Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Subject Breakdown

It is part of our commitment to our families that we share what we are teaching each of our young people throughout the year. We are therefore happy to provide you with the following breakdowns for each of the subjects taught at Oasis Academy Johanna. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please get in touch with the school office. 

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Every day all children are engaged in lessons and other opportunities across the curriculum to develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children are taught to work cooperatively in pairs and in groups.


Our aim is for every child to develop a passion for reading!
We read to children, with children and listen to them read too.
Throughout their time here, children develop their reading and comprehension skills. We teach skills including decoding (sounding out), skimming, scanning and précising.
We are committed to using quality children’s literature, and children read whole texts not just extracts.
We have a well-stocked library which children visit during the week and select books to read in school and at home.


We use the Success for All (SFA) ( phonics and reading programme in Early Years and Year 1 which provides an excellent foundation for their future learning and enjoyment.

We love Mr Thorne! He helps us to hear and say the phonic sounds correctly:


Children are taught how to use grammar correctly in their written and spoken language. We also have lessons for learning handwriting patterns, spelling rules and how to use punctuation.

We give lots of different opportunities for children to write in a whole range of genres including reports, diary entries, poetry and stories.

Written work is celebrated, displayed in classes, around the school and in class books.

Speaking and Listening

Pupils are taught to communicate effectively with each other through our cooperative learning strategies. We use drama and games to encourage the more reluctant!

We have weekly oracy sessions where children read aloud to the class a piece they have practiced which the rest of the class appraise. 

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for English here


Maths is taught daily in both KS1 and KS2.

Children are taught to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.

We have a strong emphasis upon mental recall – including number bonds, doubles, halves and times tables.

Children are given opportunities to apply their knowledge to reasoning and solving problems.

Lessons are practical where possible.

Children are sometimes taught according to their ability within their class, but more often taught in mixed ability class groups as research shows this is most effective for learning. 

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Maths here.


Through our Science Curriculum, pupils explore and learn about their world. In the younger years, we teach children about what they see and experience in their daily lives and broaden and deepen their understanding as they progress through school. They learn concepts which provide the foundation for biology, chemistry and physics.

Four to five topics will be covered in a year; lessons are taught weekly. In each unit, the children ask and answer scientific questions and we use our farm to enrich the children’s knowledge of the natural world.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Science here.


We have a range of communication devices including PCs, laptops and tablets. We also have programmable hardware such as bee bots.

Specific computer literacy skills are taught, and these skills are used to then support other curriculum areas. For example, word processing skills are used in literacy, internet search engines for research in history and spreadsheets to organise data in Maths. We have a range of software and Apps to suit the needs of children from Nursery to Y6.

Children are taught e-safety throughout their time here.

In addition, children are taught coding and about how computers work.

We keep up-to-date with technological developments so as to can equip pupils with the necessary skills and confidence to successfully function in the changing world of technology.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Computing here.

Religious Education

Through our RE curriculum, children grapple with the big questions of life and how faith impacts individuals and communities. Lessons are shaped thematically and children across the school explore questions arising from themes such as 'Stories', 'Teachings and Authority' or 'Beliefs in Action Around the World' together. These themes are also picked up on in whole school assemblies and so RE teaching is never separate from school life.  Key questions posed by either staff or children require everyone involved to reflect on the beliefs and practices of a variety of faiths. In our RE lessons, the adults are never seen to have all the answers!  We also use Lambeth’s agreed syllabus provided by SACRE.

Our approach to RE is firmly underpinned by the ethos of Oasis as a whole and the value statements that point to inclusion, equality, healthy relationships, hope and perseverance are always evident in the conversations. 

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from RE and Collective Worship by written request.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Religious Education here.


In Key Stage One, children learn about the past in a thematic way. For example, they might look at toys from the past. They also learn about important historical figures and their impact on our lives. Children learn about their own history, and the history of their family. 

In Key Stage Two, the children learn about eras in a chronological timeline. Children learn to research from secondary sources such as books and the internet. Where possible, we invite experts to lead performances, workshops or discussions. To support their learning, pupils visit world class museums and galleries.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for History here.


In our Geography curriculum, we learn about our surroundings and about other places in the country and world. We learn about climate, environmental issues and how places have changed over time. We teach children to read and to make maps.

In KS1 children learn to name and locate all continents, oceans and the countries of the UK and the surrounding seas. They learn to identify physical and human features of locations.

In KS2 children build on this knowledge learning about wider world locations. We visit places of interest locally and places that contrast to our locality.

Our residential trip to an outward bound centre in Medway enables Year Six to study the geography there in depth.

We are linked with a community project in South Africa and we have regular visits from the staff there who share their first hand experiences.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Geography here.


At Johanna, music is a part of our everyday life. We have a specialist music teacher and every class has a weekly music lesson and singing assembly. 

We also have class Ukulele and Xylophone lessons, and an after school Choir.

Lessons focus on singing, playing percussion instruments, composing, music notation, listening and appraising, music history and performing. Lessons are linked to class topic work where relevant.

We offer peripatetic keyboard lessons with Lambeth Music Service.

We have plenty of performance opportunities in and out of school and take part annually in the Lambeth Music Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Music here.

Art & Design

Through our Art and Design curriculum, pupils learn to draw, paint and sculpt. They develop their skills through experimenting with different media. They experiment, create and invent their own works of art as well as learn to critique their own work and that of others. They have their own personal sketch book and are encouraged to use it regularly. They study the work of artists and designers.  Pupil’s art work is celebrated and displayed in classes and in communal areas such as corridors and the hall. Classes visit world class art galleries in London.

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Art and Design here.

Design & Technology

In our design and technology projects, children are encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to design, make and evaluate products.

In KS1, they learn the skills of cutting, shaping, joining and finishing. They explore and select different materials. For example, children might make moving toys or vehicles learning about levers, wheels and axles.

In KS2, children enhance designs by strengthening and reinforcing more complex structures, they learn how to use gears, pulleys and cams, and how to build electrical circuits and computer programming.

Throughout their time here, children are involved in cooking activities.

Each year, pupils design costumes for our Waterloo Carnival. 

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Design and Technology here.

Physical Education

Teachers and sports coaches lead our PE lessons. Over their time here, pupils will take part in athletics, dance, gymnastics, competitive and team games. Children have two weekly sessions with their class, they are also involved in staff led and child initiated active play twice a day.

During KS2, children go to Brixton Recreation Centre where pupils learn to swim.

We collaborate with Rambert Ballet, Moving Matters, New Cross Martial Arts Limited and The Young Ballers to provide quality sports education in school and extra-curricular activities and clubs.

We have a school football, cricket and netball team who play friendlies and competitive matches with local schools.

Each year we have a Sports Day when children compete in different athletic activities. 

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for Physical Education here.

PSHE & Citizenship

PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education)

We have planned PSHE lessons, but this is also an area of learning which permeates the whole curriculum.

Our planned lessons include activities and discussions regarding our Oasis Nine Habits, our Sex and Relationships (SRE) and drugs curriculum.

We consult parents each summer term before beginning the SRE lessons so parents know exactly what areas we are covering in each year group.

We develop our personal and social skills every day through being part of our inclusive learning community. For example, in assemblies we reflect upon morals and dilemmas, at lunchtime we practise our table manners and the skills of conversation and during playtime we learn to win and lose team games. Books and other resources for English, topics and RE are carefully chosen to provide role models, learning points and discussions about developing self-awareness, self-esteem and compassion.

Many aspects of health education are covered in our Science and PE curriculum. We also learn about health through topic work such as Ourselves in Early Years and when we learn about historical figures such as, Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale in KS1.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
PSHE Topic

New Beginnings

  • Change
  • Hopes
  • Fresh Start


  • Anti-bullying week
  • Relationships
  • Empathy/feelings

Belonging & Identity

  • Who am I?
  • Connection between


  • Drugs awareness
  • Internet safety
  • Personal safety
  • FGM


  • Making good decisions
  • My future
  • Healthy choices

S. R. E

  • Physical and Emotional aspects
  • Consent
  • FGM
Keeping Safe
  • Prevent
Habit Focus
  • Becoming the best version of yourself
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Patience
  • Compassion
  • Forgiveness
  • Consideration
  • Self-Control
  • Humility
  • Honesty
  • Playground Pals (Y5)
  • Perseverance (Y2)
  • Habit small group resources
  • Respect (Y6)
  • Habit small group resources
  • Belonging (Y3/4)
  • Friends (y4/5)
  • Habit small group resources
  • Easter reflection
  • Habit small group resources
  • Cool, calm & confident (Y4)
  • Habit small group resources
  • Endings & beginnings reflection (Y6)
  • Habit small group resources
(Social, Emotional
Aspects of Learning)
  • New beginnings
  • Relationships
  • Say no to bullying
  • Getting on and falling out
  • Good to be me
  • Going for goals
  • Change
  • Drug workshop- Lambeth Drug Education Team


Citizenship is learnt and practiced throughout the day every day. All children have roles and responsibilities in our school and our rules are agreed. Specific aspects of becoming a model citizen such as listening to others, being patient and helping others are made explicit through activities, class games and discussions.

We have a lively School Council who meet to discuss school improvement and organise activities to raise money for charities. 

Please see the National Curriculum coverage for PSHE here.


There are over 20 languages spoken by our families in our school community. We celebrate this diversity and encourage children to share knowledge of their home languages.  This is done through reading sessions, PSHE, sharing of news, oracy sessions, home learning activities and in our general conversations with children and families.

This year we are taking a whole school approach to teaching MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) in our curriculum.  Each term we will have a focus language and all classes will learn key words and phrases. We will invite native speakers to share their language with us and we will learn about traditions of that language.

The language will be taught through activities, games and songs. Pupils will be encouraged to listen attentively and repeat words, phrases and sentences with accuracy. Pupils will be taught to develop accurate pronunciation and intonation.

At Key Stage Two we will teach children to write some key words and phrases in French and Spanish. They will develop an understanding for the grammar and spelling conventions of the French and Spanish languages and compare to English and other known languages. This will prepare them for secondary school where French and Spanish are most likely to be taught.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Spanish Polish Sign Language
Arabic Portuguese French

If you can speak or write any of these languages, please talk to Tara, we would love you to get involved!

Healthy Living

We teach the benefits of healthy living through our science, PE and PSHE curriculum. We also teach skills to develop positive mental health through our Oasis ethos.

Our curriculum includes teaching about the benefits of a healthy diet, regular exercise and developing healthy lifestyle choices.  We also address the risks of making unhealthy choices including drug awareness. We follow the advised curriculum for teaching about sex and relationship, drugs and personal safety, including internet safety.

Following the themes of our 9 Oasis Habits, we teach skills for children to develop healthy minds and relationships. For more information about the 9 Habits, click here.

We aim to promote healthy living throughout the primary experience. Some practical examples are:

  • Children are encouraged to eat a healthy lunch whether this is a school cooked meal or a packed lunch from home.
  • Children only have water to drink. No fizzy or sugary drinks are allowed in school. Children have access to fresh drinking water throughout the day and many bring in water bottles.
  • We provide free fruit for KS1, fruit and milk for EY.
  • The SNAC team run a healthy tuck shop for KS2.
  • We have a large playground with climbing apparatus and equipment for games.
  • Staff organise team games daily in 'the cage' and children self-direct inclusive games at play times.
  • Our PE curriculum includes warm up, cool down and learning about the positive effect exercise has upon the body.
  • We have fully subscribed judo, football and sports clubs.
  • All children visit our farm regularly to experience outdoor learning.
  • Children learn about vocal health in music lessons, singing assemblies and choir.
  • Pupils are encouraged to discuss problems and concerns.
  • We train children to become Playground Pals who problem solve minor friendship issues.
  • We employ a children and adolescent mental health specialist who supports children, families and staff to address specific family issues.
  • Children are trained to have high levels of personal hygiene including hand washing, having their hair tied back and wearing sensible shoes
  • Full time nursery children have the opportunity to nap after lunch.
  • We teach children and parents how to be safe on the internet.