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. This is at the heart of our school vision; a vision of learning community growing together. We follow the National Curriculum in all subject areas and in order to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 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. Class overviews give a broad idea of what is covered each half term. If you require any further information about our curriculum please contact the Head of School through the school’s contact details.
Reading at Monken Hadley
Reading is a key aspect of school life and here at our school it is embraced and celebrated. As well as teaching the children the skills of how to read and comprehension skills, we also endeavour to instil in them a love of reading and of books across many genres. Here is how we do it:
Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read. Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.
Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch. Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.
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. More information about " Letters and Sounds" can be found on the link below.
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 from different genres.
As children become more fluent readers, we further develop their comprehension skills. Using Cracking Comprehension, an online and paper based resource, through whole class reading and smaller group work. The children are able to retrieve information, infer meaning from texts and give their opinions with evidence from what they have read.
From Year 2 spelling rules are taught weekly. 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 year group.
Our goal is to develop confident mathematicians who relish a challenge! We use White Rose maths planning and resources. We provide the children with the opportunity to see maths in all forms: concrete, pictorially and in the abstract. Children are given opportunities to apply their understanding in different contexts.Year 1/2Year 3/4Year 4/5Year 5/6
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, visits and guest speakers.RE Curriculum
All children across the school follow themed topic areas covering aspects such as Art and Design, Geography, History and Design Technology. This creative curriculum approaches aspects of study through a thematic approach enabling pupils to see connections between subjects. We want this approach to develop children’s innate sense of curiosity and for this purpose the ‘creative curriculum’ at Monken Hadley is called the ‘Curiosity Curriculum’. Each topic theme begins with a memorable experience to excite the children and to launch the topic. The topic is also extended to home learning. As our classes are mixed ages, this part of the curriculum is run on a two year cycle A and B.Beech Class ABeech Class B
In line with our overall school vision where we all endeavour to grow as a learning community and as an integral part of our Curiosity Curriculum our vision for science is to inspire all budding scientists. Our aim is to:
Instil curiosity – Our enthusiasm and curiosity are promoted at every opportunity.
No fear – We know we learn best by making mistakes and testing ideas.
Scientific words - We will talk like scientists.
Practical where possible – We will experience ‘hands on’ activities as much as we can.
Instigate questioning – What do we think we know? How can we test it?
Research – We will learn about real scientists.
Explore the outside – We use our local environment to provide learning opportunities.
Using Collins Snap Science scheme of work and supplemented by Investigate from Cornerstones, we want science to be practical, exciting and year-on-year to build on children's knowledge.
Music, whether it be singing together, exploring rhythm or learning musical vocabulary, should always be a joy at primary school. Giving children a taste of what music can achieve, how it can be created and how it can bring us together is key in our music teaching and learning. We follow the scheme of work created by Charanga which has at its centre an integrated, practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning.
Relationships and Health Education
At Monken Hadley we understand that pupils must be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to relationships and health education, which must be delivered to every primary-aged pupil. Primary schools also have the option to decide whether pupils are taught sex education. This is taught in our school in Year 6. Relationships education focusses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focusses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. We understand our responsibility to deliver a high-quality, age-appropriate and evidence-based relationships, sex and health curriculum for all our pupils.
Monken Hadley is a caring community committed to Christian values. Our school is based on the love of learning, social justice, inclusion and responsibility. Our school vision states to seek what is good, treasure what is true and do what is right. As advocates of this, we focus on the importance of relationships and the qualities and character needed to sustain the best relationships which are good, based on truth and that honour each other whether within a friendship, family relationship or romantic relationship. Each child is a unique being, a child of God, loved and accepted. As such, our school seeks to enable children to develop through an inclusive programme of teaching that is based on Christian principles, which both respects the human body and seeks to ensure health and well-being.
The aims of relationship, sex and health education at our school are:
- To ensure Relationships, Sex and Health Education is part of a child’s broad, balanced curriculum, integral to the basic curriculum of the school and part of the child’s all-round development.
- To enable pupils to understand the qualities of healthy relationships based on Christian principles, including the importance of marriage and lifelong commitments.
- To prepare children for healthy relationships in an online world.
- To understand how to stay safe, know the importance of boundaries and how to report abuse or feelings of being unsafe.
- Help pupils develop a positive and secure personal identity, a sense of their own value and feelings of confidence and empathy.
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationship.
- To ensure that all understand the importance of respecting others and accepting those who differ, yet challenging those behaviours and attitudes which exploit others.
We use the Jigsaw scheme of work across all our classes. A copy of what is taught in each year group is available from the school office.
Hola y bienvenido - Spanish
At Monken Hadley we believe that learning a foreign language is a necessary part of being a member of a multi-cultural society and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster children's curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. Our children begin to learn Spanish and about the Spanish culture from Year 4. We use the Jolie Ronde scheme and have a Spanish speaking teacher who is able to deliver the learning across the classes.