Oakfield Primary Academy

Transforming lives with exceptional learning - aspiring beyond the expected

Curriculum

To see what your child is learning about each term, click on the half term overviews below.
 
Foundation Stage One - Ladybirds
Foundation Stage Two - Butterflies & Snails
Year One - Deers
Year Two - Giraffes & Dragonflies
Year Three - Sharks & Dolphins
Year Four - Stingrays & Turtles
Year Five - Penguins & Lobsters
Year Six - Polar Bears & Starfish

The Oakfield Curriculum

At Oakfield, we provide a creative curriculum based around the "Cornerstones Curriculum" and our children's interests.

Overview

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.

 

Ownership

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:

  • Oracy
  • Collaboration
  • Resilience
  • Sense of justice
  • Problem solving
  • Persistence
  • Metacognition
  • 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
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design/technology
  • Music
  • Science
  • P4C

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.

RE

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 

PSHE

For our PSHE learning, we use the Cambridgeshire Primary Personal Development Programme. It contains progressive entitlement frameworks setting out expected coverage in each age group. The teaching materials comprise over 60 units of work, which include comprehensive teaching materials and linked resources, covering the strands Myself and My Relationships, Healthy and Safer Lifestyles, Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing. There are also enrichment units on topics such as Body Image and E-safety. Click here to see a sample framework and unit of work.
 
The programme also contains toolkits on SRE, Drug Education, Anti-bullying and Healthy Eating, to enable schools to develop their own whole school approach, including editable model policies and a range of other materials for developing work with pupils, staff, parents and the wider community.
If you would like to find out more about Oakfield's curriculum, please contact the school by either phone (01788 565021) or email (admin2419@welearn365.com) and arrange a meeting with a member of our Senior Leadership Team.
For more information regarding the new national curriculum, please see the document below.