Magpies class 2019-20
Mrs Sims, Mrs Salmons, Mrs Linehan, Mrs Murphy and Mrs Spencer
Time flies and yet another half term has finished!
Friday 14th February
A brilliant end to yet another busy term in Magpie class! We have had a great week together with lots of hard work and lots of learning!
This week we have thoroughly enjoyed writing our own adventure stories! We came up with our character and decided on an exciting setting. Feel free to pop in to read some of the children's fantastic writing.
In Maths we have continued to use our reasoning skills to learn all about shape. The children have been explaining their ideas carefully and working hard to use the correct language. Mrs Sims was impressed when the Magpies counted the vertices, edges and faces accurately!
In our Topic learning the children enjoyed finding out about some of the items that Christopher Columbus returned with from his journey. The Magpies wrote some detailed diary entries to explain all about how Christopher Columbus might have felt!
On Tuesday afternoon we continued to learn all about how to stay safe online. We enjoyed reading the story of Goldilock's adventures with her phone! We spoke about the need to stay safe online and what to do if anything worries us. The children had some really sensible ideas and they were able to decide in their talk partners what is safe and what to do about it.
This week we have started to grow our own potatoes. We are leaving them on the windowsill for two weeks and then we will plant them! Watch this space to find out what happens to our potatoes!
Our Star this week is Tom. Tom is one of our hardworking Magpies who has been making a real effort with both his Maths and Literacy. Tom is also a superstar around class and he has been spotted on more than one occasion helping out the other children. Thank you, Tom!
Have a restful, safe and brilliant half term!
Red Spellings (split digraph a-e)-came, made, make, take, game, race, same, snake, amaze, escape
Blue Spellings- (le endings)- table, apple, bottle, little, middle, able, wobble, dazzle, riddle, multiple
The adventure continues...
Friday 7th February
Magpies have had a creative week with their imaginations wild! This week we have been planning our adventure stories. We have been reading the story The Way Back Home and we have used this to plan our own under the sea adventures!
In Maths this week the children have blown us away with their ability to name and describe the different 3d and 2d shapes. The children have even been using some tricky words like "vertices", "edges" and "faces". I'm sure they will be happy to tell you what they mean!
In our Topic lesson this week the children enjoyed getting into the character of Christopher Columbus and writing a postcard home. The children wrote about what they had discovered, what they will bring back and they even included some questions.
In PE our Basketball lessons have been brilliant! The children are really enjoying learning a new skill. We have been practicing our dribbling, chest passes and bounce passes.
One of our favourite lesson this week was our Science lesson. This week we investigated whether "bendy materials would be strong enough to hold a toy car". We found out that it depends which bendy material you picked to test. The children worked well with their talk partners to investigate this!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Eleanor! Eleanor is such a bubbly, friendly and kind member of our class and she is a pleasure to teach! She is always polite to other adults and she takes on advice for her learning quickly! Well done Eleanor!
Red Spellings-(oe and au) toe, goes, tomatoes, potatoes, heroes, launch, haunt, author, August, toe
Blue Spellings- (tricky words) fast, last, father, class, grass, plant, path, bath, people, pass
The weeks fly past!
Friday 31st January
What a busy, exciting week in Magpies Class it has been! The children have been working hard in lessons and lots of learning has been happening!
In Literacy we have enjoyed reading an Oliver Jeffers book called The Way Home. The children have been creatively thinking of adjectives, adverbs and expanded noun phrases to describe the boy and the alien. We are enjoying using our text map to learn the beginning of the story.
In Maths we have learnt all about pictograms, tally charts and bar charts! The children enjoyed collecting their data to find out which pet was a class favourite. They put the information into a bar chart and even answered some reasoning questions about it to!
In Science, this afternoon we enjoyed carrying out an investigation into which material would be the most absorbent for a kitchen cloth. The children enjoyed using different scientific equipment and they carried out their experiment with great team work!
Lennox is our Star of the Week this week. Lennox is a bubble of joy in our classroom and brightens up our lessons with his cheerful nature! Lennox has been incredibly focused at his desk over the past two terms and he has been trying his best in every lesson! Well done Lennox!
Red Spellings blew, chew, screw, drew, threw, stew, few, new, renew, nephew
Blue Spellings all, ball, call, walk, talk, always, small. wall, fall, altogether
A fantastic week in Magpies!
Friday 24th January
We come to the end of yet another fantastic week in Magpies. From Maths, Literacy, Art, PE, ICT, Music and much more the children have been learning lots!
In Literacy we have been busy writing some independent writing about our setting descriptions. The children wrote some detailed descriptions of an underwater scene. They were using amazing adjectives like 'ancient', 'rotten' and 'peaceful'. We used our beautiful Kinetic Letters and added in conjunctions and adverbs to make the reader feel as though they were there! Magpies class enjoyed sharing their writing with one another.
In Maths this week we looked at both multiplication and division and learnt that they are the inverse of one another. The children have used arrays to write number sentences to show their understanding of grouping and sharing. This wasn't easy at first but we were impressed how some children kept going with their learning!
In Art we enjoyed looking at shape. The children learnt that shapes build up a picture. They had a go at using the shapes on different animals to see if they could create different patterns.
In PE the children enjoyed their first lesson of Basketball. We were impressed with how carefully the children followed the instructions and worked in small groups to practise their dribbling skills using the ball. The children showed they had great control of the ball!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Hollie! Hollie has been ready to learn during our carpet inputs; she has been a kind friend and she has been incredibly settled to learn during lessons. Hollie thank you for being in our Magpies class!
Red Spellings: (aw sound) saw, paw, raw, claw, yawn, shawl, drawer, law, jaw
Blue Spellings: patting, patted, humming, hummed, dropping, dropped, sadder, saddest, runner, runny
Friday 17th January
It's been an incredibly busy week in Magpies class but the time has just flown by! In our Topic this week, we continued to research into the life of Christopher Columbus. The children have been really engaged in finding out facts about his life. We learnt about his story and how he came to discover South America and we enjoyed finding out a bit about his childhood. The children drew some fantastic comic strips explaining about him.
We also enjoyed our P.E lesson with James from Pacesetters this week. The children were working on their teamwork skills and they enjoyed using the balls with control and accuracy! The Magpies were very excited for PE!
In Art we practised using shapes to help us to draw. The children enjoyed drawing a hedgehog by using the different shapes that they could see in the picture.
As if that wasn't enough for one week, the children have been hard at work with their setting descriptions. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the Journey book. We had to look really carefully for the clues in the pictures to work out how the story ended! We will look forward to writing our own setting descriptions next week.
Our Star of the week this week is Lucie! Lucie has been an incredibly respectful member of Magpies this week. She is always ready to learn, persevering with her learning and being a fantastic role model. Thank you, Lucie!
If you have any free time over the weekend why not login to Oxford Reading Buddies for a story or see if you can beat your Timestable Rockstars score!
Spellings: (Red group)-clue, blue, glue, true, tissue, issue, queue, value, statue, rescue
(Blue group)- hiking, hiked, hiker, nicer, nicest, shiny, being, shining, scary, scaring
Happy New Year!
Friday 10th January
Welcome back Magpies! Magpies class have thoroughly enjoyed our Stunning Start this week. They worked together in small groups to discover who the explorer we are learning about this half term is! The children solved jigsaws, cracked codes and explored the globe to find out the name and facts of the explorer. The Magpies have been brilliant at remembering lots of facts about Christopher Columbus! I'm sure they will be happy to share some with you!
In Maths this week we have been working hard to learn division. The children have been thinking carefully about drawing their arrays and they have been working hard to count carefully. We have been sharing and using mathematical vocabulary to help us.
In Literacy, the children enjoyed reading the book "Journey". When describing the setting the children were able to think of some amazing adjectives! We had to practise explaining what the meaning of these adjectives was! The children wrote questions to the girl and exclamation sentences to describe the forest.
Our Star of the week this week goes to Freya. Freya is always full of enthusiasm to learn and she is a cheerful member of our class. Freya has been ready to learn quickly and even helping her classmates to do the same. Thank you Freya!
Red Spellings-boy, enjoy, annoy, oyster, joy, girl, shirt, birth, first, thirsty
Blue Spellings-copying, crying, replying, marrying, carrying, flying, trying, drying, skiing
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friday 20th December
Magpies have had a brilliant final week before Christmas! We have been getting into the Christmas spirit by making Christmas cards and enjoying lots of Christmas songs!
In Maths this week we have continued to learn our 5's and 10's times table. We have been solving some tricky problems and explaining our reasoning to our partner. In Literacy we impressed Mrs Sims by using our neat Kinetic Letters to write up our poems.
We have been finishing off the year learning how to be kind friends. We have thought hard about how we can make our classroom a kind place to be.
Magpies have also had some special treats this week! We thoroughly enjoyed making our Christmas hats on Tuesday and enjoyed our delicious Christmas meal. We enjoyed singing Christmas songs in the church!
Have a restful, safe and cheerful Christmas Magpies and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!
A performance to remember!
Friday 13th December
What an amazing week! This has been a week to remember in our Magpies class. We have had a fantastic week performing our Christmas Play 'Baubles' to the school and parents! The children confidently spoke their lines, danced with excitement and sang their hearts out! Magpies and Robins you have done yourselves proud!
We have also been busy in our Literacy lessons this week. The children have written poems about the poppy. They have used some imaginative adjectives and some adverbs to add detail. We wrote our final version today and their writing is well worth a read!
In our RE lessons we enjoyed making posters all about why Christmas is important to Christians. The children worked in pairs to present and explain their ideas. We thought of some big questions we might like to ask God if we met him about Christmas.
In Topic this week we spoke about how we can bring peace to our classroom. We drew pictures on doves and we thought about what we can do to help make our classroom a peaceful place to learn.
Our Star of the Week this week is Caitlin. Caitlin has blown us away with her independent learning in Maths and all of her hard work across the curriculum. A huge well done Caitlin!
Rest well over the weekend Magpies and we look forward to enjoying our last week of term!
What a fantastic week in Magpies!
Friday 6th December
This week the production has been in full swing! The children have been practicing their lines, learning the dances and singing their hearts out! We have been proud of all the excitement and patience of the Magpies children. Make sure you find time to come and watch our performance next week!
In between rehearsals we have been continuing to learn about multiplication. This week the children have started to learn how to draw arrays to solve multiplication number sentences. Though using cubes and drawing pictures the children were able to understand this well. In Literacy, we have been practicing using conjunctions and we have even started using commas in our sentences.
We had a brilliant afternoon on Thursday where we enjoyed carrying out our science investigation. The children investigated "How can we wash our hands the best?" They thought of how to investigate the question and they worked well in small groups to carry it out. We had a brilliant discussion around what we found out. Let's use soap and water to help us clean!
Our Star of the week this week is Georgia. Georgia has been confidently coming into school, giving 100% to her learning and she is a fantastic role model. Georgia is a kind and caring young lady and we are lucky to have her in Magpies!
Have a great weekend Magpies!
Red Spellings-out, about, cloud, found, proud, mountain, loudest, sound, scout, sprout
Blue Spellings-Megan's, Ravi's, the girl's, the child's, ,the man's, the school's, a dog's and a teacher's.
Magpies class getting active!
Friday 29th November
This week we have been busy in Magpies class learning all about multiplication! We started by counting objects with repeated addition and then we challenged ourselves to look at the times symbol. Not an easy concept to understand but the Magpies have been using cubes and drawing pictures to help them find the amount of groups they need. We even moved onto some tricky reasoning problems!
In Literacy we have continued to learn our poem about the Lions! We have used actions and pictures to help us to remember the poem. The children have been fantastic when coming up with different vocabulary this week. As if this wasn't enough, Magpies class have also had a real focus on their Kinetic Letters. We have made sure every letter we write has started in the right place!
In Science we enjoyed getting active on a Friday afternoon. We did some exercise to help us understand how our body changes when we exercise. Our hearts were all beating fast at the end!
We have been working hard on our Christmas Play. The children have been incredibly excited about their performance and have been singing and dancing with much enthusiasm! You are in for a real treat!
Our Star of the week this week is Lydia. Lydia understands learning is important. She focuses well in class, tries her very best and she is a fantastic role model around the classroom! A real role model in Magpies!
Have a lovely weekend Magpies. Don't forget to try out your new Timestables rockstars login at home!
Red spellings: day, play, May, say, stray, tray, delay, crayon, clay
Blue spellings: can't, didn't, hasn't, couldn't, shouldn't, wouldn't, wasn't, it's, Mrs, Mr
Thinking back to the past...
Friday 22nd November
This week Magpies have been busy thinking back to the past and thinking about how the families would have felt when the men had to go and fight in the war. The children were really empathetic and they came up with some amazing ideas. The Magpies pretended that they were a child in 1914 and they wrote a detailed letter to their older brother and their fathers telling all about how life had changed without them.
In our Maths lessons we have finished learning all about money. The children were getting really good at answering reasoning problems and they were able to explain their answers well. We enjoyed pretending to buy items from our class shop and working out how much these things might cost.
In our RE lessons the children thought about the Christmas story. They had to decide what the characters from the Christmas story might be thinking and draw their speech bubble. As a class the children had lots of fantastic ideas and were able to think about their role in our Christmas play!
Our Star of the Week is Henry! Henry has had a brilliant week and he has been concentrating really well in lessons. Henry has thought of some amazing adjectives for our descriptive writing.
Red spellings-water, away, good, want, over, how, did, man, going, where
Blue spellings-station, fiction, motion, national, section, addition, subtraction, potion, option
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 started 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!
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!