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Enhanced Resource Provision - The Orchard

Welcome to The Orchard

The Orchard is the Enhanced Resource Provision based at Hornsea Community Primary School and we support children with a range of SEMH needs. We tailor our curriculum to meet individual needs, supporting both academic learning and social and emotional development. We work closely with children and families to develop positive relationships in a warm and nurturing environment whilst simultaneously providing stimulating educational opportunities that are closely matched to each child's stage, rather than their age.


Our Curriculum

Our curriculum incorporates all aspects of the National Curriculum, however we focus on targeting the content which is most appropriate for the child's developmental stage rather than their age. We also plan our activities to ensure that children with Education, Health and Care Plans and Termly Support Plans are given regular opportunities to work on and progress towards their individual outcomes within their daily routine.


Whilst we assess the children's academic progress against the relevant criteria in the National Curriculum, we also use the Boxall Profile as a tool to assess and measure progress in social and emotional functioning. In addition, the activities we complete each day incorporate vital social skills and self-regulation strategies to aid children in their personal development.


We believe that hands-on and practical activities play a fundamental role in providing memorable and enjoyable childhood experiences so include relevant Gophers, as in the main school, as a central part of our planning.


Our learning environment aims to be a home from home setting which is warm and inviting, making all feel welcome. The different areas within the building allow us to have a more formal classroom area, an on-going provision area, a large outdoor provision area with shelter for all weathers, a kitchen for sharing meals and preparing food, a sensory room and a quiet calming space for time away from the main group.


Our timetable is highly predictable and structured to provide stability and is visually displayed for children to refer to throughout the day. Our activities are planned to allow children to access all areas of the building at some point each day and are short with regular movement breaks planned in. We offer a range of sensory opportunities to support learning and development, use the outdoors as part of our daily timetable and meet together as a group to celebrate, reflect and have an emotional check in.


The Orchard is a highly supported learning environment where the staff have a range of knowledge and experience in learning styles, special educational needs, nurture theory and attachment. We work as a cohesive team to best support the individual needs of each child and to help them achieve their potential.


All children who spend time at The Orchard are part of a class in the main school and the amount of time they spend in each setting varies according to their specific needs.

The Six Principles Of Nurture

As part of being a nurturing school, we incorporate the six principles of nurture into our daily practice, both at school and at The Orchard. They play a fundamental part in how we plan and structure our day and they underpin everything that we do. These principles are written in a child friendly way and are displayed in each classroom and also at The Orchard.

A Day At The Orchard

In order to develop emotional stability, our routine is highly structured and predictable. The children are reminded of this constantly and we refer to our visual timetable throughout the day.


In order to access a place within the Enhanced Resource Provision for your child with an Education, Health & Care Plan, the consultation as set out by the Local Authority must be adhered to. Usually, this will be discussed within an Annual or Interim review meeting and then agreed by the SEN panel. The school then work alongside parents/carers and the Local Authority to ensure a child's needs can be best met within The Orchard. The Orchard has 3 Local Authority agreed places for children with SEMH needs.

Meet the Team

Our Learning Environment

The Orchard Booklet

Photo Gallery 2022-23

The Great Fire of London

The topic for our afternoon group has been the Great Fire of London. We have loved learning facts about the fire, how it started, why it spread so quickly and what changes were put in place to prevent something like this happening again. We made collages for a display in The Orchard to show the events of the fire. We have used a timeline to sequence the events and talked about how sources such as the diaries of Samuel Pepys have helped us to learn more about what life was like in the past. We thoroughly enjoyed a visit from Hornsea Fire Brigade, learning about how the fire service help people and had great fun firing water from the hose. We are continuing to work on our turn taking skills and social skills, as well as giving compliments to one another and following instructions. We enjoy listening to a story each day that has a message for us to remember. In Jigsaw we have been learning about setting goals and challenges for ourselves and understanding that in order to succeed, we need to learn new things one step at a time. As part of this, we challenged ourselves to learn new things such as counting in Chinese, learning the Macarena dance and remembering the poem The Owl and the Pussycat. We have enjoyed visits to Woodland World and have been working on our throwing and catching skills in PE. We conducted a Scientific experiment to find out which was the fastest way to melt an ice cube, ensuring we carried out a fair test.

Worm Weather

In this topic, we talked about different types of weather and the seasons. We practised using capital letters for days of the week and names of places when we made a weather chart and used our weather charts to write sentences about the weather in different places. We talked about the clothes we need to wear in Winter and wrote labels for them. Some us learned how to use commas to separate the items in a list. We are trying especially hard to hold our pencils correctly. We have learnt and added actions to some Winter poems, talking about and choosing our favourite one. We have enjoyed reading stories about different weather such as Jack Frost and One Year with Kipper. We have continued to work on our turn taking skills, using kind words towards others and following instructions. In Maths we have learnt about the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes and used them to make repeating patterns.  In Phonics we are beginning to sound talk and blend longer words. 

The First Christmas

For the final two weeks of this half term, our topic has been Christmas. We have enjoyed listening to Christmas stories each day, taken part in lots of Christmas crafts, sung Christmas songs and have written our very own version of the story of The First Christmas. We especially enjoyed decorating The Orchard with Christmas trees and lights, playing in our role play Christmas shop and had great fun on our parent Christmas craft morning. We have played Christmas turn taking games during our daily Chatterbugs sessions, been to Christmas parties at school and we have made lots of people proud when we all took part in our class Christmas performances.


Merry Christmas from all at The Orchard! 🎄 

Afternoon group Autumn 2

This half term we have enjoyed our topic of The Three Little Pigs. We have been focusing on recognising materials and describing their properties as well as experimenting with bending, twisting and stretching a variety of materials and testing out which materials would be best for certain jobs. We designed and built houses for the little pigs and tested out how strong they were by trying to blow them down. In addition to this, we have enjoyed using the computers for ICT and working on our programming skills using the Beebots. We have especially enjoyed our visits to Woodland World where we have made Stickman using natural materials and practised our turn taking and social skills playing hide and seek. Each afternoon we have read a social story as part of our daily routine. As part of our Christmas celebrations we invited parents in for a craft afternoon, had a Christmas sing sing and even managed to squeeze in eating a Christmas bun! We also had one of school governors, Mr Hansell, attend this session. We’ve even had a visit from Adrian and Thunder, the therapy dog. What a busy half term it’s been!

Rama and Sita

During this topic we enjoyed retelling the story of Rama and Sita, learning about how Diwali is celebrated, made Rangoon patterns with coloured sand and even made our own diva lamps from clay. In Maths we have been working in addition and subtraction, using different strategies such as concrete objects, manipulative and number lines to help us. We have continued to enjoy visits to the library each week. 

Science Morning

Our theme for Science morning was 'Science in everyday life.' We watched a video to find out what Science is and we talked about the skills a scientist uses - predicting, experimenting and concluding. We then went on to take part in experiments such helping the sea animals escape from the iceberg, making exploding volcanoes, building electrial circuits to light up a bulb, power a motor and make a buzzer sound, testing out the best materials to make a waterproof coat for our teddy, discovering which items float and sink and invetigating which materials are magnetic. We were all thoroughly engaged and participated enthusiastically in all activities. We have also had great fun playing outside in the rain this week!

Where the Poppies Now Grow

This story helped us to learn about Remembrance, why it is celebrated and the significance of the poppy. We learned about the features of instruction text, followed instructions to make a poppy, then had a go at writing some instructions of our own. We used a variety of media to make poppy artwork and had a walk to the Hornsea Memorial Gardens to look at the poppy wreaths that had been laid on Remembrance Sunday.

Sparks in the Sky

After reading this story, we enjoyed learning more about Bonfire Night and how it is celebrated. We danced to the song 'Firework' in the sensory room with the glow sticks, we made firework patterns with ribbons outside, we learned about how to keep safe on Bonfire Night and wrote some  safety rules but our favourite job was making edible chocolate sparklers.

Pick a Pumpkin

This week we enjoyed reading this story and looking at the beautfiul pictures. We had lots of fun taking part in Halloween activities such as carving pumpkins, painting pumpkins onto paper plates, decorating biscuits to make them look like funny faces and spiders and making Halloween bags. 

The Squirrels Who Squabbled

In this topic, we enjoyed learning about and looking at signs of Autumn. We enjoyed a Harvest crafts morning with some of our grown ups and sung some Harvest songs. We explored the Autumn leaves we found in our outdoor area, using our senses to talk about what they look like, sound like, feel like and smell like. After reading some Autumn poetry, we used our ideas to write our own Autumn poems, sounding out the words we needed. In addition to this, we talked about the importance of sharing and helping one another, just like the squirrels in the story. 

Dinosaurs In My School

During this topic, we enjoyed reading a variety of dinosaur stories and non-fiction books, we practised recognising different dinosaurs, we made dinosaurs from play dough, we built dinosaur construction toys, we played with dinosaur puppets and wrote about what we would do if dinosaurs came to our school! All the children were very kind by helping the adults to pronounce the dinosaur names correctly! We have some real dinosaur experts at The Orchard! 

Mad about Minibeasts

In this topic we have been on minibeast hunts, made paper plate minibeasts, played minibeast games, counted minibeasts and labelled minibeasts. We have practised forming our letters correctly, sounding out words and writing sentences.

Nurture Block: The Invisible String

During this topic, we concentrated on settling in to our new routines, we talked about how we are special and we talked about who our invisible strings are attached to. 

Photo Gallery: 2021-2022

Winter: Robin’s Winter Song