At Orchard Head, our curriculum is based on the September 2014 National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 and the Early Years 2012 framework in Reception. The curriculum is delivered in a combination of discrete subjects and a thematic approach.
The planned curriculum promotes learning, personal growth and development. We've developed a curriculum that makes explicit cross-curricular links with humanities, Maths, English and IT to ensure that pupils are given opportunities to apply basic skills at regular intervals throughout the year.
We aim to teach children how to grow into positive, responsible people who can work and cooperate with others, while developing knowledge, skills and attitudes to learning, so they can achieve their true potential.
At Orchard Head, we aim to offer a balanced and broad curriculum which enables all pupils to:
- Enjoy learning
- Feel successful in their learning and to promote high self esteem
- Become creative, independent learners
- Be given significant time to learn new skills and have time to practise those skills
- Have the flexibility to decide how best to learn in different situations
- Have the flexibility to decide what they are going to learn and how
- Be given the opportunity to decide upon the final outcome of their learning
- Be able to set their own targets for learning
- Know what their strengths are and which areas they need to develop
- Become successful lifelong learners who are able to reach their full potential
- Be able to evaluate and assess their own learning
- Develop their critical thinking
- Understand and value the importance of truth, fairness, right and wrong
- Nurture positive relationships promoting cooperative work
- Understand Britain’s cultural heritage
- Explore their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development
- Learn and practise the basic skills of English, Maths and computing
- Make learning more meaningful by putting it into context
- Challenge themselves and engage in deeper learning