Skills based learning

Every day the amount of knowledge in the world grows. At Oasis Academy Limeside we believe that it is important to teach the children the skills to be able to find out and use knowledge that they need, when they need it. Our teaching is focused on developing children’s generic learning and thinking skills as well as subject specific skills.

Also we prioritise developing the key skills identified in the National Curriculum as follows:

Communication

This includes the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing and using them across the curriculum and in everyday situations.

Application of Numbers

This includes developing mental and written calculation skills, using data, interpreting measurements and being able to use these skills in different subjects.

Information and Communications Technology

As computers become more and more important in all aspects of life, learners need to be able to choose ICT tools to find, analyse, interpret, evaluate, and present information. They need to be able to decide when and how to use ICT. The Academy has excellent computer facilities with potential daily access for all children to our network of laptops and Apple Mac computers.

Learning to Learn

This is a process of discovery about learning. It involves a set of principles and skills which, if understood and used, help learners learn more effectively and so become learners for life.

Problem solving

We embed problems in all areas of the curriculum, so that we can help children develop the skills of and strategies to respond to them and learn from them.

These are reinforced by the strong emphasis we place on developing six Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS). These run across all areas of the Academy life and are vital for children to be able to achieve well in all stages of education, work and life. Every half term we focus on one of these PLTS as our main priority. Children who demonstrate this skill are noticed and receive a certificate in assembly.

Enterprise Education

At Oasis Academy Limeside we believe that we have an important role to play in equipping children with the skills they will need to have successful futures. We place a high priority on developing enterprise in its widest sense. The Academy is currently working to embed enterprise projects into all year groups.