Everyone has different skills, talents and abilities!
The guiding aim, therefore, of our curriculum is to help every one of our students develop their strengths and personal interests during their time at Oak Academy. This gives them every opportunity to make outstanding progress in all subjects.
To achieve this, we have a broad and balanced curriculum that ensures traditional academic routes are open to all. These are combined with high quality vocational subjects to help students develop practical skills if this is where their passions lie. This means our curriculum is highly personalised and puts students interest at its centre.
We focus on developing strong core skills that will help students throughout their lives and complement these with a wide range of options subjects taught by specialist teachers with specialist equipment.
At Oak Academy, our intent is that students acquire and retain both essential knowledge and a wide vocabulary base to allow them to flourish and succeed in life.
Teaching and Learning is founded upon the fundamental belief that all students, regardless of socio-economic background or academic starting point, can and will achieve. We center our vision around knowledge because we believe that the acquisition of essential knowledge will help to empower our students and equip them with the tools they need to succeed. We want our students to question knowledge, to become critical thinkers around knowledge and be able to apply their knowledge to any task or question that comes their way. For us, it’s the foundation of their learning.
We implement this belief through high quality curriculum planning. Subject areas and CALs carefully consider both the sequence and purpose of their curriculum so that students are given the best opportunity possible to master key concepts and units of study over their 5-year journey with us.
Key stage 3
Students experience over 15 subjects in years 7 & 8 so that they have a strong foundation on which to build when they progress into Key Stage 4. They study a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, PE and “Learning for Life” which teaches Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural values and ideas. In addition, they enjoy many creative and technology based subjects as well as humanities and MFL.
During Year 9 students continue to study a broad KS3 curriculum . During the last term of Year 8 however they also are able to make some guided choices surrounding their creative and performing arts curriculums. In addition they are able to select three out of five technical subjects which they wish to study on rotation during Year 9 as a transition to making their option choices ready for Year 10.
Our curriculum is designed to take into learning both inside and outside of the classroom! Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have the chance to take part in a club or activity that gives them a taste of something new. Doing something different is a great way for students to challenge themselves and stand out when writing their CV. Enrichment takes place during Friday afternoon of our Week 1 timetable.
Key Stage 4
In years 10 and 11, students are prepared for their GCSEs. In addition to the core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Maths, Combined Science, core PE and Learning for Life (Year 10), all students choose one academic GCSE from Geography, History, Computing, French or Spanish and three further options subjects. These may be GCSE or vocational, which gives them the chance to learn in a practical or academic framework, depending on their personal skills and preferences. Subjects such as Art, Textiles, Health & Social Care, Sport Studies and Sociology and many more mean that there is a range of options open for everyone.
Please contact Hayley Richley (Vice Principal) with any questions you may have about our curriculum.