Repton Manor Primary School Curriculum
Repton Manor Primary School Curriculum Vision
We believe our children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way...
Our curriculum nurtures:
A magical sense of awe and wonder.
Children who are rich in mental wealth.
Children who are masters of their own learning.
Curriculum Team Visions
We teach a cross-curricular, Topic based, curriculum as we believe that children learn best when their learning is inter-connected and meaningful. However, we also believe that children must have an understanding of separate disciplines to enable them to develop multidisciplinary expertise. Through our Topic-based approach, we support and encourage our children to learn specific, carefully sequenced, skills and knowledge in each of the subjects of the National Curriculum and we enable them to learn how to gain this knowledge in each of the subject disciplines. We believe that by structuring our curriculum in this way, children can develop deeper learning and more effective transfer and synthesis of knowledge and skills. We learn about big ideas that exist within each subject but we recognise them across different subjects, therefore encouraging our children to connect different disciplines and to connect their learning in a meaningful way.
Our staff oversee the teaching and learning within each of the National Curriculum subjects and we work in five curriculum teams. Each of our teams has their own unique vision. Each team works hard to ensure that their vision is realised, not only within their discipline, but across the entire Topic-based curriculum.
We inspire children to have an ongoing and growing curiosity to develop an understanding of our world and what shapes it.
Through our curriculum at Repton Manor we:
Ignite a desire to enquire through memorable experiences.
Foster mutual respect and tolerance of people, places and perceptions.
Inspire critical thinking to question and challenge.
We aim to build curiosity about our children’s place in the world, how it works and inspire them to look to the future with excitement and the ability to take risks and problem solve.
Through our curriculum at Repton Manor we:
Give opportunities to interconnect our knowledge and understanding, explore and ask why.
Build strong foundations in subject knowledge and skills.
Build on successes and failures to find solutions.
Our children are given the opportunity to creatively express themselves. Passionate adults engage, inspire and challenge our children.
Through our curriculum at Repton Manor we:
Encourage exploration and experimentation.
Give opportunities for self-expression.
Allow time and space to reflect.
Communication and Language:
A child took a stroll through the Repton Manor Wood, the child saw a book and the book looked good.
The child read the book and met:
An owl who developed the child’s voice and communication.
A snake who inspired a joy of language and literature.
A fox who taught the child to be bold, brave and free.
Mental Wealth + Physical Health:
We teach our children to recognise if they are mentally and physically healthy.
Our curriculum at Repton Manor allows children to:
Recognise if / how to get help.
Prepare for lifetime wellness.
At Repton Manor Primary School, we strive to create an exciting, meaningful and challenging curriculum for all children, where excellent teaching inspires excellent learning across all subjects; a curriculum with nurture at the heart, where strong relationships promote excitement in learning and outstanding outcomes to prepare all children for a positive future.
At the heart of everything that we do at Repton Manor Primary School is our nurturing ethos, which truly has children at its centre. Our nurturing ethos drives our curriculum development. We received our nurture accreditation in 2019 and we are very proud to be the first school in Ashford to do so. We believe that in order to learn, children need to be emotionally strong and resilient. Therefore, a core principle behind all learning at Repton Manor is the development of the whole child. We believe that every child has to recognise that they are safe, happy and loved to learn well. We ensure that our children are at the centre of all that we do and that they recognise their own importance in our school family. A child’s self-esteem and self-concept is essential to their success. This is the main driving force behind our entire curriculum at Repton Manor.
We are very proud of our curriculum. It is continually reviewed and evaluated, by our whole school community, not least the children themselves, to ensure that it reflects the needs of all of our children, their families and our community. We constantly strive to offer the best learning opportunities for our children.
With our children at the heart of all of our decisions and actions, it is no surprise that our curriculum vision recognises the impact that our children will have on their own future. Our children are our future and we will do all that we can to equip them with the skills and knowledge that they need to build themselves a positive one. We value each child as an individual, each with a unique potential for learning. Our aim is to prepare every child for life beyond Repton, providing them with an exciting and empowering curriculum with the skills, knowledge and values that equip them for today, tomorrow and beyond.
At Repton Manor Primary School, we implement the 2014 National Curriculum statutory requirements in Years 1 - 6. Each subject contains essential knowledge, understanding and skills which every child should have, whilst ensuring it is motivating, fun, relevant and creative – with an emphasis on attainment and enjoyment. Community involvement is a central part of our curriculum, families are constantly invited into school to participate in sharing and celebrating experiences and forging strong relationships within the Repton community.
Our curriculum is carefully sequenced so that it is progressive and meaningful to the children. To see our Long and Medium term plans, please click the links below.
Each subject is broken down into key subject specific concepts which we believe are vital for the children to develop a full and detailed knowledge and understanding of. These are revisited throughout different Topics, within different subject domains and across different year groups, so that the children develop a sequenced and progressive understanding.
To view our subject concepts for each subject, please visit our Subject pages.
Within each subject, the key knowledge and skills have been sequenced from EYFS to Year 6. Subject Leaders have thought carefully about the key objectives which they feel our children should study.
To view our Subject Frameworks for each subject, please visit our Subject pages.
Subject End Points
The crucial objectives from each Subject Framework have been selected by Subject Leaders for each year group. These are the focus objectives which are vital for each child to develop an understanding of before they are ready to move on with the curriculum. These are called our End Points.
To view our Subject End Points for each subject, please visit our Subject pages.
Year Group Frameworks
All of our Subject Frameworks have been collated into Year Group Frameworks. These show the knowledge and skills for each subject for your child's year group.
To view our Year Group Frameworks, please visit your child's Year Group page.
Year Group End Points
All of our End Points have been collated into Year Group End Point documents. These show the key focus objectives for each child to have mastered from each subject area for their year group.
To view our Year Group End Points, please visit your child's Year Group page.
At Repton Manor Primary School, we believe that children learn best when subject matter is related to content that engages and excites them. We, alongside our wonderful children, have worked very hard to design a curriculum which is fun and exciting and which supports, challenges and extends all of our children’s learning. We believe that the best way to do this is through the teaching of inspiring topics, which reinforce basic skills and which lead to high achievement for all. We have worked hard to design unique Topics which ensure that children cover a wide range of skills and knowledge during their time at Repton Manor Primary School.
Our children are very much involved in, and at the heart of, the planning of our curriculum. When designing our unique Topic curriculum, we did so around the needs and interests of the children that attend Repton Manor Primary School. We have aimed to create a curriculum which:
Has nurture at the heart of everything we do.
Fully engages all pupils.
Provides meaningful learning opportunities through experiences that children remember and talk about.
Prepares our children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Teaches our children key Life Skills e.g. independence, resilience, enquiry etc.
Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, social and physical development of our children.
Promotes the acquisition of core skills for learning.
Provides depth in coverage of skills and knowledge in all subject areas.
Enables children to see the links between subject areas.
Allows children’s gifts and talents to be fully explored and celebrated.
Encourages greater parental and community involvement.
Encourages greater use of outdoor learning / a range of learning styles.
At Repton Manor Primary School we love and wholeheartedly value the power of a good story. We are a Storytelling school; the first in Kent, and our children’s ability to, but also their passion for, listening to, being transformed by and telling stories is key to how we feel they learn best. For this reason, each of our Topics has a linked class reader which has been carefully selected to engage and inspire our children. Stories, and storytelling principles, then form a key part of each part of our Topics. For more information on Storytelling at Repton Manor, please see the Writing page.
Our children will experience a range of different Topics throughout their time at Repton Manor Primary School. Wherever possible, we teach our foundation subjects through the Topics. Not all subjects can naturally ‘fit’ within a Topic, though, and so, to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum, these subjects are sometimes taught discretely. For example, not everything in Religious Education links effectively within a Topic and so this can be taught separately, as a Topic of its own, but links are made whenever possible.
Our Mathematics lessons are taught discretely on a weekly basis, although, if possible, links are made with the Topics being studied. Our English lessons are linked to our Topics and so children will read texts or stories related to their current Topic, or study different genres to write for a purpose linked to their Topic. Our Science lessons are linked to Topics where possible. Our Geography, History, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Computing lessons are taught primarily through our Topic curriculum, although, where links cannot be made, certain aspects may be taught discretely in that term. Foreign language lessons are taught in all classes in Key Stage 2. All classes have weekly Physical Education lessons, which are linked to Topics where possible. To find out more about how each subject is taught at Repton Manor, please visit our Subject pages.
We believe that the weekly timetable should be flexible in order for learning to ‘flow’ and be meaningful for the children. For this reason, our teachers plan their timetable each week according to the content being delivered. For example, at the beginning of a Topic the timetable may focus more heavily around Reading, to allow the children to learn skills to research and to gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, before moving onto perhaps an Art project. The timetable may then focus more heavily around Writing and Storytelling, for example, before moving onto maybe a Music project. We do not have a weekly timetable which we stick to – our lessons are planned fluidly around the needs of our children and how we believe they will learn the content the best. We carefully plan how much time we give to each learning activity. At Repton Manor we do not complete activities because they fill a slot in a timetable – but rather because we believe they are key for developing the learning of our children. Quite often activities are extended and require a sequence of lessons in order to be completed.
In order to create Awe and Wonder throughout our Topics, each Topic follows the following format:
- Stunning Start:
Each Topic begins with a Stunning Start, where teachers introduce the Topic to the children in an exciting way. This could be through a trip, a visitor, or a scene or experience created at Repton Manor.
- Class Reader:
Our Class Reader is a huge part of each Topic. Our teachers select texts which they know our children will love and enjoy and they engage the children in these texts expertly. Often, the sharing of the class reader is the part of the day which our children most look forward to.
- Big Challenges / Big Questions:
All of the learning that the children are asked to complete in their lessons will have a purpose and a real-life meaning which is relevant for our children. We feel that our children should know why they are learning various skills and that they should learn for a purpose. In each Topic, the children are presented with a variety of Big Challenges / Questions to solve. These give an exciting purpose to the children’s learning. Often, the children will become involved in planning the Topic as they will explore what they need to learn in order to solve the Big Challenge or to answer the Big Question. The children learn various skills, in a variety of subject areas, in order to complete these challenges. They then plan how they will best answer their Big Answer.
- Inspiring lessons:
All of our lessons have a purpose for the children. The children will always be aware of why it is important to learn the various skills or knowledge that they are being taught. Often, they will need the skills and knowledge to solve their Big Challenge / Question. Our skilled teachers think carefully about their children’s interests and needs when planning their lessons and they deliver lessons which engage children and excite them. The lessons are delivered using a variety of learning styles and the needs of all learners are planned for in depth.
- Marvellous Middle:
The middle of each Topic is celebrated with a Marvellous Middle. This is another event which inspires the children and which keeps the Topic alive for the children. Sometimes, the Marvellous Middle can involve a visitor or a trip, and other times it could involve an event or a production which the children are working towards.
- Fabulous Finish:
Each Topic ends with a Fabulous Finish, where the children are given opportunities to present their learning in interesting and varied ways. The Fabulous Finish is the finale to all of our Topics. This usually involves the children working towards a grand sharing of the learning that they have produced in their Topics. It could involve a production or an event led by the children. Often, the Fabulous Finish will involve parents and / or the community.
- Learning Environment:
Our teachers create awe and wonder for the children through the learning environment which they create inside and outside of the classrooms. Each classroom door is decorated for the current Topic. Often, the children are involved in creating this design and in decorating their classroom Topic door. Throughout the term, the classrooms are then transformed into the Topic being taught. The children’s amazing learning is celebrated on display and book areas are often created to fit the theme. Our corridors are also transformed by our children’s Topic learning. At the end of each Topic, the children plan, with the teachers, which learning they would like to display in the corridors and they then work as a team to create these fabulous displays.
In addition to this, we are lucky enough to have some amazing outdoor areas for our children to learn in. We have employed an Outdoor Learning Tutor who works with groups and classes of children to inspire outdoor learning. We have our own environment area within the school with a mini orchard area, a pond, a fire pit, lots of log piles and bug hotels and a wildflower meadow. We currently have plans for an outdoor classroom also. We are also lucky enough to have direct access to an area of established land which belongs to the Repton Connect Community Centre.
We are extremely lucky to have a very modern school building which has been built with many internal courtyard areas. We have put these to good use and the courtyards have now been transformed to the following areas:
A sensory garden
A growing garden
Outdoor learning spaces for our Year 1 children for Child Initiated learning
Quite outdoor learning spaces
A library pod
An Art room, complete with a pottery wheel
A DT workshop where our children learn to safely use machines for cutting, sawing, drilling, etc.
Our children complete some amazing Home Learning projects with their families. Each term they are given a choice of learning activities, encompassing a variety of learning styles, for their Home Learning. These are all centred around their Topic. Some of these tasks will be practical, but all will require the children to learn in different ways and to demonstrate a variety of different skills across different subject areas. We encourage our children to choose tasks which require different learning styles for each Topic as we hope that not only will it encourage them to develop skills in new areas, but it will also enable them to showcase areas that they have particular strengths and talents in.
Our children shape our curriculum, they are involved from the very beginning stages of planning the Topics, they help to decide the content to be taught and how it is taught, they help structure the flow and sequence of lessons, they help to decide how they will present their learning, they complete displays to celebrate their learning and they help to evaluate the curriculum throughout each Topic, giving extremely valuable feedback to our staff. Therefore, the best way to see the impact of our curriculum is to speak to our children. Our children really are the leaders of their own future and they will be more than happy to tell you about their learning. We are proud that all of our children, regardless of their ability, excel in their learning and show a high level of resilience and autonomy. When you speak with our children you will see that our curriculum values every child and nurtures all of their needs – academic, personal and social.
Malala Yousafzai said “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Through our curriculum we strive to provide our children with the life skills and experiences that they need to grow into kind, caring and responsible citizens of the future and with the independence, confidence and resilience to change their world.
If you would like to find out any more about our curriculum at Repton Manor Primary School, please ask any of our children or staff or contact the curriculum leader, Mrs Chambers.
For more information about how we make the curriculum accessible for all of our children, including those with disabilities and SEN, please see our Inclusion page.
If you would like to find out any more about our curriculum at Repton Manor Primary School, please ask any of our children or staff or contact the curriculum leader, Mr Page.