The Oakfield Curriculum
At Oakfield, we provide a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones Curriculum" and our children's interests.
The creation of an Oakfield Curriculum is an exciting development for our school.
It has helped us to tailor our teaching to best fit the students in our school whilst drawing on the strengths of each member of staff.
It has allowed us to be in control of the learning journeys within our school enabling us to offer a broad balanced curriculum where deep learning takes place and children develop skills that underpin future successes.
Terms and vocabulary
Theme – The vessel to deliver learning.
Thematic Learning Journey- Long term plan of themes taught in each year group across the year.
Hook- introductory activity designed to enthuse learners about the topic.
Payoff – The end product from the thematic learning.
The curriculum is owned jointly by the students and teaching staff. They are considered the stakeholders in it. The Students are co-authors and were consulted at each step of the construction of the curriculum to ensure the themes included are taught in the most effective ways and promote genuine interest throughout the school.
Each topic in the curriculum promotes:
- Sense of justice
- Problem solving
- A global view
- Taking responsibility
Level of subject integration.
Wherever possible, subject skills are taught through the theme which the class is studying. However it is not always practicable to teach all subjects through Journey of Discovery.
Maths, where we follow the Singapore Maths Curriculum, is taught as a separate stand-alone subject with skills applied to themes where appropriate.
All subject skills do not need to be taught in every theme, however to maintain a broad and balanced curriculum, they need to be taught in conjunction with the appropriate theme. Subject skills are taught in sufficient depth to assure deep understanding.
Literacy genres are taught through thematic work. The Thematic Learning Journey will highlight where different genres may be tackled throughout the year.
Subjects taught thematically
- Literacy Genres
The thematic learning process.
Each theme will begin with a hook activity to promote the learning journey. Through a range of different, thorough learning opportunities students will build their understanding to create a payoff which will be the final outcome of the theme studied.
Each half term, every class within Oakfield will learn about different themes from the Warwickshire and Coventry Agreed Syllabus for RE. For further information, please see https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sacre