New Families Welcome Information
Welcome to Oasis Academy Short Heath! We are so thrilled to have your family join our school community.
At Oasis Academy Short Heath, our aim is to prepare students for life and all the challenges they may face.
We have fantastic teachers, supported by a wider team, who dedicate themselves to helping students make good progress and reach their full potential.
An iPad for Every Student in Our Family
Taking a step forward in our offer to our young people and their families, to ensure we address inequality that exists outside of the classroom, and to ensure that everyone has the opportunities that they are entitled to.
- French (Modern Foreign Languages)
- Religious Education
- Physical Education
- Design and Technology
- Art and Design
- Humanities (History and Geography)
- Forest School
Mrs Roche - EYFS & KS1 English Lead
Hi, I am Mrs Roche and I am the Phonics and Early Years and Key Stage 1 English Lead. I work closely with Mrs Dean who is the Key Stage 2 English Lead. At Oasis Academy Short Heath, children are taught high quality, fun and exciting English lessons which fosters a love of reading and writing. You can expect some engaging topics as we follow ‘writing for real’ which means each topic is fun and immersive as we write for real purposes.
In Early Years and Year 1 we have high quality phonics lessons every day which follows the Letters and Sounds Framework. From September, we will be following the Story Time Phonics programme. Story Time Phonics is programme where the sounds are taught through 64 different story books – it prioritises high quality literature balanced with the repetition and focus needed in the mechanics of reading.
In Key Stage 1 children are assessed at the end of Year 1 using a Government Statutory Assessment Tool known as the Phonics Screening Check. This screening check confirms whether the child has learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard and will identify sounds needing further consolidation in Year 2.
As children move into Year 2 we start teaching grammar and spelling rules so we can apply these into our writing. The lessons are fast paced, often practical and fun. These lessons allows children to practise grammar skills in isolations so they are able to apply it to their amazing writing. At Oasis Academy Short Heath we are passionate about teaching engaging, inspiring English lessons whilst ensuring we broaden our children’s minds and horizons.
Mrs Dean - KS2 English Lead
Hello! My name is Mrs Dean, and I am the Key Stage 2 English leader. Here at Oasis Academy Short Heath, we are dedicated to ensuring the English curriculum is as engaging, immersive and exciting as possible.
In writing lessons, we use a ‘writing for real’ approach, where children’s experiences in school shape the writing they do in English lessons. We have cared for dragon eggs, excavated dinosaur bones, and even investigated an alien landing! We also use dedicated vocabulary lessons, and daily Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons to ensure our children are continuously making progress in their writing.
Our twice weekly reading lessons use a shared reading approach, which gives children that valuable experience of discussing their thoughts and feelings about the books they are reading in class. Teachers use their own passion for reading to make that the books they pick as class readers are as exciting as possible. Your child’s reading will be supported with our classroom reading corners, which have an excellent range of texts, as well as access to reading apps, so children can read books wherever they are.
Miss Moore - EYFS & KS1 Maths Lead
My name is Miss Moore and I am the Reception lead teacher and Maths co-ordinator for EYFS and KS1 here at Oasis Academy Short Heath.
When the children begin with us in Nursery, they will be introduced to maths through two main areas: number and shape, space and measure. Throughout these two areas of the curriculum they will be emersed in mathematical vocabulary and will begin to explore mathematical concepts. As they progress into Reception, children will be taught in depth about numbers 0-20. They will develop a deep understanding of each number, including counting, composition of each number, one more and one less, number bonds and simple addition and subtraction. They will also be encouraged to explain their reasoning to really deepen their understanding. Throughout the year the children will also be taught to explore many different areas of shape space and measure, such as 2D and 3D shapes, capacity, length, time and money.
As the children progress into Key Stage 1 the children will be introduced to numbers 100 and beyond. They will begin to learn about place value which they will then apply to more complex problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will also continue to learn their number bonds to 20 and the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, which they should be fluent in by the time they leave KS1. At the end of Year 2, the children will sit their end of KS1 SATs, where they will use and apply everything they have learnt throughout EYFS and KS1 in two SATs papers: arithmetic and reasoning.
Mrs Langford - KS2 Maths Lead
My name is Miss Ruffle and I am the KS2 Maths Coordinator here at Oasis Academy Short Heath. Upon starting Key Stage 2, children will begin to understand and use formal calculation methods. Children will continue to learn their multiplication tables and, by the end of Year 4, be fluent in all multiplication tables up to 12 x 12. Children will also tackle challenging Maths concepts as they work their way through Key Stage 2. This includes: fraction methods, calculating percentages and interpreting statistical data. Key Stage 2 also includes: working with 2D and 3D shapes; understanding and converting units of measure and applying mathematical concepts to problem solving and reasoning problems. At the end of Key Stage 2, children will be assessed in the Year 6 SATs examinations.
Mrs Roche - MFL Lead
Bonjour, I am Mrs Roche, the MFL subject leader here at Oasis Academy Shortheath. As MFL lead, my role is to support teachers, promote a love of language learning across our school and to monitor the progress of the children. I believe early language learning is important as it gives children a good understanding of the structure of other languages and it gives children the opportunity to develop their cultural understanding. It also supports the children’s transition into the local secondary schools that also teach French alongside other languages and encourages and promotes a lifelong love of learning a language.
To support the progress children make across Key Stage 2, I have created a series of knowledge organisers that focus on Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Phonics and Grammar. They also show the vocabulary learnt in each class and how it builds over the years. Our MFL curriculum ensures that all pupils develop key language learning skills set out by the national curriculum, as well as a love of languages and learning about other cultures. At OASH, the children develop a love of learning languages in class through a variety of fun ways such as singing, playing games, speaking and listening, role -play activities, reading stories and writing tasks.
My own passion for language learning stems back to when I worked as an au pair in Switzerland and even now as an adult, I love learning key phrases from the language of the countries I visit on holiday. Every year in school, we hold a French day to promote French/language learning throughout the whole school and to celebrate the many wonderful home languages of our own children. I believe that learning another language gives children a new and broader perspective on the world and encourages them to develop a deeper understanding of their own and other cultures and the world around, giving them with a better awareness of self, others and cultural differences.
Mr Darnley - Computing Lead
Hi, I am Mr Darnley and my role is to oversee the computing curriculum and also the Horizons Project. Each child has been provided with an iPad that they can use in lessons to make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun. Pupils will even be able to continue this at home! At Short Heath, we recognise that technology plays a huge part in modern life and will only become more integral as our children grow up. By providing each child from Reception to Year 6 with their own iPad, we aim to develop children’s perception of technology as a tool for learning, innovation and discovery. Our curriculum aims to embed technology throughout all subjects and provide hands-on experiences for all. Children have the opportunity to use their ipads to enhance their learning in all subjects at school and at home as well as learn computer science discreetly. Ultimately, children will leave Short Heath as confident, able and responsible Digital Citizens. Digital citizenship lessons encompass online safety, online bullying, online privacy and identify, healthy technology usage, use of passwords, copyright and managing information online.
The Primary National Curriculum for Computing can be split into 3 strands:
- Digital Literacy: Pupils learn to use technology to express themselves and develop their ideas.
- Information Technology: Pupils learn to use technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
- Computer Science: Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
Miss Vernon - Science Lead
Hello, I am Miss Vernon, the Science subject leader here at Oasis Academy Short Heath. As Science lead, my role is to support teachers, promote a love of scientific discovery across our school and to monitor the progress of the children. I believe Science is a way of discovering and understanding the world around you, developing your analytical skills, problems solving and has the opportunity to be creative. Science allows children to never stop questioning and realise that somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be discovered. It also supports the children’s transition into the local secondary schools that build upon the scientific skills and knowledge and promotes a lifelong love of learning Science.
To support the progress children make across the whole academy, I have created a series of knowledge organisers that focus on scientific language, exploration and investigation. They also highlight the key vocabulary learnt in each class and how it progresses over the years. Our Science curriculum, (PlanBee) ensures that all pupils develop the key scientific skills, set out by the national curriculum. At OASH, the children use many cross curricular skills within Science lessons from data handling and statistics to grammar and punctuation.
Most importantly, at OASH we walk children through the scientific method and show them that it is not only real and relevant but that it is most of all fun.
Mr George - Physical Education Lead
Hi everyone! Welcome to PE. My name is Mr George, and I (alongside Mr James and Mr Brennan) lead Physical Education at Oasis Academy Short Heath. At Short Heath, we believe that PE plays an important part in the lives of the children when it comes to their health and well-being. We also believe it is a vital and important part of a student’s education as it gives them the opportunity to learn so many new skills. Here at Short Heath, we aim to provide a wide-ranging experience for all children, such as: inter-house and outer-school competitions, weekly circuit training fitness sessions, after-school clubs, swimming, visits to international sporting events, the chance to meet previous and current GB athletes and the opportunity to become an ambassador for sport within our school. There is so much to look forward to about Physical Education at Short Heath, and our super PE team will be there to support you all the way.
Ms Lloyd - Music Lead
Hi, my name is Ms Lloyd and I am the Music Lead at Oasis Academy Short Heath. Oasis Academy Short Heath is a school deeply committed to the development of musical knowledge and fostering of talent among all pupils. In addition to high quality statutory music provision, the Academy runs a number of instrumental lessons alongside classroom music lessons to develop children’s enthusiasm, enjoyment and creativity within Music.
We currently have specialist music teachers in the Academy every week who give guitar and keyboard lessons to children in Key Stage 2. We are passionate about providing lessons to children regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be and therefore all instrumental lessons are subsidised by the academy.
In addition to these lessons, all children in Year 4 have access to free woodwind lessons as part of the Birmingham Music Service WCIT lessons. The programme is delivered, to all pupils in every Year 4 class, by a Music Service teacher working in close partnership with the class teacher for a session of about 45 minutes per class each week for the full year. Each session will provide a variety of linked activities including singing and opportunities for composition and improvisation. Each child will be loaned an instrument which, after careful preparation and training, they will be able to take home for practice. Children also have the opportunity to continue their woodwind lessons in Year 5 and 6 at a subsided price.
Music is delivered as a fully inclusive discipline at Oasis Academy Short Heath, enabling all children to develop a thirst for Music education.
Mrs Begum - Design and Technology Lead
We teach Design and Technology in a way that inspires creativity and imagination. Pupils design and make products considering the product, purpose and user. Our children have the opportunity to evaluate past and present design and technology, understanding the impact on daily life. When designing, they communicate their ideas through diagrams and templates/mock models. They learn technical knowledge relating to structures, mechanisms, textiles and food technology. They develop skills when using various tools, considering accuracy and safety. There are opportunities to evaluate and test their ideas and products, ensuring that it meets the initial design brief.
Mrs Francis - Art and Design Lead
My name is Mrs Francis and I am the Head of Art here at Oasis Academy Short Heath.
We are all really excited to meet you and teach you all about Art! Art is an amazing subject that teaches you a variety of skills from experimenting with colour and pattern in Early Years to exploring blending/shading techniques in Year 6. You will have the opportunity to learn about the different roles and purposes of artists, craftspeople and designers from different times and cultures within your Art lessons here at Short Heath.
During your time with us you will be given the chance to use a variety of different tools and media/materials, whilst also learning the importance how to care of the different Art equipment.
We have excellent teachers that will help inspire you to use your imagination and explore your creativity!
I look forward to welcoming you to Oasis Academy Short Heath.
Forest School Lead
Hi everyone. My name is Mrs Shannon and it is my job to support staff and children in taking part in Forest School, no matter what ability or age. Miss Richards and myself are trained Forest School Practitioners and have been for more than 6 years.
Forest School is an enjoyable, outdoor learning environment. The children are able to build on their self-esteem, confidence, independence and communication skills . Children learn about their local environment and how to support the local wildlife. They make many crafts using natural materials and play lots of games, whilst sometimes getting wet and muddy at the same time (the most fun bit).
Years 4 & 5 go to Sutton Park, in a minibus with Ben (who is the Forest School Lead).This is once a week for 4 – 6 weeks.
We are very fortunate, here at Oasis Academy Short Heath, to have our own Forest School Area.
Nursery to Year 2 go to our School’s Forest School space, in our grounds ,once a week for 4 – 6 weeks. This is with myself or Miss Richards ,who is also a Forest School Lead, and another member of staff and a small group of children.
We look forward to you joining our school and learning the amazing things about our local wildlife!