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Welcome to Nursery
Nursery supports children to take their first steps into school life with happiness, independence and confidence.
The children learn through a structured play environment, which aims to allow all children to assess the seven areas of learning, these areas are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Indoors, children we have daily access to a range of both open-ended and more structured learning opportunities, these include:
- Role Play
- Art and Creative
- Messy Play
- Mark Making
- Fine motor Skills
- Early Maths
The school has a large outdoor area which the children access whatever the weather enabling them to learn about the world around them and enhance the learning of the indoor classroom.
The aim in the Nursery is to prepare the children for life in school and give them an early love of learning and exploration, having lots of fun along the way.
Welcome to Foundation
Oakgrove Primary and Nursery believes that high quality early learning enables children to make the most of their talents as they grow up. The learning environment is secure, safe and particularly motivating. Every child is supported and included, staff strongly believe in equality of opportunity and that children make good progress as a result of the quality and consistency of education provided. Oakgrove prides itself on the positive relationships that are formed with the children, with the aim to inspire a love of learning and independence, which will remain with the children throughout their educational career.
The curriculum is delivered through planned purposeful play which consists of both adult-led and child-initiated activities. The children have the opportunity to learn in a friendly environment that they are encouraged to take pride in.
There are seven areas of learning and development that shape the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
- Communication and Language
- Physical Development
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
The remaining specific areas of development and learning are:
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
Learning experiences are delivered through a text-based theme which, whilst enjoyable, are planned to stretch and challenge children thus building upon their capacity to learn and enabling children to become more confident and independent. A variety of learning opportunities are available each day within the continuous provision, children are encouraged to be responsible for their own learning and take pride in their achievements.
Oakgrove has a large outdoor area, which the children have constant access to. This area has recently been extended and is currently under development.
At Oakgrove Primary and Nursery we teach all phonic skills through a programme called Read, Write, Inc. Children have access to small group daily phonic lessons where they will build upon the skills and knowledge enabling to become confident readers. Alongside this, there are phonic learning activities taking place within the setting and each Foundation class visits our school library once a week.
Within the school setting, whilst children will have their own class, it is very much operated as a cohesive learning environment. This allows children to have a sense of responsibility and ownership for their own learning.
The school day begins at 8:40am where the children are greeted at the cloakroom door and encouraged to be responsible for their own belongings by entering alone, alongside teacher support. Upon entering the classroom children go straight to their class carpeted area where they immediately participate in Early Morning Work. This is followed by registration and introduction to the learning environment, before sending everyone to choose their learning within the setting. The morning is broken up by ‘Snack Time’ where all children are offered a piece of fruit before then accessing the learning opportunities within the setting again. Lunch time runs from 11:45am-12:45pm where the children eat alongside the rest of the school in the hall. All Foundation children are entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal which is cooked freshly on sight by Chartwells, however, children may opt to provide their own packed lunch. Afternoon learning takes place following registration at the beginning of the afternoon and concludes at 3:05pm when the Foundation door is opened and parents are welcomed into the setting to collect their child from their class teacher. Throughout each day there are a number of whole class learning inputs, small group interventions and assemblies that also take place.
Oakgrove prides itself on its robust and lengthy transition schedule and strive to ensure that there is a smooth transition between the school and previous educational settings. Please see below all processes established in order to ensure all children have a smooth transition into Foundation:
- New parent’s Information Evening
- A Stay and Play session - The child and their parent will spend part of the morning in Foundation with the current Foundation pupils.
- A Transition Day, including a picnic lunch - the child and their parent will have a chance to explore the Foundation environment and to meet other children and their parents who will also be starting in September. .
- A Home Visit - Before the child starts school in September, the child’s class teacher and another member of the Foundation team will make a home visit. This is an opportunity for everyone to meet to get to know each other better and a chance for the parent to ask any questions they have regarding school life.
- Staggered Start Dates - When a child starts school with us in Foundation, they start on a full time basis. To give all the children an opportunity to settle into their new surroundings, we start the children in small groups. This ensures that everyone has a chance to settle in during their first days at school.
During the summer term, children who currently attend Oakgrove Nursery will make visits to the Foundation classroom for story times and additional learning opportunities during their nursery sessions. This will give the children a chance to learn alongside the current Foundation children and familiarise themselves with their new classroom environment.
Oakgrove truly believes that these transition steps ensures that both parents and children feel confident and secure about starting school.
Welcome to Year 1
As your child moves into KS1, they will be accessing a curriculum that has been designed to build on the skills and knowledge gained from their time in Foundation. By the time your child has completed KS1, they have developed their skills and gained further knowledge, across a wide range of subjects and topics, in preparation for their transition to Key Stage 2.
Read, Write Inc
In Year 1, the children continue with Read, Write, Inc. (RWI) during English lessons, as they have done in Foundation. RWI is a well researched, evidence based programme that teaches the children to read and write through daily sessions that encompass phonics, comprehension, composition and handwriting. The reading books the children take home match this programme and are assigned to children based on their level within school. Books are changed weekly at school by your child's class teacher and include a number of activities for the children to complete at home. As your child moves through the programme, and their reading becomes increasingly accurate and fluent, your child will move onto our next stage of banded reading books that cover a range of text types. At this point, your child will become responsible for changing their own reading book on a regular basis. We would expect this transition to take place at the end of Year 1 as your child moves into Year 2.
Further information regarding the Read, Write, Inc scheme can be found below:
The KS1 maths curriculum ensures that the children are secure with their number facts and can calculate across the four operations, both mentally and through the use of appropriate written methods. The children then move onto applying these skills to varying problems in real life contexts ensuring that calculation does not become too abstract. Children will also cover all other areas of the National Curriculum, including shape, measure, statistics, position and direction.
We run a topic based approach for all areas of the wider curriculum. These are the current topics studied in Year 1:
- Around the World
- Gardener's Word
- Oceans and Seas
Welcome to Year 2
As your child moves into Year 2, they will be accessing a curriculum that has been designed to build on the skills and knowledge gained from their time in Year 1. By the end of Year 2, your child will have developed their skills and gained further knowledge, across a wide range of subjects and topics, in preparation for their transition to Key Stage 2.
In Year 2, the children move from the Read, Write, Inc (RWI) English lessons to more of a topic based approach. Children will encounter a range of genres through the use of a variety of text types based on their current topic. Their English lessons will encompass comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition and handwriting. The reading books that the children bring home will be at an appropriate level and will be available for the children to change on a regular basis.
The Year 2 maths curriculum ensures that the children are secure with their number facts and can calculate across the four operations, both mentally and through the use of appropriate written methods. The children then move onto applying these skills to varying problems in real life contexts ensuring that calculation does not become too abstract. Children will also cover all other areas of the National Curriculum, including shape, measure, statistics, position and direction.
Oakgrove runs a topic based approach for all areas of the wider curriculum, as well as for our English curriculum in Year 2. These are the current topics studied in Year 2:
- It's Great to be Me,
- Fire! Fire!
- Roald Dahl
- Going Wild
Welcome to Year 3
Welcome to Year 3. As pupils start their transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, it is a fantastic opportunity to explore new areas and interests as well as growing in independence in their learning journey.
Detailed information on the curriculum topics and class reading books covered in Year 3 can be found here:
Year 3 Residential - School Sleep-Over
Towards the end of the year, children experience their first school residential: a school sleepover. The main aim of this experience is to give the children an important introduction to nights away from home, with the comfort and familiarity of the school.
Returning to school after the end of the day on Friday, the children have fun using the playground and playing some team wide games. After tea, they usually have an indoor campfire and start to get to know the traditional school visit songs. Children go home straight after breakfast on Saturday morning.
Welcome to Year 4
The pupils are now confident in Key Stage 2 and are starting to be able to make comparisons and links between new and previous learning. As individuals, personalities really flourish in Year 4 and they start to develop deeper interests and become more expert in the favourite areas of the curriculum. With developing independence, the children are encouraged to take responsibility for their reading diaries and timetables, remembering to bring in the equipment that they need for school. As they prepare for the times tables check, the school uses every spare minute to play tables games and parents are encouraged to support this with songs and games at home.
Detailed information on the curriculum topics and class reading books covered in Year 4 can be found here:
Oakgrove has an innovative programme for teaching music through instruments, and in Year 4 pupils experience tuned instruments. Children have the opportunity to test a range of instruments and, once the right instrument has been found for each individual, the approach is play-focused: lessons centre around listening to, following and repeating music in small groups. It can get pretty noisy because the school believes that the best way to learn music is to be making it! By the end of the year, pupils will stage a concert, sharing their best repertoire pieces.
Year 4 Residential Visit to Caldecotte Activity Centre, Milton Keynes
The highlight of the summer term is the residential visit to Caldecotte Activity Centre. Two days are spent discovering new outdoor activities, such as climbing and archery and pupils will make the most of their time at the lake with lessons in dragon boating and sailing. Some of the best class memories are made on this trip, which includes sleeping over in bunk beds, still only five minutes from home.
Welcome to Year 5
As children enter Upper Key Stage Two, they start to see themselves as increasingly important role models across the whole school and are encouraged to take on roles of support and mentoring to younger students. They also soak up new knowledge and make links and connections between learning, with one eye on their final year at primary school.
Detailed information on the curriculum topics and class reading books covered in Year 5 can be found here:
Year 5 Residential Visit To Lowther Activity Centre
During the Spring term in Year 5 the children will have the opportunity to take part in a two day residential visit to Lowther Activity Centre. During their time there they will take part in a wide range of activities which support their learning about myths, using the outdoor space to create characters, settings and plots of stories. As well as enhancing their learning in speaking, listening and writing, this residential will also build their confidence, teamwork skills and independence.
Welcome to Year 6
As pupils start to prepare for their transition to secondary school, Year 6 is a great time to take on new responsibilities. We encourage Year 6 pupils to increase their independence and to be great role models for younger children.
Year 6 offers our pupils the opportunity to be involved in a class orchestra, to read aloud with younger pupils, to be play buddies and monitors around school. We complete challenging investigations in the science lab and develop our skills of working in lab trios. We balance support for pupils with their increasing ability to be independent and celebrating achievements with building responsibility as the oldest in school.
Detailed information on the curriculum topics and class reading books covered in Year 6 can be found here:
Year 6 Residential to Green Park, Aylesbury
We have a three night residential trip to Green Park, near Aylesbury, where we spend time with classmates, and return to some of the Outdoor Adventure Activities which we learnt in Year 4. Highlights of previous trips have included celebrating Eid
and a puppet competition as well as the more traditional archery and zip wire.
Transition to Year 7
Pupils spend time in the Summer term visiting the secondary to familiarise themselves with the site, to meet teachers and older students. There is also time to pause and reflect on the success of finishing primary school.
Celebrating their Time at Oakgrove Primary
Towards the end of the year, the children prepare to share their successes and stories in a year book and at their Mighty Oakgrove celebration tea.