"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 2020-21

Thursday 16th December

Merry Christmas Everyone!

What another fantastic term in Magpies class! This week we have finished our Maths learning on money. The children enjoyed buying items at Mrs Sims' shop and working out how much change they would need. The children even had a go at some challenging two step problems!

In RE we enjoyed learning about Botticelli's Mystic Nativity and we came up with lots of questions about his painting. We used what we know about the Christmas story to think about some "I wonder" questions. 

In amongst our learning this week we have found plenty of time to enjoy lots of Christmas crafts and activities! On Wednesday afternoon we enjoyed watching 'The Selfish Giant' panto! The children enthusiastically joined in with the actions and songs! We enjoyed performing our song to all of our parents on Tuesday! 

Our favourite lunch was certainly our Christmas dinner this week! We made our Christmas hats, sang along to some Christmas tunes and enjoyed our delicious food!

Our Star of the week is Eloise. Eloise is a reliable, caring and encouraging member of Magpies class. She is always saying kind words to her peers and encouraging them in their work! 

Have a wonderful Christmas Magpies! Stay safe, look after one another and let's hope Father Christmas makes a visit!

Friday 11th December

14 sleeps ‘till Santa!

The Magpies class are incredibly excited about Christmas but this hasn’t stopped them working incredibly hard this week! From growing our own cress, planting our bulbs to solving tricky Maths problems, the Magpies class have been amazing!

In Science we have enjoyed planting cress to find out whether a seed needs light to germinate. We have also decided on our own question to investigate about bulbs. We planted our bulbs and we are looking forward to watching them grow!

In Literacy this week we finished writing our character description about Shen. The children were incredibly proud of their writing!

In Art with Mrs Musson, the children have produced some amazing prints and drawings for their final piece. Take a look at some of the photos below…

Our Star this week is Sofia. Sofia is a pleasure to teach. She listens carefully, works hard during her independent learning and she is a kind friend who looks out for other children in our class!

Red Spellings- /ea/ sea, seat, bead, read, meat, treat, heap, least, steam, repeat

Blue Spellings- /adding –ed, -er and –est/- copier, copied, happier, happiest, cried, replied, tried, dried, driest, funnier

Friday 4th December

Advent has begun....

The days in Magpies Class seem to fly by! This week the children have been observing bulbs and seeds, writing postcards from the Artic and counting out coins with different amounts! 

In Literacy this week the children have been coming up with expanded noun phrases and adjectives to describe Shen. We have been thinking about how she might feel at different points in the story and using clues from the text to help us infer.  

In Maths, we have continued to learn about different ways that we can make the same amount. We tried to find as many different ways we could, using all of the coins!

This week in RE we thought carefully about the wise men and the special gifts they took to baby Jesus. We spoke about some of the gifts that we are thankful for at Christmas time (and not just the presents we receive!)

In Science we enjoyed looking at bulbs and seeds. We used magnifying glasses to talk about what was the same and what was different between them. The children drew some detailed observations from their findings. We are looking forward to next week when we can see how our plants have coped without light and water!

Our Star of the Week this week is Katie. Katie is a kind, thoughtful and hardworking member of Magpies! She is always looking out for other children, focusing well on her learning or being a busy bee helping Mrs Sims! Thank you Katie!

Spellings- Red- /ou/ out, found, about, cloud, proud, mountain, loudest, sound, scout and sprout

Spellings- Blue- Using the possessive apostrophe correctly

Friday 27th November

Take a peek at our amazing artwork!

Once again we have come to the end of a busy week in Magpies class! This week the children have thoroughly enjoyed researching about how plants, carefully observing leaves to draw them and designing Christmas baubles to help the NHS!

In Literacy this week the children have worked hard on practising their conjunctions. We have even started to use some more challenging conjunctions such as 'if' and 'when'. The children wrote all about Shen's adventures with her magical paintbrush!

In Maths we have continued our learning with money. The children have begun to count different coins and notes and solve some problem solving activities. 

The children blew us away with their amazing artwork this week! With Mrs Musson, the children were carefully sketching and drawing leaves. Take a look at their work below...

This week in our reading lessons we have been working on the retrieve VIPER. The children been brilliant at using the text to retrieve their answers. Why don't you try asking your child some retrieval questions this week!

Our Star of the Week this week is Arthur. Arthur has impressed us over the past term with his excitement to read at home and in school and with his hard work in our lessons!

Red- /oa/ and /ow/ - toad, coach, goat, throat, toast, pillow, blow, glow, show, window

Blue- Contractions- can't, didn't, hasn't, couldn't, shouldn't, wasn't, Mr and Mrs

Friday 20th November

Around the continents, over the oceans and spotting the equator!

Another fantastic week in Magpies class! This we week have had a jam packed week of learning! 

In Literacy we finished writing our Meerkat Mail stories. The children are so proud of their writing so we had to put it up on display! The children have started to learn about a character description and enjoyed listening to the story of the Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson. We have spent a bit of time reminding ourselves what an adjective is and what a noun is. We put these together to create some brilliant expanded noun phrases to describe Shen the character.

In Maths this week we have finished our unit on addition and subtraction. The children enjoyed a problem solving activity using their number bonds and helping them to add single digit numbers. Next week we will begin to learn about money so if you have a couple of minutes over the weekend it would be worth having a look at some coins!

This week it is anti-bullying week. We have spent a lot of time thinking about what we can do to make sure our classroom and our school is a safe, happy place to be. We thought about some ideas of how to be a great friend and include everyone in our games. 

Our Star of the Week this week is Caitlin! Caitlin has really worked hard in our lessons over the past few weeks and she is becoming a brilliant independent learner! Well done Caitlin!

Blue Spellings- /tion/ station, fiction, motion, national, section, addition, subtraction, potion, option

Red Spellings- /ay/ day, play, May, say, stray, tray, delay, crayon, clay

Friday 13th November

Plant Explorers!

Magpies Class have had a wonderful week! The week started when we enjoyed planning our story writing all about Sunny the meerkat. The children have really enjoyed writing their own story this week. They have been thinking carefully about their capital letters, conjunctions and their use of adverbs. We are excited to finish the end to our stories next week!

In Maths this week the children have been continuing to learn about addition and subtraction. The children have been solving problems and using their understanding of addition to reason. Mrs Meredith came to join in our Math's meeting and she was so impressed how hard the children were working to practise all their maths fluency skills!

In Science this week we enjoyed learning all about how plants grow best. We set up our investigation to find out how much light a plant needs to grow healthily. 

Our Star of the Week this week goes to Amelia! Amelia has been working incredibly hard in our lessons and she has impressed us with her reading at home. 

Have a great, safe weekend and don’t forget to bring in your entry for our Children in Need competition next week!  

Friday 6th November

What a Wonderful World!

It has been a brilliant week back in Magpies class! The children are already thoroughly excited by our new topic! This term we are learning all about the world and the different continents. We enjoyed getting the maps, globes and atlases out this week and we were able to find the 7 continents. The children were really good at working together in their partners.

In Maths we have been subtracting and adding two digit numbers together with two digit numbers. Not an easy task, but the children have persevered with their learning. We will continue to work on this next week!

In Literacy we have enjoyed continuing the story of Sunny and his adventures in Meerkat Mail. We have learnt all about adverbs, questions and the key features of a story text. The children are looking forward to writing their own stories next week!

Our Star of the Week is Chase. Chase always works hard but this week he has been noticed going the extra mile in his learning. He has been ready quickly on the carpet and he has been confidently sharing his ideas with the class. Thank you Chase!

Don't forget to enter the mascot designing competition over the weekend!

Red Spellings /are/ care, bare, share, dare, hare, rare, scare, aware

Blue Spellings /suffixes/ enjoyment, sadness, careful, playful, plainness, argument, happiness, cheerful

Friday 23rd October

Fact Finders!

The Magpies class have had a brilliant Autumn term together! We are so proud of all of the hard work and progress the children are making!

This week in Literacy we have been practising writing questions, exclamations and remembering to use our capital letters in our sentences! The children have worked hard to understand the difference between a question and an exclamation sentence.

In Maths we have enjoyed some problem solving activities working in our talk partners. The children were using their knowledge of addition to help them solve problems. They were even able to explain their thinking to their partner clearly.

A highlight of the week has to be finishing off our fire engines. The children thoroughly enjoyed putting their fire engine together and decorating it. We spent some time evaluating our product as well. Take a look at some of our final pieces in the pictures below!

We enjoyed spending some time in our class assemblies this week thinking about all of the things we are thankful for. The children spent some time reflecting on their week and their first term in Magpies. We even started a little thankfulness box where we have put all of our reflections.

Our Star of the Week this week is Harrison. Harrison has made a real effort this term will all of the curriculum. Harrison is always caring and looking out for other children in our class. Thank you, Harrison.

Have a well deserve break Magpies and I look forward to hearing all about your adventures when we get back!


Red spellings-recap of spellings this term: home, bone, time, coin, kite, boy, straw, crawl, torn, fork

Blue spellings-recap of spellings this term: knit, knife, gnome, wrong, circle, race, badge, change, energy, magic

Friday 16th October

If only they had fire engines back in 1666!

A fantastic week in Magpies class this week. The children are continuing to work incredibly hard and put 100% into all of our subjects! 

This week in Literacy and Topic we have been writing Samuel Pepy's diary. The children have use conjunctions, adjectives and expanded noun phrases to add detail to their writing. They have thought of many brilliant sentences and enjoyed reading their writing aloud to one another.

In Maths this week the children have become detectives! They have been busy looking for patterns when they are adding and subtracting tens. The children even solved some tricky word problems this week. Some of us challenged ourselves to try some two step word problems!

In our Design and Technology lessons the children have completed their fire engine design with a partner. They used a saw to cut the doweling for their axle and managed to put their fire engine together. The children enjoyed painting their fire engines red!

Our Star of the Week this week is Louis. Louis has impressed us throughout the term with his fantastic knowledge about the Great Fire of London. He always has an interesting nugget to share! Thank you Louis!

Red Spellings fork, torn, born, worn, fort, cord, cornet

Blue Spellings (Tricky words) door, again, floor, wild, children, parents, most, only, both, climb

Friday 9th October

The fire comes to an end....

Magpies class have had a fantastic week together! In our Topic learning this week the Magpies have been thinking about how the Great Fire of London eventually stopped. The children wrote some brilliant reports explaining all about how the fire came to an end. They came up with some exciting headlines to catch the readers attention! 

In Literacy the children have been busy boxing up the text and planning to write their own recount. We were impressed with the word banks that they made on Wednesday to describe the fire and the feelings of the people. Take a look next week to see the final recount writing!

In Maths we have been learning to add and subtract ones. The children were very confident at using Base 10 and jottings to do this so we quickly moved onto some tricky reasoning problems! The children are becoming really confident at explaining their ideas to their talk partner. 

In RE this afternoon the children enjoyed making candles as they reflected on 'Why Jesus is Good News to Christians?' The children were able to suggest reasons why Jesus brings Good News and they remembered stories from the Bible to help them.

Our Star of the Week this week is Seb. Seb is a cheerful member of the class who has been quick to follow our school rules. Seb has worked carefully on his work and he has brightened up our classroom with his sense of humour! 

Have a great weekend Magpies!

Red Spellings-/aw/ dawn, straw, raw, hawk, saw, claw, crawl, lawn, jaw, draw

Blue Spellings-/ge/dge/ badge, edge, bridge, dodge, fudge, huge, charge, village, change, age

Friday 2nd October

Furious Flames!

Another week of learning has flown by in Magpies Class!

The children are full of facts about the Great Fire of London and they are thoroughly enjoying their topic learning! This week we learnt how to order events on a timeline and we found out all about what made the fire spread so quickly. This afternoon, we enjoyed reading our topic books and sharing new facts with our friends. Did you know the Great Fire of London started in Pudding Lane?!

This week Maths has been a challenge! We have been learning all about fact families and started to learn how to use the inverse to check for a number sentence. We also enjoyed having a go at Times Table Rock Stars. The children all have a login now and they are excited to practise their times tables at home!

In Literacy this week we have learnt all about conjunctions. We practised writing some sentences with 'and' and even tried to use 'because' to give the reader more information. The children came up with some brilliant adjectives to describe how the people of London would feel about the fire!

Our Star of the Week this week is Gabriel! Gabriel is always working hard, listening carefully and helping others around our classroom. He is quick to follow our class rules and he can be relied upon to work well independently. We are proud to have you in Magpies, Gabriel!

A huge well done to all of those children that have been reading at home 5 times a week (or more!) Keep it up Magpies and don't forget to keep recording your reading in your reading records!

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

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

Friday 25th September

Marvelous Magpies! 

This week the Magpies class have been incredibly busy! We started the week by planning our own setting description based on the book 'Pumpkin Soup'. The children were able to come up with some fantastic adjectives to describe the old, white cabin. We wrote our setting description and even had a go at editing it to make it even better!

In Maths this week we have learnt to compare numbers using the greater than and less than symbols. We ordered numbers and explained to our talk partner how we knew which order the numbers went in. We enjoyed solving some challenging place value riddles!

In Science the children carried out an investigation to find out if bendy materials could support a toy car. They enjoyed working together and recording their results. In Design and Technology the children investigated wheels and axles ready to build their fire engines. Take a look at our pictures below!

Our Star of the week this week is Reuben. Reuben has worked incredibly hard and managed to be the first child to finish his Bronze sticker chart! Amazing learning Reuben!

Have a great weekend Magpies!

Red Spellings i-e pipe, time, kite, knife, shine, mice, invite

Blue Spellings s-c  ice, cell, city, fancy, space, face, bicycle, circle, spicy, race

Friday 18th September

Pudding Lane is in a panic!

Once again Magpies Class have had a brilliant week! All of children have been working hard and learning so much! 

We have enjoyed our Topic lessons this week. The children have become researchers and have found out so many interesting facts all about the fire of London. We looked at two sources of information and decided which one helped us the most. The children worked in pairs to look carefully at the picture and an extract of Samuel Pepy's diary. Some fantastic team work seen all around the classroom!

In Maths this week we have been solving challenging reasoning problems. We have practised showing the numbers in different ways and deciding whether the representations of numbers were true or false. We have been very impressed by just how well the children can explain their ideas to their partner.

In Literacy we have written all about the Great fire of London. The children enjoyed coming up with some amazing vocabulary to describe what the fire might have been like and how the people of London might have felt! The children chose amazing words like "uncontrollable", "powerful" and "crackling"! 

We enjoyed our Science lesson this week where we tested to see which material would be best for a kitchen cloth. We used equipment to help us and the children tested a range of materials.

Our Star of the Week this week is Oscar. Although Oscar is a quiet member of our class, he is always working incredibly hard and always trying his best with his learning. Oscar is a fantastic role model for his amazing attitude towards learning. Well done Oscar!


Spellings Red (o-e, oe)- home, alone, stone, bone, phone, toe, goes

Spellings Blue- (wr)- write, wrote, wrap, wren, wrestle, written, wrong, wrist, wreck, wriggle


Friday 11th September

A brilliant first full week!

Magpies, we couldn't be any prouder of you! The Magpies class have worked their socks off this week! We started the week with our Literacy lesson and writing all about the city of London in 1666. We have learnt to use exclamation sentences and even some really tricky expanded noun phrases. I have been really impressed with the fantastic adjectives that the children have thought of.

In Maths we have been learning to show numbers in different ways. We have enjoyed using the Numicon, bead strings, Base 10 and number lines to show the different numbers. Today, we enjoyed some tricky problem solving and although it was a challenge at first, the children all managed to explain their ideas by the end of the lesson!

This week we have also enjoyed learning about the properties of different materials, practising our catching in PE and learning about how fire was used in the home in 1666. What a busy week it has been!

Our Star of the Week this week is Betty. Betty has been quick to follow instructions, helpful around the class and she has been working really well on her independent learning. Well done Betty!

Your child will have brought a reading book/s home this Thursday. This will need to be returned to school next Thursday. Please make sure that you record any reading in your child's reading record. 

Oxford Reading Buddy is also up and running. Your child's user name and new password can be found at the front of their reading record. Please login and enjoy the stories together!

Have a great weekend Magpies!


Spellings Red - ai/ay/a-e- rain, pain, paint, play, crayon, stray, bake, cake, snake, escape

Blue- kn/gn- knock, know, knee, knitting, knife, gnat, gnaw, gnash, gnome, gnarl 

Friday 4th September

Welcome to Magpies!

Welcome to our Magpies class! We have had a brilliant few days together. We have been busy learning all of our new routines and we have enjoyed seeing all our friends again. 

Our Topic this term is "Panic on Pudding Lane!" The children are already enjoying learning lots about the Great Fire of London. Yesterday we enjoyed learning about the rich and poor houses in London. We creatively built our house out of junk modeling. Take a look below at our fantastic models! Today we learnt how to ask historical questions about the Great Fire.

In Literacy today we wrote a setting description about London in 1666. We were impressed with the children's writing and how many amazing adjectives they came up with.

An amazing first week! Well done Magpies!