At Oasis Academy Boulton we believe that learning should be a journey of discovery and excitement at all stages filled with Experiences, Nurture and Success! Therefore we aim to provide challenging and engaging learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Each child will have their own path to walk, their own journey, and we want to ensure that our curriculum and everyday teaching reflects this, so that everyone can end the year feeling like they are confident in their achievements and progress.
In order to see the value in what they are learning our pupils' experiences should be firmly rooted in their day-to-day life. We want the lessons our children learn to carry with them outside of our classrooms and build the foundations of a passion for learning. In order to help us do this we want our parents parents to be in the know about what their children are learning each week.
To do this we provide a breakdown of what is taught in class in each topic. These are called our Curriculum Overviews. If your child comes home and says they did Art today, you can find out what the focus of Art is that term. If they can't describe what they were learning in Maths, you'll know what the topic is from the Guide.
We follow the National Curriculum guidelines and also offer extra curricular opportunities for learning. Core Subjects covered in our curriculum are:
- English Language and Literacy - speaking listening, reading, and writing
- Phonics - we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme from Nursery upwards.
- Speaking and Listening - effective and confident communication across audiences
- Reading - we teach reading skills daily and have a wide selection of books to challenge our young people
- Writing - creative and confident writing
- Mathematics - numeracy, problem solving and reasoning
- Science - learning to hypothesise, test predictions and draw conclusions about the world
- Computing - basic ICT skills and e-safety
- Religious Education - developing a mutual respect and understanding of different beliefs and cultures
- Humanities - history and geography
- Design Technology - building inquisitive and creative minds
- Music - learning to play the recorder, understand how music can make us feel (extra opportunities for music lessons)
- Art - mediums and perspectives
- PSHE - British values, citizenship, sex and relationships
- PE - swimming, athletics, football, netball, rounders
- MFL - Spanish
- Full Curriculum Overview
- Cornerstones Creative Curriculum
- Religious Education
- Modern Foreign Language
- Physical Education
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Art and Design
Speaking, listening, reading and writing are an essential part of all activities in the curriculum. At Oasis Academy Boulton we aim to provide children with a wide range of creative and inspiring activities to develop these skills independently and through working with their peers. We strive for children to develop a love of reading and the ability to write confidently and fluently. We encourage our pupils to take pride in their work and to aim for the highest standards in writing and presentation.
We use high quality texts to engage children in their learning and we look at what makes a good text and how to use these features to develop our own written work for a range of different purposes.
Maths is taught daily in Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The Mathematics Curriculum Years 1 to 6 is delivered through a progression of units across the school year. At Oasis Academy Boulton, we recognise that the best mathematics teaching takes place in fun lessons where the children can work practically and with a degree of collaboration. We focus on the basics first and foremost, acknowledging that the broader mathematics curriculum will be easier to handle if the prerequisite learning foundations are in place. We believe that the children should apply their understanding to a range of situations to help them to master the techniques being used.
In Reception, Year 1 and 2, we have introduced Maths Mastery which allows for depth of understanding in key concepts of Maths. Maths teaching is enhanced across the school through the use of regular maths meetings which allow for rehearsal and consolidation of maths.
Science is all around us. A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, all pupils at Oasis Academy Boulton are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Computing is an essential skill for all children to learn, and an important part of the curriculum. Coding and programming is an integral aspect of science and STEM-related careers. Learning these computing skills is key to this generation of school children's future success. We are teaching our pupils the vital skills that enable them to become creators and not just consumers of technology. Computing links in with maths and science, and can be integrated into almost every subject that children study at school.
At Oasis Academy Boulton, the children have access to laptops and IPads. They are used to enhance all areas of the curriculum and specialised programs to help children who need extra help with reading.
The new computing curriculum is broken down into three main areas:
The internet is an amazing place; children can play, learn, create and connect. However, it is very important that we equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe so they can experience the Internet positively and responsibly. They learn at an early age how to talk about and report concerns about anything that worries them when using the Internet. E-safety is revisited every year and throughout the year and we take part in Safer Internet Day in February.
Children learn how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Children learn to design, write and debug computer programs, starting with using a programmable toy such as a Bee-Bot to travel around the classroom floor in Reception to designing games using Scratch in Year 6.
Children learn how to use a range of creative tools to support learning across different subject areas, using multimedia, word-processing, digital imagery, and manipulating sound and video. They learn how to collect sort and manipulate data to answer questions.
At Oasis Academy Boulton we follow the Birmingham Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. This scheme of work covers Christianity and other world religions; these are taught in different year groups so that by the end of Year 6, everyone has experienced the entire curriculum.
There are over 41 languages spoken by our families in our school community. We celebrate this diversity and encourage children to share knowledge of their home languages.
In the academic year 2016-2017, we introduced Spanish as our selected modern foreign language to be taught across KS2.
The syllabus we are using for this year will provide a carefully graded program of study focusing on basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar structure. This will enable the children to develop a firm foundation for effective communication in Spanish.
Purpose of study
A high-quality physical education curriculum inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. It should provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. Opportunities to compete in sport and other activities build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
Key Stage 1
Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They are able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations. Pupils are taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
Key Stage 2
Pupils continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
Pupils are taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics]
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Children in Years 3-6 receive swimming lessons throughout the year. Our aim is to make sure that this basic life skill is taught early so that children overcome any fear associated with water and are confident in being able to progress to a proficient level of swimming before leaving Year 6.
Children throughout the school have a dedicated cooking lesson which emphasises healthy eating as well as teaching pupils how to create simple healthy recipes for their family to enjoy. At the end of the session the children take home a recipe which requires few ingredients and materials to prepare at home so they can collate a book of recipes they can make as a family.
At Oasis Academy Boulton, music is a part of our everyday life. Every class has a weekly music lesson and singing assembly.
Lessons focus on singing, playing percussion instruments, composing, music notation, listening and appraising, music history and performing. Lessons are linked to class topic work where relevant. All children in years 3 learn to play a cornet and in year 5,they learn to play the Dholl drums. Children are also given the opportunity to learn a wide range of instruments, including: the keyboards and violins in small group and 1:1 tuition.
As part of our Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum, we have teamed up with Phunky Foods. As well as providing the school with exciting ideas to use in the classroom there is a section dedicated to parents. Please click on to their site via the link to explore.
Through our Art and Design curriculum, pupils learn to draw, paint and sculpt. They develop their skills through experimenting with different media. They experiment, create and invent their own works of art as well as learn to critique their own work and that of others. They have their own personal sketch book and are encouraged to use it regularly. They study the work of artists and designers. Pupil’s art work is celebrated and displayed in classes and in communal areas such as corridors and the hall.