Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community
Our Statement of Intent
The Oasis Academy John Williams Curriculum
In line with the 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 learning the foundation of every lesson. We have designed our curriculum to meet the needs of all, striving for personal as well as academic and vocational excellence. Through our curriculum we will achieve outcomes that drive social mobility and give everyone freedom of choice throughout their lives.
The Oasis ethos and 9 Habits are a foundation stone to the design and delivery of our curriculum. We know that the development of character doesn’t happen by chance but by purpose and intention; it is therefore an explicit part of our curriculum. We work hard at preparing our students to be the best version of themselves, not just for today, but for their futures too. At Oasis Academy John Williams, our work on the Preparation for the Next Phase mean that we provide 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 careers.
Our curriculum has been designed to ensure our young people thrive, achieve and flourish. 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.
Whilst our knowledge-rich curriculum is designed to ensure the very best academic outcomes for our young people using the latest research in how the brain and memory work, it is about so much more than simply securing great results. It is about our academy’s determination to achieve excellence with equity and integrity, where we bring advantage to the disadvantaged, where barriers to learning are successfully overcome and there are no limits to the achievement and ambition of our most able.
At Oasis Academy John Williams, academic milestones are mapped from Key Stage 2 and backwards from Key Stage 5 and university. Learning is broken down into discrete units and delivered in a logical and systematic order, which intentionally builds on prior learning.
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 intend that all students follow an Ebacc ready curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9. In Key Stage 4 all of our students can access the Ebacc suite of qualifications (English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science, History or Geography and Spanish). It is our ambition, that by 2024, 75% of students will complete the Ebacc suite of subjects at Key Stage 4.
We are guided by cognitive science; interleaving, spaced retrieval practice and cognitive load theory underpin all our work and inform the choices we make for students in our classrooms.
Our approach to assessment recognises the difference and significance of both formative [practice] and summative [performance] opportunities: we use formative techniques to check for understanding and provide precise feedback. Summative assessment checks large blocks of learning and is cumulative.
Our subject Professional Development for teachers is not generic; it is based on what teachers will teach, students will learn and how pupils are performing and developing.
Our knowledge-rich curriculum and our commitment to the Oasis Ethos and 9 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.
In normal times, this is supplemented by our commitment to providing students with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities, which add depth and breadth to our provision and allow our students to follow their hobbies and interests outside of the formal curriculum. We deliver a wealth of extension, enrichment and intervention provision through our Period 6 programme and other learning opportunities including a variety of trips and educational visits. We are currently exploring how we can implement aspects of this programme when the guidelines allow and when it is safe to do so.