Following a comprehensive review of our school curriculum involving the school community, we launched our new curriculum in September 2021. Due to the level of ambition, and because we want the implementation to be effective and embedded, we are adapting some aspects in the short term because the children have not all experienced the curriculum from the start. However you will see by looking through the website or by visiting the school that we are fully compliant with the National Curriculum.
We expect the Stratford Manor Curriculum to be fully implemented by the academic year 2023-2024.
Our curriculum at Manor has been designed and developed to excite, engage and empower all learners by providing a rich and stimulating education that sparks curiosity and meets the needs of all children through relevant and purposeful content and meaningful experiences that reflect the rich diversity of our community and that of modern day life.
At Manor, we seek opportunities to bring the curriculum alive by providing first hand experiences for our children through a range of ways including visits to places of significant interest, inviting specialist visitors into school as well as enriching the curriculum through the arts, for example dance, drama and music.
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, celebrating every child as a unique individual.
Our school threads of Sustainability, Peace and Conflict, Identity, Social Equity, Decision Making and Our Rights go beyond the National Curriculum enable children to develop the skills, attitudes and values to become proactive, socially responsible citizens.
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 beyond. We use our embedded values and school threads, to promote positive attitudes to learning which reflect the attributes and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success, developing the children’s understanding of themselves and their role as global citizens.
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. Learning is celebrated and showcased through a wide range of relevant and purposeful ‘big outcomes’ which are shared with a variety of audiences in a range of ways.
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.
Our curriculum has been written and developed alongside the statutory National Curriculum, our school values (outer circles) and our curriculum threads (inner hexagons).
At Manor, we have a set of embedded school values and threads that are at the heart of our school that enable us to have the school motto ‘Championing a Brighter Future for All’. Our school values and threads weave together whole-school life and extend beyond the curriculum, whilst being integral to the planning process to support teaching and learning.
All children are seen as individuals and celebrated for their uniqueness and contribution to our school community. Teaching sequences are designed to challenge and support so that all children have a secure sense of achievement.
We’re proud of the curriculum that we have at Manor. We have installed a ‘Learning Showcase’ on the ground floor of our school so that we can exhibit examples of children’s learning. This is updated regularly so that the whole school community can see the great learning taking place across the school from nursery to Year 6.
Here are some examples: