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.
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 and MyON computer software packages.
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 – whole class shared 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. For academic year, to support the catch up needed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, this has been temporarily suspended. 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 the 2019-2020 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 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).
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 two instruments. Instruments chosen capture pupil interest and enable progression in skill. The instruments being taught this year are:
Year 3 – African drumming and Samba drumming
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 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. For the 2020-2021 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.