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Week Commencing - 14/3/22

Magpies have been working extremely hard this week in their final official assessment week before their SATs. 

On Monday, we celebrated our Star of the Week for his fantastic attitude towards school and for trying his best in all his subjects. 

We also had a few children pass their tackling tables this week which is fantastic! Knowing your multiplication and division facts helps make maths so much easier!

Our first superstar passed her Blue Phase (2x, 5x and 10x) Division and Mixed Test this week! This means she has 2 more Blue phase tests to pass before she can move onto Green Phase. She has said that she wants to be on the Red Phase before secondary school so she is working super hard!

These two have both passed tests in their Green Phase (3x, 4x, 6x and 8x) and are getting closer to moving on up to Red Phase! They both passed Green Mixed with one also passing Green Missing Numbers!

Our final Tackling Tables superstar has FINALLY passed his Red Phase (7x, 9x, 11x and 12x) Mixed test! He has been working on passing this for a very long time and is excited to be moving on!

On Wednesday we had another assembly from Norwich City Football Club! This week the children heard from Louis Cunningham who is the First Team Strength and Conditioning Coach. He spoke to them about the importance of movement and being active as part of a healthy lifestyle. The children also learnt about the exercise routines of some of the players!

This week was Week 3 of the classes Drawing masterclass with the Liv who is studying at Norwich University of the Arts. This was their last week to develop their skills before they produced their final project next week. Have a look at what they were focusing on below. 

Finally, Magpies had a visit from Penguins class this week! Penguins were conducting a science investigation about hand sizes and how they grow through Primary school. 

Week Commencing - 7/3/22

What a busy week Magpies have had!

We celebrated our Star of the Week on Monday for her fantastic newspaper report! She has really focused on her authorial tone which is needed for Greater Depth grade! We were also celebrating her for being exceptional and always trying extremely hard. 

On Wednesday we had a very special assembly from none other than the staff at Norwich City Football Club! (Go Canaries!) They spoke to the children about nutrition and how football players have to make sure they eat enough to allow them to have all the energy they need for their working week as well as their matches. They also learnt about some of the players favourite meals, one of which they had the chance to have on Thursday.  

 

As part of our literacy work, Magpies are going to write a “Thank You” letter to the Trinity Rotary Club for inviting us to the Mart a few weeks ago. They started brainstorming why they were thankful and the best bits of the day. You can see the brainstorms below:

Olivia came in again this week and this time the class was split into their drawing groups.  They concentrated on drawing eyes, which is extremely hard! Have a look at the amazing efforts below.

 

 

You may have already seen this on our Facebook page and on the Latest News part of the website but on Thursday, Magpies had a very exciting trip! We received the reward for the class with the highest attendance for the half-term between January and February which is fantastic!  The children chose a trip to the Majestic Cinema in town. They were treated to a private screening of Sing 2! The children behaved brilliantly and had a fantastic time, as did the adults!

It's been a brilliant week!

Mrs Seville, Keri, and Natasa

Week Commencing - 28/2/22

Our star of the week this week has made a brilliant start to her newspaper report about the Lady of Shalott. She has really got to grips with the tone and is making some great choices in her work. We cannot wait to see the finished piece!

As well as all their usual learning, Magpies have been lucky enough, (thanks to Asgardian Adventures!), to meet and receive some drawing tuition from Olivia who is currently studying at Norwich University of the Arts. This will continue for the next few weeks and we are very excited to see how their skills progress!

This week was also World Book Day! We were having so much fun celebrating our love of reading and listening to/reading our favourite books that we forgot to get a photo of all those who dressed up in the class! Always the sign of a good day!

Week Commencing - 21/2/22

Magpies have had a fantastic and memorable first week back after half-term!

Our fantastic star of the week was celebrated for constantly trying her best in everything she attempts. She is amazing! 

Thanks to the Trinity Rotary Club, Magpies were invited on a trip to the Mart this week. The children had a fantastic time! They all behaved exceptionally well and showed great manners. See below for some pictures from the day!

 

Magpies Week Commencing - 31/1/22

There is a lot to celebrate in Magpies this week! 

This amazing individual was our Star of the Week for achieving more than double her score in her reading assessment compared to before Christmas!

These brain boxes achieved Expected Level in their Reading Assessment, (which is where they are expected to be by the end of the year!) so are now beginning the push to achieve Greater Depth.

These two superstars managed to take it one step further and achieve a score of Greater Depth in their Reading assessment!

These wonderful individuals managed to score expected level in their Maths assessment which is where they are meant to be at the end of the year. So they are now working extra hard in order to achieve that Greater Depth score. 

These two were our top scorers in the Maths assessment. One scored 91 out of 110, the other 92! Both were extremely close to getter that Greater Depth score of 95/96 (depending on the grade boundaries!) and are determined they will achieve it in March when they have their last practise assessment before the real SATs in May! 

And, of course, Asgardian Adventures were back in on Friday. The children had lots of fun playing team building games and games for the playground. 

Magpies Week Commencing - 24/1/22

Due to their fantastic presentation in class last week, it makes sense that these 3 would be celebrated as our stars of the week!

Magpies have been working extremely hard all week as they sat their January assessments! So Friday they let loose with Asgardian Adventures where they learnt more games for the playground. 

 

 

Magpies - 21/1/22

Members of the class brought in change. The aim was to try and cover the whole logo with coins in order to raise money for the school. This was after the sign had already been emptied once!

Asgardian Adventures came once again, the children had a fantastic time.

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Magpies - 19/1/22

We had a fantastic presentation to recap our knowledge of World War 1 before starting our learning on World War 2. It was created and delivered by these fantastic children below. 

Magpies - 17/1/22

These amazing children all passed their Tackling Tables test last week! Well done everyone!

Our fantastic Star of the week this week has been celebrated for her brilliant questions in Science. 

Magpies - 14/1/22

Magpies have had a great first week back at school. One of the highlights this half-term is that Asgardian Adventures will be working with the class on Friday's looking at team building, tactics and playground games. See some pictures below of the class having fun!

Magpies - 17/12/21

Our children have had a fantastic week leading up to the Christmas holidays. One of the highlights this week has been out visit to the Corn Exchange for the pantomime. Have a look at some pictures below. 

Magpies - 10/12/21

The penultimate week of this half-term has gone by in a flash! We cannot believe this time next week we will have finished for the Christmas holidays!

The children are managing to keep their focus on their work and have been continuing to work on their Arabian Nights Tales in Literacy. We have had some fantastic discussions this week about archaic language and some of their favourite words they have learnt while writing. They then took great joy in editing Mr Lindley's writing and pointing out when he used modern words that didn't fit in with the stories. The children then edited their own writing which we are hoping to finish next week!

However, we haven't been able to escape the mention of Christmas as Magpies have been lucky enough this week to watch KS1's nativity performance on Friday, and they have been working on their song for the Eastgate Academy Christmas service. On top of that, the whole of Year 6 was given an extremely important task of writing the speaking parts for Year 6 speakers at the service. This was an extremely hard task as they had to look at the 2 songs that we are singing in the performance and find a link between them and then introduce them to the audience. Magpies worked with Owls to help write these and the results are brilliant! So brilliant in fact that we want to give you a sneak peek: 

'As you all know, at Christmas, many people put a tree up and Santa comes with Jingle Bells on his sleigh.  Sometimes we even have bells jingling on the Christmas tree. So we will now sing some songs that most people will know.  Firstly, Robins class will sing Jingle Bell Rock then Puffins will sing Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.'

'Presents or no presents – family is important.  Christmas is a time for people to be together. Any gift, when given from the heart, is wonderful whether big or small. It doesn’t matter about the amount of money spent when thought and time has gone into a gift. Here is Canaries singing Little Drummer Boy and then the choir singing When Christmas comes to Town. These songs are the true spirit of Christmas.'

In art this week the children continued with their learning about architecture in the Italian Renaissance. This week they focused on the Gates of Paradise (which are the gates on the Florence Cathedral (see below):

Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise', Florence (Illustration) - World History  Encyclopedia

Gates of Paradise in the Baptistry of Florence

These gates depict stories from the Old Testament in the Bible. The children were amazed to find out that these gates took 27 years to be built. They also discussed the use of linear perspective and how intricate the designs were. With this in mind the class then had a go at recreating their own version of the Gates of Paradise but with each panel telling a part of the Nativity story.

Lots of discussions were had this week in History as well. We continued our learning about the Suffrage movement and learnt about the National Union of Woman's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and how they campaigned for the right of middle and upper-class women's right to vote. Magpies were shocked to learn that Queen Victoria did not support the Suffrage movement but instead said it was a 'mad wicked folly'. They then began to create a poster showing what they had learnt. 

They have worked so hard this week, they have blown us away!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley.

Magpies - 19/11/21

Assessment week has officially finished!

As we're sure you know, this week Magpies have had a go at the 2017 SATs paper as part of their assessments and practice for the year. They worked extremely hard and really tried their best which is all we ever ask and want them to do! Across all subjects the class have shown tons of progress since September, and we are so so proud of them!

The goal for SATs is that at the end of the year the children reach Expected Level. This means that they can and have learnt and applied their knowledge from their time in KS2 (Years 3-6) and are ready to progress to high school. Those who are working above this leave can achieve Greater Depth which shows that they are working at a level beyond Year 6 and are reaching for those top sets in high school. As we said above, Magpies showed fantastic progress since the beginning of the year this week, so much so that we had multiple children already hit expected level, in November! This is a fantastic achievement and puts them in the running for achieving Greater Depth in May. We had students hitting expected all tests and some in all three! These were:

Reading:
- Emma (who was 6 marks away from Greater Depth!) 
- Charlie G (who was 3 marks away from Greater Depth!) 
- Justas
- Eimantas (who was 1 mark away from Greater Depth!) 
- Eden (who was 5 marks away from Greater Depth!) 
- Moosa (who was 9 marks away from Greater Depth!) 
- Dominic (who was 8 marks away from Greater Depth!) 
and Dylan W (who was 2 marks away from Greater Depth!) 

Maths:
- Eimantas
- Abbie-May
- Dominic (who had the highest score in Maths in the class and was the closest to Greater Depth) 

SPAG: 
- Emma
- Lexi 
- Charlie G 
- Moosa

A massive well done to Viktoria who managed to achieve expected level in all her tests this week!

We also had many students who were extremely close to getting expected level who also deserve a shout-out!

In Reading: 
- Lacey (who was 1 mark away!) 
- Aiden (who was 3 marks away!)
- Kornelija (who was 2 marks away!)
- Dylan G (who was 1 mark away!)
- Riley-Mae (who was 4 marks away!)
- Bridie-May (who was 1 mark away!)
- Abbie-May (who was 4 marks away!)

In Maths:
- Lacey 
- Aiden
- Charlie G 
- Moosa
- Nikoleta (who was 1 mark away!)
- Dylan W (who was 5 marks away!)

In SPAG:
- Lacey (who was 5 marks away!)
- Kornelija
- Ava (who was 9 marks away!)
- Justas (who was 9 marks away!)
- Abbie-May
- Dominic (who was 6 marks away!)
- Nikoleta (who was 3 marks away!)
- Lily-Rose (who was 7 marks away!)

Outside of assessments Magpies have been focusing on Maths and have been learning how to use bus stop method to divide up to 4-digit numbers by 1 and 2 digit divisors. They were quite shocked both by how much times tables plays a roll in most of maths and by how easy they found the method and working out the times tables of the 2 digit divisors. 

They have all worked so hard this week, we couldn't be more proud of them if we tried!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley.

Magpies - 12/11/21

Tons of hard work this week! The children were amazing as per usual!

The highlight of the week has to be Design and Technology. In this we are currently learning how to design and produce a product aimed at a certain target market. The children decided that they would like to make their phones cases for family members, (although some were quite sneaky and realised they could count themselves as a member of their family!).  The cases have been made out of felt so on Thursday and Friday afternoons this week the children have been finishing their designs and carefully cutting all the necessary pieces. They have then been working with needle and thread to sew their designs onto the front and back of their phone cases. Some have even been clever/brave enough to attempt to sew buttons as clasps! Have a look below at some of the amazing designs and sewing attempts: 

 

The phone cases are looking fantastic. The final step is to learn blanket stitch to attach the front and the back!

In literacy this week we were lucky enough to be able to watch the rest of the traditional tale retellings the class had created with Owls. Have a look at some pictures captured: 

We then moved on to dissecting the features of an Arabian Nights tale ready to be able to apply it to Little Red Riding Hood or the Three Little Bears in our writing. 

Magpies have also worked on their skills with multiplying, finishing off their learning about time zones. 

It's been a great week!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley.

Magpies - 5/11/21

What a crazy welcome back to school for Magpies!

Tuesday was Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This is a cultural celebration of life and death which originated in Mexico but is now common place all over the Latin American community. As a school we study this holiday as part of our Language curriculum. We believe that as well as learning a new language, you need to explore the culture of the countries that speak the language you are learning.  

As I am sure you remember, we asked the children to come in dressed for the occasion if they so wished! We were extremely impressed with the efforts made by Magpies class and UKS2 as a phase! Have a look at the pictures below!

The day started with a fantastic parade around the school to Spanish and Mexican music. Then the children spent the day recalling what they already remembered about the holiday before focusing in more detail on the ofrenda and what it symbolises. Some of the things we researched are what certain candles represent, why certain food is left on the ofrenda and why the ofrenda has a certain amount of levels. In the afternoon they practice their drawing ability through a symmetrical drawing task and began designing their own Calaveras. 

Maths has been where the class have shone this week! After spending a while looking at the place value of numbers, they have zoomed through addition! They showed a fantastic ability to recall how to use column method and then applying it to problem-solving. They have then been working on understanding subtraction, especially problems that required exchanging. 

In other areas of the curriculum this week, children have been: 
- Working in groups on a dramatic retelling of a traditional tale to help them rewrite them with an Arabian Nights style them.
- Learning about blood pressure and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. 
- Looking into time zones and why they exist around the world. 

It's been a great start to the half term! 

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley.

Magpies - 22/10/21

We made it to half-term! Well almost all of us!

This week Magpies have been working hard to complete their letter they started writing last week as Sinbad the sailor and have been listening and plotting the key events of some more of the stories in 1,001 Arabian Nights in literacy. They have been creating pictorial reminders of their favourite story to help them retell it to others. Have a look at some of the storyboards below:

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The class also moved on from place value in Maths and are now recalling how to add and subtract using column method. They have shown some fantastic understanding of the methods and are beginning to think about applying their knowledge to problem-solving which is where we will be heading after half-term. 

In Geography this week the children focused on the Arctic circle and learnt about how the tilt of the earth affects the seasons. They focused especially on the dramatic effect the tilt can have on the weather the Arctic as this can create many days in the summer where the sun doesn't set and days in the winter where the sun doesn't rise. However, they were also able to use the tilt to explain why countries closer to the equator do not experience much of a change in their weather over the year. 

There have been lots of arts and crafts this week with Magpies learning how to back stitch. They have been working with felt as this will be the material they will be making their phone cases from.  Also, the children got into the Halloween spirit by drawing spooky scenes in oil pastels. Have a look at them in the process of creating and at some of their fantastic drawings below:




Magpies, we are so proud of all you have achieved this half-term! We hope that you have a fantastic week off. Rest and have fun! We shall see you on the 1st November!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley. 

Magpies - 15/10/21

We have had another great week here in Magpies class and have been exploring some new lessons and topics which has led to some fantastic work. 

In literacy, we have started our first piece of independent writing with the students writing in role as Sinbad the Sailor.  They were tasked with writing to a friend and recounting all the fantastic things that have happened to him so far. We spent the beginning of the week coming up with a shared class plan and sharing good vocabulary choices to make the letters more interesting. Some of the letter introductions are amazing!

In maths, we have been continuing work on place value, focusing especially on our ability to round numbers. The children have been working really hard and showing fantastic number knowledge. Lots of them have required extension work in their lessons this week! One of the problems they were given is below, can you solve it?

In science, we continued our study of the human body and looked at the blood vessels and the difference between an artery and a vein. One of the ways to remember is that the artery carries bloody away from the heart and they both begin with an a!

This week we have also started some new foundation subjects and topics. These are: 

  • Geography, in which we have begun improving our spatial sense. Spatial sense is the understanding of shape, size, position and direction and how it applies to the world around us. We've been looking at the longitude and latitude lines on a world map and what details those lines can tell us about the countries.
  • Spanish, in which we have been recalling 'saludos' (greetings). We have remembered how to say:
    - Hola = hello
    - Buenos Dias = good day 
    - Buenas tardes = good afternoon
    - Buenas noches = good night
    - Adios = good bye
    - Hasta luego = See you later
    - Hasta pronto = See you soon
  • Design and Technology (DT), in which we have begun creating designs for a phone case that the children are going to make. In order to make this, children will be learning and using sewing skills!

Magpies, you've done amazingly!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley. 

Magpies - 8/10/21

Another great week of learning completed in Magpies class!

We have been continuing our study of 1,001 Arabian nights and have started to study the second Sinbad the Sailor story; The Valley of the Diamonds. In this story we have heard more about Sinbad's adventures and the children wanted to ask the character a lot of questions. Using a drama technique called 'hot seating' the children were able to do just! Initially we started with Mr. Lindley in the roll of Sinbad but then some fantastic volunteers came up and had a go as Sinbad  themselves.  

We decided to set up the hot-seating like a press conference with the other children playing the part of reporters as though they were interviewing Sinbad about his most recent adventures. This was done as a way to allow the children to explore the character and start to be able to think like they believe Sinbad the sailor would. The hope is that this will help with their writing as it will encourage them to think about their characters as though they are real people which will give their stories more depth.

Have a look at some snapshots of the 'press conference' below: 

They all did absolutely amazing! 

In other subjects we have been: 
- Continuing our study of place value 
- Learning more about Leonardo da Vinci and having a go at drawing our hands in a detailed way similar to his notes. 
- Discovering what trench warfare was like in WW1 

It has been a brilliant week, and we are looking forward to Monday!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley. 

Magpies - 1/10/21

How quickly September has gone! It feels like we only started yesterday and already 4 weeks of learning have flown by! 

By now you probably know all about our involvement with the International Hanseatic League who are taking over Kings Lynn until the 17th October. In fact, last week we even took a walk into town to see the children's work in the old Argos window! If you haven't been able to get into town to see it, have a look below: 

Also, this week we have had some fantastic concrete work in Maths by a group of students who were working to improve their number knowledge: 

We have had a lot of curiosity once again from the class, especially in our foundation subjects (Art, History, R.E. and Music). This week the children have been:

  • Discovering if Leonardo da Vinci correctly followed Vitruvius's measurements for the proportions of man when drawing his Vitruvian man (art). 
  • Learning more about the involvement of sea and air warfare in World War One (history)
  • Listening to and appreciating songs such as On Top of the World by the Carpenters and Don't Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin while learning the song 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams - can you spot a theme? (music)
  • Looking at the words of influential thinkers and how what they have said and what they think have influenced humanism. 

It is fantastic to see the children being excited about all areas of the curriculum. Well done Magpies!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley. 

Magpies - 24/9/21

What an exciting week Magpies have had!

This week, for the first time, Magpies got to partake in some fencing! Some fantastic pictures were caught by Keri and Natasa: 

They will be fencing every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from now until Christmas and are all very excited about it!

In class this week we have been continuing our studies. This has included:

- Extending our place value knowledge to numbers up to 10,000,000 and applying that knowledge to problem-solving in maths. 

- Discovering the different types of fighting that took place in World War One and realising just how close the soldiers were to one another in trench warfare

- Comparing the similarities and differences between the Tale of the Anklet in 1,001 Arabian Nights and Cinderella (once we reminded ourselves how that story went as well

- Exploring the affect our lives have on how we view the world in an effort to understand the beliefs of Humanism in R.E.

- Being amazed by our circulatory system and learning the differences between veins and arteries in Science!

We cannot believe how quickly this week has gone and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday to continue our learning!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley. 

Magpies - 17/9/21

Good afternoon parents and carers, 

We have had a fantastic start to our learning this week. The children have shown amazing curiosity for all subjects which has made lessons fly by! 

This week we have been:

Maths -  Reminding ourselves of our number knowledge and recalling our place value for numbers up to 1,000,000

Literacy - Introduced to 1,001 Arabian Nights (ask your children to tell you about the dramatic first chapter!). 

History - Discovering what were the causes of the first world war and which countries had alliances with one another and who remained neutral. 

Art - Delving into some Art History and begun our study of the Italian Renaissance. We had a look at what made the Renaissance such an interesting time for artists, why it came about and focusing on the painter Raphael and his work 'The School of Athens' which you can see below:

Your children should have some interesting facts to share with you about this picture!

Science - Learning all about our heart and how it helps us to pump blood around our body. 

It has been a very busy week but we are so impressed with the children and their hard works! 

See you next week!

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley. 

Magpies - 10/9/21

Hello all! 

Welcome back to school! It has been a fantastic first week, and we are thrilled to have the children back in the classroom with us. 

We started on Monday by giving them a chance to get to know us and to get the know the class. They showed their maturity in the class rules that they chose! Then they worked their absolute socks off during their first assessment week showing us just how clever they all are!

Next week we will be starting our lessons, in a week we will cover:
- Maths 
- Literacy 
- Reading
- History
- Art 
- Music 
- R.E.
- P.E.

P.E. until Christmas will be swimming and will take place on Wednesday morning starting next week!

We are really excited for the school year and cannot wait to share their final year of primary school with them. 

Mrs Seville, Keri, Natasa and Mr Lindley.