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Monks Risborough CE Primary School

Mr McGregor's Garden

Weeks 4 - 6


In Maths we have been learning about halves and quarters. The children first explored fractions of shapes and objects before taking on the challenge of finding fractions of quantities. We are really proud of how well they embraced this unit!


In English, the learning was centred around Jack and the Beanstalk. The children enjoyed retelling the story and looking a little closer at the features of a traditional tale. We then read a sequel, Jim and the Beanstalk, and enjoyed predicting the ending before we found out for ourselves. It was interesting to compare the two stories and think carefully about who we might consider the hero and villain in each - we had some strong opinions! The children then went on to write their own traditional tale, applying what we'd learnt through all of this exploration and discussion.


Jack and the Beanstalk supplemented our Science learning brilliantly as we continued to learn about plants and trees. The children are now experts and can confidently tell you all about parts of plants and their functions, evergreen and deciduous trees, and can even identify a variety of plants and trees for you! They consolidated all of this learning on their trip to Waddesdon Manor on the last day of term where we planted beans, explored plants and trees in the grounds, and extended our learning by finding out about the role of insects in the survival of plants.

Weeks 1 - 3


We have been enjoying The Tale of Peter Rabbit as we explore our new topic 'Mr McGregor's Garden' this term. We've been working hard to write accurate sentences as we've written letters of advice to Peter Rabbit, warning him not to enter the garden. Some of us even included words with contractions in our words of caution!

We are now challenging ourselves to join our sentences together using a variety of connectives: and, but, so, when, because.


To discover some of Peter Rabbit's favourite food, we have planted our own radishes to take care of and taste once we have a crop! We are learning to identify different types of plants and trees, and have looked at the difference between deciduous and evergreen so far. 


In maths we have begun a unit on multiplication and division, starting with making arrays and exploring equal groups. 

Maths - making equal groups

Science - plants