Curriculum Intent Statement

At Monkshouse Primary School, our intent is to provide children with a rich, vibrant curriculum that is ambitious for all learners. Our primary focus is to raise aspiration; engendering a sense of personal pride; building resilience, and ensuring that all children experience success in an inclusive environment. It is designed to inspire enthusiasm for learning by being knowledge rich and rooted in a progressive skills framework, that sits within a whole school cross-curricular approach. Enriched by the provision of memorable experiences, it engages and excites the children, fuelling their curiosity and creating a thirst for learning.

Our belief is that children learn best when they enjoy the topics being covered. This enables children to make meaningful links with their learning, whilst understanding its purpose and seeing its relevance to their past, present and future.

Our school values of Caring, Confidence, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility and Teamwork are essential elements that go across our entire curriculum and are embedded in our daily practice, thus developing self-esteem and belief in their own abilities, whilst also creating a life-long learning culture.

Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum provision. We regularly invite families and visitors to share learning experiences with us. Our curriculum enables us to build strong relationships, celebrate diversity, encourage respect and build a sense of community, thus supporting overall pupil well-being and happiness.

Ultimately, we want all of our children to be the best that they can be, making a positive contribution to the world in which they live.

Foundation Stage 

Children spend their first year of school in The Foundation Stage which makes a crucial contribution to children’s early development and learning. We provide children with a rich variety of teaching and learning experiences that are appropriate to their needs. The Foundation Stage is about developing key learning skills such as listening, speaking, concentrating, persistence and learning to work and co-operate with others. 

During this time their curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning which lay secure foundations for their future in school. 

These areas of learning are:

Prime Areas Specific Areas
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Personal and Social Development 
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Development 
  • Knowledge of the World
  • Creative Development

The outdoor environments are also a very special part of the Foundation Stage curriculum and as such they are carefully planned for and well-resourced to reflect the topics of learning. 

Children are assessed using the Ages and Stages, a progressive set of statements which lead to the achievement of The Early Learning Goals. Teaching and learning with very young children is based on practical experiences and activities with a great emphasis on the development of speaking and listening skills. 

Through playing and exploring our children develop learning experiences, which help them make sense of the world. They practise, build up ideas, and learn how to control themselves and understand the need for rules. They are presented with opportunities to think creatively alongside other children as well as on their own. They communicate with others while they investigate and solve problems, helping them to become active learners. 

Key Stage 1 (5-7 years) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 years)

The school, in common with many others, is required to follow the National Curriculum. The subjects that the children study are: English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Design and Technology (DT), Art and Design, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL). 

The school also teaches PSHE and provides Relationship and Sex education (RSE). RE is taught at all Key Stages.

The curriculum in this school is taught either through cross-curricular topic work or by more direct teaching in specific lessons. We aim to make all aspects of the children’s learning relevant and enjoyable.  Parents/Carers receive termly curriculum overviews detailing what will be covered by their child's year group. 

Whole School Curriculum Coverage 2020/21

Whole School RE Curriculum Coverage 2020/21