Manorfield primary school offers a rich and diverse curriculum, which is not only broad and balanced but which delivers opportunities for children to learn in a creative way. Our curriculum gives children a wide range of experience whilst ensuring the highest standard of academic success. The national curriculum, as with all schools, will form the backbone of our curriculum, however use of the international primary curriculum is what allows us to be creative. By selecting topics which our children find exciting and engaging we are able to foster passion and excitement which in turn drives forward academic success.
At Manorfield primary school, we follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that are taught to all pupils.
At Manorfield primary school, we use every relevant subject to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency. Pupils are taught to apply arithmetic fluently to problems, understand and use measures, make estimates and check that their work makes sense.. They are taught to apply their mathematics to problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps.
We develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.
Pupils are taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication.
Pupils are taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and are encouraged to read for pleasure. Pupils develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They are taught the correct use of grammar. The writing they do includes narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.
Our aim is to ensure that all pupils:
- develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
- develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
- are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Time devoted to subject areas
English and mathematics are taught daily and PE is taught for at least two hours weekly. Other curriculum areas may be taught weekly, on special curriculum days or weeks and some subjects, such as languages are taught in bite-size snippets of perhaps five minutes per day. Teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) plan for what is most effective for our pupils.
At Manorfield primary school we do not specifically set homework other than daily reading and weekly spellings. However we do have a half termly home learning project which sets out children’s areas of study this half term, some tasks that could be completed as a family and an expectation of how many are completed and when work needs to be presented. Work can be presented in any format and we invite family to come in and view all of our work as a class.