At Oxspring Primary School we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to all our pupils and we ensure the requirements of the new National Curriculum are met through a range of engaging and stimulating experiences. The school curriculum has a thematic approach covering the subjects of Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music, Art, PE, Computing, Languages, RE, PSHE and Citizenship. All children must study the Core Curriculum, which includes English, Mathematics and Science. We deliver Spanish and French in Key Stage 2. Since September 2016 we have used the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to plan the learning opportunities for our pupils. Click here if you would like further information.
The Reception children in the Class 1 follow the Early Years Foundation Curriculum, which they have followed in a Nursery or Pre-School setting. The children are assessed against this curriculum at the end of the Reception year.
The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three and many children first attend some form of pre-school or nursery. Children are admitted into Class 1 in the autumn term.
The Foundation Stage consists of three Prime areas as follows:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, social and emotional development
and four Specific areas:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
See the Early Learning Goals which the children are working towards. They will be assessed against these goals at the end of the year.
Opportunities are provided for all children to succeed in a caring and supportive atmosphere where they feel valued. These early experiences create the basis for later learning in school and beyond.
Children progress from the Foundation Stage in to Key Stage 1 where they start the new National Curriculum.
Children at ages 7 (Y2) and 11 (Y6) will be assessed using the Government’s standard assessment test, (SATS). These are a mixture of teacher assessment and statutory tests. The results of these tests are sent home with the child’s annual report. Regular assessment takes place in other year groups and this is used to help the school set targets.
The Y1 children currently undertake a statutory phonics assessment during the summer term. In Key Stage 1 (and throughout Key Stage 2) we use a wide range of material to support reading, including Oxford Reading Tree, Collins, Nelson and Ginn reading scheme books. For phonics we use Read Write Inc. Further information about the curriculum and school policies can be obtained by asking the school staff. Click here to learn more about phonics screening at Y1.
Wherever possible we use first-hand experiences and exciting stimuli as a starting point for our teaching. We strive to provide learning experiences that are appropriate for your child’s level of ability. We plan activities, which lead to new learning, so that we can build on prior learning. We aim to provide challenge through organising work in a variety of ways, encouraging children to use their initiative and become more responsible for organising their own learning. We aim to give equal opportunities to all children.
We are constantly striving to improve the delivery of the curriculum to ensure that all children have access to the curriculum and we involve children in the planning so that they have ownership. We try to teach subjects through mini topics or link subjects together in a thematic approach to make them relevant in order to motivate learning. Practical activities in all areas of the curriculum help to improve skills, understanding and the development of ideas. The topics are planned by staff to address progression in skills, knowledge and understanding. The topics are broad and flexible so that children have the opportunity to research areas they are particularly interested in.
We also aim to develop children’s independence and confidence, through class visits and residentials.
Computers are widely used across the curriculum. All children have the opportunity to develop computing skills and use appropriate software to enhance their learning. We have a network of computers that have access to the Barnsley Intranet. This gives the children an opportunity to use the Internet through a protected system. We use wireless linked lap tops enabling all children to use them in a cross curricular way and the interactive whiteboards are used as a teaching aid for further developing computing skills. In addition, we have a set of iPads. We are continually developing our computing systems in order to keep pace with changes in technology to ensure children are equipped with the skills necessary for the 21st century.
At Oxspring Primary School we passionately believe that PE & Sport play an important role in the overall development of our children, with the potential to change young people’s lives for the better. We are committed to developing high quality PE lessons, alongside greater opportunities for sporting competitions and clubs for all our young people, through our use of the Sports Premium grant. Our provision for sports, both during and out of school hours continues to increase, and we utilise external providers (egTeam Active, Bruce Dyer) to deliver specific aspects.
All children take part in sport as part of their PE lessons and we also offer children after school activities in sports. At the moment dance, multi-sports and football are offered and we aim to further extend this over the year.
The schools’ sporting aims are:-
- To provide physical activity and healthy lifestyle
- To develop positive attitudes and observe the conventions of honesty and fair play
- To ensure safe practice
We have a well-equipped gym and an enclosed schoolyard. We receive Sports Premium funding which is used for additional equipment, coaches and sporting events. Our Sports Day is held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
We have a strong commitment to the Arts. All children are given the opportunity to develop their artistic, musical and dramatic skills and we take pride in displaying a high standard of work in school. We positively encourage all children to participate in our school performances and we try to stimulate their creative development through first hand experiences such as observation of the local environment, visiting performers and visits. We have a strong emphasis on drama and performances as a means of developing skills in Speaking and Listening.
Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and Relationships Education is incorporated into our PSHE programme. The Y6 children are taught Sex Education, in liaison with the school nurse, and parents will be notified in advance if they wish to withdraw their child from the lesson.
We offer Religious Education as an integral part of the curriculum, following LA guidelines. Children will learn about Christianity and use this as a basis to compare with all the major faiths of the world. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons, but this must be put in writing to the Headteacher.
Please see the specific curriculum documents below for an overview of what is expected to be taught in each year group. Click the links to open the PDFs of these Parents Guides.