How Wide is your World?


Our Curriculum is based on developing children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding.  When they leave Oaklands, we aim for our children to have become respectful citizens of the modern world with a firm understanding and interest in difference cultures and communities.

For this, we base each year group on a different region of the world. In Reception, they start locally learning about Medway and Kent and with each year move further afield. As they move through the school, they look at the different countries and cultures throughout the world.

Throughout the year, the children’s topics will all be based upon their global region.  The topics will all be linked around this region and so over the year they will build up their knowledge and understanding of those countries.  


Narratives based on ‘Being a…’

At Oaklands, we have an original approach to curriculum.  We focus on learning skills in real life situations and outcomes for audiences.  Children enjoying learning and therefore make more progress when it is for a real life purose.  

Instead of the traditional approach of an English lesson, then a maths lesson, which we may remember from our school days, we focus on a narrative of ‘Being a…’ for a day, two days or how even long the children need.  For example, they may ‘Be a historian’ for a day, exploring the subject using the skills of a historian.  They may have a narrative of ‘Being a Scientist’ where they pretend they are a scientist and learn those skills. 

Topic Structure

Each term, our topics follows a very clear structure. It is based on experiential learning and follows a structure of:

Within the topic, the children will complete various narratives where they learn and practice the skills of ‘being a…’.

Engage Phase

Each term, the children will engage in a Engage event such as a special activity day; visit to a specific place or a guest visiting the school.

For details of each years Engage phase, please click here.

Develop phase

In this phase, the children learn and practice the skills covered in this topic. The children will learn in a variety of ways and locations to help them build up and develop their skills in a wide range of areas of learning.

Innovate and Express Phases

All the learning builds to a Innovate challenge apply the skills they have learnt over the term.  The children then share the outcomes of their studies with other people in an Engage event.

Year Group Curriculum

Each year group looks at six topics over the year all situated within their global region. Each topic is made of narrative learning skills so that they develop skills in a broad and balanced curriculum.

As well as these, we enjoy school whole topics based on specific areas of learning or current events such as Arts Week, Book Week or our Healthy Living and Sports Day finale at the end of the year.

for information on each Year Group’s curriculum, link on the year group’s parent handbook.

Early Years Foundation Stage

Key Stage 1

Lower Key Stage 2

Upper Key Stage 2

Areas of Learning

We follow the National Curriculum which outlines the knowledge, skills and understanding which children need to learn.

For our subject organisation, we group individual subjects together into Areas of Learning. These create a family of subjects which are closely linked and enable us to better provide cross curricular learning.

Each Area of Learning is lead by a leader.  Every member of staff in the school are part of an Area of Learning team and they work together to develop the learning in these subjects.

For more information about specific Area of Learning in the school, click on the links below:

The Arts

Being an Artist

Being a Musician

The Arts Curriculum

English & Languages

Being a Reader

Writer in Residence

The English Curriculum

The PMFL Curriculum


The Maths Curriculum



Healthy Living

Being Active

Being a Chef

Being Outside in Nature

Sports Premium

The Humanities

The Humanites Curriculum

Science & Technology

Science & Technology Curriculum

If you require any additional information about the curriculum, please contact the class teacher or phase leader for your child’s phase.  Contact details are in the Parent Handbooks above.

For more information regarding reading click on Being a Reader.

You may be interested in the following policies:

Curriculum policy

Teaching & Learning policy