Monega Primary School

      A Brighter Future

      CURRICULUM

      The aim of the Curriculum at Monega Primary School is to provide pupils with a rich, relevant, broad and balanced education, in line with the National Curriculum.

      The teaching staff consider what they want the children to learn, why they are teaching it and carefully consider how to teach and assess it.  The right context focusing on skills, enquiry, research and knowledge, making use of a variety of approaches including using drama, film, computing, real-life experiences and outdoor learning to name a few, all contribute to providing opportunities to achieve outstanding learning, achievement and significant growth in pupils’ knowledge.  The school focuses on promoting excellent attitudes to learning.

      The methods and strategies used to teach these skills are left to the discretion of the year group to ensure that learning and teaching remains fresh, focused and inspiring.  The National Curriculum provides the statutory content so that the school can ensure progression and coverage across the key stage.

      ART AND DESIGN

      Art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

      Aims
      • To ensure that all pupils produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
      • To ensure that all pupils develop skills through drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
      • To ensure that all pupils evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
      • To ensure that all pupils know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms;
      • To share good practice within the school.

      COMPUTING

      At Monega Primary School we understand the importance of Computing and the use of information and communication technology in an increasingly digital world and workplace. 

      Information technology plays an important role in the delivery of the National Curriculum across all subjects. Children at our school have the opportunity to use a range of technology to learn about Computing and support their learning in other subjects.  Every classroom has an Interactive Board and Wi-Fi access is available throughout the school for teaching and learning.  Trolleys of tablets, netbooks and laptops are timetabled to be used throughout the school and maintained by our on-site IT Manager.

      Aims
      • To ensure that all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
      • To ensure that all pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
      • To ensure that all pupils evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
      • To ensure that all pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

      Online Safety is taught each year with special lessons to focus on how to keep safe on-line and key staff are responsible for ensure the school meets the safety needs of the children. 

      All computers are networked and linked to the Internet. The school has an 'Acceptable use of the Internet' policy, which parents are asked to agree to, before their child uses the Internet. We are also supported by the borough team for our curriculum and firewall, ensuring that children are protected from inappropriate content.

      DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY 

      Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject.  Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others' needs, wants and values.

      In doing so, children acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on knowledge and understanding gained in mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.  Children learn how to become innovative, enterprising, resourceful and confident.

      Teaching of Design and Technology at Monega aims to:-

      • Ensure that all pupils develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.

      • Ensure that all pupils build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
      • Ensure that all pupils critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
      • Ensure that all pupils understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
      • To share good practice within the school.
      • To work with other schools to share good practice in order to improve this policy.

      ENGLISH

      Valuing all children's language skills and building upon their existing linguistic knowledge is essential to high achievement alongside the need for carefully planned learning opportunities designed to cover the full range of speaking and literacy skills.

      As communication takes many forms: body language, gesture and verbal communication, it is important that children are given the chance to explore situations and contexts in exciting and creative ways, such as the use of role-play in the preparation for writing.

      Speaking and Listening is an integral component in all lessons across the curriculum and we are pleased to have our own Creative Arts and Drama Co-ordinator, who assists in the development of a curriculum that fosters this approach. Our new Drama Studio with full technical lighting and sound systems allows for expression and development of skills in all areas.

      Reading

      Children are taught to use Jolly Phonics as a medium through which to acquire the phonetic knowledge needed to read and write.  Teachers listen to their children read through the guided and shared reading sessions within the English lesson.  Parents are actively encouraged to listen to their children read on a daily basis.

      We recognise the need to develop fluency when reading and the need to develop strategic comprehension skills.  These skills are taught directly through a weekly comprehension lesson.  Currently, our Reading Targets are aimed at developing pupils' awareness of phonics and knowledge of less common spelling patterns.  As a school, we use Jolly Phonics as our phonics programme. To accompany our targets home, we held parental sessions exploring how Jolly Phonics are used to help children learn to read and write, in addition, we have produced wordlists and a comprehensive glossary that helps to explain all the complex terminology.

      Reading Champions

      A Reading Champion is easy to recognise - she/he has a passion for reading.  Be it books, magazines or graphic novels, she/he has an ability to inspire other people to discover the pleasure of reading.

      Children are encouraged to aim for three levels of Reading Champion achievement:-

      • Bronze Champions
      • Silver Champions
      • Gold Champions

      Children use their personal Reading Journals to record their reading sessions at home.  By reading aloud at home and discussing their reading with family members, children are developing their understanding of stories and texts.  As children build this knowledge and experience with books they collect stickers which count towards certificates. These are given in assembly and displayed in the school library.

      Writing

      Here at Monega, we pride ourselves on our high levels of presentation.  All pupils are encouraged to write neatly and legibly and all attempts at early writing are praised and encouraged.  More developed writers, who have adopted and personalised the school's Nelson Handwriting style, are awarded our prestigious 'Pen Licence'.  Excellent presentation is encouraged within all curriculum areas as a means of ensuring that all work is to the highest standard possible.

      GEOGRAPHY

      Geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people.  It should equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth's key physical and human processes.

      We use a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding.  The Geography programme of study is delivered through the school's foundation curriculum; whereby our pupils access all areas of the Geography National Curriculum through themed topics of study.

      At Monega Primary School, we also understand the value of extended learning through educational trips, visits and experts visiting our school.

      Aims
      • ensure that all pupils develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places - both terrestrial and marine - including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
      • To ensure that all pupils understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
      • To ensure that all pupils are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
      • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes;
      • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS);
      • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

      HISTORY

      History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people's lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

      The teaching of History at Monega Primary School aims to inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past.  The programme of study is delivered through the school's foundation Curriculum; whereby our pupils access all areas of the History National Curriculum through themed topics of study.

      At Monega Primary School, we also understand the value of extended learning through educational trips, visits and experts visiting our school.  Trips supporting the History Curriculum have included visits to the British Museum and the Imperial War Museum.

      Aims
      • To ensure that all pupils know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people's lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
      • To ensure that all pupils know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.
      • To ensure that all pupils gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as 'empire', 'civilisation', 'parliament' and 'peasantry'.
      • To ensure that all pupils understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
      • To ensure that all pupils understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
      • To ensure that all pupils gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

      MATHEMATICS

      The mathematics teaching at Monega Primary School is geared towards enabling each pupil to develop within their capabilities; not only the mathematics skills and understanding required for later life, but also an enthusiasm and fascination about maths itself.

      We aim to increase pupil confidence in maths so they are able to express themselves and their ideas using the language of maths with assurance.

      We are continually aiming to raise the standards of achievement of the pupils in Monega Primary School.

      Teaching methods and approaches

      The teaching of mathematics at Monega provides opportunities for:-

      • Group work
      • Paired work
      • Whole class teaching
      ​Individual work

      Pupils engage in:

      • Explanation and Reasoning
      • The development of mental strategies
      • Written methods
      • Practical work
      • Investigational work
      • Problem- solving
      • Mathematical discussion
      • Consolidation of basic skills and routines

      Children are encouraged to take part in their skill development through the regular practicing of multiplication tables at home and other fundamental knowledge which supports further mathematical understanding.

      MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

      Children at Monega Primary School learn Mandarin as their foreign language.

      “Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world. The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.” The National Curriculum in England Framework Document (DfE) 2014.

      Aims
      • To ensure that all pupils understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources.
      • To ensure that all pupils speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
      • To ensure that all pupils can write at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures that they have learnt.
      • To ensure that all pupils discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in Mandarin.

      MUSIC

      Music is taught right across the school, from Nursery to Year 6.  Your child will develop an understanding of the different areas of Music, notation, composition and instrumentation.

      Music is taught to inspire and promote musical thinking, providing the opportunity for our children to explore their own musical talents whilst also building their core knowledge of the subject. It is taught discretely across the school, enhanced and supported by our digital music service and professional musicians. 

      These discrete lessons enable the children to engage with a broad range of musical genres and forms, whilst also proving the outlet in which they will become familiar with different instruments.  Music lessons are designed to be both practical and theoretical, supporting growth in skill and a more rounded understanding of Music.  A bank of high-quality resources and instruments allow all children to practically engage with the subject and to explore different sounds and tones. 

      Opportunities that children at Monega Primary School have to explore musicality include weekly singing lessons and whole class instrument tuition (clarinet, trumpet, guitar and ukulele). The culmination of these are termly performances for parents/carers, which aim to increase children’s self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

      PHYSICAL EDUCATION

      At Monega Primary School, we believe that physical education experienced in a safe, engaging and supportive environment, is a significant factor in developing our children’s physical competence and confidence, leading to participation in sports and activities throughout childhood and beyond.

      We promote physical skillfulness, development and knowledge of the body in action. We aim to give a stimulating, enjoyable and appropriately challenging learning experience to all pupils.  Children may work as individuals, be paired-off or take part in group activities in physical education sessions. During co-operative, creative and competitive situations, they are encouraged to use their improvisation and problem-solving skills.

      Our children are also encouraged to appreciate the importance of a healthy lifestyle and be aware of the factors that affect our health and fitness. Where possible, this will be linked to the science of healthy-eating and living an active life.

      At Monega Primary School, we also recognise the sporting talent that several of our pupils possess.  We encourage our pupils to develop these existing skills by providing a challenging and competitive environment in which they can thrive.  We are always seeking to enter into local and national competitions, allowing our pupils to test their skills against their peers from the borough and across the country.

      Competitions

      At Monega Primary School, we believe in the importance of competitive sport. In recognition of this, we look to enter as many local and national competitions as we are able to.  In the past year, teams have represented the school in the following sports and activities: football, basketball, cricket, table tennis and athletics.

      Sports Days

      We run an annual Sports Day for our pupils in KS1 and KS2.  Our pupils take part in a day of varied athletics events including: sprinting, long-jump, javelin, hurdles and obstacle races.  Our pupils compete promoting collaboration and team spirit as well as fostering a competitive edge that we believe promotes a healthy and positive attitude towards PE and sport.

      PSHE

      Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.  We teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.

      RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

      Religious Education has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils and in helping them to gain a greater understanding of themselves and a more sympathetic awareness of the needs of others.  This enables pupils to be better equipped to cope with the responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

      To promote the ideas of our school vision we believe that teaching of R.E should be a child centred, exciting journey.  Children will learn to understand the world and their place in it, know that all members of the school community show respect and tolerance for others and develop a better cultural awareness.  Children will have the opportunity to reflect and develop their spiritual awareness through stilling exercises.  Thinking skills will be developed through child-led philosophical discussions.

      R.E is taught, as in other curriculum areas, by starting from the pupils’ own life experiences and relating these to similar or different experiences of other people in the local community and in the wider national and international community.

      School context

      Religious representation at Monega Primary School is currently (2018):

      • Buddhism
      • Catholic
      • Christian (including Catholic)
      • Hinduism
      • Islam
      • Judaism
      • Sikhism
      • No religion

      SCIENCE

      This year we will take great strides to develop creativity through science.  We aim to teach science through developing investigative skills, using practical approaches. This can be seen throughout all classrooms, with the development of scientific investigation areas designed to challenge pupils' understanding of different topics, through questions and practical use of scientific equipment.

      At the start of a new topic, teachers elicit children's ideas about the topic, which are then probed and challenged through questioning and investigation.  We have also introduced teaching resources, which encourage scientific enquiry, and help raise questions within peer groups.  These investigations and questions develop numerous skills and understanding, which include predicting, making observations, taking measurements, considering and evaluating evidence.

      Throughout the topic, teachers assess and evaluate children's understanding, to inform their future planning.  At the end of the topic teachers' use assessments to support their awareness of the child’s understanding.