Curriculum Overview

Orchard Way Primary School Curriculum


The curriculum underpins all that is taught at Orchard Way and forms the basis of raising standards. We are committed to ensuring that children acquire the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to meet and often, exceed curriculum requirements. We set high standards and are focused in our efforts to help pupils meet these.

We are an inclusive school and support the needs of all learners, including those with additional needs.  We believe that every child has different strengths and can make progress, irrespective of their starting place.  We endeavour to inspire pupils to recognise their own potential and support their learning towards achieving it.

All maintained schools are required to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for their pupils which:

  • promotes their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development
  • prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life

Our curriculum is intended to stimulate and inspire young learners.  Our topic based approach provides opportunities for breadth and balance of National Curriculum content, whist developing creative opportunities for pupils to understand how learning in different subjects is linked.  Our use of specialists to teach French, PE, Dance and Music ensures that all pupils are benefiting from teaching by experts who are passionate about their chosen area.

Our curriculum is taught in accordance with the National Curriculum (2014). Children in years 1 to 6 receive a daily literacy and numeracy lesson and other subjects include:  History, Geography, P.E (Physical Education), Science, ICT (Information Technology), Art, DT (Design Technology), Music, French, R.E. (Religious Education) and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education).

Termly curriculum overviews for each year group can be found on our website under ‘Curriculum’.  These overviews inform parents of topics and subject content their children will be learning, as well as important information relating to events such as PE days, and trips.  Please see Year Group Termly Overviews for specific termly  information, here you will also be able to find information about National Curriculum expectations for each year group.

To find out how we develop children's reading and writing skills, including phonics, see English at Orchard Way