The National Curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
  • The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.

Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils.

At Oakwood we follow the programmes of study for each curriculum area:


All children are taught phonics through a systematic phonics scheme called Letters and Sounds. This scheme teaches children to recognise and write phonemes and how to use these to blend for reading and segment for spelling.

Pic7At Oakwood children are taught to apply their phonic knowledge and key word recognition though whole class and group guided reading sessions. They are given the opportunity to practice their reading through our home school reading books. These incorporate a range of recommended reading schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree, Nelson Thornes and Collins. The books are colour banded together according to the different stages of reading.

All children are also taught the correct letter formation using a cursive handwriting style through formal handwriting sessions.



At Oakwood we have worked with the Hampshire Mathematics Advisory Service to develop medium term plans for mathematics for all year groups following the National Curriculum guidance.



Art and Design


Design and Technology




Physical Education

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE)

The school also follows the guidance documentation for:

Religious Education

Religious Education is a statutory requirement and the school follows the Hampshire Syllabus, which is non-denominational but broadly Christian in character. Copies of the syllabus are available to view in the school office.

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

At Oakwood we use the National Curriculum to develop our own curriculum subject plans that ensures continuity and progression across the Key Stages and year groups. These plans are currently being updated in light of the new National Curriculum and you will be able to access these through the website shortly.