In January 2022, Oaklands are taking the exciting next step in the development of our curriculum. In order to ensure that children receive a balanced and clearly sequenced curriculum we will now be using Cornerstones as a basis for the delivery of most of our foundation subjects (Art and Design; Design and Technology; Geography; History; RE) as well as science.
Follow the link for more information about Cornerstones: - https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/about/
Our curriculum design is based on the most up-to-date understanding of how children learn more and remember more. It will allow them to ‘bump into’ concepts regularly as they move through the school, and move these concepts into their long-term memories.
The curriculum is further enriched through Forest School provision and having a specialist teacher in French (KS2). Our assembly programme ensures that children learn about Fundamental British Values, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) and RSE (Relationship and Sex Education). Pupil voice is further enhanced through our bi-weekly house group meetings, expertly led by our Year 6 heads of houses and steered by our school Eco-council.
To further explore our vision for the curriculum at Oaklands, please read of Curriculum statement below.
You can also access the progression documents for subject areas to see for yourself how learning will build over time, including those subject areas not based on Cornerstones.
We will continue to use Purple Mash as our resource for delivering computing lessons as it provides a clear sequence of learning, building on knowledge and skills. It also supports teacher pedagogy in delivering effective computing lessons, which can be adapted to suit our curriculum. Over time, as Cornerstones becomes embedded in other areas, computing will begin to transition over, taking the best of what we have learnt from Purple Mash and integrating it into our new curriculum.
Teachers use 'ESSENTIALmaths' developed by Herts for Learning to plan maths lessons based on the concept of maths mastery e.g. ensuring that children have all of the right knowledge, at the right time to become agile mathematicians, able to use and apply what they have learnt to a variety of concepts.
Charanga is used to support non-specialist teachers to deliver music lessons to their pupils. There is a clear progression of scaffolded skills and knowledge, which builds year-on-year, ensuring that children take part in a breadth of different music sessions and gain a good knowledge of the subject. Follow the link for more information about Churanga https://charanga.com/site/musical-school/
Our PE progression of skills has been developed over time by our PE Lead, Mr Pilsworth. It has played a significant role in the school achieving 'Gold Level' in the School Games Mark criteria. We are expecting this to be upgraded to Platinum next academic year.
SCARF provides a comprehensive spiral curriculum for PSHE education, including mental health and wellbeing.
Using SCARF across all age groups will ensure progression in knowledge, attitudes and values, and skills – including the key skills of social and emotional learning, known to improve outcomes for children.
SCARF is also mapped to the new DfE guidance for Relationships Education and Health Education, The PSHE Association's Programmes of Study Learning Opportunities, the National Curriculum, Curriculum for Excellence and Ofsted's requirements.