Our curriculum philosophy is centred around students being successful and the best versions of themselves; this is underpinned by the Oasis Academy’s values. The philosophy is designed to ensure that students receive a broad and balanced curriculum which includes opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities, as well as exposure to universities and career paths.
Knowledge Rich Curriculum:
At Oasis Isle of Sheppey, we are proud to offer all students a broad and balanced curriculum which is aligned to the National Curriculum. Our two year key stage 3 allows students to experience a range of subjects, including Drama, Music and Design and Technology, along with the traditional core and humanities subjects. Students are then able to choose their options at the end of year 8 to start their key stage 4 journey at the start of year 9, allowing students to deepen their knowledge in preparation for formal qualifications. At key stage four we offer an extensive vocational offer, including Motor Vehicles, Hair and Beauty and Health and Social, which proves popular with the students.
All our lessons are underpinned with the science of learning strategies to maximise the students’ working memory to ensure they move onto the next stage of their academic career successfully.
Skills and characteristics:
It is important at the academy to develop the whole person; therefore, we encourage students to live by the Oasis 9 habits and the SHEPPEY values. General Studies lessons, which are delivered throughout key stage 3 and 4, offer opportunity for students to discuss British values, relationships and current affairs so that our students can develop the 9 habits and the SHEPPEY values by being resilient, empathetic and kind. The curriculum is designed to encourage students to discuss equality and diversity for example when studying Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
Aspirations and careers:
Here, at the academy, we aim to develop students in becoming an independent learner and to have a love for learning: this is supported through the use of the student journey, which encourages students to choose independent tasks which will broaden their knowledge and understanding of the subjects we deliver within our curriculum. Extracurricular clubs are also provided for the students to build upon their communication skills and to foster a love for school and learning. We strive to build upon the students cultural capital so they are aware of the many opportunities and options available to them once they move onto the next stage of their careers; the academy’s links with local universities means that we can arrange trips for students to experience university and to take advantage of the outreach programmes they offer.