Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum Overviews

Our curriculum at Oasis Academy Don Valley is rich and vibrant, taught through cross curricular themes and projects. We are guided by the requirements of the National Curriculum but aim to create a sense of awe and wonder by using enrichment experiences with our children.

We ensure that Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural experiences thread through our curriculum themes and believe that they are integral to our everyday teaching. We promote British Values through our enhanced curriculum and also through our whole school assemblies, being guided by the Christian based Oasis values which permeate Academy life. RE is taught both discretely and thematically with the aim of children knowing "Who I am, Who I am becoming and Who will I be."

All children have timetabled PE lessons each week to cover the National Curriculum. A healthy lifestyle is promoted through PE and linked to other curriculum areas.

ICT  is used in everyday teaching and is a critical learning tool in every aspect of our curriculum. Our children have access to interactive whiteboards and ipads for research purposes and to further enhance their learning.

We believe that every child is unique and through our curriculum we aim to promote respect for an ever increasing diverse culture. We aim to include learning opportunities that come from children's interests and the events that are happening in the world around them; we believe this will help to prepare them well for life in the future as respectful citizens.

Subject Guides Year 7


The art curriculum will engage, inspire and challenge learners, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment with, invent and create their own works of art. In Y7, emphasis is placed on students taking risks and learning from mistakes. It is an introduction to a broad range of skills and techniques, including observational drawing, collage and painting. Each term students will complete a project where they will be challenged to develop their ideas through investigations, experiment with a range of media and present a range of personalised responses.

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Over the year 7 curriculum, pupils will cover a wide range of different texts, writing, themes and skills.  These will form the foundations for GCSE English Language and English Literature study in the forthcoming years. 

The focus for the first half term will be on play scripts.  We will look at the finding and selecting information and the analysis of structural choices. Pupils will also consider context, how context affects meaning, and identification of themes within the text. In half term two, students will build on these skills and be introduced to two new skills of finding and interpreting explicit and implicit information and the analysis of language choices as we study a class novel. Half term three will focus on poetry and how punctuation, sentence structures, types and forms are used to achieve specific effects.  Half term four will focus narrative and description writing.  We will look at the accurate use of past and present tenses, first and third person and the appropriate structures, conventions and vocabulary for fiction texts to a familiar audience.  Half term five will focus autobiographical writing as we read an autobiography.  We will look at formal letter writing to familiar and unfamiliar audiences. We will look at the use of Standard English, structure, genre conventions and vocabulary.

Half term six will focus on revisiting the reading and writing skills covered as we study a Shakespearian play.

By the end of the year, all pupils will have read:

·         A play script

·         A novel

·         A poetry anthology

·         An autobiography

·         A Shakespeare play

All pupils will have been introduced to the skills above, re-visited them and taken part in intervention sessions where appropriate to ensure these skills are understood and have been mastered in preparation for their year 8 curriculum.

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Y7 are in KS3 so will need to select the KS3 option.

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Ethics, Theology and Philosophy

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Physical Education

During Year 7, students will follow a curriculum where they will be taught the basis of invasion games through a multi-sports programme which includes football, basketball and rugby in half term 1. Half term 2 includes badminton, where they will learn the basic skills and how to outwit an opponent as well as strategies that will help them learn the rules and regulations of the sports they are participating in. Basketball and Netball will be taught in HT3 where footwork, spatial awareness and sports leadership will now be introduced. HT4 football and rugby will be recapped to ensure that progress has been made from previous experience and more in depth learning on attacking and defensive strategies will be the basis of these lessons. HT5 will include cricket and rounders so students can gain an insight into the concept of striking and fielding games as well as start to develop their sports leadership skills further. HT6 will finish the year off with athletics where students will learn individual skills in numerous events such as sprinting, middle distance running, shot putt, discus, and long jump. The curriculum is designed to give students a wide choice of sports to participate in and develop communication, leadership and social interaction skills.

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In Year 7 pupils will undertake 6 key topics of learning covering the following; cells and interdependence, forces, reproduction, particles, energy, and reactions. These topics will each contain an assessed required practical supported by an end of topic knowledge and application assessment. Supporting the 6 key topics are 4 bespoke projects that look at Science in a wider context linking to careers and our planet.

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Technology provides an exciting curriculum in which students develop problem solving skills, creative thinking and practical abilities. Technology is rigorous and demanding and enables students to develop expertise and abilities to engage positively in the designed and made world. Y7 is an introduction to many new skills and processes including; preparing and cooking food using healthy ingredients, using workshop tools and machinery, and using sewing machines. They will learn about design principles, manufacture and principles about how to improve the world. Students will also be introduced to advanced techniques including digital technologies such as CAD/CAM.

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Subject Guides Year 8