"Pupils behave well. They play happily together and consider each other’s needs very well.""Parents are right to be pleased with the quality of teaching at the school.""Pupils learn well because the work they do provides good levels of challenge and helps them learn new skills.""There is a happy and purposeful atmosphere in classrooms.""The curriculum supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development effectively.""Pupils get off to a good start in early years."

Magpies class 2019-20

Mrs Sims, Mrs Salmons, Mrs Linehan and Mrs Murphy

We start to remember...

Friday 15th November

What an amazing week in Magpies class. After the disco tonight, the children sure are in need of a good nights sleep! We have been really busy this week. In our Topic we have start to learn all about World War 1 and Remembrance. We talked about how the poppy is a reminder of hope for many people who keep peace in our world today. We enjoyed making our own poppies using tissue paper. We were really impressed with lots of children who helped their friends when they were finished! We even wrote our own set of instructions on how to make a poppy.

In our Literacy we have had a creative week planning our story writing. The Magpies class have written some exciting adventures and we look forward to reading the finished story!

In Maths we have continued to learn about money. This week we have been thinking about different ways to make an amount and how many ways we can find to do this. The children were really good at spotting the odd one out in some reasoning challenges and they were able to explain their thinking clearly!

Our Star of the Week this week goes to Dougie. Dougie has been putting in a fantastic effort with his learning. In Maths he has been working really hard with his adding and in Literacy he has been 'snuggling' his letters really well. Keep it up Dougie!

Red Spellings-here, there, where, love, come, some, one, once, friend, school

Blue Spellings-badly, hopeless, happily, lovely, joyless, slowly, quickly, careless, fearless

Another week flies by!

Friday 8th November

Magpies have been incredibly busy this week! In our Literacy we have been using conjunctions and apostrophes in our writing. These are tricky concepts to learn but Magpies class have worked hard on these. In Maths we have been learning all about money. We have been thinking about different coins and even beginning to compare different values.

Wednesday afternoon was a highlight this week, we enjoyed our Marvelous Middle! The children learnt all about different types of fruit and vegetables. Each group enjoyed learning where their food comes from, tasting different fruits and even enjoying exploring the patterns and textures the fruit and vegetables could make by printing. It was a brilliant afternoon!

In Science today the children were fantastic at learning about human and animals basic needs. They worked well in partners to choose their own pet and design a home for it. 

Remember to read as much as you can over the weekend Magpies!


Red spellings-today, said, says, are, were, was, they, she, he, we

Blue spellings-enjoyment, sadness, careful, playful, plainness, argument, happiness, cheerful

A healthy week in Magpies!

Friday 25th October

This week we have enjoyed visiting the Life Education bus to help us to learn about how to live a healthy lifestyle. We learnt all about our bodies and how we can eat the right types of food to look after them. We learnt how water is important to help our bodies and to help our brains to focus well. 

In Literacy this week we have finished writing our letter to the aliens. We enjoyed telling them all about Greens Norton and  all the things they might enjoy visiting in our local area. We were able to use conjunctions, questions and even a list of three in our writing! In our Guided Reading sessions we are enjoying reading The Enormous Crocodile and we have made some detailed predictions of what might happen next in the story.

In our Topic this week we have enjoyed using art to learn about the world where they live. The children have learnt about their world, the continent, the country, the county and the village where they live. 

Our Star of the Week this week is Pearl. Pearl is a quieter member of our class but one that is always getting on with the right thing! She is a fantastic role model and someone who can be relied upon in class. Well done Pearl!

Red spellings recap- rain, paint, escape, cried, fried, alone, home, turn, better, hammer

Blue spellings recap-knit, knife, gnome, wrong, circle, race, badge, change, energy, magic

Have a restful holiday and we will look forward to hearing about all your adventures!

Where in the World?

Friday 18th October

Magpies have had a busy, busy week as usual! This week we have enjoyed learning all about the United Kingdom. We worked in teams to sort the facts about the country and then we tried to remember as many as we could. We were very impressed with the teamwork from Magpies!

In Maths we have persevered to learn how to subtract two two digit numbers. It is not easy but all of the Magpies have tried their best. Some of us our now well on our way with subtraction! Keep practising at home Magpies!

In Science, we enjoyed finishing off our investigation. We found that the older children (mostly!) could do more starjumps that the younger children. We had a great discussion about why this might be and we even thought of some questions that we would like to investigate next! 

Our Star of the Week this week is Gabriel. Gabriel has been ready to learn this week and he has really focused well in lessons. Gabriel always wants a challenge and this has really helped him to learn lots in our class!

Greens Norton, Towcester, England, Europe and beyond!

Friday 11th October

It has been a brilliant week in Magpies and we are all tired out from working so hard! In Topic this week the Magpies have enjoyed learning all about where they live! We had fun looking for the United Kingdom on a globe, in an atlas and on a map! After this we learnt the capital cites of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We practiced using these places by making up our own weather report with our talk partners. Mrs Sims was pleased to hear that it was sunny in England!

In Literacy we have finished writing our stories about the adventures of our characters! Today we enjoyed writing letters to an alien space ship telling them all about our class. I hope they understood our English language!

In Maths we have been busy continuing to learn how to add two numbers together. We have attempted some tricky word problems using two two digit numbers.

Our Star of the Week this week is Rosie. Rosie is incredibly kind and respectful and for this reason we enjoy having her in our class. She looks out for her friends and always helps other children. 

We finished our week in Science by investigating whether older children or younger children can complete the most star jumps within 30 seconds. We will find out the answer next week!

Enjoy your weekend Magpies and don't forget to spend sometime relaxing with a book on Oxford reading buddies!


Red Spellings (oy and oi) -coin, boil, oil, tinfoil, join, annoy, toy, boy, enjoy, joy

Blue Spellings (j/g) -gem, giant, magic, giraffe, energy, jacket, jar, join, adjust, jog

Learning all the time with Magpies!

Friday 4th October

Magpies class have been busy with their learning this week. In Maths we have started to learn how to add two numbers together. We practised using the Base 10 to help us and then we tried drawing our tens and ones to help. We were fantastic at using this to help us solve some tricky reasoning problems and to find some patterns in different numbers!

In Literacy this week we have enjoyed learning the rest of the story about the sheep and the wolf. They have finally made their flying machine! The children are confidently retelling the story using the story map. We are looking forward to next week where we will be writing our own stories.

In Topic this week we enjoyed creating our own maps of our journey to school. Mrs Sims was really impressed with how the class used a key and presented their work neatly! 

Finally, this afternoon in science we learnt all about the life cycle of a frog. We enjoyed watching a time lapse and seeing how the tadpole develops.

Our Star of the Week this week is Jake! The Magpies class were not at all surprised! Jake is a brilliant role model in class and he is always working his socks off! 

Looking down from above!

Friday 27th September

This week in Magpies we have been continuing to learn all about our local area. This week we have enjoyed drawing our own maps of the school. It was a challenge at first for us to imagine what it is like looking at things from above but the Magpies managed to draw some detail maps. Some of them even remembered to include a key!

In Maths we have continued to learn about place value. This week we used the part/whole model to help us partition numbers in different ways. We were good at using our key Maths vocabulary of our tens and ones. We have also been practising counting in our 2's, 5's and 10's and using this to problem solve!

In Literacy we are beginning to learn our story about the Sheep and the Wolf! The children are fantastic storytellers and they have been remembering to use expression in their voices. In Guided Reading we have enjoyed learning about the Retrieve VIPER. He has helped the children to find key information in a text.

Well done to our Star of the Week Thomas. Thomas has been looking for a challenge in his learning this week and he has been a friend to many of our Magpies class! 

Thank you Magpies, another brilliant week of learning!


Flying high...

Friday 20th September

What a brilliant week in Magpies this week!

In Literacy, we have been busy planning and writing our setting descriptions. The children came up with some interesting and creative adjectives to describe the setting and they wrote some detailed sentences. The children have been working hard to use conjunctions in their writing .

In Maths we started to partition numbers in different ways. We have enjoyed challenging ourselves with some reasoning problems and even trying to problem solve! 

On Wednesday we were very excited to have a visitor in who brought a drone with him. We learn all about what things look like from above. We were very excited to look at the pictures the following day! Another lesson we enjoyed looking at a map and thinking about what the symbols on a map mean. We created a key for our map together as a class. Also, we had a look on google maps using our new Ipads!

Our Star of the Week this week is Adele! Adele is working incredibly hard in lessons, always trying her best and listening carefully when an adult gives instructions! We are proud to have you in Magpies!

Homework has been sent out today and it will be due back next Thursday. Please continue to read, sign your child's reading record and enjoy Oxford Reading Buddy at home!

We have a Year 2 information evening on Monday so please make sure you make every effort to attend! 


What a busy, busy week!

Friday 13th September

We have had a busy week in Magpies class with lots to remember! We have been working hard on being ready to learn, following our classroom routines and making sure that we do our best work at our tables!

In Literacy this week we have been learning all about the clock-tower clip. The children have thought up some fantastic adjectives and they have been brilliant at making sure that they use capital letters and full stops. We have been trying our best to make sure we focus well in our lessons so that we get lots of writing finished!

In Maths, we have continued to learn all about place value. We have learnt all about the tens and ones and even completed some reasoning challenges! 

In RE we learnt about the story of the Lost Son. The children enjoyed making puppets and they were able to think about how the son might have been feeling.  

One of our favourite parts of the week was Reading Buddies! Each week the children will spend some time enjoying a story book together with an older child. It was a brilliant time to watch the children enjoying books together!

Our Star of the Week this week is Logan. Logan has been a fantastic role model for our first full week together. Logan is cheerful and friendly in the class and he has shown respect by listening carefully to the instructions

Please remember to read with your child (at least three times a week) and record it in your child's reading record.

Have a lovely weekend!


Welcome to Magpies!

It has been a brilliant first few days in Magpies Class and we have jumped straight back in with lots of learning! Our Topic this term is This is my land where we will be learning all about our local area, our country and the world. On Wednesday the children enjoyed an i-spy around Greens Norton. They were all very well behaved and managed to find lots of different buildings in the village. We also enjoyed designing our own village using collage for our new topic book covers. On Wednesday afternoon we worked in groups to be 'village planners'. In our teams we had to use the building materials to create our own villages. We used the Lego, blocks and drew pictures of what we wanted the different buildings to be like!

Thursday and Friday we have been busy with Literacy, a bit of Maths and Science. The children wrote some interesting descriptions about the Clock tower and they even remembered to use adjectives! We are all learning our new groups and how to learn best in Year 2.

A huge congratulations to the children below for completing the Summer Reading Challenge! We love reading in Year 2 and we are so proud of these children who managed to complete the Space Chase! In Year 2 we expect the children to read at least three times at home each week (and don't forget to sign those reading records!) 

Have a lovely weekend and rest!