26 September 2023
An Engaging and Creative Curriculum!
At Oldfield Park Junior School we strongly believe in providing a broad, balanced and highly engaging curriculum so as to inspire and motivate the children in our care, and also to draw on the talents and expertise of our staff. The policy below goes someway to illustrating our approach.
The vast majority of subjects, and related objectives and outcomes, are taught and delivered through a thematic approach. Although Maths is taught as a discrete subject across the school through our TOTEM approach (Talk, Outside, Theme, Engagement and Movement). There are six separate termly themes, each with its own designated book for each whereby work is recorded and assessed.
Below you will find our 2021-2022 topic timetable:
Our curriculum adheres to the 2014 National Curriculum through the use of Key Concepts that help connect the children's learning experience not just across topics, but also across terms and even years. These concepts are made explicit to the children and displayed throughout the school, so that they fully understand that their learning journey is continuous and connected.
Below you will find an example of the Key Concepts for art:
Our curriculum will also provide:
A weekly lesson of French as well as opportunities for the children to be exposed to other languages through our "Language of the Term" sessions, language based visits to local secondary schools, and our involvement in the "European Day of Languages".
Two sessions of physical education.
A discrete weekly PSHE and RE lessons.
Swimming for Y5 and Y6.
Year 3 and Year 4 will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
A weekly wellbeing session ("Feelgood Friday") that focusses upon maintaining mental health and wellbeing for all.
Each term OPJS also holds an "Enrichment Day" whereby, as part of the broad and balanced curriculum, a range of different activities ranging from Animation through to Yoga take place. The aim of this day is to expand our children's horizons even further!