Upon the introduction of revised National Curriculum in September 2014, the staff of Orchard Park Primary School took the opportunity to enhance the curriculum delivered in school. Through developing an exciting topic based approach, the teaching of the basic skills of reading, writing and maths have been given real contexts that motivate pupils to achieve.
Curriculum in Context
The long term plans can be accessed for each year group via the links below. These long term plans have been carefully woven together to enable pupils to master the objectives specified for their year group. They will then apply these objectives in a range of contexts to ensure that their understanding is at a deeper level. Our half termly topics start with an emersion day (Super Starter) that spring boards all children into their new learning context. These events usually happen within the first week of the half term. At the end of half term, a second emersion day enables an 'exciting end' that pulls together all of the children's learning
Timetables vary slightly from week to week. Literacy, maths and guided reading is taught every day. Within Reception and Key Stage 1, phonics is also a daily lesson. Whenever possible, objectives are linked to the overall theme. The rest of the weekly timetable consists of the other curriculum subjects. Often, teachers block subjects for a week or two. This enables children to fully engage with that subject and this maximises their success in that particular subject. Physical Education lessons are twice weekly, giving children two hours of physical activity beyond play and lunch times.
The Broader Curriculum
At Orchard Park Primary School, all stakeholders are committed to a broad and balanced curriculum that provides opportunities for whole child development. Staff have underpinned the curriculum with a range of experiences that all pupils will encounter during their time in school. These include visits to a range of museums, work with local scientists, outdoor learning opportunities, residential trips, opportunities to perform on the stage and work with people of our community. For further information, look at the experiences map and visits map below.
Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at school, everything else around their learning depends on it. We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves as quickly as possible. This is why we have inspiring reading environments that encourage children to develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read. Click on the documents below to find out more about reading and phonics at our school.