Read below for specific information about our curriculum.
At Oakhurst Primary School, we endeavour to embed learning within a topic in order to catch, or hook, children’s interests, leaving them eager to learn and find out more. We use this to develop a range of skills across the curriculum and to inspire quality writing. Wherever possible, we like to include many first hand experiences, whether this is through using our local environment or a trip further afield. We also invite visitors in to support children’s understanding. We provide a wide range of enriched educational opportunities including expert PE tuition from Mr Draycott, learning a musical instrument, specialist French teaching, taking part in school productions or designing and creating a work of art. Expanding and celebrating every child’s strength is a key objective at Oakhurst Primary School. Our planning is based around the Cornerstones Curriculum which provides a cross-curricular approach to learning in foundation subjects. For our Cornerstones Curriculum topics for this year, please click here.
Please ask if you would like further information on our Curriculum.
Coverage across the school
Each year group provides a termly overview to parents and guardians about specific curriculum topics through the sharing of topic letters and topic webs (please see ‘class news/information’ or our parent information boards located at the respective school entrances for each year group). A whole school overview of the curriculum can be found by clicking on the links below:
Through science we aim to stimulate children’s curiosity and their interest in, and knowledge of, the world around them. The emphasis is on children learning through first-hand experience and practical investigation in order to develop scientific skills. For Oakhurst’s Science Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6. Click here
Design & Technology (DT)
We want to prepare all our children for their future in a technological world that is changing all the time. Design and technology helps them to understand how to think creatively to improve our world. For Oakhurst’s Design & Technology Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6. Click here
By encouraging children’s interest in the past, we aim to develop their understanding of the world today. We want children to appreciate different human experiences by understanding and valuing their own history and that of other people.For Oakhurst’s History Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6. Click here
Through geography we aim to stimulate children’s curiosity about the natural and human world. Geography introduces children to different societies, cultures and landscapes. We give the children opportunities to consider their rights and their responsibilities to other people and the environment.For Oakhurst’s Geography Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6. Click here
Art and Design
Art, craft and design offer opportunities for children to combine seeing, feeling, thinking and making. We teach the skills children need to be able to express their ideas in different media (such as paint, pastels, clay or collage) and we aim to develop their knowledge and understanding of artists and craftspeople from all over the world. For Oakhurst’s Art & Design Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6. Click here
Computing is a part of everyday life and therefore we aim to develop children’s computing skills in order for them to take part in our rapidly-changing world. This would include the use of word-processing, databases, programming, e-Safety, spreadsheets and control technology. The internet allows children to carry out research to support their learning across the curriculum. We have mobile technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. Our computers are networked and there is a filter in place to prevent children from accessing inappropriate websites. There are strict rules for the children about the use of computers in our school .For Oakhurst’s Computing Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6. Click here
At Oakhurst School we believe that music provides a powerful form of communication and expression. We nurture the pupils’ enjoyment of music through active involvement in listening, composing and performing. We fund whole class music tuition for recorders in Year 2, guitar in Year 5 and trumpet in Year 6. For Oakhurst’s Music Curriculum Progression for Years 1-6.Click here
We believe that by studying another language the children in Years R-6 extend their knowledge of how language works. They begin to respond to, understand and use French words and phrases through games, conversation, songs and writing.
Religious Education (RE)
We follow the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in Swindon. We aim to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and other religions represented in Great Britain.
There are two aspects to our RE teaching – learning about religion and learning from religion. We use a variety of activities, for example visiting places of worship, meeting people of different faiths, handling religious objects, telling stories, producing artwork, dancing, discussions and drama.
If you would like to know more about RE teaching, please ask. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons if they wish.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship)
Here at Oakhurst Community Primary School, we follow the Jigsaw scheme of work for the delivery of the Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum.
Jigsaw was designed as a whole school approach and provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for the Foundation Stage all the way up to Year 6.
The Jigsaw curriculum is delivered in six units which are mapped to our six terms in school:
Term 1: Being Me in My World
Term 2: Celebrating Difference
Term3: Dreams & Goals
Term 4: Healthy Me
Term 5: Relationships
Term 6: Changing me
One of the fantastic things about Jigsaw is that it enables the whole-school to be working on, and learning about, a common theme and we’ll be delivering themed assemblies to our children throughout the course of the academic year.
Each year group also has their own personal Jigsaw mascot, too!