Curriculum

The starting point of the curriculum at Cherry Orchard is to build upon and extend the knowledge, skills experience and culture that children bring with them to school. We regard parents as partners in their children's education.

We aim to create a secure, caring atmosphere within the school. In order to learn children need a positive self-image and early experience of success.  We aim to give all children an equal chance to access the curriculum and benefit from it.

We have a whole school approach to Teaching and Learning based around a strong Skills Based Thematic Curriculum.  Each class learns through an umbrella theme where a high quality text is used at the heart of the theme.  From this point, skills are developed through cross-curricular learning and ‘Talk4Writing’ approaches, including many opportunities for drama and high quality speaking and listening, with a focus on children driving their own learning journeys.

Aims

The Cherry Orchard Curriculum enables all children to become:

    • enthusiastic and successful learners who make effective progress and achieve their full potential
    • confident individuals who know how to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
    • responsible citizens who are able to make a positive contribution to society
    • individuals who understand the value of learning and who continue that process throughout their lives
Values

The Cherry Orchard Curriculum is developed around our key school values which:

    • promote personal development
    • support equality of opportunity
    • develop spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth
    • celebrate the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
    • develop an understanding of our relationship with the environment
Purpose

The curriculum at Cherry Orchard will:

      • promote high standards, particularly in English, Maths and Computing
      • provide a broad and varied learning experience in every Key Stage
      • promote a positive engagement with, and commitment to, learning
      • enable children to develop effective skills of co-operation and collaboration
      • develop an understanding of the relevance of learning to each individual’s life and prepare them for life as a member of the wider community
      • prepare children for the next stage in their education
      • create a sense of wellbeing centred around a sense of fulfilment and achievement
      • develop a wide range of skills and broaden children’s life experiences
Curriculum Map
    The curriculum map shows the learning units undertaken each term from Year 1 through to Year 6.  Cross curricular links are made wherever possible under a broad theme or based around a key text, to ensure that each term the learning is creative, exciting and has a clear context.  The units are specifically designed to ensure there is a clear progression in knowledge, content and skills learning across the school, based on the existing new National Curriculum.

Whole School Projects

Whole school projects at Cherry Orchard provide a further inspirational context for learning and opportunities to show progression in learning across the school.  These are planned yearly and for 2014 – 2015 include projects based on The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, an international theme with diversity at its core and a maths challenge supported by Enabling Enterprise.  Each phase group will develop a scheme of work to develop the learning for each project in the way most relevant and stimulating for their children.

Units of Learning

Our curriculum map reflects our belief in the importance of cross curricular learning which makes clear links between different subject areas within a meaningful overall context.  The context provided is sometimes a theme and sometimes a key text, which is then used by year groups as the basis for planning with a focus on enquiry based learning.  Children become immersed in the context and learning becomes purposeful and meaningful.  Children are actively involved in asking questions, investigating, hypothesising and driving their learning forward.

Key learning intentions for English and maths are included on the curriculum map and suggested texts used as a focus for English are indicated. It is an expectation that maths and English skills will also be developed through other subject areas whenever possible.

Every Wednesday afternoon the whole school is transformed into a Science Zone. Science follows the new National Curriculum and pupils have the opportunity to become ‘Scientists ‘ exploring, experimenting and investigating the world around them.

 Learning in Art, DT, History, Geography, Computing and PE are all based on the new National Curriculum, with learning also based on skills progression documents which have been produced for each subject area to ensure development for each individual across the school.  Wherever possible, the units selected each term fit within the overall learning context.  MFL is currently French and has been planned across the school by the MFL Subject Leader.

RE teaching is based on units from the Greenwich scheme of work, and fits into the overall learning context wherever possible.

Music is taught in all classes by our specialist music tutors in individual or group lessons in a range of instruments, bands and school choir.

 If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please contact Mrs H Mourne for details - sao@cherryorchard.greenwich.sch.uk

Click here to see our Skills Based Thematic Curriculum yearly overview