what we teachCurriculum
Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum suited to the needs of the individual children.
This curriculum is based on the programmes of study incorporated in the National Curriculum core subjects English, Maths and Science and foundation subjects History, Geography, Technology, Music, Art and PE together with the agreed syllabus for Religious Education.
The National Curriculum is organised in Key Stages. Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7 in Years 1 and 2) and Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11 in Years 3-6). The Foundation Stage curriculum is followed by children in the Reception class.
Much of the children’s work is topic based (a creative curriculum) and this provides the framework for developing the basic skills of communication using language, mathematical understanding and all aspects of science, technology, art, history, geography, music and physical education.
Children are encouraged to take pride in the quality and presentation of their work and to become motivated and independent learners able to make decisions.
The curriculum is delivered using a variety of teaching methods, sometimes whole class, sometimes group and sometimes individual.
Within any age group of children there exists a wide range of ability and it is the responsibility of the class teacher to ensure that children’s work follows school policies and that it matches the needs of individual children.
All policies are available in school for parents to read.
Advice and help is available to teachers with children who are experiencing particular learning difficulties and where necessary, detailed individual programmes are prepared for children. Such programmes are discussed with parents as their support and involvement is an important element in determining their success.
Teachers meet on a regular basis to discuss overall policy and to ensure continuity and progression of teaching practice throughout the school. The school has internal procedures for monitoring the teaching and learning. These involve the Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and Curriculum co-ordinators.
At West Oxford we follow the Letters and Sounds scheme when teaching children phonics. For more information about this scheme, you can access the extensive guidance provided by the Department for Education here.
The school does not follow a discrete reading scheme, but instead we encourage children to read a variety of books through progressive ‘bands’. Many of these early readers are part of the ‘Oxford Reading Tree’. Under the guidance of their class teacher, the children choose books at a particular band until it is agreed they should move on to the next one.