At The Oaks Community Primary we offer all pupils a broad curriculum rich with a variety of experiences to support their personal development and build their skills, knowledge and understanding in subjects including reading, writing, maths, art, PE, Science, history, geography, music, Religious Education, Spanish and computing. The teaching of art, music, PE and computing is supported by experts in each field.
The curriculum is designed to ensure coverage of the National curriculum requirements and coverage and progression in skills.
Click the link to view the National Curriculum:
Teachers plan and assess learning events in reading, writing and maths using Balance. Click the link to view each curriculum area.
The writing curriculum is taught through Read to Write units of work that we then adapt to the needs of our children.
The reading curriculum is supported by our reading strategies document and taught through Talk 4 Reading, group reading, accelerated reader, the Better Reading programme for 1:1 reading and phonics. Visit our reading page.
The maths curriculum is taught through White Rose Small Steps and supported by our calculation policy. View our maths page.
The wider curriculum is built on the aim of developing pupils as confident thinkers, with the ability to pose questions, follow lines of enquiry and to broaden their thinking and horizons. Pupils engage in a half termly history or geography based topic and go on a learning journey to find out the possible answers to a big question. Global learning is weaved through each curriculum topic.
In one half term the whole school focus on a Global themed topic. In academic year 2017 to 2018, the global learning theme was ‘more in common’ and ‘belonging.’ This Spring 2019 the theme is ‘social justice’ and the work is linked to Action Transports Theatre production of Adrift. During Autumn 1 of this academic year, the whole school focus was ‘One World’. This allowed the children to focus on the effect that we are having on our planet and look at what we can implement to support conservation.
Fundamental British values are also taught through the curriculum and each half termly topic is linked to focus British values. They are also supported though targeted circle times.
Through studying a diverse range of artists in art and through weekly class assemblies linked to storybooks/quality texts, the school promotes equality and diversity.
In order to develop pupil resilience, self-confidence, collaboration, empathy and physical and mental fitness, the school work with KABS instructor Tommy on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. Tommy engages pupils in outdoor learning sessions including den building, outdoor cooking, fire making, team challenges and fitness challenges. Through the sessions Tommy embeds the school rules and British values. This year Tommy is also setting up a Forest School in our vast outdoor area.
Take a look at our Curriculum overviews to see what is covered in each year group (requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader).
Topics shown on the curriculum webs are adapted to cater for pupil interests and questions.
On top of the curriculum shown on the curriculum webs, all children in KS2 learn at least one instrument a year. Instruments chosen capture pupil interest and enable progression in skill. For example, last year year 5 developed skills at playing the ukulele. This cohort this year are building on their skills by learning to play the bass guitar. The instruments being taught this year are:
Year 3 – African drumming and Samba drumming
Year 4 – Cello
Year 5 – Cello
Year 6 – Bass guitar
To further pupil musical skill, ability and opportunity, there is free access for pupils to the Ellesmere Port music centre on Monday evenings. To find out more, please ask the school office.
The curriculum is enhanced by extra curricular clubs, visitors into school and trips and residential visits. Visitors into school include – St Thomas Church, Action Transport Theatre, Phoenix basketball and our local PCSO. A wide range of trips were experienced by children last year including for example: Liverpool, Synagogue, World Museum, Blue Planet Aquarium, Pizza Express and the Storyhouse theatre and library. We will continue with regular educational trips each term for pupils.
Extra curricular clubs this term include: Gymnastics proficiency awards, gardening, arts and crafts, street dance, outdoor adventure, theatre, football and recorder club.
We assess our curriculum in KS1 through key assessments of key knowledge, skills and understanding. Art and PE skills are assessed for every child across the school. Science, history and geography objectives are assessed in KS2 through Balance (the school’s holistic assessment system).