Thursday, 31 July 2014

Music on the Map: The Video

Thanks to Showcase Performance Group, we now have a video from the Music on the Map concert!

Our 60 Year 3 children, playing trombone, trumpet, glockenspiel and clarinet are in there somewhere...

A brilliant celebration of a great year!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Summer Works...

As soon as the last child left on the last day, contractors moved in to do some of the work which we're having done over the summer break...

  • New windows in Year R
  • Six new skylights to replace leaking ones on the KS1 building
  • Year 5 classrooms recarpeted and redecorated
  • The Art Studio refloored
  • The hot and cold water system replaced in the KS2 building
  • Our network reconfigured for much faster internet

Here are some photos to show you how it's going!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Evening Wear Only... Year REALLY 6 say Goodbye!

Year 6 said their goodbyes at 3.15 this afternoon, but they couldn't wait to be back for their Leavers' Prom!

Here are a few photo albums to show how the evening progressed!

We will miss them!





Final days of Year 2

As a grand finale to the year, Year 2 put on a fashion show for the rest of Key Stage 1 after designing and creating their own works of art. This work linked to our topic of recycling, reusing and repairing, I'm sure the rest of the school will agree the children have a flare for fashion design and catwalk modelling!
Then we had our final year party involving making hats, party bags, playing games and of course lots of dancing and winning prizes!
Year 2 has been a fun packed year and the children are now looking forward to the challenges of Year 3!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Memories Will Hold Them Close...

Year 6 said the next stage of their goodbyes this morning as they took part in their leavers' service.

As always, Year 3 children had made individual, unique candle holders for Year 6 children - they used these in the service and they will take them home as keepsakes.

Robert and Trudi from Lordshill Church joined us to lead our memories, share our hopes and to bless the candles.

Friday, 18 July 2014

But first... Let me take a #Selfie!

You asked for it... so here it is!

Year 6's Selfie video from their leavers' performance!

Thanks to the gentlemen form TMC for putting this together for us!

Commemorating the Centenary of WWI

Year 6 have been commemorating the centenary of World War I in their work this term.

They have been reading, dramatising and writing, trying to empathise with those involved.

They also watched listened to the radio production of Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo and saw the film at the cinema.

We present evocative pieces of writing by two children, both awarded Level 6 for their achievement.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Year 6 start saying Goodbye!

Year 6 started several days of goodbyes today with their leavers' production...

Called The 59 Minutes and 59 Seconds Production, it actually lasted over an hour, but there was a lot to fit in!

We were reminded of "Panto Pandemonium", with Moo and Tail, from Christmas; the mood got very silly with Mr Wills and his penchant for sweets and biscuits; we saw Jack being Miss Patchett being Conchita Wurst (although Miss Patchett says we can't put that video on the blog!) and there were slightly too many Mr Taylors...

Year 6 have been watching everyone carefully throughout their time at Oakwood and the performances were spot on! (There was even an appearance from Mr Howard from Fairisle!)

Thank you for acting and dancing and singing and making us laugh, Year 6! Twice! All on the hottest day of the year!!

Year 4 Aztec Dance

Year 4 have been working very hard, learning all about the Aztecs. As part of their topic, they worked with Commotion Dance and the Nuffield Theatre to produce an amazing dance based on 'Worshippers and Warriors'.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to see their performance too! For those of you who didn't see it live, have a look at the video below!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Year One Alien Day

Crazy times were had by all on Alien day in year 1. Children (and teachers) dressed up as Aliens and spent the day doing some fun alien-based activities. We baked some alien cupcakes, made clay models of aliens and wrote some alien poetry.
Here are some photos of the children's costumes.

Federation Sports Day

24 children from across Y2, Y4 and Y6 made the short journey over to Fairisle Junior School to take part in the Federation Sports Day. Oakwood, as defending champions, were keen to put on a good show and try to win the trophy for a second year running.

The groups of children competed in 8 different events during the morning against 8 other schools from our local area.

All of Oakwood's groups did really well and scored lots of points for Team Oakwood, unfortunately it wasn't to be Oakwood's day - but we did finish on the podium picking up 3rd place.

Well done to all the children who took part, and represented Oakwood in the best way possible trying their hardest and competing with excellent sportsmanship.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Beware Pirates!

Beware Pirates! I had the pleasure of teaching in Year R (Beech Class) for the entire day yesterday.
What fun we had reading Pirate stories, drawing treasure maps, making pirate hats and eye patches. I'm pretty sure at least 20 children went home with an eye patch :)
Can't wait for my next visit. What little charmers they were. I apologise for not taking photos. We were having far too much fun learning!

Interhouse Assault Course Competition

The whole school took part in an Interhouse assault course competition a few weeks ago. All classes competed for their house to get around in the quickest time. Bonus time deductions were given for team effort and sportsmanship. Thank you to our amazing house captains for organising it!

Tudor House Trip

Year 3 had a superb time at Tudor House in Southampton. The children found out so many more fascinating facts about the Tudors, also having the chance to explore a real Tudor building.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Fun on a Summer Evening!

The OSA Summer Fete was a little different this year!

Instead of taking place on a Saturday afternoon, it all happened on a Friday evening and, for the first time in several years, it was sunny and we were outdoors!

We had a great range of stalls and activities - the boat races went particularly well and got everyone wet!

Miss Patchett kept us all in check as Mistress of Ceremonies (and played lots of loud music!)

Thanks to you all, we raised just over £2000 - a record for a summer fete at Oakwood!

Big thanks to Mrs Handley-Garland, all members of the OSA Committee and everyone who helped make it a huge success!

A New Library for the New School

Our new library was opened earlier this term!

It's in the Key Stage 1 building, and forms part of our Linkway which will join the two buildings later on this year.

Mrs Handley-Garland (and some of her family!), Mr Barrett and Mr Chafe have worked really hard to move all the furniture and get everything set up. Children from all classes have already been visiting, borrowing books and doing research.

We think it's a really special place to be and looks amazing!

We also dug out some old photos - (going back to 2003) - which show the old junior library being set up. This slideshow goes right up to "moving out" day this year, so it's a real history of our library!

Year R Get Noodling with Noodle!

Year R had a very special visitor to teach us dance last week.

Her name was Noodle and she she had very noodly hair!

Dancing helps us stay fit and keep moving!

You can see just how well we all did by watching the video below.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Our Final KS2 Club of the Month

Wednesday and Thursday was our last Club of the Month for 2013-14.

All KS2 children got to have a go at indoor caving (outdoors). Children suited up in overalls, helmets and blindfold to take on the winding course through the adventure play area. Crawling, sliding and banding their way along the course.

All the children loved having a go, and I'm told it was much more difficult than it looked!

Take a look at the pictures from Y3 and 4.

Inter-House Competition

Today saw the final two events in this years inter-house sports cup competition; the Y5 Hi-5 Netball and the Y3 Kwik-Cricket.

The Y5 Hi-5 netball scores were:

Ventura 4-0 Britannia                      Adonia 0 - 3 Azura                              Britannia 0-1 Adonia
Azura 0-4 Ventura                          Ventura 4-0 Adonia                             Azura 1-1 Britannia

Which means; 1st place = Ventura, 2nd = Adonia, 3rd = Azura, 4th Britannia

The Y3 Cricket finished with: 1st Adonia, 2nd Azura, 3rd Ventura, 4th Britannia

Well done to all of those who took part and represented their houses.

Great Green Day!

Oakwood pupils turned different shades of green today to raise money for Dr Barnardo's Charity. Pupils and staff searched their wardrobes for green outfits.Thank you for all your support . We have raised a fantastic amount of £383.00. Now take a look at our pictures:

Monday, 7 July 2014


Back in April the Eco Monitors planted some potatoes with the help of Mrs Johnston and over the past few months have been looking after them and waiting for them to grow.

Last week they dug them up and hand transformed 7 little spuds into 44 in total! Then on Friday afternoon they produced a tasty potato salad which they shared with some of the adults around school!

They have all learned how rewarding it is to grow your own produce and how yummy it can be!

A Year 2 Recorders Recording!

Year 2 have been learning to play the recorder and have also learned what all the notes are called!

Have a listen to see what experts they have become!

Friday, 4 July 2014

Mezmerizing Masks

As part of their Aztec topic Y4 have designed, papier mached, and painted Aztec masks. Take a look at the great range of designs they came up with.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Teddy Bear-Tastic!

Mrs Byles, cleaner of the Year 6 classrooms, breathed a sigh of relief as the final stitch was sewn in the final teddy bear this week. No more fluff, no more stray pins, needles or threads. But what an achievement!

Parents, grandparents, teaching assistants have worked (and chatted) collaboratively with pupils and teachers to produce the amazing array of unique teddy bears that sit proudly in the KS2 entrance hall.

Another treasured memory to be stored in the Oakwood School chest.

Constructing and Sewing

Proud Owners

Great First Day for New Year 6 2014-2015

It was a busy and fun packed transfer day for the new Year 6 cohort 2014-2014 and they made a fantastic start.

The day began with a starter task which gave the children the opportunity of showing off their artistic skills, by drawing what they think their Year 6 teachers might look like after teaching them for a year. Take a look at some of the results-very frightening!

After a getting to know you session, they were introduced to the work of a terrific modern painter and glass sculptor Dale Chihuly who will be the inspiration for some our science and art work through the year. Take a look at some of his work.

The children used filter paper, watercolour paints, spray starch, glitter and glue to create colourful flower heads which will be combined together to create wild and wonderful flower display outside the Year 6 area. Further projects including 3D sculpture are planned for next year so keep your eyes peeled. Take a look at the flowers in progress.

Well done new Year 6-all your Year 6 teachers and helpers were very impressed.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Year 2 Rio!

Last week Year 2 flew to Rio, enjoying strawberries and cream on the way! They made passports and had to go through security before they could board the plane. The children had great fun learning about Rio. They made carnival masks and wrote a letter trying to persuade other schools to go too!