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Visions and Values

Quote from a parent: "When I pick up my child every day, I always see a lot of friendly and encouraging smiles. It makes me feel that Orion is a big family that accepts everyone regardless of what background you have, what skin colour you are and what language you speak."

Our Quest (Our Vision)


Our aim is:

For all our children to be very special healthy, responsible, happy, successful and achieving young people – Star Children!


We believe that:


“Gold Star Primary Learning” is a unique to our children and the best way to deliver creative and fun learning across both schools

Each child is part of the daily Learning Journey to:

  1. achieve very high standards in academic learning
  2. achieve in a huge range of exciting subject areas beyond reading writing and maths
  3. find and develop their talents and passions


“Gold Star Primary Learning” develops each individual child into a very special, responsible person by using:

  1. Our simple guide – The Orion Way
  2. “The Power in Me” personal thinking method


“Gold Star Primary Learning” can continue at the Gold Star Centre outside school hours and also when a child has continued beyond the primary age.


All children and adults are of equal worth in our large community.



Gold Star Primary Learning Explained


We are a little bit different from many schools as we create learning that is fun, simple and inspires the children to become someone very special.



Each year we have an annual quest to recognise the Star in everyone and to make a Star of every child. The annual quest varies its theme e.g. “Quest to be the best”, “GO Quest – the discovery quest”


Learning Journey

Every day Learning is organised in a unique way. We believe that every moment of every day can be a learning experience and we call this a Learning Journey.


Orion Way - A Guide for the Journey

Children have the Orion Way which sets a basic expectation in behaviour and attitude.


GO Learning

We learn 3 core areas - Academic learning, Our World Learning and Smart Learning – this is a range of essential curriculum areas organised in a creative and inspiring way. We believe children should discover, explore, and investigate their learning as well as be guided by staff. We believe that excellence and achievement is the key to succeeding on the learning journey/adventure and becoming a Star person.



Every day children are expected to use a very simple method of personal thinking called GO POWER.

The Orion Way provides a basic guide for pupils however many other attributes for life need to be learnt e.g. self-motivation, thinking skills, independence, self-management, decision making, understanding our learning style etc.


Star Child


We would describe a Star Child as:


  • A person who tries their best
  • A great learner
  • Responsible, a good decision maker and know right from wrong
  • A good friend
  • Kind
  • Polite and well mannered
  • Confident about themselves
  • Positive in attitude
  • Honest
  • A good communicator
  • Respectful and understanding of others
  • Cool
  • Resilient
  • Ambitious
  • Safe
  • Strong in commitment
  • Hard working


By Year 6

A child will be all of the above and also: 

a) know his/her academic strengths

b) know his/her talents 



Gold Star Primary Learning

Our Special Curriculum (Summary)


Academic Learning


Literacy – the school has its own very unique way of teaching Literacy.  


Numeracy – year groups are split 3 ways in Numeracy now and we follow the national strategy.


World Learning


Cross curriculum – we aim to teach much of the rest of the curriculum in a creative cross curricular way.  Topics are in place across all year groups which include rainforests, pirates, castles, the 20th century, explorers, etc. Not all subjects can be included. PSHE and RE are often not included, as well as some aspects of Science. 


Themes across each year at school – from 2014 each year group will be part of an additional year long theme. This will form the basis of an 8 year learning experience that will help children learn to be part of a community. These will include: together, our community, our history and our environment.


Smart Learning


Smart Academy – this is a dedicated time for children to develop their skills in their particular talent. Sessions will be taught by a leader who is skilled in a particular "smart". Sessions will be an hour and thirty minutes. Children will:

a) know what their talent is

b) learn further skills in order to achieve in this area.


Power Boosters (Supporting all learners)


Support / catch up / extension programmes - There are a huge range of different ways we help children. There are children who need support beyond the Literacy and Numeracy sessions. e.g. for catch up, new to English, level 6 extension. Many different programmes are run for small groups, 1:1, whole year groups (e.g. Saturday school). Our aim is to help children learn, NOT provide “cramming” sessions.



Our Extra Learning

(learning alongside the regular curriculum)


Whole school

  • Event weeks – e.g. Word week, ICT week
  • Event days – Smile Day, High Five day, World Peace Day
  • Visiting tutors – Olympic athletes
  • Themes across the school e.g. Global Citizen, Champion Learner


Clubs – Active Time

  • Up to 15 difference clubs have run in each year.
  • After school activities.
  • Sporting competitions.



  • Joint sports e.g. girls football
  • Dance groups – the Festival Dance group
  • Music groups - choir and rock band


Star Town

  • Enterprise for Y6
  • Decision making for all other children
  • Cinema, shop, arts centre etc every Friday



Goldstar Federation