Whole School Intent:
‘From Small Acorns to Mighty Oaks’
For all learners to have courage to embrace new experiences with confidence; work co-operatively, whilst respecting and caring for others; be curious about the whole world and enjoy learning for life.
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 and our school improvement partner.
Reading is a fundamental part of everything we do at Oakfield. We aim to develop a love of reading through widespread reading across the curriculum encouraging children to become readers for life. Through well structured Guided reading sessions, reading skills are taught explicitly in order to enable children to read fluently and confidently. The high profile of reading at Oakfield is enhanced by the fantastic resources we have available. Through reading we aim to feed pupil’s imagination, opening up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.
We aim to encourage children to speak and write fluently in order to communicate their ideas and emotions to others encouraging writing across the curriculum. We use a wide range of exciting and engaging texts as a stimulus for the children’s writing and as a means to improve their vocabulary. Pupils are taught the relationship between sounds and letters and taught the structure of words through discrete spelling lessons and an increasing wide knowledge of grammar is taught in writing lessons which children apply across the curriculum in their writing.
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At Oakfield we intend to develop confident and fluent mathematicians who have the courage and curiosity to explore/enjoy mathematical reasoning. We focus on the application of skills in a range of contexts to ensure a learners are well-equipped for their futures.
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Science is incredibly important at Oakfield - it is at the heart of all that is around us and all that we interact with. As such, we encourage and develop a caring attitude towards the world we live in. The children we teach today will shape the future of medicine and innovation; whether it is in understanding the human body, inventing burglar alarms or exploring our solar system the science curriculum at Oakfield is rooted in curiosity and practical experiences. It is through practical lessons that children build confidence and work cooperatively with each other. We enthuse our students and develop their scientific skills and thinking, alongside deepening their scientific knowledge. We foster links between science and the other subjects enabling our children to see how science, and its skills, work in other contexts.
History and Geography
The intent of our History curriculum at Oakfield is to give all children a broad knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world. Our enquiry led curriculum engages each child’s curiosity to know more about the past. Through a planned progression of skills, they are supported to think critically, learn from primary and secondary sources and empathise with different societies through time.
Our children will probably live to the end of this century. The Geography curriculum’s intent is to give our children the skills and knowledge to live in a rapidly changing world and become Global caring citizens who understand their place, role and their impact on this planet. We encourage them to use their curiosity through an enquiry led Geography curriculum to become confident but reflective learners. Resilience, courage and co-operation are demonstrated by our children as their learning is driven by key questions with carefully selected knowledge and skills progression at the heart of this creative curriculum.
Art & DT
Art and Design Intent:
At Oakfield, Art, craft and design are greatly valued. Our high-quality art and design teaching and learning engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills and confidence to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are able to use their curiosity, think critically and develop a more thorough understanding of art and design. They will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, allow oneself to express emotions, opinions and ideas and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Design and Technology Intent:
At Oakfield we aim for all our children to be creative learners. They will be encouraged and nurtured to use their creativity, imagination and shared ideas to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values (5C’s). Pupils will show courage and confidence in learning how to take risks, become curious, innovative, confident and proud of their achievements. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they become critical thinkers considering its impact on daily life and the wider world. Oakfield’s design and technology education allows our learners to make an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At Oakfield Junior School, Music is valued as an important part of our curriculum.
Singing together in classes and assemblies is proven to be excellent for engagement in school, self-esteem, empathy and well-being. We often connect our learning in music to other areas of the curriculum. Singing songs linked to a topic helps to imprint the information in children’s minds.
Using voices and musical instruments to rehearse and perform in various settings encourages children to revise and improve their work, fostering pride in striving for their best. Rehearsal and performance require discipline and team work. The sense of achievement that result, have a positive impact on motivation and confidence beyond the music classroom.
Listening and responding to music extends children’s auditory skills, whilst creating and composing their own music can develop creative thinking and social skills. Through music, we can be relaxed, stimulated, challenged and confident, curious learners. The skills we learn at Oakfield set us on the path for creative careers, transferable skills and mindful music-making for life.
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Physical Education Intent:
PE will provide pupils the opportunity to develop confidence to become successful participants in physical activity. Through curiosity, children will begin to understand what physical activity feels like and how with practice they can hone their skills set to reach high quality outcomes. Through a range of activities, children will demonstrate co-operation as they link basic movements together to work towards an intended outcome. They will start to understand the requirements of working with a caring attitude as they work in within different group dynamics. They will be able to call upon an extensive range of skills and link these together to perform more complex movements and tasks. They will have the courage to work well within a variety of group dynamics and apply tactical and strategical thinking in a range of contexts under pressure. Pupils will be able to evaluate their own performance and that of others.
The French curriculum’s intent is to give our children the skills, language learning strategies and knowledge about language to enable them to enjoy learning languages for life. I foster their curiosity, not just about the French language, but also about the culture and traditions of France (and other French-speaking parts of the world). British and EAL pupils gain the confidence to speak (and later to write) in French and to compare their own languages and cultural experiences with those discussed. A caring, co-operative environment gives the children the courage to experiment in the foreign language; speaking singly, in pairs and in groups; participating in conversations, games and songs. Pupils (particularly upper juniors) are encouraged to be creative in French, as well as using it as a tool to acquire and relay information.
Our RE curriculum adopts an enquiry based approach to teaching and learning. Each unit starts with a key question allowing our children to show curiosity as they investigate beliefs and practices of religions and other worldviews and how these influence morality, identity and diversity.
Personal Social Health Education
PSHE at Oakfield promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils along with British values, Sex and Relationships education, personal safety and mindfulness. The skills that result from PSHE reinforce Oakfield’s 5Cs which develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and they create confident individuals who will make a positive contribution to their class, school and community.
At Oakfield Junior School we believe that Computing and the use of technology is central to the education of all children. We aim to give each pupil the opportunity to apply and develop their technological understanding and skills across a wide range of situations and tasks. Pupils are encouraged to develop a confident and safe approach to Computing and the use of technology, with the understanding of the capabilities and flexibility of their resources. With the knowledge that technology will undoubtedly continue to form a major part in the children’s life at home, in further education and places of work, we ensure the Computing and technology experiences and abilities that the children are equipped with at Oakfield , are effective and transferrable life skills.