To match the 3Cs (character, competence and community) of the curriculum statement we have some golden threads running throughout the planning and delivering of our curriculum planning, both in deliberate rehearsal of key knowledge and concepts to ensure entry to long-term memory, and also to ensure our daily practise holds true to the trust's intent.
This is all underpinned by the Oasis vision, ethos and 9 Habits and the values attached to each topic.
An integrated approach to Personal Development
Personal development is fundamental in our organisation as part of our culture and ethos. It is critical that we are constantly exploring who we are and how we are growing and changing to enhance the learning and maximise the potential of the children and young people in our communities.
As a result, PHSCE, careers, contextual safeguarding, SRE, character development, physical and mental well-being, and behaviour are grouped into Personal Development and are interwoven delicately into all areas of the curriculum. Statutory content is thoroughly covered in meaningful context alongside naturally occurring themes for maximum impact. This will include:
- Ethos and values weekly assemblies
- Weekly achievement celebrations
- Weekly PD lessons
- Character as a golden thread
- Thematic PSHCE content
- Thematic SRE
- Contextual safeguarding
- Links to Science, RE and PE
- Our Behaviour for Learning Policy
Whole school themes have been carefully chosen to reflect aspects of human achievement and the natural world. Attached to each theme is series of values which are explored through the topics and in assemblies as well as a specific Personal Learning and Thinking Skill. Thus the curriculum is planned to develop the triple loops of academic knowledge, meta-cognition and meta-learning and the development of character simultaneously.
Learning and Technology: A blended approach
As part of our initiative to close the disadvantage gap in learning, we rolled out Oasis Horizons in 2020-2021; every child from Reception to Year 6 was given their very own iPad for use at school and at home. These iPads are becoming part of everyday life here at Oasis Limeside as our pupils use them throughout their school day. Our staff are regularly trained on new updates and apps, so ensure we make the most of the potential of the devices to enhance the expertise of teachers and learning in lessons.