Alongside the work our Hub does for the community, we ensure that as an academy we are building strong and lasting local partnerships. We understand the value these partnerships in being able to offer our students a full range of support services and opportunities for their development and confidence as local and global citizens.
Our partnership programmes include:
The LEAF Project
We are working in partnership with LEAF who run the community allotment and parents an pupils from nursery have visited the allotments over the past year and have grown potatoes, a variety of herbs, strawberries and beans.
People of all ages can enjoy gardening, but children in particular will have lots of fun and develop new skills including:
Responsibility – from caring for plants
Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants)
Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown
Love of nature – a chance to learn about the outdoor environment in a safe and pleasant place
Reasoning and discovery – learning about the science of plants, animals, weather, the environment, nutrition and simple construction
Physical activity – doing something fun and productive
Cooperation – including shared play activity and teamwork
Creativity – finding new and exciting ways to grow food
Nutrition – learning about where fresh food comes from
From September 2015 our children began regularly visiting the allotments on a Wednesday morning building further relationships with the project.
From the ideas we have gained from visiting the allotments, we developed our very own wildlife garden witth parents, children and the wider community helping us to create a beautiful area in our school grounds for children to enjoy.
Adopt a Care Home
Oasis Academy Watermead have been involved in the ‘Adopt a Care Home’ initiative since January 2016. This involves out Year one children visiting the local care home each week to engage with the residents and the activities on offer. There is evidence to show that schools can play a vital role in the development of dementia friendly communities. We see this partnership as a valuable link between the Academy and the