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Curriculum

Our curriculum has been designed to enable our pupils to develop a broad range of knowledge and skills to enable them to be successful, during their time at OAO, and in their longer term aspirations. The decision to organise the timetable over a two-week cycle has been taken after careful consideration and consultation in order to ensure all students  get the opportunity to study a broad, balanced and compelling curriculum. There will be a Week A and a Week B. As a result of the new timetable structure more time has been afforded to English, Maths, Science, Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages while still being able to offer a broad range of creative and vocational qualifications.

During your time at Oasis Academy Oldham, you will study:

What will this mean for your child?

Students will need to remember

·      Lessons may fall on different days during week A and B

·      Books and PE kit may need to be brought in on different days of the week

·      Students will have more time for some subjects

The table below shows the number of one hour lessons students will study each subject over a two week period: 

 

Ks3

Ks4

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

English

8

8

9

10

10

Maths

8

8

9

10

10

Science 

6

6

6

8

9

MFL

3

3

 

 

 

History

3

3

 

 

 

Geography

3

3

 

 

 

Re

1

2

 

 

 

Technology

2

2

 

 

 

Art

2

2

 

 

 

Drama

2

2

 

 

 

Music

2

2

     

Comp/IT

2

2

 

 

 

PSHE

2

2

2

 

 

Cultural Offer

2

1

 

 

 

PE CORE

4

4

4

2

1

Option A

 

 

5

5

5

Option B

 

 

5

5

5

Option C

 

 

5

5

5

Option D 

 

 

5

5

5

Totals

50

50

50

50

50

 

Extended Cultural Offer:

The Extended Cultural Offer has been designed and put in place alongside more academic subjects, such as English and Maths to provide students with a variety of skills and experiences that will support them in later years.

The Extended Cultural Offer gives our students opportunities to take part in a range of activities led by both Oasis staff and professionals from outside the Academy.

External providers include; St John’s Ambulance, the ‘outstanding’ graded Oldham Music Service, Debate Mate and Manchester Universities confucius centre.

The activities that have been put into place come under the five headings; Global Citizen; Community Volunteer; Sports Participator; Creative Master and Careers Prep. As a family at Oasis, we believe that these areas will support the students to develop into a well-rounded people, and keep them on a level playing field with young people from more affluent areas,

All Year 7 students have the cultural offer for one hour a week as part of their timetable.

They stay on each unit of work for a full term experiencing three different aspects of the cultural offer from the five headings.

Sports participator activities are available at the academy each evening, as well as volunteering opportunities in partnership with the Oasis Hub team. 

Options 

At the end of Year 8 students at OAO will get the opportunity to mould their own timetable by choosing up to four option choice subjects to study in further depth. Option choices include:

Spanish

Geography

Art

PE

Business

French

History

Drama

Technology

Health and Social Care

Triple Science

Religious Studies

Music

Food

Film Studies

 

 

Dance

Creative I Media

Media Studies

Students will study each option choice for 5 one hour lessons per fortnight

Pastoral Curriculum

Our new Pastoral Curriculum is designed to develop student’s skills and attributes, in turn enhancing their core learning. Our aim is to provide every student with an opportunity to develop their character & competence to become confident learners and well-rounded citizens. 

Our Pastoral Curriculum takes place mid-day, every day, with tutors. Delivering year group specific resources, delivered through discrete tutorials focusing on:

The curriculum provides  clear opportunities to evidence and articulate impact for learners. Our quality assurance process monitors engagement, impact and development of the curriculum. 

Our calendar of assemblies provides a further opportunity to deliver year group assemblies led by our leadership team linked to our Oasis 9 Habits, whilst our House system enables students to enjoy a range of calendared mid-day assemblies linking to SMSC & British Values themes, in addition to local, national and international events. House assemblies are led by a combination of; Subject leaders, Heads of House and Guest speakers.  

Our result: Students experience high quality, structured pastoral curriculum tutorials, providing explicit and implicit learning opportunities beyond the main academic curriculum offer.  Tutorials are designed to encourage students to make connections between their development as a learner and their growth towards becoming a better version of themselves.

PHSE SMSC

At Oasis Academy Oldham we believe strongly in holistically educating our learners for life, so that they are able to leave our academy as well-rounded members of the community and citizens of modern day Britain. As part of our commitment to safeguarding, we are committed to providing learning opportunities for our children to explore issues such as crime, online safety, child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism and cultural issues.

It is for this reason that we have carefully tailored a curriculum of Personal, Social, and Health education delivered to all KS3 students explicitly on the curriculum in weekly hourly lessons. This programme covers aspects of personal, social and health issues as well as the core British Values of Individual Liberty, Democracy, Rule of Law and Mutual respect for others of all faiths and races.

Our PSHE curriculum provides your child with enriching opportunities to explore Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural aspects of learning, encouraging them to think, question and decide for themselves why we value certain things in the UK. 

Units of learning that your child will study are:

YEAR 7

YEAR 8

YEAR 9

  • My community
  • Growing up (puberty)
  • Personal Safety (including cyber safety)
  • My Country (leaders and voting)
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Diversity

 

  • My Rights (human and children’s rights)
  • Money and Me
  • Inspirational British People
  • Health and safety (including cyber safety)
  • Conflict and resolution
  • Environment and Sustainable living

 

  • Young people and the law
  • Personal health and safety (including grooming, online safety and FGM)
  • Sex and relationships 
  • The world of work and future plans
  • Public services
  • Power and democracy

In addition to the timetabled PSHE lessons, all of our other curriculum areas also cover various aspects of Spiritual, Social, Moral and Cultural education. Your child will also take part in ‘Character Tutorial’ sessions in their pastoral curriculum time (30 minutes a week) and weekly assemblies on various SMSC themes. 

We understand that you may wish to discuss some of this content with us, in which case you are very welcome to make contact with your child’s progress tutor, head of house or with Ms Hale, the curriculum leader for PSHE. 

You have a statutory right to withdraw your child from any lessons that may involve sex education. If you wish to do this please contact Ms Hale by letter or email.