Our Curriculum Statement 

At The Oaks, we strive to provide a curriculum for our children that is memorable and rich. We facilitate opportunities within a purposeful and connected curriculum where children can gain and build life-long skills. The learning journey is carefully crafted to enthuse and engage learning, ensuring clear progression and coverage. Our aim is for children to have a secure understanding which is inter-connected with a vast range of transferable skills. Our evolving approaches to the curriculum are contributed to by all members of our school community as this is imperative to our approach. 

Click the link to view the National Curriculum:

National Curriculum

Phonics is taught using Read Write Inc. a scheme to which we give fidelity. Children are sent home with a closely matched reading book to the sound they have been taught that week in phonics. To expose children to a wider range of vocabulary, children also have access to books via Bug Club in Reception and KS1.

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 taught through Steps to Read, which is a whole class shared reading, group reading, accelerated reader, the Better Reading programme for 1:1 reading and phonics.

The Maths curriculum is taught through the NCETM Curriculum map and supported by our calculation policy.

The Science curriculum is taught using the National Curriculum and the Kent scheme is used to support teachers and to ensure progression.

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.

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 is developing their forest school area and outdoor learning curriculum starting with EYFS.

Take a look at our Curriculum overviews to see what is covered in each year group (requires Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader).

Reception Curriculum Map

Year One Curriculum Overview

Year Two Curriculum Map

Year Three Curriculum Map

Year Four Curriculum Overview

Year Five Curriculum Map

Year 6 Curriculum Map

Topics shown on the curriculum webs are adapted to cater for pupil interests and questions.

Additional Aspects of our Curriculum

On top of the curriculum shown on the curriculum webs, all children in KS2 learn at least two instruments. Instruments chosen capture pupil interest and enable progression in skill. The instruments being taught this year are:

Year 4 – African drumming and Samba drumming

Year 5- Clarinet (Autumn Term)

Year 6 – Bass guitar

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
  • Our local PCSO

A wide range of trips were experienced by children last year including for example: Liverpool, Synagogue visits, The World Museum, Blue Planet Aquarium, Pizza Express and the Storyhouse theatre and library.

For the 2021-2022 academic year we have invested in an audio learning experiences programme through Now Let’s Play, to ensure that wider experiences are available to our children through each curriculum area.

More information about our curriculum can be ascertained by contacting Miss C McGuiness in our school office.