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The Oakfield Primary Academy Curriculum
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
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
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.
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:
Key stage 2 focus:
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