After a two-day trip up from NSW I arrived in QLD yesterday.
It was a tiring trip, but I was warmly welcomed by my new hosts: The Robinson Family (ex OJS pupils!)
I was treated to a lovely Aussie BBQ and a rest under the Christmas tree looking at all the presents!!!
Today we had a trip to the Science Centre at the Brisbane Museum and then we went on the Wheel of Brisbane which is a smaller version of the London Eye, but very exciting! I could see panoramic views of the city!
The weather is much warmer up here than it was in NSW....my new hosts are trying to find me some board shorts to wear so I don't feel quite so hot in my tuxedo! I have my OJS school uniform too, but will save that for the end of January when I visit Guardian Angels School with Grace and Anna when their summer holidays end.
I'm so excited to be here.....my hosts have lots of exciting things planned for me over the next few weeks which I'm going to enjoy before I go to school.
From Oscar and The Robinson Family
(PS Leave me a comment if you can tell me what NSW, QLD, OJS and BBQ all mean!)
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Year 6 had an amazing Evacuation Day! To start with, we watched 'A Brief Period of Rejoicing' - a 'Whodunnit' Murder Mystery performed by our teachers and teaching assistants. Mr Parker, who played George, did it! Well done to Katie who discovered the culprit!
We were then 'evacuated' out of the hall. We had to have our hair, hands and nails checked - some of us would have been considered very dirty by the country folk who we would have stayed with.
Throughout the day we learned about rationing and made bread, jived the Jitterbug dance, made our own gas masks and constructed air raid shelters!
We had a fantastic day and learned lots about life as an evacuee. We look forward to tasting 'WW2 teatime' tomorrow. We hope there is enough for everyone......
Monday, 15 December 2008
Year 6 had a fantastic trip to the D-Day Museum at Portsmouth.
There was so much to do and see. We began by visiting 'The Home Front' . We tried on WW2 clothes and learned about different people's roles in the War. We decided that the helmets were not very comfortable and we thought the wardens were very brave people!
Ryan and Carina sounded the air raid siren and it was all hands to the deck as we dashed to the air raid shelter or put out fires created by the bombs!
We were very lucky to also be able to see the Overlord Embroidery, which tells the story of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The detail was incredible!
Friday, 5 December 2008
It's now a tradition that children from our school go to West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton as Christmas approaches to sing to the shoppers!
This year, we were represented by our Songsters group, who have been busy with songs for the Guildhall Christmas Concert and with supporting the Rosewood School concert.
The part of the centre where we normally sing was much smaller this year, as a smoothie bar, calendar shop and coffee bar all seem to have sprung up recently, but we squeezed into our little gap and sang to an audience of Christmas shoppers (including lots of parents from the school!)
We sang some more traditional carols this year, such as "O Come, All Ye Faithful", as well as old favourites like "Rock Around the Shops".
The performance was in aid of the Hampshire Autistic Society and there was a collection while we were singing.
Well done to everyone!
Friday, 28 November 2008
The children of Oakwood had a very unique and special experience today, when the Ambulance Crew parked an ambulance in the school playground!
All children had a chance to look on board, turn the siren and blue lights on, and most importantly, learn about the important work that ambulance crews do.
Some children had the chance to take their own blood pressure, wear a neck brace and measure their heart rates.
All the children had a very exciting and informative visit, and would like to thank the Ambulance Crew for giving up their time to allow them to have such a special hands-on experience.
Thursday, 27 November 2008
On Monday we were paid a visit by Mr Strahan, who told us his first hand account of life in WWII. When the war started he was only 5 years old, and lived in London. Along with millions of other children he was evacuated to the countryside, and stayed there for most of the war.
He shared lots of interesting stories-some very sad and some very funny!! One key message came through very clearly, and that was how communities rallied together and looked after one another.
On Tuesday Year 3 visited the D-Day musuem. Here we had the opportunity to handle real WWII artefacts and take part in an interactive workshop, which helped us learn even more about life during the war.
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Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Did you know that the first Spitfire made its maiden flight from Eastleigh, and that Spitfires came in all colours- even pink? Well Year 3 do now!!
Yesterday Year 3 children stared their exciting Spitfire project with local artists Wooden Tiger. Not only did they make and paint their own Spitfires, but they learnt lots of interesting facts about one of the most famous aircraft of our time!! This then inspired them to write some brilliant acrostic poetry!!
Later the children will be using their planes as a stimulus for some creative story writing, and sharing their stories with others in our new outdoor story garden.
You'll probably remember that we did our Sport Relief run earlier this year in aid of Smutsville school in South Africa.
We raised a massive £1100 and we're pleased to announce that the money has got safely to Sedgefield, where Zoe Harrison presented the cheque to Mr Stephaus Dogh, their headteacher.
Zoe has very kindly sent this report from their local paper...
(click the report to make it easier to read!)
Well done to everyone at Oakwood!
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
The School Council has worked really hard to promote Anti-Bullying Week. We organised an Anti-Bullying Drop-In Centre on Tuesday 18 November in break and lunch. We wanted children to come and get advice if they were worried about being bullied and also find out about Anti-Bullying Week.
We made lots of advice leaflets and posters and handed them out around the school. Our Anti-bullying bands were really popular too!
Connor's Anti-bullying competition was amazingly popular and results will be announced in assembly next week!
We are really pleased to report that we had lots of children joining in with our efforts, hardly anybody thought bullying was a problem in OJS! It shows we really look out for each other!
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Yesterday Year 3 remembered those who fought in the World Wars.
Each child made a poppy which we then arranged into a wreath. Yesterday the wreath was carried with pride to the World War One memorial at Hollybrook Cemetery. The children were accompanied by our new PCSO and a number of parent helpers. Just before 11.00am the wreath was placed on the memorial and we observed the two minutes' silence.
The children showed great sensitivity and maturity, as they reflected on the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought for the country.
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
We had some very special guests in Year 3 yesterday. Have a look at some of our "Mad Scientists" below!
It was all happening - screaming balloons, gloopy slime, colour changing milk, invisible ink...
It was great fun (and very messy!) and children and teachers learned lots about the magic of science!
Friday, 24 October 2008
What an exciting week! Years 3 and 4 had the opportunity to work with a "Poetry Slam" workshop earlier in the week. They wrote their own poems and performed them with actions. Year 4 even extended this by reciting some poems using our new Macbooks, using Photobooth software.
Today, Years 5 and 6 were lucky enough to work with Ali Sparkes, local author of the "Monstermakers" and "Shapeshifter" series of books, as well as many others. She was our special guest at the grand opening of our story garden that the Year 5 children have been working hard on over the past few months.
She was honoured to be asked to officially open the garden, and then to be the first person to read from our Story Throne. She read an extract from her forthcoming book, "Frozen in Time", which will be available in paperpack in January 2009.
Wooden Tiger came along, as well as Sue Bence, Literacy Advisor for Southampton. When Ali finished reading, some of the Year 5 children read their own writing about the garden and performed some poetry for us all to enjoy.
We are very proud of the children who have all worked extremely hard on our new garden area, and we hope you all agree, it is a fabulous success. We hope the whole school will be able to enjoy the new area, both at break and lunchtimes as well as during lessons.
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Our three football teams have all made a very successful start to the season.
Our Girls' Squad played brilliantly in their first league game against Abbotswood winning 3-2. They also represented the school really well at a 6-a-side tournament at Wide lane.
Well done to Megan, Caitlin, Emily, Olivia, Amy, Jessica, Chloe, Katie G, Katie M and Katie C !
Our U10 Boys' Squad won the first round match of the Hampshire Cup against Orchard 3-2. They also won their group stage at a 6-a-side tournament at Wide lane and got to the quarter finals. A real achievement, especially as the games were only 4 minutes each way!
Oakwood work hard to ensure they keep the ball out as it comes in from the corner!
Our U11 Boys' Squad won their first round match of the Hampshire Cup against Locks Heath 2-1.
Friday, 17 October 2008
You may remember last year's Year 4's work on improving our quiet space garden area in the playground. We made stepping stone mosaics, carved benches and a story throne, and created mosaic "season stones".
However, all work had to stop for a while, because of the replacements to our main perimeter fence. The good news is, that's all complete now, and we are back on track for finishing the garden before half term!
Today, three boys from Year 5 learned how to use a spirit level, watched while sand and cement was mixed and set the stones in the cement themselves!
Keep checking the blog for further updates, including next week's grand opening!
Year 4's first home learning project has been based around the topic of lighthouses.
We have been incredibly impressed with the quality of work that has been handed in, and anybody who visited our exhibition on Thursday would undoubtedly agree!
Have a look below for just a few fantastic examples:
We have also been making working lighthouses in class - so watch this space for even more illuminating examples soon!
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
When we asked children what they'd like to do more of in school, one thing was at the top of everyone's list...
Year 3 decided they they wanted to cook for some members of our local community and so today they made delicious muffins for some of the residents of Neptune Court.
Our visitors had a great morning in school, learning about what we get up to at Oakwood. They were then treated to their muffins with tea at break time and they even stayed for school dinner!
Now a few people in year three know how to make the muffins (Thank you Mrs Hayter and Mrs Mattack!), everyone from the year group will be cooking next week!
Watch out for many more muffins!
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
We had a great assembly this morning when we were visited by the talented musicians of Southampton Music Services!
Ted, John, Alex and Kath showed off a variety of percussion instruments and entertained us with Latin rhythms and a great song which has travelled all the way from New Orleans to St Mary's Stadium... (I bet you can guess what it is!)
Have a look (and a listen!) for yourself...
All children from the school were invited to join in the Percussion Ensemble, which will be held at Oakwood Junior School on Tuesdays, so things are about to get louder!
Thanks to Ted, John, Alex and Kath for a great performance!
Monday, 29 September 2008
Today Oakwood Junior School have had their first Committee Day - and what a busy day it has been! The Read All About It! team have been roving reporters this afternoon, finding out what all the committees have been up to during the day. Here is a brief summary of the key features that each committee have been working on.
Generation Green have made energy posters to inform our pupils of ways of saving energy. They have used the internet to research energy, using videos, games and text. Their future plans include introducing compost bins for break and lunchtimes, so we can recycle our fruit cores and skins.
Have you ever tried to balance one marble on 20 straws? Well, that's one of the activities that challenged the EC Team today (that's the Exciting Curriculum team). They are planning to divide into sub-committees so that they can concentrate on making our curriculum even more exciting.
A visitor came in to talk to the TT Team (Totally Travel). Wendy Graham came in to talk to the team about travel in the area. They are also planning for future visitors, like a truck saftey team. "It was fun", said one member of TT.
Healthy food was top of the agenda for SNAG (School Nutrition Action Group). They have been creating posters of healthy food, and designing logos for their group. We expect to smell lots of lovely cooking smells from them in the near future.
Oakwood Groundlords have been thinking about improving the outside space around school. They have even started to create their own song! Elliot said, "My favourite part of the day has been designing our own logos". Their future plans include gardening and writing letters to companies to see if they can donate plants.
The Olympic and Paralympic games have been a focus for the Fitness Fanatics. They also had a visitor, Julia, who came from the Sports Partnership and is trying to encourage more children to take part in sports. Sports Day arrangements are top of the list for future committee meetings.
Back to the Future are working on technology. They have researched different ways in which technology is used in school. They have made powerpoints to present their findings. One member commented that they have really enjoyed meeting and working with new people today.
Miss Beavill showing off a new camera her Back to the Future team have been using today!
Oakwood's Crib have been doing some very exciting things today. They have investigated areas of the school that they think need improving, and they have watched videos to learn more about how schools are designed. One member of Oakwood's Crib said, "This is the best day of my school life at OJS".
Team GB (Good Behaviour) have been looking at rules and rewards. They reviewed our rules and rewards and they designed Team GB badges. They have been thinking of new rewards and also had fun trying out some parachute games. They hope to visit other schools and even a police station in the future.
In the Hood are our school councillors and they have been learning about our local community. Their focus this year is going to be on creating strong links with the community and finding ways of helping them out.
From local community to world community, Go Global are learning about different cultures. This includes dance, food, art and religion. Already they have made welcome signs in different languages.
As for us in the Read All About It team, we've been busy being nosey and finding out about the other committees! We hope to form our own Pupil Newspaper, and we have already emailed the editor of the Daily Echo to ask whether we can visit their newsroom to find out how the professionals do it!
All in all it has been a very busy, but very exciting day. Everyone we spoke to has had a fabulous time and can't wait for the next committee day on 17th November.
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
The BSO came to Oakwood Infants and showed us some of their instruments. We sang lots of sea songs.
Here is someone using a watering can as an instrument! It looks like fun.
Here we are learning a new song.
Monday, 15 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
It may be a bit early for Christmas, but not for us in Year 5!
Mrs Spring has issued the challenge to everyone in Year 5 to join in a recorder ensemble playing Jingle Bells and they have started already...
Only 101 days from today for them to achieve it...!
Go for it, Year 5!
Monday, 8 September 2008
We had a fantastic performance of Charlotte's Web this afternoon!
Wilbur the Pig and Charlotte the Spider kept us entertained in a really exciting production featuring the families on two farms, their geese, sheep (and sheepdog), Templeton the Rat, and a very strange looking doctor!
The whole production was narrated by a very scatty scarecrow.
All these amazing characters were brought to life by the hard-working actors of M&M Productions - A big Thank You to them! We're already looking forward to them coming back to see us next year!
Monday, 1 September 2008
Come on you lazy lot! When do you go back to school? Not until 4 September???
I know a lot of you will be starting a new school, and I have too! I said I thought I might stay in Australia for a while and I have - I've started at Glendore Public School. (It's winter here, so they are already at school - they don't get their summer holidays until Christmas!)
They are going to tell me all about what it's like to be in school in Australia and I promise to share it with you on the blog. I've already met Glenn, the school mascot...
...and he's shown me around. They've even given me a page on their website!
On Wednesday, I'm going to Canberra, which is the capital of Australia - so I'll let you know what it's like.
In the meantime, two of my rellies are coming to Oakwood to make sure you keep your classrooms tidy - watch out for them!
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Strewth! I made it all the way to the other side of the world!
Here I am in Sydney, Australia and you can see three famous things in the photo. The Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and me!!
I've had a good look around some other cities - Melbourne and Brisbane - and I met some rellies* too...
One of them sleeps for 18 hours a day, which sounds like a good idea. I think I might try it!
Do you know, I like it so much here, I might stay for a bit! Do you think you could get along at Oakwood without me for a while? Promise to keep things tidy? I might have to send some friends to check up on you...
*Australian slang for "relatives"...
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
It's 32°C out here in Hong Kong! (Almost too hot for my Oakwood jumper!)
I really like Hong Kong - here I am sitting on my hotel balcony above the harbour.
There are some fantastic buildings, which look really spectacular at night...
...and all the streets are really busy and bustling - there's always something going on 24 hours a day.
I even had a ride on an old Chinese junk in the harbour and saw some of the older buildings right next to the new skyscrapers!
I'm off to Australia next!
PS Do you know where Hong Kong is? You can zoom in on the map below to have a closer look, or zoom out to see where I am compared with Britain!
Friday, 1 August 2008
After lazing about at the seaside, (and eating chips...!), I thought I'd better get some exercise!
Here I am having a rest after a walk in the Yorkshire Dales (about 230 miles away from Oakwood as the bear flies...)
In the background is the Ribblehead Viaduct, which you can see on the map below (just where my little icon is). Zoom in for a closer look - you can see the railway line going over the top - I had a ride on the train too!
I hope you are all enjoying your holidays too...
Friday, 25 July 2008
Hello! Oscar here!
I thought I would start my school holidays this year by enjoying the sun down by the sea. It looks really warm but there was a bit of a breeze, so I kept my Oakwood jumper on!
Can you guess what's in the box? Yep! It's fish and chips - a great seaside supper! (Even with Healthy Schools, I'm allowed to have them occasionally!)
I have to say, the seagulls were very interested in my chips! It's a good job I'm a bear - they were a bit nervous of me and kept their distance...
Thursday, 24 July 2008
It was only yesterday that all the children broke up for the summer break, but bright and early this morning lots of the teachers were in school getting ready for September!
They noticed that things looked very different in the main corridor of the school, as you can see in the photos...
Already, the builders have ripped up the carpet, have taken tiles off, torn out some of the fittings in the boys' toilets, and have started to dismantle the ICT suite ready for the new ceiling, lights and decoration!
It's very exciting and we can't wait until it's done!
Keep checking back during the summer to see how they are getting along.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Year 6 had a fantastic last day at Oakwood Junior School!
They left on a real high - 7 metres up and with a good view of everything happening around them! A great challenge for the last day and a real sense of achievement!
Good luck Year 6! Keep in touch!
(Thanks to the Tile Barn Outdoor Centre for the climbing tower!)
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
We're ready to Go Green next year and we've made an excellent start this year!
5LH presented a fantastic assembly this morning...
They told us all about how we could
Man is the most dangerous animal on Earth!
(and here are Mr Barrett and Mr Chafe about to go after him!)
One of our parents told us about Generation Green! It's a national project with a website which helps schools think about how Green they are a make a real change!
You can see our Generation Green school profile and learn how 5LH's assembly has already contributed to our "Leaf Collection".
City Catering have got competition from Year 5!
Working with Mrs Larder this term, they have been carefully planting and watering and tending to plants in the school grounds. It was touch and go to see if their harvest would come in time for the end of the school year...
...but last week, it did!
Having harvested their crop, it was straight into the kitchen to turn them into ingredients.
It's a great start and we know that when we get started on Let's Get Cooking next year, we'll be able to use some of our own homegrown produce in what we make!
Well done, everyone!
(and a special thanks to Mrs Larder!)
Monday, 14 July 2008
Year 4 have been designing and making items for the Story Garden - mosiacs, a carved story throne and benches.
You can read all about what they have been up to on the blog, but you can get a copy of OJS Pupil News here:
Friday, 11 July 2008
Year 4 are now beginning to see how their garden is coming together!
Wooden Tiger have been working hard today to put our carved benches in place. We think you'll all agree that the Story Throne in particular is a real feature!
We think Wooden Tiger have done a great job, and we all wanted to thank them. Unfortunately Maddie couldn't make it today, but Gez was still happy to receive the flowers!
We even braved the imminent rain to have a group photo!
Now we just need to finish the mosaics! Watch this space!
Wednesday, 9 July 2008
You may be aware that Year 6 are putting together a production as a farewell to Oakwood Junior School, so we have decided to tell you how it's going.
Our singing is brilliant, most of the actors have learnt their lines and we have got most of the props we need so everything is going quite well. We have got five songs to memorise and we have seven scenes to practise but we think we can pull it off!
By Izzy (with a little help from Melody)
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
As we look back on our time in Year 6, one of our fondest memories springs to mind: Oak House. Here are a couple of the photos of the things we did!!
We learnt to skateboard with professionals.
The pizzas look so yummy, we had a great time making them!
By Izzy (with a little help from Melody)
Friday, 4 July 2008
This week, Year 4 have been working really hard to improve the garden area opposite the Year 5 classrooms.
We have been lucky enough to work with a company called Wooden Tiger - Gez, Maddy and Chris - who are very talented wood carvers.
We have all drawn our own personal design to do with the garden. Some of us did flowers, others did leaves, some did squirrels... Each of us then carved our design onto some brand new benches.
Some of our parents helped us, and so did Mrs Larder. We all think they look amazing. Have a look at the slideshow below to see some of us at work and our carved designs.
We have learned lots of new skills, like how to use a chisel and mallet safely. We have also learned new facts. For example, which do you think is more dangerous - a sharp chisel or a blunt one?
Find out in our next instalment!
Written by the children in Year 4.
Friday, 27 June 2008
We hope you enjoyed our Green Spring Exhibition this week. The whole school really enjoyed this topic and we have learnt lots about recycling. Have a look at some of our work:
Year R have made their own plant pots and grown plants. They made pebble mini-beasts to decorate the pots.
Year R also enjoyed making 'Mr Greenheads' to grow grass for their hair.
Year 2 created willow sculptures. They soaked the willow in water and then bent and fixed them to create animals and plants.
Year 2 also made their own paper bags to reduce the amount of plastic ones that they use. This is much better for the environment. They made their own logos and wrote messages on the front.
Year 2 recycled lots of rubbish to create life size sculptures of animals. We re-used old plastic forks for the sharp teeth!
Here is our lion. Can you see the old rubber gloves that we used for the lion's mane.
Year 2 were in charge of the exhibition. Here are just some of the things they needed to do:
1.) They had to ask permission from Mrs Knight to use the small hall.
2.) They also had to ask the kitchen staff if they could have their lunch in the main hall so that the exhibition could be set up.
3.) They asked each year group what they needed to display their work.
4.) They wrote letters to invite guests to see the exhibition.
5.) Some children showed the adults their work and explained what they did.
6.) Some children went to Cedar school to exhibit our fantastic work.
Well done Year 2 and well done to the rest of the school for all your hard work and commitment to looking after the environment!
Thursday, 26 June 2008
Year 4 are now well under way with their gardening project.
We have made our first 2 mosaics already - our "summer" stone and our "winter" stone. They already look great and will look even better once they have been grouted.
We have been learning lots of new skills along the way - cutting tiles with tile nippers, applying adhesive with a spatula, how to co-ordinate colours...
Have a look at our slide show to see how we've been getting on!
Watch this space for the next instalment!
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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
Year 4 have been working hard on a new, exciting project.
We decided that our garden area in our playground is dull and boring and needs to be changed.
So... we have plans. We will be updating the blog regularly with photos and examples of work to show you. Look out for mosaics, woodcarvings, story thrones...
In the meantime, have a look at our slideshows to find out just WHY we think the garden needs updating.
We started with visiting the garden and brainstorming adjectives to describe it.
Then, we turned our ideas into some FANTASTIC pieces of descriptive writing. As you will probably be able to tell, we worked especially hard on our presentation skills.
Hint: If you want to be able to read the pieces of writing, double click the picture for a larger slideshow.
Thursday, 19 June 2008
There's not a spare moment at Knapp House and everyone is kept busy doing something from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed... (Today, that was 7.30am - 10.30pm, so it was a very long day!)
To charge them up for the activities, most children are eating at least this much for breakfast...
And then it's straight into floating and boating, dangling and hanging, pedalling and paddling... Here are some of the things you may have missed!
We drove out to Great Torrington to the boating lake and everyone had plenty of time to learn how to use three different types of boat... Listen out for Mrs Worley and Miss Beavill's very good suggestion for next time!
And here's daredevil Miss Hutchinson... The video stops just before she gets to the bottom. Did she make it down safely? You'll have to wait and see!
Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Day 3 and it was raining just a little, so the best place to be is underground!
Just like for miners, big overalls and helmets are important safety features, and so are torches. We counted them all in...
Miss Beavill waited patiently with the sheep...
And we counted everyone back out again!
Everyone came out smiling...