Our school's curriculum is all the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning and personal growth and development. We follow the national curriculum guidelines but we are not restricted by them. We seek the highest standards of attainment for all our children. We also value the breadth and balance of the curriculum we provide as well as the 'hidden curriculum' - what children learn from the way they are treated and expected to behave. We aim to foster creativity in our children, and to help them become independent learners. Above all we believe in making learning fun.
Our school curriculum is underpinned by the values that we hold dear at our school. The curriculum is the means by which the school achieves its objective of educating children in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives. We want children to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and cooperate with others while at the same time developing their knowledge and skills, in order to achieve their true potential. The quality of teaching, learning and behaviour are inseparable.
In Years three and four there is a traditional approach to the teaching of the core subjects: math, literacy and science. Pupils are then encouraged to focus on using their acquired skills to explore, investigate and gain knowledge through thematic learning of topics. The table below explains graphically how aspects of the curriculum are thematically integrated into the teaching timetable.
Specialist teaching staff also contribute and enrich the main subjects by providing expertise in specific areas of the curriculum such as sport, music and French.
Learning outside the classroom is encouraged and great emphasis is placed on reading for pleasure. Experienced staff guide pupils towards books that satisfy their hunger for a particular genre or interest creating a lasting legacy of Orchard: a life long love of books and reading.
Preparatory School Years 3 & 4
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