Curriculum

‘love school, love learning’

At Manor Farm Community Junior School, we believe our children deserve an excellent education which inspires and motivates their learning. We ensure our curriculum is high quality and broad, whilst also making sure that each child progresses from their individual starting point.

We believe in not only developing our pupils’ academic outcomes, but also the importance of seeing them grow socially and emotionally. Our desire is for our pupils to leave here as caring, responsible, and mature individuals, ready for their next stage of education.

Subjects

Curriculum Vision Statements

English

To provide an exciting curriculum that engages and enables pupils to write and communicate clearly, effectively and with confidence.

Across the school all pupils are encouraged to read fluently and develop a love of reading for pleasure. This enables them to access other areas of learning. The skills of spelling, punctuation and grammar are taught and applied to their work. Talk for Writing is used to enable pupils to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects.

Maths

To ensure that pupils become fluent in the use of mathematical concepts and go on to apply them to everyday life.

We use Inspire Maths to build a firm foundation and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach which emphasises mastery to help pupils become confident and independent mathematicians.

Science

To provide inspiring investigation and curiosity in pupils of the world around them.

Our curriculum provides practical, hands-on experiences to develop conceptual knowledge of the biological and physical aspects of the world and develop procedural understanding of scientific procedures.

Computing

To prepare pupils with the skills to use technology as a tool for communication in the Modern World.

Pupils cover all aspects of computing as an essential skill for life and enable pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world. Using the internet appropriately gives them access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people and cultures.

Art & Design

To develop the creativity within pupils and build confidence in different artistic mediums.

Pupils will develop skills in drawing, painting, printing, textiles, 3D sculpture, digital art, and discover/research artists through the ages.

Design & Technology

To develop an understanding of how to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems.

Pupils will actively contribute to the building of skills to make them resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable.

Expressive Arts & P.E

To develop an appreciation of music, dance and drama as essential elements of cultural capital.

Pupils are encouraged to express themselves through the arts, dance and drama. PE and Sport support health and well-being and build skills and teamwork.

History

Our History Curriculum traces British History and other Great Civilisations of the World and looks at significant World Events.

We will provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to research our history and that of creativity, endeavour and exploration through time. They will gain a chronological understanding of historical eras and events.

Cultural Heritage

To develop an understanding of and value their own identity and heritage.

We will enable pupils to explore their cultural roots as citizens of Hazlemere, High Wycombe and the UK and as members of the global society. This will include racial and cultural diversity.

Geography

Our Geography Curriculum engages pupils in local study and the wider world, including people, places and the environment.

Pupils will develop their awareness in and awareness of the environment. By learning about places, locations and environments pupils will enquire into their sense of place and space in the world.

Modern Foreign Language

To develop and acquire language skills to support oracy and literacy and help enable our pupils to become global citizens.

Learning another language will provide further cross-cultural understanding. Pupils will build up their language skills and understanding with increasing competence and confidence.

PSHE & RSE

To provide the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to keep themselves healthy and safe.

Through regular timetabled lessons and the use of the Jigsaw scheme, pupils will investigate and develop an understanding of actions to take and responsibility for their own care and welfare. They will develop an understanding and importance of how to form positive relationships with others. They will build an understanding of different families, views and the changing world around them.

BRITISH VALUES, DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, RESPECT AND TOLERANCE, INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

Our school ethos, values and curriculum promote these values. Pupils will develop a growing understanding of them and how and why they apply to the society we live in.

RE

RE is a statutory subject in the school curriculum. It is taught to all pupils in an informative way and covers many beliefs and viewpoints. Pupils are actively encouraged to share elements of their faith with peers, in order to forge a sense of respect and acceptance of others within our school community and beyond. External visitors (relevant to RE) are also welcomed to enhance pupils’ learning and broaden their understanding of religious faiths. Parents do have a legal right to withdraw their child from these lessons.