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Love, Trust and Truth

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Whole School Curriculum Intent Statement

Basic Principles

  • Learning is a change to long term memory.
  • Our aims are to ensure that the children at Manor experience a wide breadth of learning which enriches their knowledge and experiences, is purposeful and appropriate building on their foundations.

Curriculum Intent

  • Curriculum Drivers shape our curriculum. The purpose of our curriculum is to motivate learners in a purposeful way, building on prior knowledge and experience. We aim to provide a rich curriculum which exposes our children to knowledge and understanding that they otherwise would not receive. The curriculum is underpinned by our core Christian values of Love, Trust and Truth.

Our aims are:

  • To try our best at everything we do.
  • To develop the ability to work independently, co-operatively and with self-discipline.
  • To value and appreciate one another.
  • To listen with respect to one another.
  • To prepare pupils for the responsibilities, opportunities and experiences of adult life.
  • To foster a caring attitude to the world around us.
  • Cultural Capital gives our pupils the vital background knowledge required to be informed and thoughtful members of our community who understand and believe in British values. We plan learning experiences that many of the children would not necessarily experience in their everyday life eg trips to the theatre, places of worship, places of historical interest.
  • Our Curriculum breadth is shaped by our curriculum drivers, cultural capital, subject topics and our ambition for children to learn in different ways, for example through real life experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • By learning through different topics, children are exposed to a progression in skills and knowledge for each subject in the national curriculum. Our curriculum planning is informed by the National Curriculum, HeartSmart, Living Difference III and Understanding Christianity.
  • Subjects are planned progressively through topics into meaningful schemes of work whereby children return to the same concepts over and over in order to build greater understanding.
  • Within each unit key vocabulary and key knowledge is taught. By the end of the key stage all children are expected to be able to use all vocabulary and recall key facts taught in a unit.
  • Progression is highlighted on every medium term plan.

Implementation

  • Our curriculum design is based on evidence from cognitive science; three main principles underpin it:
  1. Learning is most effective with spaced repetition.
  2. Our topic approach aids long term retention.
  3. Retrieval of previously learned content is frequent and regular, which increases both storage and retrieval strength.
  • In addition to the three principles we also understand that learning is invisible in the short-term and that sustained mastery takes time.
  • Our content is subject specific. We make links across the curriculum where possible.

Impact

  • The impact of learning can be seen in the long term.
  • We constantly review planning in order to ensure that teaching is matched to our learners needs. Real time assessment is used within lessons to take learning forward and ensure that all children achieve well in lessons.
  • Pupil interviews, work sampling and observations highlight good quality outcomes for learners.
  • We use learning walks and learning observations to track the implementation and pact of our Curriculum Intent.
  • Results from national tests illustrate the high expectations and outcomes for our pupils.
  • Our curriculum provision ensures that children are secure and ready for the next stage in their education, whether joining a primary or junior school.
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