Principles underpinning the planning and delivery of our school curriculum
- Underpinning everything we do at Oxbridge Lane Primary School is the idea of maximising learning, and preparing our children for life in modern Britain.
- The central aims of our curriculum will be high pupil standards, high equity and high enjoyment.
- We will offer an inclusive curriculum and look to overcome all barriers that prevent pupils from succeeding.
- The National Curriculum will form a part of our whole school curriculum. We will take autonomy for our school curriculum and for the way we plan for and deliver the National Curriculum. Our school curriculum will be enriched by the wide variety of additional experiences and activities.
- We will have the highest expectations of all learners. There will be no ceiling set for the performance of any pupil. So, we will set ambitious, aspirational targets for the continual improvement of all learners.
- Pupils will be supported to master fundamental concepts in subjects. The curriculum will not be delivered at an undue pace, with teachers moving on to the ‘next thing’ too quickly.
- Our curriculum will be broad and balanced. We will not allow English and mathematics to dominate the school timetable and the learning time that is available. We continually look for meaningful opportunities for pupils to apply the skills and knowledge they have learnt in English and mathematics in other subject areas.
- Teachers show flexibility when planning the next learning activities or units. They will not follow a year sequence slavishly, but instead choose what to teach next based on their accurate assessments of what pupils can do.
- We are committed to offering as many high quality opportunities in sport, music and the creative arts, including dance and drama, as our financial capacity allows.
- The unique learning themes we have created that involve learning in art, design technology, geography and history will be retained as a key element in our teaching of the foundation subjects. We will make adjustments and adaptations to them in the light of the changes outlined in the new 2014 curriculum.
- We will fully utilise the surrounding area and further afield so that pupils will be given plenty of chances to visit places of interest as part of their learning experience.
- All staff will seek out relevant and meaningful opportunities to develop pupils’ social, moral, cultural and spiritual understanding when teaching all subjects.
- We will ensure that pupils have plenty of opportunities for practical, ‘hands-on’, multi-sensory learning.
- Staff at the school will continually support and promote pupils to read widely.
- At different times pupils will be expected to think fast (for example, in mental arithmetic) and think slow (for example, in thinking carefully about how to design a scientific enquiry). Teachers will strive to ‘make thinking visible’. In our view it is important for teachers to nurture thinking in the daily lives of learners and to make it visible – noticing it, highlighting it and commenting upon it – so that pupils can recognise it.
Further details of our school curriculum can be found by contacting the Team Leaders within each phase, or through your child’s class teacher. Termly updates can also be found within this website under the sub-heading ‘Classes’