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Stream Class News

What a scorcher! (23rd June 2017)

It has been so hot this week! We are sure the children have been tired with the heat but they have not let it stop them. They have still been so hard working and really well behaved.

This week the children have been drawing and planning their own stories about a castle and wrote independently in their ‘Mrs Whitfield’ books!

We also made smoothies which most of them enjoyed, had lots of outdoor learning as you can see in the photos, they have been very grown up with the new Stream Class visiting, and lastly after watching for weeks we have a frog! Can you spot him?





Role play (16th June 2017)

Stream Class have been busy making lots of props for our role play castle this week, we have jewelled goblets, suits of armour, shields and swords, crowns and princess hats. The children have begun acting out plays, as you can imagine there are lots of sleeping princesses being rescued!

In Maths we are learning about capacity which the children all grasped very quickly. As you can see the lure of a paddling pool helped! They are very good at guessing which container held the most and at measuring carefully.

We have been practising our ball skills and hand-eye co-ordination with water bombs also. It has been a wet week!






Outdoor Learning (9th June 2017)

This week has been outdoor learning and science week. The children have had lots of fun, sometimes in our new waterproofs out in the rain, learning outside. On Tuesday we read Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and the children decorated sticks to make their own stick people. They added labels with a line out of the story. We are so impressed with their independent writing!

In science the children investigated with lots of different magnets, made catapults and designed boats to carry animals.





Week Commencing (15th May 2017)

We hope you were impressed with your children’s sewing skills this week! This was our first time sewing with Stream Class and wow! We were so impressed with all of the results. The children have great fine motor skills and excellent concentration, they loved sewing the moon and putting their initials in the middle.

We’ve also been painting out paper mache planets, learning about footsteps on the moon and finding 2D shapes.

We had a lot of fun Thursday for outdoor learning, we enjoyed den building, stick collecting and a lovely walk to the woods.





 Week Commencing 8th May 2017

We are still loving learning about space! This week we have been very creative, as you can see we are in the process of making a solar system to hang from the ceiling. The children got incredibly messy as did all of the adults in the room! We also decorated some solar system biscuits but ate them before they got home…

In computing the children have been practising using Word and typing, this is tricky as it meant matching upper case to lower case letters. They also took some lovely photos of the flowers in the playground and wrote about them.

Woodentops came to play on Wednesday so we had a whole afternoon of biking in the sunshine!





Week Commencing 24th April 2017

This week we have been rather excited about our new topic of Space. The children have been learning about the planets, singing songs about the Solar System, looking at photos of Saturn taken by Cassini and writing Space sentences. As you can see in the photos we spent a lovely day just making rockets – the children work so well together and we think their rockets are amazing!

Isabel visited the National Space Centre in Leicester and shared some Space Bananas with the class. They loved them!

In Maths we have been having a stock take of our toys (great idea for at home!) so the children were grouping the toys into 10’s to find how many were in each box. Then of course, they got to play with them.






Week commencing 27th March

This week we have been focusing on writing in Stream Class. The children became authors and together made up a lovely story involving Jesus, a jaguar and the police on a beach. They then acted it out as a play. The weather has been so nice that we also layed out in the field writing stories about Spring. We had a story about a killer butterfly that ate everyone, Peter the flower and a rather large sheep.

In maths the children are learning to recognise coins so have been sorting lots of loose change, an easy task to give them at home! In the outside area there are 20 plastic ducks all numbered and two ponds. It has been great fun watching the children using water and guttering to transport the ducks from one pond to another.




Love is in the air (10th March 2017) 

Love was in the air this week in Stream Class. Not only did we win the Values award last month for showing love, but our R.E. was all about weddings. We loved looking at wedding photos from home, a real wedding dress and Mrs Gent found William and Penelope getting married in the role play area! The children wrote their own promises on strips of paper and we made a Promise Paperchain.

The children had great fun taking advantage of the nicer weather too…they cloud spotted with telescopes that they decided to make, and we had fun beginning to learn Lacrosse skills!





World Book Day (3rd March 2017)

The children have been really enjoying our R.E. topic this half term. We learnt how Muslim’s whisper special words to new born babies, so the children wrote their own special words down. We then learnt how they shout to call people to pray. Of course Stream Class were very good at shouting important words from the hill!

They looked fantastic dressed up for World Book Day, as you can see.


Fen Farm Trip (6th February 2017)

This week Stream class had their first trip out of school. In case your child ‘forgot’ what they did that morning, here’s some photos to give you an idea!

We were so lucky with the weather, we had a beautiful frosty walk through the fields and woods to find some badger sets. The children were great nature detectives finding lots of footprints and poo on the way! We warmed up in Mrs Ream’s kitchen then we got to work in the fields digging for coprolite. The children were so focused and really got into excavating. They had a play in the fields, met Hettie the horse, three well behaved farm dogs, found some freshly laid eggs and had lunch on the hay bales.

To top off the excitement, they got a ride back to school in a minibus!

The children were so well behaved and we were very proud of them.











Bird watching (3rd February 2017)

Stream Class loved writing and drawing Bird Spotting books on Monday. The children were very still and quiet whilst we did our count. We saw a lot of pigeons, blackbirds, a few magpies but no owls or eagles. Many of the children carried on their bird spotting for the rest of the day!

We have been learning repeating patterns in Maths as you can see. The children found this quite tricky in September but have now all mastered it.

We had a guest teacher in the form of Freddie on Thursday, he noticed our dinosaur displays so very kindly brought a book in that he wanted to read to the class. What a treat!




Excavating and Fact Finding (20th January 2017)

This week has been all about excavation and fact finding. We have been watching videos about dinosaurs and using the facts we learn to label pictures and write captions. The children have loved digging dinosaurs out of plaster and we trapped a few in ice blocks too.

In maths we have been doing lots of number work, we made rockets to help us learn to count back from 20 to blast off!

We've also learnt more stories about Jesus as a baby whilst thinking how special we are also.






Mrs Gent brought an egg! (13th January 2017)

We wrote instructions for how to care for it and have been keeping close watch. On Wednesday night it started to hatch and the children were very excited! Also a little bit suspicious...

Rexie the dinosaur hatched on Thursday and is going to come home for a few days with each child. We look forward to seeing what he gets up to!




Happy New Year! (6th January 2017)

Stream Class all came back to school in great spirits and ready to learn. We are very proud of how quickly they have settled back in.

They would now like to be called Streamasaurus, in keeping with our new topic. As you can see from the photos they have enjoyed making dinosaur feet and masks to stomp around the classroom, it has been pretty noisy! Two days into the topic they are keen to learn about dinosaurs and have lots of questions. They were a bit bemused by the virtual reality dinosaurs you can see roaming around in the photos. We measured out a Stegasaurus and they decided it would be far too big to keep in our classroom. However Mrs Gent is going to the shops at the weekend to find a dinosaur egg, so you never know…




Christmas has come to Stream Class! (2nd December 2016)

At the beginning of advent we are feeling very festive. The children loved decorating the tree, the weather has been lovely and frosty, and they have been very busy with Christmas activities. But it is top secret so we can’t say any more!





The Billy Goats Gruff (18th November 2016)

The children have become story tellers! Ask them to tell you the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. They have been learning that Traditional Tales were told without books long ago. They have been listening to stories, acting out the story, making puppets and even made a Billy Goats Gruff Stadium outside, so they should know the story very well!

In maths we have been naming and talking about 2D and 3D shapes. Ask your child to spot 3D shapes around the house.





Traditional Tales (11th November 2016)

This week the children have been learning about traditional tales. They listened to the story of The Gingerbread Man and have been doing lots of role play, writing sentences, making stick puppets and acting out stories. As you can see from the photos Hansel and Gretal’s house has always been full and we love this photo of four of the boys playing with the pink castle and the knights figures!

At home ask your child if they can tell you the story without a book!




What a fun week! (28th October 2016)

This week has been a lot of fun! On Monday in RE we recapped what we learnt about Creation by having the children tell the story on video. They all did really well!

During child initiated play we saw lots of the children using their values of co-operation and sharing. They discovered that if they worked together with lots of lengths of guttering they could make a run for a bouncy ball. We were so impressed with their problem solving skills, how they worked together and their determination to get the ball to the end.

Toward the end of the week we got a bit sticky making mountain biscuits covered in snow and had our first trip to church for Harvest Festival.

We think your little ones are probably ready for a rest next week, but they have had a great half term, made new friends and we are sure learnt lots in the process! Have a great week off!





God's Creations (7th October 2016)

This week we continued looking at Creation in RE. We went on a hunt to find God’s creations in the school field and the children were excited to find a huge slug and a friendly crane fly. They collected leaves and sat chatting whilst making leaf animals.

In maths we were learning about repeating patterns so made repeating pattern fruit kebabs! They loved chopping the fruit and threading them onto sticks. They loved even more sitting in the sunshine having a little picnic.




A busy week in Stream Class (30th September 2016)

This week Stream class have been really focused. They have started sitting at the tables together for short periods of time to practise writing their names.

It was eerily quiet when Mrs Gent gave them glittery paper to make a chain, they all sat very still whilst practising their fine motor skills.

The topic Journeys continues...they flew around the playground on a Magic Bed this week imagining what they could see below. They are all quite convinced that any scratches or cuts they have are from when they flew over a jungle and some lions were trying to jump on the bed too!

We have also turned our playhouse into a taxi and everyone seems to be loving it.




Journeys (23rd September 2016)

This week the children started a new topic of Journeys. We had great fun acting out journeys to the theme of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and made up lots of funny obstacles.

The children worked together to create a giant road leading to a sweet shop and drew their obstacles in the way.

The children also took part in their first Global Learning Day. We learnt about where water comes from, monitored how much we use water through the day and of course had lots of fun in the water tray.



A Great First Week! (9th September 2016)

Mrs Gent, Mrs Hansard and Mrs Reem are so proud of our new ‘Team Stream!’

They have all settled in so well to their new class and school with only a few tears but lots of smiles and making new friends.

This week we have started our topic work ‘Ourselves’ played lots of games, painted our portraits, become Doctors in our play hospital and met our school dog Coco.

We hope you enjoy a quiet Friday night with your sleepy children!



Woburn Safari Park (8th July 2016)

This week started with our tip to Woburn Safari Park. The sun was shining and the children behaved brilliantly. They had a fabulous time on the coach safari and even saw a bear having a bath! Then they had some time with their groups to explore. The Sea Lion show and 3D cinema were very exciting. The children learnt the differences between a Seal and a Sea Lion and were amazed at the Sea Lions tricks.  The coach driver even commented what a polite group of children Sutton school has.

On Tuesday the children had their first PE lesson with Mrs Philips. The children really enjoyed having a different teacher and ‘showing off’ their skills. Mrs Philips was pleased with the children and is looking forward to working with them next year.

On Wednesday the fire engine came to visit. The children explored the fire engine and learnt the purpose of the equipment and the safety element. Then the children were allowed to use the hoses to spray bottles with help from the firefighters. The children were soaked but had an amazing time.





Science Week (1st July 2016)

This week has been Science week across the whole school. Mrs Horton has set a challenge each day and we have had to complete investigations and experiments to try and find out new information.

Challenge 1 was to pass a message to a friend who was in a different room without shouting and without using a phone! The children decided to make cup phones. They showed great team work in partners and were able to pass a message on. They learnt about sound waves and were intrigued what would happen if the strings were knotted up.

Challenge 2 was to make a Lego man fly! The children began by throwing him but soon felt this was more falling than flying. Next they tried making paper planes but he kept falling again and he was too heavy. The children worked in pairs and tried to make parachutes. They took these outside and they were dropped by Mrs Warner from the top of a climbing frame. They discovered the best parachute was the one that could ‘open up’ and had a big surface. After finding this out Mrs Warner was challenged to make a parachute using this new knowledge. Hers was very good and the Lego man was in the air for a lot longer.

Challenge 3 was to make a ‘snake fly.’ Mrs Horton had made a paper snake and was able to make it fly across the room. The children soon realised her trick was because it was magnetic and not magic! The children made their own snakes and made them magnetic using paper clips. The children then used a variety of magnets to explore which items in our classroom are magnetic. They also discovered certain parts of the magnets were impossible to stick together!

On Wednesday the children enjoyed Science in a Suitcase with Selwyn. They had a variety of resources to experiment with and had a brilliant time. They tried to make bubbles in different shapes and found out why bubbles are always spheres. The children had great listening and even Mrs Horton couldn’t complete the balance challenge.


A busy week (24th June 2016)

Stream Class had a very energetic Monday afternoon. Not only did they have their weekly swimming lesson they also had a dance workshop. The children learnt an American dance. They had great fun and burned so much energy! They didn’t stop smiling the whole time.

On Thursday in RE we continued our Godly play creation story by learning about the temptation and the snake. They discussed when humans might not stick to the rules and made some posters to encourage other to stop littering, not waste resources and recycle paper.




The Sand Horse (17th May 2016)

The children have been continuing with the story ‘The Sand Horse.’ They discussed how the artist had used sand to create an animal. Some children commented how they had seen these types of sculptures on the beach before. The children made their own Sand Animals by drawing a bold outline of their animal and covering this with sand from the sandpit. They are now planning their own story using this character.

The children have also been exploring capacity in the water tray. They experimented with ways of identifying which containers hold the most and least. They also had a look at various equipment such as measuring jugs and cylinders. They were also playing a game on the computer which reinforced ‘more’ or ‘less.’

The children may have also enjoyed having their feet painted as a surprise for their Daddy on Sunday!




Global Learning Day (10th June 2016)

This week has been lovely being back together as a class. The week started with ‘Global Learning Day.’ The children had to work in teams to make some animal masks from recycled materials. The children had fantastic team work for this and enjoyed jumping into the big pile of junk to find the best resources. The children also had the responsibility of making the trophy for the end of the day. They worked hard on this and the ‘Zebra’ team were victorious.

The children are very excited about our new ‘Seaside’ topic. They have helped make a role play ice cream van in the classroom and a role play souvenir shop outside. They have made windmills, sticks of rock and kites so far. They will continue this over the next half term.

The children enjoyed sharing their classroom with the new intake of children and showing them how they should use the classroom. Truly living the values.






Holy Trinity (27th May 2016)

Stream Class have had an extremely busy but fun week! We have been focusing on the Holy Trinity. The children discovered how lots of people can have more than one role e.g. Mrs Chapman is a head teacher, a teacher, a mummy and a daughter! They learnt the 3 parts of the Holy Trinity and signs you can use with your body to help remember the parts. They even learnt a song which I am sure they can sing to you at home.

The children have made lots of crafts to help us remember which will be on display in the Church. They learnt the story of Saint Patrick who used the comparison of a shamrock to describe the 3 parts of God.

The children also enjoyed supporting their older peers at The Hutchinson Cup. The children made banners and were shouting loudly for Sutton School!


The House that Jack Built (20th May 2016) 

This week the children have been focusing on ‘the house that Jack built.’ They have loved it! With the help of some pictures the children have been able to memorise parts of the poem and can explain each of the character's roles. The children explored the new language and found out some of the words meanings.

During Numeracy we completed subtractions. The children enjoyed making a cave in the classroom and taking out the animals to see how many were left within the cave. Lots of the children even managed to record these sums on the boards independently.


13th May 2016

This week Stream class have enjoyed the outside area, despite the rain! They were very welcoming of our Woodentops preschool children and showed them how we use the outside area to play games and one child loved showing off the dressing up costumes!

They have been practising counting in 2s. They paired up the animals and placed them in an ark using this knowledge. If they were unsure of the next number, they found it was a good idea to use the pattern of whisper, shout, whisper, shout.

The balance bikes were very challenging this week. The children were asked to see how fast they could run with them and then see how far they could travel with their feet up. This was great fun and was a good lesson on when to use the brakes!



Big Writing! (5th May 2016)

Stream class have been working so hard this week on their first Big Writing ready to show Mrs Whitfield. They spent last week designing two characters and two environments and this week are putting this together to make a story in the style of ‘Town Mouse and Country Mouse.’ The children are trying to work independently and the stories are great!

Throughout RE the children have continued thinking about celebrations, focusing on their ‘birthdays.’ The children loved telling each other how they celebrate and then had great delight in painting their ‘dream birthday cake.’

The children are keeping a close eye on the frogspawn but no tadpoles yet!


Bingo! (29th April 2016)

This week has been a continuation of learning about different homes. The children have been preparing for their first ‘big writing’ session to show Mrs Whitfield. The children are writing their own version of ‘Town Mouse and Country Mouse.’ They have designed their own environments and characters and will start writing their stories next week.

In Numeracy the focus has been 2D shapes. The children have been able to identify facts about given shapes as well as giving clues to others. The children enjoyed going outside and running to cards that described their shapes. They have also loved shape bingo - designing their own bingo mats and seeing if they could win.

Some Frogspawn has arrived in our classroom! The children have enjoyed sharing non-fiction books and guessing what type of frog will appear. The children decided we needed some magnifying glasses to see the frogspawn in more detail and have talked about what they can see. Hopefully soon we will have tadpoles.



A Busy Week (22nd April 2016)

This week the children have continued finding out about different homes. They went on a walk around Sutton to see how different types of buildings they could find. They enjoyed using the Ipads to take some photos and looking for where Mrs Harper lives!

The children had such a brilliant time at their first swimming experience. They were super excited but so well behaved and enjoyed splashing around! The minibus was also a big hit.

During Numeracy the children have been practising "add 2 more". They had a multi-storey car park which captured their interests to complete lots of additions. These were recorded really well on whiteboards.

On Thursday the children made some invitations for the Queen’s Birthday tea party which you will be receiving soon.



What kind of home would you like? (15th April 2016)

This week we have started our new topic ‘Buildings.’ The children were asked who lives in the best house and everyone thought their home was the best. The children listened to the story ‘Town Mouse and County Mouse.’ The children then realised that every home is individual but special in their own way. They then listened to a story about a lighthouse as a home. Lots of children thought this would be a great, fun place to live. But then they realised they would need a boat to get food, carry heavy bags up lots of stairs and wouldn’t be able to see their friends so easily!

During Numeracy this week the children have been counting in 10s. There was lots of fun games on the whiteboard to play. Mrs Horton left a huge pot of pegs on the table and challenged the class to find out how many pegs there were altogether. The children put them in piles of 10 and managed to work out that there were 278 pegs in total (with a little adult help!)

The children had great fun on their first Balance Bike lessons and are really excited about their first swimming lesson on Monday! 




A Bugtastic Week! (18th March 2016)

This week started with a visit from Rebecca from the RSPB who came to see stream class and complete a Minibeast workshop. All of the children listened to a story about an unhappy ladybird. Everywhere he tried to make a home was already taken by somebody else. The children then went on a minibeast hunt to see if they could find the habitats of other bugs. They learnt about the importance of putting them back where they found them so as not to upset them. The children used paints and paper plates to make various insects which they took home for their parents to see.

The children have used their prior knowledge and non-fiction books to make minibeast facts and diagrams of where they live.

Throughout Numeracy the children were focusing on the coins 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. They discussed the features of the coins and described how they looked. They then completed some role play shop games and used the coins to add together. Mrs Hansard was a lovely shopkeeper who allowed the children to pay with too much money as she had lots of change however Mrs Horton was a mean shopkeeper who did not like change so was asking children to make the exact amounts.






Hibernation (11th March 2016)

This week Stream Class have been thinking about what happens to hibernating animals now the weather is warming up.  They spent time sharing ideas and were shocked to learn which animals hibernate. They completed a quiz to show off their knowledge and then made collages of different animals that will soon be waking up.

During RE the children were excited to design their own wedding menu which included a whole variety of foods! They spent time talking about weddings they had been to and which bits they enjoyed the most.


A ‘Dog’ week (4th March 2016)

Stream class were so excited to have Mrs Cox and her dog visit us on Tuesday. The session was really hands on, including passing around some plastic ticks and fleas! The children loved stroking and giving her cuddles. She had a full health check and Stream Class found she has healthy teeth, ears, heart and nice clean paws. Thank you to Mrs Cox for allowing the children this experience.

The children also had the chance to be an audience for the school Choir who were rehearsing for their big performance on Saturday. The children thought they sounded great and we wish them lots of luck!

They have been super busy making cards and gifts for mummies. The children thought of ways their own mummy was special and had some great ideas including ‘She’s beautiful’ and ‘She’s the boss of our house!’



Animals (26th February 2016)

The first week back and the children have been working hard already! They have started their new topic on ‘animals.’ We began by looking at ‘pets.’ They shared what pets they have at home and what pets they would like. They have spent some time looking at leaflets and non-fiction books to research what they would need if they wanted a puppy or kitten at home. They used these ideas to create some super leaflets to help others. One person in our class is soon getting a puppy so they were all very excited to find out what would happen.

In Numeracy the children have been exploring a variety of measuring equipment. They found out which pieces of equipment were best for particular jobs and then measured a whole variety of equipment. They soon discovered a ruler was not the best thing to measure the classroom or outside area with!

The children have also enjoyed programming the BeeBots. They worked in small groups to challenge each other where to direct the BeeBot. They found it a little challenging to ensure the BeeBot was turning the correct way. ‘So much fun’ as said by Alex. During their time outside they noticed some flowers had started to appear so made some daffodils for our Season Tree in the classroom. 




Pancakes! (12th February 2016)

This week Stream class started by thinking about e-safety and ‘Shrove Tuesday.’ They were very excited about buying pancakes and spent time checking they had the correct coins. They then discovered why we have pancakes and discussed what types of things people might give up. They found out the biggest pancake in the world was 15m! They drew this out with chalk on the playground. It was massive! We wondered how anyone had managed to cook something so big!

 The focus has also been stories from around the world. They listened to a variety of stories from around India. They made some pots from a story using clay and also tried to make some different musical instruments using the construction materials. They could identify some similarities and differences between the Indian Stories and traditional stories they know.




A very busy week (5th February 2016)

This week the children have been focusing on the story ‘Dogger.’ They listened really well to the story and created a character profile about him. They explored how Dave would be feeling if he lost his comfort toy and how he could be made to feel better. Later on in the week the children were invited to bring a cuddly toy from home and share why this was special to them. They created paintings of these and explained why their toy is so special to them.

In numeracy the focus has been patterns. They made paper chain snakes, wiggly beaded snakes and designed their own funky socks to match together. The children have worked so hard on this and have found numerous places where patterns would be found in the environment around them.

During RE after sharing photos of Mrs Horton's son being Christened the children made a dove from the story of John baptising Jesus. The children demonstrated a good understanding of the story and were asking lots of in depth questions.


Exploring the Senses (22nd January 2016)

This week the children have continued exploring their senses. They created some beautiful paintings of things they can smell and discussed what they think smells nice or unpleasant. They had a tray of objects and had to choose appropriate senses to explore these and then created some lovely writing for a display. On Friday they labelled Mr Potatohead and were able to identify how they were the same or different to him.

The children have been playing number Jenga in the classroom and have discovered Mrs Horton wasn’t very good! They enjoyed watching the tower fall and screaming when it was their turn! They have also used word cards to make some silly sentences.


Exploring the Senses (15th January 2016)

This week Mr Potatohead was our stimulus. We used him to find out about our senses. So far we have explored touch, hearing, taste and sight. For touch, the children had feely bags and identified what was inside the bag without looking at it. The children were very able at this and enjoyed guessing. For taste, they were blindfolded and ate some fruit. They had to describe how the fruit tasted and guess what it was. To explore sight, they went on a walk with a partner but one person was blindfolded. They had to guide their partner and give them lots of instructions. The children went on a listening walk around the school with some huge ears they had made. They heard lots of noises including beautiful singing and squeaky doors! The children also learnt the first letter of their name in sign language with Mrs Hansard. It was very exciting and then they watched Mr Tumble.




Toys (8th January 2016)

The first week back and the children have settled back into their routine very quickly. The children have started a new topic of ‘Toys’ and the week started by hearing a couplet poem about all different types of toys. Children have been searching for rhyming words and have been playing post the rhyme words into the correct house. The children have been so enthusiastic with this especially making up their own nonsense rhyming words.

In Numeracy there has been lots of problem solving. They have enjoyed having number cards and placing the correct number of pegs/chains into their playdough. They also rolled some dice, added the numbers together and needed to place this many hoops onto a dry piece of spaghetti.

Depsite the rain the children still wanted to play outside. This involved puddle splashing and also building the Eiffel Tower. Some new writing glasses have proved popular too! 



18th December 2015

This week the children have had a very festive week. They have created some fantastic Christmas crafts. The classroom has a layer of glitter! They had their first Christmas dinner with crackers and Rudolph cakes for dessert! They looked brilliant in their Christmas jumpers and made some extra accessories to wear for their Christmas dinner.

The children made robins and snowmen for our winter display and looked at how the trees look this time of year. The children worked with Mrs Warner to make some Gingerbread houses which the children enjoyed during a Christmas film.

The children also have been celebrating with Mrs Horton! They have been fantastic at remembering a new name and enjoyed looking at a photo. 



A Very Festive Week (11th December 2015)

This week Stream Class went on their first school trip! They went to the pantomime. They had a fantastic time and were all so well behaved. They loved the singing and dancing involved and the treat bags were a big hit.

They also performed in the school Christmas concert. They were super dramatic and looked fantastic in their costumes. They sang beautifully and the actions were great fun!

The children have also enjoyed Christmas crafts and staring to make some surprises for their families. Lots of glitter and sequins!




4th December 2015

This week Stream Class received 2 temporary pet mice, lent to them by Benji. They are called ‘Cheese’ and ‘Ham.’ The children were very excited and have enjoyed watching them scurry around. The children have been living the value of ‘responsibility’ by making sure they have food, water and a clean home.

The story of the week has been ‘The three Billy Goats Gruff.’ Children have been experimenting with bridge making and found it to be harder than they expected. They are using these bridges to make their own story on the Ipads of the Three Billy Goats Gruff.

The children have also been focusing on money. They discovered lots of coins. They hid them in the sand pit and then had a list of coins to try and find! The children love the £2 coin as it looks very special.




 Visit from Gillian Overitt  (27th November 2015)

This week the children have become authors. The week started with a visit from Gillian who read us her story ‘Joseph.’ The children spent some time meeting her puppets and finding out why she became an author. Then the children became writers themselves!

The children worked in small groups and had to choose 3 animal characters for their story. They then had to make a setting. The children made a list of resources they would need and completed a hunt around school. The children made a jungle, a barn and African Plains. The children then worked in their groups to make a story board of four stages of the story. The ideas were fantastic. They then used the iPads to take photos, sequence the photos, recorded their voices and typed their story to produce their own book!

Look out for a story in their book bags!



20th November 2015

This week the focus in Stream class has been ‘The Gingerbread man.’ The children heard the story on the Interactive Whiteboard and joined in with the parts they were familiar with. The children completed sequencing with the story and were also able to act out parts of the story. The children each had a headband with a character on and were trying to change their voice to sound like a given character. The children finished the week with story stone which they used to retell the story.

The children have been very keen to play builders outside. They have used available resources to make a range of buildings including a mansion for Miss Allen! They have been working well within a team and are engaging with each other well.

Throughout Numeracy the children have been looing at properties of 3D shapes. They found it funny that shapes can have faces and making 3D shapes with available resources.



13th November 2015 

This week the children have been thinking about Diwali. They watched the story of Rama and Sita on the Interactive Whiteboard and were then able to sequence events. They discovered how Hindus would celebrate the festival of light and then created their own Rangoli patterns. They also used their collective worship time to make some diva lamps to display around the classroom.

In numeracy the focus continued on measuring. The children had a funny crime to solve- all the PE trousers were muddled up and they used clues to match them together. They found it useful to order themselves from the shortest to the tallest and then were able to correctly match the trousers to the owners.

The children have also been enjoying the outside space this week. The sand pit has been used to make lots and lots of sandcastles. They founds lots of bugs in the bug hotel and various costumes have been used on the stage! Outside the children took the eggs out of the milk, water and orange juice. The conclusion showed milk and orange juice had damaged the eggs but the water was fine. The children decided it was fine to drink a little orange juice and milk as long as they were brushing their teeth regularly.




Science Week (6th November 2015)

This week has been science week in stream class. They have enjoyed learning about their bodies. They started by looking at their fingerprints after looking at clues from a crime scene. They also discovered that although many things about their friends were the same, everyone is unique.

The children became dentists for the day and realised they were born without teeth! They thought about how they look after their teeth and things that may be bad for them. Using a timer they timed 2 minutes and found it to be a very long time. To find out which drinks are bad and good for their teeth they have placed some eggs (pretending these are the teeth) into a jar of milk, a jar of orange juice and a jar of water. They have predicted the orange juice won’t be very good for their teeth but they won’t open the jars until next week.

They enjoyed their first dance lesson at the village hall. They played the bean warm up game, sharks and minnows and danced around the room to ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’ It was great fun and they showed super skills. On Thursday they also made some beautiful firework pictures after learning about Bonfire night. 




International Schools Week (23rd October 2015)

This week has been International School week and the children have been focusing on poetry. They started with the rhyme ‘The Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.’ The children realised when I read it all in the same tone it wasn’t very exciting so they made puppets to retell the poem. They also worked together to collage a big scarecrow that they could use for a performance. When Mrs Pinn came in on Monday afternoon she watched the children perform the song with actions.

On Tuesday Dr Orsi taught the children some Italian Nursery rhymes which the children liked and were singing for the rest of the afternoon. The children have also enjoyed learning about Native American and Chinese poems.  They love performing and were keen to tell other adults around the school what they had been reading.

Friday was spotty and stripey day. The children loved coming to school in their own clothes and meeting Phil and Will. 




16th October 2015

This week has seen a lot of physical activity to help keep the children's hand muscles strong. They have been using the playdough to roll, squeeze and generally have lots of fun with. They have also been feeding the tennis ball and writing underneath the table. The children have loved this and filled lots of paper with pictures and words.

On Tuesday afternoon the Woodentops children came to play. The children enjoyed showing their classroom off and lived the values brilliantly. They listened well to one another and spent time ‘reading’ stories to the younger children. On Thursday afternoon the children had more visitors as the school had an Open Afternoon. The children showed the visitors how to use the classroom and were very helpful

The children have also enjoyed the outside area this week. They particularly enjoyed pretending to be builders and throwing beanbags into buckets. 




5th October 2015

This week has been super exciting. It started with the parents joining us on Monday afternoon. They were invited to come and make some fruit kebabs with their children. The children were challenged to make some patterns and be able to count how many pieces they had used. Everyone seemed to have great fun and the children felt their creations were very yummy! The children even helped wash up the plates when they had finished.

In numeracy the children have been focusing on addition. A bus was made in the classroom and the children calculated how many children were on the bus altogether once the bus had collected more passengers. They also used their arms to make an addition sign as well as seeing this around the classroom.

The children have been asking lots of questions about the weather so this has also been a focus. They listened to a story about a hedgehog that had hibernated. They explored what this meant and what season we are currently in. They collected leaves outside to identify the colours and then used these to make a textured hedgehog. 




2nd October 2015 

This week the children have been focusing on non-fiction books and their uses. They have been to the school library to find out what non-fiction books can be about. They discovered there are books on everything! They looked at them with friends and tried to find some new facts. They recorded this with pictures and writing. Some even managing to achieve Head Teachers Awards.

In numeracy the children have been focusing on pattern making. They explored coloured patterns, shape patterns and even used themselves to make their own patterns. The children made necklaces to create their own patterns and challenged themselves well.

Also exciting this week, the children learnt about road safety using a pretend road. They looked at the diferent sign meanings and were able to act different scenarios. The children had a good understanding but all agreed crossing a road with an adult is definitley best. 




25th September 2015

This week the children have been learning about Finding Nemo. They enjoyed watching video clips and were excited to share a video with their friends. The children have been developing their fine motor control by sewing their own fish. They were good at making these and are looking forward to displaying them for the flower festival.

Throughout Numeracy they have been learning about 2D shapes. They have used them to create some great collage pictures as well as making shapes out of playdough.

On Friday the children enjoyed values day with Mrs Ream and had the chance to explore other classrooms. They made various crafts throughout the morning whilst enjoying a chat with their friends! 


An Exciting Week (18th September 2015)

This week has been super exciting in Stream class. Miss Allen found a letter from a pirate. His name was Captain George and he had been stealing to make money for parrot food. George wanted help to become a better pirate and asked the children if they could help him. The children kindly wrote letters to George and offered to help him. They used the beads and made some jewellery he could sell to make money. They also kindly offered their own money!

George was so pleased on Friday he wrote the children a letter thanking them for his help. He left a treasure map and when the children found the treasure they each got a pirate coin, certificate and some cakes! Yummy!

Throughout Numeracy the children have continued to practice their counting skills. They made tiny flags and had to add the correct number of beads, they added lego bricks to a numbered truck and matched outfits with spots and numbers. In re a box arrived in the classroom which the children need to look after until we can open it on Monday. 


Settling In (11th September 2015)

This week Stream class have enjoyed meeting their new friends and exploring their new classroom. They have been really brave and have tried so hard to remember lots of new things. They are going to be spending time thinking about ‘Under the Sea’ and have started by making a weaving fish. They used strips of paper and weaved over and under. These have been turned into a very glittery display. The children have joined in with school collective worship and are very excited to see the older role models. 



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