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Oak National Academy

Half term: please visit Oak Activity Club for this week’s activities

Information for parents and pupils

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

Our online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary, it covers a range of subjects. We’ve ordered all the lessons so your child can learn along a clear plan. We’ll provide new lessons and resources each week.

Follow your school’s advice. They may have their own plans in place already. They can suggest if and how this online classroom is used, perhaps alongside any existing work.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize. Together, these can offer a structure to the day for children until schools fully reopen.

We built Oak National Academy at speed, and have now expanded to include a specialist curriculum. This is our initial offer, but we want to do more. It doesn’t yet cover the full range on offer in schools in normal times. And it doesn’t yet cater to the full range of pupils who attend specialist settings. We intend to develop our curriculum in the coming weeks and add content as we can. We’re also looking to expand our offer in Key Stage 4.

If you are looking for more information and guidance on supporting children during this time, please check out the NSPCC’s resources.

How it works

Schools are free to decide how their pupils make use of these lessons and resources, to fit in with current plans and complement existing work.

Each Oak National Academy lesson will be an hour long. There will be elements such as a quiz, a video explanation from the teacher, and a worksheet.

Each lesson has been created by a subject expert in a careful plan. Teachers will let pupils know how they can best use these resources. There are two options:

  • Either, teachers and pupils can use all the lessons and resources in their entirety, following along the set plan for each subject.  Click the Schedule button when inside the online classroom to follow along like this.
  • Alternatively, teachers can choose individual bits of content or lessons that work best for them and their pupils. This can be  in as many or as few subjects as needed. Teachers will let their pupils know which lessons to do, and when. Click the Subject button when inside the online classroom to access these options.

In either case, teachers will let pupils and parents know which option to select.

If you have more questions, please visit our FAQs.

Curriculum

Primary (including Early Years Foundation Stage):

  • English (including phonics at EYFS and KS1)
  • Maths
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Foundation (covering History, Geography and Science through a topic-based curriculum)

Secondary:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Latin

Specialist:

  • Communication and Language
  • Creative arts
  • Independent Living
  • Numeracy
  • Therapies