The curriculum at The Oaks is designed to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, Birmingham Local Education Authority’s Curriculum Statement and the specific pastoral and academic needs of our children. A strong emphasis is placed on speaking, listening, reading, writing and mathematics.
The National Curriculum consists of the compulsory subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Music, PE and Design & Technology. Children are also taught Citizenship programmes and the Rights Respecting Schools Charter.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum is taught across nursery and reception which is split into the prime and specific areas. Learning and topics are developed through play and children’s interests. Children in reception access focused activities in all areas, specifically communication, language and literacy, mathematics and PSED.
Pupil’s work is either subject based or sometimes organised through a topic approach spanning two or more subjects. It also includes cross-curricular areas such as health education and environmental studies, always taking account of equal opportunities. Staff with consideration of the varying abilities, use both whole class and group teaching strategies. Our work is carefully structured so that each year the children’s knowledge and skills are reinforced and extended. Extra help is available for those children who have additional needs.
We have a whole school approach to our work, with all staff working closely together enabling each child to make an easy progression from one year to the next. We also have good links with the local secondary schools, ensuring that the transition from primary to secondary goes as smoothly as possible. We also support any children who may require other work to overcome barriers to learning.