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Curriculum Intent

Orchard Park Community Primary School is a place where children are empowered to reach their full potential, with the highest possible aspirations and passion for learning. With values and respect, our children are confident to move from our nurturing environment to explore and succeed in the wider world.


Our curriculum has been designed to realise our mission statement for each and every pupil.  


  • It is based on developing children’s knowledge and understanding through a vocabulary rich, text driven curriculum.  

  • It is broad yet carefully woven together to bring sense and meaning across all subjects.

  • It develops children’s cultural capital using real life experiences to engage and inspire.

  • It is underpinned by core values that fosters strong emotional literacy

  • It is sequential and progressive, developing the necessary knowledge and core skills needed for the next stage  of education. 

  • It is representative of our rich diverse community

  • It is adapted to meet the needs of all learners.

Curriculum in Context


The long term plans for each subject can be found below.   Within each pack, you will find... 

These long term plans have been carefully woven together to enable pupils to master the knowledge and skills specified for each year group.   Our half termly topics start with an emersion day (WOW day) that spring boards all children into their new learning context. These events usually happen within the first week of the half term.  At the end of half term, a second emersion day enables an 'exciting end' that pulls together all of the children's learning.




Breadth and Depth


At Orchard Park Primary School, all stakeholders are committed to a broad and balanced curriculum that provides opportunities for whole child development.  Staff have underpinned the curriculum with a range of experiences that all pupils will encounter during their time in school.  These include visits to a range of museums, work with local scientists, outdoor learning opportunities, residential trips, opportunities to perform on the stage and work with people of our community.  For further information, look at the experiences map and visits map below.




Learning to read is one of the most important things your child will learn at school, everything else around their learning depends on it.  We want your child to love reading and to want to read for themselves as quickly as possible.  This is why we have inspiring reading environments that encourage children to develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.  




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Physical Education

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Art & Design

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Design Technology

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Whole School Topic Overview


Please click here for more information on the National Curriculum.