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The Curriculum at Manor Oak Primary School


The curriculum at Manor Oak Primary School has been developed to ensure that our students receive full National Curriculum coverage delivered in a way that promotes meaningful connections across subjects.  It is designed to open children's eyes to the wider world around them and the possibilities that lie within it, whilst giving them a firm grounding in moral, social and emotional well-being.  We follow an enquiry based curriculum so that pupils are encouraged to ask questions and learn the knowledge in a more systematic way.  Our topic programme is carefully balanced and planned to be age appropriate across the years.   It is important to us that art, music, English, numeracy and science are also linked to the main topic. Experiences will be in enriched in the form of a variety of clubs, trips, workshops, visiting speakers or themed weeks that take place throughout the year.  Our topics generally have a history and geography base so that we teach location and place knowledge, weather and climate skills and knowledge and about significant historical events, people and places in our own locality.


At Manor Oak, we believe that effective learning takes place when there is considerable emphasis on active involvement, opportunities to talk both imaginatively, expressively and to explain and clarify thinking. Our curriculum includes not only the formal requirements of the national curriculum but also the ‘hidden curriculum’, where the children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and co-operate with others while developing knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their true potential. We actively promote British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs to prepare our pupils for life in modern day Britain.


The Foundation Stage

The curriculum that we teach in the reception class meets the requirements set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Our curriculum planning focuses on the Early Learning Goals and on developing children’s skills and experiences, as set out in this document. The EYFS staff plans specifically for the needs and interests of the pupils ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced.

Our school fully supports the principle that young children learn through play, and by engaging in well-planned structured activities. Teaching in the reception class builds on the experiences of the children in their pre-school learning.

Throughout their reception year, teachers assess children’s achievement against the Early Learning Goals. This assessment forms an important part of the future curriculum planning for each child.






Please have a closer look at each year group’s curriculum below. For each year group, you can view the long term plan, curriculum overview and curriculum maps for each term.