Our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children's eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enables our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires children to learn more.
In our Nursery and YR the children follow the Early Years Foundation Stage framework 2021. This is a statutory requirement and is supplemented by the new, non statutory document Development matters, which has been rewritten to support the new statutory framework. Our EYFS team plan experiences for the children which match each unique child's needs in order to maximise progress for all and ensure that they are ready for their next stage in education. Children are encouraged to follow their own interests and learning is developed through this by our skilled practitioners through play based interactions with the children. In YR there are a range of adult led activities in which our teachers work with small groups of children and teach and explore specific ideas and concepts within the 17 areas of learning outlined within the foundation stage curriculum. However, for the biggest part of the day the children will 'free-flow' between the indoor and outdoor learning environments to play, explore and develop their learning supported by our staff.
Key Stage 1 & 2
Oakridge staff pride themselves on careful planning to enable the National Curriculum to be delivered in an interesting and purposeful way, ensuring that the basic skills are emphasised. Whilst adhering to the National Curriculum we aim to deliver the curriculum in a stimulating and creative way, utilising cross curricular links wherever possible. We believe that a balanced curriculum is only achieved through a further emphasis on other important areas such as Personal, Social and Health Education (Health and Wellbeing), Citizenship and Environmental Education, promoting not just a full range of knowledge and skills, but the important moral, religious and aesthetic attitudes which prepare children for the future.
We recognise that not all children learn in the same way. The teaching approaches that are used in the classrooms vary with staff using formal and informal methods. Children learn from a blend of single subject teaching and thematic based activities, making use of a range of audio and visual aids and computing to enhance their learning.
Click on each of the icons below to find out about what the children do in each subject. We teach geography and history through our Creative Curriculum lessons.