Harford Manor School

Harford Manor School

Primary Curriculum

We provide a nurturing yet challenging environment for our youngest pupils. Learning opportunities are thoroughly planned and individualised. We embrace a topic-based approach which includes opportunities for swimming, horse riding, weekly outings and regular sessions in the Sensory Room and Soft Play facility. We have a strong emphasis on nurturing autonomous learners who develop their independence, problem solving, communication and interaction skills.

We structure our curriculum using eight areas of learning:

English; Communication and Language; Expressive Arts and Design (including Art, Music and DT); Physical Development; Mathematics and Problem Solving; Personal, Social & Emotional Development; Understanding the World (including Humanities, Science, Computing & ICT); RE and Cultural Awareness. The current term contains a class-by-class breakdown. The other terms contain an overview. Please click the term you would like to view.

First Half-Term
Autumn Spring
Second Half-Term
Autumn Spring

 

 A Note About Phonics and Reading Schemes

Pupils at Harford Manor each have an SEN Support Plan (SSP). SSPs are personalised, person-centred targets which recognise the needs of students and teaching approaches are adapted accordingly. Some students benefit from phonics-based methods when introduced to the basics of reading and some pupils go on to using reading schemes, but this is not appropriate for all. From September 2015 we will be using the Jolly Phonics scheme. We currently use a range of reading schemes including Rapid Phonics, Rigby Star and Pearson Bug Club. We focus on building students' confidence in communication through a variety of methods including signing, digital augmentative communication and use of symbols. We recognise the value of a richness in experience when learning to read, whether it is the written word, photos, symbols or signing.