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Curriculum 2014 / 15

Our Curriculum at Carr Manor Primary School

To meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum, classes from Year 1 – 6 follow a number of themes with a focus on history, geography, science or design technology (DT) which is shared with parents each term by class teachers.


This approach to the curriculum means that, where appropriate, we make as many cross curricular links as possible and the topics we choose take into account:


  • The requirements of the National Curriculum in terms of skills and knowledge.
  • The interests and needs of our children.
  • The opportunity to embed literacy and numeracy skills in real-life activities.
  • The core values of our school as illustrated by our ethos statement. 


The National Curriculum sets out the minimum content. However, at Carr Manor Primary School, we work hard to ensure that our children have the opportunity to learn lots of additional skills and to develop their knowledge and understanding fully. For example:


  • We offer a wide range of after-school clubs
  • We have a specialist music teacher to teach music across the school.
  • Specialist teachers also provide a variety of instrument lessons including violin, cello, viola, keyboards, flute, clarinet and percussion
  • An art specialist teaches across Key Stage 2
  • Sports coaches lead upper Key Stage 2 games and PE lessons
  • Current local / national or international events regularly provide a basis for learning. For example, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the World Cup and the Tour de France.
  • Higher attaining children are not restricted by the National Curriculum – in our gifted mathematics sessions, children puzzle over complex problem solving and quick fire mental arithmetic!


Although the National Curriculum is in place and we are required to follow the programmes of study, we can interpret it in such a way that it meets the needs and interests of our children. Our curriculum is delivered using an annual cycle and is taught by class teachers with the exception of art and music, across the school, and PE in Years 5 and 6.


Staffing is generous and a team of 20 teachers (plus Deputy and Headteacher) are responsible for teaching 16 classes, including Nursery. They are effectively supported by 9 talented cover supervisors and 16 teaching assistants. This enables large classes to be taught in very small groups.


Core Areas of the Curriculum


Mathematics and Literacy

In mathematics and literacy we focus initially on the core skills to ensure that key concepts are embedded. That is where parents can help the most by practicing:

  • times tables and number bonds
  • spellings from the year group lists
  • regular reading
  • taking the time to communicate with your children.


Additional homework is set by teachers each week which children are expected to complete.


Science is taught as a discrete subject with each year group following the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for each Key Stage. In addition, all opportunities for cross curricular links are planned for.


As well as dedicated Computing lessons, which form part of the statutory National Curriculum, there are many more lessons in which information and communication technology (ICT) is used as a ‘vehicle’ to learn in other areas.


The Foundation Subjects

These subjects include history, geography, art, music, Design Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, PE and Religious Education and a long term plan is in place to ensure all the skills and knowledge are addressed.

Personal, social, health, cultural emotional education (PSHCE)

PSHCE is taught both discretely through assemblies and restorative practice and through the day to day life of the school. As a school we are committed to ensuring that our children have every opportunity to develop socially and emotionally as empathy and understanding are integral to their future development as rounded people.

This is not a separate area of the National Curriculum but PSHCE runs seamlessly through all we do.


For changes to the new curriculum see the presentation on our website entitled “New Curriculum for Parents.”


For further information on the curriculum please click on the document below..