Friday, 30 May 2014

Year 3 post their letters to Nottingham

Two children from Year 3 had the lucky opportunity to visit our local post office. Their job was to post all of year 3's letters, written by themselves to a Primary School in Nottingham. The children's letters were in reply to theirs, asking all about Lordswood and our current topic 'Lordswood Explorers'. The children included lots of information about The New Forest too and our fabulous trip to Lyndhurst. Whilst at the post office, the children learnt how the letters got weighed, labelled and bagged ready for posting. The children can't wait for their replies!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sports Road Show in Year R!

We had a 'Sports Road Show' come to visit us! It was raining and pouring outside, but we were inside having a fantastic time! Have a look at us running, jumping, balancing, throwing and hopping!

Fantastic Fairground Carousels

Year four would like to thank all of the fantastic parents who managed to make it into school this afternoon to have a look at their Fairground Carousels school learning exhibition.
They have been working, in English, Science and DT lessons, to plan, design and make a fully functioning toy Carousel. From circuits and switches to themes and final designs - year four have done it all. Not only this, but they managed to produce two pieces of excellent written work as well. An explanation text about the Fairground and an instruction text on how to make a Carousel.

Take a look below at the groups with their final pieces.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Our May Club of the Month

Our May Club of the Month was a frantic fun filled festival of activity!

We welcomed the Sainsbury's School Games Roadshow to Oakwood and it was Y6 who were lucky enough to kickstart the day in the morning sunshine on the school field.
The School Games Roadshow is in essence a one hour sports day for each year group. Children completed in a range of old favourites, modern events and even few surprise ones for their houses (Azura, Britannia, Ventura and Adonia), earning points as they went round. Cheered on by all the sports coaches and even a couple of mascots.

With so many activities going on it was difficult to photograph it all, but here's a taster of what KS2 got up to.

KS1 are lucky enough to be having the Roadshow at school tomorrow too! So make sure you bring your PE kits.

Year 2 Road Show

To end our 'Off We Go' topic we had a Road Show where we invited our adults in to see what fantastic work we have done over the last few weeks.

We have made vehicles with moving wheels, created an information book, explored forces and friction in science, went to Beaulieu for our trip and did some large scale, outdoor maths!

We hope the adults enjoyed looking at our work as much as we enjoyed doing it.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Year 3 do a spot of planting!

As part of our plants Science topic, year three planted a seed to start growing in school. Then it will be taken home as part of their homework. The children will be keeping a diary of observations over their half term break.

Honey Bees!

In Year R we have been learning about the wonderful Honey Bee! We have talked about how important they are to have in our world because without them we wouldn't have any fruit or vegetables! We have decided that we will try not to pick flowers anymore to help our little bee friends. We also decided that we would like to plant more flowers around the school. We bought special flowers that attract bees and planted them in our courtyard. Some of us used playdough to make bees or flowers for them. We tasted honey and wrote 'thank-you' letters to the bees. We worked together to make a new display for our classroom, making lots of flowers and buzzy bees! We did 'Honey Bee dances' outside in our maze. We pretended the maze was the hive and buzzed around the playground collecting nectar to bring back. We used scarves for our wings! For our home learning this week many of us chose to do some baking using honey as the main ingredient. Buzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Wicked Wizard Maths!

In year 2 this week we have been learning all about measures.

We have had a wicked wizard maths session where the children created potions, using different capacities of ingredients.

Some followed recipes and others created their own deadly combinations, practising accurately reading a scale! ingredients included pigs spit, pixie sprinkles and dragons blood.

We hope nobody had a potion put on them!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Year One Local Walk

As part of our 'Save our World' topic, year one went on a walk around Sandpiper Road to look at ways we might want to improve our local environment. Despite some litter and graffiti,  we felt that the area was well maintained. We were, however a bit disappointed with the park area. There were only 2 swings and lots of litter! After the walk we wrote letters to the local councilor suggesting ways to improve the park. 

Year 1 Gardening

During our topic this term - It's Alive, we have planted some sunflower seeds in our garden area. All the children followed instructions carefully to give the seeds the best chance of growing. Who will grow the tallest sunflower?

Watch out for a cheeky squirrel in the garden! One afternoon a bag of seeds had been torn open and scattered to them a squirrel filling his cheeks with pleasure!!!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Minibeasts in Year R!

We have been learning about minibeasts! We began our topic by looking for minibeasts in the Science Walkway and carefully putting them into our ‘minibeast house’ for observation. After 2 days we released them because they are living things and need to be cared for. We have discovered that some minibeasts have wings, shells, legs and antennae. We had a go at sorting them into hoops according to our own criteria. We created our own ‘disgusting’ minibeast menu to put in our new role-play, ‘The Minibeast CafĂ©’. We also made our own masks for role-playing. We have been very luck to have some caterpillars visiting our class and have watched them grow bigger, and bigger and…….now they’re making cocoons! In 2 weeks they will emerge as butterflies! We have been retelling the story of the ‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ using the puppets and costumes outside. In maths, we have been learning to double. We followed a very disgusting recipe for ‘Minibeast Soup’ and doubled all the ingredients so there would be enough for both classes. Yuck! Stayed tuned for more on honey bees!

Sensational Sounds

Year 5 have been exploring how sounds are made and have been having a great deal of fun making their own musical instruments!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Sainsbury's School Games Tag Rugby tournaments

Following the Sainbury's School Games football tournament last week, Oakwood sent a Y4 and a Y6 Tag-rugby team to Test Park for a boys and girls mixed tag rugby tournament.

It was the first time either of the sets of players had played in rugby matches for school so it promised to be an exciting day.

The Y4 team  made a great start to the tournament drawing one and winning all the other games in their group - meaning they qualified for the semi-finals. Springhill proved to be a tough game but Oakwood came out on top with a couple of fantastic tries. Oakwood were then drawn against Fairisle in the final which turned out to be a high scoring game, with Oakwood winning 5-3.

The Y6 team made an even better start by winning all of their group games and flying into the semi final where they met St Marks who they had already beaten in the group stage. Oakwood triumphed again making their way to the final with a perfect record. The final proved to be a very impressive game with the teams trading tries, Bassett Green did however pull ahead and Oakwood ran out of time losing 4-5.

Well done to both teams who represented Oakwood so well.

April Club of the Month

Our April Club of the month was perhaps our best yet. Not content with just getting their dancing shoes on (for the giant dance mats in the hall) Years 3-6 also put their Samba football skills to the test in the inflatable football pitch on the top playground.

All the children, and teachers, recorded a dance score which will be submitted into the Southampton Schools dance mat competition being run by Solent University.

Look out for our May and June Club of the month events which promise to get even bigger.


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Sainsbury's School Games Y5/6 football Tournament

On Wednesday, Oakwood took both a boys and girls football team to the the Test Park Sainsbury's School Games football tournament.

Having only started training in January it was the girls team's first competition and their first ever competitive matches against other schools. Under the guidance of Mr Ship the girls team battled their way to 1 win, two draws and two loses - narrowly missing out on qualification for the quarter final in their last group game.
A huge well done to the girls who all enjoyed their first taste of competitive football for team Oakwood.

The boys found qualification from their group much easier and topped the table with three wins from three games. In reaching the quarter finals the boys were drawn to play against St Monica Junior School, who beat Oakwood only a few weeks ago in the final of the City Cup, however the team took their revenge with a 1-0 win. Up next in the semi-final were Townhill Junior school, Oakwood triumphed by the same scoreline again, 1-0.
The final, against the much fancied Shirley junior school, was a close game. However two quick goals gave Shirley the lead and try as they might Oakwood couldn't find a way back into the game. Finishing runners up in cup competition for the second time this season.

Well done to both teams who represented the school so well.
(Pictures to follow)

Brilliant Bikeability

Year 5 have been given the opportunity to learn to cycle safely on the road! They took part in all weathers and successfully completed their training!

Counting Litter!

On Friday some of the Key Stage 1 Eco School Monitors went for a walk around Sandpiper Road to count the litter!

We have taken part in a nationwide survey by 'Keep Britain Tidy' to see which brands are most commonly found lying around our streets and parks.

The children really enjoyed filling in the survey and seeing what we could find. Close to school we found no litter, so we thought our luck was in. But the further we got away from the gate, the more we found.

Mars products such as Bounty, Galaxy, Skittles and Starbursts were the most common bits of litter that we found. I wonder what it will be nationwide?