Head of Faculty – Florence Sumption
Oak Tree School is committed to raising achievement and enabling pupils to recognise their potential. By supporting students through a personalised, engaging curriculum, Oak Tree aims to develop the foundation knowledge and skills required to make a manageable and smooth transition to the next life stage. It is important that pupils leave school with an awareness of the wider world and it’s past, and the ability to develop and promote the qualities set out in the School ethos: Friendship & Love, Emotional Resilience, Tolerance & Respect and to Always do your best.
The Technologies broad curriculum provides practical, visual, tactile and sensory experiences in 7 different subject areas: Catering, Design Technology, Graphics, Textiles, Computing, IMedia and Business Studies/ Young Enterprise.
The curriculum encourages students to apply and use their knowledge of Maths, Science, Engineering, English, Humanities and Art to develop their creativity, imagination and problem solving to acquire crucial life/ work skills.
Using a range of different materials, processes and communication methods, pupils are able to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts. Working as a team, evaluating work and sharing ideas provides excellent opportunities for students to consider their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They are able to apply valued judgements on the aesthetic, economic and moral, social, and cultural impacts a product or idea may have. This can help pupils to develop their social skills and show respect and tolerance towards others and their work.
Pupils are encouraged to take risks in their learning to develop their creativity and understanding of how things work. Consequently students become more resilient, innovative, and open to new ideas. Students are able to develop a critical understanding of the impact that Technologies subjects can have on daily life and the wider world.
Pupils are taught crucial life and work skills that enables them to progress socially, emotionally and financially. Students develop as commercially minded and enterprising individuals who think critically, drawing on business information and evidence to develop arguments and make justified decisions. The technologies curriculum also ensures that pupils are able to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to express themselves and develop their ideas. Through the Technologies curriculum, students are encouraged to reach a suitable level of digital literacy to meet the requirements of a future workplace and feel confident to participate and do their best in a digital world of work.