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At Oak Field, we strongly believe that selecting the right skills and knowledge and choosing the right times to teach them is really important in getting our pupils ready for their adult lives. Recognising, celebrating and planning for pupils' personal needs and aspirations is central to the curriculum that they learn and experience.
Our intent is that each pupil should access a curriculum that is personal to them, yet closely linked with social and community opportunities to learn alongside others.
Our curriculum is designed especially to support our pupils to develop their communication skills so that they have a voice, and understand the importance and power of their voice being heard. Our curriculum inspires and encourages pupils to develop a wide range of skills, to support and enable them to become active and valued members of their local and wider communities when they leave school.
As a school we want to make sure that all our pupils have access to a fun, rich, diverse and broad curriculum – we use motivating and relevant topics and themes as vehicles for all of our pupils to develop learning skills, and for some of our pupils to develop subject specific knowledge. We want to make sure that our curriculum is responsive to our pupils’ needs but also flexible, so that we can take advantage of opportunities that arise each year, including incorporating significant events, such as Black History Month and the different context for learning offered through our annual Christmas Show.
Our curriculum has pathways that pupils will set off on as they journey through school. Some pupils may follow one pathway throughout their whole school journey, and others may move between pathways. The journey may change direction, according to a pupil’s strengths, needs and enthusiasms, but each decision about where their journey is taking them is based on a clear and collaborative understanding of where they are, where they are going and why.
September 2020 – July 2021
All about me
Sounds and lights
My global community
Myths and legends
Move to link to Tokyo reschedule
Me and my community
Light, Camera and Action
Spring and Weather
Oceans and Climate
Classes 2, 7, 8
Me myself and I
Faith and light
The world around us
What’s the forecast
African myths and legends
Travel and movement
My story – who am I?
Biographies and Characters
Signs symbols and warnings – in my local community
Exhibitions and workshops
This is me!
Scripts and sequences
Hosting & Events
These documents help teachers to plan and share with families and school teams’ the personal goals for each pupil. They are carefully linked to Education, Health and Care plans. For older children they include goals for accreditation and awards.
Learning Journeys and Achievement Profiles are used to record community participation and experiences, which help to make sure children are taking part in events relevant to them.
Example page from Achievement Profile (EYFS/KS1)
Example page from Achievement Profile (7-14 Phase)
Example page from Achievement Profile (14-19 Phase)
Many pupils have a Communication Profile to help teachers and professionals detail their communication strengths and next steps as they progress through school.
Each Phase of school uses Topic Maps to plan for progression, appropriate repetition and to provide a rich, diverse and appropriate curriculum for the pupils at Oak Field School.