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Our Curriculum

Statement of Intent

At Manor Court 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 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 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, 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. PE, Drama, Music, Art and PE are taught by specialist teachers.

 

The curriculum for learning at Manor Court 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 'letters and sounds' and '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 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 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

Around the world in 80 days

What price progress?

Year 1

Who am I?

Discovery.

How can we improve the school environment?

Year 2

How did Stringfellow change the way we live?

Around the world in 80 days.

How can we make the world a better place?

Year 3

How did the Railways change Chard?

How active is our planet?

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

Year 4

How does the carnival bring people together?

What made the Vikings so ambitious?

What have the Romans done for us?

Year 5

Is now the best time to live in Chard?

Should Chinese objects be returned to China?

Is all progress positive? (Space Race).

Year 6

How did Margaret Bondfield shape British democracy?

How have different species adapted to their environment?

Is all trade fair?

 

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.

Build a den.

Splash in muddy puddles.

 

 

Look after an animal.

Have a picnic in the park.

Fly a kite.

 

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Make a mud slide.

To have toasted marshmallows on an open fire.

Taste something new and use a knife and fork.

Incubate

chicks.

 

 

Eat something you have made yourself.

Have your face painted.

1

Visit the beach and a seaside village.

To have watched a performance at the theatre.

 

To have played in the woods and made a shelter.

Go inside a plane.

Farm to Fork

(TESCOS).

Go on a Bug Hunt.

2

To be able to sew a button onto a shirt.

 

Make and fly a kite.

Tie shoe laces and teach others.

 

 

Visit an animal sanctuary and raise to money to support.

 

Visit a bakery and make own bread.

Fruit picking.

3

To go on a train ride.

To perform using a musical instrument.

 

Get lost in a maze.

To know what to do in an emergency.

To have grown vegetables from seed.

 

Make own picnic and enjoy it in the park.

4

To enter into the Carnival.

To go star gazing.

To cook a dish from another country.

 

To help somebody in need.

. To have watched a live sporting event.

 

To take part in an Eco Project.

5

To know basic First Aid.

To have a conker fight.

Go to the cinema.

To be able to read a map and compass.

 

To take part in a water fight.

To have visited Bristol.

 

6

Visit London.

School Sleepover.

 

 

 

Plan, prepare and make a meal for a friend for £2.

Know how to iron a shirt.

 

Go on a cycle ride.

To have experienced the thrill of sailing.

 

 

 

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.

 

Know – remembering

Show – understanding and applying

Grow – creating, reasoning, evaluating and analysing

 

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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