Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed around a theme each half term that is designed to enthuse and inspire the children. We offer a range of learning linked trips, curriculum days, special events and residential visits designed to enrich and provide experience beyond the classroom. These include Forest Schools, taking part in math's challenge days, attending sporting events at the local secondary school and visiting places such as Youlbury and Eyam.

Foundation Stage

When the children begin school their learning is organised into areas of learning:-

·         Personal, Social and Emotional Development

·         Communication and Language

·         Literacy

·         Mathematics

·         Understanding of the World

·         Physical Development

·         Expressive Arts and Design

Learning takes place through play, exploration, problem solving and interaction with others. Teaching input is done in small groups and in short sessions which build, to allow the children’s concentration skills to develop. Our Early Years practitioners are skilled at supporting the children’s learning to ensure that good progress is made. Children in Foundation Stage will join the older children gradually as their confidence grows. Children will build on their phonetic understanding through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme.

Key Stage One

We aim to make transition from Foundation Stage into Key Stage One as seamless as possible. The subjects English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Physical Education, Information Technology, Personal, Social, Health Education and Religious Education are presented to the children in a similar play based, exploratory manner as Foundation Stage. Phonics continues with the ‘Letters and Sounds’ Programme.

Key Stage Two

The curriculum in Key stage Two follows on with the same areas of learning as Key Stage One with languages, swimming and the opportunity to begin to learn an instrument added. The Key Stage Two working day is slightly longer than that of Key stage one and so the children do not take an afternoon break on a regular basis.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

We are committed to all the children at Orchard Meadow having access to a full and enjoyable curriculum. Teachers work closely with parents to ensure that the curriculum offered meets the needs of every child.

For more information regarding the curriculum paths we follow, please contact us on 01865 778609