Academic Curriculum Subjects
At Oakfield, we try to group subject content that is similar in nature together so that children can use the information to form knowledge and link ideas. For example, we might teach the scientific idea of floating and sinking alongside the historical knowledge of The Titanic.
When we can link content, we do so under a 'Topic' (see below) however there are some ideas or concepts that need to be taught discretely (on their own) because we can't make meaningful links.
We try - wherever possible - to link reading and writing to the topic so that children use their time effectively and make strong links. For example, when studying life cycles of animals in science, we use the Very Hungry Caterpillar text with children in their English lessons.
Subjects that are generally taught discretely are:
Phonics, Maths, R.E., French, P.E. and P.S.H.E.
Subjects that are generally taught as part of a 'Topic' are:
Art, Computing, Science, Design Technology, Geography, History, Music
Including Phonics, Reading, Writing, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
Including Number, Shape, Space, Measure, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Fluency
Including Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Including Food Technology
Our personal curriculum is a mixture of taught sessions (for example, in PSHE) , pedagogy (for example, Forest School), ethos (for example, our Habits of Mind) and opportunities to learn through experiences (for example, visits and visitors).
Personal, Social, Health Education
Including Relationships and Sex Education
Habits of Mind
Topics Overviews (2021-2022)
We teach children subject knowledge and skills through 'topics' which are carefully selected to help children learn and idea in one subject, and apply it in another.