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Bishop MonktonC of E Primary School


Welcome to Eagles!


We are Year 5 & 6 children. Our teacher is Mrs Handslip and we are supported on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings by Mrs Verrill

Our class governor is Julia Russell

Monday 8th is nearly here! Monday will be PE so come in your PE kits. Do wear layers as the doors and windows will be open for ventilation. Exciting!

Potty Potato Book Characters to celebrate World Book Day!

We are preparing for fun on our return. Eagles have been practising hand clapping rhymes for our playground. At home they have been testing them out on their animals. I think they may work better with humans!

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What did the Viking people wear? The rich who could import cloth, the fighters, the weavers, the farmers?

Eagles have been exploring the food available to Vikings and some have become 'experimental archaeologists' by making the recipes.

We have been developing our knowledge about Viking Longhouses.

Here are examples of excellent sentence crafting. Heidi (yr6) and Gracie (yr5) have taken their spellings and crafted complex sentences. These show that they understand the meaning of the words; can use a wide range of punctuation and can manipulate phrases and clauses to craft careful, complex sentences.

More Viking Longboats to add to our invading fleet.

The Vikings certainly knew how to sail those northern seas. The settled as far as Russia and North America and Greenland. Oh, and Angleland, sorry I meant England.

We have started a Viking Invasion project. We have put together questions to explore and considered where the Vikings came from.

Happy Chinese New Year! Here are a few examples of our family portraits:

Here are excellent examples of handwriting: evenly formed letters; tall consonants; neat clear long consonants and all correctly formed.

Stafe safe online everybody!

Art - We looked at some paintings by a French artist called Bonnard. He painted many scenes in his house and out of his windows. The children have used his art to inspire them to look carefully out of their windows.

Art - thinking about perspective. The task: To draw a view into a room using knowledge of perspective.

We have been studying what it has been like to be Black and British through our history. Last week we watched a live lesson by David Olugosa who wrote our text, 'Black and British'. His live lesson was a preparation for this year's census. Ask the Eagle's if you are not sure what a census is. Here are some excellent summaries of the chapter, 'The Early Georgians'.

Here is one of the many brilliant comic, fairytale stories inspired by J.K. Rowling's 'The Ickabog'. Author: Heidi Chapman. We shall be sharing these wonderfully entertaining stories on our return.

Eagles have been creating graphic storyboards to illustrate their comic stories which they wrote earlier this month.

As part of mental Health Awareness week, Eagles have been creating gratitude bubbles!

Exploring sound. Our home-based scientists have been learning about decibels, hertz, sound waves, vibrations and amplification.

In geography, Eagles have been exploring the country of Germany and comparing it to the county we live in - North Yorkshire. They created leaflets containing persuasive language to encourage the reader to visit.

Eagles have begun to explore sound. They have made guitars this week and written their method so that you can make one! I am impressed with the use of imperative verbs and fronted adverbials.

Our class text this term is The Ickabog by JK Rowling. It is a fun and silly fairytale full of monsters and ridiculous characters. The children have created their own 'Ickabog' and drawn a map of the Kingdom of Cornicopia.

Sleigh racers

More Christmas fun

We have made Christmas Survival Boxes for our families!🤣

Christmas fun in Eagles

Today the whole school took part in a wonderful Christingle service.

Developing our sewing skills making Christmas Decorations,

Our year 5's have produced a very professional reading of a Hairy play! They have focussed on prosody (reading with musicality) to entertain their listeners.

Waistcoats Wonder!

Sam, our incredible dance teacher, helped us to learn this dance in less than one hour! It shows off the amazing waistcoats that Eagles designed and created.

Whilst year 6s have been getting to grips with BODMAS, the years 5s have been exploring the orders of square and cubed numbers.

Waistcoat design and make

Thank you for the 44 bags of clothes donated to the Refugee Centre. They are hugely appreciated.

Eagles have made unbelievably brilliant trailers for our class text, 'The Unforgotten Coat'. Three of them are on power point. When you watch them, please play Mongolian music or the Beetles in the background! Two have been made on IMovies. I have yet to work out how to transfer these; I will find a way!

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Heidi is Eagle’s Hoola Queen

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French lessons via TEAMS!

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We are spending one more week on our history topic, the Anglo-Saxons and Scots. Then we will move onto 2 weeks of science, Animals including humans. Here are our knowledge mats to share with you families.

Reading at Bishop Monkton

An information video all about the new reading curriculum at Bishop Monkton.

The following videos set out Eagle’s homework expectations. I do hope they are helpful.

1 Spelling punctuation and grammar using C.G.P. books.

2 My Maths on line homework

3 Weekly spellings

4 Reading


Year 6 parents and careers, we shall share SATS information after half term.


Homework information pt. 1

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Eagles info. Pt. 2

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Info. Pt . 3

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Info pt. 4

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 Maths Shed & Spelling Shed  NEW! 


Good morning Eagles!


I hope you are all well! To help you to practise spellings and maths skills at home we have taken out a subscription to Maths Shed and Spelling Shed. There are lots of games and fun activities to play whilst obviously still learning! To access the website simply go to and then enter your username and password. I will email your parents your username and password this afternoon.

Any problems, or if you just want to say hello and tell me how you're doing, drop me an email. 


I hope you enjoy exploring Spelling Shed and Maths Shed!

Mrs H 

Did you know your local library has thousands of ebooks and audiobooks?

You can borrow them, instantly, for free, using just the device in your hand.

All you need is a free library card; to download the app and then away you go!

 Matthew Wilkinson, Montaine Spine Race Competitor, visited our year 6 to give an inspirational account of his gruelling experience in the 2020 race. He described how this 268 mile race up the spine of England, tested the athletes to their limits. The competitors climbed over the equivalent height of Everest; battled foot rot; blizzards; sleep deprivation and darkness. The children asked excellent questions: How did you prepare for the race? Did the competitors support each other? What were you thinking at the start of the race? Matt brilliantly gave an insight into the reality of an Ultrarunner.
Do you have any audio books to donate to our school library? If so please leave them at the entrance. Thank you in advance!

Thank you to those who attended the Parent's Information meeting on reading and times tables. Please find attached the power point on the importance for reading for pleasure; suggested fiction book list and a useful guide to talking about books with your child.

Live from Eagles. Introducing Benjamin our visitor from Peru.

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On Wednesday we were visited by Susie Hart from Artizan International. The children spoke openly about their experience of disabilities. Our guests shared their mosaic skills with the Eagles

As you will be aware, we have just finished our first SATS mocks. You children have been amazing. They are now aware of the learning ahead of them. Please support them by encouraging them to practice using online games. Those which support maths facts and calculation will be great and especially those which support Spelling, punctuation and grammar (spag). I have attached free ones l’ve found here but there are many more apps. which can be downloaded.


Here’s a picture of an antonym and a synonym sorting game.

Sir Alan Sugar watch out! Eagles have been adapting recipes to create a Healthy Christmas Snack book for the Robins. Their research skills and their discussions have been brilliant to listen too.

We have created these amazing orreries to explore the order of our planets. We have also found out that Copernicus thought the solar system was geocentric (earth-centred) and Galileo proved that it was heliocentric ( sun centred).

God and the Big Bang

Leeds Minster


On Wednesday, we took part in a fascinating day of debate centred around faith and science. We were privileged to be led by 3 fascinating experts in the field of science who led us through ideas about the birth of the universe, the beginnings of life and scientific uncertainty. We all agreed that it was a brilliant day.



We have put together 2 minute presentations on the Earth, the Sun and the Moon. The children had 40 minutes to research and then deliver using the inspirational communication skills of Brian Cox.

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Day 4

Wow, what a fantastic day. This morning we had a wet, soggy but happy time scrambling in a beck. The children squeezed their way through lots of small passages between rocks; slipped their way over slimy stones and put their heads under waterfalls. The teamwork and support of each other was outstanding. Near the end of their beck scramble was a giant boulder that they used as a slide into the water.

After lunch, group 2 took part in a challenging and beautiful mountain bike ride across Danby Moor whilst group 1 went den building in the forest.

Tonight has been hilarious. Mrs Verrill and Mrs Handslip were highly entertained with Boshop Minkton's got talent. We followed this with a camp fire and silly songs and a final game of night group tig. We both agree that this group have been fun, adventurous, supportive of each other and a  real pleasure.

We will be leaving East Barnby at 1:30pm and intend to be back at school between 3 and 3:30pm.

Day 3

Today we went sailing on Scaling Dam reservoir. We were excited to be joined by Sam and Mrs Cowling. Firstly we learned how to build the boats and then were told what to do if the boat capsized. We had fun practising our sailing skills close to the shore; one boat between two. Some of us rather liked being in the water  instead of on the water! But eventually we managed to sail the boats expertly across the reservoir like ducks following their mum...sort of. The funniest part for the adults was the return to shore when most of the children 'accidentally' slipped out of their boats!

Tonight we have been sledging. After hot chocolate the children were ready for an earlier night.

Day 2- After a successful night sleep and a hearty breakfast, we  were prepared for the day's adventures. We launched our canoes at Ruswarp and spent a hilarious hour getting our paddling strokes correct in order to go in a straight line- mostly achieved! Along the way we saw herons, a salmon ladder and a cormorant; we played ball games in the river and had lunch on 'Lunch Island' before gliding into Whitby harbour. 

A large dinner was devoured, dorm inspections carried out by and we then started to think about our John Muir Award. Greta's speech in New York was watched and added a lot of passion to our discussion about conservation.

The children have raided the tuckshop and are now preparing for Silly Olympics. We are all well and looking forward to a day of sailing tomorrow.

We've arrived! We are happy, tired and full. After sorting out dorms, we have spent the afternoon bodyboarding at Sandsend. Mrs Verrill and I agreed that we had never seen so many children laughing their neoprene socks off. They have all eaten well. Tonight they will learn about the John Muir Award and the search the site for aliens...obviously!


What a great start to the year.

We are so excited about East Barnby. For those who couldn't attend the meeting, please don't hesitate to ask any questions. Attached is a kit list for you. There is no need to purchase anything. Your child will be kitted out with waterproofs, wellies etc. They are welcome to bring £5-10 to spend in the tuckshop. Here they will be able to buy sweets or East Barnby gifts if they wish to. We shall have access to the tuck shop on 2 of our evenings. 

Please do not bring any other food or snacks; there will be plenty to eat! No electronics please.

We shall be leaving after registration and return to school before 3:30pm on the Friday. If this time changes, you will be contacted by text.

Don't forget to check the class pages each night for an update and some photos of the days adventures.

Mrs Handslip

What a knight; what a production! X

The Year 6 took part in a Ripon Cathedral Leavers Service today. We were in awe of a amazing building which is 1300 years old and is ours! The children make promises and hopes, displaying them on Rainbows. Four of the girls read John 2 v.1-11 (beautifully). Jesus changed the water at a wedding to the best wine- he can make us the best that we can be too. This was a lovely memory.

Primary Pounds Enterprise Project

I am so proud of our Year 5 and 6 children. They were tasked to raise money for Harrogate based Craft Aid International. The money raised would support differently abled people in Harrogate, Ecuador and Peru. They organised themselves and ran Mad Hair Day, a cake sale and Boshop Minkton's Got Talent! What a brilliant show that was- pictures to follow.

Our children have raised £319.00 to support people in developing skills, purpose and an income.

God uses us to do His work. You are all brilliant and we are all proud of you!

11/6/19 - Le Touquet...we have arrived.

Cluster Cross Country at Newby Hall 3/6/19

Mad Hair Day - raising money for Craft Aid International. £165 raised so far!