Oakfield Junior Schools curriculum is derived from the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum is balanced, broad and based on our School Vision. Our curriculum planning is detailed, inclusive and differentiated to meet all pupils’ talents, skills and abilities.
Each class teacher delivers a broad curriculum which includes the core subjects. They are supported by specialist curriculum leaders who are able to advise and work alongside them within the classroom. Help and advice is also available from supporting consultants, advisory teachers and other school improvement advisors.
At Oakfield we believe that Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning as it unlocks the wider Curriculum. We believe that it is vital for children to be able to explain their thinking, debate their ideas and read and write at a level which will help them to develop their language skills further. Here at Oakfield, these skills are taught through discrete English lessons daily however these skills encompass the whole curriculum and children are continually encouraged to apply these skills in all subjects. We provide the children with experiences that promote the development of critical and creative thinking as well as competence in listening and talking, reading, writing and the personal, interpersonal and team-working skills which are so important in life and in the world of work.
Speaking and Listening is at the heart of everything we do at Oakfield. The children are taught to talk confidently to one another, talk to an audience and talk in role. We provide opportunities for the children to develop these speaking and listening skills across the whole curriculum. This in turn provides them with the necessary skills to take turns when speaking, listen to one another’s opinions, challenge these opinions and ask and respond to appropriate questions.
The teaching of English ensures that we provide children with the necessary skills to write in a range of genres for different audiences and purposes. Our approach to teaching English, ensures that children can say what they want to write confidently before they put pen to paper. We use a variety of teaching approaches to engage the children with the chosen genre and provide them with the necessary skills to write. These include: speaking and listening games, acting in role, questioning and discussion and other forms of media such as film clips. Grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, handwriting, spelling and composition all encompass literacy. Spelling is taught through a ‘little and often’ approach three times at week at the start of English lessons. Pupils are then taught to apply the rules that they have learnt across the curriculum.
We ensure that the children can learn two fundamental skills in enabling them to read confidently; word recognition- the ability to decode the words on the page and comprehension – understanding the text that they have read. Through daily guided reading sessions, the teacher models, questions and encourages dialogue between the children in order to develop these skills.
At Oakfield, we focus on the core aims of the National Curriculum for maths: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are taught in ability sets within each year group to ensure their learning needs can be met. Progress is tracked regularly which allows us to provide additional support to any children falling behind their targets. Enrichment groups are also offered for those children working beyond the expectations for their year group.
Parents may also like to refer to our Calculations Booklet when supporting their child at home:
With the new National Curriculum, the emphasis is on the more traditional methods of calculation; however, at Oakfield we teach for understanding, rather than by rote, making use of practical equipment (outlined in the booklet) to help with this.
We believe that competence in mental calculation and number facts (such as times tables) are essential to success in maths, with specific strategies taught in class and regular homework activities set around this.
The skills covered are then applied to ‘real life’ investigations with cross-curricular links exploited as often as possible.
From our solar system to viruses and from inventing burglar alarms to understanding the human body. Through a curriculum rooted in curiosity and practical experiences we enthuse our students, developing their scientific skills and thinking, imagination and creativity. We foster links between science and the other subjects enabling our children to see science, and their skills, work in other contexts.
Science is incredibly important at Oakfield - it is at the heart of all that is around us and all that we interact with. The children we teach today will shape the future of industry, business, medicine and innovation. A theory lesson and a practical session mean our children receive a minimum of 2 hours of science every week. We have extensive grounds, including a woodland, enabling many of our lessons to be out of the classroom. Children approach practical investigations independently, in pairs, groups or as a whole class – we encourage dialogue and the evaluation of methods and results; whether they are right or wrong. With 5 topics and practical skills per year group, covering areas of physics, chemistry and biology, Oakfield pupils appreciate the value of science and fully engage with it.
History and Geography
History and Geography are taught together through a topic based approach. Creativity in the design of the curriculum means that meticulous planning is in place to ensure purposeful learning that is directed to achieve an objective. Creativity is also central to the learner, as they are required to think and behave imaginatively to generate original outcomes which are also secure in the National Curriculum 2014 Programmes of Study for History & Geography.
Critical thinking is developed along a line of enquiry in meaningful contexts eg. Relocating a Lost Tribe in the Amazon (Year 6); Crime & Punishment in the Middle Ages (Year 4); How Henry VIII's desire for a son changed the religion as well as daily life (Year 5).
As History & Geography subjects deal with real world learning, it relates directly to thinking about our actions that can be taken in the real world (sustainability) and how we can live in harmony (SMSC) in an ever-changing world.
Art & DT
Even though Art and DT are classed as a foundation subjects they are given great importance at Oakfield and regarded as one of our strengths. The development of our brand new Art and DT studio has further enhanced the experiences that we offer the children.
Children regardless of their ability are nurtured and encouraged to explore their creativity in many different media. These include pencil, charcoal, ink, paint (including watercolours, acrylics and poster paint), oil and chalk pastels, textiles, clay, modrock and wire modelling.
Various art works from different cultures and countries are studied and may be used to create a child’s own picture in the style of or to be used as a stimulus. Some of the work produced is truly outstanding but our aim is for each child to feel proud of what they have achieved.
DT skills range from woodwork and structure, sewing and textiles as well as food technology.
We have two music specialists who provide weekly music lessons in our very well equipped music room. The music teaching at Oakfield is both practical and fun. We aim to inspire all children to take part in as many musical activities as possible and to develop their musical talents and skills.
Music lessons give the children many opportunities to develop their musical skills of singing, playing instruments, listening to music, improvising and composing, so by the time they leave Oakfield they have performed and played music in many different group settings. Children enjoy learning about and playing music from different cultures and times in history, often the music is related to topics the children are learning about in the classroom.
All Year 3 children learn to play the recorder and in Years 4 -6 many children take up the opportunity to learn a brass instrument in small groups. The children reach very high standards and are able to play as part of a brass group in our school concerts and many take music exams.
We encourage our children to learn instruments and Oakfield has a wide variety of instrumental teachers who teach at school .Our music clubs which include choir, jazz band, brass band, recorder clubs and steel pan group are all very popular.
Every opportunity is taken to perform at school concerts ,Christmas plays , local community and national events eg 02 Young Voices concerts, Carol singing at Polesden Lacey House and the Mid- Surrey Music festival at The Dorking Halls. This way every child has the opportunity to participate and experience the fun of being involved in practical music making.
Physical Education takes place in the hall, on the MUGA or on the playing field and involves gymnastics, dance, swimming (at the Leatherhead Leisure Centre), outdoor adventurous activities (such as orienteering) and games. We cover a variety of games: rounders, cricket, badminton, hockey, football, rugby, netball, cross country running and track and field events. Please note that we do not cancel outdoor lessons just because it is a bit wet or cold. It is important that your children have clothing appropriate to the time of year to wear during these lessons.
We participate in many local sports competitions. We believe the children gain a great deal from working alongside others in team games and in competing against others, both in team and individual competition. We have a fine record of achievement in local competitions. We also attend sports festivals to give the less active children the opportunity to take part in a new sport.
We have a large range of clubs which provides the pupils with a great opportunity to participate in extra-curricular PE activities.
French is taught by a specialist teacher, throughout the school. The topics introduced in year 3 (by means of songs and games,) are revisited and extended, to enable the retention of basic vocabulary. The emphasis on fun, gives children the confidence to speak, sing and later to read and write in French. Mini films about French customs heighten pupils’ intercultural understanding, whilst grammatical references reinforce their knowledge of English grammar. Oakfield pupils develop good listening skills, knowledge about language and language learning strategies, which facilitate their transition to the learning of both French and other languages at secondary school.
At Oakfield we aim to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Christianity and other religious traditions, along with non-religious world views. This comprehensive approach means we can discuss complex and engaging issues such as the meaning of life, the power of faith and the concept of right and wrong.
Pupils not only explore their own beliefs, but they learn from different beliefs, values and traditions, improving their ability to show respect and sensitivity to others. The development of these key personal skills further enhances the happy and safe environment offered by Oakfield.
Children learn in a cross-curricular way and develop and celebrate the use of Oakfield’s 5Cs. All pupils are encouraged to learn through a varied range of activities, including discussions, debates, drama, research tasks, art and individual reflective tasks.
Personal Social Health Education
During PSHE, pupils focus on five social and emotional aspects of learning: self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. This approach develops qualities that help to promote positive behaviour and effective learning. It is a strong foundation from which children can prepare for adult life.
Pupils learn through group and paired discussion, drama, circle time, and group problem-solving challenges. In addition, pupils learn in a cross curricular way to ensure they develop a robust understanding of personal safety (including pedestrian safety, bikability, drug and alcohol awareness, basic first aid, and safe relationships), e-safety, sex and relationships education, and managing finances.
The skills that result from PSHE not only reinforce Oakfield’s 5Cs, but they create confident individuals who will make a positive contribution to their community.