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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.