The National Curriculum provides the framework for work in the major subjects. The Children being admitted this year as four year olds, will be leaving school well into the 21st Century. The demands of an ever changing, highly technological society will have to be met in their daily lives. At Montgomery we intend to lay firm foundations and develop positive attitudes to prepare them to meet this challenge with confidence, flexibility and enthusiasm.
We place a great emphasis on children’s literacy and numeracy as being the basis for most of the later work they will do. We recognise that children start school with a great variety of experiences and abilities, and we take some time to find out what they can do, and then take them on from that point.
Most other subjects such as science, history and geography are taught in units of work that focus on that subject, rather than topics that cover lots of subjects. We recognise, however, that children need to see knowledge about the world as interlinking, and we try to exploit links between subjects whenever possible. We try hard to use some subjects [such as maths, IT and English] to help understand other subjects [such as science and geography].
Teaching takes place in single age groups throughout the school, with children being put into ability sets for maths and English from the second term of year 4 onwards. There is specialist teaching in French from year 3.