Curriculum

The underpinning aims of education and learning at Oaklands School

  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone's responsibility
  • All school facilities/environments provide a safe environment in which children can learn
  • There is a positive culture of equal opportunities and inclusion
  • We promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
  • All pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum
  • All staff demonstrate high expectations and aspirations for the pupils and improving outcomes for children and young people
  • EHCP development and individual targets are linked to learning

 

Intent

  • To provide an adapted, mainstream secondary curriculum that delivers access to all National Curriculum subject for all students
  • Successful preparation for adulthood is the priority
  • The Oaklands' curriculum incorporates bodies of knowledge that have intrinsic value to our students, as well as providing opportunities for their developmental needs, health needs, and wellbeing
  • The design of our curriculum ensures that our students are happy today, fulfilled in the future, and inspired to make their world a better place


Implementation

  • Our curriculum establishes an inspiring framework for teachers to act within, using their specialist subject knowledge and inclusive teaching methods to engage all students in learning.
  • Subject leaders and teachers take responsibility to interpret the curriculum framework in the students' interest, personalising the lessons to learners.


Impact

  • A curriculum that enables our students to gain the academic qualifications and sustainable study skills they need to access post 16 education;  the social skills and independent living skills they require to become thriving members of society in the technological 21st century
  • The vast majority of students progress well from their different starting points and progress to the next stage of their education into courses that lead to a higher level of qualification or employment

The Oaklands Curriculum

Key stage 3

Compulsory national curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign languages
  • Design and Technology
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • Computing
  • PHSE

Oaklands School provide:

  • Relationships, Sex and Health education - parents can ask for their children to be taken out of sex education
  • Religious Education - parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it

Oaklands School also provide, Careers (Learning for Life and Work) and Emotional Literacy lessons

Key stage 4

Core subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

Foundation subjects are:

  • Computing
  • Physical Education
  • Citizenship
  • PHSE
  • Arts

Oaklands School provide:

  • Relationships, Sex and Health education - parents can ask for their children to be taken out of sex education
  • Religious Education - parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it

Oaklands School also provide a minimum of one vocational study qualification, Careers (Learning for Life and Work) and Wellbeing lessons

The above is enhanced by the students' access to broad enrichment and cultural experiences embedded in the curriculum. Experiences include but are not limited to, Outdoor pursuit residentials, work placements, trips to gyms, museums, places of worship, Chester Zoo, sports clubs, Choir club and instrument tuition, Street Art club and Dance club.

We offer a wide range of curriculum subjects here at Oaklands, please select a subject on the left to find out more.
 
In addition to the core curriculum subjects, we also offer a selection of courses to our students at key stage 4.   Please see the table below for full details of courses offered.  If you require any further information about any part of the curriculum please do not hesitate to contact the school office who will be able to direct your query to the relevant person.
Key Stage 4 options
BTEC Sport - Edexcel BTEC L1 Certificate in Sport and Active Leisure
BTEC Hospitality - Edexcel BTEC Entry L3 Award Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
ICT - City and Guilds Entry L3 Award for IT Users
Nails and Beauty - ITEC Entry L3 Award Introduction to Hair and Beauty
Animal Care - City and Guilds Entry L3 Award skills for Working Life
Child Care - Edexcel BTEC Entry L3 Award Caring for Children
Health and Well Being - Entry 3 Qualification