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Magpies 2020-21

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!