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This is Me! (9th November 2018)











Traditional tales (9th November 2018)

This week in Stream Class we are still exploring traditional tales.  After acting out the story of The Billy Goats Gruff and lots of work on bridges, the children found out about streams, rivers and oceans.  Then we read the story of The Little Red Hen and thought about where our food comes from.  Mrs Ream very kindly came to teach us all about growing wheat to make flour!  The children learnt to separate the grain from the chaff and then ground their grains using a pestle and mortar and a special mill too.  Later, we read Hungry Hen by Richard Waring, which had a surprising twist at the end of the story …

In Phonics, we have been concentrating on forming i, n, m and d correctly, and using them to write simple CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words.  The children use their hands to help them segment the sounds they can hear in the word and write each sound as they go.  Their progress is brilliant and we have noticed the children labelling their pictures and writing more and more in their play!         

In Maths, we are still exploring Measure.  We continued our work on length, and then moved on to height.  The children measured lengths and heights using blocks, rulers and measuring tapes, then went on to compare and order them.  Can your child measure something around your house or garden?  They could measure using Lego bricks, string, measuring equipment, or anything you can think of! 

On Wednesday, Stream Class learnt to use stopwatches after discovering the Year 4 Play Leaders’ ones in the playground.  We counted along as the seconds changed to minutes and tried to time each other racing around the field!

In R.E., Stream Class have begun to learn about the Nativity story and why Christians celebrate Christmas.  Mrs Beer has been accompanying the children at the piano to teach them Little Donkey, which is already sounding lovely.

With Disney’s Nutcracker film coming out, the children learnt about the original story, listened to some of the music by Tchaikovsky, and watched a ballerina performing The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 

On Friday, the children celebrated Identity Day and enjoyed finding out about what makes each other special and different.  Thank you for the effort you put in to help your child think about their identity and bring in something special to show their friends.  It was a really lovely day!

With the unpredictable weather, it would be great if the children could put their coats and do them up independently before it starts to get very chilly!  Stream Class have been shown the Montessori ‘coat flip’ method, where they put the hood on their shoes, put their arms in the sleeves, then flip the coat over their head.  Zips can be trickier and will need lots of practice!








The Billy Goats Gruff (2nd November 2018)

This week in Stream Class we have begun our topic about traditional tales.  We read the story of The Billy Goats Gruff and used our bodies to add some percussion sound effects!  The children made some very creative masks to act out the story and worked hard to build some fascinating bridges for the goats to cross.  Some children decided to try to make their bridges wider and wider across the river and had to think very carefully how to construct them so they didn’t fall down!

In Phonics, we have been thinking about correct pencil grip and letter formation, and the children have a copy of the correct starting points for each letter in their book bags.  We are working towards a ‘tripod’ grip and using lots of gross and fine motor skills work to strengthen shoulders, arms and fingers to achieve this.  One way to help is to use the ‘Pinch and Flip’ pencil grip method and there are lots of little clips on YouTube that demonstrate how it’s done.   

In Maths, we have been exploring Measure and investigating length.  Stream Class used different tools to measure lots of objects inside and outside the classroom, including each other!  The children also built ramps and experimented with how to make a toy car travel further, predicting and measuring each time.  To help the children read the measurements on their tape measures and rulers we learnt a cool song about counting in tens -      

Stream Class love taking their learning outside so to celebrate Outdoor Learning Day we measured even more lengths on the playground, on the field and in the sensory garden too.  Then we used our imaginations to think of some interesting and exciting names to call different autumn colours.  The children thought carefully about extending their vocabulary and came up with some super ideas, including ‘kiwi green’, ‘sunshine yellow’ and ‘fire engine red’! 

On Wednesday, we were very lucky to have Rachel from the Helen O'Grady Drama Academy run a fun-packed workshop for the children at the Village Hall.  Stream Class demonstrated some excellent facial expressions and acting and we were very impressed by their performance! 

On Thursday, we noticed some unexpected visitors had walked through the classroom and left footprints!  Stream Class worked together to investigate who the footprints could belong to and used their reasoning to discuss why it could or couldn’t be a particular animal.  They looked very closely at similarities and differences between different woodland animals’ tracks to solve the mystery!

During our Mindfulness Moments the children learnt a relaxing chant about peace.  Can your child show you how to do it and tell you how it makes them feel?  We have also been listening to Pachelbel's Canon in D and learning some names of the instruments in the orchestra.  













Autumn (19th October 2018)

This week in Stream Class we have been continuing are discussions about our emotions and exploring autumn too.  We talked about how it is possible to feel two emotions at the same time and read a beautiful book called In My Heart by Jo Witek, which inspired lots of fantastic drawings and writing.  The children loved the singalong book If You’re Happy and You Know It from Barefoot Books and learnt to say ‘hello’ in lots of other languages, including French, Russian, Japanese and Greek!

In Phonics we played a game with some ‘tricky’ words which we don’t try to sound out, like ‘the’, ‘I’, and ‘to’.  The children’s progress in reading and writing this half term is amazing!  Over the half term break, can your child spot some sounds on signs or food packets?  Can they write some using a paintbrush and water outside? 

In Maths we have been practising our counting skills and starting to write numerals.  We remembered to put objects in a line to make counting them easier, and when counting with a picture we start in the top corner and try to think of a sensible order so we don’t miss any out.  During half term, can your child count as they go up and down the stairs and tell you which number is one more or one less?

We have a new member of the class this week … Honey the hedgehog!  The children really lived the values of care and responsibility when creating our new friend, while Mrs Hammond bravely assisted the children to hammer sticks into the pumpkin.  We think Honey looks great!

On Thursday we went outside on a hunt for the most beautiful leaves we could find.  The children looked for the most interesting colours and shapes to use the next day for their sun catchers.  Then, while in the Forest Area, the children decided they would like to build.  What amazing dens and castles they created!  Stream Class demonstrated lovely teamwork and cooperation to carry logs and ‘hammer’ parts into place.   

The children have worked very hard during their first half term at school and we are all extremely proud of them.  For some great ideas to keep your child busy over the holidays you might like to look at and search for ‘EYFS’.  Some other useful websites for games are and  We would love you to share what you have been doing in your child’s learning log and we can put a copy on our ‘Wow Wall’!








Our Emotions (12th October 2018)

This week in Stream Class we have been learning about our emotions.  Sometimes it can be tricky for the children to express themselves, so we have been working on reading facial expressions and using vocabulary to say how we feel. 

The children listened very carefully to each other talk about their feelings and discussed ideas about how to cheer friends up when they’re sad.  They made ‘mood monsters’ with playdough and used the iPads to take photos of each other showing different emotions.  Some children drew faces and used their phonics skills to label them with the corresponding emotion too!

In Phonics we have started working on forming graphemes (letters) correctly and segmenting words for writing.  Using the sounds we have been learning, Stream Class had a go at writing short CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words like ‘sat’ and ‘pan’ by using their hands to help them sound out the word.  Can your child show you how to sound out ‘tap’ or ‘sit’?

In Maths the children have been looking at the properties of the number 5 through games, movement and songs.  We went outside and made 5 using different natural materials and partitioned 5 by being sheep in pens, tractors and frogs! 

On Forest Friday we made a party in the Forest Area for our classroom teddies and dollies by making little seats and tables for them.  Then we worked on sharing/dividing sweeties fairly between the toys and helped to eat them too!

Stream Class have also been talking about road safety this week and the children shared their knowledge on how to cross the road safely.  We explored the different types of crossings we might find while we’re out and about and practised using them outside.

Some very special guests came to visit us too.  Rebecca Kilby Smith, an education officer, came to speak to us about the Houses of Parliament.  The children we very interested to learn about what happens within the Houses of Parliament and asked lots of great questions at the end! 

On Thursday the children we treated to a very exciting morning with Captain Fantastic, who had the children laughing, dancing, singing and gasping at his magic tricks.  Can your child remember his song?









The Senses (5th October 2018)

This week in Stream Class we have been learning about our senses.  We played lots of fun sensory games to explore our sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste!  The children enjoyed the Feely Bag game, using excellent descriptive language to describe to their friends what was in the bag without looking.  They investigated different herbs and vegetables by cutting, crushing and smelling, then they sorted them using their sight and smell.  Stream Class used their sense of taste to guess which fruit they were eating while blindfolded!  They tried pomegranates, satsumas, kiwis, apricots, and figs, yum!

In Science the children used touch, taste, smell and sight to make jelly.  They observed the changes that occurred as they followed the recipe and discussed the importance of washing their hands before making food.

Outside Stream Class had great fun playing with the foamy carwash, digging for shapes in the sandpit, making exciting potions, and going on a senses hunt in the Forest Area!

During our Mindfulness Moments we have been listening to Brahms's Lullaby to help us relax and feel calm after playtime and lunchtime.  The children have also been working on resolving conflicts with other children by using their communication skills to find a compromise or share in a calm way.  We have reflected on our value of Friendship and our new value of Happiness to help us work and play together at school.

In Phonics we are thinking more about letters and the sounds they make.  We played I Spy and gave some aliens some very funny alliterating names.  We also used mirrors to look carefully at the different shapes our mouths make when pronouncing different sounds.  There has been lots of early writing at Play To Learn time and the children’s name writing has greatly improved already! 

In Maths we have been looking at adding one more or saying the number that is one more than a given number.  Stream Class played lots of games and sang some songs to help, including One Man Went To Mow and Ants Go Marching In.  Can your child sing one to you? 







We are all different (28th September 2018)

This week in Stream Class our theme has been ‘We Are All Different’.  We looked at a book about children that had different types of families, spoke different languages, looked different from one another, and had different likes and dislikes.  This inspired lots of discussion and Stream Class decided that although we are all different, we can still love one another and be friends.

The children built sentences with word cards to talk about themselves, such as ‘I like eating oranges’, ‘I have a dog’, and ‘I have a brother and a sister’.  We had an extra card with a little dot on it that goes at the end to show the sentence is finished, can your child tell you what it was called?

We had lots of messy fun with play dough and natural materials from outside to make different faces.  On Friday we had a go at collecting our own resources and making faces in the Forest Area.  Stream Class also made some fantastic pizza faces and tried lots of ingredients, including olives, radishes, peppers, sweetcorn, mushrooms, basil and ham.

The children loved making life-sized pictures of each other and we worked together to create a pictogram survey about the most common hair colour in Stream Class.  Some children had a go at creating their own pictogram surveys about the most common eye colour in the class and could analyse the data they’d collected!

In Phonics we are still working hard at hearing individual sounds in words through rhymes and games.  Sometimes it can be tricky for children to hear slight differences in sounds, like ‘dog’ and ‘dug’.  Practising this now will help with reading and writing later on!  The children are really coming along with their blending skills when reading or playing games, and have picked up the actions to our phonics songs very quickly.  Can your child show you the actions for s,a,t,i,p or n?

In Maths we have been learning about repeating patterns.  We started looking at simple patterns with 2 colours, and moved on to creating more advanced patterns with shapes.  The children went on shape hunts around the outdoor classroom and spotted lots of circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, and even a hexagon!

In Stream Class we have been learning about celebrating Harvest and helping people who are less fortunate.  The children have been invited to bring something small to the church on Friday 5th October, such as a little chocolate bar, sweeties, or small bar of soap, to give to people in need.   

In P.E. the children have continued to impress Mr Passman with their listening skills and ability to follow instructions.  Stream Class have been marching in different formations creating some excellent displays.  The children are getting even better at dressing and undressing independently, even if their sweatshirts are sometimes back to front!  As the weather gets colder, please practise teaching your child to zip their coat up independently.








Our bodies (21st September 2018) 

This week in Stream Class we’ve been learning all about our bodies.  We have been singing ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes’ in English and Spanish and some children had a go a labelling body parts.  They have been practising different balances using different parts of their bodies and also pretending to be paramedics, helping people who have been injured or are poorly.   

In Phonics we have been working on clapping syllables in words and continuing with our rhyming work.  We have started singing some songs to help us learn our phonics sounds from Jolly Phonics, which can be found on YouTube, starting with Jolly Phonics Phase 1.  The children have practised sounding out words in ‘robot talk’ and trying hard to hear a word when blending the sounds together.  Stream Class have received their first reading books this week and we have talked about sounding out slowly and carefully.  When reading at home, 5 – 10 minutes a day is enough.  Early reading is hard work!

In Maths we have been working on our 2d shape knowledge.  The children took turns to be the teacher and describe a shape to the class while the others guess.  Their descriptions using mathematical language were very impressive!  Can you spot some 2d shapes around the house?  Stream Class also played a ‘Build-a-Bear’ game where they had to roll dice, count the spots and find the corresponding numeral.  There was some very careful counting and colouring work.

Our Value this month is ‘Friendship’ and Stream Class have discussed how to be a good friend.  There has been some fantastic role play, both inside and outside, and the children are developing some lovely friendships and imaginative language.  They have worked really hard on their listening and attention skills this week and demonstrated how well they can listen during our special Open the Book assembly and at the church.  During Mindfulness time and lunchtimes we have been listening to more classical music, this time Mozart and Saint-Saëns.

The children are doing very well at getting themselves changed independently at P.E. time.  If possible, please dress girls in trousers or long socks and tights can be tricky!







Families (14th September 2018)

This week in Stream Class we’ve been learning all about families.  The children have played turn taking games to develop their language and social skills and made pictures of families through drawing and collage.  We discussed a story called Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson about a family of monkeys and talked about lots of different types of families.  The children have loved singing the Family Fingers song while learning about families from different countries and naming members of the family in Hindi, Chinese, and Arabic!

In Phonics we have been working on rhythm and rhyme activities to develop skills for hearing sounds in words, which will help us with spelling and writing in the future.  Some of the children have shown a real eagerness to write and have been writing letters to Puddles (see pictures).  Astonishingly, Puddles has written back and even given the children some special alphabet strips to help identify and form letters if they’d like to try some more writing again! This week in Maths the children worked on counting skills and number recognition.  When counting objects, we line them up as we count, and with pictures we start in the top left corner where possible and move our finger systematically as we count.

The children have really settled in to school life now and have especially impressed the staff with their manners and cutlery skills and lunchtime.  This week they have enjoyed yummy macaroni cheese and roast dinners while listening to relaxing music, including Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky.  Stream class have also made us very proud during Collective Worship by sitting quietly and listening very attentively with the rest of the school.

Stream Class are enjoying P.E. with Mr Passman on Fridays and had an active afternoon today in the Forest Area too!  After reading Stick Man, also by Julia Donaldson, we found sticks to make our own ‘stick families’ and then walked to the church for our first Collective Worship there. 






Welcome to Stream Class 2018-2019!

What a busy few days we’ve had in Stream Class!  The children have settled in incredibly well and we’re very proud of them, as we’re sure you are too.  They look very smart in their school uniforms and are doing a great job of getting to know each other already. 

This week the children have played some sound and number games, worked on their fine motor skills and got changed for P.E. all by themselves.  They have enjoyed their fruit snacks and milk at playtime (don’t forgot to order via the office!) and used cutlery to eat their school lunches.  We remind the children to drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated.  If your child’s bottle if full at the end of the day, it means it has been refilled. 

Stream class have enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor classrooms with their new friends and have especially loved playing on the big field and climbing equipment.  Friday afternoon is Forest Friday, when we investigate our natural surroundings more closely.  Today we went on a nature scavenger hunt and discovered lots of fascinating natural objects!

Well done, Stream Class!





Story Writing (29th June 2018)

The Whispering Willows was the perfect place for little imaginations to come to life this week. The children have been thinking of their own castle stories, and in the classroom they were stuck for different ideas. Once we went outside they all came alive! We had dungeons, castles being built, giant lamps, broken drawbridges for the baddies and dragon trees. The children worked well together, did lots of acting and wrote some stories.

In maths we were looking for 3D shapes around us and the children again came to life outside. We had a go at using fun foam to mould spheres, cubes and cuboids which we all found a bit tricky but it produced some lovely mathematical language.

As you can see from the pictures we’ve been doing big painting and using technology to draw castles, and Maëla shows what a messy job it can be!









Responsibilities (15th June 2018)

In PSHE we have been talking about responsibilities and the children are very happy to have jobs to do around the classroom. They are taking their new roles very seriously. It may be a good opportunity to think about any responsibilities your child has at home! We were so lucky to have 3 of Mrs Ream’s 11 Labrador puppies in the classroom on Tuesday. They are only 7 weeks old, so the children could see what a responsibility it is for Mrs Ream to take care of so many pets. We tried to keep one but she wouldn’t let us…




Also this week there has been lots of outdoor learning, the children have been experimenting with containers in the paddling pool, so learning science and capacity. They have also been planning their own stories about castles. We were thrilled that in the classroom they struggled to think of different ideas, but once outside in the Whispering Willows area where the gazebo became a castle, the willows became a dungeon, their imaginations went wild. Being outdoors is great for them in so many ways!




Castles (8th June 2018)

This week we began our new topic about Castles. You may have noticed your child come home with a crown sporting the two times tables, or a spear or princess hat. On top of a lot of craft, they began learning some features of castles and labelled diagrams. We already have lots of lovely learning logs about trips to castles! The children have made some lovely bunting depicting themselves as a knight, prince or princess which we have strung across the classroom.

In RE we are learning about our favourite stories, this week the children loved the story of David and Goliath and how such a small boy could overpower a giant. The children carried on with some lovely role play outside.

In maths they learnt some numbers in French and have been doing a lot more addition and subtraction sums, on the interactive whiteboard and on giant numberlines.




The Happy Couple (25th May 2018)

Our wedding theme continued this week in RE with our wedding reception. Tommy was absent so Joel stepped into the groom’s shoes! The children dressed for the occasion, enjoying speeches from Margaret and Oliver, party food and table decorations. There was a first dance and we wore ourselves out dancing to some classic wedding dancefloor fillers!

During the rest of the week we have been writing about space and learning a space poem with actions. Robyn very kindly brought in some dehydrated astronaut ice cream sandwiches which the children loved.

There has been lots of craft, from paper aeroplanes (rockets!) to sewing.









Wedding Bells! (18th May 2018)

In RE the children are learning about weddings. What better way to learn than to act them out! Tommy and Alyssa dressed for the occasion and pretended to get married on Monday. The children loved the ceremony, from the clothes to the plasticine rings! Next week is the wedding reception. Photos to follow!

In maths the children have been counting in 2’s – they then found objects outside and put them into groups of 2 to count.

Tennis training is proving lots of fun, we have some budding professionals in the class!







Outdoor Learning (11th May 2018)

With this weeks lovely weather, you can see we have done lots of outdoor learning! 

Stream Class are starting to challenge themselves in maths and some have enjoyed using our playground number line to work out sums. We’ve also been learning more about 2D shapes, we have been really impressed with the children’s knowledge, especially of pentagons, hexagons and octagons.

In our topic Space there has been lots of writing about rockets and the moon. 

Stream have continued learning a song for the Musical extravaganza - all to be revealed!

The children are also loving thinking of names for Mrs Ream’s puppies, all eleven of them. 






Super Star Story Tellers! (20th April 2018)

This week has been all about sunshine and story-telling. The children have been using their imaginations to tell a story to the class who then act it out as Mrs Gent scribes their words. It has motivated lots of lovely writing!

As it has been so lovely the children have spent a lot of time in the outdoor area, especially around the water tray. I have overheard a lot of great language being used about capacity and water displacement as they played together.

We have had All Stars Cricket in to lead a session which the children loved.

In maths this week some children have been revising recognising numbers to 20 and ordering them, and some have been learning their 10 times tables.







Keeping active (16th March 2018)

Last week Mrs Gent changed the room layout to give Stream Class more space for being active and for carpet activities. The children love it! You can see from the photos that it means we can do lots of fun things such as yoga (the children were excellent and really focused doing this) and a bit of the Body Coach workout for kids!

We are still on our topic of growth and Mrs Ream’s flowers are getting taller every day. We read a book called Fussy Frank and the children all wrote down things that they are fussy about. Their writing is really coming along. They love some songs on Youtube called Tricky words – ask your child to sing along to them for you.

We finished work on 3D shapes last week and this week are focusing on numbers to 20 including addition and subtraction sums.

Phonic sounds that we have focused on are ‘air’ and ‘ear’.




Healthy Stream Class! (23rd February 2018)

This week for Healthy Schools week the children have learnt about healthy eating and keeping active. They have had lots of opportunities to plan healthy meals, made some amazing plates of food out of tissue paper and used the laptops to pack a lunch box. We are sure the highlight of their week was making a sandwich. We sat back and observed their skills and were very impressed in their healthy choices. They all loved sitting eating their creations, even the ones who made ham, egg, hummus, cucumber and banana sandwiches ate them all up!

They enjoyed learning all about the Winter Olympics, they loved the highlights of snowboarding, the luge and ice skating. They then made themselves medals and all seem certain of Olympic success one day.

They were very enthusiastic in maths this week too, as you can see the roll of paper in the photo was covered in numbers and sums by the end of the afternoon. The offer of choosing time didn’t even lure them away. It was great to see them challenging themselves and how proud they are becoming of their achievements.








Fun online (9th February 2018)

This week there was a national e-safety day. Being very young, we spoke to Stream Class about the things we can do online, how we get online, what is fun and problems they might come across. The general opinion from Stream is that adults spend too much time on their phones! We played lots of fun games on the Nickelodeon and Cbeebies websites and talked about how they must ask an adult before they use the internet.

For the last week of dinosaurs we made dinosaur footprint biscuits (these may or may not make it home as they are sampling them as I type) we looked at modern day reptiles that are like dinosaurs and talked about animals that may become extinct.

We have been outside a lot more doing PE mixed with active maths!

In phonics most of the class are writing words or sentences with the ‘oo’ sound in them.






Rhyming competitions (2nd February 2018)

This week we have been listening to poems mainly about dinosaurs! The children have really got the hang of rhyming words. There have been lots of competitions of ‘who can write the most words that rhyme with…’ in 5 minutes. Try it at home with simple words like cat or log progressing to trickier words.

In music we have been shaking our sillies out. Ask your child to sing it to you!

As you can see in the photos the children have loved finding patterns in nature in maths lessons. In PE we had a go at obstacle races and problem solving with the circle of children and a hoop.

It’s been a lovely week!







Welcome Charlotte! (18th January 2018)

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

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







Busy dinosaurs! (12th January 2018)

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

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

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

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













Christmas week (15th December 2017)

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

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

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







In their own words (1st December 2017)

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

Alyssa – we made the biggest tower of bricks.

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

Joshua – I had fun stacking.

Tommy  - playing and I am star of the week.

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

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

Elena – the outside area.

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

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

Natalie – I had fun writing about Frozen.

Hope – I dressed up as a donkey.

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

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

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

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







More Magic! (17th November 2017) 

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

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

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






Magic potions! (10th November 2017)

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

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

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

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




Magical! (3rd November 2017)

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

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

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



Global learning week (20th October 2017)

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

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

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

See you soon!





Learning through play (13th October 2017)

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

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

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




Grumpy Faces and Whales (6th October 2017)

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

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

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

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



Undersea World (29th September 2017)

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

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

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





Team Stream! (22nd September 2017)

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

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

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

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




School Life! (15th September 2017)

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

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

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





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

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

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

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







What a scorcher! (23rd June 2017)

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

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

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





Role play (16th June 2017)

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

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

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






Outdoor Learning (9th June 2017)

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

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





Week Commencing (15th May 2017)

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

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

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





 Week Commencing 8th May 2017

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

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

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



Week Commencing 24th April 2017

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

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

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






Week commencing 27th March

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

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




Love is in the air (10th March 2017) 

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

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




World Book Day (3rd March 2017)

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

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


Fen Farm Trip (6th February 2017)

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

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

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

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










Bird watching (3rd February 2017)

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

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

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




Excavating and Fact Finding (20th January 2017)

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

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

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





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

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

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




Happy New Year! (6th January 2017)

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

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




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

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





The Billy Goats Gruff (18th November 2016)

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

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





Traditional Tales (11th November 2016)

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

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



What a fun week! (28th October 2016)

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

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

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

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





God's Creations (7th October 2016)

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

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





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

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

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

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

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




Journeys (23rd September 2016)

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

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

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



A Great First Week! (9th September 2016)

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

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

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

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





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