The Creative Curriculum
At The Manor School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
The National Curriculum is delivered using the Cornerstones Curriculum as a basis to ensure coverage and progression throughout the school. There are no limits to achievement with the more able being challenged further in their learning and children who find aspects of their learning more difficult being appropriately supported so that they too are enabled to experience success. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of our core values are woven through the curriculum.
Throughout our Early Years class and year 1 all children develop their phonic knowledge through Phonics Bug and developing their fluency in reading through the use of Oxford Reading Tree books.
The English curriculum is planned from Hamilton Trust and the mathematics curriculum is based on White Rose Maths. In all year groups there are small group interventions in order to support pupils in gaining the key skills to become successful readers, writers and mathematicians.
Specialist teachers and instructors support physical education and the teaching of French. All subject leaders are given training and opportunities to keep developing their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development and their colleagues throughout the school. Theme days and whole school activities within school enrich and develop the children’s learning. After school clubs and residential trips extend these opportunities further.
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.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas, particularly science.
We are developing opportunities to share pupils learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.