School Curriculum

As a Church of England school, our Christian values and working vision underpin everything we do at Orsett C of E Primary School.  Our curriculum is designed to be deeply Christian putting God at the very heart of our school.

Our curriculum is constructed to ensure that we have high ambition for all our pupils so that each child has an entitlement to high quality, progressive learning in all subjects.  We aim to develop a clear sense of what it is to be an expert in each subject (example – What it is to be a Historian) through providing progression of skills, key knowledge and core concepts.  Our curriculum is designed to be responsive to our children’s developmental and academic needs; deeply embedding the knowledge, skills and concepts which will prepare them for their lives in our ever-changing local and global society.

At Orsett we recognise the need for our children to have wider experiences of other cultures and faiths different to their own to ensure they have knowledge of the world beyond their locality. In order to achieve this, we have designed a curriculum to provide a range of experiences which enable our children to be prepared for life in modern Britain.

Increasingly some children are entering our school with limited vocabulary and under developed speech and language skills.  Because of this we place an emphasis on early reading skills through the high-quality teaching of phonics and fostering a love of reading.  Developing language and vocabulary in all areas of the curriculum as well as making reading links across the curriculum is a key part of our curriculum design and ensures that children are prepared for the next stage in their learning.

At the heart of our curriculum design lies the ambition to enthuse and excite children exploiting their natural curiosity for learning across all subjects.  Our aim is to create learning experiences which are designed to enable children to develop learning skills and attitudes which build resilience and independence.  Our curriculum enables every child to flourish and shine and in doing so discover their unique potential given to them by God.

We have developed progression statements in the form of learning ladders from Early Years through to Year 6 across all subjects from Development Matters (EYFS), that national curriculum and Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum.  This enables a progression of skills , knowledge and concepts, as each year previous learning is revisited and built upon with new learning across the curriculum.  Curriculum maps are reviewed regularly to ensure themes are relevant to the children’s interest and needs.

Phonics and Early reading skills are delivered through the Letters and Sounds guidance and scheme of work. Children access this curriculum at an age appropriate level which is carefully monitored.

Teachers plan lessons, activities and enrichment incorporating opportunities to develop language and vocabulary, a love of reading, our Christian values (to develop Christian Character) and identify opportunities to enrich the learning of pupils as well as celebrate the successes of each individual and their learning.

At Orsett we track every child’s progress on an ongoing basis through our progressive statements (Learning Ladders and Chris Quigley milestones) to ensure that we are constantly challenging them with appropriately pitched, individualised learning.  Assessments highlight the needs of all learners and are skillfully used by both Senior Leaders and teachers to plan the most effective provision for all children and bespoke support for individuals.

The impact of our curriculum is evidenced through our school outcomes (see website) and through pupils’ work in books as well as pupil voice (how the children talk about their learning).

All leaders regularly monitor the quality of teaching, learning and assessment and the impact of the learning in their subject which is reported back to all stakeholders, analysed, evaluated and actioned through strategic and timely school improvement.

Please see below for more information about different curriculum areas

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Key Stage One encompasses all children who are either Year 1 or Year 2 whilst Key Stage Two includes all children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. During these years the children’s processes and strategies for learning will vary according to their age, ability or the area that they are studying.

At Orsett C.E. Primary School we follow the National Curriculum in all subjects and have schemes of work for English, mathematics, science, R.E. and Learning at Orsett Through Skills (LOTS) for the whole school to ensure that all children are taught the national requirements.

The curriculum comprises of the following subjects:
Core subjects – English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education
Foundation subjects – Art & Design, I.C.T. (Information & Communication Technology),  P.E. (Physical Education), Music, History, Geography, Design Technology, RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) Modern Foreign Languages

Whilst the majority of morning sessions will be mainly English and Mathematics, the afternoons are linked through what we call LOTS (Learning at Orsett Through Skills) where the children study the different foundation subjects through a theme each half term, thus not only making it more relevant for them but also encouraging creativity. For example, the theme ‘Egypt’ may link learning about rivers, Islam, designing jewellery and looking at Ancient Egyptian history etc. Use of ICT as a learning tool also takes place across the curriculum again linking areas of knowledge and understanding with new ideas. In this way our children will develop an understanding of the way in which different areas overlap and will therefore become more confident in using their prior knowledge and applying this to new ideas.

We are totally committed to providing the best possible education for each and every child in such a way that children actively look forward to learning new things and will embrace each new idea with enthusiasm and a keenness to explore all aspects of the area that they are being taught.