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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

Children are taught to read using Phonics, where they identify sounds within words and then bend the sounds together to read the word.

At Monkton Park we use the resource Letters and Sounds to support the systematic teaching of phonics. 

The Letters and Sounds programme is separated into six Phases - your child's teacher will be able to tell you which Phase your child is currently working on and the children are assessed regularly to ensure they are working within the correct phase.

For each Phase there is a brief explanation of what is taught and a selection of resources (word cards, games & record sheets) which you can use to support your child's learning.

Children begin the Letters and Sounds programme at the start of Reception year and continue across Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).

Every child between Reception and Year 2 has a 25 minute phonics session every morning.

Letters and Sounds Website

Please find below the links to the Letters and Sounds Website for each Phase

Below is a list of terms which we use with the children during the teaching of Phonics and will help you to help your child with their progression and learning in this subject. If you require any further support please speak to your child’s teacher or to our phonics lead, Mrs Contardi.  

Phonic Vocabulary you may find useful

Synthetic phonics — refers to an approach to the teaching of reading in which phonemes [sounds] associated with graphemes [letters] are pronounced in isolation and blended together,

The following terms and their definitions have been taken from the National Curriculum and are words your child will come across.

Blend — to draw individual sounds together to pronounce a word, e.g. s-n-a-p, blended together, reads snap

Split digraph — two letters, split, making one sound, e.g. a-e as in make or i-e in site. We explain this as two letters holding hands to make one sound.

Grapheme — a letter or a group of letters representing one sound, e.g. s, sh, ch, ie, igh, ough, (as in ‘though’)

Grapheme-Phoneme Correspondence (GPC) — the relationship between sounds and the letters which represent those sounds; also known as ‘letter-sound correspondences’

Phoneme — the smallest single identifiable sound, e.g. the letters ‘sh’ represent just one sound, but ‘sp’ represents two (s and p)

Segment — to split up a word into its individual phonemes in order to spell it, e.g. the word ‘cat’ has three phonemes: c-a-t

VC, CVC, CCVC — the abbreviations for vowel-consonant, consonant-vowel-consonant, consonant-consonant-vowel-consonant, and are used to describe the order of letters in words, e.g. am, Sam, slam.

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