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Class email:  bramble@st-marks.w-sussex.sch.uk 

Spring Term:

𝕮𝖗𝖎𝖒𝖊 𝖆𝖓𝖉 𝕻𝖚𝖓𝖎𝖘𝖍𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙!

Stunning Start!

 

Bramble Class arrived back to school to see that a crime had been committed in Bramble Class. The children spent the morning investigating who the guilty culprit was, using the forensic evidence that had been collected. Bramble Class even had a go at taking each other's fingerprints and finally discovered that the criminal that stole Miss Button's laptop was...MR HOLMES!

 

Autumn Term:

What is Justice?

 

This term, Bramble Class will be embarking on a new project. We will be exploring our key concept question; 'What is Justice?' and deepen our understanding of significant events that have shaped history and today. Our topic driver will be Africa, where we will explore key countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa. Here, we will venture back in time to key events such as Apartheid to support our understanding of injustice, as well as identifying aspects of justice and injustice in modern-day Africa (farming/fair trade). 

 

 See below for more details of Bramble Class' project curriculum map. 

 

Bramble’s Autumn Exhibition! 

𝔸𝕗𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒 𝔻𝕒𝕪!

On Wednesday 8th December, Bramble Class participated in a very special day to celebrate our project driver- AFRICA! Read on to see what we got up to!

 8.45 - 9 am: Bramble Class arrived in their FANTASTIC African-flags inspired costumes. They completed some colouring and instead of participating in our usual times table register, the children had to shout out their African flag and share any information they had found out about it. The adults in Bramble Class were so impressed with the wonderful facts that some of the children shared with the class. Take a look at what we wore!

9 - 10 am: Miss Button told us some very exciting news! St Mark's have paired up with a link school in Kenya and today, Bramble Class will be writing letters to the Y3 and Y4 children in Kivukoni School. We were all VERY excited! We first found out some more information about the school by looking at their website and we got to watch a video all about life in Kivukoni School. Bramble Class were very jealous that they have got their very own outside pool to have swimming lessons in!

We then identified the similarities and differences between St Marks and Kivukoni and wrote down some more questions that we would like to find out. Miss Button then helped us write a class email to the Head Master of the school, who is very kindly going to answer our questions for us! 

 

Take a look at the wonderful Kivukoni School by clicking on the link below. 

10.30 - 12 pm: Bramble Class then proceeded to plan and draft our letters. We first identified the features of informal letter writing and completed our planning frame so we were clear on the writing style, purpose and structure of our letters. 

 

We then set off to write. The adults in the classroom were so impressed with how engaged all the children were and the amount of hard work and effort that went into their writing. 

 

See below some examples of our first drafts...

1.30 - 3pm: Bramble Class then had the very exciting challenge of devising and performing our Shosholoza song. We first explored Shosholoza during Music lessons where we discovered Xhosa, one of the languages spoken in South Africa. Did you know, there are 3 basic clicks in which people make using only their mouths within the Xhosa language?

 

Bramble Class first revised the lyrics before adding percussion and finally, some African-inspired dance. 

 

Keep your eyes peeled for a video of our performance coming soon!

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Just make a mark and see where it takes you! 

 

To start off the year, Bramble Class explored the fantastic text; The Dot by Peter H Reynolds. Here, we learnt about a little girl called Vashti who refused to complete her art-work as she didn't think she was very good at it. Luckily, her teacher believed in Vashti and embraced the dot that Vashti hade made on her page. We then witnessed Vashti's confidence grow and realised that one mark on a page can often lead to a world of imagination and creativity!

 

Bramble Class then made our own art-work using dots, exploring various artists who used pointillism in their own work. 

𝕆𝕦𝕣 𝔸𝕗𝕣𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕟 𝕊𝕒𝕗𝕒𝕣𝕚 𝔸𝕕𝕧𝕖𝕟𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕖!

On Wednesday 8th September, Bramble Class embarked on a very special adventure. We arrived in the classroom to find that we had a plane ticket- destination unknown! Miss Button told us that we were going on a plane to reach our destination and gave us clues to see if we could guess where we would be travelling to (we didn't have to use our imagination with the weather as it was VERY hot!). 

 

We arrived to the entrance of the whispering woods to discover that we were going on a Safari! We were still not told where in the world we were but Miss Button told us to look around for more clues: she also told us to watch out for some friends that we may find on our way...

 

Look at the photos below to see what we discovered on our journey!

Apple biting! (Science Investigation )

On Wednesday 21st April, Bramble Class arrived at school to find that they had been given a special mission...

 

It is 1945. Nazi Germany is on the verge of defeat after being invaded by the Russian forces from the East, and Allied forces from the West. You are a group of top-secret code breakers at Bletchley Park, England. Thanks to you the Enigma codes of the Nazi high command were broken. However, our celebrations have been cut short because German spies have broken into Bletchley Park to steal key information from Britain. All the previous code breakers have gone missing so it is up to us you to crack the code before the Germans return!