The OAKS

"An outstanding secondary teaching training provider" (ofsted 2016)

Castaway 2019

Last Wednesday our English trainees from the OAKS, transported a group of Year 9 boys to an exotic location: a classroom in one of our Partnership schools was transformed into a desert island paradise. There were palm trees, colourful flowers and, playing in the background, soothing, gentle wave sounds.

Prompted by the film “Castaway”, our adventurous group of trainees rose to the challenge and devised and resourced a variety of kinesthetic activities to develop creative writing skills.

Throughout the day, the “castaways” visited each trainee’s “workshop”. They were encouraged, supported and challenged to “have a go” by our trainees, who put in a lot of time and effort. It’s not easy delivering the same fifteen – twenty minute slot seven times throughout the day!! But, at the end of an exhausting day, our trainees were rewarded with a display of impressive pieces of writing.

An unforgettable, rewarding (if, at times, tiring) experience for us all – hopefully, one the boys will remember for a long time to come. The castaways from last year, so their teacher said, still talk about the day – one year on!

Our thanks to everyone who took part, and to the staff of Ormiston Meridian Academy for accommodating us.