At Oasis Academy Woodview, we believe that our children learn best:
- If we give them a wide experience of different subjects and activities
- If we focus on teaching them skills and how to do things
- If they are actively involved, interested and enjoy their learning
Our creative and challenging curriculum caters for Foundation Stage (Reception; 4-5 years), Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6).
The EYFS Curriculum is divided into seven areas of learning and development:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Understanding the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
There are 4 principles which underpin our Foundation Stage curriculum:
- A unique child - every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
- Positive relationships - so that children can feel safe and cared for.
- Enabling environments - we provide a rich and varied environment which supports children's learning and development. It gives them the confidence to explore and learn in a secure and safe yet challenging, indoor and outdoor space.
- Learning and development - Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. In their play, children learn at their highest levels. We provide wide ranging and varied activities that engage and involve the children for sustained periods.
From Year 1, the academy’s curriculum is planned to include all aspects of the ten subjects outlined in the National Curriculum. These are: Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, ICT, Art, Music and Physical Education.
We use the Cornerstones Creative Curriculum, which is a topic based curriculum. All year groups have planned topics which focus on a specific area of the National Curriculum. All topics also have a literacy focus which relates to the literacy objectives being taught at the same time.
Religious Education is taught using the Birmingham Agreed RE Syllabus.
We also place a strong emphasis on developing children’s understanding of their own and others’ needs and feelings through a programme of PSHEC (personal, social, health, education and citizenship). This may be taught as discrete lessons, integrated into others subjects, and also promoted through assemblies and day-to-day events in our academy life.
Whenever possible, we try to make links across subjects, so that learning in one area enhances learning in another subject. Some subjects such as Maths and English are taught daily. Others are planned for over the year through themes and topics. These themes have been chosen because they exemplify some of the values we believe are important for children’s future well being and success.
In all subjects we encourage children to ask and try to answer their own questions and explain their thinking.
We aim to include trips and real experiences in our curriculum whenever we can.
Different teaching methods are used at different times in the academy. During a week, a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching and learning will be used, depending on which is most appropriate.
At Oasis Academy Woodview we believe that we have an important role to play in equipping children with the skills they will need to have successful and rewarding futures. We place a high priority on developing enterprise in its widest sense. The academy is currently working to embed enterprise projects into all year groups.
As Oasis Academy Woodview, we believe that learning in the class room is only one part of a holistic education.
The Academy also delivers extensive provisions for Special Educational Needs.