• Willow Class

    The children in Willow class will be heading to Africa this half term for our topic ‘Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?’ Initially we will be looking at non- fiction texts and creating some of our own on African animals. As we venture on safari we will have a safari tour station in the classroom where the children can act as a guide, tourist or an African animal. As part of our Science work we will name animals of the Serengeti, identify their body parts and look at their diets.  We will compare everyday life in Kenya to our lives, looking for similarities and differences in the two locations. Year 1 will locate the continents on a world map. The children will be generating questions they would like to investigate such as ‘Why do elephants have trunks?’ Our topic title will lead us into looking at animal markings and camouflage. Learning about life in Kenya will be stimulated by literature such as Handa’s Surprise and watching a film of a Kenyan child at school. We will be writing our own story. Following sharing Mama Panya’s Pancakes, we will be creating real and imaginary pancakes using our mud kitchen! The children will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles.

  • Chestnut Class 

    This term Chestnut class will be become street detectives to investigate the local area.  We will be finding out how High Barnet has changed over time and thinking about the ways that it can be improved further in the future.  Our research will involve walks in the local area, travel surveys and interviews with local residents.  In English we will be using the Common as a starting point for our story writing, using our imaginations to invent exciting things that we might see there. 

    In Science Chestnut class will learn about habitats.  We will explore how livings things are suited to their environments and the interactions between the living organisms within a habitat.  We will identify things that are living and once lived and construct food chains to show how living things depend on each other, using our wonderful Common as a resource.  After half term our Science topic is ‘Plants’.  This will involve identifying and naming common plants and investigating the conditions in which seeds grow best.

    In RE we will be learning about the Jewish faith, particularly important festivals for the first half of the term. After the half term break we will be looking at Easter symbols, why they are important and what they tell us about the Christian faith.

    Geography, shall involve us investigating local maps, learning about map symbols and how to use a compass. We will be making our own maps as well as in DT bringing it to life as a 3D model. We shall be looking at the importance of signs, how they convey meaning and constructing our own using the computer. In Art we will be investigating the landscape and Cityscape work of famous artists such as Monet as well as looking at how local artists paint our local area. We shall then take to the Common, with our watercolours and sketchpads to paint our own landscape scenes.

    History after half term we will be working with Barnet Museum to investigate the Battle of Barnet, looking at artefacts and paintings from the time to deepen our understanding of how people lived and fought in the past. We shall go on another local area trip to re-enact moments from the battle!


  • Beech Class 

    Beech class will be preparing for battle in our new topic this term ‘I am Warrior’. In History the children will discover what Britain was like during Roman times, meet Julius Caesar, Boudicca, Spartacus and find out what the Romans did for us. In Geography we will be using maps and information books to compare Britain (home of the Celts) and Rome (home of the Romans). In Art and Design we will be making and designing Roman shields, we’ll test them in battle and practise our attacking and defending skills. In Literacy, the Celtic warrior, Queen Boudicca, will inspire us to create stories and artwork. We’ll write menus for wealthy Romans and learn about Roman myths. In Computing, we will compare the weather in Rome with the UK and create spreadsheets and bar graphs. Our Science topic is ‘States of Matter’ and we will be investigating the properties of solids, liquids and gases. In RE, we will learn about the contemporary Anglican church.


  • Cedar Class

    Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Cedar Class will be heading into the Blue Abyss this term. In Humanities, we will locate the world’s seas and oceans and investigate their different conditions and features. We will also be looking at many varied and mysterious sea creatures that live in the different layers of the ocean. On our trip to the Sea Life London Aquarium we will see some of these amazing creatures for ourselves. In Science, we will continue the animal theme when we learn about the life cycles of different amphibians, mammals, insects and birds and investigate how humans are helping endangered animals complete their lifecycle.  In DT we will be going deeper into our seas when we investigate submarines and then design and make our own. Will our submarines survive when we put them to the test? In Year 5 English, inspired by the environmental themes in The Tin Forest story, we will be writing persuasive letters and our own shot stories. Year 4 children will be reading ancient myths and legends and will have the opportunity to write their own version of a myth.  In Religious Studies, we will learn about what it means to be a Christian and look at aspects such as baptism. We will also be getting our dancing shoes on as we start preparing for the Barnet Dance Festival. What a busy term ahead!

  • Oak Class 

    Oak class will be heading across the water as we embark on our new topic, Hola Mexico! We will focus on a range of different writing genres, both formal and informal. In History, we be learning about the ancient Maya civilisation, their culture and their legacy. We will explore the concept of a hierarchy and consider the roles and responsibilities of leaders in different areas of society. In Science, we will explore the process of classification and how it differs from, but relates to, the identification of living things. In Art, we will be designing and making traditional Mexican masks using papier mâché; and also learning about the Maya stelae and the Bonampak murals. In Computing, we will be taking part in a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style project as well as applying our knowledge about the Maya Civilisation to produce a webpage. Finally, in RE, we will be examining what it means to be Christian, looking at aspects of Christian life such as baptism, and how these aspects differ in various denominations of the Christian faith. All this will be topped off with a visit to a chocolate museum to discover more about the Maya chocolate making process, so it promises to be another busy term ahead!


Our aim at Monken Hadley is to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which engages children and stretches them to achieve all that they can. We follow the National Curriculum (2014) in all subject areas. In order to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) we use a range of resources and schemes of work to deliver interesting and engaging lessons. As our classes are mixed ages groups, parts of the curriculum are taught on a cycle to ensure that children do not repeat topic areas. Please refer to the curriculum maps for further details. Class overviews give a broad idea of what is covered each half term and below are the detailed maps for each subject as well as key information about the core subject areas. If you require any further information about our curriculum please contact the Headteacher through the school’s contact details.

Phonics- Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Key Stage 1. We follow a synthetic programme for the teaching of phonics, using 'Letters and Sounds'. This is supplemented with a range of interactive resources. 

Reading Schemes
For early readers the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme is used predominantly in EYFS and Key Stage 1. When children become more confident, this scheme is supplemented with chapter books and a range of wider texts.

Spellings rules are taught weekly and spelling rules plus key spelling words are sent home each week. We ensure that all the Spelling requirements as set out in the National Curriculum (2014) are covered for each phase.

The Maths calculation policy is available on our website. This illustrates to parents the steps of progression in maths and the methods we  use to teach each calculation strategy.

Religious Education
As a Church of England Voluntary Aided School, Religious Education is treated as a core subject. At Monken Hadley we follow the LDBS Scheme of Work. This is supplemented with additional resources.

Our Curiosity Curriculum
In the afternoons all children across the school follow our Curiosity Curriculum timetable; covering aspects such as Philosophy for Children, Thinking Skills, a deep exploration of the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.  This creative curriculum approaches aspects of study through a thematic approach enabling pupils to not only see connections between subjects but also links across periods in history, populations and beliefs. Essentially therefore, we want this creative approach to the curriculum to develop children’s innate sense of curiosity and for this purpose the ‘creative curriculum’ at Monken Hadley is called the ‘Curiosity Curriculum’.

The Curiosity Curriculum largely follows the published Cornerstones curriculum and themed programmes of study this half term are: Willow class - Why do ladybirds have spots?; Chestnut class - Dinosaur Planet; Beech class – Tribal Tales; Cedar class – Road Trip USA! and Oak class – Scream Machine



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