Oak Wood School

Oak Wood Curriculum Overview

Oak Wood School aims to provide a broad, balanced education, which encourages pupils to develop their individual abilities and achieve their full potential in all areas of the curriculum.

Oak Wood’s curriculum embraces the skills, knowledge and understanding required to equip our pupils for life and work.  It embraces all learning experiences, which take place at school from classroom experiences, Form Tutor sessions, assemblies, sports fixtures, extra curricular activities and clubs. All pupils have an absolute entitlement to be equipped for life and work and to expect that their school experience will enable them to act as confident and capable citizens.

The Inclusion Team works across all subject areas providing targeted support so that all pupils’ needs are met.  There is also a programme of enrichment events to support Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education, Thinking and Study skills, Community Participation and Cultural Diversity.  It is expected that all pupils participate in extended learning opportunities both at school and at home.

We Dream, We Learn, We Grow

Our curriculum should:

This is important because:

Develop a love of learning across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5

We know that students with a passion and desire for learning are more likely to achieve success in this subject

Provide opportunities for students to study a range of subjects

We serve a diverse community with a range of aspirations and ambitions

Allow students the time they need to focus on the depth of learning within a subject area

We have the highest expectations of all students at Oak Wood School

Prepare students for the wider world

Students need to be prepared for life beyond Oak Wood School

Highlight natural links between subjects

Students will achieve greater success throughout making connections between different subjects

Promote a culture of learning and success

We are a community that thrives on achievement at all levels

Adapt to the needs of the individual learner

We serve a community with a range of different needs and skills

 

Key Stage 3

In Years 7 & 8 pupils follow a two-year programme of study which reflects the National Curriculum and is based on the Oak Wood ‘stages’ system.  Oak Wood moved to a two-year Key Stage 3 for the following reasons;

  • Historically on entry our pupils have had lower starting points, therefore a shorter KS3 provides addition time for subjects to ensure deep learning and to reinforce and consolidate skills and knowledge.
  • Allowed subjects additional flexibility and freedom to teach to greater depth.
  • Provided subjects not taught at KS3 and those that were with additional time so widened learning opportunities.
  • Increased pupil engagement and commitment to learning post KS3 as pupils felt their learning had ‘the end in mind’.
  • To further promote aspirations a range of enrichment activities will run alongside curriculum subjects and across the year groups. This will enhance, deepen and widen subject understanding and wider learning.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils officially begin their GCSE course after selecting their options at the end of Year 8. We have created a bespoke curriculum model that allows pupils to select from a range of subjects to meet their needs, offering appropriate guidance and support rather than restricting choices. Our Key Stage 4 focuses on;

  • Preparing students for reformed GCSE qualifications, increased amounts on content and tougher assessment expectations.
  • Offers intervention and support through targeted sessions during school time, after school and throughout school holidays.
  • Engages with parents to ensure they are able to support throughout Key Stage 4.
  • Prepares students for life beyond Oak Wood School through a range of careers guidance and Post 16 preparation.
  • Develops a love of learning through excellent delivery of well-planned lessons by highly skilled staff.

Key Stage 5

Oak Wood Post 16 Centre offers a range of courses within a well-resourced, friendly and flexible environment where students achieve both their academic and personal potential.  Emphasis from a dedicated Sixth Form Team is placed upon achieving both academic and all round excellence.  Students are able to flourish in a secure community where they are well known and their individual needs are catered for. We offer a range of qualifications and guide each individual to choose a balanced and challenging combination of courses appropriate to their strengths, interest and ambitions.  The Post 16 support programme is designed to ensure exam success and help students become independent thinkers and learners.  We combine a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with high expectations and high standards of achievement.

Curriculum Breakdown - Key Stage 3

Oak Wood runs a two-week timetable consisting of 50 lessons and each lesson is one hour in length. The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers Years 7 and 8 and covers the following subjects:

Subject

Number of lessons over the two week timetable

English

8

Maths

7

Science

6

Art

2

Geography

3

History

3

ICT

2

MFL (French or Spanish)

5

PE

3

PHSCE

2

RS

3

Technology

2

Music

2

Drama

2

Lesson Total per two weeks

50

Curriculum Breakdown - Key Stage 4

This curriculum is divided into two parts; the Core Subjects and Option Subjects. The total number of teaching hours at Key Stage 4 is 50 hours over the two week timetable.

Core Subjects consists of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education. 

 

 

Number of lessons over the two week timetable

Subject – only four will be selected from this list

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English Language and English Literature

9

9

9

Maths

8

8

8

Science

9

9

8

MFL or Intervention

-

-

5

PHSCE

2

2

2

PE

2

2

2

Lesson Total per two weeks

30

30

34

 In addition to the core, pupils also select 4 option subjects (each have 4hrs of teaching time spread over the two weeks). At present these include:

  

 

Number of lessons over the two week timetable

Options Subjects

Year 9

Options

Year 10

 Options

Year 11

 Options

Art

5

5

4

Business Studies

5

5

4

Construction Studies

5

5

8 Double

DT

5

5

4

French or Spanish

-

-

4

Geography

5

5

4

History

5

5

4

Information Technology / Computing

5

5

4

L2 Media / GCSE Film Studies

5

5

4

GCSE PE / BTEC L2 Sport

5

5

4

Resistant Materials

5

5

4

Religious Studies

5

5

-

Triple Science – Biology Chemistry and Physics

 

5

4

Key Stage 5 - Post 16 Years 12 & 13

Oak Wood Post 16 Centre offers a range of courses within a well resourced, friendly and flexible environment where students achieve both their academic and personal potential.  Emphasis from a dedicated Sixth Form Team is placed upon achieving both academic and all round excellence.  Students are able to flourish in a secure community where they are well known and their individual needs are catered for. We offer a range of qualifications and guide each individual to choose a balanced and challenging combination of courses appropriate to their strengths, interest and ambitions.  The Post 16 support programme is designed to ensure exam success and help students become independent thinkers and learners.  We combine a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with high expectations and high standards of achievement.  Courses are added dependent upon demand.  Courses currently offered are:

A Level & Level 3 Courses

Mathematics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Business Studies

Government & Politics

Level 3 Sport

Level 3 Media

Film Studies

Art

Photography

History

Vocational Courses

Hairdressing

Construction

GCSE Resit

GCSE English & Maths

For more information on our curriculum model, please contact Mr B Jane.