Our Curriculum at Manor Wood Primary School
To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, classes from Year 1 – 6 follow a number of themes with a focus on history, geography, science or design technology (DT) which is shared with parents each term by class teachers.
This approach to the curriculum means that, where appropriate, we make as many cross curricular links as possible and the topics we choose take into account:
The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. However, at Manor Wood Primary School, we work hard to ensure that our children have the opportunity to learn lots of additional skills and to develop their knowledge and understanding fully. For example:
Although the National Curriculum is in place and we are required to follow the programmes of study, we can interpret it in such a way that it meets the needs and interests of our children. Our curriculum is delivered using an annual cycle and is taught by class teachers with the exception of art and music.
Staffing is generous and a team of 23 teachers (plus Deputy and Headteacher) are responsible for teaching 17 classes, including Nursery. They are effectively supported by 12 talented cover supervisors and 15 teaching assistants. This enables large classes to be taught in very small groups.
Core Areas of the Curriculum
Mathematics and Literacy
In mathematics, although we teach using Mastery Maths, we focus on the core skills to ensure that key concepts are embedded. This is also true of literacy and we encourage parents to support their children at home by practising:
We have a very wide range of reading texts for the children including an extensive library of free reading materials.
Our phonics is based on "Letters And Sounds" and interventions are based on "Jolly Phonics."
Additional homework is set by teachers each week which children are expected to complete.
Science is taught as a discrete subject with each year group following the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for each Key Stage. In addition, all opportunities for cross curricular links are planned for.
As well as dedicated Computing lessons, which form part of the statutory National Curriculum, there are many more lessons in which information and communication technology (ICT) is used as a ‘vehicle’ to learn in other areas.
The Foundation Subjects
These subjects include history, geography, art, music, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, PE and Religious Education and a long term plan is in place to ensure all the skills and knowledge are addressed.
Personal, social, health, cultural emotional education (PSHCE)
PSHCE is taught both discretely through assemblies and restorative practice and through the day to day life of the school. As a school we are committed to ensuring that our children have every opportunity to develop socially and emotionally as empathy and understanding are integral to their future development as rounded people.
This is not a separate area of the National Curriculum but PSHCE runs seamlessly through all we do.