Learning and Teaching

At Oaks Primary Academy, our Core Priorities for 2020-2021 are: 

  1. To re-establish the curriculum post COVID-19 ensuring the ambitious aims of the Oaks Primary Academy curriculum continue to be met for every pupil. Priorities: Phonics, spelling, reading, digital curriculum, blended learning
  2. To build upon new and positive relationships developed within the Academy community during COVID-19 to provide support and advice for the community through the employment of a Community Liaison Officer
  3. Implementation of the well-being curriculum for pupils and well-being support for all stakeholders: with a particular focus on the post/current COVID-19 situation. SEN/Inclusion to be integral to this and the OPA curriculum to ensure positive behaviours for learning.
  4. The IB PYP to be explicit to the Academy community
  5. Early Years
    • Enhance systems for parental engagement and support building upon COVID-19 experiences.
    • Expand Nursery provision 
Intent
  • The Oaks Primary Academy (OPA) curriculum is delivered within relevant and purposeful contexts, is built upon prior learning and is designed to be challenging, ambitious, interesting and motivational to all pupils and is rooted in research and current thinking.  
  • Every child is recognised as a unique individual and we celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. 
  • We aim to create happy inquiring, lifelong learners who respect and care for the world they live in and all those who live in it. 
  • OPA learners will understand how they are connected to the world in order to take action to improve their own lives and the lives of local and global communities.  
  • Our curriculum has been developed to meet the needs of Oaks Primary Academy students and has been designed with them specifically in mind to teach them that rather than be inhibited by their circumstances, they should be inspired. 
  • The OPA curriculum celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain. 
  • Community involvement is an integral part of our curriculum, learning about, with and from it.  
  • The curriculum will be underpinned by the National Curriculum (NC), the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IB PYP) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will be entrenched through conferencing and an effective cycle of  evaluation by all stakeholders.  
  • Teaching staff will not only plan and deliver the curriculum, they will be responsible for monitoring and driving the impact and effectiveness of all subjects and opportunities for learning for all pupils, overseen by the Curriculum Lead.  This will ensure that the curriculum is not only broad, balanced and inclusive but that all pupils learn the skills, knowledge and understanding significant to their stage of learning and for achieving their ambitions in life, building upon and augmenting these year on year. 
  • Everything about the curriculum is designed to be aspirational through experiences and opportunities for all pupils to enrich their learning and instil a culture of ambition and being big, bold and brave. 
  • Through the Pupil Employment Scheme (PES), all pupils will learn about the life of work and possible careers and what is required to achieve what they want to do.  
  • Inclusion and well-being are at the heart of Oaks Primary Academy to be certain that all pupils know and understand how they are a valued member of society, how it is their right to feel and to be kept safe and how to maintain their own positive well-being.
Implementation
  • At the heart of the curriculum is the skills, knowledge and personal development pertinent to each stage of a child’s growth as organised in the NC, the IB PYP and the SDGs.
  • The NC provides the core requirement of academic skills and fundamental knowledge across a wide range of areas of learning.  The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement (The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 3 framework document, 2013).
  • The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world (International Baccalaureate Organization 2013). 
  • The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.
  • (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/).
  • A primary focus of our curriculum is to raise aspirations, engender a sense of personal pride in achievement, and provide a purpose and relevance for learning.  Knowledge will be developed and skills appropriately applied through lines of inquiry, all the time widening and deepening knowledge and understanding through a well-resourced, truly broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. This will be further enhanced and complemented by challenging and collaborative projects for all pupils procuring ‘Agency’ (Voice, Choice and Ownership (IB PYP,  2018)), cultural capital and international mindedness. 
  • Teaching and learning will be delivered through a range of traditional and contemporary resources with a particular focus on the most current applications in ICT to deliver the digital curriculum and blended learning.  Interventions will be specific, regularly reviewed and revised and delivered within the daily teaching and learning unless agreed otherwise with the Inclusion team.
  • The Pupil Employment Scheme gives pupils opportunities to learn about the world of work whilst fostering confidence and responsibility.  Planning will be strategic and highly aspirational whilst pertinent to the needs of all learners, largely influenced by and structured through the National Curriculum.   
  • All teachers work in subject hubs to lead on subject development ensuring pupil’s outcomes and teacher’s CPD for subject knowledge are collaborative and highly effective.   
  • The curriculum will be delivered through a fluid timetable organised around  the lines of inquiry and achieving all knowledge and understanding for each stage of the curriculum.  
  • Skills will be taught in context based conceptual learning and discreet lessons as appropriate.  
  • The well-being of pupils and the Academy team will be integral to the inspirational OPA curriculum and culture and will be supported through conferencing feedback together with mutually rewarding engagement with and by the local and wider community, evidenced through the Profile for Success and community cohesion.  
  • A varied timetable for extra-curricular activities is offered by the school, with clubs that support the core curriculum offer, as well as those which develop specialist skills, whilst also further extending the range of children’s experiences. 
  • Long-term memory, recall and application will be enhanced through low stakes testing and critical thinking. 
  • Pupils will progressively learn techniques and strategies for completing tests and assessments, including Government statutory assessments, as they continue through the school, mastering previously learned skills and acquiring new ones as appropriate.  As knowledge and understanding will look different for each subject and in each stage of learning, so will the evidence of this learning
Impact
  • All pupils of Oaks Primary Academy will have equitable learning opportunities to achieve high attainment and progress by the end of key stage 2 across a broad and balanced range of subjects and associated knowledge and understanding. 
  • Through the use of context based learning and low-stakes testing, pupils will have a wealth of skills and knowledge that will remain a foundation throughout their lives.  Further to this, through the OPA curriculum, pupils will be equipped to manage positive relationships and transitions through all stages in their lives.  
  • Pupils will have due respect and consideration for the local and wider community and will be resilient, inquisitive, confident communicators with a strong work ethic and the desire and capacity to be responsible,  principled, successful citizens. 
  • The innovative practice across the school provides a strong foundation and opportunities for children to collaborate and develop safe and secure social interaction skills in all environments and circumstances. 
  • This curriculum design ensures that the needs of individual and small groups of children can be met within the environment of high quality teaching, supported by targeted proven interventions where appropriate, having significant positive impact upon the outcomes of all pupils. 
  • Enjoyment of the curriculum promotes achievement, confidence and appropriate learning behaviours in an environment where the safeguarding of pupils is paramount and they feel safe to try new things. 
  • High quality enrichment activities and visits enhance the curriculum, particularly providing opportunities for writing for a purpose.  
  • Pupils have opportunities to share their learning with each other, their parents and carers and other learners through school-based and external exhibitions, performances, competitions and events involving other schools. 

Our sponsor Leigh Academies Trust have the following values which drives our Academy to continually improve:

We care – about our pupils through our human scale approach to education, our staff and their well-being and the communities that we serve, driven by our high ideals and strong moral values.

We have boundless ambition – to achieve excellence for all and create confident young adults with high levels of resilience and integrity.

We work together – as one team in the belief that we are greater than the sum of our parts.  We foster an enterprising culture through collaboration and in close partnership with industry and other educators.

We keep getting better – using our ‘can-do’ attitude towards continuous improvement and innovation.