Oakfield School
Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

At Oakfield School, we believe it is every pupil’s right to expect excellent teaching of an enriched and engaging curriculum, in a safe learning environment, which will enable them to reach their full potential life. The curriculum is both board and balanced and promotes the spiritual moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils and in addition prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Our Curriculum Policy complies with the Equality Act and SEN Regulations 14 and we embed these characteristics into our everyday practice.

All pupils follow the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. More information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/national-curriculum/overview

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview (Year 7, 8, 9)

To aid transition from primary, our Year 7 pupils are taught in a Nurture Class, in a primary model. From Year 8, pupils follow a Secondary style model where pupils move around the school for all subject specific learning.

Please click the on the subject name to access a full overview of the course content of the subjects we offer at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4:

English Mathematics Science
ICT/Computing Geography History
MFL Design & Technology Art & Design
Music PE RE
Online Safety PSHE Outdoor Education

By the end of Key Stage 3, we aspire that all pupils have:

  • Increase in knowledge of key literacy and numeracy skills shown through in class assessment and formal termly assessments
  • Increased engagement and motivation in lessons
  • Increased attendance
  • Reduced number of incidents (physical management)

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview (Year 10/11)

Our pupils follow the National Curriculum in Key Stage 4

Compulsory subjects:

English Mathematics Science
ICT/Computing PSHE PE
Duke of Edinburgh Enterprise Employability
MFL

In the summer term of Year 9, our pupils begin transition to KS4 and can make choices of subject choices for Year 10 and Year 11.

Option 1: Geography History

View Options Book: here

Option 2: Music

 

 

BTEC Sport Art & Design
Option 3: Design & Technology Photography

Key Stage 4 Vocational Pathway (14-16 College)

Oakfield works in partnerships with local colleges who provide specialist vocational courses aimed at 14-16 year olds.

Vocational courses currently on offer are:

  • Hair and Beauty
  • Motor mechanics
  • Construction
  • Environmental/Land-based Studies

These vocational courses allow pupil to develop essential skills in a chosen career whilst still working towards GCSE’s in school.   If a pupil wishes to undertake this type of education, a taster day at the college is organised in which the pupil attends and is supported by Oakfield School Staff. Depending on the need of the child depends how long this support is provided whilst the pupil is at college. 14-16 college placements allow pupils to have a clear progression route into further and higher education.

By the end of Key Stage 4 we aspire that all pupils realise their ambition in relation to:

  • higher education and/or employment – including exploring different employment options, such as support for becoming self-employed and help from supported employment agencies
  • independent living – enabling people to have choice and control over their lives and the support they receive, their accommodation and living arrangements, including supported living
  • participating in society – including having friends and supportive relationships, and participating in, and contributing to, the local community
  • being as healthy as possible in adult life

Interventions

At Oakfield School, we have a full time qualified teacher who provides targeted Maths and English intervention throughout the week on a one to one basis with identified pupils (those with gaps in their learning or low prior attainment). The sessions last between 20-30 minutes per pupil. Evidence provide by the EEF indicates that one to one tuition can be effective, providing approximately five additional months’ progress on average.

The school has a designated space where the intervention sessions are carried out.

The school offers various intervention programs:

  • Lexia is taught to all Key stage 3 pupils. Lexia is a web-based Independent Learning System with several programs. It is predominantly phonics-based, beginning at initial letter level, and includes a simple comprehension element. Pupils work through a program independently and at their own pace. The computer keeps track of their progress (records can be printed off) and provides extra practice on aspects which pupils find difficult.
  • Maths Symphony is taught to all Key stage 3 pupils. It is a web-enabled program with a visual and highly intuitive interface. Through every stage of the program, students gain a strong foundation in underlying principles and become better equipped to take on basic and advanced subjects Students move at their own speed and learn how math works.

Both interventions are tailored to suit the needs of each individual pupil. The Maths and English teachers liaise with the intervention staff to ensure that the work covered in the sessions are suitably challenging.

Oakfield is an accredited exam center of AQAOCREDEXCELWJECNOCNNCFEBCSDuke of Edinburgh’s AwardNIBAS and Princes Trust.

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