Curriculum Statement

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At Co-op Academy Oakwood the curriculum comprises everything that a child experiences at our school. We follow a topic-based approach with over-arching themes used to link subject-specific skills, knowledge and understanding. These are underpinned by first-hand experiences. We also embed co-operative principles within our curriculum through our ‘ROOTS’ values.

Our Early Years Foundation Stage is inspired by the values and pedagogy of Reggio Emilia. Indoor and outdoor learning environments are carefully developed and constructed to capture children’s interests and engage them in opportunities to gain skills and knowledge across a wide range of areas. The curriculum is informed and influenced by the children, their families and the community and aims to enable children to make links across each area of learning. Follow this link for further information about the Foundation Stage.

Across school we provide a broad curriculum experience that includes academic, sporting/physical, dramatic, artistic, musical and personal growth opportunities. Children work towards the National Curriculum outcomes and we make sure that there is appropriate progression within each subject. The only exception to following the National Curriculum is our approach to modern foreign languages. We expose children to a range of modern languages in an effort to broaden their experience, knowledge and inspire a future love of language learning rather than offer progression in one key language.

Follow the links below to find out more about our Curriculum offers for:

To further enhance our curriculum, we have identified core experiences designed to enhance children’s knowledge and understanding beyond subject-specific learning. Through these, we aim to broaden children’s wider experiences of the world and enable them to develop a better understanding of themselves and their role in their community and society.

Our PSHE curriculum is central to our school ethos which places our children and families at the centre of its work. We help our children to understand and value themselves; to be optimistic about the future and life’s possibilities; to develop the positive self-esteem and confidence to take increasing control of, and responsibility for, their lives as well as playing an active part in their community. We teach our children how to keep themselves safe and healthy, considering issues such as online safety, healthy relationships and mental health and wellbeing. We also promote tolerance of others and a willingness to listen and appreciate the views and lifestyles that others may follow.

For religious education, we follow the Leeds locally agreed syllabus for RE.

 It is important that our children achieve high standards, both in the respect and tolerance they show to each other and within society, as well as in their learning and the contribution they make to academy life. We believe that our curriculum motivates our children to work hard, show resilience and problem-solve so that they are ready and skilled to manage whatever the world throws at them.