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Curriculum, Learning and Teaching


Oldway Primary School provides a rich, broad, balanced and creative curriculum and believes that excellence in teaching leads to enjoyment of learning.  We define the curriculum as everything that impacts on the learning of our pupils.


Our curriculum gives Oldway a distinct identity and ethos, reflecting our values, our place within the local community of Paignton and an awareness of the wider world in which they live.  Above all, we aim to make our curriculum a hugely rich experience for all our pupils, laying the foundations for success in life.


There is no sense of a tension between high standards and exciting learning.  Pupils have the opportunity to learn in a range of different ways – but all teaching and learning is of a high quality and is planned and managed so pupils are challenged and supported.


Pupils are engaged in learning that develops and stretches them and excites their imagination.  Pupils enjoy learning different things and learning in different ways.  They learn through play, out-of-doors, in traditional class settings from teachers, in small groups, through art, music and sport, from each other, before and after school, both formally and informally. 


Nursery and Reception classes in the Foundation Stage follow a distinctive Early Years Curriculum.
The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age and is taught from Year 1.  It consists of core subjects: English, Mathematics, Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as well as  Religious Education.


Foundation subjects including Geography, History, Art, Design Technology, Music and PE are also taught on a regular basis.  As part of our school philosophy, we run a programme of Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) which includes Sex Education and Drugs Education.  Parents may withdraw their children from Sex Education if they wish.  In addition, children are given the opportunity to learn a Modern Foreign Language.


It is our policy to entitle every member of our school to equal opportunities in accessing the full curriculum.  Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Torbay and Devon Agreed Syllabus.  Parents may, if they wish, write to the Headteacher to request that their children be wholly or partly excused from attendance at our regular collective worship or religious education.


As children progress through the school, they are encouraged to supplement their learning with work done at home.  Initially, this will take the form of regular reading at home and, by Year 6, may include regular homework in literacy and maths and occasional more in-depth research projects.  Parents are kept informed about their child’s schoolwork through termly Parents’ Evenings and regular bulletins outlining curriculum coverage.


To view Curriculum Plans, please use the menu to navigate to your child's year group where you will find the curriculum plan for this term. 


Also attached below is a Parents' Guide to the new National Curriculum in Primary Schools.