The Family Trust is a registered Christian Charity that works in local primary schools in Maidstone, Medway and Swale regularly visiting over 140 schools. Each half term the team present a new assembly based around a theme which will help introduce children to Christianity and its relevance to their daily lives. The assembly which is interactive will include educational, moral and spiritual points, all from a Christian viewpoint. To find out more visit their website: www.familytrust.org.uk.
Also, we have Grace Community Church to our assemblies or St Martin’s Church Assembly on a Monday Afternoon.
School Assemblies are also held every Friday afternoon in order to celebrate the pupils’ achievements.
St George’s Day Assembly
On Monday 24th April we celebrated St George’s Day during a fun-filled assembly. St George’s Day is actually on the 23rd April but as this was a Sunday we couldn’t celebrate on ‘the day’ (a few of the children did attend the St George’s Day Parade through Maidstone on Sunday though!!)
St George is the patron saint of England and in our classes we had spent time finding out more about him and his story.
In preparation for our special assembly each class chose a poem about St George or dragons, spent time rehearsing, adding actions and expression, and finally polishing their performances ready to share. Robins class went a step further and wrote their own poem based on a text they have been using in class, Sparrows showed amazing teamwork and were word perfect, Blackbirds were enthusiastic and had some super actions and moments of surprise in their poem, Woodpeckers had some great props and their poem really made us laugh, Blue Jays had a sleeping dragon, Kingfishers told the story of St George in a narrative poem and had clearly spent a lot of time rehearsing and finally Chaffinches wowed us with their maturity and powerful performance. Each and every performance was spectacular.
We were also excited to find out that St George’s Day was special for another reason… it was also Dolly’s birthday! To celebrate Dolly wore her handmade England t-shirt and had a very special cake. We sung Happy Birthday to her and she blew out the candle on her cake.
Happy Birthday Dolly and Happy St George’s Day!
Oaks Goes Dotty!
The week starting 14th November was the beginning of Creative Arts Week at Oaks Primary Academy. On the Monday we had an assembly where the children were introduced to the book ‘The Dot’.
If you would like to find out any additional information such as what other activities occurred during Creative Arts Week and what else was discussed during the assembly then please click here.
Good teaching is allowing pupils to make up for previous gaps in their learning. Pupils have good attitudes to learning because teachers plan activities which maintain pupils interest and enthusiasm. Pupils are proud of their work and this is reflected in their books, which are very neatly presented.
The academy provides well for pupils of all abilities. The most able pupils are given work which is at the right level and are encouraged to do as well as they can and so they make good progress.
Pupils enjoy reading and use the well-stocked library to choose a different book each week. Daily reading sessions, together with well-taught phonics (the sounds that letters make) help to secure pupils good achievement in reading.