Curriculum Principles

Oakdene Primary School – Principles for Learning

  • Ambition and challenge – taking learning to another level
  • Lessons which move learning on for all children
  • Creating compelling learning opportunities
  • Children knowing what it takes to be a successful learner
  • Adults constantly responsive to the needs of learners
  • Creating routines for learning
  • Using data to improve outcomes
  • Developing authentic reciprocal relationships
  • Working together to ensure all of our children thrive

 

Ambition and challenge – taking learning to another level

At Oakdene Primary school we believe all children have the potential to be successful learners. Where they come from each day and the challenges they face on a daily basis will not limit their achievement. There are no limits to learning in Oakdene. Ensuring all of our children believe they can be great learners and striving to raise the aspirations of community so that they too believe there are no limits to what their children can achieve.

 

Lessons which move learning on for all children

Our classrooms are inclusive classrooms. They are places where learning opportunities are tailored to meet the needs of all children; in lessons where adults have thought about the ways in which learning is purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the current needs of every child. These are classrooms where lessons are pitched so that every child experiences success and makes progress in their learning.

 

Creating compelling learning opportunities

Learning in Oakdene is always compelling. Adults create learning opportunities where children are engrossed in their learning. Whatever the purpose and focus of the learning opportunities, adults have thought about what will be the most compelling, exciting, energising and memorable way in which children can engage with this learning.

 

Children knowing what it takes to be a successful learner

As children progress through our school they develop an ever widening repertoire of learning skills which enable them to exercise their independence when tackling challenges. Developing an ability to describe what they have achieved and an awareness of the steps they need to take to move their learning to another level.

 

Adults constantly responsive to the needs of learners

Adults are always aware of the purpose of each lesson and what the learning outcomes should be. Within this discipline skilful practitioners are responding to the emerging needs of learners and adapting their lessons to meet those needs. It is in the discerning ways adults choose to adapt their plans that learning is taken to another level.

 

Creating routines for learning

Great classrooms are built upon robust routines. These routines guarantee that time is used well; routines which enable children to exercise their independence and make choices about how they approach their learning. These are routines which are embedded in the life and work of the classroom, enabling children to take responsibility for their own learning and development

 

Using data to improve outcomes

In our school high quality, trustworthy, fine grained data is at the heart of our understanding of how to meet the learning needs of every child in the school. It also enables us to identify children whose progress is vulnerable and design the interventions we need to create to accelerate their progress.

 

Developing authentic reciprocal relationships

Great learning opportunities in Oakdene are built upon authentic reciprocal relationships; where the infectious enthusiasm and commitment of adults is reflected in the commitment of the children to their learning. Children want to do well because they know adults care and believe in them. These relationships create a safe place for children to take risks, to make mistakes and know that their contribution will always be valued.

 

Working together to ensure all of our children thrive

A great school has great classrooms, but in the very best of what goes on in each of those classrooms builds each year into something greater than the sum of the parts. The team in the school working together to help one another to grow and thrive and ensure all of our children achieve their potential.