Oakworth Primary School and Nursery

Together We Learn, Together We Grow

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Curriculum at Oakworth

At Oakworth we provide a broad, rich, relevant and meaningful curriculum, which as a team, we are very proud of. 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 with 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 revisit and 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. 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 teamwork 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

 

Statement of Intent, Implementation & Impact

Intent

We recognise the value and importance that Music 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.

It is our intent that children have a well-rounded experience of music at Oakworth; through the understanding of music as a whole and through the learning to play instruments. Music enjoyable learning experience and children participate in a variety of musical experiences, building their confidence. We want our children to understand rhythm and follow a beat and learn about the structure and organisation and technical vocabulary of music. At Oakworth, we use music as a form of expression and narrative for children and understand how music impacts emotional well being and life beyond school. 

 

Implementation

The Charanga scheme of work is used from Years 1 - 6 to ensure wide exposure to different genres of music, with lots of practical opportunities to explore and develop as musicians and singers. It also compliments the curriculum and scaffolds the learning opportunities throughout the Key Stages. In school, we have whole-class ensemble teaching in Years 3 and  6 where children are taught a specific musical instrument for part of the school year. These lessons incorporate teaching musical notation, singing, as well as learning to play an instrument. Opportunities are taken to perform in class, in whole assemblies and also to parents and the wider community. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Additional opportunities are offered in music, such as the Key Stage 2 choir which performs regularly in school and at events in the local community.

Children will also learn how to compose focusing on different dimensions of music, which in turn feeds their understanding when listening, playing, or analysing music. Composing or performing using body percussion and vocal sounds is also part of the curriculum, which develops the understanding of musical elements without the added complexity of an instrument.

 

Impact

 Our pupils will learn that music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. They will be inspired and engaged by music education. Music lessons will engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their talent as musicians, and in turn increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Children enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose - either as a listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills and how music can be accessed in the next stage of their education.

Intent

We recognise the value and importance that History 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.

Our History curriculum based on the National Curriculum and is adapted to meet the needs of our children at Oakworth. It is designed to be a practical and engaging subject which fires pupils’ curiosity about historical periods, people and events in Britain and the wider world.

Implementation

History is taught through termly, or half termly topics, which are carefully chosen to engage children and provide opportunities for links with other curriculum subjects in a meaningful way. Specific vocabulary, terminology and key content will be taught and revisited to ensure children have a stronger and more meaningful understanding of history and where the different periods fit in relation to others. Where possible, artefacts will be sought and used for children to explore and investigate. They will learn about important times and people in their own locality linked to the periods of study. Through their studies, pupils will begin to understand the process of change and be able to recognise and describe similarities and differences in people’s lives and in societies. We take pleasure in watching our children investigate and acquire knowledge for themselves, uncovering the wonders of the past and applying their knowledge and skills to other areas of the curriculum.

Impact

Through the study of individuals, societies, cultures and countries within which they live in- and those within the wider world- History will enable children to gain awareness of what happened in the past and reasons for these events. It will encourage children to challenge and ask questions about their historical knowledge and apply these skills across a range of subjects. This in turn will influence the decisions they make as they move through Oakworth Primary School and prepare them for their further education and role within the real world.

Intent

We recognise the value and importance that RE 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.

 

At Oakworth, we use RE as a tool to celebrate diversity and create cultural and global citizens. We recognise the importance of understanding the different faiths represented in Great Britain to prevent ignorance and promote appreciation and unity in society. Our teaching of RE also develops the children’s ability to reflect and make reasoned and informed judgments based on a strong set of morals, whatever faith they choose to practice.

 

Implementation

The school curriculum focuses on the wide variety of religions around the world. We also look at moral education, which doesn’t necessarily form a part of any religion, and how this contributes to the well-being of humanity. Children will year on year progressively develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of festivals, beliefs, teachings, practices and ways of life.  The curriculum also is designed to encourage them to express responses and to raise questions and issues about identity, belonging, meaning, purpose, values and commitments.

 

Impact

Children will be equipped with systematic knowledge and understanding of a range of religious and worldviews, enabling them to develop their ideas, values and identities. Children will be able to positively participate in our multicultural and diverse society, and will be able to articulate clearly and coherently their personal views and beliefs while respecting the right of others to differ. This will prepare children for making their own choices later in life and living in a multicultural society.

Intent

We recognise the value and importance that Geography 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.

At Oakworth, we believe that Geography helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human world, engaging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place and responsibilities within it, becoming global citizens. Our curriculum is designed to equip our pupils to ask and answer the key questions about the natural and human aspects of the world. As the world continues to change, our curriculum provides opportunities for children to think about how we, as humans, are impacting upon these changes and how conscious decision making can contribute towards a healthier planet. We are beyond fortunate to live within the Brontë area which we fully utilise, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom which is embedded to support our learning in geography within our curriculum. As pupils progress, their growing knowledge of the world should help them deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments.

 

Implementation

Our aim is to emphasise investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of each unit of work covered throughout school. Fieldwork is used throughout to embed key skills such as map reading and producing, and place and locational knowledge are developed year on year through our progressive approach. Geography is sometimes used as a topic focus for the term (as is History) but we also aim to ensure that it is integrated into other areas of the curriculum and the basic skills are taught throughout the year through cross curricular work. Visits to places within and beyond our locality are used to widen children’s understanding of the world in which they live and the outdoors are greatly valued in the delivery of our curriculum, making for a wholesome approach to learning. 

 

Impact

Through the teaching of our curriculum, children will have developed a fascination for our planet and be equipped to ask the question that geographers do. They will evidence a broad and balanced understanding of geography and the places and people of the world, and have the skills to confidently articulate the key knowledge that is revisited and built upon each year. We aim to ensure that children acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be prepared for the curriculum that follows and life in the wider world. We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed their learning about our ever-changing world and to have instilled the courage for them to explore, ask questions and undertake new life experiences now and in the future.

Intent

We recognise the value and importance that computing has for developing our children as ‘Young Superheroes’, specifically developing their powers of resilience, teamwork, discovery and challenge throughout a range of technology. A high-quality computing education gives children the tools to use the online world safely, confidently and creatively. We recognise that e-safety is a highly relevant issue to our children so our curriculum is intended to teach children the knowledge and behaviours they need to be safe online. Our approach is rooted in respect, vigilance and kindness.  We recognise, too, the potential for computing to develop children’s problem solving and creative attributes that will, we think, help our children become lifelong learners in an ever changing world. We want computing at Oakworth to be a cross-curricular, safe, engaging subject that engages and challenges every child.

 

Implementation

Teaching

Our computing curriculum is based upon the NCCE and Project Evolve and is organised into the 5 key areas of computing: eSafety, Computing systems & Networks, Creating Media, Data Information and Programming. Children’s needs are front and centre when it comes to implementing our vision for computing.  Class teachers, who know their children’s needs best, are free to deliver the curriculum content in a way that best meets their classes’ needs.  Teachers have access to a range of hardware – such as iPads, laptops, Bee-Bots and Log-Boxes – through which their objectives can to be taught in a creative way designed to engage children.  There are, of course, many organic links with the subject to Maths, English and Science and teachers are encouraged to use technology in these areas. Children tell us that they enjoy using technology in these subjects and, through regular use, their computing skills become more proficient.  While computing is a discrete subject at Oakworth, we expect that children will grow to recognise when technology can best enhance their learning across the curriculum.  Digital leaders from year 5 and 6 will model best practice for their younger peers and, where appropriate, support teachers in delivering the curriculum.

 

Online safety

Online safety lies at the heart of our approach to computing. E-safety is not only taught during lesson time, but is also discussed whenever technology is used by children throughout the year and that adults model best practice themselves. We recognise that keeping children safe when online is a whole-school responsibility and that it is incumbent on us to teach children how to assess a situation and to think through consequences before acting. We further recognise that some children may be especially vulnerable. Teachers have identified these pupils and will be alive to their increased susceptibility when teaching computing and more widely. As part of our commitment to e-safety, a local PCSO visits the school on an annual basis to deliver sessions that helps to keep the issue uppermost in children’s minds. We communicate regularly with parents as we recognise their pivotal role in keeping children safe online.

 

Impact

Children will be safe, knowledgeable online citizens. They will be aware of online dangers and will have the confidence to assess the risks and make considered decisions. We want children to be enthused by the online world but not consumed by it. Children will become adept at computational thinking – the ability to solve.