The rationale for the curriculum at Mansel Primary is inspired by and reflects our vision to create emotionally happy and resilient learners who are excited by what the world has to offer them and by the skills they are able to offer to the world. We want to provide for them the skills that will enable them to become socially mobile: equipping them with the potential to achieve their dreams and aspirations, whatever they may be. We aim to provide many and varied opportunities for all children, no matter their need or interest or preferences: music, sport, arts, humanities and science are all encouraged and explored.
We aim to create learners for life by ensuring that our curriculum is relevant and purposeful and prepares children for the next stages of their education and beyond. Special weeks, such as ‘Healthy Week’, teach children skills they can apply to tasks and their lives beyond school.
In order to ensure continuity and progression across subjects, each curriculum area has a Creative Learning Team and the whole curriculum is monitored and improved by our Assistant Head, responsible for the curriculum.
In Early Years, we follow the EYFS curriculum and from Key Stages 1, we follow the National Curriculum and teach the ‘core’ subjects of English, Maths, Science, Physical Education (P.E.) and Computing. Our ‘foundation’ subjects are: Art, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Religious Education, Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE).
PSHCE is integral to our curriculum. We know that the skills taught through this subject will help to shape the kinds of people our children turn out to be. We know that being able to value themselves, and others, will enable our children to develop as learners and will be the key as to whether they can make the best of their learning and lives in the future.
In addition to the well planned curriculum delivered by our teaching staff, our teachers, TAs and specialist teachers deliver the following learning experiences: football coaching, specialist sports coaching, ukulele and singing lessons, cookery and drama. Children in Years 3 and 6 have the opportunity to access a residential trip once a year.
Curriculum Statement – Breadth
At Mansel Primary we have carefully designed, planned and implemented a curriculum which provides breadth for every pupil:
At Mansel Primary, careful analysis and discussion about our pupils’ backgrounds, life experiences and culture has helped us to design a curriculum which provides them with the necessary skills to become socially mobile and to be valued members of society.
We believe that by focusing on the following key priorities our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stage of their education and their lives.
Our curriculum priorities are:
We have designed and planned our curriculum to offer a range of experiences which contribute to every child receiving a full and rich experience at school. We are proud that our curriculum gives our children the skills, confidence and self-belief to lead a happy and fulfilled life by encouraging them to aim high and work towards their goals and dreams in life.
Curriculum Statement – Depth
Our curriculum at Mansel Primary is carefully designed, organised and planned for depth of learning:
At Mansel Primary our definition of progress is the widening and deepening of essential knowledge, skills, understanding and learning behaviours. We design, organise and plan our curriculum to ensure that children are not merely covering content but achieving a depth to their learning which enables them to use their skills and understanding in all areas of the curriculum.
Our careful curriculum design and planning means that we build in many opportunities for repetition and practise of essential knowledge, skills and understanding in every subject. This ensures that children are able to revisit previous learning, which allows them to gradually develop a deeper understanding of the skills and processes within subjects, at their own pace and in the best possible way for each individual child.
Curriculum Statement – Balance
At Mansel Primary we carefully design, plan and implement a curriculum to provide balance for every pupil:
At Mansel Primary it is our underlying belief that every child should feel valued and experience the feeling of success in a wide range of curriculum areas. We believe that through the curriculum we can impact on what is in children’s head and how they feel about themselves, so that they feel confident and ready to tackle any challenge they may face.
We have designed, organised and planned our curriculum to ensure every child receives an appropriate mix of academic and personal development which means that in practice our curriculum places equal importance on core and foundation subjects.
At Mansel Primary we place high priority on ensuring children’s physical and mental wellbeing are met. We understand that children will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure, therefore we carefully design our curriculum and adopt a flexible approach to timetabling to ensure that we can meet and respond to any issues which may arise. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing are as valued and important as academic development.
Our balanced approach to the curriculum is not at the expense of high standards in core subject areas. High standards and enabling children to reach national expectations and above is of vital importance if they are to succeed at the next stage of their education and go on to achieve full and happy lives and careers.
Our unique curriculum ensures that every child is given the opportunity to shine and flourish.