitesize

A five-minute film following 20-year old carnival costume-maker, Lucille.

Celebrating Carnival – CBeebies Let’s Celebrate

A short clip showing a little girl taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival.


Brazilian samba instruments

Teacher information and pictures relating to samba percussion instruments.

Samba drumming – YouTube

A loud, four-minute clip of a Samba drumming rehearsal. The first minute of the film shows the different samba drums and the campana being played.

Samba – YouTube

This short rehearsal clip shows the chocalho being played.

Samba drumming – BBC

This short film follows Jonas as he practices his drumming skills for the Rio Carnival.

Samba instruments – YouTube

A simple film demonstrating the different samba instruments. The sound on this clip is low. Turn up the volume on your computer if showing to the whole class.

Brazil national anthem – YouTube

A clear two-minute instrumental recording of the Brazilian national anthem.


Seasonal celebrations – British Council – Education UK

A month-by-month list of celebrations from different countries and cultures.


Portuguese language tutorial – ie languages

Contains basic words and phrases in Brazilian Portuguese with sound samples.


Neymar Jr football montage – YouTube

A six-minute film showing the Brazilian footballer’s skills.

Olympics 2012 – YouTube

A four-minute film showing highlights from London 2012. There are a wide variety of sports and celebratory moments to spot. This clip could be used to inspire a ‘Mini-Olympics’ day.

Web link disclaimer

Cornerstones is not responsible for the content of external websites, or for changes and updates within links. We recommend that you thoroughly check information for suitability before display to children.

Reading links, Epic and Oxford Owl


Maths Shed



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.)


Purple Mash

Purple Mash(1)

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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