Oakworth Primary School and Nursery

Together We Learn, Together We Grow

Part of Bronte Academy Trust

Curriculum at Oakworth

At Oakworth we have a rigorous, broad and balanced curriculum. We recognise the importance of providing children with the opportunity to explore a range of subjects in depth which will inspire and prepare them for learning beyond our school. Oakworth follows the National Curriculum however we believe in using a child centered approach to learning as children are at the heart of our school. This provides children the opportunity to take risks, learn from trial and error and become more resilient learners. At Oakworth we have designed a curriculum that has clear progression in each subject across school and ensures children are able to continuously build on the skills previously taught. Staff carefully piece together units to ensure children are taken on a meaningful journey in their learning through the topic, finishing with an innovative project outcome. Oakworth’s creative curriculum is ‘hands on’ and children are encouraged to discuss their ideas, thoughts and feelings with others. This then continuously develops children’s confidence, creativity and team work which will not only support them in other subjects within our school but in preparation for the next stage of their education.

Our whole-school topic overview for 2021-22

 

Take a look at our curriculum overviews for each subject...

Statement of Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent

In our rapidly evolving world, science is a vital part of our curriculum intention.  At Oakworth, we endeavor to ensure that our pupils develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and events in the world around them.  We aim to develop their naturally curious minds and through practical experiences, enable them to experiment, question and challenge ideas.  Teachers at Oakworth aim to provide our pupils with high quality teaching and learning that gives them the knowledge and skills that they require to become independent and resilient leaners with a desire and enthusiasm for finding out new things.

Implementation

Where possible, teachers link science to their topics and where needed, it is taught in discrete lessons or units.  At Oakworth, teachers provide positive and enthusiastic attitudes towards science and adjustments are made in order to ensure that every child is capable of achieving high standards.  Teaching of Science at Oakworth ensures that we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school, building on pupils’ previous knowledge in terms of the skills that they acquire and the knowledge they have gained. 

Impact

Pupils at Oakworth are able to acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge, but also acquire skills which enable them to progress.  This successful approach at Oakworth results in a fun, engaging, high-quality Science education that provides children with the foundations for understanding the world.  By incorporating Working Scientific skills into lessons, our children become more proficient in their selection of scientific equipment, ability to collate, analyse and to interpret results.  They become increasingly confident to make developed conclusions based upon real evidence. All children will have a wider variety of skills linked to both scientific knowledge and understanding, and scientific enquiry skills.  Children are clear that Science has changed our lives and that it is vital to the world’s future prosperity and innovation.  Understanding about the world we live in, is fundamental for conservation and for sustainability and there are many exciting possibilities in careers in Science.  The ultimate success will be seen by our children having high aspirations and enthusiasm to pursue further study and work in the field of science and pupils who are independent, aspirational and resilient learners, ready for the next stage of their education.

  Art 

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Statement of Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent

We recognise the value and importance that Art has for developing our children as ‘Young Superheroes’, specifically developing their powers of resilience, teamwork, discovery and challenge throughout a range of projects and themes.

The Art curriculum at Oakworth aspires to engage pupils and nurture their involvement in the expressive arts.  It provides children with the most relevant skills that help them to harness their natural ability to be expressive and experimental.  Children should be involved in both making their own art and enjoying the art of others. Engaging in art processes enhances all aspects of development including promoting emotional safety through their happiness and wellbeing.

We will provide multi-sensory environments and experiences which will facilitate effective and responsive learning.  Through this approach children will be supported to fully engage with different concepts, ideas and skills.  We will recognise and nurture the potential of children to be able to develop their own interpretations of the world, ‘to help them deepen and enrich their child’s-eye view’ so that they can achieve a broader and deeper understanding of the world around them. (Vygotsky)

 

Implementation

The Art curriculum has been designed to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. The technical knowledge and skills have been broken down into 6 units of work Painting, Drawing, Textiles, Modelling, Collage and Printing. In each unit there are specific skills and knowledge that has to be taught at each stage. This is also underpinned by an artist study in each unit, who exemplifies the skill we are teaching the children. This ensures that the children’s skills develop as they move through school in preparation for the next stage. Collaborative and child-led curriculum planning lies at the heart of what we do at Oakworth.  We provide contexts that are relevant to our children and take in to account the particular interests of individual learners to enhance their experience of the subject and deepen their understanding and ability to apply key concepts and ideas.

 

Impact

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.   A high-quality art education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and the rest of the world.

 

Statement of Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent

Design and Technology is a practical and creative subject that prepares children to deal with tomorrows rapidly changing world. It allows children to tap into their imaginations and gives them hands on time to explore and flourish creatively. At Oakworth we intend to teach the children progressive practical skills through our topic and end project approach to learning. This creates meaningful links to other subjects and creates a range of contexts in which they can design, make and evaluate their work and that of others. Through the subject of DT children learn that it is ok to fail and re- work an idea, they learn to persevere when things get tough and work collaboratively with others in a range of situations. We recognise the value and importance that DT has for developing our children as ‘Young Superheroes’, specifically developing their powers of resilience, teamwork, discovery and challenge throughout a range of projects and themes.

 

Implementation

The DT curriculum has been designed to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum. The technical knowledge and skills have been broken down into 4 units of work cooking, construction, textiles and modelling. In each unit there are specific skills and knowledge that has to be taught at each stage. This ensures children’s skills develop as they move through school and prepares them for the next stage. In addition, the three key areas of designing, making and evaluating have also been broken down into specific skills and teaching in each year group. This ensures that the children are developing as designers and makers within each stage of their school life. DT is implemented through a topic based approach with an engaging end product as a goal related to the main theme. This can often be a DT focus and allows the children a real and meaningful context for their learning. As children move through our school, they learn progressive skills and a wide variety of knowledge in DT and the curriculum empowers children to become independent, aspirational and resilient learners, ready for the next stage of their education.

 

Impact

Education at Oakworth is very much about the whole ‘Oakworth Child’, and we endeavour to present them with as many experiences as possible to equip them for life beyond Oakworth. DT allows children to learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. It is also adapted to meet the need of the individual to ensure we are inclusive and provide the best opportunities for all children