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Monkshouse Primary School

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Mrs Wayland Reception - Ducklings

Welcome to Ducklings Class

Teacher Mrs Wayland and Teaching Assistant Miss Perry.

Help! Help!

Term 3 - 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.

26.1.23 A Nurse Visits Reception

The Reception Classes have been extremely luckily to receive another visit from a Nurse who works at a local Doctors surgery. The Nurse explained the variety of places a Nurse can work and how they help everyone in our community: babies, children, adults and older people. They were thrilled to be able to try out some of the equipment that our visiting Nurse very kindly brought in. The children had a superb time measuring heads and limbs and listening to each hearts and lungs with a stethoscope.


They were all fascinated with the two versions of blood pressure machines the Nurse brought in to show them. It was very kind of the Nurse to allow the children to try out the equipment and fabulous to see them so interested and eager to participate with this valuable experience. 



23.1.23 Chinese New Year

Ducklings have been learning all about The Chinese New Year and the various ways it can be celebrated.

Inspired by watching a traditional Dragon Dance they made their own colourful dragons, masks and even recreated their own Dragon Dance outside. A few of the children have also made some awesome dragons out of cubes.

Some of the children have enjoyed looking closely at the way Chinese numbers are formed and have made a brilliant job of painting the numbers in Chinese from 1-10. 

Many of the children have been very busy buying food from the Chinese shop to make some special Chinese food and visiting the Chinese restaurant in our kitchen role play area. 

20.1.23 - A visit from a Nurse

We have had a very interesting visit from a nurse this week. The children learnt all about the role of a nurse and how they help people in our community. The nurse very kindly brought along some of her equipment for the children to try out - they found it a lot of fun and very intriguing! 

19.1.23 - A visit from the Lincolnshire Fire Brigade

As part of our topic this term ‘Help! Help!’ we are learning all about ‘people who help us’ within our local community. We were all so excited to see the Fire Crew today who visited us to tell us all about the fire engine, the equipment they use and the different ways they help people and animals. They also showed us their protective uniform they need to wear to keep them safe.

As part of our topic about people who help us, Ducklings class have been learning about the role of a Police Officer. The children have been very busy this week as Police Officers looking for Sid, Goldilocks’ naughty brother, who went into the 3 little pigs’ house. They found some clues that Sid had been in the forest, so they placed their wanted posters they created around the forest to help to find him.


Some of the Police Officers drew maps and some had a Police dog to help them to recover some money from the coffee shop and some gold in a treasure chest! Some also made a Police car using crates and parked in front of the Police station while others were busy making a jail.


Great Police work Ducklings - Well done. 


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.

Both Reception classes have enjoyed a wonderful ‘Indian Experience’ this week with our visitor Sunita, as part of our R.E. this term. The children had a lot of fun as they dressed up in traditional Indian clothes and learnt some Indian dancing.  Sunita retold the story of ‘Rama and Sita’, a traditional Indian story, often retold during the Festival of Diwali.


The children have really enjoyed learning a variety of ways that Diwali can be celebrated and made some fabulously decorated cakes. Well done Ducklings. 

11.11.22 Science week - Autumnal changes and a Mini Beast Hunt.

As part of Science week, Ducklings have class enjoyed spotting and discussing the signs of autumn as well as going on a minibeast hunt. The children were fascinated to find worms, centipedes, spiders and slugs as well two ladybirds. We were even lucky enough to watch a very busy squirrel busy running up and down the tree trunk for a few minutes. Great work Ducklings. 

4.11.22 Ducklings First Forest Adventures Session

The weather was so kind for our first 'Forest Adventures' session where we all enjoyed the beautiful autumn sunshine out in the woodland area. The children were very creative and found many materials to choose from to make their autumn collage faces - they all looked brilliant.

We finished the session with a fairy tale that is set in the woods: Hansel and Gretel.

We are all looking forward to next week where we will be completing our Science Day out in the woodland. Great work Ducklings. 




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.

This week Ducklings class have had a lot of fun retelling one of their favourite stories ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. First, they cut out a mask and then used repeated phrases with expressive voices brilliantly, to represent the characters to retell the story.

Later in the week, Little Red Riding Hood wanted to make a sandwich for Granny, but she didn’t know how to make it so she asked Ducklings class if they could help her. The children were very keen to order the pictures correctly to make a sandwich and then gave Little Red Riding Hood verbal instructions of how she could make a cheese sandwich.

To make sure we gave Red Riding Hood the correct instructions the children each made a jam or ham sandwich, this time following the instructions for themselves. They all enjoyed making, and best of all, eating their sandwiches during snack time – super following of instructions to make a sandwich.

Now that Little Red Riding Hood had made the sandwich and selected some more goodies to take to her poorly Grandma, she needed a basket to carry them in. So, Ducklings helped Little Red Riding Hood again by making a fantastic range of baskets out of junk modelling materials. They looked fantastic. Little Red Riding Hood would definitely have found your baskets very useful.

Super effort - Great work Ducklings – Well done.

3.10.22 I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Blow Your House Down!

Ducklings have been enjoying the story of The Three Little Pigs this week. After discussing the main features of a house, the children became architects to design their own house for The Three Little Pigs. There were some very thoughtful and creative designs. I am sure The Three Little Pigs would have been very pleased with their new homes.

Excellent effort Ducklings – what super architects you are!

30.09.22 Goldilocks, What a mess!

Ducklings Class were very shocked after lunch to discover that Goldilocks had made a right mess in our role play area. They were startled to see that the chairs and bowls had been upturned and porridge flung all over the floor. And, if that wasn't bad enough, they discovered that Goldilocks was still fast asleep in Baby bear's bed! which really upset Baby bear.

So, after much discussion of what to do, Ducklings class very conscientiously tidied up for the 3 bears but they remained unhappy with Goldilocks. The next day Goldilocks wrote a letter to say she was very sorry and that she felt sad for making such a mess, so the children kindly sent her cards and letters as well as made delicious chocolate cakes and biscuits to cheer her up. 

16.09.22 - Settling In Well - Ducklings First Week at School

Ducklings Class have had a very exciting first full week at school.  They have all been playing together brilliantly, sharing their toys and taking turns extremely well. They requested the story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears and have had fun singing number songs, using some newly learnt Makaton signs. 

Many of the children have enjoyed our outside learning area in the beautiful sunshine this afternoon as well the newly refurbished home and book area. It has been wonderful to see them settling in so well. 

They are all already budding artists and have all painted a self-portrait that we have put on display.

Well done Ducklings Class - you have all been super stars.