Orrets Meadow's Curriculum

Orrets Meadow Curriculum Aims and Values


To ensure all our children are at the centre of a broad, varied and interesting learning experience that is enjoyable and relevant for the future. Our creative, multisensory curriculum will create a sense of awe and wonder and help to inspire a lifelong love of learning. The holistic nature of our practice will promote positive mental health and well-being and will enhance our children’s life skills, social skills and cultural awareness.


Our curriculum will promote a range of values including:

  • Respect              
  • Empathy
  • Responsibility
  • Equality
  • Independence
  • Happiness
  • Resilience
  • Gratitude

Our New Curriculum - September 2019 onwards

We are busy designing our new curriculum which will showcase the aims and values. All of our stakeholders were surveyed about what they believe are the most important factors for our pupils when planning our new curriculum.

Our mornings will continue to focus on Phonics, English, Arithmetic and Mathematics, as these multi-sensory, over learning approaches to teaching basic skills are proven to successfully meet the needs of our pupils and ensure maximum progress.

Our new afternoon curriculum will include discrete social skills, life skills and PSHE sessions timetabled weekly for every class. We will continue to ensure every child receives 2 hours of PE every week and we continue to make sure every child is taught the local RE syllabus through discrete lessons and themed religious weeks.

Computing skills will be taught weekly every other half term and the skills will be applied in our new exciting themed topics.

Science will be taught in themed weeks, once every half term and the weeks will end with a Science Investigation Day on the topic they have been studying.

We are introducing a new Global Curriculum called 'Learning means the World' for all our other subjects. The curriculum is innovative, forward-thinking and highly relevant. Our pupils will be thoroughly engaged as they tackle challenging and inspiring topics and issues. 

It has been written with world issues in mind and is centred around 4Cs:-

  • Communication
  • Conflict
  • Conservation
  • Culture
The curriculum is theme based and consists of themes, broken down into the following phases:
  • Explorers 
  • Pathfinders 
  • Adventurers                                         

We have the freedom to teach the National Curriculum in line with our pupils' specific need and we believe our new skills curriculum for September 2019 meets the values and aims which our stakeholders requested at the start of the consultation. We are excited to teach our new curriculum and see the impact it has on our pupils' academic and whole well being.

National Curriculum

From September 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced for primary schools. Teachers have worked hard devising a new curriculum, which is progressive in skills, meets the national requirements and meets the needs of the pupils who attend Orrets Meadow. 

The national changes affect all curriculum areas with children expected to reach higher standards in Maths and English. Below you can see the expectations for each year group. As many of the children who attend Orrets Meadow have literacy and/or numeracy difficulties, they are likely to be working below the expectations for their age range and so may not be working at their correct age curriculum. 

The English Curriculum
The curriculum for English is knowledge-based; this means it's focus is on knowing facts as well as developing skills and understanding. There is an increased emphasis on the technical aspects of language. English is set out year by year in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and two-yearly in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6). There is specific content to be covered in the areas of spelling and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. These are set out for each year group across both key stages. Mastery of English skills, both in Reading and Writing, are a priority at Orrets.

Phonics at Orrets Meadow

At Orrets Meadow we teach our own discrete phonics programme which we call the 'Core Programmes for Literacy'. Children with Dyslexia have barriers to learning learning phonics. We find a structured programme, with lots of opportunities for overlearning, delivered in a multisensory approach, enables children to most effectively progress with phonics.  We have attached an outline of our phonics programme at the bottom.

Year 1 pupils sit the National Phonics Screening check if we feel it is appropriate to their ability. Pupils are given the chance to sit the phonics screening check again in Year 2.

The Maths Curriculum
The main areas in the Mathematics curriculum are number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra. The way that the curriculum is organised varies across the primary age range - every year group has its own programme of study detailing what the children should be able to achieve in each area. The changes for number present a significant increase in the level of challenge. Problem solving occurs in all areas of the Mathematics curriculum. Mastery of Maths is a focus for the school. We are using the White Rose Hub to support us with our planning.

The Science Curriculum
The curriculum for Science puts a greater focus on acquiring scientific knowledge, and less emphasis on developing scientific skills and understanding. The scientific enquiry strand, now called working scientifically, is taught throughout each topic. The content of the Science curriculum needs to be covered by the end of the relevant key stage rather than being specified for each year group.

There have been significant changes in the curriculum for History. In KS1 children learn about the lives of significant people and will be expected to have a growing sense of historical understanding. In KS2 there is an emphasis on developing chronology with the children studying History up to 1066. In addition to this schools  include special studies which will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond 1066. 

Previously children have studied ICT (Information and Communication Technology), now it is referred to as Computing. The emphasis in the Computing curriculum is on the children being able to use and understand programming, develop their digital literacy as well as their understanding of safe internet use. ICT will still be used across all subjects in order to enhance and develop the children's learning.

In addition to changes in the curriculum there have also been changes in the systems for assessment. The old system of levels has been removed and not replaced. Orrets Meadow's system for assessment are described on the website, under assessment.

OM Phonics Teaching Programme
English Overview
Maths Curriculum Overview
Maths and English Progression of Skills
Afternoon Curriculum - Curriculum Plans