Curriculum Coverage & Content
Oakley Vale Primary School - ‘Teachers plan interesting lessons and the curriculum is enriched by a wealth of stimulating activities. Consequently, pupils are enthusiastic learners and are keen to attend school.’
(Ofsted June 2017)
Everything we do at Oakley Vale is underpinned by the Brooke Weston Trust core values:
- Ambition for all
- High expectations
- Excellent teaching and support
- Working together
- Contributing to society
We aim to provide a stimulating, creative and challenging curriculum that promotes the development of the whole child and offers a wide range of learning opportunities. We offer children a curriculum that caters for a variety of interests that will provide opportunities, challenges, collaboration and will also encourage ambition for every child to succeed in all aspects of their personal development. Through curriculum subjects, enrichment activities and residential trips, as well as numerous extra-curricular activities, we aim to give children every opportunity to meet personal goals and to be the best that they can be.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced and designed to foster curiosity. Learning is organised as part of topic themes where links are made between subjects, giving children a deeper understanding and a context on which to hook their learning. Planning for these curriculum units are designed to stimulate interest, promote the acquisition of research skills and develop children’s skills in observation, thinking, creativity and an awareness of the outside world, which is an important feature of the school’s curriculum.
Our immersive curriculum has been uniquely designed by the whole school community to meet the specific needs of all our children and give them challenges and opportunities alongside ambition and collaboration skills to enable them to become fulfilled, successful and responsible citizens. At Oakley Vale we believe that quality teaching and our immersive curriculum allow all children, including those with English as an additional language and disadvantaged children, to flourish. Our demographic is gradually evolving, the number of families who attend the school with limited English is now growing, and we have recognised and worked hard to overcome the language barrier this to ensure that all families feel involved in the school community. The children at Oakley Vale come from a mixed socio demographic and our curriculum has been designed to offer opportunities for those from a variety of families such as professional families with working parents as well as families who are new to the country and have fewer life experiences.
Oakley Vale's carefully planned skills progression enables the curricululm to be very well thought out. If you would like to know more then please click on the link below:
We have recognised that in order to allow children to access our rich curriculum and achieve academic success, they must be emotionally and socially ready to learn, we therefore put high quality pastoral care and nurture at the heart of our teaching and school experience.
Early reading skills are a major focus at Oakley Vale and we work hard to ensure that all children are equipped with the strategies they need to acquire the skills needed to develop confidence in early reading, which enables them to access the entire curriculum.
Through Personal, Social and Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) we aim to develop each child’s self-esteem, confidence and independence. Sessions such as Circle Time are used to discuss, as a class, current issues within School. It also provides a time to celebrate and praise success. We follow the Jigsaw programme of study. The whole School studies the same themes at different levels and uses assemblies to introduce and conclude projects. We promote British values in school.
At Oakley Vale, we aim to have reading at the heart of everything we do in school. As part of our creative curriculum, we ensure a high quality text is used to drive learning in every year group. Our home/school reading arrangements have been developed to focus on reading for meaning and we encourage everyone to re-read books in order to improve fluency and achieve a deeper understanding of what is read. Regular poetry assemblies take place throughout the year and author days are planned to support reading for pleasure.
- Children are expected to read regularly – little and often, and be able to ask and answer questions related to the text.
- All children are allocated a school reading scheme level related to their Year group and ability.
- EYFS, Years 1 & 2 have the opportunity to change their reading books twice a week.
- Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 have the opportunity to change their reading books once a week.
- In addition, every class has a weekly timetabled slot to borrow/change a school library book which they are encouraged to read at home.
- Learning Logs have a minimum expectation of three notes of reading at home which include book title, pages read & a parental signature.
- Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have Reading Ambassadors who meet regularly to plan and run reading initiatives to promote a love of reading in our school.
- Poetry Phase Assemblies are held 6 times a year in which the children learn a poem by heart and perform it to their peers.
- Pupil voice is valued and captured regularly. This is used to inform future initiatives in school.
- Reading is taught explicitly 4 times a week and incorporated across the curriculum at every opportunity.
Maths is taught as a discreet subject throughout the school. We use the Maths Hub curriculum across the whole school to ensure coverage and progression across school. This provides interactive problem solving and challenges at appropriate levels as per National Curriculum expectations. Maths is also taught on a practical level using children's own experiences to embed concepts. Children recall number facts on a daily basis. Tables are regularly practised and are part of homework for weekly tests. Maths is also explored throughout the curriculum as part of the topics covered.
We have a laptop trolley which is moved to the classrooms when needed to ensure all children receive a hands on computing curriculum, we also have access to learn pads and Ipads to ensure our ICT skills are cross curricular. As a school we follow the rising stars curriculum to ensure progression and coverage across all year groups.
Internet safety is of upmost importance to Oakley Vale Primary school. The internet safety rules are shared with the children on a regular basis in assemblies and in lessons as well as being on show around school.
Throughout the year, every class has two hours of PE each week for a variety of activities including gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities. Year 4 go swimming on a weekly basis. All children are expected to participate unless excused on medical grounds in which case a request must be made in writing. All children will be expected to change so that they can move freely. Physical education is taught using a real PE scheme of work which ensures coverage and progression across all year groups. We have achieved our gold award in PE at Oakley Vale Primary School. There are regular and varied PE clubs throughout the year.
Music is a very important part of the Oakley Vale’s ethos. Children work with music across the curriculum having opportunities to appraise music and to distinguish between composers and instruments when listening. They sing regularly and perform frequently. There are also opportunities for children across school to receive lessons in playing guitar, violin or woodwind instruments or pariticpate in the Rock Steady Band.
Sex Education is included as part of our normal Health Education programme. Young children see no distinction between questions about sex and questions on any other subject. Their curiosity arises naturally and so their questions are answered naturally, as and when they arise. Honest answers are given at a level suitable for a child to understand.
The School Nurse usually visits the upper School to discuss menstruation and hygiene with the girls. A special course on health and sex education will be given to Y6 children based on the video “All About Me”. Parents will have a chance to view the programme and see the related materials in advance. The programmes focus upon puberty. Children are able to participate in follow up discussions. Should parents have any queries or concerns, the Head or class teacher will be happy to discuss them. We respect parents’ views and should a parent feel that this work is not appropriate we will make alternative arrangements for their child during these lessons, provided we are given advance warning.
The outdoor environment and the local community are considered an opportunity for active learning for all our pupils. The school grounds have been developed so they can enrich different curriculum areas.
Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. Developing their independence and motivation as learners and their sense of responsibility as future citizens is at the heart of all our teaching and learning.
French is taught by a fluent French speaker across KS2, the children have interactive French lessons once a week.