Thank you for taking the time to look through our prospectus, I hope you find it informative and provides the guidance and support in formulating a picture of our schools, Hanburys Farm and Oakhill Primary Schools. We became a Federation five years ago and have never looked back, the future is bright and both schools have recently received ‘Good’ Ofsted reports, giving us further scope to provide and proceed with the many creative adventures we already have in place and new ones we have on the drawing board!!
We pride ourselves on ensuring all pupils meet their full potential and to those ends, we believe all pupils should be highly competent in the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics as these are crucial for the next stage of learning in all Key Stages. We make learning fun and interesting because without those magic ingredients, pupils learning can become arduous and not the learning board for lifelong learning we hope for, the strong forest schools programme is fantastic for feeding pupils imagination, getting mucky hands and observing frogs, that’s without the den building which everyone loves.
We have high levels of stability in both schools and staff are very supportive of our vision and build on it every day through outstanding practice and commitment to pupils learning, we’ve very lucky to have them and pupils education and welfare is always high priority. I’ve been a Headteacher for 25 years at the same school and consider myself the luckiest guy alive because every day the pupils’ enthusiasm, creativity and great manners make it a pleasure to come to school.
To provide a safe and stimulating environment, which develops children into becoming effective, valued and caring members of its community.
To ensure that children reach their potential and have a desire for life-long learning.
To provide a range of experiences and a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to the ever changing needs of society.
Importance of Reading
At Oakhill Primary School, we believe reading is an extremely important skill which will enable all of our children to become successful learners.
Our aims are:
that children will be taught the essential skills of reading
will enjoy a wide variety of texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry
will become independent readers and transfer these skills across the curriculum
will be prepared for their next stage of education
and will become critical, life-long readers and learners.
The journey from reception to year 6 will involve the children learning and refining key reading skills in order to become efficient and independent readers. Children will take part in 1:1 reading sessions, small group reading sessions during daily guided reading, shared reading and whole class reading.
At Oakhill we deliver engaging and highly motivating tasks that are small and achievable. Part of our ethos is that we believe everybody should have regular, long-term access to a woodland or natural environment which provides them with inspirational and challenging outdoor learning opportunities. Forest School offers a learner centred approach, where participants can learn through self-directed play and exploration.
Not only this but by taking part in forest school they foster a love for the environment and in turn want to look after it. They learn behaviour and social boundaries as well learning what is safe and unsafe through exploration and play. Most of all its fun!
At the moment, we offer regular sessions to our reception, year 1 and year 2 children. So far they have used some tools like hammers, built dens for fairies, made wind directional tools, leaf printed, made creatures from clay, the list goes on.
Our school believes that physical education, experienced in a safe and supportive environment, is a unique and vital contributor to a pupil’s physical development and well-being. We aim to promote and foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle as well as supporting the children in their development of team building skills.
Children participate in a range of activities across the year, receiving a broad and balanced curriculum which teaches balance, control, coordination and stamina and which build on skills year upon year. Different skills and sports are taught each term and throughout each year group. All PE lessons are designed to deliver vigorous activity and to improve fitness. We employ highly trained staff to deliver PE and sport to a high standard for all children.
In addition to PE lessons children are given the opportunity to take part in extracurricular sports clubs, often leading to sports competitions and tournaments.
The Early Years Foundation Stage at Oakhill Community Primary School consists of a 30 place Unit with designated inside and outdoor learning areas.
We closely follow the ethos and requirements outlined in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, where staff carefully plan provision for Prime and Specific Areas of learning.
We believe that young children learn best through practical, first hand play based experiences devised around their own preferences, styles of learning and engaging themes.
Staff provide an environment where children are able to safely explore and develop new skills, with a high emphasis on communication, personal, social and emotional development.
Daily focused activities are planned to meet the needs of each child in core areas such as Phonics, Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We ensure that we use fun, multisensory approaches to fully engaged all children
Learning may take place in large or small groups, one to one with a teacher or independently using both the inside and outside classroom, which is accessed all year round.
We carefully observe the children on a day to day basis and compile an individual ‘Learning Journey’ which is used to plan next steps, monitor progress and support or challenge learning further.
Reception years is the foundation to a child’s school journey and we aim to give each child the best possible start.