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Our Curriculum Overview and Introduction

Mrs Frayne-Johnson, our Curriculum Lead, welcomes you...


A warm welcome to the curriculum page. Here you can find all the important information relating to the curriculum and how it works here at Oxley Park.


Our intention for the curriculum is to offer our children different opportunities throughout the different stages of their learning journey with us. These opportunities should allow them to Dream, Believe and Achieve as set out in our Academy Vision.







Our Curriculum Vision...

Understanding our curriculum...


Our Core Subjects










Our Foundation Subjects


Art and









Modern Foreign






Our Curriculum Overview - Our Intent, Implementation and Impact

Doorways and Pathways


Doorways and Pathways (D&P) combine the teaching and learning of history, geography, art and DT. Each term the whole school from Nursery to Year 6 enter the same Doorway (the theme for that term). Within each doorway there are many different pathways and these will all be very different for each year group. As children progress through Oxley Park they will experience a wide range of history pathways, geography pathways, technology pathways and citizenship pathways; all of which compliment their Learning of English, Maths, Science, Computing, P.E, Music, R.E and PSHE.


English, Maths and Science are regularly brought to life through these doorways, as each theme lends itself well to exciting and creative learning opportunities in these subjects. At Oxley Park, if you enter into a D&P lesson, you are likely to see children taking on the role of detectives, historians, investigators, professors and many more!


Each term opens with a new and exciting ‘doorway into learning’ providing the children with a ‘Dazzling Debut’. This is our opportunity to ‘unlock the learning’ for our children. This is launched in a variety of ways, providing our children with an interesting, and sometimes unexpected, opening to their pathway! Each year group area will be transformed to match each and every pathway, where the theme will scream at you from every wall (and sometimes, the ceiling too!). The children are encouraged to be independent learners at times too, and we encourage them to explore the topic for themselves at different periods.


Our ‘Fabulous Finales’ are wonderful events where the adults responsible for our children are invited into school to share the learning journey with their loved ones at the end of each Doorway. Children and adults are thrown into invigorating activities that show off the learning that has taken place.


Here are our Doorways and Pathways for the year:




Our Doorway into... Stepping Back


Autumn Term Doorway and Pathways
Year Group                                      Pathways
NurseryTraditional Tales
ReceptionOur Toy Box
Year 1Medieval Mayhem
Year 2London's Burning!
Year 3Savage Stone Age
Year 4Off with your head
Year 5Tomb Raiders
Year 6Behind Enemy Lines
FestivalsHarvest, Diwali and Christmas


Our Doorway into... Perfect Planet


Spring Term Doorway and Pathways
Year Group                                    Pathways
NurseryArctic Animals
ReceptionLand Ahoy!
Year 1Dear Greenpeace...
Year 2Mr McGregor's Garden
Year 3Fossil Hunters
Year 4Amazing Amazon
Year 5Extreme Earth
Year 6Around the World in 80 days
FestivalsChinese New Year, Holi, Vaisakhi and Easter


Our Doorway into... Heal The World


Spring Term - Mini Project Doorway and Pathways

How do charities make the world a better place?

Year Groups                                                         Pathways
NurseryLet's help our wildlife!
ReceptionWhat can we reuse and recycle?
Year 1What can we do to keep our Oceans blue?
Year 2How can we help the polar bears keep their icy cold habitat?
Year 3How can what's on our plate affect our planet?
Year 4Is Nuclear Energy the way forward?
Year 5Are we too late to save our planet?
Year 6COP26 - Will our World Leaders meeting lead to change?


Our Doorway into... A Bright Idea


Summer Term Doorway and Pathways
Year Groups                                          Pathways
ReceptionFairy Tale Investigators
Year 1Britain's Got Talent
Year 2Eureka
Year 3Full Steam Ahead
Year 4Making Britain Great
Year 5Codebreakers
Year 6Dragons Den
FestivalsRamadan, Eid, Wesak


Our Doorway into... Moving On


Summer Mini-Project Doorway and Pathways
Year Groups


NurseryOur School
ReceptionEngland and Scotland
Year 1Ireland and Wales
Year 2Europe
Year 3Africa
Year 4India
Year 5America
Year 6Transition - Moving on!



  • Pupils simply love their school! Ofsted 2022
  • My children enjoy attending each day. They find the work challenging and interesting. They really like the teaching staff and feel supported and have grown in confidence.
  • Working at Oxley is so special and unique. Everyone is so kind, well-being is at the forefront and our community are a delight. I love my job! (Teacher)
  • The school missions and values make my son want to be a part of the Academy and try his best. I feel proud that my sons are at Oxley Park and the Nursery and I feel that the changes being made are really positive!
  • The children are oozing with so much more ‘zest’ since the start of this year, which makes us as parents happier and excited about their future at OPA.
  • My children love the school! My eldest was quiet, didn’t want to learn, didn’t enjoy school. Now he is settled, has friends and has started to show improvements. My daughter loves her teachers and is extremely enthusiastic.