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Ocean Class News

Identity Day (9th November 2018)

Mrs Van Gruenan visited Ocean Class to tell us about her South African identity. The children learnt about the area in which she grew up, the wildlife in that area and some of her favourite South African foods. She also shared some Afrikaans greetings with them. 






Making Sounds (9th November 2018)

Ocean Class children took our focus on mindfulness and the Creation story outside this week. They sat quietly in the sensory garden and listened to natural sounds. They were then tasked with trying to recreate these sounds for themselves.








Outdoor Learning (1st November 2018)

Ocean Class were looking at the colours of the rainbow in RE. The children were asked to collect as many colours that they could find in nature. We will then use these to think about how we should look after the Earth and stewardship.




The children were also asked to find an unusual place to read in. As you can see from the photos, some were very inventive with their chosen spots in which to read.







Where does my Food GO? By Prem Ahluwalia 

Power Point Presentation 

A busy week in Ocean Class (5th October 2018)

In maths we have been investigating shape. Year 3 children produced Venn diagrams and sorted shapes by their properties.



In our topic work this week, the children investigated what had happened to egg shells left in various liquids. By looking at the eggs, can you guess which ones were in sugary or acidic drinks and those in liquids which are kinder to your teeth?



The children travelled to St Albans this week to take part in a Harvest Celebration service with other schools that are part of the St Albans Diocese. We were treated to fantastic live musical performances and the children really enjoyed this heart-warming event.



Where does by Food GO? By Stephanie Fischer Ingles

Power Point Presentation 



Digestion (14th September 2018)

The children in Ocean Class have begun looking at the digestion system in humans. The children recreated the journey of food through the body using digestive biscuits, bananas and tights. They thoroughly enjoyed getting their hands dirty!









Move Up Day (19th July 2018)

The new Ocean Class enjoyed move up day. They followed a planets theme for the day, constructing the planets from papier mache. Having painted them we then used a toilet roll to create a scale model of the distance of the planets from the sun.










Bawdsey Manor (6th July 2018) 

The children had an absolutely fantastic time at Bawdsey Manor. They really threw themselves into each and every activity with every child attempting everything even if it wasn’t in their comfort zone. The sun shone for the whole 3 days. They arrived home exhausted but with many happy memories which they will hopefully carry with them for years to come.



















Shadows (8th June 2018)

Ocean class children completed the last part of the work on light and shadows and created shadow puppet shows. They based their stories on traditional fairy tales. Can you spot any wolves in the images?


Ready, Steady, Read (18th May 2018)

Ocean class have been enjoying the sunshine as well as accruing reading minutes. The whole school are participating in a reading challenge to raise sponsorship and new books for the school. There is also a challenge to find out which class can accrue the most reading minutes in a week. The children completed a treasure hunt based on correct punctuation and grammar.

Ocean class are busy training for their annual football tournament. The Hutchinson Cup will take place next Friday.



Ocean class are also busy training for their annual football tournament. The Hutchinson Cup will take place next Friday.



NSPCC (11th May 2018)

Ocean Class children welcomed the NSPCC to school this week. The children wore green to help raise money for the charity. The NSPCC spoke about the importance of Speaking Out, Staying Safe. The message was simple. Every child deserves a happy childhood. 

A team of 8 children travelled to Blunham Cricket Club to take part in the Kwik Cricket competition run by the Schools Partnership this week. The children played very well and came 4th in their group.

Well done Stanley on a great Power Point Presentation this week: Quiz on shadows by Stanley Auckland



Noah (4th May 2018)

Ocean Class are investigating the story of Noah in RE. The children dramatised the story and performed it to the rest of the school. The audience commented on how good the performance was. Well done Ocean Class




Number Lines (27th April 2018)

Ocean class children went outside to construct number lines this week. They had to match both written numbers and those in digits and place them accurately on to number lines. Other challenges included the human abacus and a rounding running race.








Light and Shadows (20th April 2018)

Ocean class have had a very busy and exciting start to the summer term. We have begun our new topic of Light and Shadows. The children made the most of the Summer sunshine and investigated their own shadows. They made some very astute observations about how shadows changed. They also made sundials.

The children had a cricket taster on Thursday morning and if that wasn’t enough to make them sleep, they then had an afternoon of dodgeball. Great fun was had by all with the Bulldog Team winning by 1 point!





Football Tournament (29th March 2018)

The year 4 children were invited to Ivel Valley School in Biggleswade to take part in a football tournament organised by their DofE children. They played well and had a great time coming 3rd overall. Well done Sutton!



Isabella's Learning Log (9th March 2018)

Isabella shared her fabulous volcano with Ocean Class this week.  She constructed it using clay and even created a magma chamber inside. Her class really enjoyed watching the volcano erupt.


World Book Day (1st March 2018)

Sutton Lower School children wore their pyjamas to school for World Book Day as they celebrated bedtime stories. The  children enjoyed sharing their books from home with each other.










Healthy Eating (23rd February 2018)

Ocean Class has been looking at healthy lifestyles this week. The children have taken part in a range of activities. The week began with a blind folded fruit tasting session. All the children tried the fruits that they were given. They then went onto explore how much fruit is considered to be a portion.

The children also created healthy lifestyle kennings, conducted a survey and produced graphs on the variety of snacks eaten within the school. They also have looked at sun safety.




Roman Day (8th February 2018)

Ocean Class were visited this week by Mrs Emmett who was kind enough to share some of her Roman resources with the children. They began by exploring Roman schools and the similarities and differences between then and now. They also got to try out some wax tablets for themselves and discovered that the Roman alphabet was missing some of the letters we use today. Then they visited the slave market. Poor Sophie was sold for her blond hair as her ‘owner’ wanted to make wigs with it. The children also explored the dress of the average Roman family. 







The Bedford Girls’ Maths Roadshow  (2nd February 2018)

The children of Ocean Class had a real treat this week. The Bedford Girls’ Maths Roadshow came to visit. The children were led through a variety of problem solving activities by Year 9 pupils. They really enjoyed themselves. They were also lucky enough to receive a maths themed biscuit each from the visitors.  



National Handwriting Week (25th January 2018)

Children across the school celebrated National handwriting Day 0n January 23rd. The children in Ocean Class linked their activity to our topic of Romans. The children created their own Roman style wax tablets and then practised their handwriting on them. They found the wax a little hard in our cold climate but could imagine how useful these tablets would have been in Roman times.







The Romans (19th January 2018)

Ocean Class are looking at the Romans in their topic work. This week we have looked at the life of a Roman soldier and begun to explore life in a Roman town. Oscar shared his learning log with the class. He had made a Roman lamp from clay.


Jenny Vass joined us for Collective Worship this week. She talked to the children about Trust, our current value. Dylan & Bella bravely agreed to be blind folded. They agreed to eat anything they were presented with -worms (or strawberry laces) and place their hand in the mystery box with the ferocious animal (a cuddly lion.) 



Christmas Stories (15th December 2017) 

The children this week enjoyed an RE themed week investigating the Christmas stories in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Ocean Class also enjoyed a rock workshop where they were able to recreate Queen’s ‘We Will rock You.’

They are all starting to feel a little bit festive as you can see!     






Tolerance (8th December 2017)

Blythe and Sophie presented a PowerPoint in Collective Worship concluding our value of Tolerance. The children in assembly enjoyed playing the games within it.

You can take a look at the presentation here.


The Stone Age (1st December 2017)

The children have been exploring more about the Stone Age. They collected materials from the local wood and then had a go at creating their own paint by grinding what they had collected. IT was harder than they anticipated. The class will now use the paint to decorate a cave just as the Stone Age people at Lascaux in France did.






The Higgins Museum (24th November 2017)

Ocean Class enjoyed a visit to the Higgins museum in Bedford this week. They had a fantastic time discovering just how hard it was to live in the Stone Age. Harrison reenacted a scene from a burial during the Stone Age. The children learned that you would have been buried with artefacts such as daggers, a beaker of food and archery equipment to help you in the after life.  





The Stone Age (17th November 2017)

Ocean Class children had a go at making their own coracles this week as they continued to look at the Stone Age. As they discovered it wasn’t as easy as they first thought. Imagine trying to make one from wooden strips and animal skins.





 RE (10th November 2017)

Ocean Class children are beginning to look at a new topic within RE investigating Baptism and the Gospels. They were asked to recreate a list of the good uses of water and when water is more destructive or the consequences when it is in short supply.


Play Leadership (20th October 2017)

This week the Year 4's have undertaken Play Leaders training. The course was run by Mr Blunt and the School's Sports Partnership. The children had a great time and are looking forward to showing off their new skills.

The children in Ocean Class have also been investigating lung capacity. The class took some large water bottles and created a measurement scale in litres down one side. They inverted the bottles in water and threaded a piece of clear tubing into the bottle. Each child then took it in turns to see how much water they could displace indicating their own lung capacity.




Outdoor Learning (13th October 2017)

The children in Ocean Class have enjoyed some more outdoor learning. They were exploring how many shapes and angles there were in the school grounds. They explored both natural items and man-made ones. Isobel & Sophie counted an amazing 217 right angles on the climbing frame alone.



Flower Festival (9th October 2017)

The Year 4 children were invited by Mrs Margaret Pryor to prepare flower arrangements for the Sutton Flower Festival. They did a fantastic job. The Year 3 children completed arrangements for the classrooms in the school which were beautiful.




Football Tournament

Ocean Class children attended a football tournament this week. They played a competition and also had the added attraction of being able to train with football players form Luton town. They scored lots of goals and had a fantastic day.


Learning Logs (22nd September 2017)

Toby and Chloe shared their interpretations of a Generosity Tree. Each had decided to make a 3D tree as opposed to drawing them and what a fine job they both made.


A great first week! (8th September 2017) 

The children have had a good start to the school year. We have been making the most of the last warmth of summer and having been using our outside space for Outdoor Learning. The children have had a mathematical treasure hunt; performed drama based on fables and have looked at food chains.




"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!)



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.


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?’




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