Oakfield Primary Academy

Transforming lives with exceptional learning - aspiring beyond the expected

The Oakfield Primary Academy Curriculum

Intent

Oakfield Primary Academy is a close, community-centred school which nurtures independent, confident learners who are equipped for the future. Working together, we provide a safe, inclusive environment in which every child is a valued member. Oakfield is a place where all children love learning.  Children experience great teaching through an enriching curriculum that is relevant, varied and engaging.

Our curriculum had to be carefully crafted to meet the needs of our children. We wanted our curriculum to:

Raises aspirations for all pupils

Give learning a REAL purpose

Inspire and immerses pupils in their learning

Underpinned by the school values and learning behaviours

Ensure that children are secondary ready by being heavily based on skills

Is memorable and experiential

Celebrates the process of learning

Promotes collaboration within the school and wider community

Provides entrepreneurial experiences

Promotes SMSC and British Values

 

Implementation

At Oakfield Primary Academy, our concentric curriculum motivates, engages and inspires the pupils through a series of learning journeys that we have titled ‘mini-adventures’.

 

All of the curriculum areas are then delivered through this adventure. The beginning of each adventure is designed to hook all pupils in and acts as the ‘stunning start’ to the learning. Pupils are also made aware of what the ‘fantastic finish’ for this adventure will be so that they can always put their learning into context across the mini adventure.

 

The learning journey that the pupils go on, covers all subjects and are captured in one book.  The adventures allow for clear coverage of the National Curriculum. Coverage of curriculum areas is evident in the school’s curriculum coverage plans.

 

Teaching and learning is underpinned by cognitive challenge. Teachers use the principles of Bloom’s Taxonomy to ensure differentiation is appropriate and does not place a glass ceiling on learning for any pupil.

 

Differentiation occurs by careful and strategic task matching and questioning and staff create the correct conditions for learning by delivering learning centralising around a learning objective and providing opportunities for depth within this.

 

The environment engages and inspires pupils but is also language rich to support the pupil’s oracy and writing development throughout the mini-adventure. ​

 

A focus for our adventures is to prepare our pupils to be ‘secondary ready’ by the time they leave Oakfield Primary Academy. This is achieved by providing contextualized, purposeful learning that develop life skills, learning behaviours and focuses on pupils’ development in becoming writers, mathematicians, historians and geographers etc.

 

Throughout the adventures, pupils are given opportunities to reflect on how their learning attitudes are developing in accordance to the learning behaviours. Pupils demonstrating these attitudes are recognised and rewarded within the classroom and the whole school celebration assembly.

 

At Oakfield Primary Academy, we believe the bridge between teaching and learning is assessment. Therefore, our feedback policy is an integral aspect to the curriculum. The feedback policy ensures that learning is addressed and celebrated or moved forward in accordance to the essential learning objective where the planning has been derived from. At Oakfield feedback is positive, reflective, challenging and provides opportunities for a teacher to communicate how successful a piece of work is and how this can be further improved. Pupils are given time to reflect on the feedback that the teacher gives. ​

 

Subjects taught thematically

  • Literacy Genres
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Design/technology
  • Science
  • ICT

 

RE

Each half term, every class within Oakfield will learn about different themes from the Warwickshire and Coventry Agreed Syllabus for RE. This learning will form an RE focused 'mini-mission.' For further information, please see https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/sacre 

 Click here for our RE topic overview.

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.
 
For an overview of our PSHE topics, click here.
 
PE
All pupils will undertake two hours of curriculum PE learning per week. One session will be led by your child's class teacher and the other will be led by a specialist sporting coach. Children across Key Stage One and Two will also be provided with frequent opportunities to participate in school vs school competition and various whole year group sporting festivals throughout the academic year. Children in Year 2 and Year 5 will all be trained as sports leaders and will be provided with the opportunity to lead small game activities.
For an overview of our PE topics, click here.
 
Music

 

To fulfil the National Curriculum requirements at both stages, Oakfield Primary Academy children will be given the knowledge, skills and understanding to:

 

Key stage 1 focus:

  •  Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music. 

Key stage 2 focus: 

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression.
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations.
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians.
  • Develop an understanding of the history of music. 

 

Our school uses an interactive Charanga Music School scheme of work as the basis for its curriculum planning. While there are opportunities for children of all abilities to develop their skills and knowledge in each teaching unit, the progression planned into the Charanga scheme of work means that the children are increasingly challenged as they move through the school.

Our 'units of work' are divided into 6 steps, which are delivered over a half term. The activities cover the musical dimensions, (formerly elements - pulse, rhythm, pitch,etc) through singing and playing instruments, listening and creating music - all intrinsically linked through a central song or piece. 

For more information about Charanga, see https://charanga.com/site/musical-school/

 

Oakfield Primary Academy EYFS & Concentric Curriculum Maps

 

 

Foundation Stage One - Ladybirds
Foundation Stage Two - Butterflies & Snails
Key Stage One & Key Stage Two Concentric Curriculum Maps

 
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.