The Oakhurst Curriculum
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which can be found by clicking the link below. We have developed our curriculum over recent years to ensure we not only meet, but exceed the requirements of the national curriculum in providing our pupils with a knowledge-rich education to ensure their success as they move into Key Stage 3.
The National Curriculum document shows the statutory objectives for the knowledge, skills and understanding that we teach at Oakhurst Community Primary School from Year 1 to Year 6 and can be accessed by clicking here.
At Oakhurst Community Primary School, we offer a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all our learners. Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught using the EYFS framework with an emphasis on developing key skills, knowledge and understanding through direct teaching and structured continuous provision.
A Knowledge-Based Curriculum
Our curriculum is designed with knowledge at its heart to ensure that children develop a strong vocabulary base and understanding of the world. The curriculum promotes long-term learning and we believe that progress means knowing more and remembering more.
We have developed a curriculum built on current research regarding how memory works to ensure that children not only have access to engaging and thought-provoking learning experiences, but are taught this in a way that ensures they can remember the curriculum content in future years.
We make use of Knowledge Organisers (which are sent home regularly) to ensure children know exactly which information is expected to be learned over the course of their study in a particular topic. There is further information about Knowledge Organisers below.
Central to the presentation of our curriculum is the aim to help our children grow to become knowledgeable, curious and interesting young people to talk to. Our staff will refer to knowledge as being ‘sticky’; if we learn and remember one fact, it is easier for the next one to stick to it and so on until great mountains of knowledge are grown!
This is why we place particular emphasis on children knowing by heart and building rich webs of knowledge as they progress through the curriculum. Parents can support this work through quizzing children on their knowledge organisers.
At Oakhurst, we use Knowledge Organisers (KOs) in class and as homework to help children to learn the essential knowledge they need for each topic they study. A Knowledge Organiser sets out in detail what we want children to know by heart by the end of the topic. We expect the majority of children to be able to recall all of the information on the KO by the end of the unit of work.
The children will be informally quizzed on these in class each week to help them remember what they are learning.
At the end of each topic, there is a test to find out what the children have remembered.
It is also useful for children to go back to previous KOs and revise these so that the information from previous learning is not forgotten.
Please navigate to your child’s year group under the ‘Classes’ tab in order to access the relevant KO for the current topic.
Subject Specific Information
We believe that learning a forgeign language gives our children a strong foundation to move to secondary school and study other languages. The study of French also supports children’s understanding of English and, in particular, grammar and etymology (where words come from). To support our teaching of French, we utilise the Rigolo scheme produced by Oxford University Press.
At Oakhurst Primary School, we follow the Discovery RE scheme of work. The aim is to develop an understanding of different religions and promote tolerance of others.
Art and Design
In art, our pupils will learn about some of the most famous pieces of art that have been created and about the artists that created them. They will also learn how to produce their own pieces of art in a range of different forms. We ensure pupils have many opportunities to practice the basics so that they are able to use their knowledge to create their own pieces of art.
Design and Technology
Our Design Technology curriculum provides our pupils with opportunities to exercise their imagination and creativity to design and make products for a range of different purposes and audiences. We also encourage critical thinking through thoughtful evaluation of their creations.
We base our computing curriculum on the Purple Mash scheme of work which ensures pupils gain a solid grasp of the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to move onto further study at KS3.
History, Geography and Science
We have developed a bespoke knowledge-rich curriculum which gives children access to broad knowledge in subjects as part of history, geography and science. We have a well-sequenced programme that builds knowledge and vocabulary in a well thought out way and ensures that learning is remembered for the long term. We ensure content meets and exceeds the national curriculum. Content is planned so that more difficult abstract concepts are covered in different contexts over time.
We have high expectations for what children will know and remember in each subject. See the overviews for further information.
As part of our presentation of the music curriculum, we work alongside the Swindon Music Service. We are proud of the fact that our children are given the opportunity to start learning a range of musical instruments over course of the time they spend at our school:
- Year 2 – recorder
- Year 3 and 4 – ukulele
- Year 5 – brass (trumpet and trombone)
In addition to this, we participate in the annual Young Voices events.
At Oakhurst, we believe that leading a healthy, active lifestyle is a very important facet of child development. We employ a specialist sports coach within the school, who delivers a wide range of sporting and athletic activities. At the core of our PE curriculum is the notion of access for all children. As a school, we regularly participate in a range of sporting and athletic competitions.
Personal, Social and Health Education
The Jigsaw scheme of work helps us to teach a wide ranging PSHE curriculum including Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
‘Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children/young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.’
We provide clear communication to parents about what is taught in RSE lessons.
How can I find out more?
We are always more than happy to help.
If you have any queries, or you would like to find out more, please use the Enquiry Form found by navigating to the ‘Contact Us‘ tab on the main menu. Alternatively, you can direct your query to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in contact with the relevant member of staff.