Exceptional education in the heart of Olympic Legacy Park

August 4, 2016
By Claire Stickland, Deputy Principal at the Oasis Academy Don Valley
Exceptional education in the heart of Olympic Legacy Park
As our first academic year comes to an end for a well-deserved summer break, we are extremely proud of the progress our new Academy has made.  Our vision is to create exceptional education in the heart of the community and this is developing as our team of staff, children and families work hard to create this.

Although we’ve only had children from nursery to year 4 so far, our Academy certainly has a buzz of learning, challenge and excitement. The children have taken part in many different topics to inspire, motivate and extend their learning from ‘Moon Zoom’ to ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ – class Dahl know ALL about how the human body works! 

Our children have been street detectives, learning about their local area and the fantastic city that we live in. All of our reception children learned about animals and went to a farm to become farmers for the day! We also had carnival fever this last term as children learned about Brazil and the Olympics.

Autumn term was special as it was the time when all our children performed in Oasis Academy Don Valley’s first Christmas production. All the children worked hard to learn lines, songs, dances and most importantly build their confidence to be brave enough to stand on the stage and perform fantastically. This was a very proud moment!

Our curriculum has been enriched throughout the year by educational visits, visitors and many events. The children were buzzing with excitement when we arrived at the English Institute of Sport for their first Sports Day and there was Jessica Ennis-Hill in training. She certainly inspired our children to put 100% effort into every sport they carried out and we had many red faces by the end of the morning! Being based in such an inspiring location at the heart of the Olympic Legacy Park, we look forward to more opportunities like this in the future.

Keeping ourselves safe and learning how to be a positive citizen is paramount so throughout the year we have worked with the road safety officer, fire brigade, local police, the NSPCC and even had a visit from the Lord Mayor.

Our children have a growing understanding of British values and how our government services help to keep Great Britain great! Our British values curriculum has involved electing a pupil parliament, learning about our different faiths and respecting our differences.

Being a multi faith Academy is fantastic as we have all shared one another’s festivals and celebrations throughout the year. We have had Eid parties, Christmas dinner, Diwali celebrations and a Chinese New Year day to name just a few!

How can we forget the Queen’s 90th birthday! Throughout the week leading up to the celebration we learned about the British monarchy, the history of the Queen and our capital city, London. The week ended with a garden party, where we had a grand picnic, played garden party games like boules and croquet and then the judging of the garden party hat competition!
One of our values is hope - we maintain a deep sense of hope that the future can be transformed. Our commitment to supporting charities is enabling children to have an understanding of needs globally, nationally and locally. Our children and families have supported many projects throughout the year; ‘Harvest for hope’, Children in Need, raising money for Oxfam, Muslim Aid and the Red Cross during the Darnall Lantern Parade and being sporty for Sports Relief!

It’s been busy in the kitchen as we invited parents to Mother’s and Father’s Day lunches and a Christmas dinner. Parents shared our Christmas pantomime, had fun playing games at Christmas winter fair and got creative at our Sheffield Book Awards event. Parents have been busy learning too, attending a range of workshops and courses. The weekly coffee mornings have been a huge success and I would like to say a massive thank you to the parents who have taken a lead organising them. We are truly creating our Oasis family!

The Academy day doesn’t always end at 3.15pm, we have many different extra curriculum clubs taking place such as rugby with the Sheffield Eagles, cricket, book and Spanish clubs. Our Academy choir have been singing all year and have performed with great enthusiasm for their parents and the staff at our local branch of Wosskow Brown Solicitors.

All of the above is what makes our Academy curriculum come alive, and by delivering an inspiring and challenging curriculum our children make good progress. In the recent end of Key Stage One tests and the year 1 Phonic Screening Test our children achieved very high results. Our good level of development in our Foundation stage is above 70% and we were praised highly of our progress by the Local Authority during our moderation.

We strongly believe the most important thing that happens in a school, happens in the classroom and these results are great achievements for our children.

As we send out our record of achievement and celebrate the success of each individual child at our Academy over the last year we are already planning with enthusiasm the next year ahead and how we can continue to make outstanding progress.  New beginnings September 2016…