At Orchard Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced to ensure every child reaches their full potential and has access to a range of educational experiences whatever their starting points or circumstance. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014.
Pupils at Orchard are provided with a clear progression of opportunity to engage with, and be part of, a rich, varied and comprehensive curriculum that reflects the interests of the school, its staff, pupils, parents and the wider national and global communities. Although literacy and mathematics are planned for discreetly in weekly plans, many topic areas are relevant in these lessons, particularly through the choice of texts and writing outcomes in literacy. Whole school approaches to reading support quality teaching and learning.
Specialist teachers support the teaching of music, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and the creative curriculum. Subject leaders are given opportunity to develop their own subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they can support curriculum development in the subjects they lead. Theme weeks, trips and opportunities to engage in workshops within and outside school enrich and develop the children’s learning. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils and their understanding of the core values of our society are woven through the curriculum.
We set high expectations for every pupil. We aim to stretch the most able pupils by planning suitable and relevant learning challenges but also plan carefully for the needs of pupils who belong to vulnerable groups including ensuring that the needs of pupils with SEND are fully met.
Developing independent, resilient, inspired and motivated life-long learners with a sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all of our teaching and learning.
What do we teach at Orchard?
The core subjects are
- Literacy (Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening)
The Foundation Subjects are
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
- Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
- Physical Education
- Humanities incorporating Geography and History.
- Religious Education
- Design Technology
- Creative Arts
Click on the year group below to see the year overview:
Click on a year group below to see the themes taught each term:
If you would like to know more about the National Curriculum and the content of our schemes of work please visit.
or for children under 5 years: