Our Curriculum

Learning takes place in a wide range of ways at Manor, both in and out of the classroom. As a state maintained primary school, we follow the National Curriculum as a basis for our children’s learning. The children frequently go on educational visits to a wide range of places; they regularly visit art galleries and museums as well as local places of interests and we regularly invite and host visitors such as authors, theatre companies and other professionals to our school to provide an additional layer to our pupils’ experiences. As a London based school, we aim to make the most of the opportunities for our pupils to enhance their learning and world experiences whilst raising their aspirations for their future. All these give the children a breadth to their learning that you cannot provide purely in a classroom.

Our curriculum at Manor has been designed and developed to excite, engage and empower all learners by providing a rich and stimulating education that meets the needs of all children through relevant and purposeful content and meaningful experiences. Our school values of community, determination, excellence, responsibility and respect are deeply-rooted within our curriculum. These underpinning values enable children to achieve academic success whilst equally valuing and promoting their physical development, well-being and mental health.

Our curriculum enables all of our children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. We use our embedded values to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the attributes and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.   Our curriculum follows a mastery approach that carefully considers children’s prior learning, provides first hand experiences which allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become confident, creative and critical thinkers.

Our curriculum celebrates the rich diversity of the school and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultures of the community, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.

We adapted our curriculum to a phase curriculum in Spring 2020. Each phase group has an overarching theme for each term. These topics provide a context for the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and the Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum. Some of our curriculum is taught within our thematic approach, whereas others may be taught discreetly: this is to ensure that the rigour and content of a subject is not lost. Each topic makes connections between subject areas so that the children are able to explore and develop the areas of learning in more depth. It provides the children with meaningful opportunities to develop and use their skills in real situations. Time is dedicated to exploring and discussing topical issues with the children that may be local, national or global depending on the event. Staff aim to address these issues through a range of ways including using news articles and videos; stories and discussions & debates.

Long Term Planning

Our phase curriculum is organised into a 2 year cycle as shown below:

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
EYFS Long Term Plan
  Autumn Spring Summer
Cycle A (2019-2020)

All About Me

Celebrations & Festivals


Growing & Keeping Healthy

Traditional Tales

Animal Explorers

Cycle B (2020-2021)

Where Do I Live?

Light & Dark

Fantasy and Fiction

Life Cycles



Teaching staff use the National Curriculum and school documents to plan learning sequences. The long term planning documents that teachers use are available by clicking the link below. As our curriculum continues to develop, these documents will inform parent friendly versions. If you would like to find out more about our curriculum, please speak to your child’s class teacher or a senior leader at the school.]


Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
  Autumn Spring Summer
Cycle A (2019-2020)


Bright Lights, Big City

The Seaside 

Cycle B (2020-2021)

Toys & Play

Around the World


Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4)
  Autumn Spring Summer
CycleCycle A (2019-2020)

The Empire Strikes Back

From Stone Age to Iron Age

You Are What You Eat

Cycle B (2020-2021)

Amazing Earth

Whose Land is it Anyway?

The World of Work

Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6)
  Autumn Spring Summer
Cycle A (2019-2020)

The Amazing Amazon

The Mummy’s Curse

The Victorians

Cycle B (2020-2021)

Ancient Greece

World Wars

The Apprentice


Click icon to view our year group overviews for Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE), PHSE, Music and Spanish (Key Stage 2)

Each unit of work is tailored to the cohort. For this reason, we publish a termly overview of the topic at the start of each topic.

Spring Overviews 2020 – Curriculum Cycle A (please click icon to view document)

EYFS Overview
Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2 Overview)
Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) Overview
Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6 Overview)

Autumn 2019 Overviews

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Year 6


English Writing Progression of Skills Document

At Manor, we have mapped out a progression of skills for each year group for English using the National Curriculum as guidance.

Year 1 Writing Year 2 Writing Year 3 Writing Year 4 Writing Year 5 Writing Year 6 Writing

Yearly Overviews for Mathematics

We teach Maths using the Maths No Problem scheme, an approach to teaching maths developed in Singapore. Problem solving, fluency and relational understanding are at the heart of the scheme. It uses the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach and allows pupils to spend enough time to fully explore a topic, reinforcing it with practice, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have ample opportunity to develop relationships between topics.

Lessons typically are broken into four parts:

  1. Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
  2. New Learning – the teacher introduces and explains the new learning for the lesson.
  3. Guided Practice – children practice new learning in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
  4. Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop their depth of learning.

Key points:

  • A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
  • Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning
  • Introduces new concepts using the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach
  • Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand
  • Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model

We also use J2E Blast and Education City as a tool to help pupils develop fluency in number bonds multiplication tables as well as using Mathletics in Years 4-6.

Have a look at the programmes of study for each year group by clicking on the image:

Year 1 Mathematics Year 2 Mathematics Year 3 Mathematics Year 4 Mathematics Year 5 Mathematics Year 6 Mathematics





Pre-2019 Curriculum

For information on our previous curriculum offered prior to Autumn 2019, please click on the relevant year group. This information will remain online for a limited time whilst we refine our new curriculum.