Curriculum Statement for Oak Hill

The Oak Hill Academy West London Curriculum (2019)

As an Aspirations Academy junior school, situated in Hounslow, West London, we have designed a bespoke and innovative curriculum, tailored to meet the needs of all children in our school. We follow the National Curriculum and align to the ‘No limits: Education for success in the 21st century’ philosophy and curriculum within our Multi Academy Trust.

At Oak Hill Academy, we believe it is important to educate the whole child, in order to fulfil their aspirations and ensure they achieve their full potential in learning and life skills thus becoming conscientious, confident and responsible members of society.  We use a values-based approach to build character, resilience and responsibility, preparing children for their life’s journey.

Our whole school curriculum nurtures, deepens and broadens the development of children’s knowledge, skills and qualities which are required for success in the modern world. We aim to ensure that all of our children achieve high levels of success, whilst at the same time equipping them with the knowledge and skills required to play an active and successful role in today’s highly competitive, fast-changing world. Our children learn in a challenging, engaging and supportive environment. We have created a curriculum which is dynamic, broad, balanced and innovative to ensure that the children enjoy learning.

Learning opportunities are also designed to develop children’s intellectual, personal, moral, social and physical abilities.  Through our diverse and exciting curriculum, Oak Hill Academy children will not only develop skills in English and Mathematics but across a much wider curriculum will aims to foster a lifelong love of learning, whilst also ensuring they reach their true potential academically, socially and emotionally.

CORE SUBJECTS

Reading

Reading is at the heart of our curriculum.

In class, Reading lessons consist of Content Domain and Accelerated Reader sessions. We treat each Content Domain as a skill; each skill is taught using a source. We use three types of source: AUDIO, VISUAL and TEXTUAL. We focus on one skill over the week, using a different source for each READING session. This creative and interesting approach is designed to foster a love of reading for all, as well as developing each child’s skills and abilities for decoding, inferring and articulating responses to what they have read.

Accelerated Reader is used to generate information linked to a child’s reading ability, willingness to read and comprehension skills.  Star Reader assessments take place half-termly- they provide each child with their ‘point-in-time’ levels which help them select appropriate books.

At Oak Hill we are fortunate to have a Patron of Reading, author and actor Mr Richard Vobes who visits our school each term and runs Reading, Writing and Mime Storytelling workshops with each year group on rotation.

Writing

Oak Hill has developed its own bespoke Writing approach and our writing curriculum is based on the essence of Talk for Writing. The children write for a purpose, using specific authorial skills and techniques; we identify the basic form of our written work, and a particular genre, during each learning journey:

  • SKILL: to entertain, to inform, to persuade, to discuss
  • FORM: Narrative, non-narrative, poetry
  • GENRE: action/adventure, comedic, autobiographical

Spelling, punctuation and grammar is applied meaningfully and taught within each learning journey; they are taught alongside high-quality writing models (that are cross-curricular where possible). The children are exposed to and engage with such models, before developing an increasing level of independence that allows them to create new prose showcasing their new learning. We use Cold Write and Hot Write to make formative and summative assessments; as such, learning journeys are then differentiated to cater for all needs, including Greater Depth.

Maths Mastery

In September 2016 we introduced the Maths Mastery programme to the school curriculum at Oak Hill starting in Year 3. Maths Mastery is the UK’s version of the highly successful Singapore maths teaching model, rated number one in the world for having most impact and success in educating children in maths.

Currently in years 3 and 4, our Maths Mastery programme uses concrete, pictorial and abstract teaching methods and approaches. Maths lessons are fun, practical and stimulates children’s curiosity to think and explain what they are being presented with. Lessons require children to work and talk together in pairs, groups and in whole class contexts to explain their learning and understanding. There is also time in each lesson for independent work.  Maths Mastery is an excellent maths programme which has proven to be highly effective in supporting children’s’ mathematical learning at Oak Hill in the last two years. We run a Maths Mastery parent information session for all new Year 3 parents interested in seeing the programme in action each autumn term. There are also opportunities to “Work with Your Child” during morning lessons in the autumn and spring terms.

Science

At OHA, our Science lessons are a mix of practical investigations and knowledge based learning. The skills of scientific enquiry and investigation are spread across the whole curriculum, and provide children with essential tools and hands on experiences for learning. Through their work in Science, children are encouraged to question and hypothesize and use their initiative, to develop the skills of seeking and exploring.

The Foundation Curriculum

At Oak Hill Academy, we deliver the full National Curriculum which includes all of the foundation subjects: PSHCE, Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and our modern foreign language (MFL) is Spanish. To effectively deliver our curriculum, we carefully plan to deliver the foundation subjects across each half term, using a trans-disciplinary approach where appropriate.

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship in Education (PSHCE)

We wish children to develop a strong sense of values which guide their choices in life and to develop self-esteem and a positive attitude towards others. Each half term we use one of the 8 Conditions as a theme and as well as explicit teaching of Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship in Education PSHCE, we are committed to providing excellent pastoral care, ensuring every child feels valued and appreciated. 

Circle Time is a technique for teaching children how to explore ideas through discussion. In these sessions, the class sit in a circle, so that everyone can contribute and listen equally. P4C discussions start from a given stimulus, children suggest questions that will encourage an exciting exchange of ideas. Children learn to respect each other’s opinions, to justify their own views, and to be prepared to change their minds. Circle time is a vehicle for children to express feelings and problem solve together to support their emotional needs.

Computing & E-Safety

The use of Computing is embedded across the curriculum. We are very well resourced with laptops, ipads and Chromebooks in every class across the school. Children are encouraged to use computers and ipads as a tool for learning where appropriate. Weekly Computing lessons enable children to understand how to use computers and the importance of staying safe when online. It also helps them develop skills such as coding and blogging.

Keeping Children Safe when using the internet (e-safety) is of paramount importance and the school has a firewall in place to protect children when researching online. E-safety is a vital part of our curriculum at Oak Hill Academy and in order to Safeguard all children, we have a bespoke e-safety policy.

Our E-Safety Curriculum helps the children learn about how to keep themselves safe when using the internet and digital technologies. Our Internet Safety Rules are displayed around the school, regular theme weeks and assemblies are held to support the promotion of e-Safety. We have devised a Parents’ Guide to e-safety booklet and organise parent workshops to help parents understand their role in keeping their children safe when using computers and the internet at home.

Inclusion

Oak Hill Academy believe that all children, regardless of need are entitled to the best possible provision and outcomes.  Every child is unique and we ensure this individuality is celebrated and supported.  We ensure that all children, including those with academic, behaviour or emotional difficulties have full access to a broad and balanced curriculum, have their needs identified as early as possible, receive focused provision matched to those needs, and as a consequence leave us with the best possible outcomes.  

Our identified More Able children are challenged daily within their classroom lessons and are given opportunities to take part in national / local school enrichment days and competitions. We work closely with Rivers Academy who provide us with specialist Language, Maths and English teachers. Our most academically able children are identified and selected to take part in ‘Explorers Academy’ during the spring term at Rivers Academy annually.

Children with a talent for Music, Sport, Art and Drama are encouraged to develop their interests through our wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities and opportunities.

Learning Mentor & Parent Liaison: As part of our inclusion policy, children and parents benefit from having access to our full time Learning Mentor and Parent Liaison link. Parents whose children need support with behaviour, attendance or any other pastoral need can come in and discuss the support being given to their child or family and develop positive links between home and school.

Homework

Each Year Group sends out homework on a weekly basis at Oak Hill. Homework is tailored to the year group and also personalised to individuals or groups of children as needed. Homework provides further challenge and opportunities for children to deepen and broaden their knowledge and skills in different curriculum areas.

The Upper School (Years 5 & 6) are given SATS practice styled questions for both Maths and English, as well as Manga High online homework and spellings weekly.

The lower school (Years 3 & 4), are given Maths and English activities as well as Manga High online homework and spellings weekly.

Every Year Group also receives “Enrichment” project based homework, reflecting the topic or theme being studied for that half term. This homework is purely optional and involves making models or designing 3D objects. The enrichment homework consolidates the learning that has taken place in the classroom and provides an opportunity for pupil led deepening of learning.

Assessment and Target Setting

Each child is set a target for the end of Year 6. This is based on their end of Key Stage One assessment result and will be either the National Expected standard or the Greater Depth Standard. Children who are not on track to achieve their targets and make the expected progress, will receive afternoon interventions to help them get back on track. Some children may also be invited to an 8:30am breakfast intervention session.

Year 6 SATS Tests Additional Support

Identified Year 6 children attend Booster sessions during the spring term, as additional support/tuition towards attaining their targets in the End of Key Stage 2 SATS tests. A three day Easter School is offered to all Pupil Premium pupils in Year 6 as well as those identified as needing the extra intervention in order to achieve their Expected or Greater Depth targets.

We contact parents as necessary and inform them of any additional support we will be offering / providing.