Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum

In line with Oasis’ Education Charter, the curriculum is the heart of our academy’s educational provision. Through this - and our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and great pedagogy - we make focused learning the foundation of every lesson.

Our curriculum is deliberately ambitious and at the heart of our academy’s educational provision. Our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and great pedagogy make learning the foundation of every lesson.  It is designed to provide all students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, in partnership with parents and carers.  In our curriculum, knowledge underpins the application of skills.

Our knowledge-rich curriculum and our commitment to the Oasis ethos and Nine Habits is supported by our Trust’s policies on Learning and Behaviour for Learning and the work of our National Lead Practitioners and Leads for Learning Innovation.

We actively encourage young people to take a range of academic subjects, securing great results. Our Lord’s Hill determination is to achieve “excellence for all” with equity and integrity, where barriers to learning are successfully overcome.. Our academy’s focus will be on providing students with a broad and ambitious academic and vocational curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. As a commitment to that breadth and ambition we aim to continually increase the percentage of students follow an EBacc curriculum. All our young people will have the opportunity to study a Humanities (History or Geography) and a Language (Spanish) until they are 16.

Our students’ personal development is fundamental to our curriculum.  We seek to develop students’ interests and talents so that they are the best version of themselves.  This includes keeping our students physically and mentally healthy. It enables them to understand what it is to be human, and equips them for life so that they become kind and model citizens. Our curriculum not only develops our young people academically but socially, emotionally, culturally, physically and spiritually. Our commitment to providing students with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities will add depth and breadth to our provision and allow our students to follow their hobbies and interests outside of the formal curriculum.

We want our students to feel challenged and to develop resilience as a result.  Across the curriculum, we champion reading and numeracy alongside the acquisition of vocabulary in all subjects.

Beyond the classroom, we provide exceptional opportunities which prepare students for future success in modern Britain as well-rounded citizens, by achieving outcomes that drive social mobility and give everyone freedom of choice throughout their lives.  We encourage our students to take ownership of these opportunities, building resilience to help shape their own educational journey. For example, we provide our students with information on careers and the world of work encouraging them to be aspirational and ambitious so that they can secure their dream job and enjoy fulfilling career.

The curriculum intent statement of individual curriculum subjects and the wider curriculum offer is underpinned by our Academy’s curriculum intent.

 

Find out more about what is taught in each of our subjects by exploring our subject guides below!

Subject Guides

Dance

We aim for our young creatives to engage with the diverse and dynamic sphere of performance and impress upon the importance of process when creating and developing work in either Dance, Drama or Music. Our creatives will respond to professional works and explore the wider context of the three disciplines within performance. Students will refine their skills of creation, collaboration, rehearsal and performance and will thrive on each opportunity to present to an audience. The relationship with their audience underpins their practice and students will endeavour to create meaningful and evocative work. Students will become masters of their craft and will engage with opportunities to reflect on their practice and enhance their outcomes from this. Students will always understand the importance of discipline and focus; skills of independence and resilience are imbedded as are the ability to positively critique work and engage with extra-curricular clubs to enhance curriculum learning.

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Drama

We aim for our young creatives to engage with the diverse and dynamic sphere of performance and impress upon the importance of process when creating and developing work in either Dance, Drama or Music. Our creatives will respond to professional works and explore the wider context of the three disciplines within performance. Students will refine their skills of creation, collaboration, rehearsal and performance and will thrive on each opportunity to present to an audience. The relationship with their audience underpins their practice and students will endeavour to create meaningful and evocative work. Students will become masters of their craft and will engage with opportunities to reflect on their practice and enhance their outcomes from this. Students will always understand the importance of discipline and focus; skills of independence and resilience are imbedded as are the ability to positively critique work and engage with extra-curricular clubs to enhance curriculum learning.

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English

Our aim is to inspire not only a love of the English language and its diverse literary heritage, but to equip students with proficiency in reading and critical awareness needed for a life in the 21st century. Through a rigorous programme studying both fiction and non-fiction texts, students will expand their vocabulary and gain resilience when approaching a variety of challenging texts and tasks. We endeavour to broaden our students’ knowledge and cultural capital to support the language demands of adult life that will be required for the workplace. By explicit teaching of ambitious vocabulary, and tailored reading programmes suitable for the needs of each child, students will grow in both confidence and competence in their command of language across reading, writing, speaking and listening.

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Geography

Geography is an academic and practical subject steeped in enriching knowledge. It provides coherent understanding of the physical, human and environmental world. Geography enables students to understand the complexity of the world in which they live, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our curriculum provides students with a broad range of information, including a sense of change over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own. It allows students to gain perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, as well as giving students power over their own knowledge allowing them to evaluate critically the significance of evidence and information, including research and fieldwork. Geography also enables students to engage directly with questions and present independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence, which in turn allows students to gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one's own questions and goals.

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History

History is an academic subject rich in powerful knowledge. It provides coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. Our History curriculum provides students with a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own. It also allows students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, as well as giving students power over their own knowledge; allowing them to evaluate the significance of events across time, including evidence from contemporary sources and interpretations of historians. History also enables students to engage directly with questions and present independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence, this in turn allows students to gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one's own questions and goals.

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Maths

We intend that all students will have an exceptional understanding of important Mathematical concepts.

Through this and by enjoying the process of solving challenging problems students will develop the creativity, resilience and the confidence to confront unfamiliar future challenges that they might encounter.

We deliver Mathematics to ensure that all students leave the academy being functionally numerate so that they can thrive in the next stage of their education. From the basics of dealing with personal finances to the more complex challenges of organising a family holiday or house move, Mathematics is everywhere around us.

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MFL

The Oasis Lord’s Hill MFL Curriculum is a knowledge-rich, interleaved curriculum; designed to ignite a love of languages and promote a curiosity about the world in which we live. The curriculum carefully combines language acquisition with practice. Within this, we aim to develop key skills and knowledge.

We develop students' fundamental curriculum knowledge, ensuring that they cover all essential thematic vocabulary and grammar, and apply them regularly through planned opportunity to practise. A further key feature is developing confident and spontaneous communicators; students are frequently encouraged to express a range of opinions, leading to fluency in the high frequency vocabulary and grammar structures.  Additionally, we are committed to developing an interest in the world beyond the classroom.  Our students build cultural capital through exposure to films, music and festivals in the target language.

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Music

We aim for our young creatives to engage with the diverse and dynamic sphere of performance and impress upon the importance of process when creating and developing work in either Dance, Drama or Music. Our creatives will respond to professional works and explore the wider context of the three disciplines within performance. Students will refine their skills of creation, collaboration, rehearsal and performance and will thrive on each opportunity to present to an audience. The relationship with their audience underpins their practice and students will endeavour to create meaningful and evocative work. Students will become masters of their craft and will engage with opportunities to reflect on their practice and enhance their outcomes from this. Students will always understand the importance of discipline and focus; skills of independence and resilience are imbedded as are the ability to positively critique work and engage with extra-curricular clubs to enhance curriculum learning.

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PE

In Physical Education we strive for all our young sports performers to engage in a range of physical activities, with the opportunity to take part in both individual and team sports developing their practical skills, health and fitness. Through physical activity the students will develop flair and creativity to solve problems. They will also develop life skills such as team work, leadership experience, self-control and the ability to make decisions. As they move into KS4 students get the opportunity to learn more deeply about sport and how it supports development of their physical, social, and mental well-being.

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RE

Philosophy and Ethics is a challenging, thought provoking and highly academic subject. It provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of ethical and philosophical beliefs within a wide range of cultures. In doing so, the subject allows students to develop a deeper understanding of beliefs from societies around the world. Students have the opportunity to explore their own beliefs on a range of ethical issues. The subject addresses important questions and encourages thought provoking debates within classes. They are taught to support opinions with carefully selected evidence, and do so in a way that shows appreciation for ideas alternative to their own.  Philosophy and Ethics requires students to respond to questions in a thoughtful and sophisticated manner, showing clear understanding of beliefs that differ from their own. This also provides students with the necessary skills to progress in other writing-based subjects. Our curriculum is dedicated to promoting tolerance inside and outside of the classroom, and students are enriched with the opportunity to explore their own philosophical and ethical beliefs in class. 

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Science

Our aim is to enable our students to develop an understanding of the world around them through working scientifically. We will strive to foster and maintain our student’s enthusiasm for the scientific processes of the world, as well as to develop deep understanding. We aim to provide them with evidence-based knowledge and develop our student’s skills to be able to apply and utilise this knowledge within a range of different scientific concepts and real life situations. We want to inspire our students to become engaged scientifically so that they can make informed personal judgements in order to lead healthy, safe, and environmentally sustainable lives and to flourish in their future endeavours and help build the future we all want to live in.

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Curriculum Timetable
The Academy operates a one-week timetable cycle, with five sixty minute lessons each day. 

(please add the times of the day here and divide the three sections below clearly)

In Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) students are mainly taught in tutor groups, apart from in English, Maths and Science, where students are set based on the prior and current attainment to support and accelerate their progress. All students are expected to read extensively as part of the curriculum, with additional support offered in literacy and numeracy for students for whom this would be beneficial.

On a Tuesday afternoon all students in the Academy follow a Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) course with their tutor and a range of outside specialist speakers. This programme develops our students as well-rounded and citizens of a modern Britain and global community.

In the Key Stage 3-4 transition year (Year 9) students continue to be mainly taught in tutor groups, apart from in English, Maths and Science, where students are set .to support and accelerate their progress. All students are expected to read extensively as part of the curriculum, with additional support offered in literacy and numeracy for students for whom this would be beneficial.

The Tuesday afternoon PSHE and Citizenship lesson also continues with tutors and a range of specialist, outside speakers.This programme develops our students as well-rounded and citizens of a modern Britain and global community.

In addition, students choose two "elective options" to study in further depth in the creative subjects. The aim of these options is to develop each student's unique talents and interest further.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11) all students continue to study the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, where students are set to support and accelerate their progress.

The Tuesday afternoon PSHE and Citizenship lesson continues with tutors and a range of specialist, outside speakers.This programme develops our students as well-rounded and citizens of a modern Britain and global community. Students are also given tutorials to accelerate their progress where this is in their best interests.

In addition, students select up to four option subjects through the Guided Choices process at the end of Year 9. This is a broad and balanced offer, but with an emphasis on the EBacc subjects (English, Maths, Science, Geography/History and a Modern Foreign Language) to raise students' aspirations. 

Our curriculum offer changes annually, dependent on the interests and unique talents of our students. A typical range of subjects offered is outlined below.

The Academy typical subject offer

Year 7 & 8

English
Maths
Science
Geography
History
Religious Education
A modern foreign language
Art & Design Technology
Dance
Performing Arts
Music
Physical Education
ICT is integrated across the curriculum

 

Year 9

Core curriculum:
English
Maths
Science
Geography
HistoryReligious Education
A modern foreign language
Physical Education

ICT integrated into the curriculum

Elective choices curriculum
(a choice of two subjects to be studied in further depth):Art & Design 
Technology
Dance/Performing Arts
Health & Social Care
Sports Leaders/BTEC Sport

 

Year 10 & 11

Core curriculumEnglish Language & Literature
Maths
Science

Guided choices options
(3-4 subjects to be studied in further depth with an emphasis on EBacc subjects):
EBacc - Geography, History, Triple Science, A modern foreign language
Art & Design – Fine Art, 3D Design
Performing Arts-Dance, Performing Arts
Creative-Music, Media 
Technical Awards –  Hospitality & Catering, Health and Social Care, Business & Enterprise
Other subjects, such as Media Studies, may also be offered.