Mrs Sims and Mrs Linehan
Friday 24th June
It has been an amazing week in Magpies class this week! We have been incredibly busy out and about enjoying lots of school trips!
On Monday, we went to Sywell Country Park to deepen our learning about habitats and living things in Science. The children showed respectful behaviour and they were fantastic at sharing all their knowledge! We enjoyed a range of activities! In the morning, we enjoyed searching the butterfly garden, herb garden and woods for mini-beasts. We learnt many fascinating facts like the fact that bees like purple flowers!
In the afternoon, we were able to look closely at different animals homes. We looked at different bird’s nests, a bat box and a wasp’s nest! The children enjoyed creating their own mini-beast home as a team, building a ladybird house and hunting for pinecones! We were so proud of the Magpies class for their enthusiasm throughout the day!
Our second trip was to Sponne sports festival! We enjoyed many different sporting events such as dribbling the ball, obstacle course races, throwing the beanbag, jumping and running! The children gave their best and worked well as a team to cheer one another on! They represented the school incredibly well! Well done to Daisy who was the fastest child out of all of the competing schools!
Our Star of the Week goes to Luna! Luna showed respectful behaviour on our school trip and she asked many thoughtful questions! She was also a star at Sponne by encouraging her team and joining in brilliantly!
Friday 17th June
It has been a lovely sunny week in Magpies classroom! Despite the hot weather, Magpies have continued to have a brilliant week of learning!
In Maths this week we have continued to reason when telling the time. We learnt how to read the time to the nearest five minutes! We also enjoyed learning how to write the time and timing ourselves doing different activities!
In Literacy this week, we have gained confidence when using a range of conjunctions when we write. The children have learnt how to add detail to their sentences and written some brilliant ideas about Mama Panya and her pancakes!
We enjoyed our Design and Technology lesson this week where we are beginning to learn about freestanding structures. We designed a windmill for a mouse to live in and we are looking forward to building it next week!
In RE, we enjoyed researching the different parts of a Synagogue and why these are important. We made some posters with our talk partners. Take a look below!
In our Geography lesson this week, we learnt about the capital city of Kenya, Nairobi. The children looked at aerial photographs of the city and learnt how to find the human and physical features.
Our Star of the week goes to Logan! Logan has been working incredibly hard with his writing and he has produced some fantastic pieces! Well done, Logan!
Friday 10th June
Our first week back after half term has flown by! Magpies class have all been working their socks off and enjoying their learning in class!
In Maths this week, we have continued to build on our understanding of how to read the time. We have worked hard on explaining our reasoning problems using Mathematic vocabulary such as the minute hand and the hour hand!
In Literacy, we have enjoyed writing for a range of genres! The children have worked hard on their independent writing to produce some great pieces. They were particularly proud of their story writing, for their cold write, based on Mama Panya’s pancakes by Mary and Rich Chamberlin!
In Science, we were learning about things that are living. This was harder than it seemed but we had some great class discussions about whether a fire, balloon filled with air and a tree in Winter are alive or not and why!
A highlight of the week has to be our Tennis lesson with Beth. The children were brilliant at learning the basic skills of tennis and learning how to hit the ball with control. We are already looking forward to next week’s lesson!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Jaymi! Jaymi has produced some fantastic writing this week due to her hard work in class and she always has such a positive attitude to her learning!
Friday 27th May
Today we have had an incredibly, memorable day celebrating the Queens Jubilee! The children were excited to come dressed in their red, white and blue! We started the day making bunting for our picnic. The children enjoyed finger printing their Union jack bunting! Afterwards we made and decorated crowns for our celebration.
A highlight was our Jubilee picnic where we joined with the whole school to have our picnic outside in the sunshine! After lunch, we sang the National anthem with pride and a song all about the Queen’s life on the throne! We enjoyed watching the Kestrels class dance around the Maypole!
In the afternoon, the children learnt all about the common wealth. They had a challenge to find the countries on a map and learn the flags of these countries! The children used an atlas to help them! They enjoyed working in partners to make their own flags from around the common wealth!
Our Star of the Week goes to Molly! Molly is always a pleasure to have in our Magpies class. She is reliable, trustworthy and she always spreads kindness around our classroom! Thank you Molly!
Have a well-deserved rest and enjoy your half term break Magpies!
Friday 20th May
This week we have been incredibly busy in Magpies class! The children have been absolute stars all week!
A highlight has to be our trip to Littleworth Flower Farm. The children used a map to help them find the flower farm. Then when we got there, Emma showed us around. We were excited to see the new guests at the farm- lots of bees! After we enjoyed our picnic! In the afternoon, the children had a go at drawing the landscape of the farm. We used the techniques we had learnt from John Constables work in our Art lessons to help us draw with perspective. We also had a go at drawing a map of the flower farm. We looked carefully at the different buildings and structures around us and the children even remembered to use a key with their map! A huge thank you to Emma Davidson for her kindness in letting us visit the flower farm!
In PE this week, we have enjoyed continuing our Athletics learning. We learnt how to do a standing jump and then practiced all of our jumping skills using the different equipment. We thought about the effects exercise was having on our body!
In Literacy, we have been busy writing our non-chronological report. The children have written some brilliant reports all about their imaginative village. I certainly wanted to visit them!
Our Star of the Week goes to Foster! Foster has shown determination and such a conscientious effort with all of his assessments and with all of his learning this week! Well done, Foster!
Friday 13th May
Magpies have had a super week of learning! In Geography this week, the children learnt how to use geographical directions to move on a map. They worked well with their talk partner to direct the Lego character from the school to the telephone box and back!
In Science, the children have been incredibly excited to see that not only have our sunflowers started to germinate but they have also grow! We enjoyed making observations of our findings.
In Maths this week, the children have been learning all about 3d shapes. As always, there has been plenty of tricky Mathematical vocabulary to understand. The Magpies class were able to sort the shapes, compare 3d shapes and even solve some tricky problems! Well done Magpies!
In our Literacy lessons, the children have been planning their non-chronological report. The children enjoyed designing their own village ready to write about next week!
Our Star of the week goes to Lainey! Lainey has a quiet determination to her work. She is a super role model to the rest of our Magpies class!
Friday 6th May
Another amazing, jam-packed week in Magpies class! This week the children have been busy across the curriculum!
In our Maths lessons, the children have been learning about shape! We named our 2d shapes and 3d shapes and then started to look at their features. The children were super at making sure they used the correct mathematical vocabulary. We even enjoyed drawing some 2d shapes with a ruler!
In Literacy, the children have been learning about a non-chronological report. We have looked at an example about Greens Norton village and talked about the features of this. The children enjoyed being the teacher and spotting the missing punctuation in my writing!
In our Geography lesson, the children became experts in using a key to find human and physical features. We looked at lots of different scaled maps and used the key to help us know what the symbols meant. The children thought carefully about what they notice and came up with some super ideas!
In Science this week, we learnt all about roots! We learnt the importance of roots for a plant but also spent some time observing what these look like. Magpies were able to make careful observations and even start comparing different types of plants.
In Music, the children are enjoying their friendship song. We learnt to play the notes G and E on the glockenspiels and xylophones and listened to the music with care.
Our Star of the Week goes to Maisie! Maisie is an absolute joy to have in our Magpies class! She is always ready, listens with care and she engages fully with our learning across the curriculum!
Friday 29th April
Another week bursting at the seams with our learning in Magpies class!
This week, in Literacy, we have enjoyed writing up our adventure stories. The children used their beautiful Kinetic Letters to write up their stories. We were so proud of how the children formed their letters correctly and grounded them evenly to the line! Amazing writing that you should be proud of Magpies!
In Science, the children have enjoyed learning all about seeds. We learnt that seeds grow into plants. We learnt to record and gather information when investigating which fruit has the most seeds. The children produce a tally chart and a block chart to present their information. We enjoyed planting our sunflower seeds and we are excited to see these grow over the next few weeks!
In PE the children enjoyed their cricket taster session. The lesson was full of plenty of games and the chance to learn some new cricket skills!
In Geography this week, we have a friendly alien visit us! The children wrote him a letter explaining the human and physical features of Greens Norton village. They were able to explain how these features help people to live.
Our Star of the Week goes to Freddie. We have been blown away with Freddie’s fantastic attitude to learning this week and his focus during every lesson! A role model to the other children!
Enjoy your bank holiday weekend Magpies!
Friday 22nd April
A super first week back after our Easter break in Magpies class this week! We have enjoyed diving straight into our new Geography topic this term "There's no place like home!" where we are learning all about the local area of Greens Norton!
Our Geography learning started off when we enjoyed learning about the human and physical features of the village. The children went on a walk of the village and they were able to spot some of these features!
In Literacy this week we enjoyed writing our stories that we planned before the Easter break. We have focused on cohesion, conjunctions and using a range of sentence types! We are looking forward to editing and reading our stories next week!
In Maths we have been practicing some more formal style questions! We have used RUSC to help us answer word problems. The children have even learnt how to check their number calculations with care!
In PE this week we have developed our skills in both Tri-golf and Athletics. We enjoyed our golf lesson where we learnt how to hold the golf club correctly and the different names given to the parts on a golf course.
In RE we are diving into the question "What makes some places sacred for believers?" The children reflected on their favourite place and why this was important to them.
Our Star of the Week goes to Archie! Last term and continuing into this week Archie has been working incredibly hard with his learning. He focuses well and each lesson he tries to be the best that he can be! Well done Archie!
Friday 1st April
What a fantastic term in Magpies class! We have certainly enjoyed the term together and the children have certainly worked their socks off!
This week in Literacy, we have enjoyed planning our stories. The children enjoyed being creative and choosing their own character and setting! We are looking forward to using our writing skills to write these after the Easter holidays!
In Maths, we have finished our unit on fractions. Although, at times, not an easy concept to understand, the Magpies class have grown in confidence with their understanding of half, quarters and thirds! They are even able to explain the meaning of the word equivalent!
In Science this week, we continued to learn about the needs of our pets. The children came up with some brilliant scientific questions about how best to look after a pet! We enjoyed finding out from Mrs Linehan how she best cares for Holly her dog!
In Art, we completed our unit taking inspiration from Kerry Darlington’s work. The children learnt how to layer different materials together to create a specific effect. They enjoyed being creative with their final art piece!
Our Star of the Week goes to Jasper! Jasper has been first ready for every lesson this week and he has shown a super attitude to learning all term!
Have a lovely Easter Magpies class!
Friday 25th March
Another week flies by in Magpies! This week, we have been incredibly proud of how all of the Magpies are trying their best and working incredibly hard in our lessons!
In Literacy this week, we have been working hard to learn how to use conjunctions. We have learnt what a conjunction is and we have been trying hard to make sure we use the correct punctuation. We even managed to make our sentences cohesive!
In Maths this week, we have developed our understanding of fractions. We have been learning about unit and non-unit fractions. We enjoyed our problem solving activity where we helped to find the height of the Fraction family!
In History this week, we have been learning how to compare significant individuals. Using both our learning about Christopher Columbus and our learning about Neil Armstrong, we have found similarities and differences between them. We enjoyed creating a conscience alley to help us decide who was the best explorer!
In Science this week, we learnt all about how to look after a pet. We spoke about the key things a pet would need if we were to look after it responsibly. We learnt how to create a tally chart and then a block chart to present our learning.
Our Star of the week goes to Alivia! Alivia is a conscientious learner who always tries her absolute best. She is determined to give her best effort every single lesson!
Friday 18th March
A superb week in Magpies this week! The children have enjoyed their learning across the curriculum!
In Literacy this week, the children thoroughly enjoyed writing up their animal shape poems. The children were incredibly proud of their writing and wrote them up in neat in their beautiful Kinetic Letters!
In Maths this week, we have persevered with fractions. We have been learning to identify quarters and thirds. The children have worked hard to practice explaining this tricky vocabulary to their talk partners. As always, the Magpies have been brilliant at explaining their ideas when answering some fractions reasoning challenges!
In Art this week, we enjoyed learning how to use the oil pastels to build up and embellish our art work inspired by Kerry Darlington. The children looked carefully at the detail in her work to inspire them with theirs.
Magpies class are fully engaged with our History this term! They are fantastic are remembering facts about Neil Armstrong! This week we learnt how to retell his adventures in space and we enjoyed making a class film to help us!
On top of all of this learning, Magpies have worked hard to complete their assessments this week. The children have really focused well and tried their absolute best! Well done to all the Magpies class!
Our Star of the week goes to Thomas! Thomas inspired us all with his interesting facts about Neil Armstrong and he has been persevering with his Kinetic Letters in Literacy! Well done, Thomas!
Friday 11th March
Another week flies by in Magpies class! This week we have been busy across the curriculum!
On Monday we enjoyed creating artwork in the style of Kerry Darlington, our artist for this term. The children learnt how to use their pencil to create a light outline and then used Kerry’s artwork as inspiration for colours for their own watercolour wash. We are looking forward to embellishing our art work next week!
In Literacy this week, we have been boxing up our poem to learn about how to structure a poem well. The children enjoyed planning their own poem, choosing their own animal, and creating a word bank with some fantastic choices of adjectives, adverbs and alliteration!
In Maths this week, the children have started to learn about fractions. On Monday’s lesson we used the Cussinaire rods to help us become familiar with parts and wholes. Later on in the week, we have begun to learn how to recognise and find half.
In History we learnt all about Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon on Apollo 11. The children enjoyed acting out the sequence of events and then the Magpies drew their own pictures to show Neil Armstrong’s adventure!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Ava! Ava has become a superstar reader by using Fred talk and plenty of expression when she reads! Well done for all your hard work Ava!
Friday 4th March
Books, books and more books! What a fabulous week it has been in Magpies class, particularly our celebrations on World Book Day! We had an amazing day enjoying reading and sharing all of our favourite books! We enjoyed listening to different adults in our school community reading books and we enjoyed selling our favourite books to the Robins class! The Magpies class had a brilliant time dressing up! You can take a look at their amazing costumes below! In the afternoon we enjoyed making puppets of our favourite book characters! Can you guess which book characters were our favourite?
The rest of the week has been jam packed with our learning across the curriculum! In Literacy we have been learning about adverbs so that we can add interest to our poems. In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about dividing. This week the children have learnt about the relationship between multiplication and division. In our Art lessons, we enjoyed learning about the artist Kerry Darlington who takes her inspiration from nature and fairy tales. We enjoyed layering cardboard to create an interesting effect!
Our Star of the Week goes to Harper! Harper is always kind, helpful and shows us how to be a good friend to others! Well done!
I have attached the Year 2 SATS parent meeting notes below for your interest.
Friday 25th February
It’s been a wonderful week back in Magpies class! The Magpies have come back to school with a refreshed attitude to learn and what a great week we have had!
Our highlight of the week was our Jewish visitor, Jo Elijah. The children impressed her with their knowledge about the Jewish faith. We enjoyed learning all about the special Torah scroll and the ark. The children were fascinated by the model of the Torah in the ark and they were able to remember so many interesting facts. We even had the opportunity to ask our own questions about the Jewish faith. Take a look at our pictures below!
The children also thoroughly enjoyed their session with the Saints Rugby. The children were able to begin to learn about rugby as well as how to work effectively as a team. They are certainly looking forward to their session next week!
In Literacy this week, the children have enjoyed reading shape poems. The children enjoyed guessing the animal of the shape poem and learning some new descriptive language. We have learnt all about alliteration and we enjoyed trying to think of our own!
In Maths we have continued to learn about division. We have learnt how to share equal groups by answering one and two step word problems. We also enjoyed having a go at learning how to group numbers by problem solving!
Our Star of the Week goes to Nellie! Nellie always arrives at school with a fantastic attitude to learning and she always works incredibly hard at the task set her! Well done Nellie!
Friday 11th February
A great end to yet another incredible term of learning!
This week, alongside our lessons, we have been celebrating two incredibly important things! The first of these is internet safety week. Dizzy duck has helped us to think carefully about our behaviour on the internet and we have learnt how we can make sure that we stay safe online. We have talked in our class about using safe passwords, being kind online and what to do if something makes us feel worried.
The second is mental health day! Today we enjoyed celebrating all of the things that make us happy! We spoke about how these things are different for everyone! We enjoyed making hearts and attaching a special message on them to brighten someones day. We are looking forward to putting these out on the school fence for you to read after half term. Then, we thought about people that could help us when we were feeling down or worried and we enjoyed making a support balloon to show these special people.
Another highlight of the week was our Design and Technology lesson. The Magpies thoroughly enjoyed making their fruit skewers. They were able to wash and cut the fruit safely, follow their creative designs and taste and evaluate their product!
In our Maths lesson, we have been working hard to understand multiplication. This week we have applied our understanding of the multiplication ‘groups of’ sign and we have been busy solving problems with our 2s, 5s and 10 times tables.
Our Star of the Week goes to Jasper! Jasper works incredibly hard in our lessons and he always has a fascinating fact to share! Have a super, restful half term Magpies!
Friday 4th February
A wonderful start to February this week in Magpies this week!
A highlight has to be our Design and Technology lesson where we enjoyed learning how to wash, peel and cut fruit safely. The children listened carefully to the instructions and they were fantastic at the food preparation. We enjoyed tasting the fruits to decide which ones we would like to pick for our fruit skewers next week!
In Literacy, we have been busy planning our recount writing. We decided which character we will be on board Columbus’ ship and planned some adverbs, past tense verbs, questions and exclamations to include in our writing!
Maths has been a challenge this week as we have moved from repeated addition to learning about multiplication! We have introduced the x sign and talked about all of the different words we can use to explain this! The children have been using cubes and arrays to help them!
In our Science lesson this week, we have continued to learn about how to keep our bodies clean to help us stay healthy. The children enjoyed learning how to observe carefully when learning about the importance of washing their hands. The children put a little glitter on their hands to represent the germs and then investigated which was the best way to stop these germs from spreading!
Our Star of the Week goes to Jack! Jack has been a reliable and trustworthy Magpie this week. He has been so helpful around the classroom and he has even helped explain multiplication to some of the other children! Thank you Jack!
Friday 28th January
Another week has flown by in our Magpies class this week!
In Literacy this week, we have been working on our grammar skills. We have learnt how to add adverbs to our writing to make it more interesting for the reader. We also spent some time learning how to use questions and exclamation sentences! We used Flat Stanley to help us!
In Maths this week, we have started to learn how to multiply. The children have been brilliant at using sentence stems to describe groups and arrays. We have enjoyed using cubes to build our own arrays and writing some number sentences.
In History, we discovered some of the things that Christopher Columbus found on his adventure! We found out that if it wasn’t for Columbus we might not even have chocolate today!
In our computing lessons this week, we learnt how to create our own pictogram. We learnt what pictogram is and then how we can use this to collect our own data! We collected data on the types of houses that we live in.
Each week we thoroughly look forward to our library time on a Friday afternoon! This week we were excited to vote for a book for Mrs Sims to share! Don’t forget to enjoy reading at home this week Magpies!
Our Star of the Week goes to Lucia! Lucia is growing in confidence and she has been contributing more and more in our lessons! Lucia is a fantastic role model in our class and a pleasure to teach!
Friday 21st January
This week Magpies have been so busy! From getting messy with clay, to learning how to dribble in basketball, to learning how to write in the past tense consistently- I think they will all be in need of a rest this weekend! We have had yet another super week!
On Monday, we were so excited to have Charlotte, a clay ceramic artist, with us! We thoroughly enjoyed taking our inspiration from nature around our school grounds to create some beautiful clay tiles. Charlotte taught us how to roll the clay evenly and then press in some of the interesting leaves and flowers we had found to show an imprint. We even had the opportunity to paint these! We cannot wait to see what they turn out like after they have been fired. A huge thank you to Charlotte for her time, resources and expertise!
In PE, this week we enjoyed learning how to dribble and chest pass in Basketball. The children worked well with their partner to bounce the ball at waist height!
Our Science lesson this week helped us to think all about healthy eating. We learnt about the different types of food and then sorted foods into those we need a lot of and those we just need a little of! The children enjoyed thinking about the concept cartoon and deciding who they most agreed with!
In Maths, we have finished off our unit on money. The children have worked hard to use the coins to make different amounts. This week we enjoyed tackling some challenging two-step problems. We chose two items from the shop to buy and we learnt how to work out how much change we would need!
Our Star of the Week goes to Daisy! Daisy is a conscientious member of Magpies who always takes care over her work! Daisy has brilliant ideas in our PE lessons and she is always quick to encourage others!
Friday 14th January
It has been another fantastic week in Magpies class! The children have been engaged in their learning and they have certainly been retaining many of our key facts from our lessons!
In Literacy this week, the children have written their adventure stories. The children have been using cohesion and focusing on remembering their capital letters and full stops. We have been working on reading our writing back to a partner to check for mistakes and improve our word choice,
In our reading lessons, we are enjoying reading the book ‘Flat Stanley’. This week we have learnt how to retrieve answers with accuracy. We have spent a lot of time in lessons practicing and learning how to read fluently. The children have enjoyed being the teachers to their partner in our paired reading!
In PE this week, the children enjoyed their basketball lesson. We learnt how to dribble to ball with control. We worked hard on bouncing the ball at waist height.
In our Science lesson, we enjoyed learning all about how exercise affects our body. We designed our investigation by thinking of an activity to get our body moving. We tested to see what happened to our heart rate before and after the activity!
Our Star of the Week goes to Carter. Carter is a friendly, thoughtful and cheerful member of the class who always tries his best. Carter has been reading with fantastic expression this week!
Friday 7th January
Welcome back and a huge Happy New Year to you all! We have had a fantastic start to 2022 in Magpies class. The children have settled incredibly quickly back into the classroom and they worked hard with their learning this week!
We have enjoyed our diving into our History topic this term! We are learning all about the adventures of Christopher Columbus. The children used sources to help them decide if they could answer questions about Columbus before we found out who it was. Then we learnt all about pirates! We couldn’t believe that Columbus survived a pirate attack! We can’t wait to find out more about him!
In Literacy we have continued to learn about our story writing based on “The Journey”. The children practised writing cohesive sentences using state it, sustain it, sustain it! We enjoyed thinking about the important features of a story.
In Science we have started our topic all about Humans! The children were all excited to share their baby pictures as we thought about how humans grow and change from birth.
In our PE lesson this week the children enjoyed learning gymnastics. We learnt how to travel and balance on the equipment by using our body in a curled position.
Our Star of the Week goes to Sofia! Sofia is always a brilliant role model in our classroom and shows a fantastic attitude to her learning! A great start to 2022 Sofia!
Friday 17th December
This term has flown by! As expected the Magpies have had a fantastic term and thoroughly enjoyed finishing it all off with some incredible Christmas nativity performances!
It might be the end of term but Magpies have been busy learning!
In Literacy this week, we have been learning all about the past tense verbs. The children have been able to identify these in a sentence and write their own past tense verbs using the suffix ‘ed’ where needed.
In Maths, we have started learning all about money! The children have practised recognising coins and they have been able to think about the different values of coins!
We have been busy finishing our science unit all about plants this week! The children were amazed to look at their cress and find that the cress had even started to germinate in the dark! We drew some careful observations!
Our Star of the Week goes to Molly! Molly is a reliable, thoughtful Magpie who always works hard in our lessons and always looks out for the other children in the class! A brilliant Autumn term Molly!
This week would not be complete without a massive well done to all of the Magpies and Robins for their Christmas Nativity ‘Prickly Hay!’ The children performed their lines beautifully, enthusiastically joined in the songs and danced their socks off! What incredible performances!
We also enjoyed a special Christmas dinner on Thursday. We made Christmas hats and enjoyed a delicious meal!
Have a lovely Christmas break Magpies!
Friday 10th December
This week has certainly been a busy one in Magpies class! In amongst all of the Christmas Nativity performances the children have been working their socks off in class!
In Literacy, we are really enjoying the book ‘The Journey’. The children have been enthusiastic to write and they have produced some great writing! We even found time to write a fact file in our Geography lesson where the children wrote facts about the world using all of their knowledge from this term!
In Maths, we have been learning to add three single digit numbers. We have been thinking about the most efficient way to do this, using our number bonds to help us! The children enjoyed diving into some problem solving activities!
In our Science lessons this week, we followed up on our observations and learnt that a plant needs water, light and temperature to stay healthy. We spoke about what a seed might need in order to germinate. We put some cress seeds in the light and in the dark! We thought about which ones would grow first!
In Geography this week we learnt about the final 2 continents! We found out all about South America and North America! We had to sort facts to see which continent they were from. The children were beginning to compare the two continents by thinking about what is the same and what is different!
The children were very excited to see the stage up on Thursday morning and they performed brilliantly in their dress rehearsal to the rest of the school this morning! We are looking forward to showing you our performance next week!
Friday 3rd December
Magpies class have had a fantastic week! With Christmas play rehearsals beginning it really is very exciting!
In Science this week we learnt about what a seed needs to grow. We looked carefully at bulbs and seeds and we were able to make some comparisons. The children all recorded their thinking with beautiful presentation! We enjoyed planting our own cress seeds. Some children put them in the dark and some put them in the light. We will wait and see what happens to our cress!
In Maths this week we have continued to problem solve with our number bonds to 100. There has been some great learning together as the children have practised explaining their thinking to their talk partner! Don't forget to keep learning these Key Instant Recall facts at home!
In Literacy we are really excited to read the Journey by Aaron Becker. We have enjoyed looking carefully at the pictures to infer what might happen next. We have practised using our capital letters for names, the start of the sentence and places.
Our Christmas play rehearsals are going well! The children are incredibly excited and you are certainly in for a treat!
On Wednesday we enjoyed listening to the Raven's class perform their Brass concert! Thank you Ravens!
This week our Star of the Week goes to Foster! Foster is a joy to have in our classroom and we have been impressed with his hard with this term!
Friday 19th November
Its been a busy week in Magpies class! Take a look at our photos below to see all of our learning!
In Literacy we have been busy writing our stories for the Robins class! The children have worked really hard to use cohesive writing and to include questions and exclamations! We are looking forward to finishing our stories next week!
In Science we thought carefully about why the grass grows in Summer but not in Winter. We made some observations of the grass now. We brought a piece of grass inside to see if it grows better in the warm classroom!
In Geography we enjoyed learning about the equator and the Northern and Southern Hemisphere! The children were able to find where the equator goes. We looked on a map to find some of the warmer countries.
In PE we have enjoyed our target games and gymnastics. We were able to roll a ball with control to our partner in our outside lesson. In gymnastics the children have been learning to make straight and zigzag sequences by travelling in different ways. We are looking forward to getting the large equipment out next week!
A huge well done to the children for raising so much money for Children in Need today. We enjoyed a mufti day, lots of games at playtime and colouring in Pudsey!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Lilah. Lilah has made great progress with her writing due to her hard work in class!
Friday 12th November
Another brilliant week in Magpies class! Across the curriculum the children have been working incredibly hard and trying their best!
In Geography we enjoyed learning about compass directions. We used clues with compass directions to help us stick the continents in the correct place on the globe. We also learnt the 5 oceans of the world. The children enjoyed being weather presenters and creating their own weather report to help them remember the names of the continents and oceans!
In Maths this week we have continued to practise our adding and subtracting. We have been working really hard to make sure we count accurately. We enjoyed some problem solving lessons. The Magpies class all felt really proud of their problem solving when they managed to find lots of answers to the challenge!
In Literacy we have been boxing up our Meerkat Mail story. The children have learnt about the key features of a story and they are looking forward to writing their own stories for Robins class!
In Music this week we have been learning our Ho Ho Ho rap! We enjoyed trying to rap the words and keep up with the music! We were able to play the tune on the glockenspiels! Take a look at our photos below!
Our Star of the Week goes to Oliver! Oliver has only just joined our Magpies class but already he is showing a brilliant attitude to learning! Oliver is a hardworker, kind friend and a super role model for our class rules! Well done, Oliver!
Friday 5th November
This week we have been busy flying around the world! The children are enjoying our new Geography topic this term learning all about the world in which we live! They learnt the names of the different continents through a catchy song and then used globes, atlases and maps to help them locate where they are.
In our Literacy lesson, we have spent most of the week working on cohesion. The children are enjoying using the book Meerkat Mail to help them learn how to write sentences that link together. Some fantastic writing throughout the week! We even had a visit from Sunny the meerkat!
In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract. We have spent most of our time on different methods to solve subtraction number sentences. The children were using their tens and ones to help them. We tried presenting our work neatly to help us make sure we counted carefully.
Across all of our subjects the Magpies have been working their socks off! In PE we enjoyed target throwing and beginning to think about different ways of travelling in our gymnastics lesson. In Music we are learning a Christmas rap! It was tricky to squeeze all of the words into the sentence but we are getting there! We are enjoying learning some of our songs for our Christmas nativity!
Our Star of the Week is Lainey! Lainey is quiet, reliable and hardworking. She is always presenting her work thoughtfully and neatly! Well done Lainey!
Friday 22nd October
A final week in Magpies week! We have had a brilliant term together with lots of hard work from all of the children and lots of learning happening all the time!
Our week this week has been a busy one! We started the week by finishing off our learning about the Great Fire of London. The children have certainly enjoyed this History topic and they are full of fascinating facts to share with you! This week we learnt about how fire engines have changed over time.
In Maths this week, we have found many patterns in numbers! We have been adding and subtracting both ones and tens. The children have used equipment and jottings to help them. They were able to tell their partner what they noticed about the tens and ones!
In Literacy we have enjoyed finishing off our recount writing from Samuel Pepys. The children were incredibly proud of their final recount!
In our Science lessons, we learnt how to use equipment safely to help us investigate different materials. We measured to see how stretchy different materials were and then we thought carefully about a tricky concept cartoon!
Our Star of the Week goes to Alivia! Alivia is kind, hardworking and a fantastic role model in our Magpies class! Well done!
A super first term in Year 2 from all of the class! Have a well-deserved, relaxing half term Magpies!
Friday 15th October
It has been a week full of kindness in Magpies class. This week we have been particularly impressed with how the children are looking after one another and helping one another in their learning! Our week started with an afternoon of History where we learnt how to use a text to retrieve important historical information. The children read King Charles II speech on how he wanted London to be built after the fire. We enjoyed redesigning London and pretending to be the architect Christopher Wren!
In Literacy this week, we have learnt all about recount writing. We have looked at the important features of a recount and we were able to find them in the text! Magpies’ class have planned their recount as though they were Samuel Pepys. We are looking forward to writing them next week!
In Science this week, we have continued to learn how to make careful observations. We looked at the same object made out of different materials and thought about how it was suitable for its purpose!
Our Star of the Week goes to William. William has shown a fantastic attitude to learning and he has been working incredibly hard with his Kinetic Letters each lesson! Well done, William!
Keep reading at home over the weekend Magpies and don’t forget to sign your reading records!
Friday 8th October
It’s been a super week in Magpies class! From celebrating Harvest festival in the church, enjoying our special pizza party and learning to use a saw for the first time! There has been a lot of excitement this week!
In History this week, we learnt how to use a timeline. We learnt about the events of the Great fire of London and then created our own timelines to show these events in time order!
In Maths this week, we have been busy counting in 2s, 5s and 10s! We even learnt how to count in 3s! If you look at the pictures below you will notice we started to learn about fact families. We enjoyed persevering at a tricky Maths challenge where we used our fact families and number bonds to help us!
In Design and Technology, we had a brilliant afternoon using our designs to help us build our fire engines! The children took great care with using the saw to help them cut the dowelling they needed for the vehicles axles. They followed their designs carefully and used different materials to make their fire engines as realistic as they could!
In Reading this week we have been learning how to make predictions. We have been trying to use what we already know about the text to help us make sensible predictions! We have been enjoying reading the book Pumpkin Soup to help us!
On Thursday morning, we were able to celebrate Harvest Festival at the church. The children learnt a poem all about different ways that they can look after God’s earth. They performed it incredibly confidently with huge smiles on their faces! Look at us in action in the photos below!
Friday 1st October
The term is flying by but Magpies class have had another super week!
In Design and Technology, the children enjoyed designing their fire engine ready to make it next week. The children thought carefully about the materials they would like to use and the type of axle they would need.
In Maths this week we have been busy counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. The children have been looking carefully at the numbers to try and spot patterns! We enjoyed working out whether the numbers are odd or even!
In History we learnt about why the Great Fire of London spread so quickly! We looked carefully at different sources to help us. We enjoyed using drama to help us learn how the soldiers helped in the fire. We pretended we were a soldier in 1666 and wrote a letter home telling our parents just how busy we had been!
In our reading lessons this week the children have been thoughtfully asking questions and wondering about the book ‘Vald and the Great Fire’. The children have been showing they can use the text to help them ask questions. We even came up with some questions we would like to ask the author of the book!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Ella! Ella has been confidently coming into school and she has been impressing us with her learning across the curriculum!
Friday 24th September
A busy week in Magpies class! This week we have enjoyed learning how to compare numbers, investigate wheels and axles, write a setting description, learn how to dribble a ball with control and much, much more!
In our Maths lessons, we have been using the Maths resources to help us compare objects and numbers. The children were able to explain their mathematical thinking using key vocabulary to help them. We learnt how to use a place value chart to help us show numbers in different ways.
In our History lessons this week, we were able to compare two different sources. The children enjoyed reading a part of Samuel Pepys diary! We couldn’t believe it was the real diary written in 1666! The children were brilliant at finding things that were the same and different between the diary and a picture of the Great Fire!
For Science this week we learnt how to use equipment in an investigation. We investigated which material would be the most absorbent. The children used a pipette to help them measure the water and they worked well with their talk partners to investigate the different materials.
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Jaymi! Jaymi has shown an amazing attitude to learning and she has always been ready to challenge herself in her learning.
Friday 17th September
It has been another brilliant week in Magpies class this week! The children have continued to enjoy their learning and work incredibly hard in lessons! In Literacy we have been learning about the important features of a setting description. This morning the children came up with some super adjectives and expanded noun phrases to describe the city of London as it blazed in the great fire!
In our Maths lessons, we have been developing our understanding of tens and ones. We have been using the part whole model to find different ways of making a number. The children have used the Base 10 to help them!
On Tuesday afternoon, we enjoyed a tennis house competition to practice using our tennis skills from Year 1. We will await to see the results of the winning house team!
We also enjoyed our computing lesson this week, where the children learnt all about coding. They were able to give instructions to help control the airport and make sure the planes were flying in the correct direction! They even managed to include sounds in their coding!
For Science this week we learnt how to gather and present our data. Using our knowledge of materials, we enjoyed a material hunt around school to find out how many different materials we could find. The children neatly presented their findings as a block chart.
In Music we enjoyed learning our song 'Hands, Feet, Heart'. We used the glockenspiels to play the notes G, C and A along to the music. A great way to end our Friday afternoon together!
Our Star of the Week this week goes to Maisie. Maisie has been welcoming to our new children and showing that she is always ready to learn in Magpies! Well done, Maisie!
Welcome to Magpies!
Friday 10th September
What a fantastic first week together as our new Magpies class! The children have been superstars and they have enjoyed their learning this week!
Our week started with a day of History. We learnt all about Charles II and even had a very special visit from him! Then we learnt how to compare the rich and poor houses in the Tudor times. The children enjoyed building their own houses out of junk models. Take a look at our pictures below!
In Literacy this week, we have started to practise our Kinetic Letters, full stops and we have even been learning about cohesion! The children have put all their concentration into doing the very best writing they can.
In Maths, we have started building up with numbers to 50. We have been using Maths resources to help us and reminding ourselves of the tens and ones in a number. We even tried some really tricky reasoning problems.
Here are a few helpful notes for the week:
Spellings: Spelling books will need to come in on a Monday each week. Please help your child to practise their spellings using Kinetic Letters at home.
Reading: Your child should have brought home a reading book and reading diary. Please read with your child at least 5 times each week and record it in their diary. Reading books will be changed each Thursday.
Library: Your child will also bring home a library book each Friday to share together.
PE: Our PE days are usually Thursday and Friday.
Thank you for your support! We are looking forward to a great year in Magpies Class!