Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Skills Based Curriculum

Every day the amount of knowledge in the world grows. At Oasis Academy Parkwood we believe that it is important to teach children the skills to be able to find out about and use the knowledge that they need, when they need it. Our teaching is focused on developing children’s generic learning
and thinking skills as well as subject specific skills.

We prioritise developing the key skills identified in the National Curriculum as follows:


This includes the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and using them across the curriculum and in everyday situations.

Application of Numbers

This includes developing mental and written calculation skills, using data, interpreting measurements and being able to use these skills in different subjects and everyday situations.

Information & Communication Technology

As computers become increasingly more important in all aspects of life, learners needs to be able to choose ICT tools to fi nd, analyse, interpret, evaluate and present information. They need to be able to decide when and how to use ICT. The Academy has excellent computer facilities.

Learning to Learn

This is a process of discovery about learning. It involves a set of principles and skills which, if understood and used, helps learners learn more effectively and become learners for life.

Problem Solving 

We embed problem solving in all areas of the curriculum to help children develop skills and strategies linked to them.

The Six Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Self Manager

Children learn to organise themselves and others. They take responsibility and show initiative. They learn to cope with challenges and change. They manage their emotions and develop resilience and self-help strategies.

Independent Enquirer

Learners ask questions and carry out investigations. They learn to research and evaluate information and use it to draw conclusions.

Creative Thinker

Learners think creatively by generating and exploring ideas. They look at problems from different perspectives to make connections and find solutions. They use imagination and intuition.

Team Worker

Children develop skills of cooperation, understanding others’ needs and being able to work effectively as part of a team. They learn to take on different roles in different situations. Much of children’s learning involves working collaboratively as a way of developing and deepening each child’s understanding.

Reflective Learner

Children develop the skills of reflecting on and evaluating their own learning. They identify the strategies they have used and this helps inform the teacher in planning the child’s next steps.

Effective Participants

Children actively engage with issues that affect them and others. They discuss concerns and find ways to make improvements. They play a full role in the Academy and community life. They negotiate and consider different views.