Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Subjects Taught

Find out more about what is covered in the subjects we teach

English

Every day all children are engaged in lessons and other opportunities across the curriculum to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children are taught to work cooperatively in pairs and in groups.

Reading

Our aim is for every child to develop a passion for reading!

We read to children, with children and listen to them read too.

Throughout their time here, children develop their reading and comprehension skills. We teach skills including decoding (sounding out), skimming, scanning and précising.

We use the Letters and Sounds: Principals and Practice of High Quality Phonics and reading programme in Early Years and Year 1 which provides an excellent foundation for their future learning and enjoyment.  Please click here to follow a link to the Department for Education and Skills website.

We are committed to using quality children’s literature, and children read whole texts not just extracts.

Please click here for information on how we teach reading.

Writing

Children are taught how to use grammar correctly in their written and spoken language. We also have lessons for learning handwriting patterns, spelling rules and how to use punctuation.

We give lots of different opportunities for children to write in a whole range of genres including reports, diary entries, poetry and stories.

Written work is celebrated, displayed in classes, around the school and in class books.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils are taught to communicate effectively with each other through our cooperative learning strategies. We use drama and games to encourage the more reluctant!

We have weekly oracy sessions where children read aloud to the class a piece they have practiced which the rest of the class appraise. 

Science

Through our Science Curriculum, pupils explore and learn about their world. In the younger years, we teach children about what they see and experience in their daily lives and broaden and deepen their understanding as they progress through school. They learn concepts which provide the foundation for biology, chemistry and physics.

Four to five topics will be covered in a year; lessons are taught weekly. In each unit, the children ask and answer scientific questions and we will use the common to enrich the children’s knowledge of the natural world. 

Mathematics

Maths is taught daily in both KS1 and KS2.

Children are taught to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.

We have a strong emphasis upon mental recall – including number bonds, doubles, halves and times tables.

Children are given opportunities to apply their knowledge to reasoning and solving problems.

Lessons are practical where possible.

Children are sometimes taught according to their ability within their class, but more often taught in mixed ability class groups as research shows this is most effective for learning. 

Physical Education

We have a specialist PE coach who comes in for one afternoon per week to teach the children a variety of sports.  We also have an after school sports club, judo and ballet.

Last term the pupils attended some scooter training on the rooftop playground.

 

Computing

Specific computer literacy skills are taught, and these skills are used to then support other curriculum areas. For example, word processing skills are used in literacy, internet search engines for research in history and spreadsheets to organise data in Maths. We have a range of software to suit the needs of children from Reception to Y6.

Children are taught e-safety throughout their time here.

In addition, children are taught coding and about how computers work.

We keep up-to-date with technological developments so as to can equip pupils with the necessary skills and confidence to successfully function in the changing world of technology.

Religious Education

Through our RE curriculum, children grapple with the big questions of life and how faith impacts individuals and communities. Lessons are shaped thematically and children across the school explore questions arising from themes such as 'Stories', 'Teachings and Authority' or 'Beliefs in Action Around the World' together. These themes are also picked up on in whole school assemblies and so RE teaching is never separate from school life.  Key questions posed by either staff or children require everyone involved to reflect on the beliefs and practices of a variety of faiths. In our RE lessons, the adults are never seen to have all the answers!  

Our approach to RE is firmly underpinned by the ethos of Oasis as a whole and the value statements that point to inclusion, equality, healthy relationships, hope and perseverance are always evident in the conversations. 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE and Collective Worship by written request.

History

In Key Stage One, children learn about the past in a thematic way. For example, they might look at toys from the past. They also learn about important historical figures and their impact on our lives. Children learn about their own history, and the history of their family. 

In Key Stage Two, the children learn about eras in a chronological timeline. Children learn to research from secondary sources such as books and the internet. Where possible, we invite experts to lead performances, workshops or discussions. To support their learning, pupils visit world class museums and galleries.

Geography

In our Geography curriculum, we learn about our surroundings and about other places in the country and world. We learn about climate, environmental issues and how places have changed over time. We teach children to read and to make maps.

In KS1 children learn to name and locate all continents, oceans and the countries of the UK and the surrounding seas. They learn to identify physical and human features of locations.

In KS2 children build on this knowledge learning about wider world locations. We visit places of interest locally and places that contrast to our locality.

Music

At Oasis Academy Putney music is a part of our everyday life. 

Lessons focus on singing, playing percussion instruments, composing, music notation, listening and appraising, music history and performing. Lessons are linked to class topic work where relevant.

More information on our music provision.

Art and Design

Through our Art and Design curriculum, pupils learn to draw, paint and sculpt. They develop their skills through experimenting with different media. They experiment, create and invent their own works of art as well as learn to critique their own work and that of others. They have their own personal sketch book and are encouraged to use it regularly. They study the work of artists and designers.  Pupil’s art work is celebrated and displayed in classes and in communal areas such as corridors and the hall. 

Design and Technology

In our design and technology projects, children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to design, make and evaluate products.

In KS1, they learn the skills of cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. They explore and select different materials. For example, children might make moving toys or vehicles learning about levers, wheels and axles.

In KS2, children enhance designs by strengthening and reinforcing more complex structures, they learn how to use gears, pulleys and cams, and how to build electrical circuits and computer programming.