THE ORCHARD CURRICULUM
The government requires schools to work within the framework of the New National Curriculum. In keeping with this, the subjects studied by our children are:
Mathematics, English, Science, Information Communication Technology, Design Technology, History, Geography, Citizenship, Art & Design, Music and PE, Religious Education, Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC).
For a taste of our broad, balanced and exciting curriculum which incoporates all aspects of SMSC and Universal or British Values, please click on the link below:
Some of the unique features of our curriculum are that:
1) The children are taught Arabic as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) and
2) Islamic Studies by specialist teachers.
The Arabic curriculum is designed in keeping with the teaching of any other modern froreign language such as French, German or Spanish. As such our aim is that pupils learn the grammar, reading, writing and conversational skills related to Arabic, in keeping with appropriate age related expectations for a primary school. At Orchard, some of the children have Arabic as their first language and they are able to help their peers in lessons. Some of the fun events related to Arabic have been outlined below
This was a fun event where Orchard pupils learned Arabic alongside visiting pupils from other schools, with help from their teachers. There was an assembly at the end of the day which included Arabic nasheed singing, sharing of work and prayers. The visiting pupils had fun exploring the Orchard Adventure Zone too!
Later on in the day, 15 children from our neighbouring school Christchurch Streatham C of E School took part in an Arabic workshop led by a group more able Arabic learners from Orchard. The visitors learned some basic phrases and looked at items from Eygpt – a country where Arabic is spoken. It gave them some insight into Arab culture. It was an enjoyable day for all!
Our teaching aims to enable pupils to:
- Gain a secure knowledge and understanding of Islam
- Be introduced to some of the religions represented in the local community
- Learn to respect people of different faiths
- Mature in their own beliefs, values and behaviour
- Reflect on religious beliefs and practices.
Our Islamic Ethos pervades all aspects of school life; children and adults are encouraged to treat others with kindness, consideration and respect. This creates a happy environment in which all members of the school feel a sense of belonging.
FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM
The curriculum is organised into termly whole school themes.
Our aim is to deliver the curriculum in a way that helps us to secure excellent rates of attainment and progress for all learners:
- Strong cross-curricular links made to ensure learning is meaningful, challenging and engaging
- Lessons providing first hand experiences and practical tasks through use of a range of resources (e.g. ICT, educational visits, visitors into school, the school grounds and special events)
- Learning taking place in a variety of teaching groups (e.g. whole-class, small groups, paired work and individual activities)
- Pupils engaged in evaluating their own learning through self and peer assessment and adult feedback and support
- Strong home/school links (e.g. termly class newsletter, several pieces of homework each week, special events and curriculum workshops for parents)
Additional provision is organised to enrich learning and meet the needs of groups and individuals e.g.
- SEND support programmes
- Focus on attainment and progress of Pupil Premium pupils (Looked After Children and those that are eligible for Free School Meals)
- Mentoring support
- Booster groups
- Maths masterclasses
- Workshops at neighbouring schools
- Homework catch up time
- After school clubs
Music / Nasheed
The teaching of music incorporates pupils development of aspects such learning to perform nasheeds (songs in keeping with our Islamic ethos) and understanding and exploring how music is created, produced and communicated, including the use of pitch, duration, rhythm, etc.
Singing at Orchard School
Singing is built into the curriculum in a cross-curricular way to enhance learning. For example, the children in Early Years may learn their numbers, etc. through fun songs! In addition, children take part in nasheed singing assemblies. They really enjoy these sessions and it also supports in building their self-esteem and confidence! See some of the feedback from our pupils below:
CURRICULUM MAPS – outlining all aspects of the curriculum
The curriculum map for each year group can be found on the year group page.