English (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, History, Art and Craft, Music, Physical Education, Information and Communication Technology, Geography, Dance, Drama and Religious Education, P.S.H.E and Citizenship all provide important elements of a balanced and differentiated curriculum.
Broad curriculum aims apply to all subject areas and must be relevant to all children whatever their point of departure and however their speeds of intake vary. Their future is uncertain, but what is sure is that a respect for others will help them make the most of the skills and knowledge that school aim to impart.
A most important aim of education is to develop thinking. Manor Infant School aims to give the children knowledge and skills to enable them to:
- promote and develop the progressive skills of free expression through dance and drama;
- develop and foster a caring attitude to the needs of others;
- experience a broad range of mathematical ideas in practical ways leading the recording of these experiences in a more abstract way. Mathematics must be related to everyday experiences and situations to be relevant;
- have regard and respect for the environment and community and leave it an improved place;
- develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problems; to include all aspects of Information Technology;
- increase awareness of the spiritual side of life, of attitudes of others and their own reactions through Religious Education and a daily act of collective worship;
- develop a sympathetic understanding of other peoples cultures and beliefs and have due regard for equality of race and gender;
- learn self-discipline and self-management by working in a structured setting with positive rules of encouragement;
- interpret and respond to the visual and tactile environment in which they live, in a creative way;
- experience music through listening, singing, movement and the use of tuned and untuned instruments and to create music at the appropriate level;
- write about events within their own experience and to write creatively about imaginary events;
- develop an accurately formed style of writing so that they can concentrate on the content of written work as soon as possible;
- listen attentively and with understanding;
- speak fluently and communicate easily with their peer group and with adults;
- approach reading with confidence and enjoyment knowing that it is pleasurable experience, coupled with ability to retrieve information from a written text;
- develop motor control and physical co-ordination through spontaneous directed movement;
- develop a perceptive insight into the past, present and future relating to the child’s own experience;
- develop an insight into their own immediate environment and promote an interest in global issues;
- learn to be self-possessed, independent, responsible and capable of devoting themselves to a straight-forward task in a practical and determined way;
- promote an awareness and understanding of their own development so that they may assess their own progress and be involved in setting targets for continuing learning.
The above are not listed by order of importance or sequence. All children follow the areas of study as laid down in the National Curriculum document for English, Mathematics, Science, Design Technology, Information and Communication Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education as well as P.S.H.E and Citizenship. All parents are provided with a termly newsletter which outlines the curriculum the children will follow for that term.