Curriculum

Click on the relevant section of the side menu bar to read more detailed information about the curriculum for early years and the curriculum for years 1-6, including the teaching of reading.

Click the link below for an overview of our learning challenge curriculum from years 1-6 for 2016/17:

Learning Challenge Curriculum 2016 - 17

We provide a learning challenge curriculum ensuring that children benefit through the delivery of a rich, diverse, creative approach to teaching and learning. We have identified the following as our curriculum guarantee to learners at The Oak Tree Academy:

1. A curriculum that integrates assessment as an important part of learning and encourages growth mind sets

2. A curriculum that makes direct links with skills for the future

3. A curriculum that places a high priority on developing speaking and listening skills

4. A curriculum that places a high priority on developing independence skills

In planning an effective curriculum we recognise the following:

Everyone has areas of strength
We will identify all children as intelligent, finding and building upon their areas of strength

Every child deserves to leave school with good literacy and numeracy skills
We will provide a curriculum that prioritises the aquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.

Learning is about making connections
We will recognise that children know and understand many things before they even come to school
We will show children the connections between what they are learning and what they have already learned
Wherever possible, we will relate what we teach to the children's own experiences or interests
We recognise that children need to see the big picture, and will start each unit of learning with an overview of what the children will be doing and learning

Learning should be fun
We will begin each learning challenge with a 'smashing start' and end with a 'fantastic finish'
We will provide a range of learning and teaching styles to suit all children and provide a range of stimulating learning spaces including learning outside the classroom
We will work to develop children's self esteem
We will develop social interaction in a friendly and collaborative classroom

Good health is important to an effective brain
We will provide frequent and easy access to water
We will promote a healthy balanced diet
We will encourage children to eat fruit at breaktimes
We will teach children about healthy living

Collective Worship
We see our daily assemblies as central to our ethos. These are times when different groupings within school or even the whole school can get together. These short times (just 15 minutes) offer a time for reflection, singing, praise and/or celebration. We have a programme of themes based on values such as friendship, courage, responsibility, hope, perserverance, peace, thankfulness, generosity and trust.

Parents can ask for their children to be withdrawn from RE or Collective Worship. Anyone wishing to do this must first make an appointment with the Principal to discuss their reasons for withdrawing their child and to arrange how their child will be supervised during these times.

Assessment
Continual assessment of pupils takes place through marking and feedback, tests and observation. Pupil tracking and recording systems help teachers to monitor individual progress; this information is used to inform next steps and future planning. Pupils are formally assessed at the end of year 1 for phonics and then at the end of year 2 and year 6 for English and Maths.

As far as is possible, to give a sense of coherence to children's learning, the curriculum is organised into learning challenges aimed at motivating children's interest and engagement through questions. Recent challenges have included:

How could I survive on a desert island?
Can we live without electricity?
Can I be a fashion designer?
How do we know what season it is?
Could I be the next Apprentice?

And finally....
We want our children to become competent, independent learners and so, underpinning the entire curriculum are six non-negotiable skills for effective learning which are systematically encouraged and developed throughout children's time at The Oak Tree Academy. Therefore, when our children move onto the next stage of their education they should be...

  • Self-managers
  • Effective participants
  • Resourceful thinkers
  • Independent enquirers
  • Team workers

...and as such they will be able to continue on their learning journey confidently, as true 'Mighty Oaks' knowing that they have a positive contribution to make in the world.

Click on the relevant section of the side menu bar to read more detailed information about the curriculum for early years and the curriculum for years 1 - 6, including the teaching of reading.