Orchard Primary Academy follows the National Curriculum to ensure children receive a wide and balanced curriculum. Teachers use the programs of study and age related expectations to plan and deliver appropriate lessons across all subjects.
Our approach to the curriculum is one that allows children to investigate and develop a love for learning. We encourage children to be life-long, inquisitive learners through challenge, problem solving and application.
Please click on the link below to access the National Curriculum:
In order to ensure we deliver high-quality phonics on a daily basis, we follow the 'Letters and Sounds' strategy. This strategy allows us to plan and deliver phonics teaching at every phase of the child's development.
We use the 'Reading Explorers' strategy to deliver daily guided reading sessions in Y2 and Key Stage 2. The strategy is skill-based and runs as a 4-day model, with the fifth day used to further develop particular reading skills known as 'Free-Friday'.
This acclaimed series provides teachers with a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, which will allow children to access, interpret and understand what they are reading.
It increases the child's knowledge and understanding of why certain words are chosen by an author. It gives the reader the chance to speculate on the tone and purpose of the texts, as well as consider both the texts' themes and audience.
The reading skills covered in this programme are:
Literal: retrieval of specific information
Evaluative & Summative assessment of text
Vocabulary Development: Word Knowledge & Word Choice
Study Skills that promote wider independent study