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Class Blog 22nd March 2019
It has been a chilly week this week in Monkeys class as Captain Cook's adventures have taken us to Antarctica.
We have been learning about the lifecycle of a penguin in English.
We found out that the daddy penguin has to keep the egg balanced and warm on his feet for two whole months!
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In PE we imagined we were in Antarctica. We waddled, huddled and swam like penguins and then practised moving in different ways through the snow!
In Aspiration time we wanted to find out about how houses were made. We watched a time lapsed clip of a house being built and then used different construction to build houses. We showed great team working skills!
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Class Blog 15th March 2019
In Maths this week we have been practising doubling numbers.
We worked with cubes, making two towers of the same number to make doubles.
We are getting really good at doubling now.
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We learnt a song to help us remember our doubles. You can listen too on the link below.
In the afternoons we have been learning facts about Australia. We were fascinated to find out that when it is day time here, it is their night time and when we have summer, they have winter! They even celebrate Christmas with a BBQ on the beach!!
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We have also been practising our gymnastic skills this week in PE. We practised travelling in different ways along the apparatus and some of us worked fantastically as a team to create a sequence of movements and balances.
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Class Blog 8th March 2019
This week Monkeys class have again been busy in learning, laughter and love!
We couldn't possibly fit in all that we have been doing, so here are the highlights!
At the beginning of the week we took part in a great fencing workshop. Niall came in and showed us how to stand and score points in fencing. We loved having a go with the foam fencing swords!
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In English we have been reading and enjoying traditional stories.
On Thursday we had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day!
We shared some of our favourite bedtime stories.
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We tried to guess the traditional story from the props.
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...and to end the day we joined our friends in the hall for our 'Big Bedtime Read'.
We shared stories with our friends and then all listened to a story together.
As well as all of this, we have been learning about fractions of amounts in maths, sorting different animals in science and finding out about Australian animals in geography!
Class Blog 1st March 2019
In Maths this week we have been learning about finding fractions of objects and shapes.
We started the week by cutting different fruit into halves and quarters. We found some were easier to cut than others!
In English we have been enjoying the poem 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat' by Edward Lear. We found lots of unusual words in the poem like; 'tarried', 'bong-tree', 'shilling' and 'runcible spoon'. We thought these words might be nonsense words, but we found out they were real! We also enjoyed finding out they meant. We have added them to our vocabulary log. (Ask us what they are and see if we can remember!).
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In the afternoons this week we have started our Geography focus for this term by learning the names of the continents and oceans of the world. We listened to a song about them, which helps us remember how many there were. You can watch it by clicking the link below.
Class Blog 15th February 2019

This week has been Pirate week in Monkey's class. We have been writing instructions for how to be a pirate.

We had to decide what a pirate wears, what he needs and what he/she does.

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Then on Friday we had a great pirate day. We followed instructions to make pirate hats, followed directions to make a treasure map and then went looking for treasure!.. We found a treasure chest with gold coins! (and even better, they were chocolate coins!).


In the afternoons we have been designing and making Captain Cook's ship. We even added a sail, wheel and moving anchor! They looked great!

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Thank you also to all the grown-ups who came to watch our class assembly! We made our teachers really proud! Well Done Monkeys class.

Have a lovely week and a day off and we'll see you back in school on Tuesday 26th February.

Class Blog 8th February 2019

This Tuesday we took a trip to China on one of our cultural days!

We had a Chinese dance workshop, where we learnt how to dance with ribbons.

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Then we visited each classroom to learn about China and try different activities.

We liked making the Chinese Dragons and  trying the Chinese food.

We even tried using chopsticks to pick up little sausages!

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We have started to practise for our class assembly and look forward to sharing some more of our learning with our grown-ups on Wednesday.
Class Blog 1st February 2019
This week in maths we have been learning about numbers to 40. On Monday we used Dienes to make numbers bigger than 10, showing how many tens and how many ones made up the number.
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On Tuesday, some of us worked with Mrs Smith to find 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less than a number to 100. We noticed how if you circle the numbers it made a cross shape on the 100 square.
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In history this week we have been finding out about Captain James Cook. We asked questions about him and then have been finding out facts about his life.

On Thursday we used a very long timeline to find out how long ago Captain Cook was alive and died. 

We found out it was over 300 years ago! Our timeline stretched all the way to the reading corner!

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Class Blog 25th January 2019

This week, in English, we have been reading 'We're going on a bear hunt' by Michael Rosen. We have loved reading the book and joining in with the story. On Friday we went on our very own bear hunt around the school ground! We had great fun walking through the grass, squelching through the mud,  splashing through the river and we even found a cave with a bear in!


In science we have been learning about our senses. We have labelled the parts of our body which are linked with each sense and then we used each of our senses to explore. We tasted to guess flavours of crisps, touched to feel different objects hidden in a feely bag, We used our sense of sight to find Wally in the 'Where's Wally' books, smelled different liquids in cups and listened to guess the different sound effects.

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And in RE this week, Reverend Andy came in to class to show us what happens in a baptism service. He used a dolly, which we all named Betty!
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What a busy learning week we have had!
Class Blog 18th January 2019

In English Monkeys class have been learning the names of letters in the alphabet. We have really enjoyed rapping the alphabet with this great song! I am sure the children will gladly demonstrate to you if you follow the link!


In science this week we have been learning the names of the parts of our bodies. On Wednesday we worked together to put a body and skeleton together, we named each part of the body and learnt some facts about our bones.

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Then on Thursday, 'The Hoop Guy' came into Birk hill and played some games with us using hula hoops.

He showed us some great tips to help us learn to hula hoop and we can't wait to try them out on the playground!

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Class Blog 11th January 2019

This week has been Eco-week at Birk Hill.

Children have been finding out about recycling and how important it is to look after our planet.

In English we have been thinking about litter and finding out why it can be dangerous to animals and people. We made posters to tell people about the dangers of litter and what they should do with their rubbish.


On Wednesday afternoon some of our grown-ups came and joined in with our 'Big Upcycling' afternoon.

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We made some amazing things, including a volcano, unicorns, rockets, bird feeders and monster pen


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Thank you to all our creative adult helpers! You were amazing!
Class Blog 21st December 2018

This week we had three special visitors in Monkeys class!

On Monday we received a special letter from an elf called Joe.

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He needed our help with his jobs for Santa. So in our maths and English lessons this week we have been helping him out! We have helped him to put presents in order ready for delivery, write names of children on a good list for Santa and make pictures using shapes. We have done so well helping Joe the Elf and have really enjoyed having him in class.


On Tuesday, Reverend Andy Walker, from St Peter and St Paul's Church came into class to tell us the Christmas story. we listened really well and asked him some great questions about Christmas.

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Then on Wednesday, at our Christmas party, we had a very special visit from Father Christmas! We were very polite and remembered our manners as he gave us all a present.

And to finish the week off, we sang beautifully in our Christmas songs assembly. We hoped you enjoyed watching us, as much as we enjoyed singing!

Have a fantastic and fun filled Christmas and new year and we will see you back at school on Monday 7th January.

Class Blog 14th December 2018

We have had a Christmassy week this week in Monkey's class!

Our writing area is now stacked with Christmas paper and lists for us to write our letters to Santa and a post box to post them in. Lots of us have enjoyed using the writing area this week and have done some lovely writing.

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We have been busy practising and performing our part of the Christmas play. Thank you to all those who came to watch us, I am sure you will agree we did really well being sleepy shepherds and sheep!

We have also been reading the nativity story in English time and on Thursday we each wrote about the story.

Our Christmas fun and activities continues next week with a visit from Reverend Andy Walker, the vicar from St Peter and St Pauls, Christmas parties, the end of term disco after school and Christmas songs assembly on Friday!!  

Class Blog 7th December 2018
This week monkeys class have been continuing our learning about the fire of London. We have been finding out about how the fire service was started after the fire and how fire engines have changed through history.
We also made model houses like they would have had at the time of the fire. We showed our great teamwork skills, working with our partners to build our models.
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In maths we have been exploring number bonds to 10 and 20. We watched a great Cbeebies number blocks episode which has helped us learn our number bonds to 10.
If you want to have a watch at home search for Cbeebies number blocks and find the episode clef 'ten again'.
We will be learning more about our number bonds to 10 and 20 next week too.
To top our week off, most of us had a great time at the pantomime Dick Whittington on Friday. The children had a fantastic time and showed their Birk Hill best. Well done!
Class Blog 30th November 2018

This week Monkeys class have continued to learn about the Great Fire of London. We have been

learning the traditional rhymes 'London's burning' and 'Ring-o roses' in English this week. On Monday we practised the rhymes and performed them to each other in class.

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On Thursday, we wrote our own verse for 'London's burning'. We had great ideas for the lines of the rhyme. Mrs Smith was very proud of our writing!

In Maths, we have been looking at the value of each digit in teen numbers. We have been using arrow cards to make bigger numbers and Dienes to help us recognise how many tens and ones in each number. 

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In 'Aspiration time' we have been finding out about big numbers. Well done to those who brought in their strip of paper with a big number written on it for our biggest number challenge!

We also learnt some big number facts about our bodies.

For instance, did you know that we have 206 bones in our body!

and about 100 000 hairs on our head!


We have loved finding out about big numbers.. I wonder if you could find out some big number facts about space over the weekend? 

Class Blog 23rd November 2018

This week Monkeys class have been creating their own Mr Men characters.

The children came up with some amazing ideas for new Mr Men and Little Miss characters including:

Mr Super, Mr Wind, Mr Prickles, Mr Loud, Mr Upside down, Little Miss Rainbow and Little Miss Sparkle.

Then we wrote a story for our characters in which Mr Happy and  Little Miss Sunshine had a party and all our characters were invited.

The children have worked so hard sharing ideas, writing the invitations to the party and writing the story. 

They have also enjoyed writing letters to a Mr Men character and posting them in the Mr Men post box in our writing area.

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In the afternoons this week, we have started our History topic on the great fire of London. On Monday we looked at a picture of the fire and wrote questions we wanted to ask about the fire. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday we found out about the great fire of London and wrote the answers to our questions.
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Class Blog 16th November 2018
This week it has been friendship week at school so Ted our mascot has been looking for children being a good friend to others. He has given out lots of Birkhill bees for our beehive.
Well done to all those children who got a bee this week.
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In English we have enjoyed reading lots of the Mr Men and Little Miss stories by Roger Hargreaves.
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In Maths we have been learning to use the language of position and direction. We used apparatus in the hall to give our friends directions to get across the stations.
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We hope you enjoyed our class assembly. The children were fabulous! Well done monkeys.
Class Blog 9th November 2018

It has been a busy week this week in Monkeys class.

Here are just a few of our highlights.


We started the week by going to look for signs of Autumn around the playground. We found lots of

colourful Autumn leaves that had fallen from the trees. We looked at the different colours and then had fun playing in the leaves!

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In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We went on shape hunts around school and some of us made 3D shapes using play dough.

On Wednesday we  found out about Remembrance day and why people wear poppies. We worked with the other classes to colour in poppies for our own Remembrance day display in the playground.

And if all that was not enough, on Thursday we had a day in India. This was one of our emersion days where we learn about life and traditions of another culture. We took part in lots of different activities around the school including Bollywood dancing, making Rangoli patterns and tasting Indian food.

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What an amazing learning, laughter and love filled week we have had! Well Done Monkeys class!

Class Blog 26th October 2018

This week, as it is the end of the half term, we have been reviewing all our learning so far about our theme 'Brilliant Britain'. On Tuesday, children worked in groups to share all they had learnt and came up with questions.

Here are some of our questions.

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Then we tested our own knowledge to find four ‘Quiz Masters’ from our class. These 'Quiz Masters' took our questions to the other classes to test their knowledge of Britain.

We also tried to answer questions sent from the other classes to test our knowledge too.

We did really well to remember all our learning!


In Maths we have been learning about subtraction. We used a model called the 'part-whole' model to represent addition and subtraction of numbers.

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You have all settled and worked so hard this half term Monkeys. Well Done!

Have a restful and fun week and we'll see you back on the 5th November.

Class Blog 19th October 2018

This week we have been learning all about subtraction. We practised counting back from 10 using Farmer Pete and his sheep! We really liked singing it!

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Rueben, our Respect mascot has been looking out for children trying their best this week. If we were spotted, we got a banana to put on our Recognition Tree. Lots of us got bananas this week! Well Done!

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Class Blog 12th October 2018

This week Monkey class has been busy practising adding numbers.

On Thursday we used coins to add amounts for a toy shop and worked on adding games on the ipads.

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Some of us this week have also been learning how to add bigger numbers together using tens and ones. We worked together on the carpet and practised on our whiteboards.
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In our Religious Education we have been learning about a Hindu festival called Diwali. This week we learnt about how Hindus celebrate Diwali and then we made some Diwali cards.
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Class Blog 5th October 2018
In maths this week Monkey class have been finding different ways of making 10 using Numicon numbers. We explored how two numbers can fit together to match the ten shape on the Numicon board.
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In science this week we have continued learning about electricity.

This week we have been making simple circuits. We noticed how our circuits needed to be complete for the light bulb to light up. Some of us even explored what happened when we put two batteries in the circuit. Ask us about what happened!

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In English we have been reading the story of The Little Red Hen. But on Wednesday the little red hen went missing! So we used lots of adjectives to create missing posters to help us find her again! Thanks to our great writing, she was found and back in the story on Thursday!
Class Blog 28th September 2018

This half term in science we have been learning about electricity.

This week we became a human circuit to learn about how electricity travels! We used a hoop as the electricity and passed it around our circle circuit without letting go of each others hands!

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Then we saw what happened if there was a break in the circuit. We noticed how the electricity couldn't pass around any further.

We talked about the importance of being safe around electricity. There is a good website with some activities about being safe around electricity that we have explored in class. If you want to have a look at home, here is the website -

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Also this week, Rueben, our class respect mascot has been looking out for children following the Birk Hill Way. Each time we were spotted we got a banana with our name on to go on 'Our Caring Tree'. Look how many names we have on it!
Class Blog 21st September 2018

It's been a fruit and vegetable week in Monkeys class this week as we thought about Harvest.

We have been writing fruit bowl poems in English and in art we made faces out of fruit and vegetables like the famous artist Guiseppe Arcimboldo.

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In Maths we have been comparing and ordering numbers and finding one more and one less than a number to 10.

This website game is great for ordering numbers, so why not have a go at it at the weekend?

Class Blog 14th September 2018
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It's been another busy week in Monkeys class this week.
We have continued to learn about numbers in maths and have been practising ordering numbers using number cards and Numicon.   
Some of us have even been exploring using Numicon to make bigger numbers!

On Tuesday afternoon we had a special P.E session with the RuggerEds. We played some great games and had lots of fun. 
(They will be running an after-school club on Friday so come and get a form if your child wants to join in).

Thank you to all those who came to the KS1 information meeting on Wednesday. Notes are available if you were not able to attend or just want a reminder. Come and get a copy from me, Mrs Smith.

Class Blog 7th September 2018
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Monkeys class have settled really well this week. We are really proud of them.
This week, in maths we have been practising our counting and writing numbers to 10 and 20 and today played some big maths games with numbers on the playground.
In English we have been looking at postcards and writing a postcard to our class monkey called Bananas. Thank you to all who have brought some amazing postcards and pictures from holidays in to share. They are amazing! 
We also started our new learning theme called Brilliant Britain. We will be learning about the amazing country we live in over this next term.
Well done Monkeys class. A great first week!