Project Curriculum

Subject Leader

Mr Cowley

The Curriculum

At Orchard Primary School we pursue the Project Curriculum, formerly known as the Creative Curriculum, through an integrated approach, linking History, Geography, Art and DT with an approach led by the choice of powerful and meaningful texts. A commitment to an exciting and stimulating curriculum, which may also incorporate RE, Music, Science and Computing, as well as Values, engages, stretches and develops social and learning skills. We aim for children to become active and engaged citizens within and beyond the school community.

We have made the decision to teach what we call the Project Curriculum through an innovative and creative approach. Class teachers plan for the Project Curriculum by linking their planning to the Power of Reading in a Project Based planning approach. In their Long Term Plan, teachers indicate which elements of the National Curriculum programme of study for History, Geography, Art and DT allocated for their year group will be covered within each project. In project planning attention is directed towards the relevant skills required.

Projects are planned linked to a core text, and all have a ‘Striking Start’, ‘Magnificent Middle’ and ‘Fantastic Finish’. A visitor or a trip to a place of interest will fall into one of these categories, enabling the children to broaden their experiences. Visits from storytellers, environmental scientists, and chefs may be supported by gallery and museum visits.

Children’s displays are designed to inform and entertain, and to showcase the school and its learning community at its best. Class assemblies also illustrate the strength and variety of the curriculum, and enable the children to share their learning journey with the rest of the school community.

Project Curriculum Policy

Project Curriculum Policy

How can you help at home?
In the Project Curriculum, the best way to support your child is in reading and researching around a project theme, particularly in History and Geography, where the facts and data uncovered will be very useful in the overall learning journey. Also looking at works of art by some of the key artists covered by the projects can be useful. Most artists’ key works can be found on the internet through a simple search.

We would urge you though not to allow your child to cut and paste entire articles from the internet. Not only is this copying, but also it does not encourage editing, checking and vocabulary skills. We would like our children to use language in their work that they understand and can be taught to use.

Intervention programmes

The Project Curriculum is fully accessible to all children, and we encourage a challenging and enquiry based approach. Visit any class and the key words you will hear are ‘Why?’,’ When?’, ‘Where?’, ‘What?’, ‘Who?’ and ‘How?’

Assessment Information

The Project Curriculum is assessed solely through ‘Teacher Assessment’ meaning the progress of your child is monitored by your child’s class teacher in an on-going manner, allowing your child’s individual needs to be met.

Aspire to achieve            Believe in yourself            Care for each other

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Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LW
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