Category Archives: Monkey Class


After our lesson concerning shapes and patterns we extended on this by getting out the Snapcubes. The children had a blast exploring colour patterns. As you can see they couldn’t be more proud of their creations.

Fantastic work class!






Owl Class Assembly

Dear Parents,

As you know it has been a busy week with seven children joining us from the Monkey class, the children are now affectionately known as the ‘Mowls’ by the original class members. The children have been settling in well and quickly adjusting to their new routines. Their first challenge has been preparing for our class assembly!
The class assembly will be on Friday 19th April at 1.45pm.

It has been based around the story of ‘Grace and Family’.

We have been looking at this book closely in Literacy.

If you would like to come and watch our class assembly we would love to see you!
Best wishes
Mrs Hagenaars and the Owls

Open Lessons – Handwriting & Phonics

Today was an exciting day in the primary as we had our first open session. Parents were invited to join in with our handwriting and phonics lessons.

During the lesson parents can join in with the lesson.  




This is an opportunity for parents to:

  • experience a lesson with your child;
  • learn how you can support your child’s phonics and handwriting;
  • become more involved in and have a greater understanding of your child’s education.

If you haven’t signed up already, it’s not too late, please see the schedules in the foyer. 

Happy Easter Everyone!

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend!


Here is an Easter video for you to enjoy…

Which is your favourite egg?

Fun with Descriptive Language


L.O.: Can I listen and respond to information given by others?                                   L.O.: Can I use descriptive words to describe an object?

We visited the Brighton Toy Musem ( and looked at all the different toys this toy museum has on show for the public to see. We discovered that all across the world children play with toys and some would be very different from the toys they play with.

We continued this theme of different toys and how we can use descriptive language to add detail when we explain items. I modelled this with the children with a guessing game. We used a Smartboard activity in which children had to guess the toy based on the descriptive words used. They did a great job solving the descriptive clues.

We then broke off into smaller groups to play their own descriptive word guessing game. Give three descriptive words/phrases about one of the toys and have the other  children guess the toy.

We continued at the carpet to reflect and connect on the lesson. We reflected on the game. Can the other children guess which one you are talking about? Which clue gave it away? Finally, that descriptive language helps use add detail and interest in our oral communication and writing.

You can do it Jim!

Here is a rhyming story for you to enjoy!


Wishing you all a great weekend.
Well done to everyone for a super week!

Insect Investigation with Sun!

Our students have been exploring Houses and Homes for their International Primary Curriculum focus this term. We took advantage of the much needed lovely weather to explore the school grounds. Our mission as ‘Junior Scientists’ was to locate insects and collect data concerning the habitat they were found in.

Needless to say, the chance to look under branches, rocks and leaves for insects was quite exciting for the children. They took their data sheets and powered into the field for a chance at discovery. They took great joy in shouting, ‘We found one!’ Each group found success on their adventure.

A great day for discovery!

Exploring Subtraction

LO: Can I begin to count back from 20?

LO: Can I say the number that is one less from another number?

LO: Explore subtraction

Who can count back from 10? Children used their fingers and count back from 10 folding 1 finger down with each count. When finished we asked the children how many fingers they have standing up. None, zero. Now who can count back from 20? We used a number-line to aid their visual recognition of numerals and placement. We continued this by making it into a game, they practiced counting back from different numbers up to 20.

In their guided activity children were asked to make a line of six cubes. We asked a series of questions, ‘What happens when you take one away?’ We encouraged the children to count back one from six to five. We repeated this for other numbers up to 10.

Finally, at the carpet we reconvened to reflect and connect on our lesson. Using the Smartboard (pictured) we showed a caterpillar up and draw 6 leaves on the board. How many leaves are there? 6. What if the caterpillar eats 1, how many will be left? We encouraged the children to count back.

Again, well done Monkeys!


A Late Introduction…


Hello, my name is Mr. Maddocks and I am the Reception Teacher. I look forward to the fun challenges and rewards that the International School of Breda will surely offer. The Monkey Class is very excited and I have met many new friends.

I have previously lived in and recently returned to the Netherlands after living in Canada for the past 3 years. It’s great to be back! My wife is Dutch and I am the proud father of three children (aged 7, 5, and almost 2). They are being brought up bilingual in Dutch and English. Thus for me, learning never ends as I continue my studies to increase my Dutch linguistic skills.

I have many interests and hobbies! I love to travel, play sports, listen to music, reading and all things Star Wars! My favourite children’s authors are Robert Munsch and Dav Pilkey. That are absolutely hilarious and I look forward to sharing some of their stories with you in the Monkey class.

Reading Eggs is Here!

Reading Eggs is here at the International School of Breda!

Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for children, with great online reading games and activities.

And it really works!

Children love the games, songs, golden eggs and other rewards which, along with feeling proud of their reading, really motivate children to keep exploring and learning.

We showed our little monkeys how the website works today. We hope they all use it to have fun and learn at the same time!

If you have any questions on the site or the program please do not hesitate to contact me at