Our Statement of Intent
· At Oasis Bank Leaze we believe that children learn best if they have an engaging, exciting curriculum which they enjoy learning. We want our children to enjoy coming to school and positively thrive during their primary years with us. We are passionate that children get the opportunity to learn outdoors as well as in, that our children have opportunities to experience adventures- we know that our children learn best when they are able to be hands on in their own learning so we make sure we give them the opportunity to do so. Our curriculum gives children the chance to explore who they are and who they are becoming and encourages them to be the best that they can academically, physically, emotionally and socially.
As a result of this, our Academy curriculum has four key principals at its heart:
1. Communication, language & vocabulary run through everything we do
2. Books and reading form the basis of our curriculum at are at the forefront of our minds at all times
3. Experienced-based learning, incorporating the outdoors wherever possible, is essential to bring our learning to life
4. Knowledge, and retaining knowledge, is fundamental
· English At Oasis Bank Leaze, high-quality texts, often taken from the Power of reading, form the cornerstone of the curriculum. In all classrooms, books underpin the provision and enable us to develop readers and writers who have the language, understanding, skills and behaviours to stand confidently on a global platform and overcome any challenges that the modern world presents.
Mathematics At Oasis Bank Leaze we are focusing on maths this year. Children have their standard maths lesson as well as an extra mental maths session daily to make their mental arithmetic second nature. We also use our Horizon iPads to become Times Table Rockstars and practice speed and fluency in our maths.
· Studying Science helps to promote in pupils a curiosity and understanding of their world, it promotes in them the ability to make decisions based on evidence, and gives them the knowledge and skills to make a positive change for future generations.
· Studying History, Geography and RE enables our pupils to know and understand their local area and their world, its past, present and future direction as well as the beliefs and traditions that have shaped others and ourselves. In History, they will explore key moments, events, civilisations and individuals while in Geography, they will examine the physical features of countries close and far and broaden their knowledge with an appreciation of different cultures and traditions. Our RE curriculum recognises the shared stories of many faiths, teaches the stories that are part of our culture, encourages children to look deeper in what it means to have a faith and introduces students to many inspiring individuals. When possible, visits to local sites and museums help to deepen their understanding.
· In Art as in Design Technology, students develop their skills in a variety of ways, focusing on the work of different artists and styles using their creativity and imagination to produce their own masterpieces for exhibition.
· Computing covers a range of ICT skills as well as coding and is taught through genuine curriculum links and for progression
· Expert coaches support the teaching of PE so that pupils experience a range of sports and skills during their time at Bank Leaze.
· For the Early Years we provide a curriculum based on planned, purposeful play and the development of physical dexterity, language skills and social awareness. We make the teaching of reading, including systematic phonics the “core purpose” of our reception year, something which we then build upon in Years 1 through to 6.
· We attach great importance to the teaching of numbers in building children’s fluency in counting, recognising small numbers of items, comparing numbers in solving problems - We ensure that when children are learning to write, resources are suitable for their stage of development and that they are taught correct pencil grip and how to sit correctly at a table.
· We devote sufficient time each day to the direct teaching of reading, writing and mathematics, including frequent opportunities for children to practise and consolidate their skills - We use the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile as a guide to end of reception expectations rather than to define what should be taught.
· The curriculum will provide opportunities for these children to learn to read and write, develop skills in maths, find out about the world around them and develop an understanding of art and design.
· Our knowledge-rich curriculum and our commitment to the Oasis ethos and Nine Habits is supported by our Trust’s policies on Learning and Behaviour for Learning and the work of our National Lead Practitioners and Leads for Learning Innovation.
- Our commitment to providing pupils with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities will add depth and breadth to our provision and allow our pupils to follow their hobbies and interests outside of the formal curriculum.