Oldfield Primary School Curriculum
The curriculum at Oldfield Primary is designed to provide a broad and balanced education that meets the needs of all children. It provides opportunities for children to develop as independent, confident and successful learners, with high aspirations, who know how to make a positive contribution to their community and the wider society. The curriculum ensures that academic success, creativity and problem solving, reliability, responsibility and resilience, as well as physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning. Our curriculum celebrates and utilises the skills and knowledge of our local community while supporting the children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, ensuring that children are well prepared for life in modern Britain.
A Mastery approach
At Oldfield Primary, we focus on a mastery approach in our curriculum. In each curriculum area we have identified Key Assessment Criteria that will be mastered to prepare the children for their next stage of learning. Our curriculum is designed to allow children to be able to use their knowledge, skills and understanding independently. In the past, children were moved far too rapidly through the curriculum. This resulted in gaps in learning and foundations that were not strong enough on which to build future understanding. At Oldfield, we will build a solid learning foundation before children are moved on through their learning journey.
Some children will learn beyond the expected level for their age, working at a greater depth or higher learning standard where they will develop a deeper understanding. Some of our children will not attain the expected learning. All of our learners will be supported with personalised learning that identifies their next step in building the form foundations on which future learning can be built upon.
Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school. A themed curriculum approach has been implemented at the school to ensure coverage and progression in a number of curriculum areas. The themed approach enables children to make links between their learning and fosters each child’s curiosity and interest. Our curriculum is underpinned by reading texts which link the themes together. We aim to provide children with memorable learning experiences from which children can learn and develop a range of transferable skills.
In school, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of six phases.