Sapphire 2021 - 2022

Mrs Holleley

Mrs Durbin

Hi and welcome to Sapphire Class page! We are delighted to have you all back and safe in school with us after the disruptive past two years. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please come and speak to Mrs. Durbin or Mrs. Grindley and we will be happy to help in any way that we can. You can also contact us via Class Dojo. 



PE will be on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child comes dressed in the appropriate attire - white t-shirt, blue shorts, blue joggers, blue jumper (this can be your school jumper), white socks and black trainers.  

Homework will be given out on Monday and is due back in Friday. Homework will support all class learning and so it is important that homework is completed every week. Homework will be discussed in class and any questions about the homework will be answered on Monday afternoons prior to it being sent home. If you find that your child is struggling with their homework, I am more than happy to support you on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday before homework is due back in. 

Reading: Reading is encouraged every evening. Reading books from school are provided but, please also take advantage of both Oxford Reading Buddy and Bug Club online at home as well as enjoying your own books and reading for pleasure - your log in details for these have been stuck in at the back of your reading records. Please log all the reading that you do (outside of Bug Club or Oxford Reading Buddy) in your reading records and hand it in to Mrs. Durbin every day. All books that are sent home must be returned to school when you are finished with them.

Times tables: Practicing your times tables every night via Times Tables Rock Stars is also encouraged to help with number fluency which will in turn help your child make connections with other Maths problems that they encounter. Year 4s have their times tables check at the end of the year, so it is highly recommended that Year 4s especially focus on this. Year 3s can take advantage of this too to get ready for their times tables check next year!



This term we will be reading Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman.

Seal Surfer: 1 : Foreman, Michael: Books

We will be using this book as our writing focus.
During this focus, the children will be learning to:

Year 3 -

• Group related ideas into paragraphs.

• Build a varied and rich vocabulary. 

• Use prepositions to express time, place and cause.

• Introduce inverted commas to punctuate direct speech.

Year 4 -

Expand noun phrases by  adding modifying adjectives, nouns and prepositional phrases 

Organise paragraphs around a theme (using fronted adverbials to introduce or connect paragraphs)

Use commas after fronted  adverbials 

Use inverted commas for direct speech (Recap)


We will also be reading The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner.

The Sea Book: Milner, Charlotte, Milner, Charlotte:  9780241355374: Books

This non-fiction text will be our guided reading focus.
During this focus, the children will be learning to:

  • Identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.
  • Identify main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarise.
  • Identify themes and conventions in a wide range of books.


Our Class book this term will be The Dancing Bear by Michael Morpurgo.

The Dancing Bear (Young Lion Storybook S) : Morpurgo, Michael: Books


USEFUL LINKS - Bug Club - Here is a link to a really useful website that I have found can really help parents to understand more about the concepts that their children are learning in school; e.g. knowing what expanded noun phrases and prepositions are or to help refresh your maths knowledge. It is free to register and can help if you're unsure how to support your child with their work.


Stay safe, Mrs. Durbin


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