Our curriculum has always been fluid and been based on the children’s interests. At the start of the school year the children share their interests and what they would like to learn about in the coming year.
A curriculum is then planned to take these interests into account as well as previous learning and the requirements of the New National Curriculum. Learning takes place in the classroom, in other areas of school, outside in the school grounds (forest area, garden and poly tunnel) and at other venues such as sports centres, galleries, museums, farms and zoos.
All children learn to recite poetry and many classes enter the Oldham Schools’ Choral speaking competition. This gives them the opportunity to perform on stage at the Oldham Coliseum theatre. We have in past years won trophies and “Highly Commended” certificates at this competition.
All year groups perform a play or musical for school and parents. The chidlren have the opportunity to audition for a main part. all children take part either by performing or undertaking a technical role such as sound or lighting engineers or stage hands.
Children experience adventurous activities during residential visits in Years 5 and 6.
Children in foundation stage learn Signalong signing during “Hands and Voices” sessions delivered by Oldham Music Service. (The whole school use these signs in assemblies and take part in the SignHealth’s Sign2Sing World Record attempt signing event)
Year 4 children learn Brass or Woodwind instruments during Wider Opportunities music lessions.They have the opportunity to attend “Come and Play with the Halle” at the Bridegwater hall and take part in the Oldham Schools’ Music festival. A number of Year 5 children continue with their chosen instrument and have music lessons in school. A small group of Year 6 children also have small group music lessons.
Years 5 and 6 attend swimming lessons.
We are very fortunate to have a large hall with a stage and all classes perform a musical for the school and parents at some point during the year. This musical may be based on a topic or linked to a seasonal activity.
The curriculum overview for last year for each year group are available to download below: