Every class at Oxford receives weekly music instruction. The Oxford PTA pays for Kindergarten music instruction and the District-wide music program begins in the first grade.
Kindergarten through 3rd grade students have music instruction once a week. The 3rd graders learn to read music and play the recorder. All 4th and 5th graders learn to play an instrument. In fourth grade each student receives an instrument (wind, brass or string) and begins instrumental instruction twice a week through 5th grade.
Oxford has received Arts Anchor School funding for several years. Visiting artist, teacher and Oxford parent Anna Rainer is working with classroom teachers at all grade levels to integrate the visual arts into their content-area instruction.
Students in the 4th and 5th grades have science instruction three times a week. They learn the grade level standards-based material but also learn so much more—from hot air balloons to solar cookers and more!
Once a week, the Oxford technology teacher joins each second and third grade class to co-teach with the classroom teacher. During this time, every student has their own Chromebook. All fourth and fifth grade teachers have their own classroom set of Chromebooks. In the upper grades, the Chromebooks are an educational tool that supports all areas of the curriculum, and students use the computers for writing, collaboration and presentations.
Technology lesson topics include online safety and ethics (digital citizenship), computer programming (coding), Google Maps, online research and more. Students also get the opportunity to do independent online math and typing lessons that adjust and keep track of their level and progress. They learn how to use their own Google account and Google Apps for Education programs. During independent student work time, the two teachers also check in with individual students and teach individual and small groups of students.
For more information, see this site’s STEM Resources page.
Physical Education (P.E.)
Weekly Library Visits
Each class goes to the Oxford Library once a week on a regularly scheduled day to hear a story and to check out and return books.
Oxford Reading Coach Program
In response to growing concern about the achievement gap, Oxford’s PTA launched a small pilot Reading Coach Program in the winter of 2006. The Reading Coach Program has continued to grow and evolve, playing a critical role in supporting Oxford students’ literacy development.
Each class designs its own field trip opportunities based on what fits best into the teacher’s curriculum, but most teachers welcome ideas from parents. In previous years, students have gone to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Oakland Airport, on a ranger-led walk to understand more about butterflies in Tilden Park, to the Chagall Art Exhibit at the Judah Magnes museum, and to the Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park. The Oxford PTA subsidizes field trips for each class.