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Curriculum

Excellence and Enjoyment at Oakworth Primary School

Oakworth Primary is a learning community with high standards in English and Mathematics. We provide a stimulating curriculum, which promotes excellence and enables all children to reach their potential. Learning is brought to life through meaningful and enjoyable experiences; embedding skills and knowledge.

 

The National Curriculum

Our exciting curriculum is broadly based and balanced; in line with the framework set out for schools in the new National Curriculum for England (introduced in September 2014).

 

Core Subjects

English – High quality teaching of English provides children with essential skills to use confidently for effective learning across the whole curriculum. Spoken language, phonics, reading, writing, handwriting and spelling are all taught; to equip pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word and to develop their love of literature.

Maths – The daily maths lesson includes both written and mental methods and builds competency in number, measures, geometry and statistics. Children are challenged to apply their knowledge to increasingly complex real-life problems and to develop reasoning skills.

Science – Opportunities are provided for the investigation of scientific ideas; the study of living things and the environment; exploration of materials and their properties and learning about physical processes. Children develop their knowledge and understanding of different scientific concepts through questioning and enquiry.

Computing – At Oakworth, computing is taught both as a separate subject and as an integral part of the curriculum. It is our aim that when pupils use IT they will obtain a set of skills that will, undoubtedly, be required throughout life; for work, pleasure and for creativity.

 

Foundation Subjects

Design and Technology – This practical subject allows children to use their own, imaginative ideas and learn skills in using equipment, when designing, making and evaluating projects for specific purposes. Resourcefulness, innovation and enterprise are encouraged.

History – Various units, covering history from the Stone Age up to the children’s Grandparents time, are studied. Children develop an understanding of change and where people and events fit into a chronological framework. They also acquire the skills needed for research, using historical evidence.

Geography – Geographical knowledge, understanding and skills inspire in pupils a fascination about their world and its peoples. Children study places far and near, covering both physical and human geography and gain experience of fieldwork techniques and technologies.

Music – Children explore the various elements of this highly creative subject through first-hand experience. They learn to develop a critical appreciation of different types of music and are encouraged to express their own talents as musicians, composers and singers.

Physical Education – Structured physical activity supports children’s general health and fitness and enables them to develop skills and confidence. Opportunities to compete in sport, including a wide range of extra-curricular activities, also help to embed values such as fairness and respect and encourage children to excel.

Art & Design – Children produce their own creative art, craft and design using a wide variety of materials and media. They are introduced to the work of many great artists, designers and architects and gain an understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

Foreign Languages (KS2 only) – Learning a different language provides an opening to other cultures and deepens children’s understanding of the world. Emphasis is placed on the spoken and written communication of facts and feelings, through a focus on familiar and routine matters and an introduction to stories, songs, poems and rhymes.

Religious Education – The school has adopted Bradford LEAs agreed syllabus, on which we base our scheme of work. The schemes content is predominantly Christian, but does cover other major world faiths. Visits and assemblies are organised, related to a range of religions.

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE if they wish, however we would request that you discuss your concerns with the Headteacher before making a decision regarding withdrawal.

Personal, Social and Health Education – As part of our commitment to educating the whole child, PSHE lessons look at children’s health and well being and their relationships with others. A greater understanding of economic issues is fostered and opportunities given for the children to grow into their future role as socially responsible citizens.

Sex Education – The Governing Body has committed the school to teaching aspects of sex and relationship education as children progress through school. Outside agencies such as the School Nurse share this work with the school. Parents will be informed of planned teaching sessions and have the legal right to withdraw their child should they see fit.