Our Creative Curriculum brings a ‘Global Dimension’ approach to our curriculum that adds relevance and real life to all subjects to really engage children’s minds. It makes creative and ‘real’ use of ICT and puts languages into an exciting context and opens up global issues through history, geography, and science. The structure of the Hamilton Trust schemes of work allows all children access to the curriculum regardless of their ability or preferred learning style. It also strongly supports our work on rights, sustainability and the future. Our children have all their National Curriculum entitlements through this very creative approach plus a focus on international learning.
All subjects are taught through the Hamilton Trust schemes of work with additional PE, Outdoor Education, SALT, OT and PHSE sessions each week. At parental request children may be withdrawn from any RE or Sex and Relationship lessons.
Oakfield House School is actively involved in – UNICEF ‘Rights Respecting Schools’. The UN Conventions on the rights of the child helps our pupils learn about their rights and responsibilities and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere. Children and young people in rights respecting schools develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.
The Department of Education and The British Council’s joint collaboration have designed the ‘International School Award’ to support the developing and celebrating of the International dimension within progressive education.
The Department of Education’s ‘Eco Schools Award’ helps make tackling issues of sustainability easier and more relevant for children. Children are the driving force behind a school’s gaining eco status and through their work they become more eco aware and build sustainable futures. We are vey proud to say we are currently the only Independent Primary School in Lancashire to have achieved this prestigious recognition.
Beyond the Classroom
At Oakfield House School we believe that every opportunity should be given to children to practice what they have learned in the classroom in real life situations and settings. We encourage our children to take an active part in our local community through involvement in local events such as Fylde in Bloom competition and sponsoring events in our local fete.
We have an annual week long residential trip to Bendrigg Outdoor Pursuits Centre each year in the Lakes where our children can take part in activities such as canoeing, rock climbing, caving, archery and orienteering.
As part of our school’s curriculum our children can access swimming at local pools, football and sports and local sports centres. We also have regular trips to the theatre and cinema along with trips to local restaurants.
In recent months we have visited Manchester Football Club, The Science Museum at Manchester, Beacon Fell Country Park, The Sealife Centre in Blackpool, Blackpool Tower as well as hiring a climbing wall for the children to use in the school grounds.
Achievements of our Children
We have an excellent reputation for enabling children to return to mainstream education. Our children tell us that they leave Oakfield with not just lots of good memories of being here but a stronger sense of personal worth and determination to succeed in the future. Oakfield has acted as a springboard to achieving throughout their future lives.
For most of our children their achievements have been reflected in rapidly improved academic skills and self confidence. Literacy and Numeracy skills have seen large improvements and our pupils are on the road to embracing learning to become independent learners that enjoy learning for life.
For some of our children their achievement has been to overcome personal difficulties that they have faced and Oakfield staff are always on hand to listen and help where they can.
We also recognise for many of our children that their strengths often don’t always lie in academic success and we celebrate all the achievements children make at our school. Tolerance, politeness and willingness to have a go at things without giving up are repeatedly told to us by parents as examples of their child’s progress and growth and these are achievements that should also not be overlooked.