Moss Valley pupils
Moss Valley pupils in classroom
Moss Valley pupils in classroom




The Orchard

Welcome to the Moss Valley Primary Academy's Orchard Provision

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Reading at Home

In The Orchard, we will continue to promote a love of reading! We share lots of books and stories throughout our curriculum. We also read with the children 1:1 every day. The children engage in Big Read sessions each day, this is where we teach specific reading skills and share a class book.

The children should aim to read at home at least 3 times per week. Children will make more progress the more times they read so this will really help them to improve.


Homework for children in the The Orchard is reading that is set along with any bespoke pieces of worj that is given. You can support us in school by reading at home as much as possible and remembering to sign their reading records. Please read with your child at least 3 times per week. They will have a reading book and a library book. If your child is part of the Read, Write Inc group then they will also have a ditty book to read.


PE class is once a week. Please send in PE kit (black shorts, white t-shirt and Velcro pumps) in a drawstring PE bag, so that it can be stored easily. These will be left in school for the half term then returned to you for washing. Please ensure that every piece of clothing is labelled.

Snacks & Water Bottles

Water is provided in school at snack time and whenever required. Please send a piece of healthy snack in for your child to eat. We also have fruit which the children are able to have at the end of the day.

Phonics (KS1 Only)

Phonics is the teaching of sounds in order to learn to read and write.

Children are grouped according to their reading ability for phonics in order to ensure that they are learning exactly what they need and make the best possible progress. We learn sounds along with Fred the Frog and these are built into words for reading and writing. Words become sentences and sentences become stories. A wide world of possibilities is opened up for your child.


In Lower Key Stage 2 English we will be looking at these areas:

Autumn - Inside Out, Myths and Legends, Biographies, Explanation texts, Cinquains

Spring - Suspense and Mystery, Instructions, Persuasion texts, Spoken word poetry

Summer - Fiction from our literary heritage, Reports, Discussion texts, Poetry appreciation


In Upper Key Stage 2 English we will be looking at these areas:

Autumn Term – Recovery Curriculum, Persuasion, Visual Texts and Newspaper Reports

Spring Term – Character Perspectives, Suspense Stories and Instructions

Summer Term – Discussion Texts, Biography/ Autobiography and Playscripts


Key Stage 1:

The children are learning at different levels so your child may be….

….counting to 20 and beyond. All children need to count, read, write and make numbers to 20. We will be ensuring that all children can add and subtract numbers within 10 and beyond. Know 1 more and 1 less to 10 and doubles up to 5. We will also be focussing on number formation or ….

….. Numbers to 100, Addition and Subtraction, Money and Multiplication and Division.


Lower Key Stage 2:

Autumn - Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Data Handling, Multiplication and Division Measure

Spring - Multiplication and division, Fractions, Decimals and percentages

Summer - Decimals, Geometry, Measure


Upper Key Stage 2:

Autumn – Place Value within 1,000,000, Four Operations, Fractions and Position and Direction

Spring – Decimals, Percentage, Algebra, Imperial and Metric Measures, Perimeter, Area and Volume and Ratio and Proportion

Summer – Properties of Shapes, Problem Solving and Statistics


Key Stage 1 Science:

Healthy me: To describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

Materials Monster: To identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses.


Lower Key Stage 2 science topics that we will cover this year are:

  • Materials
  • Space
  • Life Cycles
  • Forces
  • Animals, including humans
  • Working scientifically

Upper Key Stage 2:

Autumn Term – Evolution and Inheritance and Light

Spring Term – Classification and The Human Body

Summer Term – Electricity and Dinosaurs