At Monkwood Primary School, we are committed to providing an exciting, innovative and balanced curriculum, which meets the needs of all of our learners at each Key Stage.

  • The Foundation Stage

In the Foundation Stage, we develop children’s learning and social skills through play, providing stimulating resources and activities which build communication skills, physical skills, understanding of the world and social skills, alongside developing their understanding and use of early maths, reading and writing. We use a range of broad themes, tailored to the current interests of the children. We teach phonics, using Read Write Inc. Phonics, from part-way through Foundation 1, when the children are ready, and this continues into Key Stage 1. Children have access to a wide range of learning activities and adults skilfully intervene to further develop concepts and understanding which enables us to get to know their individual personalities, interests and next steps for learning. We use an iPad based tracking system to record observations and photographs, to build a continuous picture of each child’s development.

  • Key Stage 1 & 2

In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, The National Curriculum sets out what schools must teach and we deliver this through our thematic approach.

We track children’s development of knowledge and skills in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, throughout their time in school, using our E-Mag tracker. Senior leaders track how well children are developing by observing teaching, monitoring the children’s books/folders as well as talking to the children about their learning.

Topic Topic Literacy Text
What happens when I Fall Asleep Why Do Leaves Go Crispy? Who Am I (Owl Babies)
Do Dragons Exist Can We Explore It?
Where does snow go? How Many Colours In A Rainbow? Read Me A Rainbow
Are Eggs Alive Why Can’t I Have Chocolate For Breakfast? Non-Fiction (teeth)
Is It Shiny Why Is Water Wet? Under The Sea Stories
How Many Pebbles On The Beach How High Can I Jump?
Topic Literacy Text Topic Literacy Text
What happens when I Fall Asleep Whatever Next Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Who Am I (Owl Babies)
Can I Switch It On Robots Do you want to be friends? PSED Non-Fiction
Will You Read Me A Story Traditional Tales What is a reflection?
Why Are Carrots Orange Oliver’s Garden Why do zebras have stripes? Madagascar
Why Don’t Snakes Have Legs Elmer Who lives in a rock pool? Rainbow Fish
Do Cows Drink Milk? Old MacDonald Had a Farm Why so ladybirds have spots? The bad tempered ladybird

In Year 1, some children are still working towards the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals. We recognise the importance of these as the Foundation for children’s future learning, so we deliberately tailor the learning in Year 1 to incorporate play, with provision for children to learn socially and independently, especially in the Autumn Term. We build up the more formal aspects of teaching and learning gradually, in response to the needs of each cohort.

Topic Literacy Text Whole Class Read
Enchanted Woodland Bog Baby – Jeanne Willis The King of Tiny Things – Jeanne Willis
Superheroes Supertato – Sue Hendra Tractionman and Turbodog
Moon Zoom Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freedman One Giant Leap – Don Brown
Dinosaur Planet The Saturday Night Dinosaur Stomp – Carol Diggy Shields Whatever Next
Paws, Claws and Whiskers Meerkat Mail – Emily Gravett Wish you were here  – Martina Selway
Rio de Vida
Topic Literacy Text Whole Class Read
Beachcombers One World – Michael Foreman Dolphin Boy – Michael Foreman
Beat Band Boogie Steadfast Tin Soldier Pete and the Wolf
Towers, Tunnels and Turrets Castles – Colin Thompson Rapunzel
Scented Garden Jack and the Beanstalk
Wriggle and Crawl Bad Tempered Ladybird What the Ladybird Heard – Julia Donaldson
Land Ahoy The man whose mother was a pirate –  Margaret Mahy
Topic Literacy Text Whole Class Read
Heroes and Villains The Lost Happy Endings –Carol Ann Duffy 101 Dalmatians – Dodie Smith
Scrumdiddlyumptious Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Predators Fox – Margaret Wild KrindleKrax – Philip Ridley
Underwater Predators Flotsam This Morning I Met a Whale – Michael Morpurgo
Tribal Tales Stoneage Boy – Satosh Kitamora Stig of the Dump – Clive King
Flow/Mighty Metals The Water Tower

Gary Crew

The Iron Man – Ted Hughes

Meet me by the Steelmen – Theresa Tomlinson

Topic Literacy Text Whole Class Read
Road Trip Brother Eagle, Sister Sky Susan Jeffers The Indian in the Cupboard – Lynne Reid Banks
Potions Macbeth Macbeth
Spring 1&2

Burps, Bottoms and Bile


Digestive System

Georges Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl
Tremor/I am Warrior Escape from Pompeii Christina Balit The Firework Makers Daughter Philip Pullman
Trader and Raiders Beowulf
Topic Literacy Text Whole Class Read
Stargazers Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce
Fallen Fields Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Beast Creator The Spider and the Fly- Tony DiTerlizzi Cosmic – Frank Cottrell Boyce
Time Traveller Clockwork – Phillip Pullman Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce
Topic Literacy Text Whole Class Read
A Child’s War Rose Blanche – Ian McEwan Put Out The Light – Terry Deary
Frozen Kingdom Shackleton’s Journey – William Grill
Blood Heart How to Live Forever – Colin Thompson Pig Heart Boy- Malorie Blackman
Hola Mexico Holes – Louis Sacher Holes – Louis Sacher
Tomorrow’s World Stormbreaker – Anthony Horowitz

If you would like to find out more about our curriculum or have any queries please contact Ms K Sherburn, Headteacher using our Contact Details.