Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community


Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2
Love learning, Care for our Community, Build Bright Futures

In Year 1 children move to the Primary Curriculum which includes the core areas of learning and experience which are essential to a child’s development and are defined within the National Curriculum.  The learning environment is also carefully planned to support the learning and teaching so that children can become independent and motivated learners, who fulfil their true potential. The planning of inspiring and imaginative activities promotes enjoyment of the curriculum which in turn has a positive impact on the achievement of children within our school.

The Core National Curriculum subjects taught at OA Shirley Park & other areas of learning:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science
  • PE - including Swimming
  • Art 
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Spanish (KS2)
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Personal, Social Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
  • Religious Education
  • Philosophy for Children (P4C)
  • Peer Massage
  • Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

We teach these subjects through a topic-based curriculum that encompasses the National Curriculum.  Each half term has a focus theme, such as ‘global citizens’ which enables children to build on previous knowledge and make connections in their learning.  Children may be withdrawn from Religious Education at the parent/carers written request. We provide high levels of enjoyment and creativity, so that children are inspired to learn. 

Transferable Skills

Each new year group begins with a Basic Skills workshop which focusses on all the skills acquired in the previous year group that we are planning to build on. These transferrable skills as outlined in the National Curriculum are very fundamental to children being able to apply themselves whilst meeting the new challenges as they move through the school.

Curriculum Mapping

To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered we carefully map out across each year group the depth and coverage for each subject that will be taught. Our Curriculum leads for each subject area contribute to the contents of each Knowledge Organiser and Parent Plan to support teachers in maintaining our quality first teaching ethos.

At the beginning of each topic we evaluate the attainment and look closely at the ways in which we can build in bespoke pathways to address particular requirements for different classes and cohorts.

Knowledge Organisers and Parent Plans

Knowledge organisers and parent plans are a very important part of planning.  We make sure that we invest a lot of time into their contents to guarantee that we build on prior learning and also equip parents with an insight into what children will be learning in each year group. Both these documents are designed in a clear concise way for ease of reading for children, parents and staff setting out exciting topic introductions together with creative ideas for teaching. Parent plans are available on our Learning Resources page.


The school recognises that homework is a very valuable part of the school curriculum and can be an important means to raise a pupil’s self-esteem, as well as supporting work done in the classroom. Each class teacher is responsible for the homework content and suggested experiences that children will need to have to support what is taught at school.

Each year group has a compilation of age appropriate reading texts that we encourage the children to share at home, as well as a Homework Passport issued each term filled with a wide variety of activities for the children to do depending on what the individual class topics are.

More bespoke arrangements are sometimes made for those children who require specially formulated activities to suit their particular learning style.

Year 1 Basic Skills Workshop Year 2 Basic Skills Workshop Year 3 Basic Skills Workshop
Year 4 Basic Skills Workshop Year 5 Basic Skills Workshop Year 6 Basic Skills Workshop

Zones of Regulation

ZoR Guide for Parents

New to .......
Summer Home Packs

To help our children settle into their new year (or even life at Shirley Park if they are new to the academy) we have provided some fun and helpful holiday work and information about coming back in September.

New to Reception

New to Year 1

New to Year 2

New to Year 3

New to Year 4

New to Year 5

New to Year 6