The Primary Education phase of your child's life is so important in terms of helping children develop and build the foundation of necessary skills for learning and retention. These are the years where we can influence the desire to learn and to create a life long passion for learning.
At Oasis Academy Short Heath, 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
Nursery and Reception is planned to include all the seven areas of learning outlined in the EYFS framework. These are PSED, Physical Development, Communications and Language, Maths, Literacy, Understanding of the world, expressive art and design. Through the curriculum playing and exploring, creating and thinking critically, and active learning are the means by which children can learn.
From Year 1, the academy’s curriculum is planned to include all aspects of the ten subjects outlined in the New National Curriculum. These are: Maths, English, Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Computing, Art, Music and Physical Education. Religious Education is also taught.
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, our forest schools programme and day-to-day events in our academy life.
Relationships between teachers and pupils are particularly good, and this greatly encourages the positive learning attitudes of pupils. Teaching benefits effectively from the contributions of very competent teaching assistants throughout the school, who work closely in teams supporting and guiding the progress of all pupils.
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.
Our curriculum is structured around Writing for Real – this encompasses all the foundation subjects linked with the New English Curriculum. Where appropriate our maths curriculum is also integrated into the topic theme for the half term facilitating students to apply their mathematical skills in context.
We actively foster and encourage in all subjects children to ask and try to answer their own questions and explain their thinking and to identify the spiritual, moral, social and cultural aspects.
We aim to include trips and real experiences in our curriculum whenever we can.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Allen or Mrs Hayes on:
e: [email protected] t: 0121 373 6056