Oakridge Primary School, Staffordshire ~ Day 1

| January 13, 2014 | 9 Comments 

Great, to spend the first of two days, working alongside the staff, and pupils, at Oakridge Primary School, Stafford, in Staffordshire. Thank you to Emma Perkin, the school’s Year 4 teacher and ICT Co-ordinator for making contact and co-ordinating our visit.

Thanks also to head, Paul Fisher, for inviting us to his school and for recording his thoughts on that process here:

Oakridge is a  one form entry primary school in Stafford. The school is very popular with 221 pupils and 26 nursery children. It provides an excellent education for all of its pupils.

Whilst standards across the school are high there is no watering down of the educational provision at Oakridge.  We are a twin track school where attainment and achievement are very important but where a curriculum which is both enriched and vibrant is not sacrificed. The school prides itself on teaching children to be independent learners providing an exciting relevant curriculum which meets the needs of our pupils. No child will ever stop a teacher in the street and thank them for the work sheet that they were given but they will remember the experiences that we give them and how we make them feel.

There is a whole school approach to learning and behaviour at Oakridge with a combination of an embedded ethos of Powerful Learning and the RRR agenda which can be heard in every classroom with every child confident and able to express learning and working in a deep way.

There is a mutual respect between staff and learners and activities are developed to help parents understand how and why learning takes place like this at Oakridge. There is consistent nurturing of the children with powerful learning words supporting reflection within children to support their self responsibility.

The school is already doing some remarkable things with their pupils, and curriculum. Their vision statement is intriguing:

Today, we explored a VAST plethora of digital tools, and methods, to support that enhancement of learning experiences. We always aim to do “almost too much” rather than just one thing that doesn’t appeal, so, thankfully this truly lovely bunch of educators were a joy to spend the day with ~ they were up for all challenges, with style, and humour. Thanks all.

Category: 1) Events and Training days

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  1. Ian says:

    Only half way through the day but already I’m inspired by the many resources and ideas that I know will inspire the children to write amazing descriptives.

  2. Becki Hollins says:

    A morning of inspiration into the world of using ICT to inspire not only the children but myself, Wow Thank you

  3. Clare says:

    Buzzing! the first half of the session was inspirational can’t wait for the next part, many ideas to get stuck into.

  4. Jasmine says:

    A thoroughly engaging and entertaining morning! I have been inspired and gripped so far! I know the children are going to be amazed tomorrow! 🙂 Thank – you!

  5. Emma Jeavons says:

    This has been such an amazing and inspiring morning and has given me so many different options and ideas on how I can bring the world of ICT more frequently into my everyday teaching, making it much more exciting and captivating for the children. Thank you!

  6. Penny says:

    Wow, what an inspirational day, so many ideas and new resources to try. I can’t wait to see the children be amazed tomorrow. Thank you : )

  7. sarah says:

    Thank you Tim and Sarah for a truly inspirational day. You have given us many exciting ideas to take away with us and share with our nursery children.
    Looking forward to observing the workshop tomorrow!!!

  8. Jane says:

    Fantastic day had by all leaving us wanting more! Thank goodness your back tommorow! The ideas that you have shared are all about inspiring those first moments of talking, thinking and learning setting the wheels in motion for interesting and fun lessons. Many thanks.

  9. Lisa says:

    Thank you both for such a fantastic day, I never knew ICT could be so much fun.
    I have come home with so many new and exciting ideas, already shown my own children some of them.
    The children at school are going to gain so much from this.
    Thank you again.

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