The Curriculum 2017

At Manor Green we have three curricular

  • Pre-formal curriculum
  • Semi-formal curriculum
  • Formal curriculum

These curricular take into account pupils’ learning needs and stages of development; pupils may therefore move from one level to the next at any point in their school career. Our curriculum is based on two factors: communication and cognition. These are the fundamental structure underpinning the pre-formal, semi-formal and formal curricula.

The National Curriculum forms part of the whole school curriculum. The National Curriculum Programmes of study for each subject are followed where they are relevant and accessible. However, the suggested Programs of studies may be implemented to different Key stages due the needs of our pupils. The whole curriculum at Manor Green includes a much broader offer for pupils in terms of supporting and developing our pupils in areas of attention and communication, physical development, self- care and independence and specific therapy the pupils may need.

Teachers keep detailed records on individual’s progress using a whole school system, which ensures continuity and development throughout the school. Each pupil has a “Record of Achievement” and an end of year progress report which contains evidence of improvement and accomplishment throughout their time in school.

The fostering of positive attitudes by parents/carers and teachers to a pupil’s learning cannot be over-emphasised. Pupils are encouraged from an early age to evaluate their work and celebrate achievement.

English

At Manor Green, English has a high priority. The skills children learn in reading and writing, speaking and listening are directly transferable to all areas of the curriculum and are so important for children to succeed.

Our curriculums have been developed to meet to the national curriculum (2014) and we have worked carefully as a school to ensure that our English curriculum is relevant, robust and appropriate for all our children. Every child is an individual; we recognise the importance of promoting a holistic, sensory based curriculum to support pupil development. Children need to succeed at their own pace but maximising their opportunity to achieve their absolute potential is reflected in our approach to the curriculum.

Where ever possible, English should have strong cross-curricular links. We believe in thematic learning based around good quality text embodying the early skills needed to allow children to meet every aspect of the new targets for spelling, grammar and handwriting in the new English curriculum.

We want to work in complete partnership with the child’s home and any other agencies to ensure that early reading, writing and speaking and listening is developed and children have a positive view of themselves as readers and writers.

Phonics

The majority of the children follow a daily synthetic phonics approach called Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. Children are taught a combination of initial sounds, segmenting, and blending and whole word recognition. Children, who are identified as possibly becoming sight readers, are given a personalised programme to cater for their individual needs.

Maths

At Manor Green we aim to inspire children by giving them a lively sense of interest and enjoyment in mathematics, with a developing understanding of its practical and creative use in everyday life.

The Long Term Planning and personalised Targets ensure that all pupils are introduced to a wide range of mathematical skills in the areas of number, shape space and measures, and data handling with an overall emphasis on using and applying of those skills.

Science

Science helps children to develop their ideas and way of working so that they can make sense of the world in which they live. Through a highly practical and sensory curriculum, our children are encouraged to develop and explore their own ideas. They learn a range of investigative skills and develop knowledge across a range of scientific areas; including plants, animals, materials, light, sound and seasonal changes.

Personal, Social and Health Emotional

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an integral part of learning at Manor Green throughout each day and across the curriculum. Personalised learning and PSHE targets allow pupils to work on the skills they need to become as independent as possible. Activities such as clean your teeth, get dressed and undressed, and eat with cutlery are all vitally important. Pupils at Manor Green are supported in all areas of personal development and are given sufficient time to learn to become as independent as possible in all personal care areas.

We hold weekly department assemblies featuring specific social and emotional aspects of learning linked to the schools whole school PSHE cycle. These are followed up with related activities as a class, small group, in pairs or on a 1:1 personalised basis according to need.

Computing

It is important that all pupils have access to computing. Computing is delivered across all subjects as a cross-curricular tool as well as in Computing lessons throughout the year.

Children have access to a range of equipment including, interactive whiteboards, PC’s and other word processor equipment/keyboards, I-pads, cameras and electronic toys. These are adapted to allow equal opportunities for all pupils this includes equipment purchased to meet individual needs. All children are also supported to learn how to keep safe online.

Physical Education

Manor Green regards physical education with the utmost importance. It is essential for all pupils to be physically active and to develop in physical confidence.

P.E. is a practical subject which enables all pupils to participate in enjoyable, exciting and challenging activities. At Manor Green P.E. comes in many forms, such as P.E. lessons, horse-riding, swimming and hydrotherapy. Many children also follow specific physiotherapy programmes designed to improve mobility and strengthen specific areas of the body.
P.E. provides the opportunities for the development of physical, personal, social and intellectual skills. P.E. promotes the undertaking of exercise that can be continued into adulthood as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Foundation Subjects and Our Creativity Curriculum

These comprise History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Music and Religious Education.

Creativity in the Curriculum

We have a commitment to providing all learners at Manor Green School, with their “Cultural Entitlement”. By this we mean access to opportunities to meaningfully engage in a range of art forms. We want any encounters with the arts, to enable deep learning, and facilitate personal growth.

Design and Technology

Design and Technology teaches children to plan, design and create different products. It is taught through a wide range of creative practical activities and has many cross curricular links. The children learn how to communicate their ideas, how to use different materials and how to use a range of simple tools. They learn to make choices and how to evaluate their end product.

History

History is taught through topics to help pupils both develop a sense of past and present in their own lives and also as a knowledge and understanding of events, famous people and daily lives in the past. Learning is supported through studying of historical artefacts, educational visits, historical theme days and access to a range of historical sources.

Geography

Geography topics develop knowledge and understanding of places and environments throughout the world. Activities include exploring the local community, collecting weather data, comparing different locations, finding out
about places far away and using maps.

Art

Art skills and creativity are developed through a wide range of termly topics. These focus on different artists, media and techniques the quality of which is reflected in the displays seen around the school.

Dance and Drama

Drama is used to enhance our curriculum, develop knowledge and teach topics in a creative and fun way. Dance is taught within our PE sessions. Both drama and dance are showcased at various performances throughout the year including assemblies, our school winter production and out in the local community as part of ”Dance time’. We encourage children to explore all aspects of the arts and have performances/workshops by external artists wherever possible.

Music

Music is used to enhance and enrich all areas of the curriculum. It is used to engage and inspire pupils and to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Performing, composing and listening; this includes singing and playing instruments.

R.E

At Manor Green, R.E. is inclusive of world faiths. We celebrate and learn about the belief systems of our children giving precedence to Christianity in line with the West Sussex Guidance.

Throughout the school year we celebrate festivals from a range of faiths and cultures, as reflected in our school population. Such festivals include Diwali, Harvest, Christmas and the birth of Jesus, Chinese New Year and the stories of Islam.

We learn about the Old Testament stories of Joseph, Noah, Jonah and the Whale, the miracles performed by Jesus, and Creation. We celebrate the miracle of His resurrection at Easter.

Our learning is creative and includes visits to Christian Churches, Mosques and Hindu Temples. We teach through the media of art; drama; dance; food technology, and plan visits both from religious speakers, and to a range of food outlets and restaurants. We celebrate through wonderful assemblies which incorporate visual effects; drama; and dance and which stimulate the children to enjoy and understand the cultures and beliefs of different faiths.