Creative Curriculum at Oakworth
Statement of Intent
At Oakworth Primary School, we endeavour to make learning meaningful for all children. Our Creative Curriculum is designed to teach children skills for life-long learning and to embed essential knowledge across a broad and balanced range of subjects. Learning is progressive and covers the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum 2014.
All stakeholders in the school demonstrate mutual respect and a strong sense of community. Children are taught about British Values, which promotes tolerance, understanding and the celebration of diversity. 'Bronte Brain' independent learning behaviours are encouraged right from the Nursery years, to foster a growth mindset. Underpinning the whole academic curriculum is PSHE (Personal, Health and Social Education) and Social, Moral , Spiritual and Cultural Development (SMSC).
Teaching teams in each year group plan a carefully structured Creative Curriculum, where most subjects are covered through a linked topic. Some subjects are, however, taught discretely; to ensure that coverage is maintained. Medium-term topic plans are sent home for parents and carers, to empower them to support their children's learning. Each topic is launched by a 'Wow Start'; to motivate the children, engage their curiosity and generate key questions to drive subsequent learning. Topics then culminate in 'Fab Finishes', so that everything that the children have learnt and experienced can be celebrated and shared.
Forest School is an inspirational approach to educating children, that develops an experience and knowledge of the natural world. It takes place outdoors, in all weathers, and is (in effect) a classroom without walls. Through lots of practical activities, which focus on risk-taking, creativity and teamwork, children grow in self-esteem and confidence, thus supporting their ability to learn in other subjects. Children experience freedom and create their own adventures, in their own way - and have lots of fun at the same time!
As children move through Oakworth Primary, they learn progressive skills and a wide variety of knowledge in a range of subjects. This learning is assessed on a termly basis, allowing subject leaders and teachers to provide scaffolding and challenge for a range of abilities, including children with Special Educational Needs.
The embedding of core English and Maths skills and knowledge is also facilitated, as children are given opportunities to practise and apply their learning in a cross-curricular context. Our Creative Curriculum thus empowers children to become independent, aspirational and effective learners, ready for the next stage of their education.
Assessment & Progression in the Creative Curriculum
At Oakworth, we assess our children termly in each year group, from Year One to Six. These assessments focus on the skills and knowledge taught in each area of the Creative Curriculum, covered that term. Children are assessed as either working at, below or above, age-related expectations. This detailed assessment system is progressive in nature and builds on, as well as consolidates, the skills and knowledge taught in the previous year. Children record their work in in their Creative Curriculum topic books through the week and clear marking and feedback ensures the children make progress across the range of Curriculum areas.
Please find the examples of our History assessment in the class files below.
Below are the examples of our Medium Term Creative Topic planning for year groups 1-6. These are updated half termly and can be used as an excellent point of reference of what is being covered, so you can support your child at home.
Creative Curriculum in Action
Below our some pictures of our Creative Curriculum in action from our fantastic topic learning walls, to the activities and learning going on. Keep posted to see how this looks across our School.