Take a look at our Curriculum webs to get an overview of what is covered in each year group.
At The Oaks Community Primary School we pride ourselves on our broad and balanced curriculum. The curriculum has been designed with consultants to ensure that we have National Curriculum coverage. Each year group has a new topic each term with the exception of our Reception Class, whom follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Each topic focus is planned around the children’s interests, needs and ability to enable the children to enjoy their learning and to ensure that the children can be successful.
Our Curriculum Statement shows how the curriculum is covered and what we offer to our pupils in our diverse curriculum.
Here at The Oaks our broad and balanced curriculum ensures that the children have a range of support from our staff to enhance their learning in foundation subjects. we are fortunate enough to be able to provide our children with a number of additional experiences.
Each year group proudly keeps a curriculum year book to showcase the wonderful work experience through our curriculum and to map each classes journey through the curriculum.
Art and Design and Technology
The Arts are a focus at our school and we believe that the arts support children in the achievement of basic skills. Every week all children participate in an art and design lesson taught by our specialist art teaching assistant. Our art teaching assistant (Ms Martin) follows a progression of
skills ensuring each year group is taught different skills. Topics covered in art directly link to the topics that are covered in the classroom. Our art and design curriculum supports, celebrates and promote diversity through the learning of different artists.
The school currently have an amazing drama specialist that visits the school every Thursday. Mrs Tudor works with both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two on a rota basis.
During the Autumn Term she also provided additional support for our SEND pupils, promoting confidence and collaborative working in small group sessions. During the Spring Term, Mrs Tudor worked with a group of our Pupil Premium children. This term she has a small group of more able Pupil Premium children.
All the work she does is linked to class topics and focuses on different dramatic techniques.
We also currently have a progression of skills in our music lessons. We have outside support for the teaching of music and that includes all year groups. Key Stage One and Year 3 have weekly music sessions that focus on using their voices, the singing is also continued in our assemblies.
Year 4 and 5 have weekly violin lessons. The strings are sounded either by drawing the bow across them (arco), or sometimes by plucking them (pizzacato). The children usually play pizzicato to begin with, so they have the time to learn the notes and how to read sheet music.
Year 6 have weekly guitar lessons, this enables them to transfer the music skills that they have learnt during violin lessons in Year 4 and 5 and apply them to a different string instrument.
As the children move through the school they learn several instruments, how to read and write music as well as take part in weekly whole school singing at the end of each assembly.
|Autumn Term||Spring Term||Summer Term|
|Reception||Vocal coaching and percussion instruments|
|Year One||Vocal coaching and percussion instruments|
|Year Two||Vocal coaching and percussion instruments|
|Year Three||Vocal coaching||Drums|
|Year Four||Violins and drums||Violins and Drums||Violins and Drums|
|Year Six||Guitars and Violins||Guitars||Guitars|
Throughout the course of the academic year our children work with Mr Triggs. He is a computing specialist from MGL. The children have the opportunity to use a wide range of hardware to access the computing curriculum. As a school we frequently use laptops, iPads, Sphero Balls and our Minecraft suite however the children always get excited when Mr Triggs brings in robots, VR headsets or the 3D printer! Like our other specialist Mr Triggs works closely with the staff to create plans linked to the children’s currently learning.
At the school pupils learn Spanish. EYFS and Key Stage One experience Spanish through songs and action rhymes. In Key Stage Two the children learn Spanish in dedicated teaching time and look at learn basic conversational skills and phrases. Spanish objectives are set in Year 3,4,5 and 6 to ensure progression in speaking, listening and reading and writing.
A useful website to support your child in learning Spanish the the BBC website.
At The Oaks as well as learning historical facts children develop skills of questioning and enquiry. History is taught through topic lessons. In Key Stage One children explore the lives of significant people and learn about how these people have influenced Britain. In Key Stage Two children learn about recent and more distant times in the locality, in Britain and in other parts of the world. Teachers bring history alive for pupils through the use of real sources, recreation of events, drama and art. The teaching and learning of History incorporates the aims of the National Curriculum.
At The Oaks Geography is taught through topic lessons. In Geography children find out about their local area, other areas in the UK and the rest of the world. Children gain a knowledge and understanding of places in the world and environmental changes that take place. Children engage in discussion about environmental problems and this is supported by work with, for example Chester Zoo and visiting practitioners such as Antony Lishak who explored how to make the world a better place with Year 5 and 6. Through Geography children develop a variety of skills including enquiry, problem solving, communication and computing.