At Orchard Primary School we follow the 2014 National Curriculum for English. Our key aim is to ensure that all pupils become clear, confident communicators in both their spoken and written word. We teach speaking and listening skills from the very first day in our school and constantly build on these important skills as they develop throughout Key Stage One and into Key Stage Two.
A key focus in Key Stage One is delivering high quality phonics work, following ‘Letters and Sounds’ which provides children with a firm foundation for spelling, reading and writing. In addition to phonics, we also teach children to read confidently. They learn de-coding skills; how to segment words and sound them out with increasing fluency and accuracy, as well as recognising common words on sight. They also learn comprehension skills, how to understand what they read and how to use these skills to infer meaning and deduce information.
The children continue to develop these skills to become fluent, enthusiastic readers who respond thoughtfully and well to the wide variety of books they read. Children are also actively encouraged to research topics and read for information as well as pleasure.
Writing is taught using first hand experiences: using speaking and listening, drama and reading to capture the imagination! From our reception class, children will be encouraged to write in a variety of genres and build on this as they continue to develop their writing skills throughout Key Stage One and Two. They will write for a variety of audiences and purposes to become fluent, confident writers who understand and use a variety of writing forms. Spelling strategies and grammar are taught alongside reading and writing and children are encouraged to apply this in their independent writing. All children are taught to write using a joined writing style and to take pride and care in the presentation of their work.
At Orchard Primary School we want all our children to love maths and develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our aims are for children to explore mathematics through practical activities, real-life problems and investigations. We follow the Primary National Curriculum and use a range of resources to encourage deep understanding of mathematical concepts through carefully planned questions and activities that generate discussion.
At Orchard Primary School science begins at the earliest stages in Nursery and Reception where we develop children’s knowledge of the world around us. We encourage children to investigate and question what they find through practical learning experiences.
As children develop through KS1 and KS2 we encourage children to use their knowledge to predict outcomes, carry out increasingly complex investigations and consider fair testing. The National Curriculum areas covered in science include life processes, materials and their properties and physical processes.
Our aims in computing are to familiarise children with all aspects of modern technology and to promote their confidence, increasing their capability to use computing in later life. We teach the computing skills as a specific subject and also integrate computing across the curriculum.
We teach the children how to use word publishing and processing facilities, how to store and retrieve information, how to use databases and spreadsheets and how to use logo and programmable toys e.g. roamers for control. We also place an emphasis on learning how a computer works and the importance of e-safety.
Geography, History, Art, Design and Technology, French, Music, PSHE.
Our curriculum is designed to offer a wide range of balanced learning opportunities to help your child to grow into a responsible and independent young person.
Although our curriculum is underpinned by the aims of the National Curriculum, there are other planned opportunities that make up the wider school curriculum. Where links can be made subjects are taught creatively in a cross curricular thematic approach. The curriculum is planned following the skills identified in the National Curriculum for all primary aged children. At Orchard we value a creative curriculum which engages children’s natural inquisitive minds and is relevant to their lives.
Each team plans this on a 2 or 3 year cycle ensuring that all of the National Curriculum or Early Years Foundation Stage objectives are covered.
We often link themed topic days and visits to our creative curriculum topics and take great pride in making them interactive and fun!
Please see our class pages for this terms exciting topics!
Music is integral to our pupils life’s at Orchard. Music lessons are taught discretely, through topics and as a whole school through singing assemblies. We are very lucky to have a pianist that comes into school on a regular basis to sing with each key stage.
We pride ourselves on our yearly stunning productions:
Foundation Stage – Christmas
Key Stage One – Christmas
Key Stage Two – Christmas Carol Concert led by Year 5.
Year 3 and 4 – Easter Production
Year 6 – Summer Production
These are always very well attended by parents and are a highlight of our school year.
Children in year 3 also get to learn the chalumeau and children in year 4 the ukulele.
Children then have the opportunity in Years 5 and 6 for clarinet tuition.
At Orchard Primary School we pride ourselves on the P.E curriculum we deliver.
Each class from Reception to Year 6 has a designated PE lesson with a specialist sports coach once a week.
ALL children from Years 1-4 have swimming lessons on a weekly basis throughout the year.
We also have many outside coaches come in for specific lessons including gymnastics, athletics, hockey and cricket.
We offer lots of sports after school clubs and are active members in lots of sporting competitions.
We are proud to have been awarded the Active Gold Mark for P.E at Orchard Primary School.
At Orchard Primary School we believe that Religious Education (RE) is vital to the children’s well-being and helps prepare children for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We value RE for its contribution to the development of the children’s own beliefs and values, and sense of identity.
RE is statutory for all registered pupils on the school roll. The school follows the Nottinghamshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE and suitable alternative provision will be made.
Below you will find an overview of what your child will be expected to learn in each of the Key Stages.
During the foundation stage, children begin to explore the world of religion in terms of special people, books, times, places and objects, visiting places of worship and through celebration. Children listen to and talk about stories. They are introduced to specialist words and use their senses in exploring religious beliefs, practices and forms of expression. They reflect upon their own feelings and experiences. They use their imagination and curiosity to develop their appreciation and wonder of the world in which they live.
At Key Stage One children learn about different beliefs about God and the world around them. They encounter and respond to a range of stories, artefacts and other religious materials. They learn to recognise that beliefs are expressed in a variety of ways, and begin to use specialist vocabulary. They begin to understand the importance and value of religion for believers, especially other children and their families.
Children ask relevant questions and develop a sense of wonder about the world, using their imaginations. They talk about what is important to themselves and others, valuing themselves, reflecting on their own feelings and experiences and developing a sense of belonging.
At key stage 1 children should study Christianity and Judaism, in particular, with examples drawn from other religions and consider non-religious worldviews, as appropriate.
At key stage 2 children investigate and consider the impact of religion and belief locally, nationally and globally. They make connections between different aspects of religion and belief and consider different forms of religious expression. They consider the beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life central to religion. They learn about sacred texts and other sources of wisdom and consider their meanings. They begin to recognise diversity in religion, learning about similarities and differences both within and between religions and the importance of dialogue between them. They extend the range and use of specialist vocabulary. They recognise the challenges involved in distinguishing between ideas of right and wrong, and valuing what is good and true. They communicate their ideas clearly, recognising other people’s viewpoints. They consider their own beliefs and values and those of others in the light of their learning in religious education.
At Key stage 2 children study, in a more systematic way, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam and other non-religious worldviews such as Humanism. But references, illustrations and examples can also be drawn from Buddhism and Sikhism, as appropriate.