Learning at Monega happens in a variety of ways both in and out of the classroom. The children frequently go on educational visits to a wide range of places such as art galleries. We have visitors, such as authors, theatre companies, professionals to school to provide an additional layer to the children’s experiences. All these give the children a breadth to their learning that you cannot provide purely in a classroom.
Each year group has a topic each half term that the children’s learning is based around. The Topic is presented in and exciting way which sparks the children’s interest and thirst for knowledge. Learning is planned using the national frameworks – Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the New National Curriculum.
Each Topic makes links and connections between subject areas so that the children are able to explore and develop the topic in more depth. It provides the children with meaningful opportunities to develop and use their skills in real situations.
The curriculum provides practical approaches and direct experiences. Children are encouraged and taught to talk about and share ideas in order to develop their language and thinking. To reinforce and develop these skills, in class the children have opportunities to discuss, explore, debate, to role play and to give presentations. At the end of every topic the children are encouraged to reflect on their learning and are provided with the opportunity to develop their reflection in a variety of ways and using different media. It may be a play, a presentation, a work of art or a banquet! A very important part of the children’s learning is investigating and problem solving, designing and making things, researching and finding, out as well as learning to use the wide range of ICT that is available to them.
At Monega we believe that learning is not limited to pure knowledge, but it is beautifully complemented with an acquisition of life skills. To ensure that every child at Monega is equipped with the skills and attitude to become a true citizen of the world, we believe that every lesson should promote and endorse the following:
The skills we promote are:
Social Skills: Listen, Speak, Empathise, Reflect
Awe and Wonder