Manor Park Infant and Nursery School

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Curriculum Statement

What does your child learn at school each day? 


At Manor Park our Curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for quality learning and assessment to take place throughout the whole school day. 

We believe an outstanding curriculum encourages and inspires children to achieve in life and exceed their potential.
We believe children learn best when they are interested, engaged and love learning. We strive for a curriculum which motivates children and enables the development of good learning, leading on to deeper learning.
We believe that HANDS ON experiences make a difference to children’s learning. Providing hands on learning activities both inside and outside the classroom, for all groups, but especially for the less motivated is shown to lead to higher standards in:

a. Achievement
b. Standards
c. Motivation
d. Personal development
e. Behaviour

How do we plan?


The staff team work in partnership to develop the curriculum. We teach to 2 stages, the Foundation Stage and the KS1 National Curriculum. All staff work as one team to identify broad whole school themes outlined in our theme overview. In KS1 the teaching of RE, PE, Music and the SEAL aspects follow an annual cycle.

· We hold high standards and are committed to staff development in order to deliver our curriculum aims
· Staff discuss ideas critically and there is a strong emphasis on sharing of ideas
· The staff teams plan together in phases and share ideas across the phases
· We have respect for subjects in KS1, (some taught discreetly) with teachers responsible for leading and driving subjects and, in the foundation stage areas of learning.


How do we motivate children?

We use 3 specific approaches to motivate and meet the needs of our children:

1. Start with a question: We think it is so important that children develop enquiring minds that we focus on a range of key questions each term. Questions are generated to challenge children’s thinking and develop key skills

2. Talk For Writing: Provides opportunities for children to vocalise before writing. It has proved effective, particularly for boys.

3. The Wow Factor: We often Start from a stimulating starting point to hook children in for example a visit out or visitor in,  a school or national event, a dramatic scene



The Manor Park Curriculum provides opportunities to meet the needs of learners:

· Provides opportunities for questioning, challenging, exploring, speculating and reflecting
· Provides opportunities to develop key learning skills through activities and high quality interaction including – resilience, reflection, perseverance, confidence, resourcefulness, enquiring, problem solving,collaboration. 
· Provides focused literacy and numeracy teaching: Basic skills are taught with rigor in short sharp bursts and applied creatively
· Is tailored to children’s needs & interests – we know our children and shape the curriculum round them 
· Is informed by our knowledge of the local community, local needs and circumstances
· Is customised to the changing needs of individuals and groups. At Manor Park our top priorities are progress in CLL, PSED, Calculation and developing boy’s literacy
· Is enhanced by making use of Calverton which provides a rich learning environment and the wider locality
· Provides REAL and purposeful experiences - is relevant, exciting, enjoyable and provides memorable experiences where children are tasked with genuine outcomes
· Provides creative activities which create FLOW in children - an important mental state in which concentration and skill control produce a sense of achievement and well being.
· Children have a range of different types of intelligence and those which relate to traditionally academic areas are not seen as having more value than others: all children need to have experience of a range of subjects in order to find, know and develop their specific strengths.
· We provide opportunities for different ways of learning: we meet the different needs of learners through providing opportunities for 3 learning styles visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
· Where meaningful planning has a themed and cross curricular approach which helps children to make sense of a multi - disciplinary world: we believe this is most effective when not ALL subjects are included in one theme. We aim for a broad balance across all subjects with well organised teaching of specific skills.
· Enables inclusion: to meet the needs of all learners and where required we provide highly tailored programs.
· Provides interventions to help move children’s levels up in Reading Writing and Mathematics BUT we are aware that this does not lead to deeper learning. We also want to broaden experiences not narrow them.