Teaching at Oasis Skinner Street is ‘Learning Centred’, with each element of whole school and classroom practice designed with the understanding of how children learn best at its heart.
We recognise that an outstanding curriculum, underpinned by outstanding teaching, leads to outstanding learning, which stems from carefully considered lesson design, taking into account all of our pupils, whatever the age of the learner, their level of ability, or the subject, skill or concept being learned.
Pupils will receive and develop a range of key skills through the teaching of the National Curriculum. As well as the stimulus of a thematic broad and balanced curriculum which will introduce our pupils to new ideas and experiences. We show respect and consideration for theirs and others individuality, backgrounds, cultures and religions.
Developing a love of learning
At Oasis Academy Skinner Street, we are passionate in our desire to help our children to become real learners who not only have the key skills of English, Mathematics, computing and science, but have a true thirst for learning. We recognise that in a rapidly changing world, as learners our children will need the skill of discernment, as there is so much information available to us at the click of a mouse. They will also need to be able to work independently and with others, and to have developed a resourcefulness that will see them through periods of challenge or change. With this in mind, we are working towards a curriculum that will promote the development of these capacities through an exciting curriculum which also encompasses the 9 Skinner Street Habits.
We believe that a curriculum should provide our children with exciting, relevant and stimulating learning, relevant to their life experiences. It should inspire and engage them in their learning, and enable them to work in a flexible and collaborative way using their imagination. We recognize the ever changing world in which we live which is why we recognise that a curriculum must prepare our children for the 21st century.
Tailoring our curriculum
Our school’s curriculum is made up of carefully planned activities that we organise in order to promote quality first learning, and personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum but is also based on a quality first thematic approach. We use the Cornerstones Curriculum, the Power of Reading, the Kent Primary Science scheme, Maths Mastery and Read Write Inc.
Themes are chosen carefully ensuring that they are relevant and stimulating. Ideas for learning within the theme are also developed by the children through their interests and level of understanding. Our planning for this thematic approach to the curriculum is rigorous and evolving in line with the development of the quality first learning that takes place within each team, the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as our understanding of pedagogy.
Learning within the themes is based upon the acquisition of key skills directed by the National Curriculum framework. It is these key skills which are used for medium term planning in order to ensure rigour and provide accelerated progression. The assessment of the key skills is made through observation and marking. Skills based individual targets are set for each child and these are shared with children and their parents/ carers. These targets are set and reviewed with the children regularly.
Teachers use medium term plans and topic webs for each subject, to plan sequences of learning that build on knowledge and understanding. (See learning and teaching policy) Our thematic approach is used to cover the expectations of the National Curriculum and each terms learning is mapped out on a Topic Web .
The Key skills which are used for our Medium term planning are taken from the National Curriculum and are closely monitored and planned for, in order to ensure that they are progressive.
Where possible, all subject areas are linked to the themes being taught. This is not always possible, however, and subjects such as PE, RE and maths are also taught discretely.
When planning our curriculum we carefully consider the attitude that our children bring to their learning as we believe that learners equipped to be successful in the 21st century need to be able to:
- Find problems to solve.
- Apply skills that they have learnt to different situations.
- See learning as incremental.
- Use their imagination.
- Persist at a task in pursuit of a chosen goal.
We believe that if children are fully engaged in their learning and are able to develop the skills to learn independently the quality and standard of their work will improve. Progression in creative learning will be shown by an observation of greater depth and complexity, autonomy and quality.