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)

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Y6 and the 'Scottish play'

Y6 have been having fun over the last few weeks exploring some of the most famous works of William Shakespeare. Having already studied the comedy, Twelfth Night, they have begun to look into the 'Scottish Play', Macbeth..Shhhhhh.

What better way to begin than to look at the iconic Witches scene. Here is some pictures of their efforts!

Year 4 Question of Faith

Year 4 have had a fantastic Question of Faith day led by Southampton City Mission. We have learnt all about Paschal candles and rituals. After an exciting morning, including a treasure hunt, we got to work designing and creating our own candles. What a busy day- thank you Southampton City Mission!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Year R: Question of Faith

Today Year R had some visitors from Southampton City Mission. They came in to teach us a bit more about Christian beliefs and about some bible stories, such as the creation story and the miracles Jesus performed. They gave us some fun activities to do to match these stories and we even got to see some magic.

Thank you Duncan and Richard for paying us a visit, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Friday, 23 February 2018

School Football Team - Match Night 4

The School Football Team played two games last night as part of their Match Night 4: one against Tanners Brook and one against Foundry Lane.

The team haven't had a game since November, and it took a little while for them to find their rhythm in the first game where they trailed 0-1 at half time. In the second half, the team really found their stride and dominated. Eventually their domination paid off and Oakwood striker, Sonny, scored two brilliantly taken goals - handing Oakwood a 2-1 win.

In the second game Oakwood started well, picking up from where they left off in game 1 but fell behind against the run of play. Only the Foundry Lane goalkeeper was keeping Oakwood at bay - making numerous top saves. The pressure eventually told, Sonny again making the breakthrough and bringing Oakwood level. Despite a couple of last minute chances the game stayed 1-1.

A good set of results on a very old night, with Sonny picking up the Player of the Day award for bagging his 3 goals.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Year 5 at Winchester Science Centre

Yesterday Year 5 had a Science fun-filled day at Winchester Science Centre. The Planetarium was a really special experience with so many hands on activities to have a go at.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

My Bnk in Year 3 -Second Session

My Bnk visited Year 3 again today for our second session on being financially 'savey'.

In today's session we were given our profession's daily wage. We were then given a range of scenarios and had to decide in groups how and if we would spend our money. This led to lots of 'heated' discussions as groups voted on how to part with their well earned wages. It was interesting to observe the different decisions individuals and groups made: as the activity progressed more and more groups were reluctant to part with any money. Some groups also found that they did not have enough money to pay bills! 

Discussions were then held on the difference between what we need and what we want, and the lessons we had learned. Take a look:- 

Friday, 9 February 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

To infinity and beyond!

Year 5 had a wonderful afternoon yesterday showing off their outstanding homework projects. Have a look at the photos below.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Superhero Day in Year 2

The children all dressed up for superhero day and did various activities.

They had walked down a "runway" to show off their costumes and had a special superhero photo shoot.

Maple Class Assembly

Maple Classes assembly had a Superhero theme. The children retold the story of Superworm with actions, shared some of their work they have done over the term, and sang a superhero song.

A fantastic performance, you all spoke clearly and with confidence! Well done.

KS1 Personal Best Day

This activity for the Personal Best Day in Key Stage 1 this term was dance. the children were taught different steps, practiced it and put it together with the music. They had a great time, there are some fabulous dancers!!

Sewing Puppets in Year 2

This term the children in Year 2 have designed and made superhero puppets using their sewing skills. Don't they look great!

Year 2 visit to the Tudor House

Year 2 enjoyed a visit to the Tudor House and gardens in Southampton. The children had a workshop which involved handling artifacts and dressing up, as well as a guided tour around the Castle walls as well as the city vaults.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Year 5 Design Astrolabes

Year 5 have designed some absolutely wonderful astrolabes, inspired by the astrolabe in our class novel 'Phoenix'. The astrolabe is an instrument used to make astronomical measurements, typically of the altitudes of celestial bodies, and in navigation for calculating latitude, before the development of the sextant. The astrolabe in 'Phoenix' is actually able to transport your mind across all of space, so our astrolabes were designed to also have such incredible powers. We are sure you'll agree - Year 5 did a fantastic job!

We are also busy writing descriptions to accompany the amazing artworks!

Monday, 5 February 2018

Year 3 Times Tables Songs Part 1

Year 3 have been busy making up times tables raps and putting different tables to well known tunes to help us easily remember our times tables facts. Here are the first three brave groups to record their efforts.

Year 1 Cupcake Cooking

Year 1 have been cooking! We made cupcakes for our Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Y1 Mad Hatters Tea Party!

The children have worked really hard to create their own Mad Hatters Tea Party from scratch. The children baked their own cakes, designed and decorated their own plates and decorated their cakes. The cupcakes were delicious and all of the children had a fabulous time. Have a look at our tea party!

Year 1 Home Learning Project

Our Year 1 Home Learning Project for Spring 1 was to create a Hat for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. The children have all worked so hard and have done an amazing job!!! Their hat creations are truly remarkable. Take a look ....

Y1 The Three Little Pigs

In class this term we have been looking at fairytales and traditional stories. We have looked at the story of The Three Little Pigs and reconstructed their houses using the materials in the story (sticks, straw and bricks).

MyBnk in Year 3

This morning Year 3 had their first MyBnk session. MyBnk is a charity that works to increase financial awareness from an early age and helps young people understand how the decisions they make around money will affect their futures.

In this morning's session Year 3 thought about how money is earned and whether they would consider themselves 'super spenders' or 'super savers'. They were assigned a different profession and had to solve various problems which involved budgeting on their given salary.

WOW fact of Day- We learned that the population of the U.K spends an incredible one point two trillion pounds on stuff a year.

Year 5 Make Eyeballs!

Year 5 are having fun today making pizzas disguised as eyeballs! This is because the aliens in our current class novel, 'Phoenix' conceal from humans how delicious their food is by making it look like cooked eyeballs. We know the eyeballs will taste better than they look!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Y6 visit London

On Friday Y6 were at school bright and early as they had a long journey to London to make.

First stop? The Natural History Museum and Science Museum to explore Darwin, Evolution, Space, Volcanoes & Earthquakes, Victorians and anything else that that took their fancy! The children found the displays and information fascinating, it was hard to keep them moving at times!

Having spent time at the two museums, we boarded the coach again and travelled past Westminster to The Globe. After a quick break for lunch, the children met their respective actors who gave them their guided tour of the theatre, providing a history of The Globe and the development of Shakespeare's acting company. Then, the children's acting skills were tested as they began their exploration of Shakespeare's Macbeth under the expert tuition of their actors.

The children had a fantastic day and even the traffic was on our side!

Friday, 2 February 2018

We all love aliens

Year R's latest topic has been all about 'Space Adventures' and we have learned all about space and its inhabitants.

We began our topic with a strange message from the aliens giving us instructions to make them some pants and it finished with another message, but from Mr Taylor this time, asking us to write him a letter to tell him what we have learned.

Along the way we have had lots of fun making straw blown aliens, building our own role play, making moon mud and ice craters, alien dancing, space music making, marbling solar systems and much much more.

We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about space, bring on the next topic.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Year R: Mr Taylor receives some letters....

Year R received a video message from Mr Taylor requesting information about astronomy! What a coincidence, as we're just wrapping up our topic on 'Outer Space'! Year R were only too happy to write (and decorate) letters for Mr Taylor! They wrote 'memory words' and sounded-out unknown words phonetically. Their teachers were VERY impressed by their fantastic sentence ideas and amazing knowledge of outer space! To finish, they decorated them with pastels and e-mailed him to ask if he could pop by to pick them up! Mr Taylor was very pleased with his letters!

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Year 4: River walks and maths with sticks!

Year four had a busy morning today. They started off the day by exploring a local river by going for a walk to look at the different features we had been learning about in class. While on our walk we collecting some natural resources to help us with our maths lesson. When we got back to school we used sticks and stones collected from our walk to help us with our grid multiplication. What a busy morning!

Monday, 29 January 2018

Y4 River Building

As part of of our raging rivers geography topic, Year 4 have had a fantastic afternoon building a river on the playground. We thought about what each layer of our building material represented and finally we poured rain (water) onto our river bed to create our river.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Year 5 try out the Heliocentric Model

This week Year 5 have been learning about the Earth, Sun and Moon and the different models Scientists and mathematicians pursued and their theories.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

How clear do instructions need to be?

Today in Year 5 we completed an activity in English focusing on giving precise instructions. We had to sit back to back to our partner and make a small Lego model. We then had to describe to them exactly how to make an identical model.

The activity allowed us to identify how specific instructions need to be, to inform our audience and how important prepositions and adverbs are.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Year 3's Giacometti Study-Sculptures.

Incredible Instructions Day

Today Year 5 had an exciting Instructions Day to kick start their writing to inform unit this term. They each brought in an item from home that had instructions. They first familiarized themselves with a partners item using the instructions, whilst doing so they identified features of an instruction text and what made instructions good/ bad as a reader. They then had a go at writing a new set of instructions for an item and then had a go at following each others instructions.

We learnt lots about how to make instructions clear and easy to follow, we are now looking forward to applying this to our writing linked to Space throughout the next few weeks.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Welcome back to school! Year 6 Teambuilding!

Year 6 have welcomed the new year in with a fabulous team building morning. Our challenge - build the tallest tower we can with only newspaper and tape. The catch? It's also got to withstand the wind forces of Mrs. Sansome's fan and Miss Patchett's hair dryer! What fun....also very messy!