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Monkshouse Primary School

Together Everybody Achieves More

Mrs Kay Nursery - Monkshouse Minis

Class Teacher:  Mrs Kay

Teaching Assistant:  Mrs Harrison

Teaching Assistant:  Mrs Monaghan

Additional Support Teaching Assistant: Miss Hayes-Smith

Additional Support Teaching Assistant: Mrs Bridge

Lunch time supervisor: Miss Tweed

Welcome to the class blog for the Monkshouse Minis nursery class! Here you will find a snapshot of some of the wonderful learning that has occurred each week. Parents will be able to see posts in greater detail and with more photos by logging in to their personal Tapestry account. 

In Term 5 our planned key stories have a nature theme to them, we are calling the term All Creatures Great and Small and it promises to be a very exciting one already! We have lots of real life learning opportunities for the children to experience, combined with a large range of engaging and inspiring fiction and non-fiction books. We know we will have another fantastic term, learning through play.  

Term 5 Week 3

We have thoroughly enjoyed finding out about farming this week, our visit from Ark Farm has made it real and meaningful. These first hand experiences that engage the children and inspire them to talk, be curious and creative is at the very heart of our ethos in the nursery. The children's confidence and communication skills blossom every day, their relationships continue to grow and we support them to become resilient and independent learners. 

Another big hit this week was the addition of some new scooters and bikes. Danny MacAskill needs to watch out, the Monkshouse Minis have been perfecting their skills!

Finally a quick update on the caterpillars, they have now all made their chrysalises and are hanging from the roof of their box. We will carefully transfer them into the butterfly net next week.

Ark Farm Visit!

Today we have had a very special day themed around farming. It has supported our learning based on the wonderful books by Julia Donaldson, What The Ladybird Heard and What The Ladybird Heard Next. We have found out about cows, how to care for them and what they produce, and even had the opportunity to milk a life-sized cow! We learnt about arable farms, planting crops, fruits and vegetables and then planted tomato plants in our nursery vegetable patch. Best of all, Ark Farm came to school! They brought with them a donkey, goats, sheep, a pig, two very friendly dogs and lots of noisy ducks. We absolutely loved getting to know the animals, finding out more about them and giving them lots of strokes and cuddles. 

Term 5 Week 2

We have been amazed to see how much the caterpillars are growing. They eat lots of leaves every day and are getting longer and more active. They are fascinating to watch and have inspired lots of discussions about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have enjoyed reading the story The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle.

The children were delighted to get back into the forest for another Forest Adventure. Our weekly sessions are so popular and full of countless learning opportunities. This week we explored twigs, branches and logs of different lengths. We set a challenge to find one as tall as us! 

At the end of the week we had a focus on the story What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson. The children acted out the story on Friday, it was brilliant!

We have some exciting visitors coming to see the Early Years children next week. Come back next week to see our next blog and find out who we met!

Term 5 Week 1

We have had a fantastic first week back after the Easter break! The children have loved being back together again and also discovering some new visitors to the classroom - 13 tiny, and very hungry, caterpillars! This term we are raising caterpillars to learn about the process of them turning into butterflies. The caterpillars have come from Devon Butterflies and need daily feeding of fresh stinging nettles.  This week we enjoyed sharing the classic story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.