Oak Wood School

Curriculum Overview

We provide a broader range of learning opportunities than you will find in most schools, thus ensuring our pupils have the best opportunity to choose what is right for them.

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

Our curriculum embraces the knowledge, understanding and skills required to equip our pupils for life and work. It embraces all learning experiences which take place in school including classroom experiences, Form Tutor sessions, assemblies, sports fixtures and extra-curricular activities. Our pupils have an 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.

We have a strong programme of enrichment to support Personal, Health, Social and Citizenship Education (PHSCE), study skills, community participation and diversity. It is expected that all pupils participate in extended learning opportunities.

Our curriculum will:

This is important because:

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

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

Provide opportunities for pupils to study a range of subjects

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

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

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

Prepare pupils for the wider world

Pupils need to be prepared for life beyond Oak Wood School

Highlight natural links between subjects

Pupils 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 Curriculum (Years 7 & 8)

Currently, pupils in Years 7 & 8 follow a two-year programme of study based on the National Curriculum. We will be moving to a three-year Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) from September 2021for the following reasons:

  • Historically, on entry to the school, our pupils have had lower starting points than their peers nationally therefore moving to a longer Key Stage 3 will provide additional time for National Curriculum subjects to be taught. This will help ensure deeper learning that will reinforce and consolidate subject knowledge, understanding and skills.

  • It will allow subjects additional flexibility and freedom to teach to greater depth and widened learning opportunities.

  • To promote aspirations and further develop ‘cultural capital’ through a range of enrichment activities that run alongside curriculum subjects and across the year groups. This will enhance, deepen and widen subject understanding and wider learning.

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

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

English with Drama

9

9

Maths

8

8

Science

7

7

Art

2

2

Geography

3

3

History

3

3

ICT

2

2

MFL (French or Spanish)

5

5

PE

4

4

PHSCE

2

2

RS

2

2

Technology

1

1

Music

2

2

Lesson Total per two weeks

50

50

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Currently pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 study GCSE courses. This will be changing from September 2021 as Key Stage 4 will begin at the end of Year 9 when pupils will select their GCSE Options. 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 pupils for GCSE qualifications.

  • Offering intervention and support through targeted sessions during school time, after school, and throughout the school holidays.

  • Engaging with parents to ensure they are able to support throughout Key Stage 4.

  • Preparing pupils for life beyond Oak Wood School through a range of careers guidance opportunities and Post 16 preparation.

  • Developing a love of learning through excellent delivery of well-planned lessons by highly skilled staff.

Key Stage 4 is divided into two parts: 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.

Subject

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English Lang and English Lit

9

9

9

Maths

8

8

8

Science

9

9

9

PHSCE

1

1

1

PE

3

3

3

Core Lesson Total per two weeks

30

30

30


In addition to the core subjects, pupils also select 4 option subjects (each have 5 hours of teaching time spread over two weeks). At present these include:

Options Subjects

Year 9

Options

Year 10

Options

Year 11

Options

Art

5

5

5

Business Studies

5

5

-

Construction Studies

5

5

5

Computing

5

5

-

DT

5

5

5

French

5

5

5

Film Studies

5

5

5

Geography

5

5

5

Hairdressing

5

5

-

History

5

5

5

Information Technology

5

5

5

Music

-

5

-

GCSE PE

5

5

5

Religious Studies

5

5

-

Spanish

5

5

-

 

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13)

Oak Wood School Sixth Form offers a range of courses within a well-resourced, friendly and flexible environment where students can achieve both their academic and their 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, interests and ambitions. The Sixth Form support programme is designed to ensure exam success and help our students become independent thinkers and learners. We combine a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with high expectations and high standards of achievement.

Courses currently offered include:

A Level & Level 3 Courses

Mathematics

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Business Studies

Government & Politics

Physical Education

Level 3 Media

Film Studies

Photography

History

Vocational Courses

Hairdressing

Construction

GCSE Resits

GCSE English

GCSE Maths

Our course offer is reviewed annually.