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Lime Class News

 

1st March 2024

Topic Work

Our topic this half term is titled Easter, with a focus on Seasons, Weather, Stories about Jesus and the true meaning of Easter. This week, the children have been learning about the four seasons. They have drawn trees for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and have matched different pictures to the relevant season. The children have also written about their birthday dates and identified the season of this exciting celebration. They are now experts on the Months of the Year Song and can recite the months confidently as a result.

Bikeability

Lime Class children have been working in small groups with Mrs Pinn and Mrs Tack with balance bikes on a Friday afternoon. This Tuesday, Charlotte Secker from Central Bedfordshire Council came into school to see how the children are progressing with their Bikeability skills. So far, the children have learned to use control and balance on their bikes. They have become safety aware for both themselves and others. The children have learned how to start with a push, brake and steer with control. They have also practised changing direction safely. Charlotte Secker was delighted with the children’s progress. Many thanks to Mrs Pinn and Mrs Tack for all their Bikeability teaching!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Hope Neale for being such a positive and enthusiastic learner. Hope has worked especially hard on her reading and has made amazing progress! Well done Hope!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

       

Bike ready in our starting position  

Bike riding in straight lines

Look at our trees through the seasons!

Matching pictures to seasons

Sorting birthdays into seasons

We can label the four seasons

 

 

 

 

 

16th February 2024

Dinosaur Dioramas

Lime Class children have been so busy over the past two weeks on their Dinosaur Diorama project. Last week, the children started off their project by looking at a range of dinosaur landscapes. After watching the Nova Craft Dinosaur Diorama School Project video clip, the children were able to imagine what their diorama was going to look like. The dioramas have been completed in different stages: painting the background; adding a blue cellophane river; making cardboard trees; adding artificial ferns; making volcanoes out of paper cups and tissue paper; making boulders out of egg cups; adding own drawings and dinosaur stickers. The final touch has been to add a couple of dinosaur models. We think you will agree that the dioramas look fantastic! Our dinosaur topic certainly has grabbed the children’s interest and imagination this half term. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been so proud of all the children’s effort and achievements.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Abigail McBride for being such an enthusiastic learner, especially in our dinosaur topic, discussion work and reading. We are so proud of you Abigail!

Have a Great Half-Term Everyone!

 

Painting the background for our dinosaur dioramas.

Adding rivers

Making our own trees

Decorating our dioramas

Don't forget to add stickers!

Volcanoes are fun to make too!

Look at our amazing dioramas!

Our completed dioramas are fabulous!

Our completed dioramas look fantastic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th February 2024

Book Share

Lime Class children had such a lovely time at Book Share on Monday afternoon. It was great to see how proudly and confidently they shared their work with their parents. It was wonderful to see how excited the younger siblings were too. They are certainly looking forward to their own school days ahead!

Safer Internet Day

It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 6th February. Our day started Mrs Chapman’s collective worship on the theme of keeping ourselves safe on the internet. The children responded so well to Mrs Chapman’s questions, already showing good awareness of how to ask a trusted adult for help if something unexpected happens e.g. pop ups. As a follow up to Mrs Chapman’s talk, Lime Class children completed a writing activity on how to stay safe while using the internet.

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week, it has also been Children's Mental Health Week on the theme of 'My Voice Matters'. In Lime Class, the children have thought about their own voices and have played games involving recognising each other’s voice. They have found this quite easy! Together, we have thought about the importance of using our voices to help others with kind words, express our ideas, share our worries and stand up for what is right if we see something that is unfair. The children have drawn pictures of their trusted people in speech bubbles, using chalk on the playground. They have also created their own ‘My Voice Matters’ bookmarks. Well done Lime Class for showing such amazing listening, empathy and understanding!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Alfie Phillips for being such a cheerful, kind and hard working Lime Class pupil. You contribute such a lot to Lime Class Alfie!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Book Sharing is busy in Lime Class

Book Sharing Outdoors

Book Sharing with Mum and Dad

Drawing People We Trust 1

Drawing People We Trust 2

Look at my work Dad!

We know that Our Voices Matter

Working as a Team for Children's Mental Health Week

 

 

 

 

 

2nd February 2024

What Did Dinosaurs Eat?

This week, Lime Class children have been learning about the words Carnivore, Herbivore and Omnivore. They have been able to identify a range of different dinosaurs and sort them on a Venn Diagram according to what they ate. The children have learned that Herbivores had flat teeth to grind plants and leaves and that Carnivores had sharp teeth to chew meat.

Keeping Healthy

Linked to the learning about dinosaurs’ teeth, the children have thought about the importance of Looking After Our Teeth. They have described different ways of doing this i.e. visiting the dentist, eating less sugary foods, drinking milk and water and brushing teeth properly at least twice daily. The children have completed a sequencing activity for the different steps of brushing teeth. They have also thought about the importance of Healthy Eating and have sorted healthy and less healthy foods.

Music

The children are enjoying learning to sing a range of songs and to keep a steady beat using percussion in our Charanga music scheme. This half term, our unit of work is called Everyone! It explores family, friends, people and music from around the world. In addition to this, the children have been using percussion to accompany songs both online and with Mrs Price on guitar. It has been lovely to watch the children’s musical confidence and ability grow and develop.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Isla Rawlings for working so hard at school, especially in her reading. We are amazed by your reading progress Isla!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Keeping a steady beat with percussion instruments

Palaeotologists at work!

Sequencing the steps of brushing our teeth

Sorting herbivores, carnivores and omnivores

We know how to brush our teeth.

We love discovering dinosaur bones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26th January 2024

Fossils

Lime Class children have been enjoying several different fossil related activities this week. On Monday, they joined William Whiskerson on a fossil hunt along the Jurassic Coast. After watching this fascinating video clip, the children went on to complete observational drawings of ammonites. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been so impressed with the children’s attention to shape, line and detail. On Tuesday, the children watched an animation from the National History Museum on the formation of fossils which further developed the children’s understanding. During the week, they have mixed flour, salt and water to make and paint their own salt dough dinosaur fossils. The children have also tested their palaeontologist skills when trying to excavate dinosaurs from our collection of ice eggs! What a fun filled fossil week it has been!

Bikeability

Lime Class children are lucky to be receiving Bikeability lessons from Mrs Pinn and Mrs Tack. Small groups of children take turns to join Mrs Pinn and Mrs Tack for a sequence of lessons on balance bikes. So far, they have learned how to put on cycle helmets independently, mount their balance bikes safely and ride their bikes in straight lines. Thank you Mrs Pinn and Mrs Tack for giving the children such important skills!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Olivia Drury for working extra hard this week on her Art, Maths and Reading and producing excellent results. Well done Olivia!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

 Mixing flour, salt and water to make salt dough

Kneading the dough

Making a dinosaur impression

Having fun with dinosaur ice eggs

Headteacher Awards for our ammonite drawings!

Observational drawing of ammonites

Painting our salt dough dinosaur fossils

These dinosaurs are close to being excavated now!

We are learning to ride in straight lines

We can all mount our bikes safely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19th January 2023

Mary Anning

This week Lime Class children have been enjoying learning about Mary Anning and her amazing contribution to science. After watching the clip Mary Anning-Fossil Hunter, the children went on to draw Mary Anning and write their ideas in simple sentences. Later on in the week, the children have been able to put their dinosaur knowledge to the test by matching different skeletons to the relevant dinosaur.

RE/PSHE

In RE/PSHE, our unit of work this half term is called Where do we belong? For this, the children are thinking about how each person is unique and valuable. They are also thinking about groups to which they belong, how some people belong to religious groups and what this means. This week, the children have responded to the bible story of Jesus and the Children and thought about different things that make them special and unique.

 Wellbeing Wednesday

The children are enjoying our new Wellbeing Wednesday Monster theme. Every Wednesday, they will follow Eggmo as he meets all his "MONSTEROUS" new neighbours on Monster Lane. Each of Eggmo's new friends will pass on their wisdom and skills to help the children with their mental health and wellbeing. This week, Eggmo has met Woebo who has a tendency to worry. In Lime Class, the children shared their worries with a talk partner and thought about different strategies to overcome worries e.g. positive thinking and sharing worries with someone you trust. They have completed some lovely drawings of Woebo, before and after he has shared his worries.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Aston Kibler-Eke for putting lots of extra effort into her Phonics, Reading and Writing and making super progress as a result. Well done Aston!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

Mary Anning

This week Lime Class children have been enjoying learning about Mary Anning and her amazing contribution to science. After watching the clip Mary Anning-Fossil Hunter, the children went on to draw Mary Anning and write their ideas in simple sentences. Later on in the week, the children have been able to put their dinosaur knowledge to the test by matching different skeletons to the relevant dinosaur.

RE/PSHE

In RE/PSHE, our unit of work this half term is called Where do we belong? For this, the children are thinking about how each person is unique and valuable. They are also thinking about groups to which they belong, how some people belong to religious groups and what this means. This week, the children have responded to the bible story of Jesus and the Children and thought about different things that make them special and unique.

 Wellbeing Wednesday

The children are enjoying our new Wellbeing Wednesday Monster theme. Every Wednesday, they will follow Eggmo as he meets all his "MONSTEROUS" new neighbours on Monster Lane. Each of Eggmo's new friends will pass on their wisdom and skills to help the children with their mental health and wellbeing. This week, Eggmo has met Woebo who has a tendency to worry. In Lime Class, the children shared their worries with a talk partner and thought about different strategies to overcome worries e.g. positive thinking and sharing worries with someone you trust. They have completed some lovely drawings of Woebo, before and after he has shared his worries.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Aston Kibler-Eke for putting lots of extra effort into her Phonics, Reading and Writing and making super progress as a result. Well done Aston!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

A dinosaur story on Forest Forest

Come and join our Tea Party!

Look! I have found a dinosaur.

Sharing our worries on Wellbeing Wednesday

We are all special in different ways.

We are learning to share our worries like Woebo.

We are proud of our Mary Anning writing

Woebo uses positive thinking to overcome his worries.

 

 

 

 

12th January 2023

Dinosaurs

This week, Lime Class children have made a fabulous start to their Spring 1 topic of Dinosaurs. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been so impressed with the children’s knowledge of dinosaurs, even at the very start of this topic. On Monday, the children drew pictures and wrote captions about what they already knew about dinosaurs. On Tuesday, the children learned about different types of dinosaur and went on to complete a dinosaur writing activity, using their phonics and key words. On Thursday, the learning focus was on the king of the tyrant lizards i.e. Tyrannosaurus Rex. This dinosaur has really grabbed the children’s interest and imagination. The follow-on activity for this was to label this amazing dinosaur. It has been wonderful to see how well the children have been applying their phonics knowledge to a range of different writing activities this week.

Role Play Corner

Lime Class children have been loving the changes in our roleplay corner. We now have The Jurassic Café which is open to dinosaur customers and hosted by two able assistants in green uniform. Customers dress up as dinosaurs and order a main, dessert and drink off the menu. Menu choices include: T. Rex Burger 3p, Vintage Hot Dog 3p, Volcanic Cupcake 2p, Jurassic Surprise 2p and Swamp Soda 1p. It is great to observe the assistants write down food orders on their notepads. Customers are doing a fine job of counting out the right amount of pence for payment!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Elijah for being such a cheerful and positive member of Lime Class. Elijah shows lots of interest in his learning and takes pride in achieving a good result. Well done Elijah!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Block Play with Cars!

Happy Dinosaur Customers!

Head Teacher's Award for our dinosaur writing!

I can draw a dinosaur

Let me take your order please

Look at our dinosaur work!

Our Dinosaur Writing Display

The Jurassic Cafe is open

Time Travel by Car!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th December 2023

Christmas Crafts

 Lime Class children have been enjoying taking part in a range of Christmas crafts. They have made Santa Claus handprint Christmas cards, Nativity sun-catchers, Christmas tree cone decorations and Christmas scratch art pictures. They will take these home in brown paper bags at the end of the week.

                                                        Whole School Christmas Performance

Many thanks to all parents for working together to provide such fabulous Hawaiian costumes for our Lime Class pupils! Our school play this year is called ‘Christmas Around the World’ and reveals the true reason for Christmas as different countries are magically visited. We have been so proud with Lime Class for performing with such enthusiasm, joy and confidence. Well done Lime Class!

P.E. with Mr Passman

Mr Passman has been delighted with Lime Class pupils in P.E. this term. In Gymnastics, the children have been making a wide range of different body shapes. They have progressed on to making letter shapes and have managed to arrange themselves into a special message for you all: Merry Xmas [see photo]

Stars of the Week

This week we are excited to announce that we have two Stars of the Week: Clemmie Ferrari-Wills and Hope Neale! Both girls have been wowing us with their progress across the curriculum, especially in Reading, Writing and Maths. Their performance confidence in our Christmas Play has been equally impressive. Well done to both Clemmie and Hope!

Have a Great Christmas Everyone!

 

All ready for our Christmas Play

Look at our Nativity Sun-catchers!

Merry Xmas from Lime Class

Mindfulness with our Breathing Ball

Mr and Mrs Christmas on their sleigh with reindeer!!

We have made our own Christmas Tree decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

8th December 2023

Christmas Science  

This week, Lime Class children have enjoyed taking part in a range of Christmas Science experiments. They learned how to use pipettes when adding drops of vinegar with food colouring to a bicarbonate of soda Christmas tree. The children made careful observations, using their senses of smell, sight and hearing. Over the week, they have been watching candy canes slowly dissolve in a mix of bicarbonate of soda with vinegar. Another experiment has involved putting coloured ice cubes on top of oil. The children accelerated the melting process by adding warm water through pipettes. They were intrigued by the different shape effects as the oil and water refused to mix.

                                                                                          Christingles

On Thursday, the children first listened to the Story of Christingle and then discussed the meaning behind the Christingle. Later on in the morning, Mr Brooker came into school and helped the children make their own Christingles for our special service at All Saints’ Church.

Forest Fridays

Lime Class children love their Forest Fridays with Miss Austin and Miss Brooker. This is such a fantastic opportunity for the children to have a hands-on experience with nature. Last Friday, the children enjoyed combining natural and man-made materials to make their own Stickmen. This was also a great link with tying skills in DT as they used no glue or Sellotape.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Lottie Gregory for showing so much curiosity and interest in both Science and Art this week. Lottie is amazing at sorting and tidying up too. Well done Lottie!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 Listening carefully to science experiment instructions.

Learning how to use pipettes.

 

Watch what happens when we add vinegar with food colouring to bicarboante of soda.

Melting ice on top of oil with warm water and food colouring.

Hanging out with Mrs Chapman

Look at our Stickmen!

Making Christingles with Mr Brooker

Making Stickmen on Forest Friday

We are all proud of our Santa Christmas cards

 

1st December 2023

1st December

                                                                   Christmas in South Africa                                                                 

This week, Lime Class children have been lucky enough to have had yet another lovely parent visit. On Monday morning, Stacey Neale [Hope’s mum] came in to talk to the children about how Christmas is celebrated in South Africa. As it is so hot in South Africa at Christmas time, the priority is to cool down. Celebrations often happen around a swimming pool. Barbecues and tasty salads are popular Christmas day meals. Watermelons to finish off the meal are kept cool in the swimming pool as they take up too much room in the fridge. Father Christmas has been seen wearing shorts and taking a well-earned rest on the beach. Lime Class children clearly listened well to Stacey’s talk as they were able to tell Mrs Chapman all about it later in the day. Stacey very generously gave all the children a goodie bag with a taste of a few South African Christmas delights. Thank you Stacey for such a wonderful visit!

Baptisms/ Christenings

On Tuesday, the children learned about the importance of Baptisms/Christenings in Christianity. They learned about Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist in the animated Bible story ‘Baptism of Jesus’. The children also learned about important baptism symbols in a Christian church. They went on to draw and label some symbols e.g. font, cross, candle, oil.

Weddings

On Thursday, the celebration focus was on Weddings, starting off with the story Maisie goes to a Wedding by Lucy Cousins. The children enjoyed sharing their own experiences of weddings. We also looked at a power point showing how weddings are celebrated differently around the world. The children went on to draw and label pictures linked to weddings e.g. bride, groom, flowers, cake.

Widdershins Puppet Show

Huge thanks to F.O.S.S. for treating all Sutton Lower pupils to yet another amazing Widdershins Puppet Show on Wednesday morning. It was wonderful to observe the children’s animated faces as they were captured by Andy’s brilliant storytelling and puppeteering. Andy retold the traditional tales of ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and ‘The Gingerbread Man’ in his own unique style. Lime Class children behaved so well and clearly loved the show.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Margo Murray for having such a positive attitude towards her learning and for making such good progress as a result. Margo is also very helpful at tidy up times. Well done Margo!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Andy Lawrence is such an amazing stroy teller and puppeteer!

Father Christmas cools down at the beach

In South Africa, we spend Christmas day in the pool

Thank you Stacey for our lovely goodie bags!

 

We know where South Africa is.

We have been learning about baptisms.

 

 

 

24th November 2023

 

Diwali and Hanukkah                                                   

This week, Lime Class children have been learning about the importance of Light in the celebrations of both Diwali and Hanukkah. On Monday, the children took a look at the Hindu festival of Light, Diwali on My First Festivals, CBeebies. They  also took a look at a range of some beautiful Rangoli patterns and went on to make their own Rangoli pattern plates using brightly coloured stickers. Mrs Price and Miss Austin were impressed at the way the children applied their previous knowledge of repeating patterns for this activity. On Tuesday, the children learned about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah on My First Festivals, CBeebies. They created their own Menorahs [the Jewish nine-branched candelabra] using handprints-with very effective results.

Christmas in Portugal

Lime Class children have been so fortunate to have had another parent visit this week. Eunice de Freitas [Ellie’s Mum] came into to our class on Monday to teach the children how Christmas is celebrated in Portugal. There are lots of similarities but several differences too i.e. On Christmas Eve there is a special family meal called the ‘Consoada’; Children open their presents at midnight; Fish is served as well as turkey; There are lots of different dessert dishes too. Eunice has very kindly given all Lime Class children and staff members goodie bags with a sample of Christmas sweets and desserts. Thank you so much Eunice for your generosity and giving us insight into Portuguese Christmas traditions!

Advent Display

This week has certainly been full of arts and crafts. In preparation for our whole school Advent display, the children have decorated different coloured baubles with an array of sparkling jewels. Look out for these on our window at the front of the school at the beginning of December.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week Award goes to Ellie De Freitas Martins for working so hard and making fabulous progress this term. Ellie is such a cheerful member of Lime Class. Well done Ellie!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

 

Decorating baubles for our Advent display

All Ready for our Advent Display!

 

Eunice has shown us Portugal on a map. 

 Eunice has taught us about the special Chrstmas feast in Portugal.

Thank You Eunice for our Portuguese goodie bags!

Happy Hanukkah! 

 Making Rangoli Pattern plates

Look at our beautiful Rangoli Patterns!

 

 

 

 

17th November 2023

Anti-bullying Week and Courageous Advocacy

For Anti-bullying Week this year, all pupils at Sutton Lower have been learning about the term ‘Courageous Advocacy.’ Mrs Chapman introduced this concept first thing on Monday morning, during Collective Worship. She explained to the children that a ‘courageous advocate ’is a person who is brave enough to speak up for a cause that is important and meaningful to them. More information about Courageous Advocacy can be found on the Christian Aid website. In Lime Class, the children were all given a blank tree template. They filled the trunk with drawings of what makes them happy. In the roots of the tree, they wrote the names of people who are important to them. In the leaves of the tree, they drew pictures of themselves showing kindness e.g. I give flowers to my mum; I share toys with my brother; I give my friend a birthday present. Throughout the week, the children have continued to think about the importance of working as a team and making sure that no-one feels left out. In the story ‘Topsy and Tim Help a Friend by Jean and Gareth Adamson’, Topsy and Tim show courageous advocacy by telling the teacher about some bullying that has been happening to their friend Stevie. The teacher is then aware of the situation and able to sort the problem out. To finish off the week’s activities, the children have created a wonderful Lime Class picture with all the children showing each other friendship by holding hands. They have also created their own ‘I am unique because…’ statements to celebrate diversity within the class. We are all so proud of their work this week!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Frankie Needham for making progress great progress in phonics for both reading and writing. Frankie always puts great care into her work and produces excellent results. Well done Frankie!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Celebrating our differences

Fun with a team singing game

Look at our Love Trees!

Singing and keeping the beat as a team

We are all different and special in Lime Class.

We can go under the parachute.

Working as a team with the parachute

 

 

 

10th November 2023

Bonfire Night

This week, Lime Class children have been learning about several different celebrations and special times. On Monday, the children were excited to share their experiences of Bonfire Night. They listened carefully to the information shared on Bonfire Night, My First Festivals on Cbeebies and afterwards created some spectacular Firework Prints, using craft rolls cut into star shapes.

                                                                        Remembrance Day

On Tuesday, the children enjoyed finding out more about Remembrance Day by watching the Remembrance Day clip on My First Festivals, also on Cbeebies. They have also enjoyed developing their pencil control and colouring skills by completing poppy drawings. This week, the children have really enjoyed spending their money at our Royal British Legion Poppy Shop and choosing from a range of poppy merchandise. The slapbands are definitely a firm favourite!

Curriculum in the Church

On Wednesday morning, Lime Class enjoyed a lovely church visit with Mrs Kerridge. Mrs Kerridge focused on the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer. The children responded so well to her questions and made us all feel very proud. Thank you Mrs Kerridge for everything you do!

Celebration of Eid

On Thursday morning, we were all so grateful to Sehrish Mubeen [Azlaan’s mum] for her visit to Lime Class. Sehrish taught the chldren that Muslims follow the religion of Islam. Muslims celebrate two Eids during the year. Eid ul-Adna celebrates sacrifice and trust in Allah. Eid ul-Fitr celebrates thankfulness and being grateful to Allah. Sehrish shared some beautiful family photos with us in a power point to help us understand more about the Eid celebrations. At the end of the visit, Azlaan handed out goodie bags to all the children from Sehrish. This was a beautiful surprise for everyone. Sehrish also made traditional sweets for all Sutton School pupils, served up at lunchtime.Thank you so much Sehrish for your teaching about Islam and generosity too!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Olivia Drury for always putting so much care into her work, for excellent reading progress and for putting her hand up lots more in class! Well done Olivia!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

 Sehrish is teaching us all about the two Eids

Look at our goodie bags from Sehrish!

Thank you so much Sehrish for our special gifts!

Back at school after our church visit

Fireworks Printing

Look at our wonderful fireworks display!

Printing requires lots of concentration

The Lord's Prayer with Mrs Kerridge

 

 

 

 

3rd November

Celebrations

This week, Lime Class children have been getting into the spirit of our new topic of Celebrations. We have bee thinking about what it means to ‘celebrate’ and thinking about different special times during the year. The main focus this week has been on birthday celebrations. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed listening to the story How Many Days to My Birthday? by Gus Clarke and clearly understood the excitement of waiting for a birthday to come round. After the story, the children wrote birthday party invitations to one another and handed them out in class. They completed reply slips and handed those out too. This has been a great writing exercise for the children and a good reminder of their own birthday dates.  Mr Birthday by Roger Hargreaves has been another popular birthday story this week. The children have drawn some amazing Mr Birthday pictures for our bright and cheerful birthday display.[see photos]

                                                                          The Party Place

The children are loving our new role play corner which is called The Party Place. Customers dress up in party clothes and pay 5p for a Party Place ticket from the party organisers. The organisers can be recongised by their pink or green caps and T-shirts. Customers enjoy an hearty meal served up by the organisers.

OFSTED Computing Visit

Well done to all Lime Class pupils for being so well-behaved and focused during the OFSTED visit. The inspector, Marc White said that he was very impressed with the children’s understanding and use of technical vocabulary. Well done Lime Class!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Azlaan Ahmad for sharing excellent answers in discussions and for having such wonderful ideas in block play. Well done Azlaan!

 

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

1. Writing our invitations

2. Handing out our invitations

3. Our invitation replies

Decorating 'The Party Place'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18th October 2023

Location and Direction

In Maths this week, Lime Class children have been learning about location and direction with help from Jack Hartman’s Direction Song and the clip Location and Direction from Scratch Garden. The children have been busy building wooden block mazes and programming a robot mouse to manage its way around it. They have also been building Lego mazes for marbles. The online game Hungry Pirates has been a great way for the children to practice using the keyboard arrow keys on I-pads. The children are also enjoying developing early coding skills with our Code and Go Robot Mouse activity set. They can already program a simple route our robot mouse to get to his cheese!

Autumn Term 1

What a wonderful first half term we all have had! The children have bonded beautifully as a class. It is heart warming to see so many different friendships start to flourish! The children have embraced their learning with so much positivity and enthusiasm too. In PE, Mr Passman has been thrilled with their progress-especially in Marching and Active Maths. Miss Austin and Miss Brooker have especially enjoyed their Forest Fridays with the children. It has been lovely to round off this half term hearing so many positive comments during the parent/teacher consultations. Thank you!

We all wish you a Lovely Half Term Break and look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 31st October.

Forest Friday storytime with Miss Austin

 

Look at our Marvelllous Marching!

Mr Passman and his fabulous marching band

Programming Robot Mouse around the maze

Robot mouse loves our maze.

Some of us have Messy Hands!

We can make a Lego maze

 

 

 

13th October 2023

Phonics Information for Parents Session

Many thanks to all parents who attended our Phonics Information Session on Monday afternoon. An Introduction to Twinkl Phonics leaflet has been given out to parents, alongside a poster with Level 2 and 3 actions for sounds and mnemonics for letter formations. At the meeting, I mentioned a useful video clip to help with the recommended pronunciation of sounds with Twinkl Phonics actions. The clip is titled Twinkl Phonics Level 2 Sounds and Actions. Our Lime Class children are responding so well to Twinkl Phonics and making wonderful progress.

Bikes, Trikes and Scooters

Lime Class have had an exciting time this week on our school collection of Bikes, Trikes and Scooters. As a school, we have been lucky to receive six brand new balance bikes from Bikeability. Balance bikes help the children to develop cycle handling and awareness skills, which is excellent preparation for future cycling training.

                                                                                  Maths

Lime Class children are becoming real experts on repeating patterns. This week, they have been consolidating their knowledge by creating their own repeating patterns with natural objects in our forest area. They have also been identifying 2D shapes, continuing 2D shape repeating patterns and creating their own 2D shape patterns too. Towards the end of the week, the children have been following body movement repeating patterns and also creating their own body movement patterns.

‘Patterning engages children in practical, fun and sociable activities. Research shows it is a strong predictor for children’s later mathematical achievement. This is not surprising as pattern is fundamental to mathematics at any level.’      The Power or Pattern, Patterning in the Early Years

Class Christmas Cards

Lime Class pupils have all brought home their Christmas card designs today, in their book bags. They have all made lovely Rudolph the Reindeer designs. Please complete your Order Form and return to school by 20th October. Thank You!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Isla Rawlings for being such a friendly, kind and helpful Lime Class pupil. Isla listens so carefully in class and always tries her best. Well done Isla!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Starting off around the track

 

Coming into the the finish line

 

We love our bikes, trikes and scooters.

 

Don't forget to order your Christmas Cards

 

Learning to form 'e' with Twinkl Phonics

 

Look at our stick, green leaf, dried leaf repeating pattern

 

Our repeating pattern is bark, leaf, stick, bark, leaf, stick

 

We have made a stick, acorn, leaf, bark repeating pattern

 

We have made a stick, leaf, stick, leaf repeating pattern

 

 

 

5th October 2023

 

Morning Yoga

Lime Class children really enjoy their daily Yoga sessions with Jaime from Cosmic Kids Yoga. Jaime leads the children in a range of interactive Yoga adventures which build strength, balance and confidence. This is such a wonderful way to start the day in Lime Class. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been so impressed with how closely the children follow Jaime’s yoga moves and poses. These sessions bring a range of both physical and mental benefits. Children feel relaxed, calm and ready for their busy school day ahead.

Curriculum in the Church

This Wednesday morning, Lime Class children enjoyed an interesting Curriculum in Church session with Rev Alex. They listened carefully as Rev Alex shared the story of St Francis of Assisi being extra kind towards poor people, nature and animals. The children went on to draw pictures of their favourite animals. They brought their drawings down to the altar, where Rev Alex blessed them. Lime Class are getting used to the walk to the church now. Their behaviour has been exemplary!

                                                    National Poetry Day Thursday 5th October

On Thursday, we celebrated National Poetry Day. This year, the theme has been on refuge. Lime Class children first listened to The Grass House by Shirley Hughes. They imagined what it would be like in The Grass House and the other plants and creatures that they might see. Together as a class, we went into The Whispering Willows in our school playground. We used our senses to describe how it felt to be in this special place together and wrote our own class poem. The children drew pictures to illustrate their ideas. We are so proud of our poem, titled ‘Our Den’-see photos

Technology Around Us

This week, Lime Class have been identifying different forms of technology that are used all around us. They have been able to name a wide range of examples of technology used on a daily basis. The children identofied and sorted a range of digital and non-digital objects and sorted them onto a table.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Ella Pancutt for being such a positive, friendly and enthusiastic member of Lime Class. Ella produces beautiful drawings too! Well done Ella!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Rev Alex shares the story of  Saint Francis of Assisi

Lime Class draw pictures of animals for Rev. Alex 

 Rev Alex is impressed with all our animal drawings

Lime Class poets in the Whispering Willows 

Look how well the children follow Jaime!

 Yoga stretches with Jaime

Our class poem titled 'Our Den' 

We can hear birds speaking

We can identify digital and non-digital objects

 

 

 

 

 

 

29th September 2023

Book Share

Our Book Share on Monday afternoon was such a wonderful way to start the week. It was lovely observing the children so proudly showing parents their books. They showed great excitement and animation when showing their parents around the different areas of Lime Class too. After only a few weeks at school, our new Lime Class children certainly feel settled, happy and at ease.

 

Lime Class children have been enjoying TastEd lessons on a Wednesday morning. In a typical TastEd lesson, the children explore a range of fresh fruit and vegetables, using their five senses. They talk about what they see, smell, touch, hear and taste and say whether they enjoy it or not. There are two golden rules in TastEd 1. No-one has to try 2. No-one has to like. So far in TastEd, the children have used their sense of sight, smell, touch and taste to explore a range of Tomatoes. This week, they played at being ‘Touch Detectives’ by describing different vegetables hidden in socks. The taste experience of sultanas and dried apricots proved to be very popular.

Repeating Patterns

In Maths this week, the children have been learning about repeating patterns. They have especially enjoyed The Pattern Practice song from Scratch Garden. It has been amazing to see such clear progress in their learning in just one week. The children have enjoyed making repeating patterns using Multilink, 2D shapes, threading with coloured beads, animal models and stickers.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Freddie Andrews for putting in so much effort into his drawings and his letter formations. Well done Freddie!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 Book Sharing indoors

 

Book Sharing outdoors 

Repeating patterns with Multilink       

Repeating patterns with farm animals


TastEd Starter

 

TastEd Touch Detectives 

TastEd with Tomatoes

 We are drawing pigs and tigers.

We are drawing an elephant, a giraffe and a cat.

 

 

 

21st September 2023

Jellyfish

In RE this half term, our unit of work in Lime Class is titled God/ Creation and poses the question ‘Why is God important to Christians.’ The children have been responding to God’s Very Colourful Creation by Tim Thornborough and have created some wonderful drawings of fish, birds and land animals. They have also been responding to the question ‘Why did God make jellyfish?’ The children have been learning a wonderful jellyfish action song and have made paper plate jellyfish for our RE class display.

P.E.

Lime Class children are clearly enjoying their PE sessions with Mr Passman. On Wednesday afternoons, Mr Passman has been teaching the children to practise and perform a marching technique. They have practised this as individuals and have also managed to march in unison as a whole class. On Friday mornings, Mr Passman has been very impressed with the children’s counting skills in Active Maths. They have been applying their knowledge of numbers up to 10 in a range of activities linked to mats and hoops.

Forest Friday

The children have also been enjoying their afternoon Forest Friday sessions with Miss Austin and Miss Brooker. The afternoon often starts with a story session in the forest area and follows on with a range of practical activities linked to natural objects. Lime Class children are now familiar with our forest area rules. They have freely explored the forest area, our whispering willows and our sensory garden.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Alfie Phillips for being such an enthusiastic learner, especially in phonics and for being a role model for sharing when learning through play. Well done Alfie!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

 Forest Friday Fun

Making jellyfish

Our jellyfish display

PE with Mr Passman

Sharing smiles in the sensory garden

We can march with Mr Passman

 

 

 

 

15th September 2023

 

The Egg Hatches

Lime Class children had an exciting start to the week when they saw a huge crack in our mysterious egg. We got into a circle and passed the egg around. The children were intrigued when they spotted some fur appearing through the crack. Gradually, the crack widened and then POP! A baby owl hatched onto the carpet. The children passed the owl round the circle and gave him a hug. After watching Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, they decided to call our new class friend ‘Bill’.

Owls

As a follow up to the grand hatching, the children have enjoyed learning some interesting facts in the video clip Owl Facts for Kids. Mrs Price and Miss Austin were very impressed with how well the children remembered the owl information. They went on to learn to draw and colour in owls and complete an Owl Babies cutting and sticking activity.

Phonics

The children have been enjoying their first week of the DfE validated scheme of Twinkl Phonics. In this scheme, they follow the adventures of Kit and Sam and learn a new letter sound at the same time. This week, they have focused on sounds for the letters s, a and t. The children have learned actions for these letter sounds and mnemonic phrases to help them with letter formations e.g. ‘round and round the snake’s body’ when they form ‘s’. Make sure you ask your child about these actions and phrases. We are sure they will be proud to tell you all about their new learning in phonics!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Abigail McBride for giving such good answers in class discussions and for making such a super start in phonics. Well done, Abigail!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

I can see some fur inside the egg

Look at the baby owl!

Our baby owl is called Bill.

Owl Babies cutting and sticking

Sorting and Matching for Goldiloks and the Three Bears

We are learning to draw owls.

 We are learning to form 's' in phonics.

 

 

8th September 2023

Welcome to the New Lime Class

We give a huge Welcome to our new Lime Class of 2023-24 and say a big ‘Well Done’ for having such a great first week at school! As every day has passed this week, the children have become more and more settled and comfortable in their new learning environment. Mrs Price and Miss Austin are loving their enthusiasm and kindness towards one another.

Animal Topic Our topic this half term is on Animals. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed listening to the story ‘I want a pet’ by Lauren Child. In this story, a little girl called Jane can’t make up her mind which pet she wants to buy from the pet shop. In the end, the pet shop lady persuades Jane to buy an egg. In this way, her pet will be a total surprise. On Tuesday, the children were amazed to find a mysterious looking egg in their classroom with a letter beside it. Mrs Price opened the letter and read it to the children. The little girl Jane has had to go on holiday and has asked Lime Class to look after it for her. Immediately, the children wanted to find a blanket to keep the egg warm. They have had lots of ideas about what animal may hatch out of it e.g. could it be a bird, snake, dragon, dinosaur or penguin? They keep having a peek to see if there are any cracks in the egg… Watch this space!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week award goes to Aston Kibler-Eke for being such a polite, positive and curious learner. Well done Aston for having such a great first week at school!

Reminders

Please make sure that your child brings in a sun hat every day during sunny weather spells. Suncream should be applied at home before coming to school. Please remember to hear your child read as often as possible and write your comments in the reading diary. Many thanks for naming clothing items and water bottles so clearly! We really appreciate your support in this.

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

We love our babies

We are wondering what is growing inside the egg...

Making patterns with pegboards

Look at Our Lime Class Tree!

Happy Learning through Play

Fun with stencils

Building a home for our animals

 

 

 

 

21st July 2023

Whole School Art Project

On Monday and Tuesday morning, Lime Class children joined the rest of the school to continue their chosen scenes linked to the fabulous story You Choose by Pippa Goodhart. The children added their chosen homes, pets, clothes, foods and even beds to their chosen background out of: city, beach, desert, moon, forest, jungle, mountains and even volcano! It has been wonderful to observe the children sharing their imaginative ideas with each other in mixed aged groups. We have all been excited to see the stunning finished result too, displayed around our gazebo.

Rock Steady Concert

Lime Class children really enjoyed attending our Rock Steady concert on Tuesday afternoon. The performers did such an amazing job both on the instruments and the vocals. Lime Class children have Rock Steady flyers in their book bags. I am sure that we have several budding musicians in our class who would love to take part in this next year. Make sure you apply on their behalf!

Huge Thank You!

On Behalf of Miss Austin, Miss Brooker, Mr Passman, Mrs Chapman and myself[Mrs Price], I would like to say a huge thank you to all Lime Class parents for their incredibly generous gifts. We have loved working with you and our fabulous Lime Class pupils this year. The children have all made amazing progress since they started school in September and we are so proud of each and every one of them. We will certainly miss them as they move up to Year 1 and wish them all the very best for the future.

Have a Fantastic Summer Holiday Everyone!

 

 

 

 

14th July 2023

Bollywood Dance Workshop

Lime Class children have had an amazing Bollywood Dance experience this week thanks to Chloe from Bollywood Vibes. The children attended a fun-filled Bollywood dance workshop at the village hall on Wednesday morning. To start with, Chloe gave the children a brief introduction to the history of Indian dance. As a warm up, Chloe taught them some Bollywood hand moves and incorporated these into whole body movements. The children then played musical statues and experimented with a range of different Bollywood poses every time the music stopped. For the main activity, the children wore scarves and learned a sequence of moves using step by step instructions. Chloe then taught them how to put the moves together to music to perform a fabulous Bollywood dance. As observers, Mrs Price, Miss Austin and Miss Brooker were so impressed with all the children for effort, skill and behaviour too. Well done Lime Class! Thank you Mrs Chapman and Mrs Pinn for organising this wonderful end of year treat!

Whole School Art Project

On Thursday morning, the children have enjoyed working in mixed aged groups on a whole school art project. So far, we have prepared background scenes for the children’s choices of where they would like to live if they could choose: following the wonderful story You Choose by Pippa Goodhart. We have painted backgrounds for : the beach, the city, the moon, the desert, volcanoes, the forest and the jungle. Next week the children will add themselves to the relevant background wearing their favourite clothes, outside a home of their choice, with food of their choice and an ideal pet too. This art project will go on display around the gazebo by the middle of next week.

School Reading Books

Please note that we will take in all school reading books and current reading diaries on Monday. The children will bring home completed work books from school on Monday too.

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Zhanna Joseph for being such a kind, conscientious and helpful member of Lime Class throughout the whole year. Well done Zhanna!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

 

Chloe explains what Bollywood dancing is.

Chloe is impressed with Lime Class.

 

Look how well we follow Chloe!

The children learn a Bollywood pose.

 

We are ready to perform our dance now.

We put our arms to the left.

 

Getting the desert background ready

 

Busy making exotic flowers for the jungle scene

The moon background is looking great already.

 

6th July 2023

Wheels and Axles

This week Lime Class children have been immersed in making their vehicle models. This project has provided super learning opportunities for both Science and Design Technology. In preparation for their vehicle model making, the children first watched Let’s Get Rolling with SciShow Kids. In this video clip, Jessi and Squeaks found a ton of rocks for their rock collection... but they were too heavy to get back to the fort. The children joined them as they figured out the perfect simple machine to help them out: the wheel and axle! As a class, we have thought of many different examples of how wheels and axles are used in every day life.

Vehicle Models

The children have certainly enjoyed all the different stages of making their vehicle models. It is amazing to observe the calming effect painting has on all children! The boxes were all painted on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the children attached their wheels and axles, using cardboard discs, wooden dowelling and twist ties as washers. They also decorated their vehicles with windows and headlights. On Thursday, the children added some finishing touches and finally got to test their models in the playground and consider some evaluation questions: Did their vehicle roll well? What made their vehicle roll well? Could their model be improved in any way? It was great to see the excitement and pride on the children’s faces as they put their models into action!

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Sofia Rahman for being such a positive, enthusiastic member of Lime Class. Sofia’s confidence has grown incredibly! Well done Sofia!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Attaching axles to our vehicles


Axles can be tricky to get in line

Busy and happy with paint

Drawing people for the windows

We like blue for our vehicle models

Our vehicles roll well

Our vehicles roll well

We love testing our vehicles

Look at our vehicle models

 

 

 

30th June 2023

Water Transport

This week Lime Class children have had a lot of fun learning about Water Transport. On Monday, they enjoyed identifying different boats in the video clip  Boats Float and talking about a range of boat purposes e.g. fishing boat, car ferry, cruise ship. The children went on to draw and label their own examples of water transport. Their drawings were so impressive! On Tuesday, the children responded to the wonderful story ‘Who sank the boat,’ by Pamela Allen. This was a great introduction to the importance of balance in a rowing boat. The children found it hard to believe that the tiny mouse was responsible for sinking the boat. Once again, the children produced some lovely writing with illustrations.

Floating and Sinking

In Science, the children considered the question, ‘What makes something float or sink?’ They went on to carry out two different floating and sinking investigations. Indoors, they first predicted whether the following objects would float or sink: rubber band, pencil, wax crayon, cotton wool, wooden stick. They then tested the objects and recorded their answers on a table. Outdoors, the children were given the challenge of making a boat out of tin foil and seeing how many 2p coins their boat could hold. It was wonderful to see both the children’s determination to improve their boats and delight with their successes during this investigation.

Learning Through Play

Lime Class children really enjoy our structured activities. Equally[or even more so], they enjoy choosing their own activities and Learning Through Play. It is fascinating to observe the children as they apply their knowledge, interests, curiosity and imagination to a wide range of play activities e.g. making imaginary food dishes in the sand pit, drawing aeroplanes on the whiteboard, drawing rainbows on the outdoor easel, investigating forces with Marble Run and building as a team during Block Play, to name but a few-see photos below.

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Mikey Watson Skinner for producing excellent work for Writing, Maths and Science this week. We love how much you love learning Mikey!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Building Teamwork

Exploring through Marble Run

I can draw a rainbow

Imaginary Sand Play

Our aeroplane expert!

Our floating and sinking investigation is fun.

We can make foil boats to hold coins.

Will it sink or float

 Recording floating and sinking results

 

23rd June 2023

Air Transport

This week Lime Class children have been learning about Air Transport. At the beginning of the week, they enjoyed finding out about How Aeroplanes Fly with Squeaks and Jessi. The children went on to draw an aeroplane using step by step instructions and to label the different parts. We have been amazed at the results! On Tuesday, our learning was focused on what happens at an airport and holiday flights. Later on in the week, the children have been excited to learn How Rockets Fly with Squeaks and Jessi. They have enjoyed labelling their own rockets and colouring them in.

Book Share

We had such a wonderful Book Share on Monday afternoon. It was so rewarding to see how proudly the children spoke to their parents about all the work they have done since the last Book Share in February. The weather was perfect for us so we were able to use both our outdoor and indoor classroom areas. It was equally lovely to see the smiles on the parents’ faces. This year’s Lime Class children certainly love their learning!

P.E. with Mr Passman

In Active Maths this term, Lime Class children have been problem solving with hoops and balls and applying their counting skills up to 10. They have enjoyed completing number hunts on the field, taking distance into account. Mr Passman will further develop their maths skills by incorporating reverse counting into a range of activities. In Athletics this term, the children have learned the discus technique when throwing frisbees and the javelin technique when throwing howlers. Last week, they really impressed Mr Passman with their high jumps. This week, the children have been learning about good running technique and have been developing their running skills. Mr Passman is looking forward to teaching the children how to take part in relay races in the oncoming weeks. Huge thanks goes to Mr Passman for delivering such fantastic P.E. lessons!

Shoebox/Cereal Box Plea

Please can your child bring in a shoebox or cereal box for D.T. next week, as the children are going to be making vehicle models with wheels and axles. Thank you so much!

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Hazel Keen for always completing her work so independently and at such a high standard too. Well done Hazel!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Book sharing indoors

Book sharing makes us feel proud

Freddie is flying over his hurdle

Jago's jumping is amazing

Sofia easily clears the hurdle

We can draw and label an aeroplane

We so love this aeroplane drawing with labels!

 

 

 

16th June 2023

Land Transport

This week Lime Class children have been enjoying a range of fictional stories about Land Transport. On Monday they listened carefully to the delightful story Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke They drew pictures of their favourite part of the story and thought about the question “ Why is the bus naughty?” The children wrote simple sentences about the naughty bus e.g. ‘The bus went in the baked beans.’ On Tuesday, the children enjoyed the old favourite story Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car by John Burningham. It was lovely to see how transfixed the children were as they watched the video clip of this story. Would the animals manage to push the car out of the mud? Yet again, the children produced some lovely sentences with the help of a word mat e.g. ‘Mr Gumpy’s motor car got stuck in the mud.’  Our third writing stimuli for the week has been another fabulous story by John Burningham: Oi Get Off Our Train.’ This story has led to a wonderful discussion about endangered animals. Lime Class children are so knowledgeable!

Church Visit

On Wednesday morning, the children enjoyed another church visit with Mrs Kerridge. Mrs Kerridge taught the children about the power of prayer and how it is possible to pray in many different ways, for many different things and in many different places. Lime Class children shared their ideas clearly and confidently. Mrs Kerridge was very impressed with their answers. My favourite answer was: ‘I pray when I am on my trampoline!’

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Freddie Compton for completing fantastic writing this week on the Naughty Bus, Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car and Oi, Get Off our Train. We are so proud of you Freddie!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Look at our Mr Gumpy writing

Our transport story writing

 Playtime in the Shade

Thank you Mrs Kerrdige for teaching us about prayer

The girls are proud of their Mr Gumpy writing

Writing on our Sutton Bus

 

 

9th June 2023

Transport

This week Lime Class children have been excited to start their new topic of Transport. As an introduction to the topic, the children watched the video clip Modes of Transport and learned that transport can be sorted into three groups: Air, Land and Water transport. The children cut out a range of transport pictures and sorted them into these three groups. They also drew their own air, land and water backgrounds with the relevant modes of transport which they labelled using their phonics knowledge. We have been so impressed with their work!

Bus Station Role-Play

Lime Class now has a bus station with a bus! Our roleplay area is not quite complete yet and there will be more photos to follow when it is. However, this does not stop the children hopping on board for a mystery tour. It has been lovely to see how the bus has already grabbed the children’s imagination.

Planting Sunflowers

The children enjoyed planting out their sunflowers on Tuesday afternoon. They took great care digging holes for their plants, pushing in sticks to hold them up and watering their plants afterwards. Filling the watering can from our new water butts was an additional treat. Huge thanks to Mrs Hollyman for all the help she has given us with our gardening this term! Mrs Hollyman has green fingers for sure!

Adding Doubles

In Maths, the children love singing the ‘Doubles, Doubles, I can add Doubles’ rap and this has certainly helped them to learn doubles up to at least 10. You may have heard them singing this at home already! This week they have practised writing number sentences for doubles on whiteboards, using multilink cubes as a visual aid.

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Zaccaria Brinkmeier for always putting so much care into his work and for making super reading progress too. Zaccaria also has a lovely sense of humour which we all appreciate. Well done Zaccaria!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

 

Air, Land and Water Transport by Jago

Air, Land and Water Transport cutting and sorting

Air, Land and Water Transport poster drawing

Doubles, doubles, I can add doubles

It's no trouble for me to add doubles!

Sunflower Planting Out

Sunflower Watering

Using our new water butts

We love our class bus!

 

 

 

 

26th May 2023

Real Superheroes

This week Lime Class children have been thinking about the Real Superheroes in life i.e. People Who Help Us. After listening to the story Real Life Superheroes, the children discussed how people help us in the jobs that they do. They then went on to talk about the jobs they want to do when they grow so that they can also be a Real Life Superhero. We had such a range of jobs: police officer, teacher, postman, mechanic, train driver, fireman, gymnastics teacher, vet, detective, protector and even a V.I. P. The children did some lovely drawing and completed the sentence ‘I want to be a …’

Well-being Wednesday

Yoga Ninja has been our Mental Health Hero for Well-being Wednesday this week. Yoga Ninja’s superpower is doing yoga to calm her mind and body. Lime Class children are already experts at yoga as they do this every day as soon as they come into school. On Well-being Wednesday, they talked about yoga being an exercise both for the mind as well as for the body. They learnt three powerful yoga poses: The Meerkat, The Octopus and The Elephant. They practised breathing and holding the yoga poses to focus their body and calm their mind. The children went on to draw themselves doing their favourite powerful yoga pose. They have done some wonderful drawings.

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Edward Partridge Williams for excellent, independent maths work and good progress in his reading too. Well done Edward!

Have a Wonderful May Half-Term Everyone!

 

 

I can draw the Elephant pose

I can draw the Meerkat pose

I can draw the Octopus pose

I want to be a police officer

I want to be a postman

I want to be a vet

The Elephant pose

The Meerkat pose

The Octopus pose 

 

 

19th May 2023

Our Five Senses

This week Lime Class children have been learning about Our Five Senses with Dr Binocs. On Monday, they went on a Five Senses Field Walk around the school grounds. They found lots of examples for the senses of Sight, Touch, Hearing and Smelling, especially in our sensory garden. The children had their own clipboards for the walk and drew examples which they labelled using their phonic knowledge. On Tuesday, the children recapped on their learning about the Five Senses with Aliki and then went on to complete some excellent sentence writing e.g. I can see…. I can hear…. On Thursday morning, the children have had fun exploring the sense of Touch. After watching a BBC Teach clip about Touch with Dr Brain, the children went to find, describe and sort materials both inside and outside the classroom. They sorted a range of objects into labelled hoops for Smooth, Rough, Hard, Soft, Sticky and Spongy. The children also used their sense of touch to identify 2D shapes and soft toys in feely bag games.

National Numeracy Day

National Numeracy Day took place this week on Wednesday 17th May. Lime Class children enjoyed using maths to count out different moves and steps for a dance with Strictly star and National Numeracy ambassador Katya Jones. Katya broke a very fast, complicated dance into slow, small and easy steps. The children practised these at Level 1, 2, 3 and 4. Finally they could do the dance at Level 5! Katya’s message to the children is that if they are struggling with a maths problem, they can break it into small steps. In this way, they can overcome problems and achieve great things.

Cricket with Mr Passman

Lime Class children have been thoroughly enjoying their cricket lessons with Mr Passman. They have been developing their skills in batting, bowling, fielding, catching and running. Thank you so much Mr Passman for your wonderful PE lessons!

Dr Bubble

Dr Bubble has been our Mental Health Hero for Well-being Wednesday this week. Dr Bubble loves to blow away his worries by blowing bubbles. The children have used their bubble wands to blow away their own worries and think happy thoughts. There is something so magical about blowing bubbles!

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Tate Needham for wonderful, independent writing about Our Five Senses this week. Tate has also made excellent progress with his reading. Well done Tate!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Level 4 dancing with Katya Jones.

Level 5 with Katya is super speedy.

 

Loving cricket with Mr Passman

Sorting materials indoors

Sorting materials outdoors

Super Senses Sentences!

We use our sense of sight to see things growing.

We use our senses of sight, touch, smelling and hearing in our sensory garden.

 

 

 

12th May 2023

Keeping Safe

This week Lime Class children have been thinking about themselves as Superheroes and the importance of Keeping Safe. We started our learning this week with Super Cat who has taught the children all about Road Safety. The children have learnt a Road Safety Rap: First you Stop and Look from side to side. Then you Listen and Think, that’s the Super Cat guide. The children have completed some lovely drawings of Super Cat and have remembered the rap so well. They have also been learning about Stranger Danger and Safer Strangers. The children have enjoyed identifying and describing people who help us in different situations e.g. Dentists, Doctors, Police Officers, Paramedics… They have matched pictures of People Who Help Us to different scenarios. Further on our Keeping Safe theme, the children have been learning about the importance of talking to a trusted adult if they are worried about anything. After listening to the  story ‘Do you have a secret?’ by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos, the children shared their ideas about when it is good to keep a secret and when it is important to share a secret with a trusted adult. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been so impressed with their responses. The children have also been reminded that everyone is unique and that it is important to be proud of our differences. They have completed ‘All About Me’ posters and shared these with a talk partner.

Seedlings

Lime Class children have been excited to see some seedlings pop up in our mini greenhouse- in spite of a few casualties linked to some greedy snails! We now have some promising sweet pea and sunflower seedlings. We will continue to look after them carefully and fingers crossed for our whole school sunflower competition. Let’s hope that one of  the sunflowers from Lime Class can be a winner!

Star of the Week

This week our Star of the Week goes to Arthur Cook for excellent Maths and PSHE work this week. Well done Arthur-we are so proud of you!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

How lovely to grow up to be a mermaid!

Look at our seedlings

The lollipop lady helps me cross the road

We all love this Super cat drawing

We are proud of our Super Cat Road Safety work

 

 

 

 

5th May 2023 

The King’s Coronation

Music

This week Lime Class children have been practising hard for their performance at our King’s Coronation picnic on Friday 5th May. They have enjoyed choosing different musical instruments for the various sound effects in our ‘Come with me to the beach’ song. It has been lovely to watch the children’s confidence grow in their singing, actions and sense of rhythm as they take turns to create the different sound effects heard at the beach.

Art and Crafts

The children have been enjoying a range of activities linked to the King’s Coronation this week, including writing, decorating crowns and assembling Union Jack pinwheels. Lime Classroom has certainly been a busy area this week with lots of excitement too.

Church Visit

On Wednesday morning, the children enjoyed an outdoor Church curriculum session with Rev. Alex and Mrs Kerridge. The lesson was led by Rev. Alex and focused on the power of doing lots of little things to make the world a better place. For every ‘good action’ suggestion, a wooden block was added to Rev. Alex’ tower. Lime Class children gave so many examples of how to make the world a better place, that the tower soon became big and strong. Many thanks to Rev Alex for such a wonderful lesson on the Kingdom of God!

Have a Happy Coronation Weekend Everyone!

 

Crown decorating is a lot of fun.

Pinwheel pleasure!

Look at our sunflowers

Painting sunflowers requires concentration

Rev Alex is so impressed with the children's answers.

We love sticking on jewels, shapes and feathers

We love wearing our crowns

 

 

27th April 2023

Superhero Writing

This week Lime Class children have really impressed Mrs Price and Miss Austin with their Superhero writing. They wrote descriptions of Supertato’s super powers in the story Bubbly Troubly by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. It was lovely to see so much enjoyment on the children’s faces as they listened to this delightful story. Their Supertato drawings were amazing too! Super Daisy: And the peril of Planet Pea by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt has been another really popular writing stimulus this week. The children have done such a good job of describing Super Daisy, who is as faster than an astro rocket, fiercer than a cosmic tiger, stronger than a lunar elephant and smarter than a space alien from Planet Brainbox! We have now a fantastic Superhero writing display. The children are proud to identify their work.

Maths

Over the past two weeks, Lime Class children have been learning to build and identify numbers to 20 using a range of resources, such as tens frames and counters, Numicon shapes and cubes. They have been matching pictorial representations of 11-20 to their corresponding numeral. The children have learnt that these numbers are made up of 1 full ten and some more ones. They have also been identifying missing numbers from 10 to 20, ordering these number too, counting on in ones to 20 and back to 0.

Sunflower Paintings

Lime Class children are waiting patiently for their sunflower seeds to grow but there has been no sign of anything happening as yet. Meanwhile, the children have been learning to paint their own sunflowers, First they watched a Step by Step Acrylic Painting video. After this, they have painted their own sunflower onto wooden discs, using acrylic paints. The sunflower discs look wonderful and are now on display around Lime Class grow bed.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Max Mendelssohn for excellent sentence writing-using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops; Excellent reading progress too! Well done Max!

Have a Happy Weekend Everyone!

 

Finding missing teens numbers

Making teen numbers with Numicon

Ordering teen numbers

Superhero Writing

We can make teens numbers in different ways.


 

 

 

 

 

 

21st April 2023

Our New Classroom

We have been so excited to welcome the children back for the Summer Term with our new topic of Superheroes and a  new classroom too! Mrs Price was busy in the holidays getting the classroom set up. It has been lovely to see and hear the children’s responses to their fresh learning environment.

Superheroes

Our role play corner is now a Superhero Rescue Centre. The children have been enjoying dressing up either as customers in need of rescue or superheroes. We have nine different superheroes whose services cost anything between 3p and 10p. Customers choose a superhero and explain their need for rescue to staff members. They pay accordingly and with a POW, the superhero appears to save the day. We have already had some imaginative scenarios e.g. A fireman customer requests the help of  Superman to climb to the top of a high building to put a fire out. The children have also been enjoying responding to the fabulous Supertato stories by Sue Hendra and have completed excellent writing on this too. They have also been completing superhero identity forms. We love reading their ideas.

Gardening

It was the turn of Lime Class to do Gardening Club this week with Mrs Hollyman. This is always a very popular activity. On top of Gardening Club, the children have been doing their own Lime Class gardening. On Tuesday afternoon, the children planted potatoes and carrot seeds in our Lime Class grow bed. They also planted sunflower seeds and sweet pea seeds in individual pots. Mrs Hollyman has kindly arranged for us a mini greenhouse so our seeds have a safe place to germinate. Our school is going to have a sunflower growing competition. Let’s hope that Lime Class can have some winners! Thank you so much Mrs Hollyman for all your care and hard work!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Kacy Dance for sharing her ideas so confidently and for showing such kindness to her peers. Well done Kacy for making such good progress!

Have a Happy Weekend Everyone!

 

Our new classroom is ready and waiting

Lime Class is happy now!

Our seeds are now ready and set to grow

Our seeds will be safe in our mini greenhouse

Planting sunflower seeds

Superheroes to the rescue!

The fireman needs Superman's help to put out the fire

We are at your service

 

 

 

 

31st March 2023

Easter Crafts

Lime Class children have been busy on Easter crafts this week. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been really impressed with the way the children have tackled the weaving challenge for their home made Easter cards. They all needed  a little support to start with but they soon got the hang of it. Some children didn’t want to stop! We hope you too are impressed with their cards. The children also had great fun making Easter crowns this week and choosing stickers to decorate them. It was lovely to see these crowns being worn with such pride both in the classroom and at home time. There has been great excitement linked to the Mr Grassheads after their hair sprouted over the weekend. There was definitely a feeling of awe and wonder in Lime Class when the children first caught a glimpse of the green grass hair. We hope that the children continue to water their Grassheads over the holidays. It would be amazing if you could take a photo of the wild hair progress over Easter and email it to: l.price@suttonlower.co.uk

Active Maths and Football

Mr Passman is delighted with the children’s interest, application and progress in Active Maths linked to Football. Over the year, Mr Passman has been teaching the children to apply their counting skills in a range of Active Maths activities. This half term, they have been combining maths with football and loving it! Mr Passman has been amazed at the children’s progress with a range of football skills e.g. dribbling in and around cones and controlling the ball to stop it and change direction using the drag back turn skill. Huge thanks goes to Mr Passman for his great teaching, enthusiasm and encouragement.

Football Club

The children of Lime class are now invited to attend the football club run by Mr Passman on the school field each Wednesday straight after school. An email with information and booking details has been sent out as well as a physical copy of the letter in book bags.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Idris Khalique for making wonderful contributions in our RE discussions and for making such a great improvement on his letter formations. Well done Idris-we are so proud of you!

Easter Holiday Reading

Lime Class children have all been given two books to practise over the Easter holidays. Please make sure that your child does continue to practise reading these home/school books. Your support in this is invaluable.

Have a Great Easter Holiday Everyone!

 

Crowns, Grassheads and Easter Weaving 1

Crowns, Grassheads and Easter Weaving 2

Easter Stickers galore

Making Easter Crowns

We are learning all about ball control

We can dribble in and out of cones so well

We can stop the ball and change direction

Weaving demands so much concentration

 

 

 

24th March 2023

 

The Parable of the Sower and Growing Mr Grasshead

This week Lime Class children have been reflecting on Jesus’ parable of the seed sower. One day Jesus told a parable of a farmer who went out to sow. Some of the seed fell on the path, others on the rocks, whilst some others fell amongst the weeds but there were some that fell on the good soil. The farmer represents God and the seed is His message. The children thought about how seeds grow best in good soil and that we should strive to be the good soil for God’s message. As a link to this seed story, the children have made their own Mr Grassheads out of pop socks, seeds and soil. The joy the children have shown in this activity is incredible. They can’t wait for the grass hair to start growing!

Church Visit with Rev. Alex

On Wednesday morning, the children enjoyed a fantastic Easter church visit with Rev. Alex. We had such a lovely sunny walk down to All Saints’ Church. The children admired the beautiful spring flowers, the blossom and bird song on the way. Rev Alex greeted us and led us to the first of three Easter scenes that he had prepared especially for our visit. The first scene was a table set out on the floor as ‘The Last Supper’. The children listened in awe and wonder as Rev. Alex told them how Jesus held the Last Supper so that his disciples would remember him. The second scene was a cross with red ribbons flowing from it, dice, nails and a sponge on a stick. In this scene, the children were asked to think about things that might make people sad. The third and final scene was the empty tomb, representing the resurrection. These excellent visual props have had such a positive impact on the children’s learning. The following day, the children drew pictures of what they had learned. Huge thanks goes to Rev. Alex for preparing such a wonderful church lesson!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Edward Hollyman for being such a kind, hardworking and well behaved member of Lime Class. Well done Edward for being such a star!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Bubble blowing is so much fun

Making Mr Grassheads requires lots of concentration

Mr Grassheads  waiting for their hair to grow

Our Church Visit with Rev. Alex

Such a lovely bubble show

Thank you Rev Alex for teaching us about Jesus

The soil goes in after the seeds.


We put grass seeds in first of all

 

 

17th March 2023

Mindful Magic

Last Monday Lime Class children enjoyed a wonderful Mindful Magic session with Allie Nuttall. There were several aspects to the session, starting with some Mindful Movement which the children loved. Allie then led some Mindful Breathing with the help of a colourful breathing ball. The children responded so well to this and it definitely had a calming effect on all the children. Allie went on to read the fabulous story of The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas- and talk about the range of feelings that we all experience. Finally, the children made their own Feelings Spinners by using different colours to represent different feelings. Lime Class children are now used to identifying feelings and talking about them on a daily basis with our classroom Feelings Flowers. Allie’s session has reinforced this practice in a very effective way. Thank you Allie and thanks also to FOSS for organising such a beneficial visit!

 

Noah’s Ark

The children have also enjoyed responding to the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark by Lucy Cousins is a beautifully illustrated version of the story which has captured the children’s imagination so well. They have completed a range of Noah’s Ark activities, including cutting and sticking, number ordering, writing, drawing and rainbow painting. Miss Brooker has made a fantastic Noah’s Ark display with the children’s work. It is lovely to see how proudly the children point to their own contributions on the display. Thank you so much Miss Brooker!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Hazel Keen for having such a positive attitude towards her learning and making super progress in Reading, Writing and Maths as a result. Well done Hazel!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

A late World Book Day photo

 Hazel loves to use her feelings spinner

 Learning about the colours of the rainbow

 Mindful breathing helps us to feel calm

 Mindful Magic helps the children to be steady and calm

 

Our Noah's Ark Display


The animals went in two by two

The breathing ball helps us with mindful breathing

 

10th March 2023

World Book Day

Lime Class children had such a wonderful World Book Day celebration on Monday. It was lovely to see their excited faces as they came into school dressed up either as a book character or as themselves in non-school uniform. The children then went on to have a fantastic Reading Adventure at Crow Castle with their Subject Revolution workshop which was tailored perfectly for their age and reading ability. The workshop was excellently led by Lumino [Martin] who set the children clue based reading tasks. It was fascinating to observe the children’s confidence and independence grow as they got the hang of the different tasks. They used their phonic knowledge so well to build the words that allowed them to unlock padlocks to reveal mystery words in boxes. The children worked brilliantly in four teams. After every task, they came back together only to find out that a cheeky dragon had been nosing around Lime Class! He kept popping up on the whiteboard. Finally, the children were able to work out the secret message ‘Magic mirrors scare the dragon.’ Once the children had shared the message with the dragon, he disappeared magically in a flash! This has really grabbed the children’s imagination and they still keep talking about the dragon! This was indeed a fabulous workshop!

Thank You Foss!

Lime Class children have been delighted to receive a set of board games by courtesy of F.O.S.S. this week. This has linked in perfectly with our Wellbeing Wednesday theme of Problem Solving. After thinking about the benefits of being able to solve problems, the children went on to work beautifully in teams on puzzles and board games. Huge thanks goes to F.O.S.S. for adding such valuable resources to our classroom!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Sofia Rahman for having such a positive attitude towards her learning. Sofia is such an eager participant in our class discussions and has made huge progress in her conversational skills. We are so proud of you Sofia!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Listening to the Queen of Crow Castle

 

Thank you FOSS for all our new games.

The clue is soft or ...

This reading adventure is so much fun

Unlocking the padlock is so exciting

We can unlock the padlock on our own.

We have found the clue to the mystery word

 

 

 

3rd March 2023

Spring is here!

This week, Lime Class children have been celebrating the arrival of spring. Unfortunately the cold temperatures seem to be in disagreement! At the beginning of the week, the children drew pictures and wrote sentences about the charming story ‘The Thing about Spring’ by Daniel Kirk. In this story, Rabbit feels sad that winter is coming to an end. Bear, Bird and Mouse do their best to persuade Rabbit to feel happy about spring. This story has really grabbed the children’s imagination. Another favourite story for the children this week has been Good-bye Winter, Hello Spring’ by Kenard Pak. Yet again, the children have impressed Mrs Price and Miss Austin with their beautiful Winter and Spring drawings and labelling. On Thursday, the children went on a Signs of Spring Hunt in our school grounds. In spite of the cold weather, they have been able to tick off lots of items on their checklist.

The Robinson Family Role Play

Our Role Play theme this half term is based on The Robinson Family as featured in the Oxford Reading Tree stories. The children have been enjoying dressing up as Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip or Kipper and acting out some of the stories. We even have our own Floppy dog. This theme has lent itself so well to developing both reading and writing. The children have been copying sentences from the ORT books into shared notebooks and reading sentences to one another. This is wonderful to observe!

Parent-Teacher Meetings

Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st March. Please make sure you fill in the form showing your preferred times and complete the survey on the reverse of the form. Many thanks.

Wellies for Forest Friday

As many of our children took their wellies home at Christmas, we are now short of wellies in school for Forest Fridays. Please can you make sure that your child has a named pair of wellies in school? Many thanks!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Zaccaria Brinkmeier for always completing his work with great care and for showing such good listening and speaking skills in class discussions.

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Biff is busy today

Dad and Biff fix the roof. Kipper and Floppy are watching

Look at the birds'nests

Looking for bugs but it is a bit cold for them

We can see lots of buds

We can tick off the daffodil on our checklist

We like to practise our writing

Welcome to our house!

Writing on the whiteboard is fun

 

 

 

 

23rd February 2023

Seasons, Months and Days of the Week

Out topic this half term is Easter. As an introduction to this topic, the children have been learning about the four seasons. At the beginning of the week, their knowledge of seasons and seasonal changes was fairly limited. By the end of the week, the children have been able to confidently name and describe the four seasons. The children have also been learning to recite the months of the year and the days of the week. They have drawn birthday pictures of themselves and completed a sentence about the date of their birthday e.g. My birthday is on 10th June.

Learning Through Singing

Lime Class children love to learn through singing. This catchy Seasons Song has really helped the children to picture the different features of seasons. The Months of the Year Song and The Days of the Week Song with The Singing Walrus have also been a key feature in the children’s learning.

Maths

In Maths this week, Lime Class children have been exploring the composition of 6, 7 and 8. They have investigated different ways of making 7 by arranging dots on dominoes and different ways of making 8 by arranging spots on ladybirds. As an independent activity, the children have enjoyed exploring the composition of 6, 7 and 8 using Multilink e.g. The children have found out that there are 9 ways of making towers of 8 using 2 differently coloured  Multilink cubes.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Jago Kinns for showing very good scientific knowledge when sharing his ideas in our discussion about the four seasons. Jago has also been practising his reading well at home and as a result is making good progress. Well done Jago! We love your enthusiasm!

Have a Great Weekend Everyone!

 

Exploring different ways of making 8

Finding different ways of making 8 with 2 colours

Look at our work on seasons

Matching pictures to seasonal trees

We can confidently match pictures to seasons

We know our birthday dates

 

 

 

10th February 2023

Book Share

Lime Class children were so proud to show parents their books at Book Share on Monday afternoon. It was lovely to see the children talk so enthusiastically about their work and reflect on their learning since the beginning of the school year. They have certainly come a long way since those first school days!

Safer Internet Day    7th February

For Safer Internet Day, the children first watched a video clip about the puppets  Red and Murphy who talk about what it feels like when being online becomes too much. They try meditation and conclude it is important to take a minute, switch devices off and talk to a grown up. The children also enjoyed listening to a story about Smartie the Penguin who learns how to be safe on the internet. By the end of the story, Lime Class children were able to recite the following safety message: ‘Before you tap and click...You need to stop and think… and TELL someone.’

Children’s Mental Health Week   6th-12th February

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, the children have been thinking and talking about their favourite hobbies with the well-being monster Vinci. They have drawn pictures about their hobbies and written short captions. The children have responded so well to the story The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright which has helped them to deal with worries by talking about them.

Dinosaur Dioramas and a Volcanic Eruption!

This week the children have added volcanoes, trees and boulders to their dioramas. They have put so much care into their creations, which have clearly given them lots of pleasure. Our Dinosaur topic has clearly grabbed the children’s interest and imagination this half term. Our volcanic experiment on Thursday has certainly given the children a scientific ‘awe and wonder’ experience. What a fabulous end to this fascinating topic!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Freya Hughes for being such a cheerful, creative and hard working pupil. Freya has worked especially hard on her diorama and has achieved a fantastic result! Well done Freya!

Happy Half-term Everyone!

 

Painting our volcanoes

Adding lava to our volcanoes

Feeling Creative and Proud

Look at our Dioramas

 Look at my work Mum.

The sun shone on Book Share Day

WoW-after the eruption

 

 

 

3rd February 2023

Dinosaur Dioramas

What a busy, creative week it has been for Lime Class! The children have loved putting on their red aprons to get stuck into painting and gluing for their dinosaur dioramas. After looking at several ‘make your own dinosaur diorama’ video clips at the beginning of the week, the children couldn’t wait to create their own. It has been lovely to hear the children talking so excitedly throughout the different stages of their creations. This week, they have assembled their boxes, painted a landscape background, added a river and clouds and decorated the outside of their dioramas. Next week, they will add rocks and boulders, trees, dinosaurs and an erupting volcano! The dioramas will go home with the children next Friday.

Maths

This week, Lime Class children having been learning about Measures in Maths. They have used the balance scales to make comparisons and show heavier than, lighter than and balancing. They have enjoyed investigating how many cubes they needed to balance a plastic dinosaur. This activity has linked so well to our topic and has also been great counting practice for everyone. The children have also been learning about recognising full and empty and measuring capacity. They have enjoyed the challenge of fitting as many items as possible inside a given shape. The children soon learned to fit the items close together and that choosing small items was also a clever strategy. Lime Class have finished the week by taking part in the NSPCC Number Day. They have practised their counting skills and learnt about symmetry whilst completing a butterfly decorating activity.

Church Visit

The children enjoyed an ‘almost Spring’ walk down to the church on Wednesday morning. How heartening it was to spot so many daffodil shoots on our way to the church! Mrs Kerridge gave the children an interesting talk about Pancake Day and the meaning and purpose of Lent. The children responded so well to her questions-especially when asked about their favourite pancake filling!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Zhanna Joseph for being such a kind, hard working pupil. Well done Zhanna for making so much wonderful progress-especially in reading, phonics and writing. Thank you for bringing so much positivity into Lime Class!

 

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Painting the landscape background

Adding a river and clouds

Lots of PVA glue will make the river shiny a

Heavier things tip the balances

I can make the scales balance using a toy dinosaur and cubes

Look at our dinosaur fossils

Trying to fit as many items as possible into the house shape

 

 

 

 

 

 

27th January 2023

What Dinosaurs Ate

This week Lime Class children have been learning to sort dinosaurs according to what they ate millions of years ago.  On Monday, they sorted a selection of dinosaurs into Carnivore, Herbivore and Omnivore on a Venn Diagram. Mrs Price and Miss Austin were amazed to hear the children not only name the dinosaurs correctly but also describe them as either Carnivores, Herbivores or Omnivores. Our Dinosaur Topic has certainly grabbed the children’s interest and imagination.

Looking After Our Teeth

After having learnt about the difference between the sharp teeth of a carnivorous dinosaur and the blunt, flat teeth of a herbivorous dinosaur, the children went on to think about their own teeth. How should we look after them? What steps can we take to have healthy teeth? The children sequenced the different stages of brushing teeth and completed a simple writing activity about this. They have also learnt about the benefits of visiting the dentist and avoiding eating too many sugary foods. Lime Class children confidently sorted foods that can be either harmful or beneficial to teeth.

Well-being Wednesday

Our Well-being Wednesday theme this week has been on Friendship. The children have met Fleeta who is a very happy and friendly monster. The children have drawn pictures of their special friends in Lime Class and described their different friendship qualities. It is lovely to reflect on how well these friendships have developed since September.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Mikey Watson-Skinner for excellent Maths work this week and for sharing his ideas so confidently in class discussions. Well done Mikey! You have made so much all round progress since the beginning of the school year.

Dinosaur Dioramas

The children are going to be making Dinosaur Dioramas next week. We will need plenty of shoe boxes for this. Please can your children bring in a shoe box or sturdy box to class on Monday? Thank you so much in advance!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Lime Class Friendships

Lots of peg board fun

Making a dinosaur and volcano scene on Forest Friday

Playdoh fun with Miss Brooker

Practising being a dentist

Sorting dinosaurs under Carnivore, Herbivore and Omnivore

Sorting healthy and unhealthy foods for teeth

We love our Lime Class friends

You have to open wide at the dentist's

 

 

 

 

20th January 2023

Mary Anning

This week Lime Class children have been enjoying learning about Mary Anning and her amazing contribution to science. They have listened to lots of interesting facts by watching the clip Mary Anning-Fossil Hunter and have written their ideas in simple sentences. The children have shown great interest in learning about fossils. Several children have expressed their desire to become palaeontologists and want to get digging straight away!

Salt Dough Dinosaur Fossils

The children have been busy making salt dough fossils. First they learned how to measure out plain flour, salt and warm water and then mix the ingredients together. The children had fun then kneading the dough and pressing it out on the table before making imprints with a range of dinosaur cutters. Mrs Price was very impressed to hear every child give the correct name of their dinosaur fossil e.g. “My dinosaur fossil is a Stegosaurus.” The fossils went  for a bake in our school oven so they were ready to be painted on Thursday morning. The children have enjoyed mixing various shades of brown for this final stage. They are really proud of the results!

Dinosaur Jam Sandwiches

We had a sandwich themed Wednesday morning this week. After listening to the wonderful story The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards and Hannah Shaw, the children went on to make their own dinosaur shaped jam sandwiches with Miss Brooker. Mrs Price and Miss Austin were amazed at how independent the children were when sequencing the different stages of making a jam sandwich. We hope the children enjoyed eating their sandwiches when they got home from school!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Kacy Dance for sharing her dinosaur knowledge so confidently in class and performing so confidently in music lessons too. We so love your joyful nature Kacy!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Dinosaurs love to play in Lime Class!

I am making a Stegosaurus jam sandwich

Mixing salt dough is fun

Spreading butter and jam is not as easy as it looks

We can mix different shades of brown

We love painting our dinosaur fossils.

We need muscles to knead the dough

 

 

 

13th January 2023

Dinosaurs

Lime Class children are loving their new topic of dinosaurs. This week they have developed their knowledge of dinosaurs through a range of power points, video clips, songs and stories. The children have been writing simple sentences about dinosaurs using key words and Level 2 phonic strips e.g. ‘The dinosaur is big’ and ‘The dinosaur can fly.’ Their writing skills are developing so well. It is lovely to observe the children gradually becoming more independent as they complete their work.

The Jurassic Cafe

Our Jurassic Café role-play corner is indeed a hive of activity. After working in small groups with Miss Austin at the beginning of the week, the children are now able to take on the different role-play characters e.g. dinosaur customers, chef and café staff members. A café staff member makes sure that the open sign is visible to customers. Dinosaur customer take a seat at their table and read the different food options: T-Rex Burger and Lava Chicken have been very popular this week! The waiting staff write orders down on special dinosaur note pads and pass the order to the chef in the kitchen. Our chefs take great pride in their cooking and often serve the food to customers themselves. It is wonderful to see how many different skills the children learn as they are immersed in our Role-Play Area!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Sofia for amazing Phonics and Maths work this week. We are so proud of you Sofia!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

I have ordered my ten dinosaurs correctly.

Let me write down your order sir.

Look at our tasty menu!

One T-Rex burger please

The Jurassic Cafe is open for business

These dinosaurs are loving their Herbivore Burgers!

We are proud of our dinosaur writinga

We have a top chef at The Jurassic Cafe!

 

 

 

6th January 2023

Welcome Back Lime Class!

It has been so lovely to see Lime Class children so happily back at school. They have clearly all had a wonderful Christmas break. It was great to see so many fresh and enthusiastic faces on our first day back. We started our Well-being Wednesday with a new Monster theme. Every week, the children will meet a different monster who will help them develop their social and emotional well-being skills. This week, the children met Hilo, the Self-Esteem monster. The children learned that it is important to feel good about themselves. They thought about what they were good at doing and shared their ideas with a talk partner. Here are a few of their ideas: I am good at… running, swimming, cooking, drawing, reading, basketball, my letters and finding things. We all have experienced the high level of self-esteem achieved when we eventually find something!

Dinosaurs

The children are very excited to start their new topic of Dinosaurs. They did some amazing dinosaur writing with a drawings on Thursday. Mrs Price and Miss Austin are very impressed with how much dinosaur knowledge the children already have!

Reading

Reading for pleasure has a very positive impact on educational performance. The UK government’s Education Research Standards Team tells us, “Evidence suggests that there is a positive relationship between reading frequency, reading enjoyment and attainment.” As a parent this is great news - reading with your child can be a fun and simple way to support their education, whatever their age. 

Many thanks to all parents who hear their child read as often as possible and write comments in the home/school diary. Your contribution is invaluable to your child’s progress at school.

 

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Zaccaria Brinkmeier for excellent reading practice over the holidays and super dancing during our music lessons. Zaccaria brings lots of joy to Lime Class!

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

Busy Learning Through Play

Jago feels proud about his Maths

Look at our Dinosaur Writing Display

Sharing Our Holiday News

Tate feels proud about his running

Zhanna feels proud about her cooking

 

 

 

16th December 2022

Let it Snow…

What a cold, snowy and icy week it has been! We have so missed having a full class for the last week of term due to these extreme weather conditions. Thank you to those who have sent photos of snow day fun and home learning. Very well done to those children who managed to come into school! The village of Sutton has certainly looked a picture but it will look even better when we get back to normal [no snow]!

Water and Ice Investigation

On Tuesday, we set up a water and ice investigation in Lime class playground. We had four bottles with equal amounts of water in them. We chose different places in the playground for our bottles to stay all day and all night. On Wednesday, we asked ourselves the question: Would the water in each bottle be frozen? If not, why not? Out of the four different places, there was only one bottle with frozen water. Freddie’s bottle was placed in the centre of the playground and was the most exposed. The children concluded that the other bottles had been given some sort of shelter: the wooden fairy house, the wooden herb garden box and the shelter of the tree in the sensory garden. On Thursday, Mrs Price checked the bottles first thing in the morning and guess what? They were ALL frozen! We decided that we had had an extra cold night! This investigation has really encouraged the children to answer and ask questions in a scientific way.

Thank You All So Much!

Huge Thanks to all Lime Class parents for the wonderful Christmas gifts to Mrs Price, Miss Austin, Mr Passman, Miss Brooker and Mrs Chapman. We are all overwhelmed by your generosity. We are all thrilled with the progress our children have made since the beginning of September and look forward to welcoming a full class on Wednesday 4th January 2023!

Christmas Holiday Reading

We have given the children two reading books for the Christmas holidays. Please make sure that your child keeps practising their reading. This will make such a difference to their reading confidence and overall progress in learning across the curriculum. Many thanks for your support!

Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

 

I put my bottle of water in the middle of the playground.

Let us tell you about our water and ice investigation

Merry Xmas!

Our school on Snow Day

The water bottle in the fairy house did not freeze.

The water bottle in the herb garden did not freeze.

The water bottle on the bench under the tree did not freeze.

Yay! The playground water bottle is frozen solid!

 

 

 

 

 

9th December

Phonics and Writing

Lime Class children have really enjoyed learning Level 2 Phonics through Twinkl Phonics this term. They have responded well to a range of stories about Sam and Kit as they introduce new letter sounds. The children enjoy using the different letter sound actions and letter formation rhymes. This has really helped them to develop their reading and writing skills. This week, the children have completed writing activities on two different Meg and Mog stories: Meg’s Christmas and Mog’s Mumps. It has been so lovely to see the children’s confidence grow as they use their phonics to spell words independently and write simple sentences e.g. ‘Meg got a hat.’

Sutton Challenge Awards

Thank you all so much for supporting your child with the Sutton Challenge Award Scheme. We are delighted to say that every child in Lime Class will be receiving either a Bronze, Silver or Gold medal. The children have been so proud to share their achievements with the rest of the class. Sutton Challenge Awards will be presented in school next week.

Thank You F.O.S.S.

Many thanks to F.O.S.S. for treating all Sutton pupils to another enchanting show by the very talented puppeteer Andy Lawrence from The Theatre of Widdershins. Lime Class children loved watching Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom last Friday and have excitedly retold memorable moments of Andy’s puppet show this week.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Hazel Keen for making fantastic progress in her phonics, reading and writing. Well done Hazel!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Andy Lawrence and his Amazing Puppet Show


Christmas Colouring by Number

Making Our Christingles

Meg's Christmas Writing

Mog's Mumps Writing

Our Travelling Crib-Thank You Mrs Kerridge

 

 

2nd December

Celebrations Topic

This week, Lime Class children have been learning about the importance of the Menorah in Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Light. They practised their pencil control skills by joining dots for the seven branches of the Menorah and then colouring in their drawings. Mrs Price and Miss Austin were so impressed with their efforts. On Wednesday, we were delighted to welcome Daniella Doon-Joseph [Zhanna’s Mum] to Lime Class. Daniella talked to the children about how Diwali and Christmas are celebrated in Trinidad and showed the children some fabulous photos. Daniella brought in a bottle of sorrel drink made by Zhanna’s Dad. Trinidad Sorrel is a popular Christmas drink made out of hibiscus, cinnamon, cloves and sugar. All Lime Class children had at least a tiny taste of the drink. There were mixed reviews but we think the majority gave a thumbs up! On Thursday, the children first listened to the Story of Christingle and talked about what Christmas means to them. Later on in the morning, Mrs Kerridge came into school and helped the children make their own Christingles for our lovely Christingle service at All Saints’ Church.

Sutton Challenge Awards

Please remember to submit the evidence for your child’s Sutton Challenges before next Monday 5th December. We are hoping to award lots of Lime class children with Bronze Medals [4 challenges met], Silver Medals [8 challenges met] or Gold Medals [12 challenges met]. Evidence can be in the form of photos with captions, booklets, word documents or power point presentations. This can be submitted as a hard copy or through email to : liz.price@suttonlower.co.uk The children get so much out of these challenges and love sharing their achievements with the rest of the class.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Edward Partridge Williams for being a cheerful member of Lime Class who has been working hard lately on his Maths, Reading and Singing and making great progress. Well done Edward!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

 Learning about Trinidad with Danielle

Look at our snowflakes

People in Trinidad enjoy a sorrel drink at Christmas

 This sorrel drink tastes a bit different

We are learning how Diwali is celebrated in Trinidad

We think the majority is a thumbs up!

Winter clothing cutting and sticking

Winter Ready!

 

 

 

 

 

25th November 2022

 

Celebrations

This week, Lime Class children have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Buddhist festival of Vesak. As a class, we reflected on the similarities and differences in the festivals we have studied so far in our Celebrations topic. Food certainly features at the heart of most festivals! This week we have thought about the importance of candles, food, peace, love and joyful celebration for both Diwali and Wesak.

Art and Crafts

The children have been busy being arty crafty this week. On Monday, they made wonderful patterns out of squares, circles and triangles for their Rangoli plates. The Rangoli represents the happiness, positivity and liveliness of a household. The children learned that Rangoli patterns are often made during Diwali.  On Tuesday, when learning about the Buddhist festival of Vesak, the children made colourful hand suncatchers. It is lovely to see their suncatchers in our class window at the front of the school. Can you spot the heart shapes too?

Sutton Challenge Awards

Please remember to submit the evidence for your child’s Sutton Challenges before 5th December. We are hoping to award lots of Lime class children with Bronze Medals[4 challenges met], Silver Medals[8 challenges met] or Gold Medals[12 challenges met]. Evidence can be in the form of photos with captions, booklets, word documents or power point presentations. This can be submitted as a hard copy or through email to : liz.price@suttonlower.co.uk The children get so much out of these challenges and love sharing their achievements with the rest of the class.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Tate Needham for showing so much interest in his learning, making super progress and showing kindness towards his peers. Well done Tate!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Our colourful hands catch the sunlight so well!

Such colourful Rangoli Patterns!

We are learning to make up and follow pattern rules.

We are making the base for our hand and heart suncatchers.

We are so proud of our Rangoli patterned plates!

 

 

 

 

18th November 2022

Anti-Bullying Week 14th-18th November

This year’s theme for Anti-Bullying Week from The Anti-Bullying Alliance is: ‘Let’s come together and Reach Out to stop bullying.’ On Monday morning, Mrs Chapman delivered a whole school Anti-Bullying assembly linked to this theme. Lime Class children listened so well and shared ideas confidently during the assembly. The story Topsy and Tim Help a Friend has been another way of helping the children reflect on how they can Reach Out to stop bullying. The children’s drawings and discussion work has reflected a good level of understanding.

Eid Celebration

Out topic this term is Celebrations. So far, we have focused mainly on Birthdays, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day. This week, the children have been learning about the celebration of Eid for Muslims. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed some Ramadan craft by making their own Moon and Star paper plates. On Wednesday, Dilara Khalique came in to teach the children more about the Islamic faith and the celebration of Eid. The children enjoyed learning about Ramadan fasting, seeing photos of Idris’ and Sofia’s family celebrating Eid and learning about Islamic clothing and prayer mats too. The highlight of the morning was indeed the delicious Pulab[chicken and rice] that Dilara prepared for us. This was served with dates. Most of the children enjoyed this tasting experience. Thank you so much Dilara!

Church Visit

Later on Wednesday morning, the children enjoyed another school visit to All Saints’ Church. Mrs Kerridge talked about promises and why it is important to try to keep promises. She talked about God’s promise to always love us and help us. The children were so respectful and well behaved. We all had a lovely walk down to the church and were so grateful for the lovely, sunny weather.

Sutton Challenge Awards

Please remember to submit the evidence for your child’s Sutton Challenges before 5th December. This can be in the form of photos with captions, a word document or power point presentation. This can be submitted as a hard copy or through email to : liz.price@suttonlower.co.uk We are so looking forward to seeing how the children have been meeting those challenges!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Freya Hughes for always putting lots of care into her work and for sharing her ideas more confidently in class now. Well done Freya!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Dilara has made Delicious Pulab with Dates for us all

Dilara shows us an Islamic prayer mat and rug, special clothing and head gear

Eid Celebrations are so much fun!

It is Forest Friday and we are ready for anything

Leaf Angels!

Making our Ramadan Moon and Star plates

Most of us LOVED the Pulab!

So much delicious food for Eid!

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th November 2022

Bonfire Night

On Monday, Lime Class children were excited to recount their experiences of Bonfire Night on Saturday 5th November. The CBeebies Bonfire Night Clip and Bonfire Night Quiz helped the children learn more about Guy Fawkes and the reason we celebrate on Bonfire Night. The children went on to make their own firework pictures using PVA glue, salt and watery paint. They had such a great time making swirly patterns with the glue and watching the watery paint fizz as it came in touch with the salt covered glue.

Remembrance Day

The children have enjoyed buying the different poppy resources for the  Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Thank you so much for your kind donations. After watching the Cbeebies Remembrance Day Clip, the children showed a clearer understanding of why we wear poppies at this time of the year. They have taken great care over completing outlines for their own poppies and colouring them in. It is so rewarding to see how much pride the children are now taking in their work.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Sofia Rahmen for showing lots of enjoyment in her learning and sharing ideas. Well done Sofia!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

Make swirly shapes with glue

Add salt to the glue

Add watery paint to the salted glue. Watch as it fizzes

Look at our Firework Display!

Decisions, decisions

Taking lots of care with our poppy drawings

We are so proud of our poppies


We love the poppy shop

 

4th November 2022 

Birthdays

How lovely it has been to welcome our Lime Class children back to school after October half term! It is wonderful to see how keen the children have been to get back to their learning routines. To start off our Celebrations topic this half term, the children have been focusing on Birthdays. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed the story How many sleeps ‘till my Birthday? by Mark Sperring. In the story, Little Pip gets impatient waiting for his birthday, whilst Daddy Grizzle secretly plans a huge birthday surprise for the baby bear. As a class, we talked about how exciting it is to have a birthday. We referred to our class birthday display and worked out whose birthday is next. There are no class birthdays until December 13th when Zhanna is the lucky girl! The children went on to design their own birthday cakes in a cutting and sticking activity. I want two birthdays by Tony Ross has been another popular birthday story this week. Lime Class children have all agreed that having just one birthday every year makes it extra special!

The Party Place

The children are loving making up their own celebrations in our role play corner called The Party Place. At The Party Place, we have a chef to make delicious meals and waiting staff to serve those meals to our guests. The guests put on their glad rags and find their purses before paying 5p for their meal tickets. As an extra activity, we provide props for our Photo Booth. Our resident photographer has taken some stunning photos of our glamourous guests!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Freddie Compton for showing so much interest in our learning, especially phonics. We so appreciate how well you listen and respond in lessons Freddie!

 

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

A good chef tastes the food first

Designing Birthday Cakes

Grab a Prop and Strike a Pose

It is all happening at The Party Place

Pretty in Pink

Welcome to The Party Place

 

 

 

21st October 2022

Animal Topic

This week Lime Class have been learning to match young animals with their mothers. The familiar story of Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson has been a lovely way to introduce this topic. The children showed their understanding well when they matched young animals to their mothers in a cutting and sticking activity.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle has been another of our favourite stories this week. The children practised their drawing and colouring skills on Tuesday by drawing their own caterpillar and colouring in a caterpillar picture too. On Thursday, the children watched a factual clip about the Life Cycle of a Butterfly. We were amazed at how many facts the children were able to remember. They enjoyed completing butterfly life cycle diagrams afterwards too.

Leaf Man

The children had a lovely time with Miss Brooker and Mrs Jess on Tuesday afternoon. They first listened to the wonderful story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert and then went on to create their own leaf men. The children were so proud of their creations.

October Half Term

Congratulations to all Lime Class pupils for making such a wonderful start to school life! It has been so rewarding to hear so many positive comments about the children’s progress and enjoyment of school at our parent consultations this week. The adults working in Lime Class have all commented on well the children have now settled. It is also heartening to observe the growth of friendship and empathy within the class.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Jago Kinns for making such amazing all round progress this half term. We love your joyful enthusiasm Jago and your knowledge about animals is amazing too!

 

Have a Lovely Half Term Everyone!

 

Caterpillar Colouring

Creation Pride

Happy Leaf Art


Look at these Leaf Men!

My leaf man is cool

We can draw our own caterpillars.

We can match young animals with their mothers

Happy Half Term Everyone!

 

 

 

14th October 2022

 

Fairy Tales with Animals

This week Lime Class have been thinking about the role of animals in Fairy Tales. The children have enjoyed listening to the familiar stories of Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. They have been joining in with the story telling too. Their gruff wolf and bear voices and squeaky little pig voices have developed so well over the week! The children have completed a range of drawing, sequencing, cutting and sticking activities linked to fairy tales throughout the week. This is all helps to build an understanding of story structure for writing.

Twinkl Phonics

The children are really enjoying their daily Twinkl Phonics lessons. With Twinkl Phonics, the children learn a new sound every day with the characters Sam and Kit. They follow different Sam and Kit stories as the letter sounds are introduced. They also learn different actions for every sound and a different phrase to help them learn how to form their letters correctly. This week, the children have been learning about the letters and the sounds for c, k, ck and e. They really enjoy their whiteboard work at the end of the lesson when they practise letter formations. The progress the children have already made is wonderful!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Edward Hollyman for being such a polite, cheerful and enthusiastic Lime Class learner. Well done Edward!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Around the egg and under the cup


Cutting and sticking for Red Riding Hood's basket

Learning to spell words with 'ck'

Look at our Goldilocks drawings

Sorting natural materials on Forest Friday

We are proud of our Goldilocks drawings too

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th October 2022

School Diversity Week

Lime Class have been enjoying a wide range of Diversity stories this week and thinking about the importance of celebrating differences. We started off the week with the ever popular Elmer the Elephant by David McKee. The children loved colouring in their own patchwork elephant and thinking about what makes them proud and unique. Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin was a lovely end of the day story for the children. We talked about how magical our skin is-how it keeps everything in and mends itself if we have a fall. The children loved showing their scars and relating their accidents! The children have also listened to Goldilocks and the Five Bear Families by Olly Pike when Goldilocks delivers letters to lots of different bear families in the village. The children drew their favourite part of the story. There have been some fabulous bear drawings. Red, a Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall is a beautiful story with a powerful message and has helped the children understand how important it is to be true to oneself. For our Global Learning Day on Friday, the children have enjoyed talking about similarities and differences of the animals in the colourful story The Same but Different Too by Karl Newson. They have gone on to discuss similarities and differences shared by one another. This week has been full of lots of valuable reflection-a positive celebration of our own uniqueness.

Matching in Maths

The children have been having lots of matching fun this week. They have been matching socks and buttons. They have also been enjoyed playing a matching dinosaur game and making their own matching towers out of Multilink.

Christmas Card Designs

We hope you like the children’s Christmas card designs. These were made in different stages as we started them last week. We love how individual they all are. The Santa faces are fabulous! Remember to get your orders in before Friday 14th October.

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Max Mendelssohn for being such an enthusiastic learner with lovely manners too! Max is doing especially well with his reading. Well done Max!

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

 It is time to paint Santa's face

Adding some finishing touches

Goldilocks and the five bear families

  Matching socks in Maths

We are proud of our Elmer colouring 

Mixing paints for different skin colours 

We have made our own matching towers 

Yoga is a great way to start our day

 

 

 

 

 

30th September 2022

Book Share

Lime Class had such a lovely time at our Book Share on Monday. It was so lovely to observe the children excitedly showing their parents around our classroom and pointing out everything they have been doing. Their confidence has grown so much since they started school only a few weeks ago. It was good to see so many happy parents too. Well done Lime Class-we are already so proud of you all!

Hand Print Display

The children have been doing hand prints this week for our wall display at Lime Class gate. They have also been practising to write their names using correct letter formations. We are sure you will agree that the display looks fabulous. 

WoW Board

We have a WOW display board in our classroom to celebrate any special achievements/celebrations the children do/experience at home. We have already got one photo to go up on our board but we need lots more. Please send us a photo of your child with a short description to: L.Price@suttonlower.co.uk

 

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Arthur Cook for having such a positive attitude and for making such amazing progress already. Well done Arthur!

 

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

I chose yellow for my hand print

I have chosen red for my hand print

I have fun in my class Dad

Lime Tree Vets is open

Look at the house Mum!

This is my favourite costume Dad

Watch me drawing Mum and Dad

 

 

 

23rd September 2022

Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals

This week Lime Class children have been learning about Nocturnal and Diurnal animals. In the rhyming story Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson the children have been able to identify the animals that were active during the night and the day time animals too. As a class, we have drawn up a list of nocturnal and diurnal animals. The children have gone on to complete a cutting and pasting activity linked to their learning. Our cutting skills are gradually developing! Later in the week, the video clip All About Owls has really captured the children’s interest. Mrs Price and Miss Austin have been so impressed by how much information the children can remember! After listening to the beautiful story Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, the children have completed their own 2D shape owl picture and identified the shapes they have used.

Forest Friday

The children love their Forest Friday afternoons with Miss Austin and Miss Brooker. They have a lovely time doing a wide range of activities e.g. den building with natural materials, creating pictures using natural collage materials, counting natural objects, combining natural objects to make potions… the list goes on. Forest Fridays are not complete without story time with Miss Austin!

Star of the Week

This week’s Star of the Week goes to Zhanna Joseph for being such a kind, positive member of Lime Class. Well done Zhanna!

 

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Look at what is on my leaf!

Loving our Willow Tree Home

So much cutting concentration!

Sorting Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals

Story Time on Forest Friday

 

 

 

 

16th September 2022

Penguins and Jellyfish

Lime Class children started off the week learning about Emperor Penguins linked to our baby Emperor Penguin Pip Pip who hatched out of our mysterious egg last week. They showed lots of interest in the story The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins. Mrs Price and Miss Austin were really impressed with the children’s recall of penguin facts after listening to the story. In R.E. this week, the children have been thinking about the question ‘Why did God make jellyfish?’ They have performed actions to a Jellyfish Song, learned interesting jellyfish facts and made their own jellyfish using paper plates, paint and cupcake cases [see photos].

Our Feelings

The children have also been learning to recognise and describe feelings. They have thought about the colour of feelings in the stories The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas and What Colour is Love? by Linda Strachan. We have a lovely caterpillar in our classroom called Kipsy from our PSHE programme called Making Me. Kipsy helps the children to manage their feelings and is always there to give them cuddles if they are feeling sad or upset. They have been introduced to our Feelings Flowers display. We have talked about how feelings change and it is okay to have different feelings. The children have been asked to move their named photo to the flower that best describes their feeling: Happy, Okay, Angry, Worried and Sad. In this way, we are able to identify the children who need a bit of talk time and also keep a check on levels of happiness and well-being.

Our Trim Trail

The children have listened carefully to the safety instructions linked to our Trim Trail and are now enjoying this wonderful balancing experience. We can already see an improvement in their confidence and balance. It is lovely to see how much fun the children have doing this too!

Star of the Week

Our first Star of The Week has gone to Idris Khalique for making such an amazing start to school life, showing super listening and caring skills. Well done Idris!  

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

A Jellyfish Invasion!

Butterfly Colouring

Counting out 5 tentacles

Jellyfish Making

Lime Class Smiles

We show our feelings on our Feelings Flowers

 

 

 

 

9th September 2022

 

Welcome Lime Class 2022-23!

Well done to all our Lime Class children for making it through their first week of school! We are all so proud of you. Thank you also to all parents for all your support with bringing in named water bottles, wellies and spare clothes. The children have worked hard this week on organising their belongings. Our home time routine has been gradually getting easier as the week has gone on!

Home/School Reading

This week the children have brought home books without text. Please encourage your child to retell the story in their own words by looking at the pictures and write your comments in the reading diary. The teacher/parent comments are of great benefit to your child’s reading progress as they provide a bridge between school and home reading. There are very useful suggestions at the front and back cover of the reading books to prompt effective questions for discussion.  Once the children display confidence in recognising some letters and letter sounds, they will move onto books with simple text linked to their phonics learning in school

Our Topic of Animals

On Monday, the children really enjoyed listening to the story I Want a Pet by Lauren Child. In this story, a little girl [Jane] can’t make up her mind which pet to buy. In the end, the pet shop lady gives her an egg to look after. On Tuesday, the children in Lime Class were amazed to find a mysterious egg with a letter from Jane asking them to look after the egg for her as she has had to go on holiday. They all had a think about which animal could be growing inside the egg. Could it be… a Bird? Dragon? Dinosaur? Chicken? Tiger?! The educational picture book Chickens aren’t the only ones by Ruth Heller  helped the children to learn more about different egg laying animals. On Thursday, the most exciting thing happened. The egg and hatched and out popped a baby girl penguin! At first she was really frightened to be in Lime Class but the children are being so kind to her that she is feeling so much happier now!

 Star of the Week

This week’s Star of The Week goes to Idris Khalique for making such an amazing start to school life, showing super listening and caring skills. Well done Idris!  

Have a Lovely Weekend Everyone!

 

Drawing happiness 

Jago keeps our egg warm

Penguin painting

Play doh fun!

We love outdoor play

We're going on a bear hunt

Wow! It's a baby penguin!

 

 

 

 

 

 to feel calm.