The Cryer Article – Oak Lodge and St Joseph Federation

Oak Lodge pupils in Year 8 & 9 have been working alongside pupils in class 2J at the Federation of St Joseph’s Catholic Junior, Infant and Nursery School to help enhance the look and feel of their playground. This has been led by Mrs Isabel Luczak, Head of DT at Oak Lodge, whose children attend St Joseph’s Federation.

Focusing on the seasons, Oak Lodge pupils and St Joseph’s children redesigned damaged weather boards using bright colours and textures, creating additional interest and interactive objects in the playground.

Following this Oak Lodge pupils taught Year 2 some British Sign Language focusing on the seasons, it was a fantastic experience for both schools.

Please read below for a copy of the full article that was published in The Cryer Magazine, underneath that is the link to the individual article.

Oak Lodge School is a special secondary school for hearing and language impaired children. Mrs Izabel Luczak a parent of The Federation of St Joseph’s Catholic Junior, Infant and Nursery School has been teaching DT for the last 15 years at Oak Lodge. She is extremely passionate about her subject. In the last few years she has developed projects fit for a specific purpose working to enhance local communities.

This year Oak Lodge pupils in Year 8/9 have been working with class 2J at The Federation of St Joseph’s Catholic Junior, Infant and Nursery school to enhance their primary playground. There were 4 large wooden boards on the playground wall that had been damaged by weather and they were in urgent need of attention. Oak Lodge pupils drew inspiration from their school logo and the children’s ideas. They decided to focus on the seasons. The 4 boards they designed and painted were full of colour, detail and textured materials, creating additional interest for the young pupils.

The boards were fitted in the playground and unveiled with both schools meeting for the first time. Following this magical moment, Oak Lodge pupils taught Year 2 some British Sign Language focusing on words related to each of the seasons. It was a brilliant experience for both schools and they really enjoyed themselves. The Year 2 children learnt many new skills in communication, breaking down barriers and developing confidence. They were even able to record a thank you message to Oak Lodge in British Sign Language. There are now plans for further collaborative projects next year. Well done to all the pupils for working so hard!

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