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Monkshouse Primary School

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Mrs Kay Reception - Wrens

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Teacher - Mrs Kay 

Teaching Assistants - Ms Sandhu and Miss Elleston 

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Big, Bigger, Biggest!

Term 5 - Our topic for this term is "Big, Bigger, Biggest!" We will be learning about growth and life cycles as well as looking at families and how we have changed since we were born. In maths we will be continuing to secure our number knowledge around numbers to 10, especially working out different ways to make a number by adding groups together, and even taking away from a larger group. We will explore measure of length, weight and capacity. Our Drawing Club lessons have finished however we are progressing on to Story Club, which involves a deeper focus on sentence composition. Each week the children will take part in the highly interactive Squiggle Me Into A Writer dancing and writing lessons which focus on letter formation. It promises to be another wonderful term full of discovery, exploration and learning. We are really looking forward to it!

Term 5 - Week 6 Godly Play

This week Reception took part in their very first Godly Play all about the Bible story 'Noah's Ark'. The children listened very carefully to the story before taking part in lots of different Noah's Ark activities. The children had a brilliant time, using their fine motor skills, to complete scenes from the story using play-doh and creating arks of their own by cutting and sticking. Some fantastic arks were built from the construction blocks to house Noah and the animals and keep them safe from the flood and the children thoroughly enjoyed acting out the story through role play too. We also explored different versions of the story before ending our Godly Play with some reflection on why it was important for Noah to listen to God and why it is also important for us to do some great listening too.

Our Fabulous Trip to Sacrewell Farm

Over the last two weeks our classrooms have been buzzing with interest as the children have discovered how bees have a positive impact on our environment. We have discovered how bees pollinate flowers by transferring pollen that gets stuck to their legs and body when they go into a flower in search of nectar! We learned how bees make honey and even got to try some - delicious!

We have also been finding out about different types of farming, including animals and crops. We have learned about various farm animals and the correct name for a range of baby animals, how to care for farm animals and some of the things they like to eat.

All of our learning was consolidated in a wonderful trip to Sacrewell Farm near Peterborough. It was a fantastic day out involving field walking to meet the different animals that live on the farm, a tractor ride out into the fields to find out what grows at Sacrewell Farm and even a trip up to see the reservoir that is used to water all the crop fields! Great fun was had by everyone in the park where the children demonstrated excellent climbing and balancing skills, super teamwork and a lot of determination! It was a superb day out!

Over the last two weeks we have continued to learn about plants and growth. We read the book Oliver's Vegetables and found out about where some of our food comes from. We have had some fantastic discussions about vegetables, healthy lifestyles and different foods we enjoy eating. The Reception children made a delicious vegetable soup which we all tasted, some children had three helpings!

This term we are exploring a range of texts in our Literacy sessions, these include traditional tales, performance poetry and some non-fiction texts. The children absolutely loved the book Tanka Tanka Skunk. We got out and played the drums, clapped our hands and stomped our feet as we discovered the beat in the poem. As a class we extended the poem by writing our own verse in the same style. We enjoyed performing it and then watching back the video of it later. "Skunka, Tanka, Skunka, Tanka, Tanka, Tanka, Skunk!"

Term 5 has got off to a great start!

This term has started with some really exciting learning about ourselves! This week we have really enjoyed looking at pictures of ourselves as babies and trying to work out who was who! We have started to find out about how plants and animals start their life and completed some great writing all about shoots popping through the soil and chicks hatching from eggs. We have been busy learning all about the life cycle of a human and the different parts of a plant too. We have planted some cress seeds and are looking forward to seeing what happens to those over the next week.

Term 4 –  Out of this World


Space, aliens, knights and princesses, dinosaurs... things are rather odd in the Reception classes this term, completely out of this world! From Aliens who love underpants, to Smeds and Smoos, to gigantic dinosaurs and witches on brooms. This term our topic is fantasy based and our imaginations will be running wild!


Literacy – This term the children will be writing a description about their chosen alien and making nonsense words that the aliens might say. The children will be thinking about what they would take in their rocket if they were flying into space. A dinosaur will also be on the loose and the children will be writing Lost and Wanted Posters


Maths – This term in our maths lessons children will be introduced to pairs will begin to look at number sequences such as counting and grouping objects into twos and recognising equal amounts and double numbers. The children will be practising their addition to 10; two parts to make a whole, also known as number bonds. They will also be learning about length and height.

Term 4 has whizzed by like a rocket zooming into space! We have had a fabulous term with thinking and creativity reaching Out of This World levels! During the last two weeks of term we learned about our solar system and wondered about life on far off planets! The children enjoyed finding out more about the planets and sharing their facts with each other. We the had a roarsome time going back in time to the time when dinosaurs ruled the world. Through some fantastic stories and a range of non-fiction sources, we learned about some of the many dinosaurs that walked, swam and flew on our planet. We learnt about the different habitats dinosaurs lived in, their diet and about who their predators and prey were. We were shocked to discover that the skeleton of a dinosaur was discovered recently near to Spalding!

World Book Day

World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March was a fabulous day. The children were invited to come with crazy hair to link in with our school theme Diversity. We read the story Don't Touch My Hair by Sharee Miller. Many children also chose to come dressed in their favourite character costumes! The children shared stories with their parents, Mrs Kay read one of her favourite stories, Gerald the Giraffe read them Giraffes Can't Dance and Mr Bullock came in to read another great story! The children had a go at designing and writing their own books. Some of the children were inspired by our topic and created some wonderful books about rockets and space.

We have had a fantastic start to term 4. The children are blowing us away with their zest for learning about all things Out of this World! We have been learning about the moon and some famous astronauts that have visited the moon. The children interviewed Little Bear from the story Whatever Next by Jill Murphy to find out more about his trip to the moon! This inspired the children to have a go at planning what they would take with them on their own space adventure and a great discussion about how they would get there.

This term we are using First Picture News to find out about current topics in the news. We have looked at the increase in e-bikes and different modes of transport. The children did a survey to find out how pupils travelled to school, the most popular answer was by car and the least was on a bus. 

In our Forest Adventures we have been looking for signs of Spring and discovered lots of new, green shoots and even some beautiful early daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops growing in the wooded area. We had a focus on 2D shapes and the children enjoyed discovering different shapes in the environment and making some of their own using resources from the forest. 

Term 3 - Help! Help!


KERPOW! It’s time to rescue the planet! Who is your favourite superhero? Spiderman? Wonder woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who’ve achieved great things. Or is it those people who save lives in our emergency services that you admire the most?


This exciting topic investigates a wide range of people who help us and allows the children to take on the role of their favourite hero. Through this term’s topic the children will be learning about the role of Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Doctors and Nurses. We will be inviting our local PSCO and Dentist into school to find out about their roles and how they help us. This term we will be learning about how the Chinese celebrate the Chinese New Year as part of ‘Understanding The World’.


Literacy – In our guided writing the children will begin to look at how to structure a simple sentence. We will be writing ‘wanted posters’ as well as labelling our illustrations and looking at fiction and non-fiction texts.


Maths – Children will now begin to use their number understanding to make compositions and comparisons. Capacity will be introduced through lots of practical maths lessons.

Week 4:


This week, the children have loved celebrating Chinese/Lunar New Year. They enjoyed taking part in different themed craft and writing activities and of course they loved the dragon dances!



Week 2 


This week the children have enjoyed learning all about the police! They have had lots of fun playing in the outside area police station and the one inside too.  Lots of crimes have been committed that they needed to record in their notebooks and they used the police dog to sniff out criminals! 

Marvellous Me!



Term 2 Marvellous Me (including celebrations, family).



We will be starting this term with a bang! The children will be finding out about why we celebrate Guy Fawkes on the 5th November and why Hindu’s celebrate Diwali. We will be making fire work pictures and designing sweets.


The children will be talking about themselves and what it is like to be them! We will be talking about families and what things we celebrated and why.


Father Christmas will be a big focus this term where will be writing our Christmas lists and Christmas cards.


Literacy - In our phonics lessons they children are working through phase 2. In literacy lessons, the children will be listening to sounds in words to enable them to write the initial sounds and even some simple 3 sound words. The children will start to look at different forms of writing including writing an invitation to a birthday party and writing cards ready for Christmas.


Maths – In maths this term, the children will be looking at composition of numbers, counting, ordering and cardinality and comparing amounts.

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Week 6


We are getting into the festive mood in the Wrens class this week. The children have been busy writing list to Santa, making Christmas cards and playdough Christmas tree plus much more! We are looking forward to even more Christmas fun next week with our nativity performance and Christmas party day! 


Week 3


The children had a very muddy and wet first Forest School session! We did still have fun though and the children were excellent at following our safety rules. As our topic is marvellous me this term, the children collected a range of leaves and sticks and used them to make faces. We read the story The Gruffalo and then we went a several hunts around the woods looking for the Gruffalo and the animals from the story. We didn't find the Gruffalo but we found things that we thought might belong to him!



Week 1


This week, we have been learning about Bonfire Night. We found out all about why we have Bonfire Night and what we can do to keep safe when we watch the fireworks. Using what we had learnt, we all made a firework safety poster to tell others about how to keep safe too. We even used our growing phonics skills to write initial sounds in word and sometimes short words as well! 


Once Upon a Time...



Term 1

At the table in the kitchen, there were three bowls of porridge. Goldilocks was hungry. She tasted the porridge from the first bowl. "This porridge is too hot!"! In our topic this term, ‘Once Upon a Time’, the children will be listening and responding to familiar traditional tales in order to recognise the characters and role-play the stories. As the children will be settling into school they will be getting to know the school routines, making new friends and exploring their new classrooms. The free choice activities inside and out will reflect the chosen traditional tale of the week and will develop all areas of the Early Years’ curriculum.


Literacy - Throughout literacy we will be working on our pencil control to write our names, sequence and role play our favourite traditional tales, designing houses, writing plant labels and listening to and matching words that rhyme.


Maths - During our maths sessions the children will be focussing on their counting and ordering skills. They will be sorting a variety of resources into colours and categories as well as exploring patterns.

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Week 6

This week the children's learning has been planned around the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Today, they were set the challenge of using the junk modelling to make a basket like the one Little Red Riding Hood used in the story. They did a super job working out how to make handles and how to attach their pieces together.  

Week 3 


The children have been really enjoying our focus story of Goldilocks and the three bear this week. Today, we received a letter from Goldilocks saying how sorry she was for what she did to the bears. She told us that she was feeling very sad and asked if we'd cheer her up with some letters and cards. The children were very enthusiastic and created lots of cards and letters for us to post to Goldilocks. What a lovely lot of kind children we have in the Wrens class! 

Week 1 

The Wren Class had a very exciting first full day at school.


They have all been played together brilliantly, sharing their toys and taking turns extremely well. They did some super counting and singing number songs at carpet time in the morning and then played an early phonics game in afternoon, which they were very good at. 🤗


Many of the children enjoyed the outside learning area during the morning as well the newly refurbished home/book area and Mrs Wayland's classroom too. It was wonderful to see them settling in so well.