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Oaktree Primary School, Dubai – WSA Q&A

Oaktree Primary School, Dubai – WSA Q&A

What is the official name of your School?
Oaktree Primary School

What is your school’s Web site address?
www.oaktreeprimary.com

What qualities and characteristics would you say define will define Oaktree Primary?
Oaktree is a community school where each child is valued as an individual and is encouraged to reach their full potential. In our rapidly changing world, we believe that teaching children how to think, to challenge and to overcome obstacles, are equally as important as teaching them facts. That is not to say that we don’t focus on the core skills of reading, writing and maths, we do. It’s the way that we teach that makes the difference. Our teachers create hands on lessons, including real world issues and outside learning wherever possible, to ensure that our students develop a wide range of skills which will equip them both with the knowledge and a passion for learning.

Our Values are central to school life. They are embedded in the curriculum and the ways that our teachers teach and they guide how we behave towards each other and the wider community.

Confidence
Being a can-do person; learning to question and to act independently

Collaboration
Listening to others, showing kindness and understanding how to work with other people

Commitment
Persistence, overcoming obstacles and taking responsibility for success

Citizenship
Understanding the world, celebrating diversity and recognizing that we achieve more when we work together

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How many nationalities will be represented at Oaktree Primary?
We are currently recruiting our students but would expect the nationalities within the school to reflect the international nature of Dubai

What will Oaktree Primary’s teacher: student ratio be?
Our teachers are all British curriculum experts and supported by teaching assistants in each classroom. In addition, we have a specialist SEN and EAL team who will provide support to those children who need it.

Does Oaktree Primary have a waiting list?
We are currently open for admissions but do not yet have a waiting list. Our website www.oaktreeprimary.com has more details about our school, including an application form. Alternatively, please contact our admissions team on admissions@oaktreeprimary.com

How will Oaktree Primary promote healthy lifestyles?
Health and Wellness is central to our school’s philosophy with our children learning the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and balanced choices to ensure that good habits are formed from an early age.

Physical education and sport is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. How will Oaktree Primary ensure children engage in physical activity?

We have a range of sporting facilities within the school including a swimming pool and both indoor and outdoor PE areas. We have engaged Absolute Swimming Academy to teach our children to swim, both within the timetable and as an extra activity. We expect to form teams to compete in inter-school competitions from our first year in swimming, netball and football with other sports to follow as we grow.

How will Oaktree Primary promote healthy eating?
Our school meals will be provided by The Kitchen by Mum Mum, a healthy food oragnisation whose menus are nutritionally balanced. Packed lunches brought from home will be expected to be healthy with no chocolate or sodas permitted.

Will Oaktree Primary have cafeteria facilities for students?
We will. We will serve nutritious hot food at lunchtime each day with children able to buy additional healthy snacks. We are finalizing the prices but would anticipate it being 20-25 AED per day for a meal.

What is the starting and finishing time of the Oaktree Primary school day?
School will start at 8am finishing at 1pm for the Foundation Years and 3pm for Years 1 to 6. We will also offer an early, supervised, drop off from 7am and an after school club with a late pick up of 5.30pm to help families where both parents are working.

Is there a school uniform?
We do have a uniform for all years. Our younger children, from FS1 to Year 2, will wear a green checked dress for the girls or shorts and a green checked shirt for the boys. From Years 3 to 6, they will wear either a grey skirt or short, a white shirt and the school tie.

How does Oaktree Primary plan to differentiate learning?
Oaktree Primary is an inclusive school. Our teachers are all experienced in teaching children with additional learning needs and gifted and talented children and will prepare lessons to three levels, or as required by the students, within their class. In addition our EAL and SEN teams will work within the school to ensure that the needs of all of our children are fully met.

Will you develop independent learning through homework and, if so, what are your recommendations regarding this, particularly time spent on homework?
We strongly believe in forming a partnership between the school and the parents to support each child’s learning. As soon as our children start learning to read, we will encourage our parents to listen to them for 10 minutes each day as well as to read to them. Spellings and times tables will be practiced at home each week from year 2 and we would anticipate that taking 10 minutes each day. From Year 2, project work and homework, which consolidates lessons learned in school, will be introduced and will take between 30 minutes and one hour each week.

How will you feedback progress and attainment to students and parents?
We will share our assessments of each child’s progress regularly with our parents both formally and informally. Each parent will receive their child’s teacher’s email address and will be encouraged to develop an informal regular contact with them.

As our students move through the primary school, they will become increasingly involved in reviewing their work and encouraged to up-level it using comments from either teachers or their peers.

How often is more formal feedback such as reports and parent/teacher meetings going to be delivered..?
Reports will be issued on a termly basis and clearly show each child’s progress and attainment versus the British curriculum standards.
Parent/ teacher meetings will also take place termly around the middle of each term.

Will Arabic taught as both a first language and second language at Oaktree Primary
Arabic will be taught from FS1 and, from Year 1, we will follow the Ministry of Education’s curriculum for both first and second language students
Which other languages are taught?*

French will be taught from Year 3 with the opportunity of additional languages as the school grows

Will you offer EAL or TEFL support for those students where English is not their first language?
We offer EAL support and have dedicated EAL teachers within our school

Will Islamic Education/Studies for the Arab Muslim students delivered in Arabic for them?
Islamic Education will be delivered in Arabic for our Arab Muslim children and in English for our non Arab Musliim students

Do you have a dedicated prayer room/s for the Muslim students?
We do

What is you medium of instruction?
Our main curriculum is taught in English

Not all schools are staffed or resourced to offer learning support to those children with either moderate or significant learning needs. To what level can you offer support for those with learning differences?
Oaktree is an inclusive school where each child is valued as an individual and is encouraged to reach their full potential.

Our Learning Support Team welcome children who have additional learning needs and develop individual plans to suit their requirements. For some, this will be a short-term plan to overcome a particular barrier, whilst for others there may be the need for ongoing support.

Where children are identified, or have been assessed, as having an additional need, our team will work with the child, their parents and any outside agencies involved to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Speech and language and Occupational Therapy specialists will work with our children within the school and we will develop a network of external specialists and advisors to support the team as required.

Wherever possible, we will support children to achieve within the classroom

So Oaktree will have a dedicated learning support team with the school…
Yes, we have a support team, and all of our teachers have experience in supporting both children with additional needs and gifted and talented students

How do you plan to support gifted, able and talented students?
Gifted and Talented students are equally valued at Oaktree and will be given appropriate additional challenges to ensure that their unique talents are fully engaged and developed. A differentiated learning plan will be created, extending each child in the classroom whilst mentors will be assigned across groups of children with similar interests and abilities to enhance their learning. There are a wide range of competitions and events, which can be accessed in the UAE or on-line, to ensure that the talents of our children are celebrated.

Will Oaktree Primary have particular expertise in dealing with a specific learning need such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, aspergers syndrome and so forth?
We will be able to accommodate a wide range of learning needs within the school

Kindly provide details on the support for specific learning needs Oaktree will provide?
Where children are identified, or have been assessed, as having an additional need, our team will work with the child, their parents and any outside agencies involved to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Speech and language and Occupational Therapy specialists will work with our children within the school and we will develop a network of external specialists and advisors to support the team as required.

The school will provide, at additional cost, learning support assistants to work with students who need 1:1 support

Does your school have an educational psychologist or access to one to assess and support those youngsters with more challenging learning and emotional needs?
We will form a partnership with an educational psychologist to support specific needs. We will also have an experienced counselor as part of our team

Do you have a parents’ group supporting the school?
We will form an Oaktree Parents’ Group during our first year and will encourage parents to become involved in our school to build it into a supportive, friendly community

Are there opportunities for parents to support the learning, activities and events within the school or on trips other than through the parent group?
Our Parent Relations Executive will work with any interested parents who are able to support activities and events at the school. There will be opportunities for parents to read to their child’s class, talk about their country or share experiences that help to bring learning to life.

Is there an opportunity for parental representation on your school Board of Governors?* Kindly provide details on the opportunities for representation on the Board of Governers?
Our Board of Governors will be established during the first school year and will include parent representation.

 

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