Manor Primary School

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Our Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

 

At Manor Primary School we follow the statutory EYFS and National Curriculum as well as our own school curriculum which addresses the needs of our pupils and community. This curriculum is designed to be accessible to all pupils.

 

We have whole school drivers which underpin everything we do; they are at the core of our curriculum making it unique, purposeful and relevant. These are discussed at every planning meeting to ensure they reverberate in pupils’ learning.

 

Currently our curriculum drivers are: Resilience, Health and Citizenship.

 

Whole school topics (which often stem from child-led interests) ensure that there are strong links throughout the school and pupils can collaborate and celebrate together. We refresh our curriculum every two years taking care to address what is happening locally, nationally and globally. Adults are seen as learners alongside pupils, delivering a fresh curriculum with passion. All stakeholders, including the governing body, are involved in this planning process.

 

We plan enrichment activities with the needs of our pupils in mind; clubs and trips are carefully selected to offer pupils new experiences, opportunities and aspirations. Chances to perform to a wide range of audiences are created and pupils’ talents are developed.

 

This year our whole school topics are:

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Wonder

Work hard, play hard

20:20

 

 

 

(Further information about the rationale behind these topics can be found below).

 

All subjects are valued and given ample curriculum time; as much as we want our pupils to be successful in the core subjects, we also want to nurture confident individuals who are the artists, sportspeople and humanitarians of the future.

 

Wonder: A term to focus on the wonderment and mystery in our lives, the unexplained, the magical, the curious and the amazing. A term where questions will lead the learning and astonishment will be felt! We will create a ‘Wonder Room’ full of curios and trinkets, puzzles and illusions. All units should open up a whole new realm of mystery and enigma, where the impossible can be impossible.

 

Work Hard: Play Hard: Children should be allowed to be children. They should play, get messy, create, explore… you get it! They will also grow into adults, some sooner than others, and will need to be responsible, hard-working, dedicated, good citizens… Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them. Not only is play a source of fun that children deserve, it is also something that helps them in the journey towards being responsible citizens who can make decisions and be assertive, solve problems and build relationships. Working hard is also important. In an ideal world we want it to be innate for our pupils, not for external reward. The reward should come through the satisfaction of knowing you have worked for something and the feeling you get once you achieve it. Knowing that you learn from mistakes and failure is part of the journey towards success are important parts of developing a growth mindset.

Play games, make things, cook things, delve into hobbies, run a young enterprise. Work Hard: Play Hard!

 

2020: We will, at this stage, be firmly into the year 2020. This is the chance to look to our futures, our hopes and dreams. Our families and careers. We want to open up the pupils’ eyes to the different opportunities they will have in their futures, as well as the chance to predict what the future will look like. Think robots, space travel and the fact that we are training our pupils for jobs that don’t yet exist!

 

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