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Our Creative Curriculum

Please be aware that some of the activities that we detail in these documents e.g school trips, residentials, parents evenings etc, that would normally go on, have been temporarily postponed during Covid-19, so that we can do our very best to keep our Whole School Community safe and well.  We will reinstate them as soon as it is safe to do so and in the meantime, will work hard to make alternative arrangements e.g. virtual meetings, where possible.  Thank you for your co-operation and understanding. (September 2020)

All learning is individualised and personalised to each child or young person at Oakley School. We use a Total Communication approach to ensure children and young people can access all learning and activities. Visual supports such as ‘now and next’ boards, task management boards and visual timetables are also used to help prepare children and young people for the day and tasks ahead. We have frequent opportunities for children and young people to practise and make progress towards Education, Health and Care Plan Targets. To help evidence this we use Home School books to share with Parents/Carers. Parents/Carers are encouraged to also take pictures or write about their child’s achievements at home and send them into school. Additionally, frequent opportunities are provided for children to apply their learning to the 'real world,' helping to further embed their learning. All lessons and teaching are adapted so that children and young people can access the curriculum. Staff plan using personalised strategies and supports within each class to ensure that all children and young people enjoy learning and make progress towards their own targets and outcomes.

Oakley School children and young people learn to develop skills for life and independence through an innovative and broad curriculum. We have developed a creative curriculum that has themes which run throughout the school and which show clear progression through all the Phases. Our Learning Pathways empower our teachers to adapt their teaching to meet individual need. Therapeutic strategies are embedded to ensure a holistic approach for our pupils to grow and learn. Learning outside the classroom is a fundamental part of the curriculum offer which allows pupils to develop confidence, problem solving, communication and team building skills. Life skills are taught throughout the curriculum and pupils are encouraged to learn how to lead independent lives. All subjects encourage problem solving, communication and collaboration. The rich and varied learning at Oakley has been recognised by the school achieving Gold in the SMSC National Quality Mark (October 2018): “The curriculum is an all-encompassing example of how SMSC can be the driver of teaching and learning rather than merely relying on opportunities to occur.”

 

The school ethos of “work hard, be kind, have fun and stay safe” runs throughout the pupils’ learning.

 

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