At Oakley Infant School we aim to provide a learning environment that is sensitive to individual needs irrespective of gender, ethnicity, ability or social circumstances. All children have equal access to the resources and opportunities available in the school and all contributions are equally valued. High standards and a broad balanced curriculum are the key elements of our learning. The aim is to make the curriculum real through first hand experience such as visits and visitors, focus weeks and theme days. The curriculum is taught through cross curricular topics that start with a key question. Across a school year History, Geography, RE, Science, Design and Technology, Art and Music are all covered. PE is taught three times a week with children receiving lessons in gymnastics, dance and games skills. The curriculum is underpinned by the work on Rights and Global Citizenship.
Key learning attributes resilience, ready and resourceful, reflective, curiosity, collaborative and creative are encouraged so that the children can develop independent learning skills.
We value the partnership between home and school recognising the important contribution parents make to their child's education and parents are encouraged to take an active part in their children’s learning at curriculum information evenings which parents are invited to attend. Regular information is sent out to inform parents about their children’s learning, (see Year Group sections for the latest topic grid.) A variety of activities are available for the children to undertake at home with parents to involve them in their learning these include regular reading and literacy based activities such as learning key words, phonics or spellings, maths tasks and topic based homework. In addition there are website based games to practice basic skills.
Reading is taught using a variety of reading schemes, including phonic based schemes such as Oxford Reading tree, Collins Big Cat, Project X and many others, to give access to a wide range of vocabulary. Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme across the school through whole class teaching, differentiated groups and small group and 1:1 support where necessary.
If you would like to find out more about the Oakley Curriculum please ask a member of staff.