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Our Curriculum

Please find information about our curriculum below.  If you need to know any more about the curriculum, please contact the school on the main telephone number and we can discuss this further.

Statement of Intent

At Manor Court Community Primary the curriculum is central to all that we do. Our curriculum is purposeful and relevant to our children and their lives. Our aim is to engage our children in enjoyable learning experiences which will enable them to develop the skills that they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. We hope to instil in them a lifelong love of learning which will motivate them to flourish. The curriculum at Manor Court Community Primary School provides a broad balanced and enriched education, which places a high importance on English, including grammar and oracy, mathematics and an understanding of the wider world and our local community. Children will be encouraged and helped to develop their own set of personal skills and talents.

 

The implementation - Our primary aims are:

  • To ensure that our children leave Manor Court Community Primary with a broad knowledge base embodied in the National Curriculum as a basis for the educational development of children.
  • To teach our children subject specific skills to ensure that our children are learning how to become historians, geographers, scientists, musicians and artists of the future.
  • To assist all pupils to develop to their full potential by striving to cater for their different strengths, abilities and interests.
  • To provide cross curricular links to ensure that pupils’ learning has even greater coherence.
  • To develop the children's own moral values and spiritual awareness.

 

The impact of our curriculum -  Progression and Delivery:

At Manor Court Community Primary, pupils are supported to develop interests, knowledge and understanding across all curriculum subjects. We put a great emphasis on English, Mathematics, Computing, Sport and the Performing Arts. Drama, Music and Art are taught by specialist teachers.

 

The curriculum for learning at Manor Court Community Primary offers a traditional, but 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 where appropriate. We use nationally recognised tools such as 'jolly phonics' to teach phonics. During KS1 we use the Oxford reading tree to ensure that all children have the best start possible in learning to read.

 

We strive to ensure that our children leave Manor Court Community Primary School with a broad knowledge base; what we teach is taken from the National Curriculum. All of the National Curriculum objectives are covered cohesively within a whole school thematic approach. The theme for each term brings the whole of the learning community together and enables community engagement through a whole school approach to visits and visitors. Each class has their own termly enquiry which focuses their learning journey and leads to a real life outcome which motivates and excites the children. Learning is enriched by half-termly trips and visitors in each year group.

 

We teach our children subject specific skills to ensure that our children are learning how to become historians, geographers, scientists, musicians and artists of the future. Skills are used as a vehicle for developing subject knowledge. Deep learning is planned for using the Bloom’s taxonomy question stems as a basis for Know, Show and Grow. Maths and English skills are practised and reinforced whenever appropriate; children are required to record in books at least fortnightly. It is expected that pupils will move through the curriculum for each year group at roughly the same pace, however, some pupils make take longer to grasp particular concepts and skills. For those who grasp concepts and skills quickly, they will be challenged to apply their skills. They will not be taught skills from year groups that they are yet to reach.

 

At Manor Court Community Primary school, we take pride in the social and academic achievements of all children and the enriched curriculum that we offer. We appreciate that an remarkable education is more than excellent teaching, but is learning through a variety of opportunities, life skills and experiences and some of this may solely be opportunities to ‘simply have fun’!

Yearly Overview

 

 

Chard

What price progress?

What price progress?

Year 1

Is now the best time to live in Chard?

How can we improve the school environment?

Discovery 

Year 2 & 3

How did the Victorians change the way we live and where we live?

How can we make the world a better place?

Arounf the world in 80 days. How can we make the world a better place?

Year 3

How did the Railways change Chard?

Is a 21st century child healthier than a Stone Age child?

How active is our plannet? 

Year 4

How does the carnival bring people together?

What have the Romans done for us?

What made the Vikings so ambitious?

Year 5

Is now the best time to live in Chard?

Is all progress positive? (Space Race).

Should Chinese objects be returned to China? 

Year 6

How did Margaret Bondfield shape British democracy?

Is all trade fair?

How have different species adapted to their environment? 

 

Each enquiry will have a real life outcome so that the learning is purposeful and real for the children; this might be an exhibition of work, a performance or recital or even the creation of something which enriches the school environment (such as a piece of art). To make the learning as interesting and fun for the children as possible each class will be going on one trip and welcome one visitor into school per half term.

 

The Manor Court 48

The ‘Manor Court 48’ is a selection of 48 opportunities (one per half term in each year group and the EYC) that we consider children should experience before they leave Primary education. It is our expectation that these opportunities will ensure that all children will have an even greater love of learning and a particular passion or hidden talent will be found.

 

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

 

Spring 1

Spring 2

 

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

Pre-school

Make a mud pie creature

Fly a kite 

Splash in muddy puddles

 

 

Look after an animal

Have a picnic in the park

Build a den

 

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Make a mud slide

Perform a nativity

Taste something new and use a fork and knife 

Incubate

chicks

 

 

Eat something you have made yourself

Have your face painted

1

Make and fly a kite

Watch a performance at the theatre

 

Toast marshmallows

Create a class mosaic

Learn how food gets from farm to fork

Have a Bug Hunt

2

Tie shoelaces

 

Go inside an aeroplance

Bake bread

 

 

Sew on a button

 

Grow your own fruit.

Feed animals

3

Learn what to do in an emergency

Go on a train ride

 

Learn to skip

Perform a musical instrument to an audience

Get lost in a maze

 

Make our own picnic and enjoy it in the park

4

To enter into the Carnival

Go star gazing

Cook a dish from another country.

 

Learn to tie different knots

.Take part in an Eco-project

 

Watch a live sporting event

5

Learn to read a map and compass

Have a conker fight.

Go to the cinema.

Learn basic first aid

 

Take part in a water fight.

Visit a city

 

6

Visit London

Learn to wrap a present

 

 

 

Learn how to iron a shirt

Take part in a young enterprise project

 

Plan, prepare and make a meal for a friend or family member for £2

To perform a theatrical show to our family

 

 

 

Tracking and Assessment

At Manor Court, we strive to seek consistency of differentiation across the school and across the curriculum, with the aim of stretching all pupils and their learning. Simply knowing facts and information is not enough – we want the children to show and grow that learning (apply); developing a deeper understanding and proving that no learning is capped.

 

Inclusion

Our aim at Manor Court Community Primary School is that every child’s needs are catered for and every child is given the chance to succeed, wherever their strength lies. It is our aim to give every child the opportunity to experience success in learning and to be the best that they can be. Teachers aim to include all pupils fully in all lessons. All children benefit from participating in watching, and listening to other children demonstrating and explaining their ideas.

 

Lessons are differentiated using one or more of the following ways:

  • Task
  • Outcome
  • Support
  • Resources
  • Place/Pace
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