Reading and Phonics

In Key Stage 1 all children start on the Dandelion reading books, which is a phonic reading scheme.  We also read books from Oxford Reading Tree.  All of our books have been organised into suitable reading material for specific ages.

Phonics is taught daily throughout key stage 1.  We follow the government program ‘Letters and Sounds’ but also link sounds with  ‘Jolly-Phonics’ actions.

Phonics Video Examples

Below is a series of videos to demonstrate how we teach each sound in phonics.  If you have any more questions please feel free to contact Miss Baines (English curriculum leader- KS1) or contact your child’s class teacher.

s a t p i n

m d g o c k

j v w x y z

qu ch sh ng th oa

ai ee or oo ar oi

ow ur er air ear igh ure

Creative Curriculum

At Manor Beach, we have a creative curriculum where we create different opportunities for learning. We have high aspirations for our pupils, and a creative curriculum allows them to ask questions independently, make connections between ideas, think creatively, challenge and participate effectively, and reflect on their learning.

Each class uses a creative curriculum but we also often have a whole school approach.  At the moment, we have a magical ‘Tooth and Claw Store’ in school, full of magical potions, inventions and even dragons!!  The children have gained so much from this experience and there is a definite magical ‘buzz’ around school as children are accessing different areas of the curriculum in a creative way.

The ‘Tooth and Claw Store’


National Curriculum

The National Curriculum states that all state schools in England and Wales should provide a balanced and broadly based curriculum that:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life

In primary schools, learning is organised into three phases:

  • Early Years Foundation Stage: at Manor Beach Primary School, this applies to children aged 4-5 – just our Reception Class
  • Key Stage 1: ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
  • Key Stage 2: ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)

At Key Stages 1 and 2, the statutory subjects that all pupils must study are:

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Science

Religious Education (RE) is taught in accordance with the Lancashire Education Authority’s agreed syllabus. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) must also be provided.  Both RE and PSHCE must be provided at Key Stages 1 and 2.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) is statutory in Key Stage 2, however children in Key Stage 1 are also taught a foreign language. At Manor Beach Primary School we teach French in both Key Stage 1 and 2.


Curriculum Map Red Class

Curriculum Map Orange Class

Curriculum Map Green Class

Curriculum Map Year 3

Curriculum Map Year 4

Curriculum Map Year 5

Curriculum Map Year 6