Welcome to the Oaks Primary page for our school playground.
Here we will display information on the playground as well as the activities that take place on it.
Oaks Primary Academy Lunchtime Play
Play is very important to children as part of their development and well being, play promotes Language and communication, imagination, social skills, physical skills and self esteem. Lunchtime play at Oaks Primary Academy gives the pupils a chance to explore, learn, practice and engage.
At Oaks we try our best to provide activities and games to develop these skills. Lunchtime play gives the children the opportunity to socialise with their friends, to be adventurous, to be creative and be part of a team, maybe even learn a new skill.
Each week activities are available for pupils to challenge themselves. On Fridays we have Challenge of the Week where children of all age groups can participate in a challenge that may include various ball skills, striking skills (batting) or even skipping. The challenges have proved to be very popular and the children are eager to know what the next challenge is going to be. The Winners of the challenge from each key stage group receive a certificate in Friday’s Celebration assembly.
Some of the activities available for the pupils are, skipping, ball games, football, Friday Girls only football (don’t worry boys have football most days if they choose), role play, puzzles and games and even learning traditional games and songs like: What’s the time Mr Wolf and Oranges and Lemons. The school library is also open for pupils to be read to, or for independent reading. This is run by pupil Librarians and a member of staff.
Pupils are able to discover what is going on each week by the playground notice board. The new weekly rota of games is added every Monday and the board also includes names of pupils who take part in games and The challenge of the Week winners.
Some of our Year 6 pupils have volunteered their time to engage and support the younger pupils with the activities and games, which has been very productive and successful.
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.