• Willow Class

    This term we are welcoming new children into Willow class with our magnificent minibeasts topic and wondering, ‘Why do Ladybirds have Spots?’ The children will have the opportunity to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills by sharing books with repetitive patterns and enjoying action rhymes. Meanwhile they will be getting up close and personal with minibeasts of all shapes and sizes and working together to construct a minibeast hotel and butterfly garden.

  • Chestnut Class 

    In this busy and exciting first term Chestnut class will be going back in time to learn all about Dinosaurs!  We will be researching about dinosaurs using a range of sources and becoming authors of our own non-fiction books full of fantastic dinosaur facts.  Inspired by authors including Julia Donaldson and Bill Thompson, we will create our own unique dinosaur to star in their very own adventure story.  Chestnut class will become palaeontologists for the day during our dinosaur workshop and we will learn all about the real life discoveries of Mary Anning.     

    In Science Chestnut class will explore the eating habits of animals and how to classify them as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.  We will learn about what animals, including humans, need to survive and the different stages that living things go through during their lives. Computing will have us producing out own PowerPoints on our favourite dinosaur and using maths software programs to record this date on tally and pictograms.

    As part of our Curiosity Curriculum we will be rehearsing and performing our own dinosaur dances, we will investigate the life of Mary Anning in History and discover the clues left behind that tell us that dinosaurs once roamed Monken Hadley Common! In Geography, we will learn that the continents were not always in their current formation and how the Earth has changed over time. To go along with our Dino theme, in Art we will be making our own fossils, Dino-eggs and making our very own Dino-sock puppets in D.T.

    In RE we will reflect on this special world of ours and recognise the duty of Christians to take care of it and respect it so that the next generation of children can continue to enjoy it.


  • Beech Class 

    Our topic this term is Tribal Tales we will be heading back to prehistoric times. In Humanities we will be learning how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years, from the Stone Age to the Roman invasion. The children will have the opportunity to research astonishing mystical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time. In Art we will be investigating the designs of the ‘Grooved Ware’ and the children will have the opportunity to make their own clay pots. We will be looking at different examples of cave paintings and the children will draw their own using pastels.  In D & T the children will work as tribe to build a monument to celebrate the coming of spring. In addition to this they will be designing and making Bronze Age Jewellery. In English we will be keeping with Tribal Tales Theme when we study ‘Stone Age Boy’ by Satashi Kitamura.  In Science we will be learning about Light and how we need it to see. Our Focus in our R.E lessons will be learning how Muslims show their commitment to God.


  • Cedar Class

    The year starts in Cedar Class with a busy and exciting term! We will be going on an exciting journey for our topic, Road Trip USA! In Humanities, children will learn about the layout of the USA, the different physical features and they will learn about the history of Native American people.  They will design Totem Poles, create Dream Catchers and make American inspired dishes. In English, we will be using our class book, ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ to write our own chapters in the style of the author, Lynne Reid Banks. We will also create narrative poems inspired by Native American myths and legends. In Science, the children will delve into the digestive system, and will consider the effects that changes to the environment can have on food chains.  In Religious Education, we will look at the different ways Muslims show commitment to God. It’s research time in Computing and the children will learn to write and edit simple HTML codes, creating their own web page.  A busy, fun term ahead!

  • Oak Class 

    Oak class may be feeling a little scared this term as we embark on our new topic ‘Scream Machine’ which focuses upon learning about the experiences of riding a rollercoaster – or a scream machine! Using the poem, ‘The Ride’ we will explore how the words and structure of the poem reflect the feeling and sensation of riding on a roller coaster and then we’ll write our own poems. We will also be researching the history of fairground rides and using our research to produce an information text. In Geography, we will use atlases to locate the key features and placement of theme parks, and explore the key reasons people visit them. In Science, we will investigate and develop our knowledge of different forces. We will also investigate some of the key mechanisms used in theme park rides and how these mechanisms are used to create different types of motion.  We will then use this knowledge of mechanisms and forces in D&T to create working rides. In Art, we will be composing photographs to capture the emotions and experiences when riding on a roller coaster. In Computing we will be designing  a loop-the-loop rollercoaster using the programming language, Scratch. Finally, in RE, we will be finding out how Muslims show commitment to God. All this will be topped off with a visit to the London Eye, so it promises to be a 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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