• Willow Class

    Are you ready for an adventure? Where in the world could we go? How could we travel there? It’s time to discover transport, travel and places near and far! This half term, we’ll be thinking about the transport we’ve taken to go on holiday; we’ll use maps to consider where we’d like to visit next. What should we pack? We’ll draw and write about imaginary journeys and look at different types of transport, including vehicles which travel by air, road or water. We’ll go on our own mini journeys, giving and following directional instructions. As part of our music work, we’ll accompany stories and songs about transport with music and movement.  We’ll learn about floating and sinking in a boat builder’s challenge!  In Design and Technology we will explore different mechanisms and sketch a design to create their moving pictures centred around a story. We’ll also talk about road safety, learn about high-visibility clothing and design an incredible imaginary vehicle using a computer program. At the end of the project, we’ll invite you in to see what we have been learning for our class assembly.

  • Chestnut Class 

    This term we will be exploring the salty seas in our topic Land Ahoy!  We will be looking closely at pirate ships and find out what life might have been like for the people who lived inside them and what the different parts of the boats were used for.  In English we are setting sail to discover the world of sea rescues. We will be learning about The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and using this to inspire writing acrostic poems about sea rescues, as well as exploring real life sea rescues, looking into the story of legendary Victorian heroine Grace Darling.

    In Art and D.T. we will be developing our sketching skills by looking closely at different types of boats through the ages. We will design our own pirate flag and use block printing to make them even more terrifying! We will investigate and design lighthouses even with a working light in the top. In History we will investigate Captain Cook and other famous sea explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo by making our own timelines and a non-chronological report on our findings. As the topic advances we will investigate Captain Cook’s famous sea journeys by plotting them on a map and looking carefully to find the north and south poles and the equator. We will also develop our knowledge of Britain’s sea ports and seas. Finally, we will create our own pirate treasure map using simple symbols.

    In Science, Chestnut class will continue learning about plants, we will become detectives in identifying and classifying different sorts of flowering plants including trees. The children will soon be taking their plant detective role into deeper grounds when we explore what is happening underground beneath our plants.

    In RE we are developing our understanding of the basic beliefs and practices of the Sikh faith by comparing it to our Christian values and ethos.  The children will develop their own understanding of what they believe about belonging and making commitments.

  • Beech Class 

    Beech class this term will be learning that from humble beginnings the river flows down the mountain and in to the sea in our new topic ‘Flow’. We will discover how the water cycle works, what animals live there and what causes river pollution. Our map reading and research skills will help us find out about famous rivers. In Literacy we will be using our creative skills to write a recount of the journey of a boat and write an adventure story about riding on a dolphin. Our descriptive river poetry will capture the movement of water. We’ll mix watercolours to create beautiful paintings in Art by studying Claude Monet.

    In Computing, children will research ways to communicate online and how to stay safe whilst doing this. In Science, children will learn about the absorption and transport of water and nutrients and the role of the leaf in making food for the plant. In RE, we will be learning about the main beliefs and practices of Sikhs and how Sikhs show their commitment to God. In Music, we will be learning a variety of songs about friendship.


  • Cedar Class

    Watch out! Lock your doors and pull up the drawbridge: Cedar class are going back to Medieval Britain, to a time when one of the most feared diseases, The Great Plague was at its worst. Children will be visited by a storyteller to gain an insight into what it was like to be a humble peasant living at the time of the dreaded pestilence. In Humanities, we will investigate how the disease came to Britain and learn to recognise the gruesome symptoms associated with disease as well as learn about some of the unconventional cures tried by the physicians of the day. In English, children will personify pestilence, writing prose, become roving reporters as they bring you the latest medieval news and become orators as they take on the roles of King Richard and Wat Tyler, creating and delivering persuasive speeches. In DT, we will create our own mask to keep out the ‘bad smells’ thought to be responsible for the disease using paper craft and paper mâché. In Religious Studies, we will look at what it means to be a Sikh and find out about Sikh artefacts, artwork and symbolism. In Computing, children learn to program their own games using Scratch. What a busy and exciting term we have ahead of us!

  • Oak Class 

    Oak class will be proving they are “Stronger than the Storm” this term as they embark on another busy term and as the Year 6 children prepare themselves for SATs in May. Focusing on Christian Aid Week, much of our work will be cross-curricular as the children learn about the recent natural disasters that struck the country of Haiti and the difficulties people living there faced in the aftermath. In English, we will be writing balanced arguments about issues that are important to us. Geography work will focus on Haiti’s farming industry and they will then look at the UK farming industry in comparison, analysing how much food is produced here and how much is imported. They will complete the topic by looking at the UK flower industry. Following the inspirational WE Day, the children will also be embarking on another project, linked to Christian Aid Week. They will plan and organise a fundraising activity for the rest of the school; this will be introduced through an assembly, which they will also organise. Science will see us learning about how animals and plants evolve and change over time, how they are equipped to survive and how they have adapted to their environment. In RE, children will be learning about what it means to be a Sikh and consider similarities between Sikhism and Christianity. Finally, post SATs, Year 6 pupils will be embarking on a week of Bikeability. All in all, 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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