Curriculum

‘The aim of education should be to teach us how to think, rather than what to think.’

James Beattie

Here at Manor Farm Academy we offer an exciting and varied curriculum which strives to ensure all pupils reach their potential and become active, valuable and positive members of society. Underpinning this stimulating curriculum are two core components. The first is that we believe children should be equipped with high quality knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of subject areas. The second dimension of our curriculum prepares pupils so that they can make a valuable contribution as citizens in a 21st century Britain. Both aspects are of equal importance at Manor Farm Academy.

Should you have any questions regarding our Curriculum, please contact our Curriculum Lead- Andrea Collins- on enquiries@manorfarmacademy.org

The following diagram illustrates an overview of how the curriculum is constructed:

For further information about each aspect, please visit the appropriate page below. 

The Approach

‘Nothing ever becomes real until it is experienced.’

John Keats

At Manor Farm Academy, we ensure the curriculum is relevant and meaningful to the pupils, and that it is implemented by a high quality workforce. There are many opportunities for pupils to experience learning first-hand through educational visits, visitors to the academy, and academy experience days. These opportunities help ensure pupils are immersed in the areas they are learning about.

Core Subjects


The ‘Core Subjects’ section of our curriculum is comprised of Mathematics, English, Science and ICT/ Computing & E-Safety. Further information is included below:


Mathematics


At Manor Farm Academy, we are committed to providing the highest standards of achievement in mathematics. All children are entitled to access all programmes of study in the National Curriculum. We implement a progressive structure regarding the learning of mathematics. Children are taught a range of strategies for calculating answers to problems mentally, as well as the more usual written methods. Through the mathematics curriculum, we equip pupils with a set of tools to understand and access the world in which they live. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is a core subject which is vital in everyday life. It is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and many problems that we have to solve. We therefore endeavour to ensure that pupils develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their future.


English


Establishing high standards of pupil achievement in English is a priority at Manor Farm Academy. The National Curriculum provides the main direction for the English provision offered by the academy. Within lessons, pupils receive direct teaching of reading, writing, spelling, and speaking and listening. Children learn about a range of different text types, and about the key features of each style of writing. 


Reading


The school uses the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme. The books in our reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree, are grouped into coloured book bands. This means that when achild knows his/her book band, they are able to select books from different reading schemes and from the wide variety of additional reading materials we have in school. 


Phonics


We use ‘Read Write Inc Phonics’ please click on the link below to find out more

https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/


Science


Our science curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop knowledge and understanding of important scientific ideas, processes and skills and relate these to their everyday lives. Our children are given opportunities to learn about ways of thinking and of communicating ideas. They investigate scientific concepts and processes in a fun and exploratory way which promotes scientific thinking and a love of learning. 


ICT / Computing and E-Safety


Computing prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are being increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. Computing is primarily concerned with the use of computers and programming, but also includes children becoming proficient in the use of a variety of audio visual aids including digital cameras, CD players and programmable toys.

Computing is used throughout the curriculum and children use it to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. 

All teaching rooms have access to interactive whiteboards or Clever Touch screens which are used to enhance learning opportunities for the children.

E-safety is an integral part of Computing at Manor Farm Academy. Children discuss the importance of e-safety each time they access digital media. The SMART computing rules, of staying safe online are embedded throughout the school in all subjects. 


The Arts


‘The Arts’ is made up of Design & Technology, Art and Music.


Design & Technology (D&T)


Design & Technology is a practical subject that asks children to be creative problem solvers, working as individuals and as part of a team. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities, and respond to them by developing a range of ideas to solve the identified problem. An emphasis is placed on the learning of practical skills combined with an understanding of function and aesthetics. Children will learn to reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ products for suitability of purpose.


Art


Art stimulates children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. They develop an understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern, and apply their understanding to materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings. Lessons explore with children, developing ideas and understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. It equally helps them to learn about different art, craft and design throughout different times and cultures. Children learn how to make thoughtful judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions, and to become actively involved in shaping their thoughts in relation to art.


Music


In our music curriculum we aim to develop each of the skills of performing, composing and appraising in all lessons. Opportunities are given for children to extend and apply these skills throughout their time in the academy. 


Health


At Manor Farm Academy, we believe that the promotion of health education is of paramount importance, and although health education is described within the following two areas, it is an area of learning that is prevalent within the wider curricular provision.


Healthy Lifestyle


We pride ourselves on the quality of provision we are able to offer in relation to the area of health education. Amongst a range of areas, children learn about the effects of exercise, the importance of a balanced diet and how to prepare healthy meals, positive mental health and how to stay safe in a range of situations. Children are actively involved in supporting each other, and contributing towards the healthy atmosphere within the academy.

For further information related to how health is promoted within the curriculum, please also see our Religion and Well-being section.


Physical Education


Children will experience a broad range of activities in their PE lessons. This will include dance and gymnastic activities, athletics, swimming and team games. Children have opportunities to improve upon their individual performances, and to compete in teams and as individuals. They are encouraged to overcome challenges and to participate in competitive physical activities. The academy aims to promote the enjoyment of PE for all children whatever their level of ability, and makes use of sports specialists to provide coaching for pupils.


Religion & Well-being


Our religion and wellbeing strand is made up of Religious Education (RE) and Wellbeing. Within the latter element, a wide range of topic areas contribute towards the development of wellbeing for all within the academy. A summary of some of the main areas is included below, and further information can be found on our ‘Developing Citizens for a 21st Century Britain’ page.


Religious Education


Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Lincolnshire Agreed RE Syllabus 2000. Through RE, the children will be able to: 

  • Learn about Christianity and about other principal religions represented in the United Kingdom
  • Reflect on a range of human questions and experiences
  • Ask, analyse and respond to deep questions about human life
  • Explore the meaning of ‘authority’, ‘celebration’ and ‘sacred’
  • Be aware of the ways in which religion influences the lives of individuals and communities
  • Prepare for life as citizens

In accordance with the 1998 Education Reform Act, parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons and daily acts of worship (assemblies). Any request should be made in writing to the Head Teacher.


Personal, Social & Health Education


Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship helps to give our pupils the knowledge skills and understanding they need to become healthy independent members of society and prepares them for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community in so doing we develop their sense of self worth. We teach them how society is organised and governed. We ensure that they experience democracy, and that they develop an understanding of traditional British values, including the rule of law. We teach them about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.

The knowledge, skills and understanding will be taught in 4 interrelated sections:

  1. Developing confidence and understanding and making the most of pupils abilities
  2. Preparing to play an active role as citizens in 21st Century Britain
  3. Developing a healthy safer lifestyle
  4. Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people

Drugs Education


Within our PSHE curriculum, our drug education programme aims to:

  • Acknowledge and clarify the academy’s role in drug prevention and drug education and ensure it is appropriate to the needs of the pupils educated at the academy
  • Develop understanding and concern for the health and wellbeing of the whole school community
  • Provide a programme which will give pupils opportunities to acquire the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed and responsible decisions about the use of drugs and other substances within the context of a healthy lifestyle
  • Enable pupils to explore their own and other people’s attitudes increasing understanding about the implications and possible consequences of use and misuse
  • Provide accurate information about substances
  • Encourage an understanding for those experiencing or likely to experience substance misuse
  • To widen understanding about related health and social issues e.g sex and sexuality, crime, HIV & AIDS
  • To enable young people to identify sources of appropriate personal support

Sex and Relationships Education


At Manor Farm Academy, we believe that effective sex and relationship guidance is essential if children are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. The key objective of sex and relationships education is to help and support our children through their emotional, moral and physical development.

Sex and Relationship education is a lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of family life, including marriage, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It has three main elements:


Attitudes and Values

  • Learning the importance of values and moral considerations
  • Learning the value of family life, and stable and loving relationships
  • Learning the value of love, respect and care
  • Exploring, considering and understanding moral dilemmas
  • Developing critical thinking as part of decision making

Personal and Social skills

  • Learning to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively
  • Developing respect for others
  • Learning to make informed choices
  • Developing an appreciation of the consequences of choices made
  • Managing conflict

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Learning and understanding physical development at appropriate stages
  • Understanding emotions and relationships

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education


Our provision for Spiritual development uses an approach to teaching that embodies clear values and enables pupils to gain understanding through reflection on their own and others’ lives and beliefs. It relies on teachers valuing pupils’ contributions and thoughts across the whole curriculum. Religious Education and Collective Worship also make a significant contribution to this aspect.

The moral development of our pupils is built upon a framework of values regulating personal behaviour through principles rather than through fear of punishment. At Manor Farm Academy, we therefore foster values such as honesty, fairness, and respect for truth and justice. Pupils are equally given the opportunity to express themselves, explore realistic scenarios and extend or challenge their understanding of moral development.

Our provision for social development centres around the acceptance of group rules and the ability to operate in a wider social context. Therefore, we believe that the formation of attitudes to enable good social behaviour and self-discipline is of crucial importance. Throughout the wider curriculum, opportunities are continually provided for pupils to work co-operatively and in competition, taking the initiative, and accepting responsibility for their contribution to academy life.

Cultural development is promoted via the participation in and appreciation of cultural traditions. The school seeks to enrich pupils’ knowledge and experience through visits to museums or religious buildings, art galleries and work with artists or performers. Additionally, links are made with schools in culturally diverse locations to further broaden pupil understanding of the concept.

Philosophical discussions and the use of Life Skills within the academy form a significant vehicle for the promotion of all of the aspects outlined above.


Awareness of the World


Through this section of our curricular provision, we provide pupils with specific skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to history, geography and modern foreign languages (MFL). Links with schools in other countries are also used to enhance learning opportunities for pupils.


History


The history curriculum at Manor Farm Academy is split into four key areas: People and Places, Significant Events, Skills within History and Chronology.

  • ‘People and Places’ includes the study of local history as well as a range of early civilisations, non-European societies and British history.
  • ‘Significant Events’ includes an understanding of events central to British history, awareness of significant historical events within the wider world and an understanding of how these events have shaped modern life.
  • ‘Skills Within History’ includes using sources to find and interpret historical information, making connections between people, places and events studied and using key historical terminology when discussing the past.
  • ‘Chronology’ refers to children developing a secure and coherent understanding of the chronological narrative from the earliest times to the present day. Children develop an understanding of where any time period studied fits within the wider chronological picture of the history of the United Kingdom.

Geography


The Geography curriculum at Manor Farm Academy is split into four key areas: Locational Knowledge, Place Knowledge, Human and Physical Geography, and Geographical Skills and Understanding.

  • The study of ‘Location’ improves children’s understanding of key geographical facts including locating continents, countries, cities and landmarks worldwide
  • The study of ‘Place’ seeks to develop an understanding of the contrasting localities found on Earth, both human and physical and the interconnected nature of these places
  • The study of ‘Human and Physical Geography’ develops children’s understanding of both the physical and human processes apparent on Earth and the vocabulary associated with these phenomena
  • The study of ‘Geographical Skills and Fieldwork’ develops children’s understanding of the world through practical experiences whilst allowing them to develop the key skills needed to develop their knowledge and understanding further

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)


French is taught regularly to ensure progression and skills development. Although MFL is a cross-curricular subject, children are taught specific skills and vocabulary in dedicated French lessons. Visiting specialists will also occasionally provide additional input in to MFL sessions. Pupils learn vocabulary linked to a range of themes such as greetings, jobs, space etc. 


International Links


Understanding, self-confidence, tolerance and respect are values that we at Manor Farm Academy want to develop in every child in our care. By ensuring our pupils are aware of the community they live in, and develop an awareness of other communities beyond the immediate, we believe that our pupils will develop an understanding of the diverse world in which we live, and will begin to develop the skills necessary to make a positive contribution to an ever changing world. A strong international element to the curriculum as well as links with schools overseas give children opportunities to learn these values. Through the inclusion of an international focus, we are able to offer to our children, a range of experiences that will enhance their learning and raise awareness of their national and international identity. Through our provision, we aim to:

  • Provide an informed awareness of countries, cultures and languages other than our own
  • Encourage greater involvement in environmental issues
  • Develop curiosity about other cultures
  • Enable children, staff and governors to experience aspects of daily life in other countries
  • Prepare each student to be a compassionate and responsible member of a rapidly changing global society
  • Promote the use of ICT in meaningful contexts for the development of communication skills
  • Provide an added opportunity for the promotion of equal opportunities, racial equality and Citizenship

Developing Citizens for a 21st Century Britain


We believe that a core purpose of any educational establishment should be to enable pupils to become valued members of their community and effective citizens, able to make a valuable contribution to the world in which they live. As a result of our beliefs, we have established a wider range of provision designed to fulfil this philosophy. Brief descriptions of some of our provision are given below.


Practical Skills


Pupils participate in termly ‘Life Simulation Sessions’ as part of a structured approach to real-world learning. The sessions present pupils with real-life scenarios and challenges they may face throughout their early lives. For example, self-care, dealing with difficult relationships, and making a sandwich for themselves!


Understanding British Values


At Manor Farm Academy, we actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and the mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Our curriculum values promote tolerance of and respect for people of all faiths (or those of no faith), races, genders, ages, disability and sexual orientations. This is delivered through the effective spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils, PSHE, Philosophy sessions, and collective worship offered within the academy. 


General Knowledge


We value the development of knowledge, and recognise the importance of knowledge in enabling pupils to access the world around them. General knowledge is developed through curriculum content and the environment in which the children are taught.


Life Skills


Manor Farm Academy aims to develop and implement an exciting and varied curriculum which enables all pupils to reach their potential and become active, valuable and positive members of society. Underpinning our stimulating curriculum, we believe that children should be equipped with a number of core life skills which will ultimately support them in the future, both academically and socially. Therefore, in conjunction with a curriculum which enhances a child’s subject specific skills and general knowledge, we believe that there are four key life skills which each child should have the opportunity to further develop and strengthen.

These are:

  • Language and Communication skills
  • Independent Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills     
  • Thinking skills

Each of these key skills are complex and can be subdivided further in order to prepare a child fully for the world in which they live.


Enterprise 


As part of the academy’s commitment to providing a relevant, stimulating curriculum, weekly enterprise lessons are incorporated into the weekly timetable. The purpose of these sessions is to provide pupils with the opportunity to undertake projects with the aim of developing their business skills, an understanding of the use of money in the real world, and life skills such as decision making, leadership and management, and team work. Pupils work together in groups to generate and implement ideas which they hope will be profit making! 


Philosophy


The development of thinking skills is critical in helping pupils to take ownership of their own destiny. Thinking skills are the mental processes that we apply when we seek to make sense of experiences we have had. This is a valuable skill, as better thinking helps us to learn more from our experience and makes better use of our intelligence.

It has always been the central aim of education to improve the quality of thinking because better thinking will not only enable us to become more successful at learning but will also equip us for life, enabling us to realise our own potential and to contribute to the development of society. At Manor Farm Academy, philosophy is used to challenge pupil thinking in relation to the following core areas:

  • Theory of knowledge
  • Moral / ethical issues
  • Values / identity
  • Behaviour: identity, society, psychology
  • Beliefs
  • Current affairs
  • Imagination / reality

Collective Worship


Collective worship must be part of a “broadly balanced curriculum which promotes the spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and prepares such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life”.

At Manor Farm Academy, themes for collective worship are planned each term, taking account of the ages, abilities and backgrounds of pupils. Themes for collective worship contribute to the spiritual, moral and social and cultural development of pupils, promote fundamental British values, and deal with personal development and relationships within a variety of social contexts. Where there is an issue of immediate relevance, the planned theme will be postponed and the current issue addressed. Acts of collective worship on Fridays celebrate collective and individual achievements.

Visits and visitors will be used for special services, celebration and festivals. Collective worship will at times be led by visiting clergy, Christian groups, as well as the headteacher, staff and pupils.


Health and Wellbeing

Please see our Religion and Well-being section.