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OAKS Primary Week 2021

This week all of our trainees are out and about completing their a Primary School experience.  The purpose of this element of the programme is to enable them to observe the behaviour of younger children and to begin to reflect on how pupils learn whilst exploring the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 focussing on literacy and numeracy and their specialism (if this is studied in Key Stage 2).

Additionally, the students will begin to examine issues relating to transition into high school in general and within their specialism.  This week will also provide opportunities for them to support classroom teachers and, under the supervision and direction of the classroom teacher, to work with small groups or individual pupils.  Trainees are also encouraged to undertake further time to consider Primary issues during the year, if possible.

Below is a small sample of the wonderful feedback we have received;

From St Anne’s C.E. (VC) Primary School in Brown Edge:

“Ryan and Jordan have been with us this week and we have said this morning as a whole staff how great they were. They were friendly, got stuck in and asked lots of questions. We wish them lots of luck at their placement schools”.

Lucy Robinson said, “This week has been lovely at primary school and I have gained some great experience. It has also been an eye opener to how many issues little ones can have”.

We have also had a group of trainees exploring SEND in primary at Option Trent Acres School for the first time this year. A trip to the park and a visit to the on site animal centre with the learners proved exciting and informative additions to the week!

We’d like to thank all of the schools, including Pebble Brook Primary School in Crewe (pictured above) and their staff for the organisation and logistics for this week and for allowing this experience to take place.