• Willow Class

    Willow class are embarking on a journey of imagination to the world of the Rio carnival. They will be experiencing the joyous atmosphere and responding by drawing pictures, writing recipes, making costumes and learning more about Brazil’s fascinating geography. Meanwhile they will be exploring Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday and the Nativity story in more depth. What an exciting half term it will be!

  • Chestnut Class 

    This term Chestnut class will be learning all about castles!  We will be looking closely at real life castles to find out what life might have been like for the people who lived inside them and what the different parts of the building were for.  In English we will reading a range of stories set in castles and using our imaginations to jump into these beautiful buildings and describe what we see.  We will also be creating own stories based on what would happen when a mysterious golden egg arrives in an unexpected place. In Art and D.T. we will be designing and building our own medieval castles, even with a working drawbridge. In History we will investigate different types of castles and why people chose to build them where they did. As the topic advances we will investigate tunnels and bridges from around the world in Geography, and have a go at making our own.

    In Science Chestnut class will learn all about materials and their uses.  We will identify a range of everyday materials such as wood, metal, plastic, brick, glass, rock, paper and cardboard, and explore their suitability for different purposes.  Working scientifically we will compare the uses of everyday materials in and around our school with other places, observing closely, identifying and classifying their different uses and recording our observations.

    We are very much looking forward to our Nativity performance and will be spending this term rehearsing our songs ready for the performance of the year!

    In RE we will look closely at the story of Noah and what it means to us as Christians. We will think about the quality of ‘grace’ and how we can learn from this story and put it into practice within the Christian faith. As Christmas draws closer we will turn to the Nativity and think about the different characters involved in the story and what they tell us not only about Jesus but the Christian faith as well.


  • Beech Class 

    In this busy and exciting half term our topic will be Tremors. We’ll be finding out about the dangerous world of natural disasters and their deadly effects. Through research we will investigate the Earth’s layers and the location of volcanoes, discovering what causes them to erupt. Working as archaeologists, we will locate Mount Vesuvius on a map and find out what it was like to live in Pompeii during the eruption. In Science the children will become rock detectives learning about different types of rocks and sorting them according to their properties. In D & T the children will be making model volcanoes. Watch out they might erupt! In English we will be using the book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ to write a descriptive historical narrative. In R.E this term, we will be learning about how Christmas is depicted through music and art. In Music, children are working really hard in their recorder lessons and can’t wait to share what they have learnt with you in an end of term concert.


  • Cedar Class

    What a creative and busy term lies ahead in Cedar Class! We will be turning back the clocks for our topic, Time Travellers. In Humanities, we will visit Barnet to discover the changes that have occurred over time in our local area. Art takes a surreal turn as children produce portraits and clocks in the styles of Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. In English, we will journey to fantasy lands of the past and the future, using books such as Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia to inspire our writing. We travel around our Solar System in Science, taking a trip to the Royal Observatory to explore why we have day and night.  In Religious Studies, we will learn about the Incarnation by exploring the question: How Do Art and Music Convey Christmas? In Computing, we will be creating our own webpage.

  • Oak Class 

    Oak class is going on a fantasy adventure this half term to Alchemy Island!  During this topic we will be studying core elements of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ and deepening our understanding of the plot and characters. As we explore the fantasy setting of Alchemy Island we will deepen our geographical knowledge by recognising and describing the human and physical features of places. We will learn to locate places using 6 figure grid references, and design maps of our own fantasy location. In Science, we are identifying solids, liquids and gases and carrying out a number of experiments.  In Art, we will look at a variety of different landscapes including real and fantasy ones and discuss perspective. Using the work of David Hockney we will explore colour and texture before producing our own fantasy landscapes. In Computing, we will use music software to record and layer sounds to create a desired effect. Finally, in RE, we will be exploring the question: How do art and music convey Christmas? 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 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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