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The Creative Curriculum


With the introduction of the New National Curriculum in 2014 schools were given greater autonomy to design a curriculum to meet the needs of their pupils. In its design schools must offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced. The curriculum must promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


At The Manor School we use a whole school Creative Curriculum approach to link the subjects we teach. Through linking the subjects by a theme we aim to show the children how skills and knowledge interlink and can be used in a meaningful way. We call these ‘learning themes’. The learning themes for 2016/17 are

  • 80 days around the world

  • Inventors and Inventions

  • Food for Thought

All year groups participate in the same learning theme; this common approach enables us to host vertical house days where ‘houses’ work together and creates a common theme of conversation and support.


At the beginning of each learning theme children take on a role related to the theme e.g. designer, archaeologist, conservationist, we call these our ‘learning crew’. Throughout the learning themes the children will learn about the attributes needed to be successful in this role e.g. good listener, good communication skills. They also learn the importance of working together as a ‘crew’ rather than being a ‘passenger’ letting others do all the work. Each learning theme has a narrative which begins with a task or challenge. The children will develop skills in all subjects to enable them to achieve the task or challenge set.


Below you will find links to the learning theme for each key phase.


Whilst we have autonomy over planning the curriculum there are still core skills we need to teach children to enable them to make academic progress. Our subject leaders have created progression ladders for each subject to indicate the steps to success. These progression ladders show the content of our curriculum.


In addition to these progression ladders we are required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils in Key stage 1 and 2. There is an expectation that we teach sex and relationship education to pupils appropriate to pupil’s ages.


If you would like further information about our curriculum content please contact the school.

Term 5 & 6 Curriculum 2017