Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum Overview

In line with the Oasis’ Education Charter, the curriculum here at Oasis Academy Don Valley 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 great learning the foundation of every lesson across all phases of our Academy. We have designed our curriculum to be progressive from EYFS through to Year 11 and to meet the needs of all learners, striving for personal as well as academic excellence. Through our curriculum we will achieve exemplary outcomes for all that drive social mobility and give everyone freedom of choice throughout their lives.

The Oasis ethos, our Academy Values and Oasis 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 and supported through the Oasis Academy Don Valley Entitlement and Cultural Capital programme. We therefore work hard at preparing our learners for life in modern Britain, to be the best version of themselves not just for today but for their futures too. We provide our learners 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 careers.

We are proud to be an All-through Academy where we prepare our learners for each transition point in their education, ensuring they maintain exceptional levels of progress. Our curriculum from EYFS to Year 11 has been designed with progression at its core to ensure all our learners 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 British citizens. Our curriculum not only develops our learners academically but socially, emotionally, culturally, physically and spiritually. 

Whilst our knowledge-rich curriculum is designed to ensure the very best academic outcomes for our learners using the latest research in how the brain and memory works, it is about so much more than simply securing good outcomes. 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 all.

At Oasis Academy Don Valley, we are committed to equality. In our Academy, this will mean that all learners, whatever their background, starting point and life experience, develop a strong grasp of the key learning skills, attitudes and knowledge they need to be successful. We are committed to the academic and personal development of all children and maintain high aspirations for all learners, including our most vulnerable learners and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We are dedicated to narrowing the attainment gap between learners with identified SEND needs and non-SEND learners, removing the disadvantage gap.

This will be delivered through the crafted experiences of a stimulating, broad and balanced context-based curriculum that is not restricted to just skills and knowledge for Reading, Writing and Maths. We focus on the development of a love of literature placing high quality texts at the centre of our curriculum through a tailored programme of vocabulary acquisition and oracy development. We ensure our learners develop the language they need to be successful and articulate.

As part of our broad and balanced curriculum development all Academy curriculum leaders have clear visions for their subject as articulated in the Oasis Academy Don Valley curriculum intents.

As a commitment to that breadth and ambition, we deliver a high quality robust and academic curriculum from nursery to Y11 with the intention that at least 75% of learners will be successful with an EBacc curriculum when they leave. This means that all our learners will have the opportunity to study History or Geography and a European Language until they are 16.  

Our commitment to providing learners with a wide range of extra-curricular experiences and activities will add depth and breadth to our provision and allow our learners to further develop their skills, talents and passions outside of the formal curriculum.

If you are wanting any specific questions about the curriculum answered, please do not hesitate to contact the Academy reception on 0114 2200 400

For more information on our curriculum plans click on the links below:


Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6