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Powerful learning as pupils reach for the stars at Oasis Academy Clarksfield

Pupils, staff and parents at a local primary academy in Oldham are feeling super this week as they make a change, launching ‘Building Learning Power’ with four new superhero characters.

Oasis Academy Clarksfield in Oldham invited parents into school on Monday to ‘discover the change’ as they launch their new set of superheroes.

Situated on Grasmere Road, Oasis Academy Clarksfield have launched ‘Building Learning Power’ and believe that all pupils are capable of becoming amazing learners, which they will be developing through their brand new characters.

This is definitely a job for; Super Strategic, Sergeant Social, Emotional Enforcer, and Captain Cognitive!

Angela Sweeting, Executive Principal of Oasis Academy Clarksfield, commented on the change, saying “We had a fantastic day launching ‘Building Learning Power’ to the children at Oasis Academy Clarksfield. The children have taken part in a variety of activities to develop the 17 learning behaviours Building Learning Power promotes. We are developing a culture where all children can be successful and become life-long learners.”

A Year 5 pupil, commented on how they fitted their work into one of the new superheroes, saying; “We collaborated to make marsh mellow and spaghetti structures! The structures had to be strong, the challenge was to see whose structure could hold the most cubes… ours held 46 cubes! We had to listen carefully to each other and give reasons for our thinking.”

Progression in Learning Habits

Each character has a specific and special role to carry out;

  • Super Strategic: Strategic aspects of learning (managing) - Distilling, Meta-learning, Planning and Revising.
  • Sergeant Social: Social aspects of learning (relating) - Interdependence, Collaboration, Empathy, Imitation, and Listening.
  • Emotional Enforcer: Emotional aspects of learning (thinking) - Noticing, Absorption, Perseverance, and Managing Distractions.
  • Captain Cognitive: Cognitive aspects of learning (thinking) - Making links, Imagining, Reasoning, Capitalising, and Questioning.

Oasis Academy Clarksfield officially opened its doors on Wednesday 23rd January and is part of the Oasis Community Learning family of 52 academies in five key regions of England.

The Academy will be one of the main the feeder schools to Oasis Academy Leesbrook, which also opened its doors as a new secondary academy in September 2018 on Middleton Road.

Lauren Norris, Assistant Principal at Oasis Academy Clarksfield, commented on the event saying; “Our ultimate aim is to create a ‘learning powered school’! We want all of our children to become better learners both in school and out. Building Learning Power is about creating a culture in the classrooms that cultivates habits and attitudes of confident and independent learners. BLP provides children and teachers with the language that captures the richness of learning, making the how of learning explicit. In ensuring our pupils have a powerful learning character they will leave OAC equipped with the learning habits AND qualifications to thrive in the 21st century.”

Oasis Community Learning has one other Oldham primary school, Oasis Academy Limeside which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted where 94 per cent of pupils reached the governments expected standard in reading, writing and maths.