Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Curriculum Impact

We have high expectations for each individual pupil.  We strive to ensure that all pupils achieve the best possible progress and outcomes they can.  Have a look at some of our amazing achievements in English and Maths.

We provide a real life experience at the start of each of our topics to engage interest and provide vocabulary in context. Practical experiences help learning stick by building neural pathways and schema in the long term memory.  Have a look at the first hand experiences children access through our ambitious curriculum and our Oasis Academy Fir Vale experience trail.



Maths Evidence
Place Value Y2
Place Value Y4
Y5 Place value


In Autumn 2 we are learning to paint!

In Nursery the children are learning to:

  • Use large-muscle movements to wave flags and streamers, paint and make marks.​

  • Use a comfortable grip with good control when holding paint brushes.​

  • Show different emotions in their drawings and paintings, like happiness, sadness, fear, etc. ​

  • Explore colour and colour mixing​

  • Explore different materials freely, in order to develop their ideas about how to use them and what to make. ​

  • Develop their own ideas and then decide which materials to use to express them

In Reception the children are learning to:

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely, and confidently​

  •  Use their core muscle strength to achieve a good posture when sitting at a table or sitting on the floor. ​

  • Develop overall body-strength, balance, coordination, and agility Expressive Art and Design​

  •  Explore, use, and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings. ​

  • Return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them. ​

  • Create collaboratively, sharing ideas, resources and skills

In KS1 children are learning to:

  • Use thick and thin brushes. ​

  •  Mix primary colours to make secondary. ​

  • Add white to colours to make tints and black to colours to make tones. ​

  • Create colour wheels. ​

  •  Use a variety of tools, found objects and techniques including different brush sizes and types ​

  • Work on different scales​

  •  Experiment with tools and techniques e.g. layering, mixing media, scraping through ​

  • Create textured paint by adding sand, plaster.

In Lower KS2 children are learning to:

  • Use a number of brush techniques using thick and thin brushes to produce shapes, textures, patterns and lines.​

  • Use watercolour paint to produce washes for backgrounds then add detail.​

  •  Experiment with creating mood with colour.​

  •  Experiment with different effects and textures inc. blocking in colour, washes,​

  •  Use more specific colour language have knowledge of the colour wheel and tertiary colours. ​

  • Select and move between brush sizes when needed.​

  •  Mix tones, tints and shades


In Upper KS2 children are learning to:

  • Sketch (lightly) before painting to combine line and colour. ​

  •  Create a colour palette based upon colours observed in the natural or built world. ​

  •  Use the qualities of watercolour and acrylic paints to create visually interesting pieces. ​

  •  Combine colours, tones and tints to enhance the mood of a piece. ​

  •  Use brush techniques and the qualities of paint to create texture.



Amazing Writing at Oasis Academy Fir Vale
Y1 Narrative of a Traditional Tale
Y2 Non Chronological Report
Y3 Non Chronological Report
Y3 Narrative
Y4 Non Chronological Report
Y4 Setting Description
Y6 Narrative

First Hand Experiences

Den building
Investigating rocks
Owl visit sketching
Owl visit
Voting 1
Voting 2
Mobile farm
Falconry Visit
Chicks Hatching 1
Chicks Hatching 2
Fire Engine visit
Fire Engine visit
Fire Engine visit
Fire Engine visit
Fire Engine visit