In this section you will find details of our curriculum and what we do. Please contact us for any additional information you may need.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Oakley Cross we believe that inclusive education means providing all children with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
Our School Curriculum
At Oakley Cross Primary School all children, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, are encouraged to be successful and therefore every opportunity is taken to develop their confidence, knowledge, self-esteem and life skills through technology, physical education, the creative and performing arts, religious and cultural learning and languages.
The school curriculum follows the current principles from the EYFS Curriculum and the New National Curriculum.
Throughout the school classes work co-operatively to ensure appropriate curriculum coverage within the context of both single and mixed age classes. Staff plan together and both teachers and teaching assistants are actively involved in the delivery of lessons and the assessment of children’s progress. Subjects are taught through topics to encourage linking aspects of learning. Information regarding topics and curriculum coverage can be found on our class pages.
Reading and Phonics
At Oakley Cross we are passionate about our children developing a love of reading. We place huge importance on helping children unlock their skills to become avid readers and promote reading for pleasure. Wherever possible, teaching is linked to texts as we recognise proficiency in Literacy underpins our ability to make sense of the world, develops our curiosity and broadens our vocabulary.
Early reading skills are taught through systematic synthetic phonics using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ approach supplemented with Jolly Phonics resources as well as games and ICT programmes. We focus on unlocking the children’s ability to blend and segment letter sounds for reading and spelling; recognising phonemes and corresponding graphemes with increasing confidence.
As a school we aim to enthuse children as readers and offer reading materials from a number of well-known schemes; Oxford Reading Tree, Code and Project X to name a few. We do, however, encourage children to choose texts for themselves and recognise that self-chosen reading material is of equal importance to school reading scheme books; magazines, novels, poems, news reports and information texts are provided in school classrooms and our school library.
We have consulted with children on the texts they want to see in their classrooms and allocated additional budget to each class and to the school library to buy books of interest to our children. We subscribe to ‘First News’ to encourage interest in current affairs and each class has chosen a magazine subscription. We encourage children to take books home to read as often as they can.
To encourage our more reluctant readers, we have invested in kindles across Key Stage 2. These are used for both independent and guided reading and again texts were chosen by the children. We have also invested in the Lexia reading programme and currently have 60 licences to support our children in developing their skills.
We also have our own Book Club in school. Children are invited to save a small amount of money and we open the Book Club each half term. This is proving to be increasingly popular throughout school.
We are very proud of our Reading Hub. The children enjoy visiting during breaks to read alone or share stories. We were thrilled when our hub was officially opened by the Police Interceptors that you see on TV!
PSHCE is delivered in school to develop the personal and social skills and emotional well-being of children. We follow the PSHCE Association’s programme covering one topic per term and support our children’s development of social skills using the ‘Talkabout’ framework. We are proud of our anti-bullying and safety curriculum and the work we do as a Rights Respecting Level 2 school. We enable children to fulfil their role as responsible citizens now and in the future by developing skills of independence, creativity and teamwork. As part of thinking independently, we seek to develop each child’s ability to make informed choices, recognising that their actions contribute towards ensuring that the rights of all are respected. Our curriculum is founded upon the explicit development of these skills. We dedicate curriculum time each year to promote the work we do regarding safety and we celebrate the UNICEF ‘Day for Change’. In October 2019 we began our journey as Stonewall Champion School, further developing our anti-bullying curriculum.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Curriculum
We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, to motivate and interest children, by doing so encourage high standards of both work and behaviour. Children are taught through a variety of experiences, preparing them for the experiences of adult life.
A class newsletter is sent out termly to all parents so they are aware of the focus of the work being studied.
Please read our Curriculum Policy for more information regarding the National Curriculum studied at KS1 and KS2, which is located in our School Policies section.
The progress of all children is monitored closely and where necessary appropriate support and intervention is put into place quickly.
Teachers, children and parents meet termly to discuss the child’s progress and targets are set for the forthcoming term.
We have updated our class pages to include planning specific to classes and cohorts in school.
To see more about the curriculum in action please visit the Our Classes section of our website.
Please view our school Assessment Statement
At Oakley Cross Primary we enable children to fulfil their role as responsible citizens now and in the future by developing skills of independence, creativity and teamwork. As part of thinking independently, we seek to develop each child’s ability to make informed choices, recognising that their actions contribute towards ensuring that the rights of all are respected. Our curriculum is founded upon the explicit development of these skills. Please view our Rights Respecting section for further details.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Oakley Cross Primary School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. Further information can be found in the SEN Information Report
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
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