Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


The OCL curriculum is a bespoke curriculum, designed to meet the ethos and aims of the trust and to give advantage to the disadvantaged in providing a world-class education for all children we serve. The nature of the design in using technology to gain detailed insight into children's starting points and teach into any gaps means delivery will automatically vary in each academy to meet the needs of the student in that specific setting and cohort. The knowledge selected has been carefully considered to ensure children know the best of what has been thought and said and is broad and deep in terms of equality, diversity and inclusion.

There are some areas of the curriculum where academies develop content further to include localised and contextual information such as the 'Who am I and Who am I becoming' theme where children look at their local history and geography and element of PSHE where local safe guarding considerations are more specifically focussed on where necessary to do so. Leaders in these areas can discuss this localisation in more detail.

Parent Plans
Summer 2024

The Orchard Year 1 Year 2 Year 3  
  Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Transferable Skills

Each new year group begins with a Basic Skills workshop which focusses on all the skills acquired in the previous year group that we are planning to build on. These transferrable skills as outlined in the National Curriculum are very fundamental to children being able to apply themselves whilst meeting the new challenges as they move through the school.

Year 1 Basic Skills Workshop Year 2 Basic Skills Workshop Year 3 Basic Skills Workshop
Year 4 Basic Skills Workshop Year 5 Basic Skills Workshop Year 6 Basic Skills Workshop


The school recognises that homework is a very valuable part of the school curriculum and can be an important means to raise a pupil’s self-esteem, as well as supporting work done in the classroom. Each class teacher is responsible for the homework content and suggested experiences that children will need to have to support what is taught at school.

Each year group has a compilation of age appropriate reading texts that we encourage the children to share at home, as well as a Homework Passport issued each term filled with a wide variety of activities for the children to do depending on what the individual class topics are.

More bespoke arrangements are sometimes made for those children who require specially formulated activities to suit their particular learning style.

Summer Term Homework Passports 2023-24

The Orchard Year 1 Year 2


Year 3
  Year 4 Year 5   Year 6