• Willow Class

    Our topic this half term is The Enchanted Forest.  We will be exploring our neighbouring woods to find and identify common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will collect leaves, cones, and twigs to make wonderful tree boggarts and crowns! On our walks we will look for evidence of woodland animals and birds. We will try to find an answer to our question: ‘Who lives in the woods?’ Who knows what we might find! In class we will learn the basic structural parts of a plant and then observe real specimens.

    We are looking forward to Book Week, where our focus is houses and homes. The story of That Pesky Rat will be a starting point to considering different homes and what makes a home. We plan to design a cosy home for him. As part of our topic we will share traditional tales set in the woods including Goldilocks and The Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood and will look at some tales with a twist.

  • 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 practice 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, after researching weather in Rome, we will create a poster advertising Rome in summer. Our Science topic is Our Changing World where we will be learning how to classify trees and plants by their leaves, type of bark, buds and vein patterns. In RE, we will learn about what happens in churches during Lent and at Easter. Our recorder lessons will continue and will culminate in a fantastic end of term concert.


  • Cedar Class

    Grab your wetsuit! Cedar Class are continuing their deep-sea adventure into the Blue Abyss. In Humanities, we reach the Great Barrier Reef ready to explore its habitats and sea creatures, as well as the environmental issues facing our oceans today. We get to see some of these amazing creatures for ourselves when we visit the Sealife London Aquarium! In DT, we will be going deeper as we investigate submarines and then design and produce our own.  Will our submarines survive when we put them to the test? In English, we research the great undersea explorer, Jacques Cousteau and write biographies about his exciting explorations. We will get creative and write fantasy short stories inspired by Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia. Science gets shocking as we learn all about electricity and create our own circuits. In RE, we look at how Christians behave when following Jesus’s commandments and explore how the church celebrates Easter. In Music, children become composers and campaigners as they write their own environmental songs influenced by the mesmerising Aquarium from Saint-Saens’: The Carnival of the Animals and Michael Jackson’s Earth Song. Finally, we will also be getting our dancing shoes on as we head for the Barnet Dance Festival. What a busy term!

  • 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 zebras have stripes?; Chestnut class - Street Detectives; Beech class – I am Warrior!; Cedar class – The Blue Abyss and Oak class – Hola Mexico!



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