The learning environment for Early Years’ pupils at Oak House School is rich and varied, giving our youngest children the opportunity and the conﬁdence to explore and learn in a stimulating, secure, safe place, where they meet new challenges on a daily basis.
Our Early Years’ pupils learn through play and engagement in active learning experiences, which help them to develop their physical, social and academic skills.
Our 3 and 4 year old pupils follow the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for England and all teaching in these year groups is in English.
The Early Years Foundation Stage programme focuses on the following 7 areas of learning
Our Primary pupils are provided with a ﬁrm foundation for learning. Lessons are carefully structured to enable children to both consolidate and extend their learning. Enthusiasm for learning is promoted through teaching methods which encourage discovery, investigation and creative and imaginative responses.
Developing a love of books and reading amongst our pupils has a high priority at Oak House School. Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, who are also able to work cooperatively with others.
Communication skills are strongly promoted and pupils conﬁdently express themselves through written and spoken language.
By the end of their Primary education, Oak House pupils are able to communicate eﬀectively in all three of the school’s main languages: English, Spanish and Catalan.
The Oak House School Secondary curriculum is broadly based, oﬀering a balance between the languages, sciences, technology, mathematics, social sciences, arts and the social and emotional aspects of learning. Pupils are encouraged to develop their level of independence, a good work ethic and a love of learning, all in a caring, stimulating and disciplined environment. Secondary pupils are expected to show an increasing level of social responsibility and awareness of the world community.
Critical thinking is encouraged throughout the curriculum, as well as in activities such as debating events. Pupils continue to develop their communication skills and the curriculum provides a multilingual learning experience, with a continuing focus on English. In 1st and 2nd E.S.O. (Years 8 and 9), almost half of the teaching hours are in English and the rest are taught in Spanish or Catalan. Both French and German are oﬀered as a fourth language option, leading to oﬃcial external examinations.
Oak House Bachillerato/IB pupils are resourceful, resilient and able to research and evaluate information critically. They are helped to understand the view points of others, to develop an increasing awareness of the world around them and the demands of living in a global society. Oak House pupils leave the school as curious, conﬁdent and courteous individuals who are fully prepared to embrace life opportunities and have an international mindset.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, fully taught in English, (French and Spanish as a second language) is a balanced programme of international education which is spread over a 2 year course and involves rigorous external assessment.
In the Bachillerato programmes the majority of subjects are taught in Spanish or Catalan. However, pupils continue to study English to a high level and are given the opportunity to prepare for Cambridge Advanced and Proﬁciency level examinations. Throughout the 2 year courses pupils study compulsory core subjects, which are common to both programmes, as well as course-speciﬁc subjects.