Please find here a copy of the letter sent home to all parents on the morning of Tuesday 17th March, regarding school work for students self isolating.
As a school, we have risk assessments, emergency plans and contingencies in place should we have to close either partially or fully, due to government instruction or significant staff absence. In the event of any closure, we will inform you via email or text message and a message on our school website. Our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) will also carry the message.
In the event of any whole school closure, work will be made available on Showbie by your child’s teachers. Many classes in school are already doing this. We are very fortunate in being an iPad school, this will allow the vast majority of students to access revision or work remotely from home. However, we would be grateful if you could inform us as soon as possible (via a note in your child’s planner to be shown to his/her tutor) of any difficulty with this – in which case additional contingencies will be made for your child.
However, we are very aware that some students are now having to self-isolate to follow Public Health England and the government’s guidance. We understand that this can cause worry, but whilst the school is open, we cannot set work on an individual basis due to the numbers involved.
Instead, for self isolating students, there are a number of home learning websites, which will consolidate the learning that has been going on in lessons. Our first recommendation is to check Showbie, as a lot of the work going on in lessons is also being uploaded to Showbie. Please do not worry about your child ‘falling behind’ or missing out, as contingencies are now being rolled out throughout our curriculum.
Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8) is mapped out here to and we can highly recommend these websites:
The mapping of our Key Stage 4 curriculum will follow soon, however students on GCSE courses should be aware of the content they have recently been studying. In addition, on the reverse of this letter are specific websites for a variety of individual subjects (the links can be found here: tinyurl.com/um3nstn . Again, we would recommend these for students who are self-isolating. In the event of a whole school closure, staff will post appropriate work on their Showbie class pages, which will take priority.
We will continue to keep you informed of any updates as soon as we get them and thank you for your understanding and support at this very unique and challenging time.
Vice Principal (Curriculum)
Specific Links for each subject area:
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The organisation and delivery of the curriculum at Manor CE Academy has always been key to our success. Whilst we are an Academy we value the breadth of the National Curriculum and therefore follow it. We also believe that effective curriculum design requires essential concepts and knowledge to be planned and “sequenced” with end points and building blocks carefully thought out. We also make sure students can learn for the ‘long term’ and develop their skills of memory.
Our full curriculum policy sets out our curriculum intent (the aims of our programme of education, including the knowledge and skills to be gained at each stage); curriculum implementation (how we select, sequence and structure our curriculum to best suit our students) and how we measure the impact (how we evaluate what knowledge and skills students have gained against our expectations).
The curriculum at Manor Academy is split into two key stages. Key Stage 3 runs from Year 7 into Year 8, and Key Stage 4 runs from Year 9 to Year 11. Students study a wide range of subjects through Key Stage 3 and we try to encourage a good breadth of subjects as options for Key Stage 4 as well. As Manor is a church school, all pupils take Religious Studies as a GCSE. The government actively encourages schools to ensure EBacc subjects are available to all pupils. The Ebacc comprises English, mathematics, science, history or geography and a foreign language. Performance within these subjects make up 70% of key government measures, with the remaining 30% for all other subjects.
Students follow the programme of study of the National Curriculum and take the full range of subjects
All students study English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies (personal, social and health education and citizenship). In addition, non-examination subjects of Enrichment and core PE are followed. Students must also, in the majority of cases, study a Modern Foreign Language (French or German).
In addition, students have access to study further optional courses. Courses are available in the following areas:
Other optional courses available are Child Development and the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) with Wider Key Skills.
There is also a comprehensive Foundation Learning strand of courses which are offered to students with specific requirements. Please note that the curriculum offer changes on annual basis.
In the Sprin term of Year 8, parents and students are informed about the choices available and the work to be covered in each course. Students are offered advice before any decisions are made. Students receive advice from subject teachers and an independent Careers Adviser.
Cross-curricular skills are developed throughout Key Stage 4, in ICT, economic and industrial understanding, enterprise education, environmental education and citizenship. PE and Enrichment are taught as non-accredited core subjects.
Year 7 and 8
Students are taught mainly in mixed ability forms with some setting in certain areas (Maths in Years 7 & 8, MFL in Year 8 and Science in Year 8).
Years 9, 10 and 11
Students are divided into sets for Mathematics, English, Science, Religious Studies and Core-PE. For Option subjects, they are taught in groups according to their choice of subject and the examination level to which the subject is taught. Options are blocked according to students’ preference and not in pre-defined blocks.
Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information about our Curriculum
Vice Principal: Attainment and Progress – Mr A Hill
Email: email@example.com Phone: 01904 798722
Manor CE Academy is committed to the provision of high-quality education for all students but recognises the need to make additional provision for students who are able, gifted and talented. All students have the right to equality of opportunity; to experience teaching which allows them to move forward in their learning and to be provided with opportunities and appropriate support to meet their individual needs. We are committed to:
A gifted student is one who has the potential to excel automatically in one or more subjects such as English, Drama, Technology or Mathematics. A talented student is one who has the ability to excel in practical skills such as Sport, Leadership or Artistic Performance (Government Definition – April 2008). An able student is identified using a variety of methods such as National tests, Cognitive Ability Tests in Year 7, teacher assessment and nomination. This is a continuous whole school process.
All students are encouraged to aim for academic success. They are entered for GCSE examinations in the syllabus appropriate to their abilities. Most students will be entered for 10 subjects. Parents are informed of the entries being made on behalf of their child. Where appropriate, students may be encouraged to take different routes of accreditation.
Examination Subjects offered
Science triple – Physics, Chemistry & Biology
Science – Core Science
Science – Additional Science
Art and Design
Design and Technology – Product Design
Design and Technology – Textiles Technology
Design and Technology – Food Technology
Information and Communication Technology
CoPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness)
Wider Key Skills
BTEC Home Cooking Skills
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