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Learning in Monkey Puzzle

     About our class        


   Welcome to our class page.


   Monkey Puzzle class is taught by Miss Angell on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and

   Friday. She is also Deputy Head and SENCo. 


   On a Wednesday Mrs Williams is the Class Teacher and takes us to Forest School.


   Mrs Lane, Miss Evans and Mrs Thomas are our Class TAs.


   In Monkey Puzzle class we have Reception and Year 1 children and we like to learn through a play-based

   curriculum. We follow the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. 


* We go to Forest school on a Wednesday morning, weather permitting.

* We do PE on a Thursday morning.


Values Education - We think about these values alongside our PSHE lessons and our assemblies.

April - Generosity

May - Truthfulness

June - Commitment

July - Friendliness


See our 2 year Topic Plans and EYFS Long Term Plans below to find out what we are learning across the curriculum. This year we are following Year A. 



We are following Twinkl Phonics to learn our sounds and develop a range of reading and writing skills.


Children have a yellow Phonics homework book in their book bag. They will bring home Parent Information sheets on the sound they are learning and handwriting sheets to practise their letter formation. They will also bring home a mini-book that includes all the sounds they have learnt in a week and any new Tricky Words. They can keep the mini-book at home. They can also access Phonics Go games at home. Please come and ask if your child has lost their login details. 


The children will also bring home a reading book once they have learnt the first 12 sounds. We use the Rhino Reader and Oxford Reading Tree reading schemes. Both schemes have been aligned so the book your child brings home is at the correct level for their Phonic ability. Books will be changed three times a week. We encourage you to look at the book at home and write in your child's reading record. We recommend reading the book several times to allow the children to gain fluency and to allow for comprehension discussions, such as what happens next? Why do you think they did that? etc.


The children will have a pencil case in their book bag with Tricky Words in. The Tricky Words follow our Twinkl Phonics scheme and new words will be added as they are covered in Phonics sessions.


In English during the Summer Term we will continue to think about letter sounds and letter formation and pencil control, sounding and blending words to read and spell using the sounds we learn in phonics. We will be trying to write more sentences and gaining more independence and confidence. We will regularly write a recount of our weekend. We will be writing letters, postcards, poems and making non-fiction books and writing labels and captions that link to our termly topic 'Holidays' - this will include Summer, Seaside, Toys and colourWe will look at many different texts linked to our topic including The lost property office, Stanley's Stick, Handa's Surprise and Gregory Cool. We will talk about text having meaning, the difference between fiction and non-fiction and the different parts of a non-fiction book.



In Maths we follow White Rose Maths in Reception and Hamilton Trust from Year 1 onwards.

During the Summer Term we will be looking at;

 *Comparing bigger numbers

 *Composition of numbers

*Odd and Even numbers

 *3D shapes

* Numbers to 20 and beyond

 *Addition and subtraction


*Halves and quarters

*Doubling and halving

*Counting in 2s.



Expectations in Mathematics for year 1