Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn in Year R

Y4 Roman Day

Today we celebrate 400 years of the Roman Empire in Britain. Our Soldiers completed a final march, our chefs prepared a lavish feast and our artisans designed a marvelous mosaic floor. However, change is coming, as worrying rumours of attacks on Rome suggest that these may be the final days of Imperial control of Britain!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Y1 Maths

Year 1 have been very busy in Maths this half term. The children have been learning about place value; knowing how many tens and units make a number. They have been enjoying practising their counting to and from 20, especially with the flossing monkey to help them! When learning their number bonds to 10 and 20, the children have been using their wiggly fingers to help them.

Y1 Baking Bread

The children had the opportunity to bake some bread rolls this half term. They had to use their measuring, mixing, kneading and rolling skills to create the perfect bread rolls. The children had lots of fun during this activity.

Y1 Wonderful Me

This half term, Year 1's topic has been Wonderful Me. We have been learning all about our 5 senses; writing poems using them and learning about Louis Braille. In our RE, we baked some delicious bread rolls and have produced some lovely Autumnal trees in our Art work. We used our knowledge of colour mixing to make the autumn colours for our trees and have been observing the changes within the season.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A visit to the Oakwood Museum

Year 4 took an exciting trip to Oakwood's very own Roman museum. While we were there we had to work out what each artifact was used for by the Romans, before some of us got into character as some of the different people from the Roman era.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Year 5 Titanic Day

Year 5 had a wonderful day today preparing themselves for their boarding of The Titanic.

Y2 Basketball festival

These Y2 children represented Oakwood at an inter-school Basketball festival at Cantell Secondary School.

They had lots of fun and developed some Basketball skills.

All About Me

Harvest Festival

We held our Harvest Festival last week and what a wonderfully generous array of donations we had!

Thank you to everyone who donated for this event. Southampton City Mission volunteers arrived with their van that afternoon to transport the goods back to the Southampton Basics Bank, where it will be distributed to families in need.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who made our recent Macmillan Coffee Morning a huge success.

Whether it was donating cakes, helping to serve or coming along and spending generously, you all helped to raise an astounding £1132!

It was an amazing community event and a wonderful way to raise money for this fantastic charity.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Year 5 Titanic Home Learning Project Exhibition

What a brilliant exhibition of home learning projects! Well done Year 5! Such a fantastic show of learning and skills.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Year 3's WW2 day-part 2.

Calling all Year 4!

As part of our Science morning, Year 4 had a great morning exploring how sound travels. We made our own string telephones and even managed to have some 10 way calls!

School Football Team

The School Football Team have been very busy during the start of the new season. As well as their weekly training sessions, they have taken part in two 6-a-side tournaments, a City cup fixture and the first two league matches of the season.

Team Oakwood's league campaign got off to a great start against Shirley. Oakwood winning 7-0. Vinny (2), Sonny (2), Radu (1), Ethan (1) and Will (1) grabbing the goals whilst Sonny picked up the Man of the Match award.

The team played St Monica in the City Cup a few days later and played out an exciting 1-2 defeat, 'keeper Dylan making a number of top saves to keep Oakwood in the game, and earn himself the Man of the Match award.

Oakwood kept up their winning start to the league season with a 4-0 win over Holy Family in theire second game. An excellent team performance was topped off with two goals a piece from Vinny and Ethan. Midfielder Will picking up the Man of the Match award.

The games keep coming in the last two weeks of the half term before the weather and light changes and the Winter break begins.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Year 3 WW2 Day- A.M

Year 2 spelling morning

Year 2 had a very busy Monday morning this week! They took part in a Year 2 spelling morning to encourage them to revise spellings they already know and to learn new ones. They played fun games in teams and enjoyed independent activities, learning new spelling rules from their white spelling logs. The children can now use these games and activities to practice their spellings at home, ready to get more signed off! Well done Year 2.


Tuesday, 2 October 2018

The RNLI Visit Key Stage Two

Brian Masters from the RNLI came to present an assembly today about the RNLI and being safe in the water. Year 5 were then lucky enough to have a workshop with each class. This fitted in well with our current topic - Iceberg Ahead.

National Fitness Day

We had such a great turn out across the school last week to mark 'National Fitness Day'. Thanks so much to all the children who came to join in and the staff!

Monday, 24 September 2018

U11 Wide Lane 6-A-Side Football Tournament

This Monday was the turn of the U11s at the annual 6-A-Side tournament.

Oakood played some excellent football and looked fully ready for the season ahead, conceeding just a single goal in their 6 group games. 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss however were not enough for Oakwood to progress to the semi-finals, finishing 3rd in a strong group.

Oakwood 0-0 Newlands
Oakwood 2-0 Bassett Green
Oakwood 1-0 Calmore
Oakwood 0-0 St Monica
Oakwood 0-1 Bitterne Manor
OAkwood 2-0 Townhill

Well done to goal scorers Bleu (1), Ethan (2), and Sonny (2). Players of the day went to Sonny for a set of excellent team performances.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

New Books for the Library!!

Oakwood have just added around 200 of the latest books to the school library for children to check out and Read IT.

There is a new 'New Books' section of the library which will host the range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry books. There are books suitable for Yr R up to Y6 including: graphic novels, picture books as well as short and long novels.

Read IT...Enjoy IT!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Y6 Victorian Day

Y6 were a group of scruffy, unclean, uneducated group of street urchins today...well, most of them...But they had an excuse...Today was Victorian Day!

The children experienced the worst and best of Victorian schooling. From the 3R's to studying the humble potato. From Drill and playground games to Calligraphy and the Dunce's hat.

The children took everything in the best of spirits and had lots to say about their Victorian experience.

Year 5 Visit SeaCity Museum and the Southampton Boat Show

Year 5 had an absolutely windy but wonderful day on Wednesday, visiting SeaCity Museum and the Southampton Boat Show. We started at SeaCity, discovering all about Southampton's links to the Titanic, life of board the ship and the disaster which caused the loss of so many lives. The children also took part in a fascinating workshop, where an expert explained more about the voyage, the sinking and the mistakes that caused the tragedy.

In the afternoon, we had a windy walk down to the Southampton Boat Show. Unfortunately, the marina was closed due to the high winds but this did not stop us from exploring the rest of the show and deciding which boat would be our future purchase!

Well done for a brilliant day Year 5!

Monday, 17 September 2018

Southampton City U10 6-A-Side Football

Team Oakwood took part in the Annual Wide Lane 6-A-Side football tournament today.

The weather was fantastic and the conditions were great but Team Oakwood didn't manage to qualify for the quarter finals after winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 2 of their four group games.
The team played well and got better and better with each game.

They were narrowly beaten by group winners Kanes Hill 1-0, before going down for a second time in two games - losing 0-2 to Abbotswood. Oakwood drew the third game 0-0 but were unlucky not to take the three points having hit the crossbar, post and having a shot cleared off the line. They did however beat Sholing their last group game, winning 2-0 with Radu grabbing both goals.

Well done to all the Oakwood players but Player of the Tournament went to goal scorer Radu.

Friday, 14 September 2018

My Bnk Visit Oakwood

Year 5 were very lucky today to have Stephen from My Bnk visit them to do the first of three workshops with us. Some of the things we learnt about about were habits, persistence and temptations. We also met the characters Super Saver and Big Spender.

We can't wait for our next workshop in two weeks time!

Year R have started school

Monday, 10 September 2018

Year 5 had a Boatiful Day!

Year 5 had a fabulous hook day today, with all activities based upon their new topic - Iceberg Ahead! The children produced some lovely artwork using charcoal and watercolours. They had a go at making a raft only using twigs and string, then the children made some energy building, healthy cereal bars. These being linked to what makes a good snack whist out on a sailing trip for the day. Have a look at our photos below.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Year 6 Wacky Races

Year six have had such an exciting first week back after their long summer holidays. They took part in a Design Technology and Science week - Wacky Races.

The children worked in small groups during the course of the week to design, make and power 'wacky' racing cars. These were put to the test on Friday afternoon as the groups competed for three winners' awards (Fastest Car, Best Design and Best Teamwork).

The children enjoyed their first week back and are looking forward to a successful year in Y6.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Oakie and Sam's Holiday.

Over the summer holidays, Oakie Bear and Sam went to stay with Miss Torjussen. They had a wonderful time exploring Devon and the weather was beautiful! Some of their highlights were going for lots of long walks through the fields, looking at all of the farm animals, visiting little villages and going to the seaside. They stayed in a lovely cottage and enjoyed relaxing with cups of tea, chocolate cookies and playing games. Oakie and Sam had fun playing hide and seek... can you spot Sam up high? Oakie and Sam even made a new friend, Kofi the dog!

Oakie and Sam are excited to be back at school to see all the children again.


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Y6 Prom

A fuller write-up coming, but here are the photos!

We promised, you delivered...Ms Dowle gets gunged!

Year 3 and 4 were challenged to get 40 logs in the final few weeks of term with the promise of gunging Ms Dowle if they were successful. Well done Year 3 and 4 you smashed the target and achieved over 50 logs! Unfortunately for Ms Dowle this meant being covered with a rather smelly gunge...

Friday, 20 July 2018

KS1 Oakwood's Got Talent!!

The children in KS1 all entertained us with a Talent Show having won a knock out round in their classes beforehand.

There was singing, dancing, football skills, computer skills and comedians.

What a talented group of children we have!!

Well done to everyone who took part - You were fantastic.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Y6 Leavers' Blog

Our Y6 Leavers have had an emotional final few days at Oakwood. Here is their leavers' video.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Friday, 13 July 2018

Year 2 Pirate Day

Ahoy There!

Year 2 have had a fun filled day and looked amazing in their costumes.

Activities included: making ships with tomatoes and cucumber, practiced a dance to the "Sailor's Hornpipe", used origami skills to make pirate boats and found out what their Pirate name is.

The children also found out how to talk like a pirate and had a treasure hunt.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Naomi House Visit Year 5

Year 5 were very lucky today to have a visit from a Jane a volunteer at Naomi House. She came in to receive our cheque of funds we raised from our Jude's ice-cream sale. We raised a total of £316.30!

Sports Fun Day at Oakwood!

What a sports Day we had! Stunning weather, a morning full of fun and a sports day with KS1 and KS2 was a definite winning combination. Congratulations to all of our wonderful Oakwood Pupils who took part, and especially to the winning house 'Adonia'!

French Day

On Friday 6th July, most of Oakwood took part in a French Day - to aid their understanding of different cultures and enjoy the opportunity to speak in French.

Year R enjoyed the story of La chenille qui fait des trous - The Hungry Caterpillar, learned to count to 10 and did some French Flag coloured butterflies. Well done Year R!

Year 1 learned the vocabulary for different fruits and did their own art in the style of Henri Matisse. Fantastic art, I'm sure you'll agree!

Year 2 researched  the Tour Eiffel and tried building them from art straws and modelling clay. They said it was très difficile!

Years 3 and 4 were given the opportunity to have le petit déjeuner - croissants, pain au chocolat et jus d'orange and Year 4 took part in some role play.

Year 3 were taking the parts of both waiter and customer and they also learned how to play pétanque in their PE lesson.Great fun!

Year 5 watched a video on how to make the perfect croque monsieur and then made their own toasted versions. They also researched Bastille Day and created art in the style of Cezanne. A full on french filled day. Well done Year 5!

Year 6 were busy rehearsing their end of year production, but they managed squeeze in a little role play a la café. Well done to Miss Patchet in her sparkly - J'adore Dior!

Très bien!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Year 2 Sketching

In preparation for Year 2 moving into Year 3 the children had a closer look at their new classroom and sketched their observations in their sketch books.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Oak class goes to Hillier Gardens

We had a wonderful time on our trip to Hillier Gardens!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Year 3 Photo Frames Part 2

Maya Mask War Dance

Before sending our Maya Masks home, the Year 4 classes challenged each other to a creative dance competition.  

Y4 Arty adventure

On Friday Year 4 spent an exciting day exploring the new John Hansard Gallery, an art gallery in town and being introduced to the world of Gerhard Richter, a modern artist. We had an engaging tour of the gallery, then we got to create some of our own works inspired by him.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Year 3 Photo Frames

After investigating the stability of different materials and shapes, a 'build your own bridge' challenge to support a given weight, Year 3 made and decorated their own Hugo Cabret inspired photo frames. All frames stand up securely and the ingenious inclusion of a bullclip means that it fits its design purpose of ensuring different photos can be displayed when required. Take a look at the finished frames:-

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Year 4 are spinning around!

This week year 4 (with the help of some kind parents) have been busy making some fantastic carousels. We put our science and D.T. skills to good use to make the circuit and construct the design.

Year 3 Myth Books

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

3LD Class Assembly

As requested!

Zoo Lab!

Year R had some special visitors today. Can you work out what they all are?

Beech Class went to Hilliers

Monday, 2 July 2018

Year 2 Spelling Day

Year 2 had a whole spelling day to encourage children to revise spellings they already know and learn new ones. The children had a brilliant and fun day doing many different activities all about spelling! Well done Year 2.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Year 1 - Food Journey

Today was our Whole School Geography Day. The theme was 'Let's Make a Difference'. We were thinking about how we could help the planet. Year 1 learned about the 'Food Journey'. We looked at how far food has to travel to get to the UK from other countries and what types of waste this caused.

Walk like an Egyptian!!

What a great hook day Year 5 had last week, learning all about 'The Egyptians'. Food was tried and mummies made out of toilet rolls!! Lots of fun was had and new things learned too!

Federation Sports Day

Oakwood sent 24 children from years 2,4 and 6 to Fairisle Junior School this morning to take part in the Lordshill and Federation Sports Day.

The children compete against other children, of the same age, from other Federation Schools in a range of different sporting events. The children did Oakwood proud and competed with determination and thoroughly enjoyed their morning.

They also finished in 1st place!!!

Well done Tam Oakwood.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Geography Day and our visitor.

Year R were really lucky today to have a scientist visit us. Rachael Shuttleworth is a geologist and taught us all about global warming and its effects.

We were really surprised to learn how much CO2 is warming up our Earth, but really pleased to know that there are things we can do to help our planet.

We did an experiment using hot lamps to heat up bottles of CO2 and air to see which one got the hottest. CO2 was definitely the hottest and this is like the sun warming up Earth.

We are going to make sure from now on that we turn lights off, walk instead of take the car and try and recycle our rubbish instead of creating litter!

Science in Year R

We had a great time testing and experimenting to see what happens when we mix vinegar and bicarb together! We were very surprised to see how they reacted! We tried it with water instead of vinegar and nothing happened!

Year 3 Flip Books

To start off our unit on animation (inspired by the film making in Hugo Cabret) Year 3 had a go at making flip books. Take a look:-

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Y4 Super Science!

Year 4 have had a fantastic week exploring science. Today, we had a visitor from Southampton Uni who is a Brain Scientist. She told us all about the brain - we found out lots of exciting new facts from her. We have also been learning about digestion, including doing some exciting experiments with cola and bread!

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Knapp House Day 4/5

Now that everyone is home, safe and sound, it's time to post the final few pictures from Thursday and Friday at Knapp House.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Y5 Question of Faith Day

Year 5 have had a wonderful day with Teresa and her team from Southampton City Mission (SCM) learning all about 'God'. Where we can look for him? and What represents God? Have a look at the photos below.

Oakhouse team games

What fun we've had with feathers, a sheet, tennis balls and fishing rods. Take a look at our pictures.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Knapp House Day 3

It's been another terrifically busy day in Devon.

The children have unanimously voted surfing as their favourite activity of the week so far and most want to go again! We have also completed the low ropes/assault course or climbing and abseiling as well as canoe drill training and problem solving/team activities.

It's our busiest day of the week tomorrow with canoe lake in the morning and coastal walk in the afternoon and disco in the evening so we need our sleep tonight!

Fun at Oakhouse

The first few days of Oakhouse have been great fun! Check out all that we have been up to!

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Knapp House Day 2

It's been a day of changeable weather in North Devon today. We've had our fair amount of sunshine, as well as some light showers and plenty of cloud but nothing has been able to dampen the spirit and adventurous attitude of our children. Lots of children have done something they said they wouldn't be able to do or giving something a go that they were scared of and they have  loved every minute of it!

Today started with crabbing at Appledore quay and a rib ride up the estuary (as well as an ice cream) before the walk back to Knapp. After a brief rest for lunch it was tree hoist, Jacobs ladder and tree traverse or crate stacking and tunneling. Dinner was Jacket potato, chilli (veg and meat), salad and veg. The evening activity was pedal carts which we shared with our new friends from Fryern School!

Lights have been out for a while and there are lots of tired children already asleep, but there are still a few night owls enjoying sharing a room with their friends!

Monday, 18 June 2018

Knapp House Day 1

Good Evening from Devon!

The weather hasn't been great down here, but no rain yet - just a little windy! But we have managed to pack a lot into the first day. Depending on which group children are in they have either completed the Assault/low ropes course and Ringos or Climbing and abseil tower and ringos.

Dinner was pasta bolognese, Ratatouille or something else I can't remember just now with chips, veg, salad and dessert.

The children are starting to think about bed now but the site is alive with the sound of first night away from home delight (shouting and laughing).

We try and get pictures from as many people as possible, but sorry if we don't get your child each day. Rest assured though, everyone has had a great day and is looking forward to tomorrow.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

OSA Summer Fete!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who planned, prepared, helped, came along, spent money, had a burger or an ice cream, played a game, had a flutter on a raffle, picked a tombola ticket, sang, danced, won a coconut, golfed, kicked a goal, nerfed a target, had their nails or face painted, designed a mask, had a cuppa and a cake, climbed or jumped over obstacles, or, in Ms Patchett's case, got gunged!

The OSA Summer Fete was a massive success and a lovely community event - a wonderful day for the Oakwood Family!

Thank you!

Friday, 15 June 2018

City Athletics Championships

Team Oakwood went to the Outdoor Sports Centre on Tuesday to take part in the annual City Athletics Championships. 20 schools competed in the all day event, with some of the best athletes in the City competing.

Team Oakwood performed well and picked up some excellent results. The boys team picked up 15 points -enough for 9th place. Whilst the girls team earned 30 points (just 2 points shy of coming 2nd) for 4th place.

A combined Team Oakwood 45 points was enough for 6th place! Another solid performance at the City Athletics against some much bigger Southampton schools.

Well done to all our competitors but special mentions to our new City Champions  - Edward, Sunny-Rose and Praise.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Arts Week 2018: Architecture around the world at Oakwood

Last week all of Oakwood took part in Arts Week- exploring architecture around the world. We all got to try out lots of different mediums including clay, collage, drawing and painting; as well as learning about different buildings around the world. Have a look at what we created!

Friday, 8 June 2018

Willow Class Testwood Lakes Trip

Willow class visited Testwood Lakes Today. They had a great time learning about different animals and plants. They even had a go at pond dipping. They won a Silver award for the Waste Free Lunch Competition. They only had 9.4g of waste per person. The children represented Oakwood very well and the staff at Testwood said they were amazing!

Astrodome Visit at Oakwood!

Today Year 5 and Year 6 were lucky enough to have an astrodome experience in our hall, from The University of Southampton. Each class had a 45 minute show and learnt lots about our solar system.

Thanks again to the university for providing us with the excellent opportunity.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Y6 open for business

Y6 have been hard at work on their Make 5 Grow enterprise project.

They worked hard on their business plans, pitched for their investment and have placed and received their first orders of goods. This mean that from tomorrow (Wednesday 6th June 2018) they will be open for business.

The 13 small businesses will be selling a wide variety of products at lunchtime and after school for the next 4 weeks on selected days.

Children are invited to bring in any pocket money to buy products. Happy Shopping!

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Year 2 Snail Race

The children in Year 2 have been learning about Snails and can tell you many interesting facts! Such as they travel at the top speed of 45 meters per hour!

Having collected a few it was decided that we should have a "snail race"!

Maple Class visit the Library

This week Maple Class walked to library. Some children became members and chose books for the first time while other children changed their library books and took out new books.
We had a lovely afternoon. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who walked with us.

Year R Personal Best

The children in Year R enjoyed the activities with our sports coaches.

Year 2 Home learning

We have been very impressed with the selection of home learning projects that the children have done this term. The children could choose from a "Pick and Mix" and they have had the opportunity to share what they did with their friends in class.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Y6 Make 5 Grow

Year 6 have been busy this over the last few days drawing up their plans for their Make 5 Grow businesses.

Companies have been formed and ideas they are working on the costings and viability of their products, as well as conducting market research and testing.

Are you watching Lord Sugar????

Green Fingers in Year R

We have been learning all about how things grow this half term and have done lots of planting. Have a look at our Mr Greenheads and our Beanstalks. We are loving seeing their progress being logged on Tapestry.

Y4 Mexico Day

To kick start our week learning all about Mexico, Year 4 have had a Mexico hook day. We spent the morning preparing food for our afternoon fiesta. Whilst some of us were cooking, we learnt about Curiot (a Mexican street artist) and created our own creatures based on his work. During the afternoon we found out all about the modern day Maya people as well as sampling our delicious food!

Year 2 Personal Best

This morning, Year 2 had their personal best session with the coaches. The children did a carousel of activities using a variety of PE skills. They had a great time and worked really hard! Well done Year 2.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Y2 Willow Art

As part of our topic "The Secret Garden" the children in Year 2 created flower petals out of willow. Then working as a team the petals were then brought together to create flowers.

Y1 and Y4 Home learning Share

Year 1 and 4 have had a lovely afternoon sharing their home learning projects with each other. They have produced some fantastic work which really enjoyed sharing with each other.

Y1 Oakwood Action Teams: Gardening

The Year 1 half of the Oakwood Action Team involved in improving the schools environment pulled their gardening gloves up and got digging in the garden area between Year 1 and Year 2. The children had to clear away any weeds, dead leaves and pull out some huge rocks! After the area was prepped we got digging and planting some different vegetables and fruits. We had sugar snap peas, spring onions, tomatoes and strawberries. We hope that if we look after them well they will grow and we can eat them!

Elm Class visit Lordshill Library

On Tuesday, the sun was shining and Elm Class walked to Lordshill Library. The children had a great time listening to stories, exploring the wide selection of books and choosing a book to borrow. The children have been given time in class to read and enjoy their new library books. Thank you to all our parent helpers for joining us. We had a brilliant afternoon.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Year 5 Dissect Flowers

Year 5 were transformed into surgeons this afternoon, as we dissected tulips to investigate the reproductive parts of a flower. The children had to very carefully take apart and label all of the elements of the flower and they also discovered the role that each part plays in pollination and fertilisation.

We think they did brilliantly. Have a look through the gallery to see their fantastic work.

Eating Well in Year 3!

Year 3 would like to say a big thank you to Ita, who visited us last week from Quorn to talk to us about Healthy Eating and the Eat Well Healthy Plate!

We had a great time learning about how you can have a balanced diet and we impressed her with our knowledge of different foods and ingredients.

We were also joined by Chris from Southampton City Catering, who produce our wonderful school meals.

We would like to say a big Thank You to all of them!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Y5 freeze frame their learning about life cycles

This afternoon Year 5 put together some gold book award freeze frames to show their learning of a specific life cycle.

Music Gamelan Style!

Year 5 were fantastic yesterday in the music. They learned what Gamelan Music is and had a go at performing it in groups and as a class.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018

Boys' Test Park 6-A-Side Football Tournament

The school football team played their final matches of the year on Friday afternoon, in the beautiful sunshine at Test Park. It was a last appearance in team colours for a number of players and a final chance to stake a claim for the player of the year awards.

The team got off to a solid start in a tough game against St Mary's - drawing 1-1 having fallen behind. The team's second game was against Bassett Green - Oakwood prevailing 1-0 in a game the team played very well in. The two final group games, against Beechwood and Fairisle B, were both 0-0 draws. This meant that Oakwood finished unbeaten in their group games but only picked up 6 points meaning Oakwood needed either Fairisle B or Beechwood to beat the other in order to progress to the quarter finals. However, they played out a 0-0 draw - eliminating Oakwood from the competition.

Well done to our goal scorers: Tom (1) and Sonny (1) and to our Man of the Match - Fin.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Big Pedal - May the Forth Be With You

Our 'Big Pedal' this year fell on Star Wars day, so we wanted to see how many 'pilots' we could enlist to help destroy the mysterious 'Death-Star' that has appeared in our school.

Over 100 children responded to our call for help, prepared with their helmets. It has been a big success and we hope some children will continue to use this fun and healthy form of travel in the coming months!   

An Egg-cellent Year 4 Diary

4JH decided to document each day they chicks spent with us, filming little clips of what the chicks were up to. We loved having the chicks- and updating the video on their progress!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Y4 Chicks Farewell

We can't believe that it has only been two weeks with our chick friends. We have been there with them though the risky stage of hatching. We have watched them feed and grow. Now that they are beginning to grow feathers it is time for us to say goodbye, on a special final afternoon together!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Y1 Apple Field Trip

Year 1 had the opportunity to go and experience a coding workshop at Apple Southampton in WestQuay. The children worked with two members of staff to control and move the Sphero robots. The children learnt how to drive the robots using controls and program them to follow a particular route and maze pattern. We had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new coding skills.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Year 1 Alien Invasion

The aliens have landed in Year 1! Today, we discovered an alien crash site in the playground. We investigated the scene thinking about who the aliens were and where they had come from then used this information to write a diary entry. Can you spot an alien or two?

2018 Y1 Question of Faith day

We had a Question of Faith day. We had three guests come in to teach us all about water and Christianity. We learnt three stories: Jesus walking on water, Jesus getting baptized and Jesus turning water into wine. We had the chance to act these out in groups and share with everyone. We also played true or false with some different facts and they took us outside to play a fun game that worked on our listening skills. Afterwards, we came inside and drew a picture of how we use water and wrote a sentence about why it is precious. We also had fun making some mosaics on pictures from each of the different stories about Jesus.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Girls' Test Park 6-A-Side Football Tournament

Team Oakwood were represented on Thursday afternoon by 7 year 5&6 girls at the Girls' Test Park 6-A-Side tournament.

Oakwood were drawn in group B and played games against Townhill, Springhill B and Holy Family. The results were:
Oakwood 1-0 Townhill
Oakwood 4-0 Springhill B
Oakwood 1-0 Holy Family

Oakwood won all three of their group games so qualified top of their group for the quarter finals where the team met Bitterne Park, Oakwood winning 2-0.

The semi-final saw Oakwood take on Springhill's A side which the team won 1-0.

With horrible weather, Oakwood took to the pitch for the final against Ludlow Junior School. In a game with quite a few chances it was Oakwood who took the lead and looked on course for a 6th consecutive clean sheet when Ludlow equalised with just 4 seconds remaining of the game - taking the game to penalties.

Mia scored Oakwood's first penalty, with Ludlow hitting their over the bar. Both second penalty takers scored their strikes, which meant Oakwood's 3rd converted penalty secured the win and a second City competition win for the girls' football team this year.

Goal scorers: Mia (7), Praise (2) and Angel (1). Player of the Day was top scorer Mia. Well done Team Oakwood.

Y6 Cooking

Some people say that cooking is relaxing...clearly they haven't made 60 pizzas at the same time!

On Wednesday morning, Y6 had a cook along live session with chefs Ackland, Patchett and Whitmarsh and made their own individual pizzas. With a simple recipe and a thousand ways to personalise Y6 had a great morning....But not quite as much fun as they had in the afternoon when they ate all their hard work!

Having made their pizzas, the children have also completed work in both English and and maths lessons with pizza as their inspiration.

A great day in Y6.

Jude's Ice-Cream Sale

After school the winning team have been working hard selling Jude's ice-cream to raise money for their chosen charity 'Naomi House'.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Year 3 Trip to Fairthorne Manor April 2018

Year 3 visited Fairthorne Manor on a fantastic one night residential trip. The weather was amazing and the bright sunshine helped us to enjoy the many outdoor activities even more. Children thoroughly enjoyed whizzing down the zip line over the river, climbing as high as they could up the 30ft tower and working as a team on the low ropes course. Roasting marshmallows and singing songs before bedtime topped off a wonderful first day. What a great trip!

Oakthorne Day 2

Year 3 at Woodmill

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Year 5's blazing bike riding!

Year 5 have been working really hard this week on their bicycle safety. Have a look how they got on, at the photos below.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Thursday, 29 March 2018

KS1 Personal best

Thank you TMC for another fantastic Personal Best day. We all really enjoyed it!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Wet and Wild Wednesday!

A few photos of our Minstead adventures today, it started of really wet but the sun came out for our bog walk this afternoon.

A wonderful wet day at Oakstead

Oakstead has a wet, but fun day at the Countryside Education Trust in the New Forest today. While we were there we got to go pond dipping, meet a tree and create some art work using nature inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.

Willow Class Assembly

Willow class did an assembly all about the Continents and Oceans. They did a great job!

Year 1 Fruit Pizzas

We have been learning about fruits from around the world and we made some fruit pizzas. We practised our peeling, chopping and decoration skills!

Y1 Clay Huts

In an Art and Design lesson we sculpted some African clay huts. We used various skills and materials to make these structures. Prior to this lesson we had compared an African village to Southampton and looked and the different living environments.

Elm Class Assembly- Knights and Castles

Last week, Elm Class had an assembly showing everyone their fantastic learning during their Knights and Castles topic. The learning they shared included: booklets they had written, a story they had learned, poetry, home learning and even catapults! Well done Elm Class!

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Muddy Minstead!

A selection of photos from the last couple of days. We are having loads of fun and are nice and muddy! Mrs Latto has departed, Mrs Fawcitt has arrived and we had Miss Harrison visit us this evening too.

Water, water, water... and a walk!

The children at Oakstead have had a busy day today. We kick started the day with a walk in the local area, searching for places we could transport our treasure to. When we got back to school we wrote and drew instructions to help someone find our pirate treasure. This afternoon we did three activities learning all about different things to do with water. We thought about plastic oceans, and what we could do to make little changes to help our planet become a better place.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Y2 Making Clay Shields

The children in Year 2 designed a shield that reflected themselves and then created them using clay! Once they were dry the children then painted them.

Year 2 Castle Home Learning

Year 2 have been really enjoying their topic this term of 'Knights and Castles'. They were given a home learning project to create or research a castle. They could do this in any way they wished. Every piece of home learning was different and unique. A lot of hard work was put into these projects and the children should be very proud of what they have produced! Well done!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

School Football Team Match Night 6

Team Oakwood played their final league game of the season on Thursday after school as they took on Fairisle Junior School (who have already been crowned league champions). 

Fairisle started the better team and took advantage when the ball fell kindly to them after saves by the Oakwood 'keeper.  Oakwood worked well as a team, but Fairisle deserved their 3-0 half time lead. Oakwood began the second half brightly and Sonny scored quickly after intercepting the ball in the Fairisle box. Another chance quickly followed but the post denied Oakwood a second goal. The game stayed 3-1 until the last minute when somehow Fairisle scored directly from a corner.

Goal Scorer - Sonny (1) Man of the Match - Bleu.

Well done to the team for their efforts this season, they finished a respectable 3rd in the league. 

Friday, 23 March 2018


Some lovely ducklings came to visit today and we had such a good time holding them! This week we have been learning about the changes that happen in Spring time and can tell you LOTS of information about ducklings!

At home, see if you can spot any Spring changes happening together!

Sport Relief Oakwood!

Congratulations Oakwood for raising an amazing £355 for Sport Relief! We are so proud of you all for taking part in the activities today:flash dance, flash aerobics and runs! A huge thank you from the Charity Committee...

Year 3 Sewing Part 1

Over the last term Year 3 have been learning to sew. We learned a variety of stitches including back stitch, running stitch, chain stitch, criss cross stitching and how to do a French knot. We learned how to follow a pattern, sew on buttons and, very importantly, how to undo any mistakes we made. To show off all our learned skills we produced a piece of embroidered  artwork.We worked very hard and used our growth mindset. Take a look at our finished pieces:-

Elm class and 5BW. Making Links.

For their home learning this half term, Year 2 were asked to create or research a castle in any way they wished. Every piece of home learning was different and unique. On Thursday afternoon, 5BW came to visit and view the fantastic work. It was a brilliant afternoon of sharing and making links to another class.

Y4 Shadow Puppet Theatres

Year 4 have had a busy few weeks creating their own shadow puppet theatres and using these to film their own plays. In English we worked in pairs to write our own scripts, changing the story of Little Red Riding Hood and introducing some familiar fairy tale characters. We put our drawing and cutting skills (and some of our parents!) to good use making our characters to put on our performances with. Once we had written our scripts, and made our characters and theatres we put them into action to film our performances!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Year 3 Anglo Saxon Day

What an exciting day Year 3 have had today. Our visitor Mike has been teaching us all about the Anglo-Saxons. We looked at real artefacts; played Anglo-Saxon games; explored Anglo-Saxon weaponry and finally reenacted the battle of Hastings. Have a look at all the fun we have had:-

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The incredible Year 5 Jude's Ice-Cream Finale

We can't believe this day has been and gone ... Jude and Charles came today to judge our final pitches to win our Jude's Ice-Cream challenge. They we astounded by the children's hard work and dedication to the project. Well done to the winning team 'The Ice-cream Incredibles' and all the other fantastic groups hard work. What a show you all put on!! A special thanks to Jude and her fabulous team at Jude's :)

Year 5 visit Oasis Academy Art Department

Year 5 have been working closely with Oasis Academy and some year 7 students on a joint art project 'Alien Plants'

Beech Class Workshare

Friday, 16 March 2018

Year R Monkey Milkshakes

We have come to the end of our jungle topic and decided to venture into the kitchen for the first time this year.

We made some delicious monkey milkshakes and all had a go at chopping and mixing. We thought they were delicious.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

School Football Team Match Night 5

Team Oakwood had two games today. The first was against Holy Family and Oakwood started the game very well. Oakwood didn't seem to have much luck in the first half, hitting the post three times and have  shot cleared off the line before Holy Family had even had a shot! However, from their only two shots, Holy Family ended the first half 2-0 up! The team never gave up hope and continued to give their all, finally getting a goal with 5 minutes left of the game. A second goal quickly followed and only the final whistle stopped Oakwood from a dramatic turn around as they were on top.

Well done Goal scorers Sonny and Leo.

After a game break, the second game saw Oakwood take on Shirley Junior School. Oakwood played well and despite some resolute defending by the Shirley team, took the lead early in the second half  -Will finding the back of the net. Sonny quickly made it 2-0 and come the final whistle Oakwood were celebrating a well deserved victory.

Well done to our player of the day, Praise.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Fun at the Factory!

Last week Year 5 have been lucky enough to visit Jude's ice cream factory, in Twyford (Winchester) and meet Jude herself and her husband, Theo, who created the business.They learnt about how the business was created; how ice cream is made; had a tour of the factory and they even got to sample some freshly made ice cream, YUMMY!

This visit was to kick start their latest topic 'Jude's Challenge', which they will be working on for the next 4 weeks. Back at school we have created business groups. Their challenge is to design a new flavour of ice cream and present their product, alongside a charity they would donate their profits to (if their team won) to Jude at the end of the project.

We had a great time meeting the Jude's team and are excited to continue designing our products!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Buddy time!

The Year 6 children came over to meet us today in Year R. We were so excited to be introduced to our special buddies! They were very kind and patient with us! They took the us to read and we had a fantastic time! We can't wait to see them again next Friday!

City Cup Semi-Final

The School Football Team took on Springhill in the Semi-Final of the City Cup yesterday, the 7th consecutive season Oakwood have reached this stage of the competition!

Springhill started quickly and took a 0-2 lead before the game had really got going. It stayed this way until half time. After the restart, Oakwood exploded into life - scoring after only 30 seconds. The team started to play some excellent football but couldn't find an equalising goal. With Oakwood pushing forward in the final minutes, Springhill managed to scramble two more goals - scoring with the last kick of the game.

The 1-4 score didn't really reflect the quality of the game and but for Oakwood 'Keeper, and Man of the Match, Bradley, it could have been a very different score.

Oakwood goalscorer - Caitlin (1)