Curriculum

Lower School consists of 5 classes and covers Early Years up to Year 6.

Hugo, Plato,Dewey, Socrates and Confucius

Our experienced Primary and Early Years team are dedicated to inspiring and encouraging every individual to have high aspirations from an early age, recognising their own potential and supporting others in achieving theirs. A focus on developing social and independence skills exists at the forefront of learning, thus supporting pupils in being confident and life ready. We believe in regular praise and reward, maintaining high standards and levels of challenge, working together as a team whilst celebrating independence, and above all to achieve this through having fun and enjoying lower school life with mutual respect.

Our Early Years provision is skilfully structured, allowing students to access daily social, academic and communication intervention which targets the needs of each individual. Close links are made with the other classes, particularly Key Stage One, allowing pupils to prepare for transition into a new learning environment.

Our Primary curriculum is a rich balance of national curriculum subjects alongside outdoor learning and extra -curricular opportunities. Crucially, our curriculum model offers support and challenge at levels appropriate to the needs and interests of each individual and reflects the diversity of individual need. The curriculum also develops enterprise and technology skills, and raises awareness of their place in the wider world with an eye on the future.

The Challenge Curriculum

Our unique Challenge Curriculum offers thematic approaches to learning where pupils are provide opportunities to plan for, organise then implement a final challenge event which links in with their termly theme.  In the past, students have organised a garden party, produced and released an album and even sold their own brand of Space Chutney…in the shops! The Challenge curriculum brings the National Curriculum to life, empowers and motivates students and offers them a contextualised and therefor meaningful platform for learning.

Click on the link below to see the curriculum map for your child’s class/key stage this term. This gives an overview of topics being covered, so that you can support your child in their learning.

Locke, Spinoza, Appiah, Descartes – Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students follow a secondary curriculum. The Staff team are aware of students’ individual learning and social needs and aim to provide their entitlement in an accessible and personalised way. The curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils study the whole range of subjects.

All students are taught English, Maths and Science as core subjects. Class groups are organised according to teacher assessment and performance data. In addition to the targeted teaching that the groups provide, students will follow an accelerated reading scheme and phonics programme in their English groups.

Key Stage 3 follow a Challenge based approach to the curriculum. This is a way of teaching and learning, whereby many areas of the curriculum are connected together and integrated within a theme/topic. Subjects are linked to a curriculum group (see below). Classes are taught in their tutor groups and organised into smaller groups for varied and differentiated activities within the lesson. All students are taught by a range of teachers. Students will have certain subjects in specialist rooms.

·  Challenge Curriculum links with core subjects and includes - RE, Science, Humanities, Citizenship & LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom), computing, Careers, MFL (French, Spanish & German) & Philosophy 4 Children.

 ·      Creative Development - Art, Music & Drama.

·      Individual lessons - Design Technology, Food Technology, PE, PSHE  & SRE (where possible staff will link subjects to the challenge curriculum topic).

Click on the link below to see the curriculum map for your child’s class/key stage this term. This gives an overview of topics being covered, so that you can support your child in their learning.


Lipman, Turing, Murdoch - Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key Stage 4 work towards accredited qualifications in English, Maths and Science at levels appropriate to individual needs and abilities (Entry Level or GCSE).

All students study Home Cooking Skills, Arts Award, Physical Education, PSHE, Relationship and Sex Education, Enterprise, RE and Computing. In addition, Y11 students are taught ‘Life Ready’ which incorporates life skills, Careers and Citizenship.

Currently, students also choose two of the following options: Art, Land Based Studies, Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Design Technology: Resistant Materials.  For more information about opportunties in Key Stage 4, please see the 'School Organisation' section of our website.

Click on the link below to see the curriculum map for your child’s class/key stage this term. This gives an overview of topics being covered, so that you can support your child in their learning.

Bentham, Avicenna - Sixth Form

Our Sixth Form consists of Years 12 and 13.

The main aim of our Sixth Form is to prepare students for life after Hazel Oak.

In a purpose-built facility, we offer a range of accredited, vocational and experiential courses at Entry Level, Level 1, Level 2 and GCSE to meet the individual needs and capabilities of the students. We are able to provide a personalised approach to the curriculum in terms of level of study as well as options of subject.

All students study Functional Skills Maths and English, Home Cooking Skills, Employability Skills, Personal Social Development (PSD) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Business and Enterprise, incorporating the Social Enterprise Qualification at Level 1 and Sport and Leisure. In Year 12, students also complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Our current optional subjects are City and Guilds Entry 3 and Level 1 in Hair and Beauty, Music, Arts Award and Practical Horticulture Skills.

Established links with local businesses and colleges enable us to provide a range of business and work related learning opportunities as well as transition visits in preparation for moving on at the end of Year 13.

Students develop their independence through life skills sessions, travel training and Sport and Leisure sessions, which take place in community facilities such as bowling and swimming.

The students are inspired to develop their entrepreneurial skills by setting up and running their own company. They take responsibility for the day-to-day running of the business, including design, manufacture, selling and accounting. The two branches of our business are Oak Branches, our upcycling and hand made gift shop, and Sarnie Squad, which provides lunches to order for staff on Fridays, and who run coffee mornings for Parents Groups and past students.

The money we raise through these businesses will support our business to continue in the future and a proportion of our profit is donated to charity – this year we are supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Click on the link below to see the curriculum map for your child’s class/key stage this term. This gives an overview of topics being covered, so that you can support your child in their learning.

Phonics and Reading at Hazel Oak

In lower school, there is a daily focus of phonics aiming to teach children how to read, write and spell words. These skills are developed throughout the day across the curriculum.  In Early Years and Key stage 1 the use of Phonic Bug books, Bug Club and Collins Big Cat books reinforces progression as well as interactive games on the Phonics Bug Website. Phonics play and multi-sensory activities are used to enable children to progress within their phonic phases.  In upper school phonics teaching is part of English lessons and pupils are developing phonic skills through word, sentence and paragraph building in their phonic phases. Spellings are provided on a weekly basis across the whole school from a progressive scheme that focuses on the development of spelling patterns.

We have recently introduced the Accelerated Reader scheme throughout all key stages. Since the new school library launch in September 2017, the scheme has proved successful in developing and improving comprehension reading skills across the school. The pupils have welcomed the scheme with enthusiasm and enjoy the challenge of reading quizzes online. A range of books are used within the scheme, giving the children a variety of texts to read from a range of genres. Parents can access the website to see their child's reading journey  and choose books in their reading range to support reading at home. As readers become more independent there is a wider variety of texts to read from the library or home.  Guided reading sessions use a wide of texts from different genres, enabling children to identify a variety of writing forms that are available to us.

As a school we subscribe to Solihull Children's Reading Group which provides links with Waterstones book shop in Solihull for reading workshops and visits from local authors, illustrators and passionate readers. These experiences are invaluable for our pupils to further develop reading for pleasure and life skills.

Approach to Phonic and reading schemes