Lead teacher of Oak Class: Mrs Helen Douglas
What is Oak Class?
Oak Class is a bespoke learning environment offered to a limited number of students joining Year Seven. Each student is chosen because we can see the potential to accelerate their progress in English and Maths. They are carefully selected using information from their primary schools and KS2 SATS scores.
What are the benefits of Oak Class?
Maths curriculum in Oak Class:
Each of the following areas of Maths area taught with a particular emphasis on Number work. Problem solving and investigations are embedded into all areas of learning throughout the year.
English curriculum in Oak Class:
During Year Seven, Oak Class spends time developing reading and writing skills through units of work. Some of these may involve studying a book together; other units will have a real-life writing purpose.
Reading based units of work are part of an Immersive Reading Project that is used by all Year Seven and Year Eight classes. This involves all students following along with their own copy of a text whilst listening to it being read aloud by an adult. The class read two books back-to-back from September to December to maximise the impact on their reading abilities.
Oak Class students will:
Oak Class focuses on the basic skills of writing including improving spelling and grammar. Students are encouraged to edit and improve their writing and assess their progress over time.
Writing units include:
Throughout the school year, simple and informal assessments are used in Oak Class to inform planning and measure progress. These include: Reading tests to give a reading age, mini-assessments to start and finish a unit of work in maths, spelling tests, vocabulary quizzes and games. These assessments are carried out within normal lessons and are at an appropriate level for the learners.
During the year, all students sit a test for English and Maths. This test is carefully planned to ensure it is appropriate for the needs and abilities of the students. Some learners may be allocated extra time, have an adult reader, or be given modified resources to support them in the tests. These formal assessments each year are invaluable for preparing students to handle exam conditions and organise their time when they sit their GCSEs in Year 11.
Students in Oak Class are carefully supported as they make the transition into Year 8. Teachers are invited to observe the students they will be teaching in September whilst they are in Oak Class during the Summer Term.
Mrs Douglas observes former Oak Class students as they settle into Year 8 and makes recommendations to their teachers to help best support their needs.