We plan and deliver an exciting integrated Curriculum.
Our Curriculum is a structured framework of half termly themed Learning Units for each primary school year group. It covers Foundation subjects, RE and Science and is fully mapped to cover the National Curriculum requirements.
This approach allows teachers to be creative whilst providing them with the support and framework that is needed for a consistently delivered and planned whole-school curriculum. This ensures that the National Curriculum is being covered and that our learners and teachers go home every day excited and buzzing about their day.
Each half term we provide parents with Curriculum Information Newsletters so that you are aware of what your children will be learning (see individual class pages for links to these newsletters).
We follow the Letters and Sounds Phonic Programme. Children are assessed and then grouped homogenously according to reading ability.
Children are taught:
We also follow our own spelling, grammar and punctuation programme in KS2 for some children. This reinforces the phases that have been taught previously in Key Stage 1 and
helps to improve reading and writing skills.
Most days there is a 20-30 minute guided reading session from year one to year six. This is when much of the structured teaching of reading takes place.
The teachers plan a whole class text for the children to work on through the unit. The text is read together with any new vocabulary explored and understanding ensured. Teachers set challenging and enriching follow up activities that link to the text the group has been reading and that develop the different domains of reading skills such as inference and deduction, information retrieval and understanding of vocabulary. We use a combination of tasks to develop greater understanding of reading that will extend the children's thinking. The class teacher keeps a close record of the progress and achievement made by each pupil.
We have adopted the Accelerated Reader program as part of our comprehensive English curriculum here at Manor Primary. The only way to become really good at understanding what we read is through practice. Reading is a skill; so just like an athlete, if we have a good coach who teaches us ‘how’; it is up to us to practice perfecting that skill. The only way to get better at reading is to … READ!
AR is a program used to motivate pupils to increase their reading & vocabulary comprehension and guide them to independent reading. AR is a very popular reading program; used in nearly 60,000 schools. There is a proven link between strong reading skills and academic success – great readers make great pupils! This compliments the school’s goal of having each Manor pupil read independently at least 20-30 minutes per day at home.
With the AR Online web-based program, our pupils are no longer limited to read only the books in our library to participate. Pupils not only have access to over 1,000 books available through our school library, but the public library, home library & book store as well. You may check for AR test availability at AR Book Find.
Each pupil is tested & assigned a reading range known as a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development – basically, the right level of challenge to stretch the child’s ability without being too hard) & given a point goal.
We strongly support the AR reading program. It’s a great way to encourage reading and have a positive, fun experience. Pupils love enjoying reading and are motivated to reach personal points goals and enjoy the challenge of completing quizzes online. We have also introduced an element of competition to see who can read the most words in each class and be a 'Reading Champion' each half term.
Here you will find Manor School's Long Term Curriculum Plans.
Further details regarding your child's curriculum can be found in the class pages section on our website or by following the Gov.uk weblink.