We've designed our lessons and resources so they can be used flexibly to complement your existing curriculum, in whichever way suits you best, whether your pupils are learning in-school or need to access teaching and learning remotely.

We'd recommend, and schools have told us they're:

  • Mapping their curriculum to Oak’s to see where it matches

  • Using the resources as ready-made remote and in-school teaching support where they align

  • Picking certain lessons depending on what works best for pupils

  • Downloading, editing and sharing Oak’s slides, worksheets and videos to complement their own content and lesson style

As well as using Oak for remote learning, teachers have been sharing other ways they’ve been supporting their pupils and staff with Oak’s resources.

Using Oak for lesson planning

Some teachers are using Oak’s resources to assist in school planning and teaching - downloading materials and tailoring them for their class. Oak has several curricula maps, organised by subject and phase, that detail each unit available and the suggested sequencing of these units. Teachers can not only use these to see what’s included in Oak’s offering, but also to help them plan further ahead.

We've also developed a Lesson and Resource Directory to help you quickly search for and filter lessons and see an at-a-glance view of available rsources.

Using Oak for catch-up

Oak’s thousands of lessons and resources can act as readymade, personalised catch-up support, for any topic across the majority of the national curriculum. Wherever it suits pupils, teachers can direct them to materials as a ‘top-up’ –in class, as an extension task, or as homework.

Our quiz result sharing feature can also help teachers identify gaps in knowledge and therefore which set of Oak lessons to set next to progress a pupil’s skill in specific areas.

Using Oak for CPD

Lesson observation as part of trainee and early career teacher training has been severely disrupted, so some universities and schools are using Oak lessons as a means of alternative lesson observation.

Some schools are sharing lessons beyond trainees. One subject specialist in a secondary said:

“In a subject like RE you tend to find quite a bit of non-specialist teaching. One idea I’ve had is to give some staff training time over to watching some of the lessons. To say to a teacher: ‘If you’re unconfident in an area, then why don’t you watch how this subject specialist explains this difficult concept’ is great CPD. It doesn’t mean you ‘parrot’ that word-for-word back to a class, but we all benefit from observing other teachers and at the moment we can't get into other classrooms.”

You can also use Oak as means of learning how to record their own lessons:

“I think Oak is a really useful tool for teachers recording materials themselves. Before I started teaching live back in June, I spent a lot of time watching Oak and watching how they built a lesson. I found it useful to notice things like the Oak teacher telling pupils to put everything away and focus at the beginning of the lesson. There’s a solid structure to every lesson I’ve seen.”

Using Oak for cover work

With lots of teachers having to isolate, some schools have been using Oak to support cover staff in preparing and delivering unfamiliar lessons. Teachers have simply been sharing links to the relevant lessons with colleagues who are covering classes.

As Donna Lewis, head of Broken Cross Primary in Macclesfield says:

“I’m increasingly aware that I could well end up in a position where it’s a class teacher who is out of school, and that’s when Oak will really come into its own again. I did some cover myself during lockdown and used the Oak resources to teach number work to Reception.”

Using Oak content across subjects

Some schools have found the content they need for one subject within the content of other subjects. For example, you may find a unit of work in History that would be really relevant for your RE curriculum.

Put your topic into the search bar in the Teacher Hub and you'll see anything with that keyword across all subject areas.

One subject specialist told us:

“There was a unit I was due to plan where I was going to have to film a lot of lessons myself, so I kept putting it off. I checked the RE schemes firstly on Oak, but I found there are videos in History that were really helpful. So put your topic into the search bar in the Teacher Hub and don’t just go straight to your own subject. It meant the lessons that I did need to film could be so much better. And it gave me a bit of my life back.”

Using Oak lessons in the classroom

As Sam Harries, head at Swallowdale Primary School in Melton Mowbray explains:

“Some of the teachers are using Oak videos and resources to complement their whole class teaching as well, because it’s supporting a reduction in their workload. Oak won't just be used for home learning; we’re going to run our curriculum for the whole school around a lot of the Oak resources to ensure children at home will be getting very similar to those in school.”

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