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Ocean Class News


"Move up Day" (14th July 2017)

The new Ocean class children, as part of Move Up day,  was to construct the tallest tower they could against the clock. Each team had 20 strands of spaghetti, 5 marsh mallows, some tape and some string. Well done to our winners Isabella and Milen.







Water Cycle (30th June 2017) 

The children in Ocean Class completed their look at rivers and the Water Cycle. As you can see they created some very impressive collages showing the journey from source to sea.



The children had a treat this week when Premier Sport came to teach them dodgeball. They thoroughly enjoyed the session.



Handball (16th June 2017)

The children in Ocean Class were treated to a hand ball session. Paul Blunt from the Sports Partnership came to instruct them. They did incredibly well at their first attempt.

Eight of the Ocean Class children competed in the Sports Partnership Quad Athletics at Bedford Athletics Stadium. For once the sun shone! The team did incredibly well winning several events. Well done to those that took part.













A busy week (26th May 2017)

Sutton School hosted the annual Hutchison Cup football competition. Other local Lower schools joined in the fun. Many congratulations to Potton Lower, this year’s winners.

We had a slightly different Tuesday morning this week. The children had 2 hours in instruction on First Aid. They should now know what to do in an emergency and whom they should contact. They also learnt how to place someone in the Recovery Position.

Sutton School Parliament organised a fundraising art competition in aid of WaterAid. As you can see the children enjoyed creating their entries outside, making the most of the glorious sunshine. Well done to our winners: Elsa; Milen and Arthur.





Kwik Cricket - The Final (19th May 2017)

Some of the children form Ocean Class went to play at the county final of Kwik Cricket this week Unfortunately, the weather gods were not on their side but it did not deter the children from trying their best. They finished 4th in the tournament. Well done to all those who took part.



Kwik Cricket

Ten children from Ocean Class braved the unseasonably cold temperatures to play Kwik Cricket against other local lower schools. They did exceptionally well and have made it through to the final on 18th May. Go Sutton Go!



The children enjoyed a taster session of golf when the John O’Gaunt Golf Club came to the school. For all those interested, they will be delivering an after school club in the next few weeks.




Spring sunshine (21st April 2017)

The children of Ocean Class made the most of the Spring sunshine and tried various techniques to measure a tree. They compared an object with a tree and estimated its size. They also found themselves in some interesting positions whilst trying to measure.









Values Day on Friday 24th March. The theme was Love.

The children spent the day thinking about love and made a woodlands heart, thinking about our environment and how important trees are;  a clay heart tile with a model of something / someone they love  and some Comic Relief activities remembering how fortunate we are in our own lives.


Blythe's Learning Log (31st March 2017)

My Dragon Twilight

Amrita's Learning Log (31st March 2017)

Dragons Den


Connie's Learning Log (22nd March 2017)

Connie has put together a great PowerPoint presentation of French Phrases she has learnt. You can see the presentation here.


World Book Day (3rd March 2017)

The whole school celebrated World Book Day with some amazing costumes as the children dressed up as their favourite book characters. The children were also treated to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by the Friends of Sutton School.






The Last Supper (24th February 2017)

The children in Ocean class have been looking at the topic of Salvation in RE. The children took part in a re-enactment of the Last Supper. They thought about the change in mood from the celebration supper of the Passover, to Jesus announcing that someone was about to betray him. They also enjoyed unleavened bread and wine (blackcurrant flavoured!)







Amrita's Learning Log (10th February 2017)

Amrita has put together a wonderful Learning Log about Anne Frank and her diary. You can read it here.

Blythe's impressive Learning Log was the French alphabet which you can read here.

Science (3rd February 2017)

The children this week have been looking at magnetism in science. They conducted an experiment to see which type of magnet was the strongest between a horseshoe, wand and bar magnet. There were some surprising results.






The Great Garden Bird Watch

Sutton Lower School is getting ready to take part in the Great Garden Bird Watch to help the RSPB collect data on bird populations. Chloe has brought in some bird feeders from home which have been filled to entice the birds.




Electricity (20th January 2017)

The children in Ocean Class are very much enjoying their new topic of electricity. This week the children have investigated circuits and how to create switches. Using this knowledge, they have constructed their own torches from recycled bottles.



13th January 2017

Ocean class have been looking at the Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus. They have written and performed from memory their own version.

Ten members of the class travelled to Alban Academy to take part in a rugby tournament on Wednesday. They played extremely well and came second in their group. A great way for Josh to celebrate his birthday!


Happy New Year! (6th January 2017)

Ocean class have started the New Year by looking at place value in maths. They constructed their own number line.



Panto! (9th December 2016)

Ocean Class had an incredibly exciting Wednesday this week. The morning was spent enjoying an excellent version of Peter Pan at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage. Following the performance we travelled around the corner and visited the space and satellite division of Airbus and saw satellites being made. A great day was enjoyed by all.


Maths (2nd December 2016)

The children in Ocean class made the most of the winter sunshine and ventured outside for maths.

Various activities were completed. Some children drew clocks and then challenged each other to say what time it was; others measured the length of the playground and estimated then timed each other to travel this distance in varying ways, whilst Year 4 children measured and calculated the area and perimeter of objects in the playground.




The Dark Ages (18th November 2016)

The children have been looking at if the Dark Ages were Dark. This week the Vikings invaded in their long ships.  Chloe also brought in some of the Bayeux Tapestry to share with us – it looked fabulous.











A busy week (4th November 2016)

Ocean Class children have had a busy week. They have started their new topic asking ‘Were the Dark Ages Dark?’ The children also took part in play leader training. They are now able to lead activities and games to keep all the children in the school happy at play times.

The whole school took part in Values Day activities this week. We looked at British Values. The children explored what made them special and what they would only find in Britain; why November 5th is still remembered and celebrated today and why we have the Union Jack as the British flag.









Six-a-side Football (28th October 2016)

A group of children from Ocean Class competed in a Football Tournament for Years 3 and 4 at Alban Academy. The team played very well with Tom scoring a hatrick in one game! Well done to all those who took part.

Sandwich Tasting (14th October 2016)

The children of Ocean class had a sandwich tasting session this week. They explored taste, texture, packaging and whether they were healthy or not.


This week, Elizabeth has put together a fantastic presentation about Animal's Teeth!

Harvest Festival Service (6th October 2016)

Ocean Class children travelled to St Albans Cathedral this week to take part in a Harvest Festival service. Many of the schools within the Diocese came together to celebrate the harvest. The children really enjoyed the event. Elizabeth, Joshua and Bella were asked to read prayers whilst Tom and Blythe proudly paraded the school banner.

Well done to Arthur who put together this Power Point presentation, Where Does My Food Go?

A busy week in Ocean Class (23rd September 2016)

Open the Book began their regular Bible story re-enactments this week. The children were told about the serpent in the Garden of Eden and how it tempted Adam and Eve to taste the forbidden fruit.

The winners were announced of the Flower festival art competition to celebrate ‘90 Glorious Years’ of the Queen’s reign. The overall winner was Judith who created a rather magnificent painting of one of the Queen’s coaches.

The children in Ocean class continued to look at the digestive system. Sophie helped ‘chew’ food before it entered the Oesophagus. Connie produced an interactive model of the journey of food through the digestive system as part of her learning log. She also produced a PowerPoint.

Global learning Day took place across the school. The theme was ‘Life without Taps.’ The children investigated how we all use water, how much water we waste, the importance of clean water and also took part in team games to demonstrate how difficult it can be to collect water from one place and deliver it to another.





A Great First Week!

The children in Ocean class have returned and are very keen to work. Our topic for this half term is ‘Where does our food go?’ Chloe has been very keen to complete part of her Learning Log already with this fabulous model.

Science Week (1st July 2016)

The children in Ocean Class have had a very scientific week! They have enjoyed activities around classification and food chains. They also enjoyed Science in a Suitcase where they were able to investigate everything from magnets to mirrors.


Dance workshop (24th June 2016)

Ocean class enjoyed a Japanese dance workshop on Monday. The children managed some imaginitive moves of their own as well as completing the original taught routine.





Ocean class have enjoyed a busy week (17th June 2016)

8 children attended the Quadkids Athletics at Sandy Upper School and did incredibly well with our team achieving a 1st and two 3rd places in team events.

Two of the class pupils brought their 7 puppies in to meet the class – they were adorable.

In science the children are investigating shadows. They made sundials and eventually the rain stopped for long enough for us to try them out!

On Thursday afternoon the children competed in an in house dodgeball tournament. It was a closely fought contest. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.









Values Day (10th June 2016)

The whole school enjoyed a morning of Values activities on the final day of the half term.

The children looked at the values of peace and unity and completed a round robin of activities.

Everyone made Peace Finger puppets having thought about someone special they would like to play with. They created some decorated hands to form a unity display. They also put together some more child friendly versions of the Grace to say at lunch time.

The children also took part in a Global Learning day. The children enjoyed the glorious sunshine and thought about how recycled materials could be used in our very own mini – Olympics. The children constructed games using junk from home.






Hutchinson Cup (27th May 2016)

It has been an extremely busy week in Ocean Class. The children have been creating various forms of artwork to help explain the Trinity.

This week the final learning logs arrived for our Roman Topic. Many children won head Teacher awards for the time and effort that they had put into their work. Joe and Edie put together a presentation of interesting Roman Facts which they have learnt during Roman Week. Click here to see their presentation.

The rota kids presented a cheque for the fundraising they have done for the Leprosy Mission.

We also hosted the annual Hutchinson cup football tournament. Six teams competed against each other and this year the trophy was won by the Potton B team. Well done to all those who took part.





Roman Day (20th May 2016)

Ocean Class have been enjoying a history off the page day. They have completed various activities that Romans would perform. They then enjoyed a banquet served by slaves.







Romans (13th May 2016)

Ocean class have been continuing with their Romans topic. This week the children researched Roman towns and the buildings that would have been found there. Then they used junk to create some rather impressive models.



Faith Tour (5th May 2016)

This week the children of Ocean Class took part in the Bedford Faith Tour which aims to bring R.E. alive through first-hand experience; enhance the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and for them to experience community cohesion. The children visited a Gurdwara, a Mosque and a Church all within 300 metres of one another. The different features of each religion were explained to them and the importance of certain aspects of those religions. The children were able to pick out similarities and differences between the 3 religions and look at the religious symbols used by each.



Samba Workshop (29th April 2016)

The children of Ocean Class enjoyed a Samba drumming workshop this week. They tried a range of Samba drums including surdos and timbas. The afternoon culminated in a class performance which was impressively in time.



Rocket Seed Experiment (22nd April 2016)

Ocean Class have had an exciting week setting up our Rocket Seed experiment. We are taking part in a national science experiment to see if seeds that have travelled in space have their growth patterns changed in any way. The data is going to be collected and then used to determine if fresh food can be grown on longer space journeys to more distant planets such as Mars. The children are very excited at this opportunity to assist space travel in the future.




Able Writing Course (15th April 2016)

Four children from Ocean Class attended a writing workshop at Sandye Place Academy. Robin Price, a successful children’s author, ran writing activities for the day.



Science Afternoon at Burgoyne Middle (18th March 2016)

The year 4 children from Ocean Class visited Burgoyne Middle School for a science afternoon. They spent the afternoon investigating chromatography and things that went ‘pop.’  



Values Conference at Edward Peake (11th March 2016)

Seven children from Ocean Class attended a Values Conference at Edward Peake this week. They explored the value of trust with other local schools.




International Schools Week (4th March 2016)

The children of Ocean Class completed a comic strip as part of International Schools week. The children were very proud of their creations based on the Mayan civilisation.

They also shared their Learning Logs this week. We had some lovely poems about Spring; exploding volcanoes and 3D rock cycles. Some very impressive work indeed.


Here are Edie's and Joe's Spring poems. Fantastic work!

Edie's Spring Poem

Spring is here by Joe Auckland


Science in the classroom (26th February 2016)

On the last afternoon of the half term Ocean Class were visited by Richard Foley. He joined the children to explain how science can play an important part in all of our lives. The children were lucky enough to have some of the past and present space explorations explained to them. They even saw a rocket jet engine that has been designed for use on a satellite in order for it to be maintained in a specific orbit. Amazingly this was worth more than £500,000. They also saw a model of the Exo Mars Rover, "Bridget" – the next Mars lander vehicle.

Tim Peake, himself, is set to control "Bridget" from the International Space Station. Click on the following link to find out more!





International Schools Week (12th February 2016)

Traditional tales from around the World

The children within Ocean Class have been looking at a selection of tales from around the world. We began on the continent of Africa and explored the tale of Anansi the spider and how he came to have such long legs. The children then created their own version based on this story about other animals using the Book Creator App. They also had to construct illustrations to photograph – no painting was allowed.

We then travelled to Brazil to explore a traditional tale of how Toki, a young male, coped with being the member of a tribe. In order to gain respect from the whole community he was expected to hunt a large animal and create a headdress using the animal’s head. The larger the animal the more respect was gained.

Finally the children created comic strips based on a traditional Mayan tale. The children explored the rather gruesome traits of this civilisation. The Mayans played a complex ball game with a rubber ball which had to be manoeuvred through high stone hoops to score. Historians are not sure whether the losing or the winning team was sacrificed after the match!



Edie and Luke have put together some great presentations at home. Take a look below:

Two Colour Celery Experiment by Edie Auckland

History of Where I Live by Luke Sidney

Ocean class children have also shared a PowerPoint & looked at staying safe when online during E – Safety Day this week.

The children discussed what they should do if asked to meet someone they had chatted to online.

Click here to see the Power Point presentation.


Clay workshop (29th January 2016)

Ocean class welcomed local potter Victoria Houghton. She led a clay workshop with the children. The children made some very impressive pots following techniques that would have been used as early as Stone Age times. The children then decorated these with markings.

Eight of the Ocean Class children took part in an athletics meet at Sandy Upper. They competed against other local schools. The children had a wonderful time enjoying the facilities that Upper school has to offer.




Life, live it (25th January 2016)

Ocean Class children had a morning of learning First Aid skills. They participated in a series of activities that explored what ‘first aid’ is; highlighted hazards within school and at home; who to contact in an emergency and basic 1st response tips.

Did you know that a scald should be doused in cold running water for 10 minutes? What questions will be asked when you dial 999? Would you look for hazards before trying to help?

The children also learnt how to clear an airway and how to place someone in the recovery position. A fun learning session and some very important life skills.



Another busy week in Ocean Class (22nd January 2016)

The girls were invited to take part in a tennis taster lesson by a local coach who is trying to promote the sport for girls. It was an extremely chilly day but the children enjoyed practising their tennis skills.

The children spent the morning on Thursday learning some basic first aid skills with Paul Blunt of the local Schools Partnership group. This included how to put someone in the recovery position.

Rota Kids had a special visitor, Mr Michael Osborne, who came to launch their new fundraising appeal and answer questions on leprosy in other countries.




Rugby Tournament (15th January 2016) 

Nine members of Ocean Class took part in a local schools rugby tournament on Wednesday. They bravely donned many layers and tried out their Tag Rugby skills.

They came 2nd in their group and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well done to all of those who took part and played so well.



Art on your Doorstep (8th January 2016)

Ocean Class have started a new topic of ‘Art on your Doorstep.’ As part of this, they created orientation instructions for each other, navigating to different objects in the playground with the help of compasses.



RE Focus Week (18th December 2015)

As part of our RE focus week, the children made Advent wreaths. They learnt about the significance of each of the candles. During the week the children have been shocked to hear that Jesus probably wasn’t born during December and that the Gospels of Matthew and Luke have quite  different versions of the story.


 The children also enjoyed their Christmas lunch and non-school uniform day this week.


Learning Logs (11th December 2015)

Ocean class presented their final Learning logs for this year. Some of the children had chosen to create Christmas themed maths worksheets. As you can see the class thoroughly enjoyed them.





Christmas preparations (4th December 2015)

The children have been very busy making the final preparations for next week’s Christmas performance. Without giving too much away, it promises to be a show to remember.



Visit from Gillian Overitt (27th November 2015)

Ocean class have been busy all week drafting and writing story books. Following a visit form the author, Gillian Overitt, the children set about writing their own exciting adventures. The children were also responsible for illustrating their work. All their publications have been put into a book creator app. The children are hoping to share their stories with other classes next week.



A Busy Week! (20th November 2015)

The children have been incredibly busy again! Our Tournament Football team competed in the Schools Partnership final and came an impressive 5th. Well done to all those that took part!

The Year 4 children enjoyed an afternoon at Burgoyne Middle School. They visited a French café and tried real French foods.

Ocean Class also hosted a Learning Log sharing afternoon for parents. As you can see from the photographs, the standard of work was incredible. The children enjoyed sharing their Stone Age knowledge.




The Higgins Museum (6th November 2015)

Ocean class enjoyed a trip to The Higgins Museum in Bedford. The children investigated how people lived throughout the Stone Age and how the tools they relied upon were made and have evolved. We also stumbled across a Bronze Age archer, who looked remarkably like Dylan! The children learnt how looking at evidence helps us to understand how people lived.

On our return to class the children made their own paints – Stone Age style. They collected berries, mud and grasses and crushed these to release the colour. They then added water and a binder and painted some fantastic cave art. 




Science Week (6th November 2015)

What a busy week we have had!

Ocean Class began the week at the Forensic Workshop looking for evidence to solve a crime. Judge Nelson looked at the evidence and sentenced the culprit to community service.

Our football team of 8 Year 3 & 4’s battled against the elements on Wednesday to come 4th in their Schools Partnership Sports Tournament heat.

Our science work has proved very useful in trying to find who may have written on a classroom board rubber! The children tested ink types using chromatography and then visited the sneeze station as the culprit had dropped a tissue at the scene of the crime.




International Schools Week (23rd October 2015)

During a busy International Schools Week, the children have been reading and performing poetry from around the world. The children read the Indian poem The Bangle Sellers by Sarojini Naidu. The children added some actions and have tried to memorise the words in a very short space of time. They have even attempted poetry in Italian this week!


16th October 2015

Ocean class have been very busy this week.

In our topic work we are looking at the Stone Age and we explored how the people in Starr Carr lived 9000 years ago. The children tried their hands at making coracles which the locals would have used for fishing.



In RE the children looked at the story of Duni Chand and then dramatized this, adding their own ending as to how they thought the money might have been spent.

The children in Rotakids were promoting their forthcoming fundraising event – ‘Wear dots & raise lots.’

This is what two children presented in Collective Worship.

Year 4 Burgoyne Middle School Visit (14th October 2015)


Our Year 4's enjoyed a whole day at Burgoyne Middle School. They have been invited to spend a number of days at the school over the course of this year to provide them with a taster of middle school life. On this occassion, the lessons included music, cookery, trampolining and art. Our children really enjoyed experiencing lessons in classrooms which have facilities that reflect the subject.


When Dylan entered the cookery room he remarked "This is like the Great British Bake Off".











Skeletons (2nd October 2015)

The children in Ocean class have been learning about skeletons this week. They had to construct some protection for a vital organ (playdough) using bones (straws).

The second challenge was to elevate a tennis ball (brain) above the table using just bones (straws) and no hands. This proved to be quite a challenge!



Flower Fesitval (2nd October 2015)

Some children entered a picture competition at the Flower Festival. They were asked to produce a painting of the church. Well done to Toby whose artwork won the most votes. Didn’t they all do well?  



Values Day (25th September 2015)

The children have been enjoying the first Values Day of this year. They worked together on a ‘People Tree.’ Each child thought of a special person in their lives and they dedicated a prayer to them and drew their portrait.




Literacy (18th September 2015)

This week Ocean Class members have been working hard on their literacy.  They have been learning about making extended (therefore more interesting) sentences, by selective use of conjunctions and have been concentrating further on extracting useful information from Aesop’s fables, including putting themselves in the shoes of some of the characters and looking for the morals of the tale.  Literacy games have been used as well, to consolidate newly acquired knowledge.

Tips for reading with your children





Settling In (11th September 2015)

Ocean Class has done the first of its Chilli Challenges for the Autumn term.  Children worked together to solve the problems and braved a variety of spicy challenges.





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