Early Years Nursery and Reception
In the Nursery and Reception classes the children follow the Early Learning Goals which consist of the following areas.
Personal & Social Education
Language & Literacy
Knowledge & Understanding of the World
Many of these areas are taught and learned through carefully planned and structured play.
The Early Learning Goals set expectations for the end of the Foundation Stage, at the end of the Reception year.
Key Stage 1 (Year 1 & 2)
In Year 1 and 2, the children follow a structured Literacy and Numeracy hour, each day. This consists of approximately 20 minutes carpet time to explore the focus of the day through a variety of strategies. The children work individually, in pairs and in small groups to develop their language and Numeracy skills.
In Key Stage1, we create opportunities for lots of personal and social education. We feel this is of the utmost importance in developing positive relationships and attitudes and promoting good behaviour. Science, ICT, Geography, History, PE, Music, DT and Art are all taught in KS1. RE is also taught, but parents have the right to withdraw their child in collective worship assembly. The broader curriculum is taught from national guidelines.
Each half term a Key Stage One newsletter is distributed to all KS1 parents or guardians to inform you of any issues which we feel you would benefit from being made aware of. We encourage links between home and school, through the use of a reading record book, where parents and the class teacher can comment on the child’s progress. We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education, through the use of parental attendance evenings, literacy workshops, and Numeracy workshops. If there are any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or the KS1 Co-ordinator.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
All pupils follow the same basic curriculum and most subjects are taught in mixed ability classes. The subjects studied are as follows:
Art & Design
SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) are a series of tests set by the Government in English, Mathematics and Science and are taken by Year 6 children in the Summer Term, they are marked independently. Year 3, 4 & 5 children are tested yearly with the non-statutory tests and various spelling and reading tests.
In the Autumn Term all Year 6 pupils may sit 11+ selection tests. These tests together with the Headteacher’s recommendations will decide which Secondary School is best suited for your child. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the tests.
We believe strongly that good spoken and written language skills are essential for success in all other areas of the curriculum. Each child takes part in the Literacy Hour and his/her language skills are regularly monitored.
By the time a child reaches Junior School, most will have begun to read. Our aim is to develop reading skills further so that children are able to understand and respond to all types of writing. Our library is a huge asset to the school, it is attractively set out so that children enjoy using it; they quickly develop the independence to choose their own books for reading and for reference work.
We emphasise the development of this vital skill. This includes, working with teachers and others, in order to develop their enjoyment of and building on links between speech and writing. Spelling, punctuation and handwriting styles are targeted throughout the school day.
As a core subject of the National Curriculum, we recognise the fundamental importance of this subject as it equips our children with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand our changing world. The school seeks to ensure that maths is enhanced by a variety of teaching methods and additional studies. We make mathematics as stimulating as possible, involving ‘real life’ problems and challenging our pupils to see connections.
As our children gain in confidence, so their numberwork both written and mental advances. Our programme of study is challenging and progressive and strives for high levels of attainment from all children.
At Oak Green we understand that the modern world requires children being able to apply computer skills to enhance presentation, understanding data, accessing the Internet and applying control technology. We have a wide range of computers, software and an ISDN connection to the World Wide Web. Our computer suite provides for all children to gain a wide range of knowledge of all our programs.
While we aim for children to develop craft skills, we acknowledge that this subject allows pupils to become independent learners and ‘solvers’ of problems, both as individuals and members of a team.
Science is at the core of understanding the world around us. With this in mind, we at Oak green aim to stimulate and excite pupils curiosity about their environment. This is achieved through developing and evaluating explanations and investigations. The ability to think critically and creatively is paramount.
Pupils are taught about important episodes from Britains past and the wider world. The children will be helped to develop a chronological framework as the progress through school. They are encouraged to find evidence, weigh it up and reach their own conclusions. this is achieved through research, gathering and sifting evidence and arguing their point of view.
The aim of teaching Geography at Oak Green School is to develop a knowledge of places and environments throughout the world. Maps, field studies, Information Technology and investigative and problem solving techniques, allow our children a sense of place on our changing planet.
This subject stimulates imagination and creativity. At Oak Green we involve the children in visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. We believe that all aspects of Music should be incorporated into the curriculum with children listening, composing and performing. It is also important for children to be given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument. To this end Brass, String, Woodwind and Keyboard skills are available on a one-to-one or small group basis.
It is important to that children have the opportunity to develop physical skills and to perform those skills in a range of activities. Enjoyment of creative and competitive activities which challenge children is the goal we seek to achieve at Oak Green School. The enjoyment of PE and Games will allow children to make choices about how they might get involved in lifelong physical activity.
Religious Education is taught as an integral part of PHSE throughout our pupils’ stay at Oak Green school. An understanding of people’s beliefs and spirituality fosters a reflective approach to life in the context of a growing understanding of the experiences, attitudes, beliefs and religious practices of mankind.
In accordance with Section 25 of the 1944 Education Act and the Education Reform Act (1988) – Religious Education is part of every child’s programme of study. From the agreed syllabus of the Authority children may be withdrawn from Religious Education and/or Assembly after discussion with the Headteacher.
In accordance with the Education Act 1993 and circular 5/94: Sex Education in Schools, Sex Education is taught in a way as to encourage pupils to have due regard to moral considerations and the values of family life. In accordance with the 1986 Education Act, the Governing body will be consulted as to the content and the timing of this area of the curriculum. As a school, we feel Sex Education forms a natural, integral part of Health Education and much thought has gone into producing a sensitive and balanced programme of study.
Parental consent will be sought when videos are to be shown and access to this area of the curriculum is open for parents to inspect.