Curriculum Intent

At Manor Hill we have written our bespoke curriculum to meet the needs of our vibrant and inquisitive pupils.

We value experiences for pupils and believe that experiential learning is meaningful and therefore more likely to remain with our pupils. To this end we incorporate as many trips, practical activities and visitors into our learning as possible. Each unit begins with a WOW! in order to engage pupils immediately in their learning and following this we immerse pupils in a knowledge and skills rich programme of learning.

Our curriculum has been carefully designed in order that it is cohesive and progressive throughout the school. To ensure that pupils have the opportunity to revisit and build upon prior knowledge we employ the ‘Champion Learning’ pedagogy. This ensures that learners are inspired to learn and have the skills and desire to learn for life.

Champion Learning Pedagogy

• Daily Review
• Small Steps
• Questioning
• Modelling
• Guided Pupil Practice
• Check Understanding
• High Success Rate
• Scaffolding
• Independent Practice
• Weekly/ Monthly Review

Oracy is at the heart of all of our learning as we believe that enhancing vocabulary and developing the ability to articulate knowledge and understanding is vital for success in all situations throughout school and beyond. Vocabulary is explicitly taught and pupils are provided with a tiered system to support them in their word choices and throughout the Curriculum guided questions provide opportunities for pupils to develop their oracy.

English at Manor Hill is intrinsic to all that we do, we aim to foster children’s love of reading, writing and discussion. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a love of reading. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately and adapt their language and style for a range of contexts.
We recognise that children need clear pathway of progression as they advance through the primary curriculum and ensure relevance of this to the boarder curriculum through the use of text based, cross curricular units. We believe that developing good literacy skills will give our pupils the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society.

Mathematics at Manor Hill we know that pupils need to become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, be able to reason mathematically and to solve problems by applying their Mathematics. We ensure that lessons are structured so that pupils can develop these skills consistently over time, with opportunities to revisit and use skills in a range of contexts across the curriculum. We are committed to the use of a CPA model, which supports our pupils to have strong foundations upon which to build their learning.

Science at Manor Hill we believe that Science encompasses the acquisition of knowledge, concepts, skills and positive attitudes. Pupils will acquire and develop the key knowledge that has been identified within each unit, making cross curricular links where possible, as well as the application of scientific skills. We ensure that the Working Scientifically skills are built-on and developed throughout each year group in order that pupils can apply their knowledge of science when using equipment, conducting experiments, building arguments and explaining scientific concepts confidently.MHFS Science Knowledge and Assessment Mats 

Science Progression

History at Manor Hill provides a rich journey throughout ancient and modern history with specific attention being paid to the children’s understanding of chronological order. We focus on significant events and individuals, and make observations and comparisons to our own lives today. MHFS History Curriculum Overview


Geography at Manor Hill always begins with a world wide view to reinforce understanding of global scale. Then a ‘zoom’ in to the continent or country of study. We aim to ensure that pupils have a secure positional understanding and a deep locational knowledge of the human and physical features of the place of study. We explore how this compares with where we live using geographical knowledge, skills and understanding. MHFS Geography Progression     MHFS Geography Curriculum Overview

Design and Technology at Manor Hill takes a purposeful approach. We endeavour to equip pupils with the progressive skills and knowledge they need to design products for a specific purpose or audience to build their design, creation and evaluation skills throughout their school career. 

Art at Manor Hill is a progressive curriculum which seeks to expose pupils to a rich and varied diet of existing art, to provide them with knowledge of the impact and purpose of art and to equip them with the skills to create art in a variety of media. We provide children with sketch books in order that they build up a portfolio of work and are able to reflect on their own progress as artists throughout their school life.


At Manor Hill, Music provision is integrated into the curriculum with the support of Entrust Music Service. Through a whole class, inclusive, music-making approach, all children have the opportunity to begin a lifelong musical journey.  Entrust works closely with Manor Hill to:

  • Enable all children to have the opportunity to express themselves musically.
  • Cover the main areas of musical learning including: Performing, composing and improvising, aural awareness and reflecting and evaluating – please see Skills progression map.
  • Offer opportunity to experience learning and playing instruments – see Whole class teaching framework for percussion.
  • Deliver lessons by and support from a specialist teacher that has a high level of knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Develop and provide pathways (continuation) for those children who may wish to develop their musical learning.
  • KS1-KS2 Musical Skills Progression Document  WCET Framework – Percussion

Religious Education at Manor Hill is taught using the Staffordshire Agreed Syllabus, we ensure that pupils have the opportunity to learn about a variety of Religions and Faiths and enrich their learning with visits to places of worship and tangible hands on experiences.  

Relationships and Health Education at Manor Hill aims put in place the building blocks needed for positive and safe relationships of all kinds. This will start with family and friends, how to treat each other with kindness, and recognising the difference between online and offline friendships. Our curriculum combines the PHSE Association Scheme of Work and elements of Growing up with Yasmin and Tom to ensure compliance to statutory guidance and was developed in partnership with school stakeholders. View program of study

Computing at Manor Hill is delivered using the Entrust Primary Scheme of work alongside Project evolve. All pupils have personalised logins to access a comprehensive online platform of applications to support their progress towards the National Curriculum outcomes. We ensure that cross curricular opportunities are exploited in order that pupils have regular and purposeful access to a variety of devices and software, equipping them with the skills they will need as they move to the next stage of their education.

Physical Education at Manor Hill comprises of regular sessions with trained PE Coaches covering a broad range of activities as well as class teacher led sessions. We believe that being active aids physical and mental health and we endeavour to promote this to our pupils through a rich curriculum and enrichment offer for PE, including swimming for KS2, before and after school clubs and competitive games opportunities. 

Modern Foreign Languages at Manor Hill is delivered to KS2 with a particular focus on French. Pupils work through a structured programme which equips them with vocabulary and phrases. Delivered in a bitesize way, this allows regular revisit and retrieval opportunities, helping the acquisition of the language to be successful.

Curriculum Implementation

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