WHOLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM
At Kings Oak Primary Learning Centre we believe that the process of education should be a partnership between all members of the school community. We aim to foster close links between home, school and the wider community. We encourage parents to work in partnership with the school providing the best education possible for your child. Parents are invited into school to work with their children in particular every Wednesday morning for family reading time. If you would like to know more about the curriculum we provide please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.
Education should be exciting and enjoyable and whenever possible exploiting the experiences of each child. We aim to develop each child academically, physically, socially, emotionally and morally. We believe in each child working to the level of his/her ability yet still with a degree of challenge and stimulation.
We aim to provide a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated creative curriculum allowing for appropriate continuity, progression and change, to help each child gain the skills that they will undoubtedly need in later life.
The school curriculum is approached in a creative way through carefully constructed topic work that covers the broad areas of learning which take place across the school are:-
Communication skills – literacy - speaking, listening, writing, reading, information handling
Mathematical skills – numeracy - number , shape and space, measures, investigation
Environmental enquiry – historical, geographical and scientific study
Physical skills – gymnastics, games, swimming, athletics, dance
Creative arts – music, art, design, dance, drama
Attitudes and values – religious education, personal, social and health education issues
English & Reading
We concentrate on the basic skills of literacy. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening. All children undertake guided reading and shared reading with their teacher weekly. Home reading books are sent home daily and changed in school when appropriate. Parents are requested to write in their child’s reading record when they have read at home. We also encourage parents to take an active role in hearing their child read regularly both at home and within our centre. We try to encourage creativity in written work alongside support to use correct spellings and clear legible handwriting. Oral skills are developed by individual/group/class discussions. Drama, role play and poetry also give further opportunity to develop listening skills as well as the spoken word. We embed the teaching of Phonics through out the school and follow the 'Letters & Sounds' scheme which is a program based on synthetic phonics principles. Occasionally our Early Years practitioners will use 'Jolly Phonics' to support learning of our Foundation pupils. Reading is taught using the phonics principles and a schemed range of books colour coded to reading ages.
The teaching of mathematics is approached in a variety of ways. Children are taught the basic skills of numeracy i.e. number, shape and space, data handling and problem solving etc. through a variety of practical activities. Children then reinforce these skills working at a level that suits their ability whilst still giving them challenge. The children are encouraged to be as independent as possible and select the appropriate mathematical equipment for a specific task themselves.
The teaching of science in our centre is carried out in a variety of ways including practical investigations, knowledge based research and independent activities. The children are encouraged to think “outside the box” using their scientific knowledge to make predictions, analysis and conclusions. Where possible, the science curriculum is linked with the overall topic/theme for that year group ,hence consolidating the children's learning further.
Other curriculum areas
This broad heading includes history, geography, music, PE, Art, Design Technology, ICT etc. These subjects are treated as a class topic / theme and the work is approached at a level in keeping with the ages and abilities of the children. The delivery of these subjects is made as creative as possible within a structured environment, hence allowing the children to be secure in the knowledge that if they make a mistake they are simply encouraged to learn from it.
Social, Moral, Personal
We feel that the development of personal qualities are very important and that by forming relationships and by encouraging the children to work together and to help others we hope to encourage such characteristics as honesty, truthfulness, tolerance, consideration etc. We try to build an awareness of living and working together and how to behave so as not to create difficulties and unpleasantness. In addition to this we try to encourage self confidence and independence so that the children are able to tackle problems and find solutions in a mature way.
Religious Education And Assemblies
Religious Education is non-Denominational as are school assemblies. The Religious Education Curriculum encompasses a variety of different religions from around the world, encouraging the children to treat other faiths and cultures with a respect and maturity. If parents wish to excercise their right to withdraw their children from acts of worship and religious education lessons please contact the Headteacher so that alternative educational arrangements can be made for the children concerned.
Sex / Drugs Education
Throughout their time in our centre your child will be taught the importance of keeping healthy both in terms of their physical and mental health. Sex education and health education are taught in ways appropriate to the age and maturity of the children. The questions that they ask as a natural consequence of their curiosity will be answered appropriately and in the context in which they arise. This aspect of the curriculum is very much a shared responsibility between parents and teachers. All parents will be informed before the teaching takes place and will have an opportunity to view the materials used, so that they can be prepared for any questions or issues that arise afterwards at home.
If you would like to find out more about our curriculum please do not hesitate to contact a member of our school reception. We have also published our curriculum plans for each year and welcome you to take a look at the wonderful things the children are discovering and learning over the next year.