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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Science in Year 1

Last week our Year 1 children had a wonderful time exploring how aloe vera gel is extracted from the aloe vera plant. 

Mrs Labiche and Miss Davies were able to explain how the aloe vera plant is used in both Seychelles and Kenya as an antiseptic and how to properly cut the plant to get to the gel. Mrs Labiche even ate some of it! 

We saw Mrs Osborne taste some of the gel. Aloe vera gel is used for when you have a cut on your body. 
- William

Aloe vera gel comes from inside the plant. I got to feel it and it felt gooey. 
- Jeffery

Aloe vera gel is slimy, sticky and gooey.
- Sarah

The aloe vera gel was very sticky. It was not white but kind of cloudy.
- Zoe

Mrs Labiche ate some of it because it can be good for you stomach. I learnt that aloe vera gel is good for your health and hair and helps when you hurt yourself. It looks like jelly. 
- Thomas 

It can be a cream or a gel. The plant felt spikey but the gel felt slimy. You can put it on your cut.
- Akari 

The aloe vera plant is full of aloe vera gel. It looks like jelly and feels squishy. 
- Odin 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Millwall Photo Competition!

Back in the first week of term , we were lucky enough to be able to offer free tickets for the Millwall vs Blackburn match on Saturday 12th January 2019. This is through our work with the Millwall Community Trust.To help celebrate this wonderful opportunity, we held a photo competition for all children who attended the match. I am delighted to say we have chosen our winning entries and their prizes and certificates were handed out to them in assembly this morning. 

Please check out our competition winners photos below and look out for future free match tickets. 

Sewing Club

Our Year 1 children had a wonderful first sewing lesson with Mrs Labiche and Mrs Sheppard. They showed patience and focused when using their newly acquired cross stich skills. 

We cannot wait to see your finished artwork! 

Twenty Eight Year Sixes!

As part of this term’s theme of “Inventors and Inventions” Year Six have been looking at a group of artists that began a new movement from 1950 -1960, called Pop Art. The main idea behind this movement was to make art “popular” by using images from popular culture such as: advertising, famous people, comics, washing powder and soup cans.

Andy Warhol set up a studio called the Factory. Using screen-printing, photography, and modern printing techniques of the time, he created images of Marilyn Monroe, a famous glamorous actress. These images could then be mass produced.

Year Six took this idea and used an IPad application with a thermal imaging camera to create a collage of Andy Warhol like images. Each pupil in Year Six took a photograph using the application and created an instant Andy Warhol image that could be printed.

Monday, 21 January 2019


A huge congratulations to all the Young Writers at our school. Your writing talents have been recognised by the Young Writers Organisation who have just announced that our school is a 5-Star Young Writers school. 

This organisiation has enjoyed reading all the stories and poems we have sent in over the years and have awarded this certificate thanking us for our hard work and dedication in nurturing literacy lovers! This certificate is awarded to schools for services to literacy. 

We will be putting up our certificate in the reception area for everyone to enjoy. 

Keep up your love of writing St Mary Magdalen’s!

Friday, 18 January 2019

We are Amazing Inventors

Reception have been enjoying our theme of Inventions. Reception have explored the book Not a box by Antoinette Portis as a starting point for their own fantastic inventions. We have used the skills of designing, planning, constructing and joining, and reviewing our plans.

It's NOT NOT NOT a box!

Year 5 feel the force!

Year 5 getting to grips with 'forces' and using Newton Meters in Science.

Year 3 Geniuses of the Stone Age!

This week, we have continued looking at our class text ‘Ug Boy Genius of the Stone Age’ and begun to follow the example set by the main character Ug. Ug comes up with lots of ideas during the story on how to make life in the Stone Age better, in particular his main idea is to invent soft trousers as obviously all trousers in the Stone Age were made of stone. As such, in Year 3 this week we have been coming up with our own ideas to make life in the Stone Age better.

Our ideas have ranged from bed covers made of animal skin, to new games such as rock basketball and even to new tools such as our spectacular fruit rocket. We have put some of our designs below and we hope you enjoy having a look at the wonderful creations from our Year 3 geniuses.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Our very own authors!

Our Year 1 children have been very busy writing their own storybooks. They created their own main characters and had to draw illustrations, which matched their story. We had storybooks titled, Red Crab and Croc, Mosquito and Penguin, Green Frog and Dinosaur and Bird and Lizard. 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading all their stories and was very impressed which their creativity.  

All our storybooks are on display in the classroom so please feel free to come visit and read one.