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Ladybird Cluster - First School

First School (Ladybird Cluster) is made up of the youngest students in the school, from Nursery through to Year 3.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The EYFS consists of seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial; these are the prime areas for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and be independent. The prime areas are: Communication and Language; Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. There are also four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are: Literacy; Mathematics; Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design.

Once a student has exceeded the Early Learning goals of the EYFS, they begin learning objectives from the Manor Green curriculum. These strands form targets on students’ individual ACE plans, which are reflected and updated termly. The ACE model is a holistic approach to student learning, which mirrors the EYFS framework of ‘Every Child Matters’. All classes in First School have a Learning Journey display to showcase students’ progress over a term. Students also have their own Learning Journey to record their progress over a year.

We use the Characteristics of Effective Learning model, alongside our Golden Rules, to celebrate and promote individual's attitudes to learn. We have a strong emphasis on learning through play throughout and our planning and teaching is guided by the student's current interest. Our weekly timetable ensures that phonics, mathematics, swimming and physical development is also embedded, as well as the student's individual therapy programmes.


Puffin Cluster - Towards Independence

Puffin Cluster classes are working Towards Independence.


Puffin Cluster is made up of year groups 4-9. The five Puffin Cluster classes are grouped according to student need and the curriculum delivers the following areas of education; PSHE, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science, Humanities, DT/ Art and Food technology. The curriculum is highly differentiated to meet the needs of the students, with teachers using Classroom Monitor to set targets and assess progress. Ace plans are also incorporating advice and targets from therapists.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development
PSHE is delivered through discreet lessons and in a cross-curricular way following a specially designed Manor Green PSHE curriculum. Through PSHE we teach and support our students to develop a positive self-image, become able to recognise and deal with different emotions and improve social skills as well as approaching important topics such as stranger danger, bullying and internet safety.

English is taught in specific sessions as well as being embedded in the learning environment and across all areas of the curriculum. Throughout the daily routine we exploit opportunities for practising and developing communication and literacy skills. We follow the Ruth Miskin (Read Write Inc.) literacy scheme, which uses high quality synthetic phonics to develop important word recognition and language comprehension processes. This scheme provides a lively, structured and, above all, rigorous approach to the teaching of phonics and literacy as a whole. A multi-sensory approach is promoted so that children learn using visual, auditory and kinaesthetic activities, which are designed to secure essential phonic knowledge and skills. A range of high-frequency words are gradually introduced through the context of the storybooks. We provide 1:1 sessions for those students who require extra support.

At Manor Green School we encourage all of our students to gain the skills and confidence to progress their reading ability and enjoyment of books.

Maths is taught in specific lessons. Children develop their understanding of number and counting through tasks and games. All areas of the mathematics’ curriculum are covered and delivered to the students in an appropriate way, depending on their level of understanding. We also introduce Active Maths to support learning through movements and interactive approach.

Physical Education

Physical development is delivered through the Real PE programme which focuses on fundamental movement. The areas covered are Physical, Social, Personal, Health and Fitness and Cognitive and Creative to encourage cross curricular learning. Physical development is also promoted through therapy targets, with some children also having rebound therapy. We also broaden the children’s experiences in physical development by inviting in outside agencies and coaches, as well as participating in local competitions and games. 

Science and Humanities

These subject are taught as part of the termly topics and as discreet subjects. Lessons will encourage children to explore and understand the world around them through a sensory and practical approach to learning. We will use our local environment to provide our children with a broad range of learning experiences through Educational visits. 

Students are encouraged to use their ICT knowledge and skills throughout their days. Lessons across the curriculum will exploit opportunities for practicing, developing and embedding basic ICT skills and there are also discrete lessons that focus on particular ICT skills. 

Phoenix Cluster - Towards Independence


Phoenix Cluster is made up of year groups 10-14. The three Phoenix Cluster classes are grouped according to student need and the cluster delivers a diverse curriculum based on the students’ destination. For two classes we introduced a specially designed Life Skills’ curriculum that delivers cross curricular learning, while the third class is preparing to achieve the Entry Level qualification in English Maths and PSE. The curriculum is highly differentiated to meet the needs of the students, with teachers using Classroom Monitor to set targets and assess progress. ACE plans are also incorporating advice and targets from therapists. Various communication styles are used within the cluster. Some students are symbol users, whilst others use spoken language.

Life Skills Curriculum

The curriculum was introduced in 2018 with the aspiration of providing a holistic, cross- curricular approach for our students. The areas covered are cooking, domestic and personal skills and travel training. During these practical sessions students cover basic and practical areas of English, Maths and Science.

The Framework is differentiated to meet the needs of the students; most areas of learning also link to the AQA Unit Award Scheme. The units are selected to match the ability of the students and the learning area and units are submitted for certification on a regular basis.

PSHE is embedded into the daily routine. Some classes are following ASDAN PSD modules that are submitted for accreditation once a year.  Other classes are using ASDAN Towards Independence modules that encourage students to develop a positive self-image, become able to recognise and deal with different emotions, improve social skills and independence skills.

TOPICs such as Fundamental British Values, Internet and road safety and stranger danger are important.

One class is following a more structured timetable, as they are preparing for controlled assessments in English and Maths. Manor Green School follows the AQA exam board to accredit the students’ modules.

Useful websites which support children’s learning include; CBeebies; Sparklebox; Priory Woods School; Primary Resources and Primary Interactive.


Specialist Cluster - Orchard

The Orchard Cluster is a highly structured environment for students with Autism where we have a higher ratio of adults to students. The curriculum is highly differentiated to meet the needs of the students with a focus on developing their independence and planning of the next step in their education or life journey. 

As well as a highly structured, visual environment, we enhance our curriculum with the following strategies/ programmes, depending on the needs of the student:

TEACCH is a highly structured programme which includes the students completing short, achievable tasks at their work station. It aims to build independence and self-esteem in students as well as develop their skills in particular curriculum areas. 

PECS ‘Picture Exchange Communication system’: PECS is designed to teach functional communication skills with an initial focus on spontaneous communication.

Lego Therapy: the purpose of Lego Therapy is to help students to develop their social and interaction skills through a highly structured small group activity. The activity involves working together and taking on different roles to construct Lego models following clear diagrams.

TAC PAC is an activity that combines touch and music to promote communication and social interaction, sensory, neurological and emotional development.

We are supported by Speech and Language Therapists to implement specific strategies, including intensive interaction and bucket group. Our Occupational Therapists support the implementation of students' OT targets, sensory diets and sensory integration programmes, where applicable.


Specialist Cluster - Usborne

Age range and communication styleUsborne cluster is working towards independence and is made up of year groups 3-14. There are various communication styles used within the cluster. Some students are symbol users whilst others use spoken language or AAC devices.

Curriculum / Qualifications / Accreditation (Working Towards)
The cluster is following a specialised sensory curriculum designed for Manor Green School and follow a cross curricular approach. The curriculum topics are based on the International Primary Curriculum especially focusing on improving communication.

The class timetables include therapy based sessions such as Bucket, Let’s Connect and Soundboard.

Sensory curriculum

 The topics of this year are 
Term 1 – All about Me (The Perfect Hug)
Term 2 – Family and Friends (Cloudland)
Term 3 – Seasons and Celebration (Jack Frost)
Term 4 – Houses and Homes, Sand and Water (Sharing a Shell)
Term 5 – Animals, Patterns (Bring the Rain to the Capity Plain)
Term 6 – Plants and Flowers (Secret Garden)

Cluster specific information: e.g. Therapies
Students have their physiotherapy and occupational and speech and language therapy programmes delivered by classroom staff and monitored by therapists.



Penguin Cluster is made up of Year groups 4-9. The classes are grouped according to student need and communication style. The curriculum delivers topic themed learning with the emphasis on ‘Independence’.

Teachers use Classroom Monitor to set specific academic Manor Green targets – based on the Rising Stars’ curriculum for Maths and English, in addition to integrating individual targets based on the students’ needs and therapies. Topic based AQA Unit Awards are incorporated into the teaching and learning of the majority of subjects, allowing for the option of certification once complete. Students follow the RWI Literacy Programme, read daily and visit the library every week.

With the emphasis on ‘Independence’, students participate in a broad range of subjects and extra-curricular activities. The curriculum is enhanced with opportunities for cross-curricular project based learning, Enterprise and STEM Employability Skills and student led enterprise events. Targets are again set on Classroom Monitor for Communication and Enterprise. PE and PSED are embedded into the weekly timetables alongside Food Technology, ICT and regular off-site visits and sporting events. Students also have opportunities for on-site work experience and weekly enrichment.


Oxford Cluster is made up of Year groups 10-14. The classes are currently grouped by Key Stage, with two KS4 and one KS5 class. The emphasis within this cluster is ‘Independence’.  All students within this cluster are working towards accredited qualifications, with assessments taking place each term. 

Teachers use Classroom Monitor to set targets in Maths and English based on the students’ assessment path in addition to integrating individual targets based on their needs and therapies.  Students also work towards an accreditation in PSE from Entry 1 through to Level 2.  In order to prepare students for ‘moving on’ students participate in work experience opportunities both on and off-site and undertake further study exploring routes into work and the skills needed to communicate effectively within the work place. There are also opportunities for supported internships, with some students working off-site a few days a week.

With the emphasis on ‘Independence’, students participate in practical Life Skill opportunities and enrichment pathways. ‘Pathways’ give our young adults a choice in their learning and allows them to direct their extended learning by choosing an appropriate pathway, which in most cases has a linked accreditation. Learning is purposeful and is reinforced by real life opportunities where possible.

Some students may be keen to explore ‘moving on’ sooner. We help students to complete college applications, research courses and support them to make successful transitions when moving forward to achieve their goals and aspirations.