Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Year 3 Hugo Cabret Photo Frames-finished at last!


A glazing time at Oasis

Year 4 had an absolutely brilliant time last week at Oasis academy. We visited Tracy and her team in the Art department to glaze our clay elephants ready for firing in their kiln. We are now very much looking forward to seeing what they are going to look like after being fired again! A huge thank you to Tracy and the Art department at Oasis Academy.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Year 4 'Paint with scissors'

Today Year 4 created collage art work inspired by Henri Matisse's Jazz series, which is circus-themed. The children had to work in groups to create their pictures, sharing ideas and resources. They also learned about Matisse and his life.



Jazz collection by Matisse


Have a look at our art gallery below!



Friday, 23 June 2017

Knapp House Day 5

The final day at Knapp house is a quick one but we still pack so much in. Breakfast, packing, surfing, packing, lunch and the start of the journey home.

I hope all the children enjoyed their trip to Knapp House and that they can recover any lost sleep over the weekend and I also hope parents have enjoyed our tweets an blog posts showing what the children have been getting up to.




Water Safety Session!

Year 5 have being swimming weekly for the last few weeks, this week was water safety week where they went in the pool in clothes and completed several safety activities!

Oakhouse Day 5

All this activity this week - has made us hungry!! Bring on our giant picnic which we have been cooking ourselves this morning. Off to the field this afternoon to EAT! What a super way to finish our Oakhouse Week!

Oakhouse Day 4

We started off with Tangram Fun! Our project yesterday was making 3D people with pipe cleaners and then shooting an animated film! Wow................amazing!! Check out our winners!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday at Knapp

Today was the last full day at Knapp House and with the weather a bit cooler the children have given their activities everything!

Today, they have done: Tunneling and crate-stacking, Canoeing on the lake and of course, the Disco!

We have 2 final activities on Friday: Surfing and packing.


Quick update from Knapp

Just thought we'd post some videos from this morning's canoeing.

A journey to the afterlife!

In Year 5 we have being learning about the beliefs Ancient Egyptians followed, as part of their religion. Part of this has being looking at how bodies were prepared for the afterlife, through mummification. To give the pupils a hands on experience of this they became embalmers, carrying out the stages of mummification on tomatoes.

It was messy and lots of fun!


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Knapp House Day 3

Day 3 at Knapp House has been another scorcher! We have, however, had some breeze today so it's seemed much cooler. The sun cream has continued to be lathered on as we've had another full day.

Today our groups have had a go at: Tunneling and crate stacking, Low Ropes, Coastal walk, Canoe drill in the pool and ringos.



Oakhouse Day 3

Another hot day but still lots of fun! Archery, wall climbing and best of all ............. canoeing round a lake! The children were credit to themselves and Oakwood! Check out our best rowers!

Egyptian Feast Fun!

To start our Egyptian topic this week we have being learning about the River Nile and food and farming in ancient Egypt. As part of this we made flat bread. We then ate the flat bread along with several other Egyptian foods, as part of our Egyptian feast. We are now writing poetry about the flavours, textures and appearance of the foods.

Oakhouse Day 2

Great day had by all of us at Testlands Hub.... Super sporty and super hot! Lots of fantastic Badminton Doubles Matches going on and real competitive spirit!! Our dance routines are super fantastic too. Check out the new receptionist at Testlands!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Knapp House Day 2

It's been hot. Ridiculously Hot.

But we've been enjoying our time none-the-less! We have been tree traversing, crabbing, low-roping, Rib riding and peddle carting. A fantastic day.


Exploring circuits in Year 4

Year 4 had a great morning today exploring electrical circuits. They had several challenges to complete and showed a fantastic growth mindset when working through each activity.

Their challenges were:

  • Can you make a light bulb light up?
  • Can you make the light bulb brighter?
  • What happens when you add two more bulbs to your circuit?
  • Can you find a conductor in the classroom?
  • Can you find an insulator in the classroom?
Well done for an 'electrifying' lesson, Year 4!





Logs on the playground

It was very hot in our classroom this afternoon so we decided to take our learning outside in the shade. We practised our number skills and handwriting on the playground using chalk.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Knapp House Day 1

Having spent the last hour walking around site...I have finally found some wi-fi!!!! (Don't worry, there is someone looking after the children).

It's been a brilliant first day for our Knapp House visit. The weather has been beautiful. Hot, Sunny and perfect for a spot of Ringo riding, tree climbing, rock climbing/abseiling and canoe drill.

Another hot day tomorrow and another day stacked full of fun and adventure.




Day 1 Oakhouse

The start of our week has been busy and hot! That didn't stop us having fun in the Art Studio this morning! We have produced some super art created with straws and potatoes!

Year 1 Question of Faith Day

Year 1 had a fantastic day learning all about changes and some of the stories from the bible.
They took part in many different activities based upon the stories. These included:
 - Magic Tricks
- 'Follow me' game
- Creating a sparkly fish
- Making 'wobbly legs' to retell a story
- Treasure hunt
 - Collages
 - Interactive storytelling
 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Some Gold Book Homework from Year 4!

Last weeks homework involved using the children using their creative minds in making or designing their own food stall at the fairground. Lots of their hard work made it into gold book!

Year 4's trip to Southampton Art Gallery

Before half term Year 4 visited our local art gallery here in Southampton. The whole year group loved their visit and really enjoyed sketching in side the gallery.

Year 4 Home Learning Exhibition

Year 4 put on a fantastic display of their homework projects all about 'The Aztecs'. Thanks to all their parents and friends who came!

All the fun of the fair!

Year 4 had an absolutely amazing hook day on Friday. Miss Patchett led year 4 in style!!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Year 3 Hugo Cabret Inspired Photo Frames.


City Athletics Championship

Oakwood's athletics team went to the City Athletics Championships yesterday to compete again 21 other schools on the track and out in the field (and a few sandpits).

There were some fantastic individual performances on the day as a number of children managed to reach the podium. Oakwood's most successful performances came in the Y6 80m where we grabbed gold in both the Girls and Boys races - 2 City Champions!

Neither the Girls/Boys or the overall team made it into the top 3, so we will have to wait until the results are sent out later this week to confirm our position.

Well done to every child who went with the team and did their best! Whether is was in just 1 race, or they managed to reach the finals we are proud of the performance of every child!




There are a number of photos on the daily echo site and there will be a write up in 'The Pink' this weekend.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Year 4 experiment with electricity

This afternoon in science, Year 4 discovered the *shocking* effect that static electricity has on their hairstyles! This is because the rubbing creates a negative charge that is carried by electrons. The electrons can build up to produce static electricity. Similarly, when you rub a balloon on your head it causes opposite static charges to build up both on your hair and the balloon. Have a look at the *electrifying* results!




Fantastic forces in Y5

Year 5 spent the start of last week exploring different forces. One of the forces we learned about was friction. As part of our friction learning, we worked in groups to plan and carry out a scientific experiment into friction. We explored two different variables: - The friction of different shoes -The friction of different surfaces We thought about what we would need to do to keep our tests fair. As part of our maths, we created a table to collect and present our results. Once we had collected our results we used these to create graphs to show our friction findings before drawing conclusions about which surface and shoe provided the most friction.

Oakwood in Bloom, Amazing Art

Year 5 have been busy artists the last couple of days. They have worked on several skills to each produce a fantastic final piece.
- Firstly, we looked at the work of several artists including: David Bomberg, William Daniels, Georgia O'Keefe and Alex Katz. We used the zone of relevance to describe them and wrote a short descriptive piece about the paintings for a blind observer.
- Next we used our photography skills (on the ipads) to take a photo around Oakwood to inspire our Oakwood in Bloom final piece.
- We then used natural materials from outside to make a natural colour palette.
- From our photos we did an observational sketch.
- Then we did some colour mixing using the paint to find the colour shades we wanted to use on our final piece.
- Finally we set to work on our final piece.

They did amazingly and produced some work to be really proud of!



Friday, 9 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Year 4's Elephant Day

This half term in Year 4 we will be learning all about the circus. To get off to an exciting start, we dedicated the whole day to elephants! We learned all about how elephants used to be used as performers in the circus and how new laws have been brought into place to protect animals from being used as entertainment. We completed a quiz on the history of the circus in teams and we then went on to sketch an elephant, using the tutorial below.





Here is a gallery of some of the finished elephant sketches, well done Year 4 for a great first day back!


Monday, 5 June 2017

Year 3 Local Walk


In the final week of last half-term, Year Three carried out a detailed survey of the local area. We compared different areas by counting the housing, traffic and wild-life considering what artificial changes we thought were positive and negative.

We also posted our letters to the elected Prime Minister (to be opened on the 10th June) in which we explained what we liked about our country and our ideas for an improved future!      


Friday, 26 May 2017

Make 5 Grow

Year 6 children launched their Make 5 Grow businesses this week and have done a roaring trade!

Each Y6 child has been loaned £5 with the challenge of making their money grow. Most have pooled their money in teams but some brave souls are going it alone! 16 separate businesses have been ordering, making, baking, chilling, freezing and most importantly selling!

If you have been looking forward to buying something after school then we have to apologise. Our products have been so popular that they have sold out at lunchtime each day!

Year 2 Roald Dahl Celebration Morning!

Year 2 would like to say a BIG Thank-You to all the parents and visitors that were able to come to our Year 2 Roald Dahl celebration morning. The children have been working hard this half term and enjoyed sharing their work with you!








Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Natural Art

Year 1 have been enjoying the outdoors by creating animal pictures with what they have found in the woods at school.


Up the Beanstalk Workshare

Today Year R had their final workshare in the hall.

We hope parents enjoyed getting the chance to talk to the children about their beans in pots, Mr Greenheads and had the chance to look at the bird 'fat balls' that we have made. As it has been such a lovely day we also opened up the doors to the pond for parents to explore, did anyone find the frogs?

Year 2 Fractions

Year 2 have been revising all the things they have learned in Maths. Take a look at our Fractions!




Planting

Year 2 have been planting! We planted runner beans and some flowers. We have also planted cress which we have been observing growing in different places!






Year 2 Roald Dahl Maths

Year 2 have been doing lots of measuring! We were trying to make our own George's Marvellous Medicine!






Munch and Crunch

Year R finished off their Up the Beanstalk topic by having an exciting snack time up on the field.

The children brought in their favourite healthy vegetable snacks to share with their friends and played games together, enjoying the lovely weather while it lasts.

Time to donate!

After a busy Jude's topic, the winning team successfully sold all their ice cream! Raising a fantastic £300.00 to donate to the local young peoples mental health charity, No Limits. Today the members of the winning team, Summer Delight had a trip in the mini bus with Mr Taylor and Miss Kilburn to donate the money.


Up the Beanstalk

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Year 3 Collage


Willow Class Assembly

This morning Willow Class were excited to perform their assembly in front of Key Stage 1 and their friends and family.

 During their 'Growing Things' topic, they have been learning our about their environment and how to look after it.

Today they acted out the story of Michael Recycle (with an Oakwood twist), showed off their own superheroes they created, played their 'World News' video and performed a recycling song.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Y5/6 Tri-Golf Competition

Well, we had the weather for it!

12 children from Y5 visited the Southampton Golf Course this afternoon to take part in the Southampton School Games Y5/6 Tri-Golf competition.

We won't know the results of the competition for a few days, but the children enjoyed the sunshine and had a great afternoon testing their golf skills.


Aztec masks in Year 4

Year 4 have created some absolutely amazing Aztec masks as part of their topic work. Here they are showing off their excellent Aztec poses! Well done, Year 4!


Friday, 19 May 2017

Y1 Trip to Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu and Lepe

Year 1 have had a really enjoyable day out at the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu and Lepe.

The morning was full of fun activities in the woods and meadow. Before heading back to school the children had fun at the park in Lepe.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who came and made the trip such a success.

Learning French with Mr Fernandes-Berger

Mr Fernandes-Berger visited Year 3 today to help them with their French pronunciation.


Originally from Belgium, Mr Fernandes-Berger's first language is French and so he came to talk with Year 3. We went through the French alphabet and talked to our visitor using the conversational language we have learned this year. We even quizzed our visitor on his home country of Belgium as part of our European studies.




Year 6 - A Question of Faith

Year 6 spent the day yesterday working with Matt and his team from the Southampton City Mission as they looked at the theme of transition.

As well as looking at how some Christians view transition as just the beginning of a new journey, the children explored their own feelings, hopes and dreams; as they begin their own transition from primary school the secondary school.


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Unusual Year R Visitor

Yesterday, Year R had a very different kind of visitor.

Who would have thought we would have something like this living in our outdoor area.

Luckily no Mrs Cox's were harmed!


Aztec Masks

This week Year 4 have been designing and constructing their Aztec Masks. They learned all about what they were used for and how the Aztecs sacrificed humans for their gods.

Year 4 Explore the Aztec Box

Year 4 have had a great time exploring Aztec artefacts and costumes from the box, which we hired from Hampshire Wardrobe. A great resource raising many questions about the Aztecs and also showing how they lived.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Year 3 Performance Poetry Competition


Here are some of the finalists from our Poetry Performance competition.











Friday, 12 May 2017

KS1 Federation Multi-Skills event

Yesterday after school children stayed to participate in a fun and friendly event with Newlands Primary School.

 Oakwood hosted the event and our fantastic sports leaders organised the different stations for the children to work through.

The assault course included balancing, throwing, aiming and even crawling through a tunnel.

 Well done to all the children who took part.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

SATs are over! SATs are over!

Y6 completed their final end of Key Stage SATs test this morning, and in traditional Oakwood style they completed their SATs CONGA around the school to celebrate.

Year 1 Observational Drawings

Today Year 1 have been outside in the quad drawing all of the beautiful wild flowers.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

School Games Hockey League Week 2

Today was week two of the Schools' Hockey League. Both Oakwood teams had another two games to play and were hopeful for good results. The sunshine made the 15 minute games very hard work but Team Oakwood gave it their all.

The 'A' team followed up last weeks wins with a 4-0 victory over Bitterne Primary and despite dominating against Valentine it took a last second goal to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Scorers this week: Nathaniel (3) and Marcus (2). This week's player of the week - Marcus!

The 'B' team battled hard in their first game but lost out to a single goal - going down 0-1 to Ludlow. Oakwood struggled to cope with Valentine's star player in their second match and suffered a 0-3 loss.
This week's player of the week - James.

Both teams have their final group games next week.

Flower Art in Year 1

Our topic this half term is 'Growing Things' where we are learning all about different types of plants.

In art we have painted our own version of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. We learned that he uses bright colours and big brush strokes in his art work, so we did the same.

We have also created 3D flowers using cupcake cases and other collage materials. They have really brightened up our classrooms.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Flower Surgery in Y5

Year 5 had a busy afternoon yesterday dissecting flowers. We worked in teams to identify the different parts of the flower having learnt about how flowers reproduce.

Anyone for ice cream?

The Ice- Cream sale went live last week! Sales went brilliantly with lots of money raised for No Limits (a mental health charity) based in Southampton. Summer Delight was a triumph team, raising just under £300.00. A huge thank you to Jude's for all your help with this wonderful topic!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Revising for SATs

We are so proud of our Year 6 children. Busy at work preparing for the SATs next week! They are ALL superstars and we wish them lots of luck. They deserve it!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

School Games Hockey League

Well done to the two Oakwood teams who represented us at at the 1st week of the school games hockey league last night.

Oakwood 'B' lost heavily in their first game which was against Springhill A, but made big improvements in their second game as they lost 4-1 to Bitterne C of E. Jimmy grabbed the Oakwood goal and the player of the day for the Team 'B'.

Oakwood 'A' got off to a better start, beating Springhill B 4-0 before having to come from behind against Bassett Green to triumph 4-1. Well done to the 'A' team player of the day - Jessica. Goal scorers Hannah (1), Nathaniel (2), Jess (2), Tymaine (3) and Marcus (1).

Friday, 28 April 2017

Year 4 show off their Aztec Sacrificial Dance moves

Year 4 started their Aztec topic off this week. Part of their learning was to compose a dance showing the story of a human sacrifice. FYI - No children were harmed during this performance!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

This week is the last week in which Active kids vouchers will be given to you at the checkouts so make sure you ask for/collect yours!

We still have several weeks to collect them in school before we send them off so start digging them out and sending them in with your children. There are boxes in both KS1 and KS2 as well as the school office.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Easter fun in Year R

Year R have had lots of fun this week learning all about Easter.

We have learned the Easter story and what Christians do to celebrate this special time. We have learned how important the symbol of the cross is and have tasted hot cross buns. We have made a tasty next treat, been on an Easter egg hunt, made cute chick cards and found out which Easter bunny is the tallest.

Take a peek!

Year 3 Fairthorne Residential

We had smashing weather and great fun for two days at Fairthorne Manor. Fears were conquered, friends were made and challenges were overcome! We are really proud of the good behaviour and cooperation demonstrated by the whole group.

Smoothie Making in Year 1

We have been learning all about healthy eating in Year 1. We have learned that it is really important to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day to keep healthy.

One fun way of getting your 5 a day is through drinking smoothies. In groups we designed and created our own. We thought about what healthy ingredients we would put in and also what equipment we would need. After that we chopped up our fruits and vegetables and put them into a blender. They tasted delicious!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Paws, Claws and Whiskers Homework

This half term Willow class have produced some fantastic homework.

We had various pieces of homework including:
- facts files about different animals
- homemade bird feeders
- information about local wildlife
- animal stories

 

Jude's den

Forget the dragon's den, this afternoon Year 5 have been putting all their hard work into action and have pitched their ice cream businesses to Jude and Aiden (from Jude's ice cream). Year 5 worked in groups of 4 or 5. They had to: design the product; undertake market research and create a market research report; design a logo and packaging; research charities to donate the profits to and create a persuasive charity speech; create a board to inform Jude all about their business; create a presentation and finally pitch all of this to Jude and Aiden. It was a tough decision to decide between the groups (the teachers are glad they didn't have to decide) but the winners of the Oakwood Jude's challenge 2017 are.... Summer Delight!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sorting animals

Year 1 worked as a team to sort pictures of different animals talking about the special features some animals have as well as what makes them belong to a certain group.


Festival of Holi

This term the children have learned about the festival of Holi while exploring the concept of "Remembering" and have listened to the story about Prahlad.

A shrine was created so that children have been able to see what is in one.

During the festival many celebrate it by throwing coloured paint so the children had a go at creating their own paint splattered pictures.







Big Pedal


Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Big Pedal this year. We had nearly 20% of our school travel by bike or scooter, in addition to the huge number that walk every day. Nationally, we came 601st out of nearly 2000 schools and we look forward to doing even better next year!  


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Girls' Test Park Football Tournament

Earlier this week, Team Oakwood sent sent a group of 8 girls to represent Oakwood at the Test Park Football Tournament.
Oakwood were drawn in Group B so had four group games. Things got off to a great start with Oakwood beating Townhill 3-0. During their second game, try as they might, Oakwood could not find a breakthrough goal against Bitterne C of E - the Bitterne 'keeper making a number of close quarter saves: the score finished 0-0. Oakwood did manage to score in the third game, a 1-0 victory over St Monica 'B'. Nothing but a win against current group leaders Mansbridge would allow Oakwood to progress to the semi-finals  but a defensive effort from Mansbridge kept Oakwood at bay the final score 0-0.

So despite not conceding a single goal whilst winning two and drawing two, Oakwood did not progress to the knock-out rounds on goal difference alone!

Well done to all the girls who represented Oakwood so well and to our three goal scorers: Mia (1), Millie T (1) and Praise (1).


Minibeast madness

Year R finished off their minibeast topic with a visit from ZooLab. They children put their minibeast knowledge to the test and got the chance to meet some new friends.
Can you spot the one that is not a minibeast and do you know why?

Friday, 31 March 2017

Year 2 Castle and Sun art

Year 2 had a busy afternoon today, creating art inspired by Paul Klee's Castle and Sun.



Castle and Sun by Paul Klee

The children used watercolours and collage and we think their finished pictures are fantastic! Please see the gallery below.

Y5 Bikeability

Year 5 have had a busy week this week: alongside preparing for their Jude's business pitches for Jude's visit next week they have been busy taking part in bikeability training. The children have been learning how to safely ride a bike- including many children learning how to be safe on the roads when cycling. Thanks to the bikeability team for some great training!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Y3 Trip to Local Library

Last week, both classes walked to the Lordshill Library and were able to borrow three books to get them started on a lifetime of access to free books. How exciting!



Dr. Bike

We would like to say a big thank-you to our Bike It Officer Stuart Williams for single-handedly repairing dozens of bikes ready for the Big Pedal. Participation is already high and we want to keep encouraging children to ride to school during the Big Pedal and beyond.


Bike Security

On Thursday, local PCSO Jacob Curran visited the school to remind everyone of what they can do to prevent bike theft and help recovery.

1. Keep your bike locked and inside when possible.
2. Record the serial number located on the bike near the pedals.
3. Register your bike with immobilise.com
4. Take a photo of your bike, clearly showing anything that makes it stand out.



Green Cross Code

Here are the children from the Oakwood "Travel Team" Committee, reciting the Green Cross Code. We did it so that all children in school can learn it too!

Hampshire Indoor Athletics Competition

Having won the Southampton Indoor Athletics competition in November, Team Oakwood went to the Hampshire event yesterday to compete against 15 other local area winners.

It was the first time Oakwood had competed at Hampshire level events for a number of years, so it was a new experience for the whole team. The level of competition was higher than the Southampton events and several of the events had changed too, so Team Oakwood had to raise their game to do well.

The team performed brilliantly throughout the afternoon and picked up some great results across a range of events. They finished a very credible 9th place, just a few points behind 8th and 7th.

Pictures were hard to come by but we did manage a couple of the sprint races as well as a video.




Monday, 27 March 2017

KS1 Personal Best Day

Today year R, 1 and 2 enjoyed a session with TMC who organised another fun personal best day for everyone. The theme was co-ordination. On each station the children had the opportunity to be challenged and score points for each challenge that they completed.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Year R and Year 6 share Science experiments!

A Huge Thank you!

Wow what a fun day we had coming to school in our pyjamas this with morning. We then started the day with a dancing assembly to celebrate Comic Relief. We raised a total of: £411.74

Pop?!

Wanted - Why does the balloon not pop? Answers please?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Y5/6 Tag-Rugby

Team Oakwood were in action today at the School Games Y5/6 Tag-Rugby event at Test Park. Oakwood are the current holders of the trophy so were very keen to bring the trophy back to Oawkood once again.


Oakwood had five group games to navigate before any possible semi-final and they were keen to ensure they got the job done properly! Their group results were as follows:

Oakwood 8 - 4 Thornhill
Oakwood 11 - 1 Ludlow B
Oakwood 7 - 0 Springhill
Oakwood 7 - 1 Bitterne B
Oakwood 4 - 5 Bassett Green

Losing their final group game was tough as it had been a very even game until the last minute. It meant that Oakwood progressed as group runners up and played Bitterne A in the semi-final. Oakwood again dominated, winning 8 - 3.

A final - against group nemesis Bassett Green - called. At half time Oakwood were in control and looked unplayable at 3-1 up. But a succession of mistakes slowly let Bassett Green back into the game: they pulled level at 4 - 4 with just a minute to play. Unfortunately a final mistake led to Bassett scoring again and taking a 4 - 5 lead with just seconds left on the clock. Bassett fully deserved to win on their second half performance but the game showed just how cruel sport can be. 

Well done to all of Oakwood's 7 players who were OUTSTANDING! Special mention to player of the day, Marcus. 

Science Week in Year R

Year 2 visit Lordshill Church

Today year 2 walked to Lordshill church to visit Reverend Chris. The children learnt lots about the things in the church and the Easter story.


Monday, 20 March 2017

City Cross County Championships

On Friday it was the turn of Y5/6 children to attend the City Cross Country Championship race at the Sports Centre.

Some of the children were running for the first time, having not run in the league before Christmas, and did really well. See their results below.

A big well done to everyone who raced from Y3/4/5& 6 over the last two weeks.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Fluffy chicks!

Year 4 got to handle the chicks today! We had lots of discussion about looking after them and what has been happening.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Y3/4 Tag-Rugby Competition

Team Oakwood has been very busy recently. This time is was Y3/4 Tag-Rugby; as 8 children 'Tryed' and 'Tagged' to keep hold of the trophy we won last year.

Oakwood were drawn in Pool 'A', which on reflection, was definitely the trickiest group! Oakwood had to wait a game before they got underway, but their first game saw them take on Bitterne C of E Primary - winning 8-5. Their next game followed straight away and turned into a little bit of a one-sided game, Oakwood beating Springhill B 7-2. With no rest, Oakwood then played out a very exciting 4-4 draw with Fairisle.

With 2 wins and a draw Oakwood qualified top of the group and played Springhill A in the quarter-final. Oakwood were again victorious - 6-4 the final score.

The semi-final bought back Fairisle Junior, who took advantage of a tired Oakwood, to race into a 0-2 lead. Oakwood rallied, but eventually lost 4-5. (Fairisle did then go on to win the Final)

A final 'Bronze' play-off against Bitterne C of E saw Oakwood go 2-0 up before suffering a mini collapse and going 2-4 down. Again, Oakwood rallied and this time came on on top - winning 5-4.

Well done to all the players for representing Oakwood so well.


Year 2's motte and bailey castles

We had a super afternoon in Year 2, learning all about motte and bailey castles. We then made our own models using clay and matchsticks. Have a look at the fantastic work!

African clay huts

After Reading the story of "Handa's Surprise" the children in Year 1 made African huts using clay.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Y5 Question of Faith Day

Year 5 were really lucky as Matt, Rev Chris and Richard came in from Southampton City Mission to lead an action packed day all about our R.E. topic 'A symbol of ritual'. Matt kicked off the day by speaking to us through his kazoo whilst juggling. After a quick quiz to find out about our favourite foods we were set the challenge to break some codes. We thought all about how rituals are something that we do again and again that has special significance. Armed with this knowledge we thought about what rituals we have. After learning about the Christian ritual of having bread and wine as communion we were set the task of collaging what Christians could pick today if they were starting the ritual of communion for the first time.

LKS2 Cross County Championship

On Friday last week Team Oakwood sent a group of children from Lower Key Stage 2 to the City Cross Country Championships which were held at the Outdoor Sports Centre. There are separate girls and boys races and both races see competitors complete a simple lap of the entire sports centre. The race distance is just over a mile and is the same course the Y5/6 children will be running this week!

Well done to all the children who took part,



Oakwood v Tanners Brook

Team Oakwood played their 3rd football game of their Spring season against Tanners Brook Primary School yesterday.

Oakwood were keen to get off to a good start and pressed the Tanners Brook players into making mistakes in possession of the ball. The team created a number of good chances but hit the post or crossbar 3 times in the first half! Oakwood did finally take the lead from a corner; Jenson side-footing into the net from a low cross.

After half time Oakwood continued to make more scoring chances, however this time they managed to beat the 'keeper - further goals coming from Jenson and Jack (2). The final whistle blew with Oakwood comfortable 4-0 winners.

The Man of the Match was Will, and our goalscorers Jenson (2) and Jack (2).

Well one team, we look forward to the game next Tuesday against Shirley.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Football Team match night

Following their City Cup Semi-Final win on Monday, the school football team were back in action yesterday as they took part in a double match night with Holy Family and Fairisle. 


Oakwood played Holy Family first and started the game positively, putting together some good attacking moves and looking organised in defence. A very good, long range strike from Holy Family drew an excellent save from Tom, the Oakwood 'Keeper, but he could only push to ball to the Holy Family striker who scored from the rebound.
A deflected header and a long range free-kick put Holy Family 3-0 up in the second half and it was tough to take for the Oakwood players. The team continued to try, but the final whistle went and the 3-0 score still stood.

After a quick break, Oakwood were back on the pitch against Fairisle. The quality of football on show dipped as a large number of fouls disrupted the flow of the game and Oakwood struggled to concentrate on their passing game. Fairisle snatched a 1-0 lead and faught hard to protect it. The game finished 1-0.

Well done to all the players on what was a disappointing night for results. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tasty time in Y5

Yesterday, as part of Y5's entrepreneurial topic we spent an afternoon taste testing different ice cream flavour combinations. Last week we planned the flavour combinations we would like to test and sent our teachers out shopping. In our Jude's groups we thought about how each different flavour looked, smelt and finally tasted!

Year 2 World Book Day

The Year 2 children looked wonderful in their World Book Day costumes. We shared different stories and designed a book token.




Monday, 6 March 2017

Southampton City Cup: Semi-Final

Team Oakwood played Abbotswood in their Southampton Schools' City Cup Semi-Final tonight and produced a brilliant second half performance to ensure Oakwood reached the final for the 5th time in the last 6 years!

Oakwood began the game brightly and showed great energy in closing down the Abbotswood players; making sure they had no time on the ball. It was Oakwood who first tested the opposition's 'keeper and it was Oakwood who took the lead when Alan hit a crisp strike from outside the area.

Within seconds of the second half kicking-off Oakwood were 2-0 up as a deflected cross was put into his own net by an Abbotswood defender. Defending City Cup champions, Oakwood, continued to dominate, and following some neat play by Leo, Jenson was able to slide the ball in to the bottom corner. With the away team on the ropes and looking forward to the final whistle the ball fell kindly for Leo to smash home and cap-off a fantastic Oakwood performance.

The final score was Oakwood 4-0 Abbotswood. Scorers Alan (1), Jenson (1), Leo (1) og (1)
Man of the Match, Leo.

I scream, You scream...

We all scream for Ice Cream!!

Year 5 had a chilly time in Winchester at the Top Secret Headquarters of Jude's Ice Cream...

There, Jude herself and husband Theo took us through the highly secretive process of making frozen confectionery for discerning clients all over Hampshire, the rest of the UK, cruise ships and even Dubai!

It's more complicated than you might think... (You should ask your children about the special feature of the hairnets...!)

Our tour of the factory included the manufacturing rooms and the big walk-in storage freezers!

And why are we going to an Ice Cream factory, you may ask?! Well, it's all part of our Apprentice-Style Team-Working Entrepreneurial Business Project...

We are working together in groups to create a brand new business - plans, budgets, product development, marketing etc. We're using cloud-based systems (G Suite) to share our plans in our group and work on them collaboratively... And when we're done, Jude herself will be coming to school to judge the winners...

A brilliant time was had by everyone and both Jude and Theo said how much they love Oakwood coming to the factory!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Mrs. Moody: The life of a PPA teacher

As you all know, I have taught at Oakwood for 17 years but do not have my own class. I currently cover the teachers' time out of class across the whole school.

This week, I had the unexpected pleasure of helping teach in Year 6 for four days. It has been such fun to work with such a lovely cohort: helping in their preparation for SATs as well as joining in their exciting science lessons learning about light - refraction, reflection, speed- and periscopes.

Despite having an A-Level in English language studies, I did have to ask for a mini reminder on appropriate use of semi-colons and commas -thanks Mr.Wills- but it meant I was able to inculcate the knowledge to the children. 

For English today, the class had 15 minutes to write a brief recount of their week with me. This was my favourite by Amber:

Dear Diary,

My week with Mrs. Moody was a blast of fun. Every day we did a Go Noodle to get us pumped up. We started to read Kensuke's Kingdom - which is our new English set novel - so far its quite good. While reading this, we all learnt a new word (inculcate) as well as what a porpoise is.

We had fun with Mrs Moody and learnt that we shouldn't marry someone who snores. She also read us a part of the book that she is writing about horses.

Mrs Moody is sad now as she has to leave us as well as mark this piece of work.

I was joking about the snoring issue by the way!

Thank you Year 6 😊


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Today we visited Lordshill library. The sun shone for us too on the walk there and back. We found out ... you can join for free, baby books are boring ( he he ), you need a library card to borrow a book, you can take up to 30!!!! books out. We had great fun. Written by 4FR

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

World Book Day in Year 1

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters and guessing who each other was.

The children took part in various activities including a visit from their "Buddy Class" in Year 3 and 4.

Book Day Buddies!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Fun-filled Friday

Oakstead have had a busy final day working hard to show we can earn our gold teamwork bead. This morning we worked as teams to compete in a quiz testing our knowledge of all our Oakstead activities. As part of our quiz we had to watch a video really closely and then answer questions about it. After break we worked as teams to create 3D human pictures of animals we had seen at the zoo.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Furzey Thursday!

Today we were lucky with some beautiful sunshine here at Minstead. We started the day willow weaving to make dream catchers. We then had a walk up to the beautiful Furzey Gardens fairy hunting. Followed by a sing song, joke telling and putting our clay hearts into the fire. What a fantastic last evening full of memories.

When Oakstead went to the woods today...

Today has been another busy day at Oakstead. This morning we headed into the woods for a muddy walk. On our way we collected natural resources for our afternoon activity. We made it back in time to catch up with what our friends are getting up to down at Minstead. In the afternoon we were set a challenge to use the things we had created on our walk and turn them into an animal scene, inspired by the animals we had seen at Marwell. Another busy day: 1 more day to go!

Fairy tale Homework by Willow Class

Willow Class have created some fantastic homework inspired by all the fairy tales we have been reading in class.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Wet Wednesday!

This morning we swapped activities so both groups have now completed Muck Movers and met Baaaabra and Benji (the sheep). Then this afternoon we have been on a walk up to the famous bog, where our wellies and toes got really muddy. We then came back for a good clean up before our lantern procession to try and look at the stars this evening.

Year 4 River Art

Year 4 have produced some fabulous art based on river perspective.

3LD Class Assembly







Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Terrific Tuesday!

Although there were a few tired faces around this morning (including the adults). Today has been another action packed day at Minstead, Woolly Workers, Muck Movers and a lovely visit to Minstead village, followed by the church.




Cedar class Assembly

Cedar class really enjoyed performing their assembly where they acted out the story of The Jolly Postman or other people's letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

Our Postman scooted around the stage and delivered letters to many characters found in traditional tales which were read out by some of the children.

The children also sung and danced along to a favourite song "Reach for the Stars" by S club 7.

Well done Cedar class!!!

Oakstead's animal adventure

Today the children at Oakstead have had a busy day exploring Marwell Zoo, learning about all the different animals and their habitats. We had the chance to meet a range of animals across the zoo, including giraffes; a baby pygmy hippo and Ralph the wetsuit-wearing penguin. What an exciting day!

Personal best day

The focus this half term was balance! The children had different activities to do on each of the 5 stations but on each station there were challenges. All children tried their best and worked hard to get through as many challenges as they could.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Muddy Monday!

What a day!

Our day has been action packed with lots of fun and mud. We arrived at Minstead, quickly unpacked and then departed on a long walk. We stopped for lunch on the way, where we joined briefly by a group of donkeys. We had lots of fun learning all about the New Forest and this evening we had a lovely end to the day, with a visit to the round house for a fire.

All children are now de-mudded, sat on beanbags with a hot chocolate ready for bed!


Friday, 10 February 2017

KS2 Sport 4 All

This half term's KS2 Sport 4 All activity has been a big 'hit' with the KS2 children...

They have all had an hours session of table tennis!

With some adaptable table tennis equipment and some table re-organisation, all KS2 classes were able to have a go at table tennis. If your child enjoyed their table tennis session and would like to play more, then why not sign them up for our after-school table tennis club.




Superb Storytelling

To help our instruction writing this term Year 5 learned a instructions text by heart, to help us with the features and structure of our writing.
See us in action below!




Federation Fitness Festival

Each year Oakwood attends a number of sports events run for schools in the Redbridge and Lorshill Federation. Today, 10 Y6 children represented Oakwood in the Federation Fitness festival.

They completed a range of fitness activities test all sorts of different fitnesses and did very well. The team finished in 3rd place, missing out on 2nd/1st by just a small margin.

Well done girls/boys for keeping going in the cold weather (Mrs Wheeler informs me there was even snow at one point!).

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Super Space Projects

Year 5's topic this half term has been 'Up, Up and Away', where we have been learning all about space and our Solar System. Year 5's homework this term was a 4 week project which was a great opportunity for pupils to get creative and present their learning and research in a variety of ways. Take a look at all the SUPER space work they produced and it on show on our Home Learning Exhibition.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

School Football team v Valentine Primary

The school football team welcomed Valentine Primary School for their City Cup quarter final today.

The team have not played together since late October but they quickly gelled again. During the first half the defence ruled, quickly snuffing out Valentine attacks. Valentine, however, looked shaky at the back and some quick pressing by Oakwood resulted in a number of shots from distance.

The second half saw Oakwood push forward more and they were rewarded for their efforts as Jack glanced a header home from a Jenson corner. As Valentine threw players forward to try and find an equaliser Oakwood then scored the important second goal. Jack scoring again to round of a fast counter attack.

Well done to two goal hero Jack and to Man of the Match, debutante Sonny.

The team now progress to the Semi-final.

Alien invasion in Year 5

This term as part of our Up, Up and Away topic Year 5 have been busy designing and creating clay aliens. First we created fact files all about our aliens, then we created designs in our sketchbooks before modelling them from clay and painting them. We combined our 3D alien modelling skills and our 2D art skills to create our space environments. We also used our instruction writing skills to write instructions on how to capture our aliens.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Elm Class' assembly

Well done to Elm class who did a fantastic performance in their class assembly. They enjoyed sharing the things that they had learnt in their topic 'Beyond the Sea', they even sung a song called 'Living under the sea' with some lovely dance moves.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Year 1 Shoebox Theatres

The children in Year 1 have designed and made their own shoebox theatre based on a traditional tale of their choice. Once made the children enjoyed performing their show to their friends.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Fun with French

A little bit of French:

Over the last couple of weeks Oakwood children have been lucky enough to have a very special visitor: Lucia DiMaiolo.

Lucia studies languages at university and spent several months studying in France, so not only is she fluent in speaking French, her accent is also authentic.

She came in to help with written french and talk to Year 6 and Year 5 (featured below) about her favourite subjects, what it is like to live in France and her favourite / tasting experiences, which include frogs legs, Croque monsieur and dare I say it...McDo, an affectionate french term for MacDonalds.

On that note, you can also see some of the delicious sandwiches designed by Year 4.

In case you're interested, here is a croque monsieur recipe to try at home :

http://www.theslowcook.com/blog/2011/05/27/kids-make-croque-monsieur/






Year 3 Question of Faith Day

Worship 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Anglo-Saxon Feasting!

Year 3 prepare, cook and feast on Anglo-Saxon pottage!

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

School Games - Badminton Week 3

This week was the final week for the girls' School Games Badminton League. The four Oakwood girls had one final game, a crunch match, against the also unbeaten Bitterne C of E. The winners of the 3 game match would be crowned champions.

Millie lost the opening game 7-9 in a back and forth encounter. This meant Oakwood needed to win both the remaining games to claim a victory. Zahra and Holly then took to the court and stormed to a 9-3 win. With the tie now poised at 1-1, all the pressure fell on Millie... She was fantastic! A 9-3 win clinched the match 2-1 and Oakwood girls were crowned City Champions in girls Badminton. Holding on the title won last year.
Well done girls!!!


Both the boys team were up against their respective league leaders. Oakwood A battled, but couldn't find enough for the win: losing 1-2. Alex (l) 7-9, Marcus (L) 7-9 amd Jack and Tom (W) 9-2.
Oakwood B fell to a 0-3 defeat against a strong Bitterne C of E. Jenson (L) 3-9, Nathaniel (L) 3-9 and Tymain and Lewis (L) 5-9.
Both boys teams now await to see if they will finish as first runners-up and progress to the semi-finals.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Year 4 Workshare

This afternoon Year 4 have been using Edward Tulane to help parents and themselves to up level their vocabulary. The children chose difficult vocabulary and researched the definition, synonym and antonym of the words. They then used these words to challenge their parents, we were all very impressed with their knowledge. Well done!