Sapphire class

Welcome to Sapphire Class

Sapphire Class is a Year 4 Class taught by Mrs Cowdrith and our brilliant TAs Mrs Dennis and Mrs Graham and Mrs Cooper.

This year we are going to have many adventures to help us learn, from travelling through Africa to journeying through the human body!


This half term we will be exploring the continent of Africa!

During our WOW day we took part in an African Dance Workshop and used our new Chromebooks to travel across Africa, finding out about the geographical features of different African countries. We will be continuing our Africa theme in our historical work as we investigate the question: ‘The culture and history of Benin, how do we know what happened?‘

In English, we will be basing our learning around African folktales looking at the structure and main features of this style of writing in order to produce our own stories. Within this we will be learning how to use fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and rules for speech.

In Maths, we are focusing on building place value and gaining a deeper understanding of number by using physical objects in problem solving activities.

In Art we will learn about  ‘African Masks’, exploring and commenting on their features in order to carefully plan our own designs. We are using clay and papier mache to make our own traditional masks!

In Science we are delving into the habitats of a variety of animals, exploring our local environment.

In History, we are learning about the people from the ancient city of Benin and how people made assumptions about their civilisation.

In Computing, we are developing our knowledge of e-safety, creating fantastic e-safety posters for our classroom.

In outdoor P.E we are focusing on football skills.


Spelling homework is given out on a Thursday and is due back on a Tuesday. When appropriate, additional English and Maths homework is also given out on a Thursday.


French lessons take place every Thursday.


Outdoor P.E takes place on Monday afternoons and Indoor P.E (Swimming) on Wednesday mornings.


Whole Year Overview