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Summer 2022

Another new topic - Invaders and Settlers. We will be finding out exciting things about Saxon and Viking life. 


Spring 2022

We enjoyed a new topic - The World - involving lots of geographical skills. It culminated in a visit from our information technology experts who gave us a virtual reality experience with headsets, exploring different parts of the world. Fantastic!


Autumn 2021

We're back for a new term. And we're already busy. We've been learning about place value in Maths, and we have started learning about newspapers in English. 

Our new topic is The Romans. Very exciting. We are enjoying it and learning plenty!


June/July 2021

We have been busily working away as we near the end of this term. We have learnt about measures in Maths, and have written Diaries (as monsters!) in English.  We have also been enjoying Sports Day races, and supporting one another (plenty of good sportsmanship - well done everyone!).

We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Chef Darren, who taught us a range of cooking techniques. It tasted great, too!

May 2021

This term our topic is Buildings and Structures. We've been learning about how designers use strong shapes such as triangles. Today we tried to build strong structures using weak materials - spaghetti and marshmallows. Lots of mess, but a good challenge!


March 2021

This month we've all been getting used to being back in school, now the recent lockdown has come to an end. Back to work!


January 2021

Timetable week beginning: 04/01/2021


December 2020

With snow in the air recently, we decided to make snowmen. Not out of snow though - we chose clay! We moulded them today. Painting will come when they dry!


October 2020

Wet weather today, so we couldn't do outdoor PE. It's SpeedStacks instead. We have been learning different ways to stack them, doing races and getting creative. Good for hand-to-eye co-ordination.


September 2020

A new term. Lots of cleaning, and keeping safe. We're managing to do work too, however! Today we've been doing throwing and catching challenges in PE, found out how to use adverbs in English, and explored adding larger numbers in maths.


March 2020 (continued)

Times tables practice today. Here we are playing times tables board games:


March 2020

Bonjour! We started learning the names of body parts in French today. To begin with: head, shoulders, knees and toes! Here we are labelling each other with the French terms:



February 2020 (continued)

Today, some of our class did "Bikeability" training - learning how to ride our bikes safely: helmets, clothing, bike-checking and riding skills. Good fun, if a little cold and wet today!


February 2020

We have been studying Antarctica over the last couple of weeks. In line with this, we had some fun with clay today - making model penguins. The painting will follow in a couple of days.


January 2020 (continued)

I just had to share a couple of pictures of our class with a fire engine! The firemen had come into school to teach the infants all about what they do, but luckily they also had some time at the end to share their knowledge and skills with the juniors too.

January 2020 (continued)

Today we programmed robots ("Bee Bots") to move around maps and arrive at destinations. Lots of measuring, thinking and fun!


January 2020

A new year, and a new Topic: "The World". We'll be finding out about all sorts of geographical features and aspects. Today we found out how to use an atlas to find different parts of the United Kingdom, using the index and grid references. Here are some of us in action:


December 2019

We learnt how to be Roman soldiers this week. Once we had our kit of armour and weaponry sorted, we learnt how to march as a Legion. (We called ourselves Legion XXIV.)



November 2019 (continued)

Secret codes!

Today in our topic work (Romans) we have been finding out how Julius Caesar would send his secret messages. He would use the "Caesar shift cypher"! It involves shifting the alphabet, so that a normal word turns into nonsense. For example, if he decided to shift the alphabet one place to the left, the A would turn into B, the B would turn into C, and so on. Thus if Caesar wanted to write the word hello in Latin - SALVE - the S would turn into T, the A into B, the L into M, the V into W and the E into F; so Caesar would write the word TBMWF.

We created code-wheels (made up of 2 alphabets) so that we could create and send secret messages using Caesar's code.

J ipqf zpv mjlf uif qjduvsft!


November 2019

In science we have been learning about electricity and circuits. We decided to put our skills to good use to design and make burglar alarms (you can't be too safe nowadays). Here we are in action:



October 2019 (continued)

Did you hear that? No? Well listen outside our classroom on Friday afternoons and you probably will. It's Mr Taylor - our specialist music teacher - teaching us the recorder. We are very fortunate.

Here are some of us in action:

October 2019

This year we're going to focus again on practising times tables. We're doing weekly tests on Wednesdays. Practising can be rather hard work, but there are various ways of making it more fun - such as playing on Times Tables Rock Stars. This is an online game that the children have access to - and they can go on it at home as well as at school. They each have usernames and passwords, which are being sent home today.

Here they are exploring the program today:

September 2019 (continued)

I thought I'd just share a few pictures of us creating our own Roman mosaic pictures. We used pieces of wood with squared ends, and dipped them in paint.


September 2019

The start of another school year. Exciting times! We have already started developing our maths skills - looking at place value (ones, tens, hundreds and so on) - and our grammar skills (exploring punctuation involved in speech, with an aim of writing stories). Our new topic is Romans, and we have explored mosaics in art. And we have plenty of PE and sport in the pipeline, including swimming on Wednesdays.

We have also started after-school clubs. Our class can attend "Bananagrams Club" if they wish - a game which involves creating words rather like in Scrabble. Here are some of our clubbers in action today:


15th July - our home/school projects arrive

It was great to see the arrival of the children's home/school projects this week (model bridges); a culmination of our term's work on buildings and structures. Proof of what great designers and builders our class have become. Well done to both them, and you as parents!


11th July - cooking with Darren from "Roots To Food".

Darren paid another visit to our school, and very lucky we were to have him. (He is an excellent chef and teacher.) Today he worked with our class to make a chilli beef dish. We used ingredients including mince beef, onion, peppers, rice and nacho chips. And we learnt skills such as how to steam, how to cut, how to stir - and how to present food well. We also learnt about nutritional value. And then, of course, the finale - eating the food! It was agreed that the food was fantastic, and we were all keen to get hold of the recipe and try it at home. So be prepared for some chefs at home!



27th June 2019 - "move up morning"!

Today the year 2s moved up into our class to find out what it will be like to be a year 3 in September. The year 3s helped them settle in, showed them where everything is, and told them about what it's like in Monkeypuzzle class.

We then did some art work - and some dancing!


18th June 2019 - Trip to Duxford

All the juniors went to Duxford today. It's a big place - loads of planes, both modern and old, and loads of information about the Battle of Britain. We learnt a lot, and all enjoyed it.



June 2019 (continued)

As you may know, we have been studying structures and bridges. We have been intrigued by bascule bridges - bridges that have moving parts (such as Tower Bridge in London). How do the parts actually move? We decided to see if we could create bascule movements using wood, string and other materials.


June 2019

Our studying of forces has brought us to magnets. We decided to test different materials to find out if they were magnetic. We were surprised to learn that not all metals are attracted to magnets. (Do you know which ones are? Iron/steel, cobalt and nickel.)



April 2019 (continued)

The Eiffel Tower. A magnificent structure that towers over the beauty that is Paris, built 1887-1889 from wrought-iron. That's wrought-iron, not spaghetti and marshmallows. But we thought we would give it a try; part of our learning into how to make strong structures using weak materials, exploring different shapes:


April 2019

We're back from the Easter holiday with our tummies full of chocolate and our minds full of enthusiasm for our new topic: Buildings and Structures. We've started this week by finding out about Bridges - the different types, and how people start to design and build them. 

We explored how to make a strong bridge out of two sheets of A4 paper:


March 2019 (continued!)

I know it hasn't been long since the last update, but I just had to tell you about a visit we had today from "Cool Pete". He is a scientist, and he did a session with each class. Our class learnt about different aspects of light, covering the sun and solar power, torches, lasers and shadows. Really informative, and great fun. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what we explored:




March 2019

Into March we go, and we've been as busy as bees! Quite literally, actually, as we've been learning how bees pollinate flowers. Once we learnt the process, we had a go at acting it out - taking turns at being the bee, the stigma, the pollen and the stamen...

We've also been busy in other subjects, of course. For example, in literacy we have been learning about writing in paragraphs; in maths we have been using grid co-ordinates; and in PE we learnt a new game called Kho Kho. (Kho Kho is a tag game which originates from India. Great fun!)


February 2019

Christmas has come and gone and we are now well into our spring term. We have been consolidating our calculation skills in maths, and exploring weights, measures, graphs and fractions. In literacy we have been learning about imperative verbs and writing instructions. And in science and topic we have been investigating minibeasts and their habitats.

We have explored the surroundings of the school and made tally charts and graphs of the minibeasts we found. We have also been examining how flies eat and drink. How hard can it be, we wondered? So we took some straws and bits of sponge and had a go!




November 2018

It's been another busy term for us so far. In English we have been learning lots of new grammatical skills. In Maths we have been developing our calculation skills. With Mr Taylor, our music teacher, we are now learning how to play Djembe drums. We have been swimming this term, and we are all improving our skills in the pool. And in French we have been learning words for numbers and colours.

Our topic work - Mountains and Volcanoes - is also proving to be interesting and fun. Here we are playing a mountains dice game (which requires us to use some mental maths!) -



September 2018

Welcome back to a new term and new school year in Monkey Puzzle class! We have been settling in, and delving into some exciting new subjects including Mountains and Volcanoes in topic work and Teeth and Eating in science. We've been discussing Good Manners, and what is appropriate in school, and brushing up on our skills in English and Maths.

We'll give another update soon, but for now you can see some of us exploring place value and how we can use it to add numbers:


June/July 2018

Our Saxon and Viking work has been coming along nicely. At the moment we're learning all about long-ships, and building some models! We've also been writing and performing poetry, revising lots of things in maths, and practising for Sports Day!

Our class also took part in a World Record attempt - the largest Samba performance! (Over 2000 people, drumming all together at Lincoln football ground.) Hopefully this will be verified within a few weeks.

We've also been doing some fencing. Not the common or garden fence variety - the sort where you compete with swords! Here we are, learning how to do it:


April/May 2018

Lots to tell you about; where to start? Probably about 600 years ago - our new topic is Saxons and Vikings. We've been learning about where they came from and how they lived. We've also been writing messages using ancient runes!

In Literacy we've been writing lots of things to do with dragons - such as instructions, recipes and stories. In Maths we've been improving our times tables knowledge and exploring different types of angles.

PE has involved a local golf professional, as we've been learning "tri-golf". Some of us even attended a tri-golf festival against other schools. (We just missed out on bronze medals, as we were nudged into 4th place! Great fun, though, and good sportsmanship all round. Well done everyone.)

In Science we've started exploring Electricity. Here are some of us experimenting with circuits:

March 2018

The snow was fun, but it's back to normal now in Monkey Puzzle class! The first thing to tell you is that we've been busy cooking. In the juniors we learnt how to make a Chow Mein. Lots of new skills - how to cut vegetables safely, how to steam meatballs, how to stir-fry...

Amongst many other things, we've also been using our mental maths skills on Mathletics - an online competition which pits your calculation skills against pupils from around the world! Here we are in action:


January 2018

It may be cold outside but we've done some hot stuff in class this month. Our new topic is "The World" so we've been exploring atlases, maps and globes. In English we've been doing various activities to do with Roald Dahl's "The Twits" - including writing and performing plays. In Maths we've been learning about different types of graphs. And in science we have been studying sound and hearing.

Linked with this, we made paper cup telephones!


21st November 2017

In conjunction with our Romans topic, we took a trip to The Collection in Lincoln. We learned about archaeology and how Romans lived; we made some shields; and we marched as Roman soldiers. Lots of learning, and lots of fun!



November 2017

We have been very busy already, during this autumn term. In English, for example, we have been doing descriptive writing and story writing. In Maths we have been developing our written calculations skills. And we have been exploring our new topic: Ancient Romans.

Here we are making Roman cookies!


July 2017

The last couple of months have whizzed by. We have been working hard, developing our skills in English, Maths, Science and other subjects. This month has also been a busy one for sports. Here is Mackenzie competing in an athletics competition:

We also had a lot of fun on our School Games Day. You can see some of our class taking part in the morning activities that were run by the Year 5s and 6s:


May 2017

It's May already - doesn't time fly! And talking of flies, we have been busy investigating our new topic: minibeasts.

We explored the school gardens to see what small creatures were living there:

We have also been busy in other subjects: developing our calculation skills, writing diaries, learning new drumming patterns in music and counting to 21 in French. A bientot!


End of March 2017

The culmination of our topic on Bridges: our home projects!


March 2017

It's been non-stop learning here.

In Maths we've been learning about place value, and how to multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100.

In English we've been writing non-chronological reports, and learning about subordinate clauses.

And in Topic we've been designing and making model bridges again. This time not using "normal" materials. Not at all. This time we've been using spaghetti and marshmallows! How can you make something strong using such weak materials? Well, this is what we investigated:

February 2017

We've had a busy month exploring our new topic: Bridges! We have been exploring different types of bridge designs, and have started creating models:


We have also been busy in maths, looking at all types of measuring - length, capacity and weight. On balance, we've learnt quite a lot...

September 2016

A new autumn term, and already we've been very busy. In particular we have been practising for the forthcoming Harvest Festival, and exploring our new class topic: World War 2.


 We are well prepared in Monkeypuzzle class.

 In addition, we've been busy going swimming, singing songs - and learning new skills in English and Maths.