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Headteacher: Sarah Boyce
Oldbury Road

Curriculum Overview

At Oldbury Park, we follow the new National Curriculum which was introduced in September 2014. Assessment tests linked to the National Curriculum first took place in the Summer Term 2016. The guide attached below gives comprehensive details of the relevant curriculum followed by each year group.

Please also refer to the year group letters on the Year Group pages which are issued each term. These letters will give you more detailed information regarding the specific curriculum topics being covered in your child’s year group each term.

Click to view: Parents complete guide to the National Curriculum

Reading and Phonics

At Oldbury Park Primary School we aim to create a stimulating literacy environment in which children are actively encouraged to enjoy books, and are motivated to want to read independently from an early age. We believe that pupils should be taught to read effectively for different purposes, acquire key phonics skills and understand the rules governing the structure of language. We also believe that reading for pleasure is imperative if a lifelong love of reading is to be gained.
Our core Reading Scheme is based around the Oxford Reading Tree books with breadth and depth being given by a wide range of other schemes.
Reading is initially taught alongside ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics. The phonics scheme used in the rest of the school develops phonics skills further and is supported by the Phonics Play website.

Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven
Read Write Inc has been introduced in February 2017 to support the teaching of spelling from Year 2 to Year 6.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children are taught in mixed ability classes. Learning in the Foundation Stage is child initiated with some focused teaching. More formal teaching of National Curriculum begins in Year 1. There are ability groups in each year from Year 3. Work is differentiated to meet the needs of groups and individual learners and support provided by the Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Support Assistant, Student and Volunteer helpers as appropriate.

Teachers give credit to skills and knowledge already acquired. They look for ways to make children responsible for, and able to, lead their own learning.
Lessons start with a 10 minute warm up or mental activity. This may include:

Quick fire mental maths questions

The rest of the lesson will include a mix of practice, consolidation and application, depending on where in the learning cycle the lesson sits. The rest of the lesson will include a mix of practice, consolidation and application, depending on where in the learning cycle the lesson sits. Teachers aim to start lessons in a variety of ways and engage the children in their learning quickly. Lessons have pace.

Sequences of lessons follow a learning cycle as detailed below. The length of each stage of the cycle will depend on the subject being taught and the children’s knowledge.

The application of skills is crucial in order to give them value. Whilst traditionally last in the learning cycle, the application of skills may come earlier as a means of identifying what needs to be taught. New skills may also be taught through application.