Curriculum Intent (Vision)
At Manor Field Junior School, we believe that our children learn best when English is taught through an integrated, cross-curricular approach, where learning opportunities are carefully planned to meet the needs of our pupils, so that they are motivated by – and engaged in – their learning.
Our aim is for children at Manor Field to:
Implementation of the curriculumOur contextualised curriculum provides the children with a range of opportunities to communicate their ideas in a variety of ways, and with different intentions. Our English lessons are based on a series of engaging and motivating stimuli: these enable the children to form and develop their own views and opinions, which they can convey effectively through their writing, as well as through Speaking and Listening.
Throughout their learning, children are provided with numerous opportunities to apply their reading skills and to develop as ‘readers’. We believe that children should develop a love of, and enjoyment for, reading for pleasure. Through book assemblies, children’s knowledge of different authors and genres is developed so that they can expand their personal reading repertoire.
Our cross-curricular approach to learning enables children to practise their key reading skills in all subjects, as well as just through English and ‘reading’ lessons alone. Throughout all projects, and through our regular, high-quality ‘Book Studies’, there are opportunities for children to be engaged as ‘readers’ in different contexts. Texts develop the children’s inference and deduction skills, enabling them to understand and engage with what they have read and make links.
Drama, book studies and visitors are used to enhance the children’s writing, through providing them with opportunities to explore emotions and motives of characters – either from fiction or linked to the project. The essential skills of grammar and spelling are taught in an engaging and contextual way, so that children become confident to use and apply them in their written work. The children are taught the skills of editing and improving, with regards to both secretarial features, and whether their writing meets the intentions.
Positive, regular feedback is given to children: all children take an active role in assessing and improving their own work, as well as that of their peers.
Impact of our curriculum
Supported by our broad and balanced curriculum, Manor Field children view themselves as readers and writers, who are proud to showcase what they have achieved. Children are confident to take risks in their reading and writing and enjoying discussing and sharing their ideas; this is particularly due to the Rights Respecting Ethos that is integral to the Manor Field curriculum. Due to our integrated curriculum, skills taught in English lessons are applied into other subjects; children apply their use of grammar, punctuation and vocabulary to a range of different text types, for example, when writing posters about the impact of smoking on the body. This demonstrates our children’s deeper understanding of how and when to use specific vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Through carefully planned sequences of learning, children make good progress towards developing their vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation skills. Children are enabled to write across a range of forms and adapt their writing successfully, considering the purpose. By the end of KS2, our children are able to write with greater precision and accuracy, whilst still maintaining quantity and quality.
Children of all abilities achieve in all lessons. The most disadvantaged children and children with SEND are given the knowledge and cultural capital to broaden their horizons and become lifelong learners. More able children rise to the opportunity to be stretched and challenged through a range of strategies, including the evaluation of the impact of their writing and the writing of others.
Our English Curriculum Overviews and progression documents are currently under review.