Curriculum Intent Statement

At Manaccan School our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand learning experiences, allow our children to develop good communication skills and based on the principles of the EYFS ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ i.e. promote exploration, active learning and develop their creative and critical thinking.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate diversity within our school community.  The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values.  We aim to provide enhancement and enrichment opportunities to engage learning and believe that children should be happy, enquiring and foster a thirst for new experiences and knowledge.  We encourage our pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and future success.

Our small village community’s involvement is an essential part of our curriculum as we celebrate local traditions.

We aim for our children to leave Manaccan with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, make connections and become lifelong learners.


Curriculum Implementation

The curriculum consists of many planned experiences in school and out: lessons, topic & standalone subject days, assemblies, clubs, sports, trips and visits, workshops, residential camps, fund raising and community work.  Outcomes may be designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, EYFS outcomes, RE Cornwall Syllabus, our ‘Values for Life’ but also to develop the skills needed for learning and for life.  Our vibrant and rich curriculum is designed so that the subject specific skills are scaffolded within a cross curricular theme or context each term.  In order to ensure that progression and balance is maintained the programmes of study have been mapped across each key stage.   Topics are designed in order for children to make links across the curriculum and to give opportunities to enable children to be global citizens.


Values for Life

We use ‘Values for Life’ which is a rolling programme of values which are introduced in assemblies, discussed in class and promoted through activities.

We ensure that there is appropriate coverage of Fundamental British Values.  Children are taught to take personal responsibility for their own thoughts and actions.

Subject Leaders

We have English & Maths subject leaders who oversee, develop and monitor the effectiveness of their subject across all year groups within our school and are developing subject leaders of other subjects across our school family of 3.  Staff are committed to delivering high quality learning experiences throughout the curriculum.  Support staff have developed their strengths in order to further enhance the quality of learning. 



Early Years Foundation Stage & National Curriculum




Our maths curriculum covers everything from cooking with weights and measures to solving calculations using division and algebra!

In ks1 & Ks2 we base our teaching on a mastery approach to the teaching of maths. Calculation is taught and practised over and over again!  Children are taught to apply these skills to problems which then helps them reason about number.  These skills are transferable to everyday situations which enable maths to be seen as an integral part of life.




Writing is an essential part of our curriculum offer.  We have lots of wonderful opportunities to inspire writing such as books, small world, film clips, visitors in and visits out.  We strive to equip our children to develop a rich vocabulary which can help them bring their writing to life.  Basic skills and an agreed set of ‘non-negotiables’ underpin writing in all areas of the curriculum.  This starts in EYFS where pupils learn how to hold a pencil and begin to form their letters, words and sentences.  Teachers model the writing process and demonstrate the standard that is expected of all children.  Every child is encouraged to let their imagination and personality shine through their writing.  We also use the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach, when appropriate, to help pupils create their own writing inventions.  Writing is often linked to our curriculum topics, finding real life reasons for our children’s writing to enthuse them with purpose.

Reading is also a fundamental part of everything that we do.  Our children enjoy high quality texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught explicitly.  Alongside skills of decoding and comprehension, book talk encourages children to think as a reader and discuss their preferences, likes and dislikes.  Reading is encouraged.  We realise the importance of providing children a welcoming, nurturing library environment where they can immerse themselves in reading for pleasure. 




In our rapidly evolving world science is a vital part of our curriculum intention.  Science stimulates and excites pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in the world around them.  It also satisfies their curiosity with knowledge.  As science links with direct practical experience with ideas, it can engage learners at many levels.  Scientific method is about developing and evaluating explanations through experimental evidence and modelling.  Pupils learn to question and discuss science based issues that may affect their own lives, the direction of society and the future of the world.

At Ks1, pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical phenomena.  They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas.  They begin to evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas.  They share ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables with the help of computing as appropriate.

At Ks2, pupils learn about a wider range of living things, materials and physical phenomena.  They make links between ideas and explain things using simple models and theories.  They apply their knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas to familiar phenomena, everyday things and their personal health. They think about the effects of scientific and technological developments on the environment and other contexts.  They carry out more systematic investigations, working on their own with others.  They use a range of sources in their work.  They talk about their work and its significance, using a wider range of scientific language, conventional diagrams, charts, graphs and computing to communicate their ideas.


Foundation subjects


Design and Technology is a subject which our pupils are involved in designing and making things from food, textiles and resistant materials.

In Art children have opportunities to paint, draw, print, make collages, use fabrics and threads, history of art and paper fold.   They are taught the skills and techniques and then given the opportunity to practise them to produce individual and group pieces of work.  Children are encouraged to critically evaluate their own work and that of the others in order to learn from their experiences.  Children have benefited hugely from working with local artists.

Our Music curriculum is designed to progressively develop children’s skills in the areas of musical appreciation (listening and discussing), performance on instruments and with voice, composition and recording and evaluating musical performances.   We enhance our pupil’s experiences by accessing provision such Cornwall Music Trust’s ‘First Access’ and inviting visiting musicians/artistes/orchestras to perform and run workshops.  We have an annual summer, musical production, which is always a great success and well received.

RE is based on the agreed Cornwall syllabus.   It is an entitlement for all children.  It does not seek to impress religious beliefs on children or to compromise the integrity of their own beliefs by promoting one religion over another.   Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE.

Our Computing curriculum is designed to equip children with skills and understanding to live in a technological world; this includes being able to use a variety of computer software and coding programmes.  There is an importance on Online Safety for all year groups.

Physical Education is where our children are encouraged to participate in all activities supported by the partnership with Mullion Secondary.

The aim of PE is to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles.  We are fortunate to have an expert PE teacher to lead our PE sessions in Ks2.  Children take part in games, gymnastic movement, dance and athletic activities using indoor and outdoor environments.  Children can take part in after school clubs and have the opportunity to compete against other schools.  In Ks2, children go on a residential course for outdoor activities.  Children also have swimming lessons and sailing lessons led by HRCST.


Outdoor Learning

We encourage children to be responsible for and respect the local community and environment giving them a sense of belonging and ownership of the place in which they live.  We explore the local area, integrating subjects so that meaningful activities can be planned and delivered. E.g. Blackberry picking, visiting the local woods for story-telling, writing and maths activities.

Visits & Visitors

We recognise that children’s learning is enhanced by different experiences.  We offer a wide range of visits which we use to motivate and engage learning which improves retention. E.g. The Minack Theatre, Geevor Mine.

Regular visitors in school give the children another perspective on values, attitudes, learning and understanding.  These include charities, people from different professions and the community.


We believe that all children are entitled to a broad and balanced and relevant curriculum through which we support children with additional needs.  All children are encouraged to achieve their full potential and to be included in the social and academic life of the school.  We aim to provide educational experiences that take into account the individual needs of the children, appropriate to their level of ability.  



To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, classes at Manaccan 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 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 classes explore different aspects of the 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 opportunities for pupils to develop skills in other subjects. For example,  'Disasters and Triumphs' covers lots of History in the National Curriculum, while in English children have learned about historical narrative, significant war poetry and non-fiction texts linked to the topic, and in Art pieces have been influenced by the knowledge gained from the topic and investigating 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 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 gain lots of additional skills, knowledge and understanding through:
  • encouragement to participate in extra-curricular activities such as sports, cooking, art and music
  • staff are actively encouraged to use our fabulous locality as a resource for teaching and learning; children from the school can regularly be found exploring the local woods, fields and beaches
  • seeking 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 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 maths, while Y2 and upwards do 'Nifty Numbers' at the beginning of every maths lesson, which is designed to improve mental maths in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
For information on 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 Topic Programme
This is the calendar of the four year rolling topic programme.
Please refer to the individual classes for termly learning overviews.






 Let Me Entertain You


The Great Outdoors






Back to the Future


Around the World in 80 Days


Myths, Magic and Mysteries






Disasters and Triumphs


The Deep


There's No Place Like Home






Food Glorious Food


Making a Difference