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Curriculum Overview

The school has created a recovery curriculum inline with the Government’s expectations to ensure missed learning from the Summer term 2020 is recovered. The action plan states how, as a school, we will address the needs of the pupils. To support in this, the Government has allocated funding to school and the plan outlines how this funding will be used. The effect of this spending will be assessed throughout the year, at end of Key Stage statutory tests and other formative and summative assessments.

The below information about the school’s curriculum should be back on track by the next academic year.

  • The school follows the National Curriculum and the requirements for the early years. The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that the school plans for its pupils.  The curriculum comprises the core subjects of:
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • and the foundation subjects:
  • Art and design
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
  • RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Statutory September 2020

Raising and maintaining standards at Orchard requires focus on what we do in the classroom.  Continued and sustained improvement is dependent upon improving the quality of learning and teaching that is taking place on a daily basis.  At Orchard the expectation is that all pupils are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to consistently high levels of pupil achievement. The curriculum is adapted, where necessary, to meet the needs of SEND pupils and to ensure equality of opportunity for all our pupils. See our equality page and SEND page for more information about these areas.

We expect every teacher to be a good teacher – no child deserves less.

By adopting a whole school approach to teaching and learning across the school, we aim:

  • To provide consistency of teaching and learning across the school
  • To enable teachers to teach as effectively as possible
  • To promote British values
  • To enable children to learn as well as possible
  • To give children the skills they require to become more effective lifelong learners
  • To provide an inclusive education for all children
  • To learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative, enquiry based approach to teaching and learning, where good practice is shared

Theme

At Orchard we are continually striving to adapt, alter and amend the curriculum so that the pupils receive the best quality teaching and learning possible. As of the academic year 2018-2019 we introduced a new way of delivering the curriculum in Years 1 to 6.   This curriculum is set out in themes where the children will experience six different themes a year, one per half term. Each theme encompasses the different subjects and links the learning under one theme title. The children should become immersed in the learning of that theme and use and apply their knowledge learnt to many different aspects of the theme. This approach also gives the children the opportunity to further and deepen their understanding in the foundation subjects as well as the core subjects. We hope that the children at Orchard enjoy this new way of learning and come home and talk about all the interesting activities they have been covering in their theme work.

Curriculum: Intent, Implementation and Impact

Subject Overviews

Year Group Overviews

Theme Overviews

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Nursery Autumn 1 Ourselves 982.8k

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Nursery Autumn 2 Celebrations 919.3k

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Nursery Spring 1 People Who Help Us 1001.1k

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Nursery Spring 2 Nursery Rhymes 1M

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Nursery Summer 1 Planting and Animals 1.6M

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Nursery Summer 2 Babies and Moving 1M

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Reception Autumn 1 Favourite Stories 979.7k

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Reception Autumn 2 Festivals 1M

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Reception Spring 1 Keeping Healthy and Space 988k

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Reception Spring 2 Spring and Super Heroes 1006.2k

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Reception Summer 1 Transport 914k

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Reception Summer 2 Traditional Tales 906.9k

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Year 1 Autumn 1 Marvellous Me 556.7k

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Year 1 Autumn 2 The Great Outdoors 753.8k

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Year 1 Autumn 2 The Great Outdoors 20-21 1.5M

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Year 1 Spring 1 Amazing Animals 508k

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Year 1 Spring 2 Once Upon a Time 624.8k

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Year 1 Summer 1 Time for a Change 770.1k

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Year 1 Summer 2 Fun in the Sun 268.5k

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Year 2 Autumn 1 Fire Fire! 479.8k

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Year 2 Autumn 1 Fire Fire! 20-21 1.2M

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Year 2 Autumn 2 Voyage Under the Sea 2.1M

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Year 2 Autumn 2 Voyage Under the Sea 20-21 2.7M

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Year 2 Spring 1 Inspirational People 659k

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Year 2 Spring 2 Be Our Guest 602.9k

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Year 2 Summer 1 Passports Please 458.9k

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Year 2 Summer 2 Chocolate Planet 12.1M

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Year 3 Autumn 1 Who Do You Think You Are 715k

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Year 3 Autumn 1 Who Do You Think You Are 20-21 1.4M

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Year 3 Autumn 2 Food Glorious Food 400.1k

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Year 3 Spring 1 Amazing Asia 411.1k

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Year 3 Spring 2 May the Force Be with You 2.8M

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Year 3 Summer 1 Our Wonderful World 2.6M

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Year 3 Summer 2 Having a Ball 1.1M

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Year 4 Autumn 1 Roaming the Rainforests 6.3M

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Year 4 Autumn 1 Roaming the Rainforests 2020-21 6.3M

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Year 4 Autumn 2 European Grand Tour 452.1k

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Year 4 Autumn 2 Revolutionary Romans 2020-21 4.6M

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Year 4 Spring 1 Clash of the Titans 864.2k

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Year 4 Spring 2 Battles Which Shaped the World 4.7M

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Year 4 Summer 1 Let There Be Peace 1.1M

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Year 4 Summer 2 Inventors and Inventions 763.8k

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Year 5 Autumn 1 Invaders 1.3M

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Year 5 Autumn 1 Invaders 20-21 2.4M

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Year 5 Autumn 2 All the World's a Stage 1.2M

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Year 5 Autumn 2 All the World's a Stage 20-21 2.1M

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Year 5 Spring 1 Trailblazers 1.2M

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Year 5 Spring 2 The Covenant (2019) 330.3k

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Year 5 Spring 2 The Land of the Free (2020) 311.1k

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Year 5 Summer 1 The People and Faces 753.3k

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Year 5 Summer 2 Harry Potter 3.8M

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Year 6 Autumn 1 Rich and Poor 2.4M

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Year 6 Autumn 1 Rich and Poor 20-21 2.4M

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Year 6 Autumn 2 Crime and Punishment 2M

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Year 6 Autumn 2 Crime and Punishment 2020-21 2M

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Year 6 Spring 1 Bright Sparks 351.1k

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Year 6 Spring 1 Bright Sparks 20-21 1.3M

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Year 6 Spring 2 Disasters 1.7M

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Year 6 Summer 1 A Picture Paints a Thousdand Words 392.9k

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Year 6 Summer 2 Changes 722.1k

Religious Education

All schools are also required to teach religious education – Orchard follows the scheme of work set by Hertfordshire. Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
• promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and
• prepares pupils for life in modern day Britain, learning about British values.

British Values

The school takes opportunities to promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
• democracy
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In actively promoting British Values, we will also focus on, and be able to show how our work with pupils is effective in, embedding fundamental British values. Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Further curriculum information

This page provides a summary of our school’s curriculum, if you would like more information about the curriculum at Orchard please contact the school office.

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