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Our Learning

Curriculum

We have a rich curriculum at Monkton Park and are proud of the experiences that pupils get the opportunity to do. Please click the links below to get a flavour of the different subjects.

Maths

A high quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world; the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Please click here to view the calculation policy.

Aims:

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and develop conceptual understanding
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematical knowledge and skills

At Monkton Park mathematics is taught discretely and as part of cross curricular activities that encourage children to make  connections in their learning.

Reading, writing and speaking

A high quality education in English will enable children to communicate effectively. Through reading in particular children develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.  At the start of their education children learn to read then later they read to learn.

Our aim is to promote high standards of language and literacy by:

  • Equipping children with a strong command of the spoken word
  • Ensuring children write with clarity, awareness of audience, purpose and context and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary, spelling and grammar
  • Developing children’s competence in phonics, word recognition and comprehension

The following documents give more details of reading progression, writing progression and sets of books used in the school reading scheme.

Cursive Alphabet Poster

Writing Progression

Reading Progression

Reading Scheme

Phonics

At Monkton Park we teach early reading using the Letters and Sounds Programme.

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

There are six overlapping phases. The table below is a summary based on the Letters and Sounds guidance for Practitioners and Teachers

Phase Phonic Knowledge and Skills
Phase One Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds,   instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.
Phase Two Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.
Phase Four No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

School Music Lessons

We have various music teachers who visit the school to teach a variety of different musical instruments, please click here for more details about the different teachers and what they offer.

If your child would like to learn an instrument that is not currently offered, please let the school office know, we may be able to arrange further lessons if we have enough interest.

Monkton Park School, Sadlers Mead, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 3PN
01249 652395