The Oakmeadow Way
At Oakmeadow, our curriculum is underpinned by our aims, values and purpose: to provide rich, varied and authentic, first hand learning experiences and memorable moments that will stay with our children for the rest of their lives and inspire them to become life-long learners. It aims to develop the whole person, providing them with knowledge, skills and understanding to succeed in life.
We have worked hard as a staff to personalise our curriculum so that it meets the needs of the children here at Oakmeadow. Personalised learning to us is about understanding and knowing our children, their needs and interests and then tailoring our provision to these to ensure that every pupil has an intrinsic desire to achieve and reach their star potential. We have therefore developed a curriculum around 5 drivers of Resilience, Culture, Diversity, Community and Environment.
Our curriculum is intentionally a mixture of knowledge-based and skills-based curriculum models as we believe children need both aspects in order to be able to understand, remember and apply their learning. We deliver this curriculum through topics which have been carefully selected by staff because we feel that they will interest and excite the children and that the concepts within them will benefit and be of relevance to the particular children here. We aim to make meaningful links between subjects where possible, so that contexts for learning are real. We do however, recognise the importance of making clear which subjects the children are learning in their own right.
As a school, we feel that areas surrounding personal, social. spiritual, cultural, mental and physical development should form the heart of our curriculum and that all other learning should stem from this, as fundamentally we are a school that values the wellbeing of our children and their ability to handle life and learning situations as they grow. We believe that a good curriculum ensures that pupils have access to knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships. We build Relationship and Sex Education into our taught curriculum as well as providing opportunities to explore living life in modern Britain and the values that active and positive citizens demonstrate. We believe that our curriculum offers our children the necessary discussions and experiences in order to help them understand life in the wider world so that children leave us able to appreciate diversity, different cultures, challenge negativity and who are adaptable to change.
We plan for challenge to be present in all lessons and our children are taught that mistakes are good because we learn from them. Our curriculum enables children to be reflective learners who think about not only what knowledge they have acquired but how they went about learning it and the skills they used. It enables our children to be active learners, who engage in teamwork and problem solving to develop their knowledge and skills. Where possible, we ensure that contexts for learning are tailored to our local area and community. Our rich array of extra-curricular opportunities also allow children to discover their talents and interests beyond the classroom.
How to find out more information about our curriculum:
Via the Year-group pathways on these pages you will be able to find out more about the knowledge and skills that are taught in each year group for every subject area and how this progresses as a child moves through the school in these. We are very proud of our curriculum and are happy to answer any questions you may have.