How we Teach Emotional Intelligence in School


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Emotional intelligence can be a misunderstood term. Like so many umbrella terms, emotional intelligence is used to describe many things that perform a similar but slightly different action. Emotional intelligence for children is not the same as for adults, but it is similar. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the descriptor for a person able to judge … Continue reading How we Teach Emotional Intelligence in School

What is Contextual Learning?


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At Oaktree Primary we’ve adopted the theory of contextual learning. This way of teaching allows our team to deliver a more fluid class using experiential techniques. There will always be an element of repetition in teaching. Multiplication as one example requires a student to remember a sequence of numbers. Once memorised patterns form in the … Continue reading What is Contextual Learning?

Using an Online Resource to Teach Children


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As we move closer to middle age our minds often remember our own school experiences. Scraped knees from slips in the playground, different coloured chalk, bunsen burners, and equally healthy doses of nostalgia for almost every aspect of school life. Now it’s the turn of our children. Should they expect the same experience? Well, no, … Continue reading Using an Online Resource to Teach Children

Why a Small Class Size?


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One of the most important aspects of Oaktree Primary in relation to your child’s’ education is its class size. We purposely created the school with small class sizes so as to break down the artificial walls that often stand in the way of a child’s educational development. Some benefits of small class sizes are obvious. … Continue reading Why a Small Class Size?

Meet Louise: Our Foundation Stage Artist!


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Meet Louise. Louise is one of our FS teachers and also an artist. Louise is responsible for the wonderful ‘Founding Tree’ you can see in the pictures. Not all of those hand prints are hers however, some of those belong to our students 🙂

Visit to the USA with the KHDA and other Schools


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I’m currently talking to delegates at the Festival of Positive Education in Dallas, Texas. The receptiveness of attendees to the ideas and goals of the UAE is impressive and welcomed. It has been a great experience and I am honoured to have been asked. Education ME has written an article on the visit, you can … Continue reading Visit to the USA with the KHDA and other Schools

First Aid at Oaktree Primary School, Dubai


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A school is not just a place to learn, it is also a place to socialise, to experience and, given the amount of hours children spend with us daily, a place to live. Understanding that the most precious thing in your life is in our care we make sure we’re able to look after them … Continue reading First Aid at Oaktree Primary School, Dubai
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What is Eid al-Fitr?


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Eid is the Arabic word for festival. At the end of Ramadan the UAE will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast.’ For many expats Eid marks the moment they are allowed to eat and drink in public again. Indeed everyone is, as according to tradition it is forbidden to fast on the … Continue reading What is Eid al-Fitr?

What is an ‘English Village Approach’?


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At Oaktree we believe that a community spirit helps education. Rather than forcing a regimented business-like approach to schooling, we want to achieve the feel of an old English village school. If you’re not sure what that means specifically, allow me to explain. Traditional village culture in the UK is not that different to many … Continue reading What is an ‘English Village Approach’?
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New to the UAE? 3 Ways you can Help your Child Understand Ramadan


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Ramadan can be a confusing time for children. They may ask why you aren’t drinking even though it’s hot and they are. They may ask why a restaurant has black curtains covering the windows. They may simply ask what Ramadan Kareem means as they hear it on the radio. 1. If this is your first … Continue reading New to the UAE? 3 Ways you can Help your Child Understand Ramadan