We have constructed a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all pupils, particularly those that are disadvantaged, the knowledge and the cultural capacity to succeed in life.
To overcome the learning barriers that we have identified, our curriculum is designed so that it gives relevant experiences and rich opportunities. This allows all children, regardless of gender, race, religion and background to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the multicultural and diverse global community in which they live. There is a heavy emphasis on communication, so that children can express themselves in a variety of ways, and can justify, reason, explain and explore, both verbally and in written form; enabling them to articulate themselves effectively and share informed opinions. Children are taught strategies to support their learning and to overcome the barriers that their vulnerabilities create. This enables them to manage their emotional needs, equipping them with the tools they need to thrive in society.
By addressing these needs our children will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and cultural capital to be a contributing, well rounded citizen with high expectations and ambition.
We utilise a theme-based approach where the key skills from each National Curriculum subjects are linked through meaningful learning opportunities set around a particular theme, often with a book as a stimulus or starting point. This helps children to see the link between language, reading and writing. Wherever applicable and useful, maths will be connected to the theme. We encourage children to think for themselves, to discuss ideas and to use reasoning when justifying their ideas. Many of our themes start with a “wow” factor to hook the children in and will work towards a purposeful outcomes for our children and families to enjoy.
Each class publishes a topic overview on their individual class page, outlining the areas of the curriculum that the topic covers and other relevant information - click here to view.
Focused by the National Curriculum, our whole school curriculum is planned to counteract some of the detrimental factors that impact our children. The school vision, centred on its biblical roots, compels us to create a curriculum that nurtures the child’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development whilst complimenting their academic progress.
For our vision to be a reality, we at St Oswald’s must ensure that our curriculum is designed to ensure that all learners:
For more information on the curriculum, please contact the Headteacher using the information on the Contact Us page.