MANOR COURT PRIMARY SCHOOL

Curriculum


Manor Court Community Primary School Curriculum Overview

Manor Court pupils gain competence in basic skills and learn to understand the wider world. They will be helped to develop their own set of personal skills. In Reception,  our children continue to be encouraged to learn to share, work and play with others to become more confident and independent by encouraging them to think for themselves and solve their own problems.

At Manor Court, pupils are supported to develop interests, knowledge and understanding across all curriculum subjects. We put a great emphasis on English, Mathematics and Computing.

Across the academy we use Edison Learning’s Connected Curriculum which creates exciting, engaging and motivating learning with clear connections between subjects so that our pupils gain a sound, well-rounded education. As well as reading, writing, Computing, and Mathematics, subjects include History, Geography, Design and Technology, Art, PE, Music and Science.  These are woven in through a topic based approach.

The curriculum for learning at Manor Court offers a truly creative and inspiring curriculum that is personal and relevant to the community of Chard and beyond, providing a well thought through experience, with meaningful connections across all primary subjects. There will be particular emphasis on English, Mathematics and Computing literacy to ensure our pupils’ future success.

The Pre-school and main School share the same ethos and vision. We do not see our Pre-school as a separate entity, but a fundamental part of Manor Court’s learning offer.

The Connected Curriculum material provides a thematic approach to learning and the intentional teaching of a range of Core Learning Skills. These skills are designed to develop range of attributes in the children including the ability to work in a team, to look at strengths and areas for development, to plan their own learning etc. that will be useful beyond school and into the future.

Assessment

 ‘At Manor Court, Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning…’

Teaching is driven by assessment and at Manor Court we believe that regular and accurate assessment ensures that teaching meets the needs of every single individual pupil, giving them the best possible chance to fulfil their potential.

The Marking and Feedback Policy ensures children are given written and oral feedback on a regular basis which is monitored weekly by Phase Leaders.

Target Tracker is used as a planning tool as well as one of the tools used to track individual pupils and groups and support teacher assessments. This is regularly monitored by the SLT and reported to the Trust Assessment Coordinator at the end of each half term.

There is a formal system of testing from Y1-Y6 every half term to show improvements in attainment in Reading, SpaG, Arithmetic and Problem Solving & Reasoning.

Writing is assessed against the Interim Framework and there is regular moderation and book scrutiny (internally and externally) to ensure that assessment is accurate and consistent.

Guided Reading is taught every day and assessment is recorded in Reading Folders and fed into Target Tracker.

There is a Trust-wide Assessment calendar and there are standardised Trust tests each term. The results are sent to the Assessment Coordinator for analysis and comparison with other Trust Schools.

All children are tested weekly on targeted Spellings and Times Tables and progress is recorded on Target Tracker.

Teachers use a full range of information to make accurate assessments of their pupils. This information is then shared with governors to enable them to challenge underperformance in the school.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Phonics is assessed every half term in Foundation using the school’s own test. These results are used to form groups for daily phonics lessons.

Number recognition is assessed half-termly and used to form Maths groups.

Regular observations are made during activities using the EYLog system and these are used to inform planning and teacher assessments.

Data is recorded on Target Tracker and a school tracker is used to assess progress against the Year Group expectations to provide a realistic picture of progress towards the Early Learning Goals (ELG).

Pre-School

Children are regularly assessed through observations on the EYLog system.

Key workers use observations and their judgement to assess all areas of learning every half term.  This informs planning and targeted support.