Our Aims

The Orchard Primary Department aims to provide a broad, balanced and exciting curriculum that enables our children to become confident, responsible and independent learners. We develop and challenge every child to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to succeed as learners throughout their life.

Through our curriculum we aim to develop children’s caring, creative and critical thinking skills along with high quality relationships, caring attitudes and a sense of fairness. We aim to inspire excellence and aspiration, through engaging, exciting and stimulating activities and environments. We ensure equal rights of access to each area of the curriculum including national tests, irrespective of ability, gender and ethnic or cultural backgrounds. We value the backgrounds of all our pupils, staff and families, celebrating this at every opportunity.

Underpinning all this are Our Rules which instil the values of caring, achievement, respect and enjoyment. These are developed through daily pupil reflection, student voice groups and curriculum themes which as a result consolidate the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance. This approach not only helps prepare our children for their future life, but it enriches the daily life for everyone at The Orchard primary School, teaching us to understand, enjoy and respect the differences in our community and the wider world.

Literacy and Numeracy

Every class in our primary department spends 45 minutes on literacy and 45 minutes on numeracy each day.

For reading and phonics we currently use the following:

Oxford Reading Tree and a variety of its spinoffs eg. Gloworms, Snapdragons, Floppy’s Phonics, Fireflies, Traditional Tales
Rising Stars – Download Series
Heinemann – Rapid Series
Sunshine Spirals
Songbird Phonics
Read Write Inc
Letters and Sounds
Sounds Write
Toe by Toe
Dandelion Scheme

Other Subjects


Whilst our students will be taught most of their lessons in the primary classroom, where possible the department will make use of the specialist resources and equipment available in the Secondary School buildings.

The school is very keen to offer a broader curriculum beyond the recognised school subjects and has a varied programme of extended curricular activities on offer. These may include many sports and outdoor pursuits on our site, at local facilities and across the County. As a Specialist Arts College we constantly offer activities and experiences which link closely to all aspects of the Arts.

For more information about our primary curriculum please get in touch.

Get In Touch

The Orchard School
Cambridge Road

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T: 01227 769220
F: 01227 781589


Office Contact: Melanie Rowden
Headteacher: Annabel Lilley
Chair of Governors: Hugh Robinson

LEA: Kent County Council