At Monkton, we believe that ‘In God’s Eyes, everyone is Special’. By living out our vision, we strive to ensure that all children, who attend our school, flourish and develop both educationally and holistically.
Through our broad and balanced curriculum, children are provided with rich and varied opportunities to reach and exceed their academic potential in all subjects. Teachers have constructed a curriculum that progresses in both skills and knowledge as well as containing continuity, ensuring prior learning is embedded and retrieved.
Holistic, ‘personal development’ and how children are to learn skills and realise talents, develop character and resilience, and learn about British values, diversity and mental health & well-being, are fundamental aspects of our curriculum. Therefore, our curriculum has also been carefully crafted so that our children develop their social and cultural capital needed to succeed in life.
Reading, Writing, Maths and RE are a large part of our curriculum. However, children are exposed to a variety of subjects taught discreetly and in a cross-curricular manner so that children learn using many different strategies and styles and are able to apply their learning in a variety of contexts. Learning is enriched and enhanced through extra-curricular activities which give children the experiences to draw upon as they progress in life.
Our curriculum delivers national curriculum content through a range of knowledge-rich, fully resourced learning projects. We take the themed approach where learning is through one central topic. The theme could have strong links to one subject but also be more creative, for example ‘Dangerous Dinosaurs’, ‘Time Traveller’ or ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. Theme-based learning helps to inspire children to learn any subject (maths, English, science, history, art etc) through the teaching of one topic.
Running through the core of our curriculum are our Christian Foundations and Learning Values. These are:
Christian Foundations – Compassion, Forgiveness, Friendship, Justice and Trust
Learning Values – Positive, Resourceful, Innovative, Determined and Engaged
Within each theme, our aim is to develop children’s spirituality by giving children a sense of awe and wonder in order to motivate and inspire and awaken their inner desire to learn. As educators, we seek to develop natural curiosity, creativity and the ability to make connections. We use ‘Windows, Mirrors and Doors’ to promote spirituality in all subjects. Children see through the window of the world and all the ‘ows’ and ‘wows’ that it has to offer. They then reflect on their newfound knowledge by thinking about how the world affects their lives and others’ (mirror). And, then finally, children have an opportunity to make the school, their community, the world a better place by walking through a door and creating social action. This can also culminate in the form of ‘courageous advocacy’ where children are given opportunities to develop their voice in order to speak up for others.
Pupils leave Monkton Primary School with a secure understanding of the academic content; with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware; how to make positive contributions to the local community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be. We aim for all of our children to leave Monkton respectful, skilful, ambitious and with a thirst for life and all it has to offer.