At Oasis Academy Byron, we believe that our children learn best:
• If we give them a wide experience of different subjects and activities.
• If we focus on teaching them skills and how to do things.
• If they are actively involved, interested and enjoy their learning.
The curriculum is divided into the following stages:
Reception (4-5 years)
Key Stage 1
Years 1 (5-6 years) and 2 (6-7 years) - Infants
Key Stage 2
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (8-11 years) - Juniors
Our school’s curriculum is made up of all of the planned activities that we organise in order to promote learning, and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the various extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich our children’s experience. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the children learn from the way they are treated and the way they are expected to behave. We want children to grow into positive, responsible people, who can work and cooperate with others whilst, at the same time, developing their knowledge and skills in order to achieve their true potential. We also value the breadth of the curriculum that we provide. We aim to foster creativity in our children, and to help them become independent learners.
We value children’s uniqueness, listen to the views of individual children and promote respect for diverse cultures. We value the spiritual and moral development of each person, as well as their intellectual and physical growth. We value the importance of each person in our community, and organise our curriculum to promote inclusion, cooperation and understanding among all members of our community. We value the rights enjoyed by each person in our society. We respect each child in our school for who they are and treat them with fairness and honesty. We seek to enable each person to be successful and we provide equal opportunities for all our pupils. We strive to meet the needs of all our children and to ensure that we meet all statutory requirements regarding inclusion. We value our environment and teach our pupils, through our curriculum, how we should take care of the world, not only for ourselves but also for future generations.
The aims of our school curriculum are to enable all children to learn, and develop their skills, to the best of their ability; to promote a positive attitude towards learning so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning; to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT); to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking; to teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time; to help children understand Britain's cultural heritage and British values; to appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society; to enable children to be positive citizens; to fulfill all the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Oasis Scheme of Work for Religious Education; to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development and to distinguish right from wrong; to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all; to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem and to live and work co-operatively with others.
From Year 1, the Academy’s curriculum is planned to include all aspects of the ten subjects outlined in the National Curriculum. These are: Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, ICT, Art, Music and Physical Education. Religious Education is also taught. We use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) so that whenever possible, links are made across subjects, so that learning in one area enhances learning in another subject. Some subjects such as Maths and English are taught daily.
We also place a strong emphasis on developing children’s understanding of their own and others’ needs and feelings through a programme of PSHE (personal, social and health, education). This may be taught as discrete lessons, integrated into others subjects, and also promoted through assemblies and day-to-day events in our Academy life.
In all subjects we encourage children to ask and try to answer their own questions and explain their thinking.
Learning outside the classroom is a very important part of our provision. We aim to include trips and real experiences in our curriculum whenever we can and these are closely linked to the IPC.
Different teaching methods are used at different times in the academy. During a week, a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and learning will be used, depending on which is most appropriate.
As Oasis Academy Byron, we believe that learning in the class room is only one part of a holistic education.
There are separate key stage acts of worship. Awe, wonder and worship take place daily from Monday to Thursday. These are broadly Christian in tone but explore other cultures and beliefs as well as providing a chance to discuss moral issues.
On Fridays all classes attend a Golden Book Assembly celebration assembly. Each term every class does a parent assembly and parents/carers are invited to join us for the assembly.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from acts of collective worship. If you wish to do this, you should discuss this with your child’s class teacher.
For any enquiries about our curriculum please email the school office at [email protected]