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At The Manor, we provide our learners with an engaging and memorable curriculum. Our curriculum aims to provide every child with the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding so that they can grow and develop into confident, thoughtful and skilled citizens of the future. We are currently developing our school curriculum so that it not only provides the statutory knowledge and skills set down in the National Curriculum but, more importantly, it provides a rich, varied and purposeful educational experience that reflects the needs of our learners and our school community. 

Our daily learning and teaching is underpinned by our school's core Christian values and by our Learning Gems. These key features of our school curriculum enable all our children to learn, grow and reflect about themselves as citizens of the world and as learners, ensuring that we all work together to create a safe and positive environment where everyone is valued and everyone achieves.

 

We place a strong emphasis upon the core skills of communication, reading, writing and mathematics as we view these as fundamental in enabling our children to grow into confident young people who possess the skills necessary to become life-long, successful learners. 

 

Our school curriculum is based upon:

- The 2014 National Curriculum

- The South Gloucestershire Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (RE)

- Our Values Curriculum

- Our Learning Gems 

Religious Education
Science and Computing
Art, Design Technology and Music
Physical Education, Modern Foreign Languages, PSHE/Citizenship

 

A strong Christian ethos runs through our school. Christian attitudes and values are taught through a balance of class lessons, collective worship and the celebration of religious festivals such as Easter, Harvest and Christmas. If parents choose to withdraw their child/children from Religious Education and collective worship, an appointment should be made to discuss alternative provision with the Headteacher.



Singing and music play an important role in school life. All children enjoy weekly singing assemblies and end-of-term church services whilst some also join the school choir. In KS2, children participate in weekly recorder lessons and some opt to learn to play additional instruments such as the violin, guitar or harmonica (there is a charge for this tuition).  We enhance our opportunities to enjoy music through special visitors.

The learning of basic skills is essential to provide our pupils with a solid basis for their education.  A rigorous approach to the learning of phonics is used from Reception based upon the letters and sounds scheme.  This is continued throughout KS1 and into KS2 where spelling skills continue to be taught regularly through a range of interactive approaches.  In numeracy, calculation skills are developed progressively throughout the school with a focus on mental strategies, facts and practical tasks to aid understanding.  An investigative approach enriches pupils' engagement with maths.  The basic skills of Literacy and Numeracy are woven through our cross-curricular topics to encourage application of skills in a range of contexts.

Our aim is to get the very best out of each child, and with home and school working together, we believe that this can be achieved.



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