Curriculum

To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, classes at Manaccan Primary School follow a set of planned thematic topics on a rolling four year programme (see below), with each topic generally running for a term. 

The 'topic-based' approach to the curriculum which we follow at Manaccan means that, wherever possible, we group our subjects around a broad theme.  The topics we choose depend on three factors:the content set out in the National Curriculum for each of the subjects

  • the content set out in the National Curriculum for each of the subjects
  • the interests and needs of the children
  • the core values of our school, and our goal to be a happy and healthy place to learn

Operating a four year rolling programme across all year groups ensures that our mixed age clases explore different topics throughout their schooling.  The breadth of each topic means that while our KS1 children were learning about the Great Fire of London for the topic 'Disasters and Triumphs', the KS2 children were exploring WW1.  The broad themes also provide opportunites for pupils to develop skills in other subjects.  'Disasters and Triumphs' covers lots of History in the National Curriculum, for example, but in English children have learned about historical narrative, significant war poetry and non-fiction texts linked to the topic, whilst in Art, pieces have been influenced by the learning and of the people and artists affected during the period.

Planning for these topics always starts with the children and, prior to staff organising learning opportunities, there are pupil conferencing and joint brainstorming sessions where the theme is explored in preparation for teachers to plan mid and short term learning. The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content.  At Manaccan, we make sure children learn lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding.  For example:

  • children are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities from sports, through cooking to art and music
  • staff are actively encouraged to use our fabulous locality as a resource for teaching and learning and children from the school can regularly be found in local woods and fields
  • we seek to promote relationships with other local organisations and individuals to enrich our curriculum

Not all subjects can naturally 'fit' within a topic and so these subjects are usually taught in a discrete way.  Examples of this would include Religious Education which follows the Cornwall SACRE agreed syllabus and PSHE where we follow the Christopher Winter Project scheme of work.  For mathematics we use Abacus maths resources to support the planning and teaching of skills, while Y2 and upwards to 'Nifty Numbers' at the beginning of every maths lesson, which is designed to improve mental maths in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

To read about our approach to the teaching of reading and phonics click here.  Click here to view the National Curriculum. For a breakdown of the Maths and English curricula by year, click the relevant links at the bottom of this page.

Four Year Rolling Programme

This is the calendar for the four year rolling topic programme:

2016-17

 

Autumn

Journeys

 Spring

 Let Me Entertain You

 Summer

The Great Outdoors

 

 

 2017-18

 

 Autumn

Back to the Future

 Spring

Around the World in 80 Days

 Summer

Myths, Magic and Mysteries

 

 

2018-19

 

Autumn

Disasters and Triumphs

Spring

The Deep

Summer

There's No Place Like Home

 

 

2019-20

 

Autumn

Food Glorious Food

Spring

Making a Difference

Summer

Olympics