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Monkshouse Primary School

Together Everybody Achieves More

Mr McHugh Year 6 - Ospreys

Welcome to the Ospreys class page


Mr McHugh (Teacher)

Mrs Cruickshank (Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Partridge (Teaching Assistant)


Throughout the year, we will be updating our progress so please check in to see how we're getting on!


The following are some great links for support in helping your child’s learning at home:


BBC Bitesize KS2

A good website which covers all subjects we teach throughout the year. I suggest this is your go-to website for understanding the vocabulary that is used in the curriculum.

Doodle Maths

We use Doodle Maths as our online homework for Maths. Doodle Maths works specifically on the needs of each individual child. We ask the children do a little bit often to help develop these mathematical skills and to support their progress through the school year.

TT Rock Stars

We use TTRS on a daily basis and ask the children to do so at home too. Those children who are still securing their understanding of multiplication and division facts (up to the 12x tables) will be asked to complete daily Garage games on the app. Once they have shown they have completed all possible levels on Garage, they will be notified by Mr McHugh who will then ask them to focus on Studio games which targets their speed of recall.

Term 4 - It’s A Small World


When we go to the supermarket we may buy many items that come from all over the world without knowing where they come from. By studying countries of the Caribbean we will discover how Fairtrade supports farmers across the North Atlantic sea. Time for the children to develop their culinary skills with a Come Dine With Me-style class menu.

Week 2 - Drama workshop 

Holly, from West End in Schools, joined us to take us through bringing the book Coraline to life through drama!


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Week 1 - Explorer visit 

James Ketchell visited us this week to help us gain an insight into his expeditions following our learning on Charles Darwin last term. He showed us lots of pictures and videos from his expedition across Greenland last year and we saw how dangerous it can be!


Week 1 - Athlete visit 

Katie Stainton, the British heptathlete, put the class through their paces via a number of atheistic activities. We spent some time learning about her when she delivered a fantastic assembly and then later in the day we had the chance to show what we could do!

Athlete visit

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Term 3 - At World’s End

We’re off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. The children will see how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists. Ready to trace the origin of species? Let’s set sail.

Week 6 - Steady Hand games

This project has been great fun because it’s been all about making a steady hand game just like Operation! The class have enjoyed researching similar projects and games before getting creative with their own designs. 

Week 5 - Mandalas

The children have produced some fantastic artwork to supplement their learning on linking artwork to the religious stories they are associated with. The Hindu creation story reminded the children of the importance of the Aum and the lotus flower in Hinduism which raised some interesting discussions on the links to the mandala artwork. Please look though the gallery to see all of our fantastic work!

Week 4 - Ratio

I’ve got to say how proud of how well this class have been doing lately with their maths. Their reasoning skills have really come on since September and their confidence has grown in representing their work in different ways such as on the images shown from our recent ratio learning. Now just the small matter of everyone’s favourite topic...algebra! 

Week 3 - Simon Hunt visit 

Author, teacher and vlogger Simon Hunt visited the school today and delivered workshops for all classes across the school! The Y6 children enjoyed the story he read and acted out to them!

Week 2: The Rock invasion!


We arrived at school today and all our regular teachers were ill.  Luckily our visiting supply teachers looked suitably dressed for today's non-uniform day!


I'm sure we're going to have lots of fun!


Week 1 - Pollock and Kngwarreye Artwork

Year 6 have been looking at the works of both Jackson Pollock and Emily Kane Kngwarreye. Their abstract paintings are being used as inspiration for ideas for the children as they prepare to create their own digital abstract prints. The gallery below shows their fantastic attempts at recreating the styles of the artists. Bearing in mind this was their first time using the Adobe Fresco app, they have done great with the task!

Term 2 - Home Front

02/12/22 - Christmas Unwrapped 

Year 6 went on the annual visit to the Baptist Church to take part in their Christmas Unwrapped activity afternoon. They got stuck in with a Christmas rap, decorating biscuits, a Christmas story performance and quiz! Their behaviour was impeccable and did the staff proud!

29/11/22 - Ash Randall visit 


Ash Randall, one of the UK’s top Professional Football Freestylers, visited us to teach us some freestyle football tricks. He did an assembly to introduce himself and then spent the rest of the day leading workshops for our classes. We had a great time and learnt some cool football freestyle tricks before having the chance to get buy a signed poster to take home!

09/11/22 - Working with circuits 


Year 6 have already impressed me with their electricity work this term. They have shown good knowledge of drawing circuits using the appropriate symbols for each component used. I really enjoyed listening to their ideas in this lesson and their predictions for those in the future and reasons behind occurrences in their circuits. Mr McHugh

10/11/22 - Science Day 1 (Forces)

Year 6 had a great day revising their knowledge of Forces today!

08/11/22 - International Bomber Command Centre visit

Year 6 had a great time at the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln.  They engaged in workshops which allowed them to interact with a range of artefacts from WWII. They were able to visit an exhibition as well as participate in an immersion experience which allowed them to see the journeys of some of the planes involved during the war. A guide took the children around the memorial and allowed them to enter an air-raid shelter too. The children were a credit to the school with their behaviour and we look forward to them using their new knowledge in future lessons in the classroom.

31/10/22 - Plotting routes

This week, we learnt about plotting routes using the online mapping tool Digimaps which is amazing for map work! In the first lesson, we built up our confidence in using the tools available and then had a go at plotting routes within the locality. In the second lesson, we continued practising plotting journeys but had to find the fastest route from school to the war memorial at Ayscoughfee Memorial Gardens.

Term 1 - Home Front

19/10/22 - PE

Thie term, we’ve been working on our O.A.A and Tag Rugby skills. We’ve had a lot of fun doing both of these sporting activities and learnt quite a few new skills at the same time!

15/09/22 - Light direction investigation

This week, we investigated ways to prove that light travels in straight lines in our Science lesson. We used torches and hole-punched card to test our theories out and we were able to recognise what happened to the light, the further it travelled away from its source!

08/09/22 - Poet visit

The poet Jason Seigal visited us to talk all things poetry! We learnt that there’s so much more to poetry than just rhyming! We thought our favourite places and then went on to create our own poems with his help. It was cool when he signed copies of his books for us!

06/09/22 - WW2 Experience Day

To kickstart our Home Front topic, we experienced different WW2 activities on our first day back in school. We tried making pancakes using rationed ingredients, played WW2 playground games, drew soldiers as well as Winston Churchill and sang some songs from the time such as Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Not a bad start to the school year!