School Curriculum

From the early days of playing in Reception to the leavers' assembly in Year 6, your child will be encouraged to learn in a variety of areas including maths, English, science, R.E., history, design and technology, P.E, geography, art, music, P.S.H.E citizenship and ICT, following the National Curriculum.

Reception (EYFS)

As your child settles into the routine of school life, he/she will learn much through structured play activities. The curriculum focuses on the following areas: personal, social and emotional development; communication and language; literacy; mathematics; understanding the world and expressive arts & design.

Year 1

Becoming more structured in its daily routine, life in Year 1 will continue building on maths and English, and begins to follow the National Curriculum. Work will be geared to the needs of the child, and children will be split into groups according to their abilities and needs. Learning will be exciting and engaging to ensure children access a full and vibrant curriculum. All children will participate in a phonics screening test. More details will be shared nearer the time.

Year 2

During Year2, children become increasingly more confident and their learning styles develop. This is harnessed by staff and the children enjoy a wide and engaging curriculum. At the end of the year all children in Year 2 must be teacher assessed, in maths, English and science. These levels are reported to the Local Authority and Parents / Carers.

Year 3 - Year 5

Children continue to build on the firm learning foundations of the previous years. Each year the children are continually challenged and opportunities for independent and collaborative work and integrated into daily learning. Throughout each year, children will be learning through exciting and stimulating topics with many opportunities for research at home and school trips to further their knowledge.

Maths and English are always high on the agenda and will be delivered in a variety of engaging ways.  

Year 6

By Year 6 we hope that all our children are able to work confidently on their own and as part of a team or group.  They have many opportunities to work in a variety of ways within a stimulating and engaging curriculum. It is an important time for Year 6 as they sit their National Tests and prepare to leave us to move on to High School. We do everything that we can to make this move as easy as smooth a transition as possible for our children.

Phonics and Reading Schemes

For reading the whole school uses the following:

  • Home Readers: Pearson Bug Club
  • Guided Reading: Lighthouse (Ginn) and Rigby Navigator
  • Phonics:Letters and sounds scheme is used following LCP Planning. Various interactive programmes are used to compliment this.


Music lessons are offered on a whole class basis, to various year groups including guitar and voice. Individual voice, violin, percussion and keyboard lessons are available. There is a charge for this service.

Health Education Programme

We aim to provide a programme which responds to each child’s needs of how his/her body is changing and growing. We aim to teach them to respect other people around them. We do this in three main ways:

  • By providing cross curriculum topic work.
  • Direct involvement with outside agencies such as the School Health Advisor and School Dentist.
  • We are a member of Dudley Health Promoting Schools.

In accordance with the 1986 Education Act, sex and relationships education will be given to Year 6 children. These lessons are conducted by school staff and usually the School Health Advisor. Parents / Carers have the option to view all teaching materials to be used. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these lessons if they so wish. It is hoped that parents will view this as just part of the curriculum.

Physical Education

All children take part in P.E. If your child is unable to do P.E because of a medical condition a full letter of explanation must be sent in to your child’s class teacher.

ALL jewellery must be removed for P.E., Games and Swimming.

Sports Day is held once a year, usually in the Summer Term.


Children in Years 4 and 5 go swimming for one and a half terms at Halesowen Leisure Centre.

Trips and Activity Days

These are organised within each year group to enhance the curriculum. These are exciting, stimulating and wonderful activities and enhance the learning opportunities for our children.

Manor Way Primary Academy
Brier Mill Road,
West Midlands.
B63 3HA
Telephone: 0121 272 7310