Our Curriculum Intent
Underpinning all our work are our core values:
Wonder Effort Compassion Aspiration Resilience Enthusiasm
We Care Curriculum
As a school, we care deeply about our curriculum and have considered carefully what our drivers are. Placing our Christian values firmly at its heart, our WE CARE curriculum is centred on 6 Broad Themes of Global Citizenship. Each class studies the same theme, but from a slightly different angle. All learning is connected across the school and progressively revisited in each class. The 6 Broad Themes were designed in collaboration with staff and the community, and were inspired by Oxfam’s Education for Global Citizenship.
Our broad and balanced knowledge-rich curriculum ensures our learners are aware of and understand the wider world – and their place in it. It ensures they are equipped to take an active role in their community and work with others to make our planet more equal, more fair and sustainable. We provide our learners with opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to engage with the world and give them the belief that they can make a difference.
Our curriculum seeks to link learning to the rich heritage and cultural opportunities available in our local area; we have fostered links with local farms, businesses, world heritage sites and cultural groups to support our ambitious curriculum.
The curriculum is enquiry led and always starts with a question which provides purpose. Pupils are encouraged to welcome the diversity of each other’s views and are empowered to take more responsibility for their learning. They are given a voice and the confidence to use it.
Access to the curriculum for all is supported across the school through our uniquely designed approach ‘Growing Oare Minds’ which ensures that our pupils are given the tools to continue to work hard, even when they meet obstacles or failures. By instilling this mind-set, our learners are given the skills and outlook which will support their learning throughout education and into adult life.
We follow the National Curriculum. In Reception, children are taught the development skills identified in the Early Years Curriculum – life skills that will support their learning and integration into school life.
The mornings at Oare Primary School consist of daily maths and English with dedicated time to phonics (EYFS/KS1) and daily reading for every age group.
In the afternoons, we teach Science as well as the foundation subjects: RE, PE, Geography, History, Art, DT, French, PSHE, Computing and Music.
Recent research into how knowledge is transferred into long-term memory has led us to teach Science and the majority of our foundation subjects in ‘blocks’. We feel that this means our learners receive a more focused and immersive learning experience and that it enables their knowledge to become more clearly embedded.
Block teaching is not implemented in every single curriculum area. French is not blocked since it is felt that children make greater progress if they are taught languages on a regular weekly basis. Due to practical reasons with hardware, it is not possible to deliver Computing as a block. PE is taught twice a week, ensuring children receive the recommended 2 hours of curricular PE each week.
In all subject areas, we build on the knowledge children acquire in each year group, ensuring our implementation is systematic and coherent.
More information on the intent and implementation of all subject areas can be found under the Key Stage 1 and 2 tab on our website.
At Oare Primary School we believe that enhancing our curriculum by providing additional memorable, practical learning experiences for our pupils nurtures a love of learning and life! We offer a wide variety of cross-curricular and subject specific enrichment activities across the year.
These activities are chosen specifically to enhance the curriculum and to add to the personal development of the children. They are monitored to ensure that their impact is positive and effective in terms of developing pupils’ self-esteem; resilience; character; global awareness and cultural capital, as well as the enhancement of our curriculum themes with memorable, first-hand experience.
Most recently these activities have included:
- Athletics and sporting opportunities with the Marlborough Small School Festival, Marborough College and Avon Valley.
- Most recently KS2 performances have including Bugsy Malone, Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Tempest as part of Shakespeare’s Schools Festival.
- A range of festival days, including Diwali, Chinese New Year, Ramadan, Holi.
- Buddy System –EYFS with Year 6 children
- A range of ex-curricular clubs, including sporting and non-sporting
- Annual participation in Devizes Lantern Parade
- Annual choir performance at Hope and Homes for Children fundraiser held at Marlborough College
- Annual whole school trip to watch the pantomime at The Watermill, Newbury
- Outdoor learning in the school garden – including planting, nurturing, picking, cooking and eating vegetables
- Seasonal walks to Oare Arboretum
- Young Voices – singing event at Wembley Arena
- Education visits to Bristol We the Curious, Bristol Aquarium, local farms, zoos and Swindon STEAM museum
- Yr 3 and 4 residential to Oxenwood
- Yr 6 residential to PGL Osmington Bay
- Visits from authors including local author, Debi Evans
- Participation in Marlborough and Bath literature festivals
- Adopt an author scheme
- Geocaching in Savernake forest
- Eco Council working towards achieving a Green Flag award
- Junior Young Citizen Scheme
- Christingle Service at Salisbury Cathedral
- Yr 6 Leaver’s Service at Salisbury Cathedral
- Young Minds awareness day
- World Ocean Day
Other Cluster/Partner Activities
We organise and engage in collaborative activities with other schools. These activities will vary but can include events such as sporting events, music concerts, language and dance festivals and drama days.
Older pupils from St John’s, Marlborough are regularly welcomed into Oare, supporting our learners in a range of ways. This has included working in the school garden with our youngest pupils, sharing stories that they have written and illustrated, as well as past pupils who now attend St John’s attending our open days to share their experience of Oare Primary School with prospective parents.
As part of our English curriculum, we teach reading (phonics, word recognition and comprehension), writing (spelling, handwriting, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary and the composition of a range of text types) and spoken language (including drama, debate, discussion, presentation and recitation). We teach reading through a systematic programme of phonics; we also teach children how to read irregular or ‘tricky’ words. Rather than use one reading scheme, we use a range of schemes that are colour banded according to reading levels. Children practise their reading skills every day – both at school and at home. They read a range of authors and story types as well as non-fiction texts. We share with our children a love for books and for reading so that they can develop and grow as both enthusiastic readers and writers. We have a set of recommended reading books that we use in each classroom and we encourage children to read them during the school year.
Our maths curriculum includes units of work based on number (including place value, fractions, decimals and percentages), calculations, measures, statistics (including graphs and charts) and problem solving. We teach children to develop secure mental and written maths skills.
We believe that these help to develop well-rounded individuals and nurture in our pupils a love of learning and life. As part of the curriculum, we offer day trips, residential trips, competitions (within school as well as against other schools) and educational visits. We invite experts into school to inspire the children and open their eyes to new opportunities.
All children learn to play an instrument during their time with us. All children take part in our two annual productions as well as music concerts. We participate in local sports tournaments and hold an annual Sports Day.
We organise and participate in collaborative activities with other schools. These activities will vary but can include events such as sporting events, music concerts, language festivals, drama days and a Forest Schools Day.
We offer opportunities for more able children including sports coaching days, music lessons, literacy activities and maths cluster days. In addition, children with special needs have specific provision to support their needs. This is largely provided through high quality, differentiated class teaching. However, where further support is needed, this is provided through a targeted programme and additional support. For further details, please refer to the SEND section of this website.
We celebrate the Christian festivals in liaison with Holy Trinity Church. We actively link with the church in order to celebrate together both as part of church services as well as school worship.