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Stream Class News

Welcome Charlotte! (18th January 2018)

On Wednesday after lots of care from the class, our mysterious egg hatched! You can see from the photos what was inside… the children love her and Maëla named her Charlotte. She will be going home with each child for 2 or 3 nights as the children thought she would probably be lonely here at school.

In other news, this week we have been learning about symmetry in and outside of the classroom. There has been lots of writing practise about dinosaurs and in music the children are composing their own songs.







Busy dinosaurs! (12th January 2018)

Stream Class have done so much this week! They all seem happy to be back at school despite the miserable January weather. Our new topic is dinosaurs so here is a selection of photos showing what we have been up to.

In phonics we are doing lots of reading of sentences and writing CVC words. During topic work the children amazed themselves by being able to break dinosaur names down into chunks and then spelling them using phonics.

We have done lots of dino work in maths too – as you can see we made life size footprints of a Stegasaurus and a T-Rex. We measured the area of one using our shoes, and the length of another using multilink. Ask your child if they remember how big they were!

We braved the rain on Thursday to excavate some dinosaurs in the Outdoor Learning area. These boys also made an amazing dinosaur skeleton out of sticks. 














Christmas week (15th December 2017)

As you can imagine we are in full Christmas mode! We are sure the children have told you about the Pantomime and our Christmas dinner already. We were really proud of Stream Class, they were very well behaved on the coach and in the theatre and really seemed to enjoy themselves.

On Wednesday some of the children had a go at being rock stars although they all seemed a little overwhelmed by the instruments and the noise.

Everything else this week is top secret in Stream Class. But here is a sneaky photo of three of the class who were caught painting themselves, not their work!








In their own words (1st December 2017)

We know Stream Class don’t always tell you what they have been doing at school each day, so we asked them what they have learnt and what they have enjoyed this week. See if you can work out what they have been doing!

Alyssa – we made the biggest tower of bricks.

Maëla – it was the funniest that the bricks were falling down.

Joshua – I had fun stacking.

Tommy  - playing and I am star of the week.

Margaret – I did good writing about Elsa turning Anna into an icicle.

Ginny – I did good reading with Miss Austin and in phonics.

Elena – the outside area.

Cooper – I timed Hope, she was running to the hill and back.

Lilian -  I loved phonics because it has an a which is in my name.

Natalie – I had fun writing about Frozen.

Hope – I dressed up as a donkey.

Joel – Joshua played with me and the car park all the time.

Luka – I had fun when I was running and Cooper was at the timer.

Isla – I learnt sounds (Isla then told me every sound she knows!)

Oliver – I did 1 + 1 and 2 + 2 and 3 + 3 sums.








More Magic! (17th November 2017) 

This week has all been about potions again! The children are getting very good at following instructions and on Tuesday they all had a go at making a bubbling potion. They used lots of bossy verbs like ‘put’ ‘stir’ and ‘shake’ when talking about how to make one. They had a go at writing magic words and numbers in candles and painting over the top so the words appear, they made magic milk, some broomsticks and we had a few Harry Potters walking around on Thursday.

In maths they practised 2D shape names and did painting with 3D shapes. We are encouraging them to identify the faces and vertices on 3D shapes and to spot them around the classroom (and at home!)

The trickiest sound they learnt this week was the two sounds ‘oo’ makes, as in ‘look’ and ‘moon’. Look out for them in any books you share together!






Magic potions! (10th November 2017)

This week the children have continued learning about imaginary worlds by talking about setting up their own magical school. They have designed school crests and written school rules using bossy verbs. We added a bit of science by making a witches brew – they loved watching it bubble and spew out glittery foam.

In RE and music we have begun singing the Christmas Play songs. Ask them if they can remember any and to sing you a little!

This week’s sounds have been ‘ie’ ‘ee’ and ‘or’. Please encourage your child to show you the actions and form the letters.

We hope they are keen to do some work in their learning logs this weekend. Please remember they do not have to stick to the list of activities!




Magical! (3rd November 2017)

We hope your children do not cause too much damage with their sparkly wands this weekend! This week, carrying on with our topic ‘Imaginary Worlds’, we watched a clip of the Hogwarts Express and Olivander’s Wand Shop then the children decided to make their own.

In phonics we have moved onto the sounds ‘oa’ and ‘ai’ so ask them to show you the actions for these, and look out for the sounds in any books you may share.

They took their shoes off and drew around their feet in maths. There was lots of feet measuring with cubes and lovely maths language to describe who had the biggest and smallest feet.




Global learning week (20th October 2017)

This week Stream Class have been learning the meaning of Global. We’ve had a lovely week looking at the foods that we eat and those that are eaten in different countries. We’ve used maps, videos and Google Earth to explore our world and where food grows.

The children focused on their observational drawings of an interesting pumpkin that Luka’s mummy gave us, used salt dough to make models of their favourite foods and they tried some Ugali that I made. They all agreed that they prefer sausages and chips.

So it is the end of their first half term! We hope they have enjoyed themselves, we love seeing their happy faces each morning but think they definitely deserve a week off!

See you soon!






Learning through play (13th October 2017)

This week the children have really started to extend their learning through playing together, which has been great to see. In maths they loved setting up a role play bus to count children on and off – the beginnings of calculation. During child initiated learning the bus became a plane, the plane took them to Majorca and they were even using mathematical language discussing distances and the cost of the pretend sweets Alyssa was serving to all of the passengers.

We used our waterproofs as well as you can see, the children loved it. They spent a morning foraging for sticks and treasure to make an autumn crown.

Other activities included making moving fish, singing Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, letter formation competitions, relaxing on our new reading area sofa and telling prospective parents about their new school.







Grumpy Faces and Whales (6th October 2017)

This week has been all about grumpy faces and whales! Ask your child if they can sing ‘I’ve got a grumpy face’ to you, they cannot do it at school without smiling. There’s been lots of singing in music lessons and we also sang along to ‘Under the Sea’ from the Little Mermaid. This of course led to numerous other Disney singalongs which they are very good at!

They listened again to a story about offering gifts to whales and also a tiger that dances in the moonlight. The children started to make their own stories up too, ask them if they can tell you their story.

In maths we looked at repeating patterns involving colours, then shapes, then objects. We have been counting to 100 and talking about 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers.

Finally we did our first bake off! I think they were most excited about being in the staff room, not the baking. In case you hadn’t realised, the biscuit they brought home was a fish…




Undersea World (29th September 2017)

Undersea World’s is our topic and we started the week with a lovely book called The Whale Song. The children loved the story about a little girl who gave a gift to some whales. They all thought of what precious gift they would give and wrote about it.

We’ve done lots of outdoor learning too – they had fun doing a scavenger hunt as you can see! We also gave the children plastic shapes, they then made the shapes out of natural objects. There was lots of discussion about whether bendy sticks could make a square and how many sides a circle has! Sorry if they came home a bit muddy but they were having so much fun, as the weather worsens we will put them in waterproofs for these sessions.

In circle time the children really showed they know how to sit nicely now, and they didn’t speak unless holding the bear. They spoke about what makes them happy and who makes them happy at school – there were lots of beaming faces as they all realised that they are important to each other.





Team Stream! (22nd September 2017)

In literacy this week we learnt how to label things! The children used Post It’s to label their own body parts, the classroom and we labelled a plan of the classroom. Ask your child if they can add labels to items around the house.

In PSHE (personal, social and health education) we talked about how we are ‘Team Stream!’ and how we learn together and look after each other. The children were the quietest I have ever seen them whist they chose beads and strung a friendship bracelet. We are keeping them in a special box, and if a child thinks another is being a good friend, they can fetch a bracelet to give to them to wear.

A lot of mess was made making Magic Potions for our role play house. Using a variety of ingredients they made bottles of potions, eyeballs, toe nails and maggots.

On Thursday we talked about road safety and the children played a variety of games getting familiar with road signs and important safety features of roads – this is a great opportunity for you to talk to your children about zebra crossings, traffic lights etc, or ask them to teach you!





School Life! (15th September 2017)

Stream Class have definitely settled into school already, as you can see in the photos from Tommy making himself comfortable! This week we have continued getting to know each other, there has been some lovely playing and sharing happening in the class and the children are already living Sutton School’s values.

They have loved their music and computing lessons, I have probably over 100 photos that the children have taken of each other! In music they experimented with different instruments and we have been singing a lot of songs.

This week the children started phonics, you will see in their home phonics book a new sheet every day or two. Please encourage your child to teach you the sound and the action that goes with it, it is a great way to remember their phonics!







We have completed our first week at school! (8th September 2017)

We are very impressed with the new Stream Class, they settled into school life quickly. This week we have let the children get to know each other through lots of child initiated play which has been insightful, we have lots of budding chauffeurs, builders and magicians in our class!

As you can see from the photos they are all playing together really nicely, we are pleased that they are using good manners and are great at sharing. We also have tried working at the tables successfully!

We are sure they will be quite tired by Friday evening so we hope you have a peaceful weekend.







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!





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