Sunday, 30 November 2014

Year 6 History Research using the Chrome Books.

You could have heard a pin drop in the Year 6 classes today as the children enjoyed using the chrome books to research the lives of some famous Victorians. The silence was only interrupted by the sound of 'yuck' as Year 6 learnt how Edward Jenner had ground up scabs and put them up children's noses in his quest to conquer smallpox, and by the sound of admiration as they learnt about the remarkable lives of Elizabeth Fry and Isambard Brunel.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Y1's Who's Afraid of the Dark Day

Today Year 1 have had a very special day!

We have had a visitor from Liberty's Owl and Reptile Center who brought in 3 beautiful owls for us to look at and learn about at the end of our Nocturnal animal and night time topic.

After that we have been creative and produced some splatter art and some paper plate owls. We also shared our arty home works with each other.

What do you think?

Finally our PDR took a nocturnal turn and the children completed some puzzles and challenges!

Have a look at all the fun we have had!

People Who Help Us

To end our 'People Who Help Us' topic we had the option to dress-up as real superheroes today, what fun! Can you spot firefighters, police officers, soldiers, nurses, doctors and lollipop ladies in our photos?

Busy Hands in Year R

Part of developing good hand-writing is the improvement of fine motor control. In Year R we include 'Busy Hand' activities as part of our hand-writing sessions. Can you see us busy threading, weaving, rolling, pushing and grasping?

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Krypton Factor

On Wednesday 26 November, Oakwood were proud to host a special Federation of schools event for able, gifted and talented mathematicians: Krypton Factor.

The following schools attended with six pupils from years 3 to 5:
Oakwood Primary
Redbridge Primary
Mansel Park Primary
Fairisle Juniors
Tanners Brook Primary
Newlands Primary

The children worked with those from others schools on a range of fun and exciting maths activities and investigations. The Brussel Sprouts two player game from the Numberphile website was particularly popular!

All children were fully engaged in the tasks given, enjoyed themselves and said that they would love to take part again.

Watch this space for future Krypton Factor events!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Paper and Pen Fun with the Playtime Committee!

Today the playtime committee have been learning lots of different paper and pen games that we can teach our classes to play during wet plays. We had lots of fun playing Twins, Boxes, Character Consequences and making chatterboxes and the great thing is they didn't cost anything! Here are a few pictures:-

We also had a great idea for wet play artwork and will be emailing the office later-we think it will be great for pupils and teachers alike. We will keep you posted. 

Sportshall Athletics

For the last three weeks a group of Y5 and Y6 pupils have spent an hour and a half each Tuesday after school at Bitterne Park school representing Team Oakwood at an Indoor Athletics League.

Although the team don't know how well they have done yet (we are still waiting for the results) they all competed excellently and really enjoyed the three sessions.

Look out for the results!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Y4 Gymnastics Festival

12 fantastic gymnasts from Y4 went to the Southampton Gymnastics Centre at Redbridge this morning to take part in a gymnastics festival.

As part of the festival, the children had expert tuition in a range of gymnastic disciplines (see pictures) before performing a routine that we learnt at school. All the children had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new skills.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Year 6 Victorian Fayre

After lots of hard work and much preparation, Year 6 held their Victorian Fayre yesterday. Parents, family, friends and fellow pupils visited and enjoyed an afternoon of cakes, crafts, and games.Lots of fun was had by all and lots of money was raised (the exact total is a secret for now-to be revealed to Year 6 very soon).

Take a look at a few pictures from the event..

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Inter-House Sports Cup - Y4 Football Tournament

This morning saw the second event in this years Inter-House sports cup, the Y4 5-a-side football competition.

Compared to last weeks hockey tournament it was a relatively low scoring affair with all teams keen to keep it tight at the back and clean sheets were the orders from all team captains!

The scores were:

Ventura 2-0 Britannia                                         Adonia 0-2 Azura
Britannia 0-0 Adonia                                          Azura 0-0 Ventura
Ventura 2-0 Adonia                                            Azura 0-0 Britannia

These results meaning; Ventura again picked up the winners spot, Azura 2nd, Britannia 3rd, and Adonia 4th.

Terrific Table Tennis

Last week 4 members of the school table tennis club, which plays after school on Thursdays with Mr McPhillamy and Mrs Samson, travelled over to Cantell school to take part in a table tennis skills festival.

With 7 others schools taking part the Oakwood team had to work hard to master the skills and shots being taught. They hope to show off their new skills during the next training session.

The Travel Team's Green Cross Code Video

In our committee meeting, the Travel Team made this video to teach others the green cross code.

Year R Superhero Vehicles!

This week we have been finishing off our Superhero Vehicles! Last week we planned what we would like our outcomes to be and painted the base colours. This week we are adding the details using tools such as glue spreaders, scissors and sello tape. We are carefully selecting which materials we would like to use and thinking about why they would or wouldn't work. This has been an adult-led activity but we hope to see some more child-initiated junk-modelling over the coming weeks!

Year 6 Victorian Fayre Preparations.

Year 6 are busy cooking, making, designing and researching as preparations for our Victorian Fayre this Friday get underway. All manner of amazing (and affordable) gifts are being created and some delicious, appetizing treats lovingly prepared ready to share with our Year 6 parents and friends. It should be a lot of fun!

ChildLine visit Year 5 and Year 6

Article 19
Governments must do all they can to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and mistreatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.

Article 24
Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.

As part of our rights respecting and anti bullying work, Year 5 and 6 were visited by experienced ChildLine volunteers. Through a special assembly and guided workshops, they helped us to understand how we can all keep happy and safe. They also showed us what we can do when we we feel unhappy, unsafe and feel we don't have a voice.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Year 2 Gymnastics Festival

Today 12 children were selected to take part in a gymnastics festival at Redbridge Gymnastics Club.

The children had the chance to use different gymnastics equipment including the balancing beam, trampoline, training bar and vaults whilst being coached by members of the gymnastics club. The morning finished with each school performing a prepared dance and gymnastics routine.

All the children tried their best and they enjoyed having the opportunity to be taught by specialist teachers and use new equipment.

Oakwood's performance was creative, rhythmic and well choreographed with help from Ryan Ship and Rob King, from TMC.

Well done to all the children who took part!

Friday, 14 November 2014

Children in Need 2014

A huge thank you to you all at Oakwood for searching your pockets and purses for 1ps and 2ps today. We raised a fantastic total of £220.00 and had great fun covering a very large Pudsey with all our money.

Reflective Jackets

In year 1 we have been learning about light sources and reflectors. We also read a book called 'The Owl who's Afraid of the Dark'. We designed the main character Plop a reflective jacket to make him feel safe at night. We put all our science skills into action to test different materials and see which ones best suited the purpose.
Come and see our winning designs on display in year 1.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Parent's Bike Maintenance Session

Last month, parents had the opportunity to improve their bike repair skills for free.

Curry in a hurry

As part of our India topic, year 4 had a fantastic afternoon tasting different food from India.

A huge thank you to all the team at the Coriander Lounge in Southampton, who kindly donated a variety of food: originating from different parts of India.

Inter-House Sports Cup

Today saw the first round of the Inter-house Sports Cup for 2014-15. Y6 were forced indoors because of the horrendous rain but still managed to complete their Quicksticks Hockey tournament.

Ventura ran out winners, with Adonia 2nd, Britannia 3rd and Azura 4th.

All the scores for the matches are below;

Ventura 2 - 1 Britannia
Adonia 4 - 4 Azura
Britannia 4 - 8 Adonia
Azura 0 - 2 Ventura
Ventura 1 - 1 Adonia
Azura 2 - 4 Britannia

Y4 will complete the second round of the competition next week.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Poppy Day at Oakwood

All children at Oakwood respected the Two Minutes' Silence at 11am today and, as usual, Year 3 attended the Armistice Ceremony at Hollybrook Cemetery.

Mrs Sansome says:

"How proud I am of Year 3.
So respectful, knowledgeable and a credit to themselves today at Hollybrook.
Well Done....."

One of our governors, who also went on the visit, says:

"Wow, what a lovely morning I had with such well behaved, knowledgeable children today.

I really enjoyed coming with you all to the remembrance service at the cemetery. The children walked quickly and sensibly in the cold and rain all the way and did not complain about it. When they were asked questions in the service they answered sensibly and were interested in what was being said. They waited patiently while the soldier played the last post and then placed their poppy crosses at the graves and were astonished at the youth of some of the soldiers who had died.

As we came to leave, several of the old ladies who were there (even older than me!) commented on the good behaviour of the children, which is all credit to you all.

Thank you for inviting me. Please pass on my sincere thanks to all the children several of whom were kind enough to look after me all the way.

I hope I can help and join you on future visits or in school."

November Club of the Month

Monday brought the rain, and our November Club of the Month - Southampton Hockey Club.

Roger and Steve, who run the junior section of the hockey club, spent the day with us helping each class get a better feel for hockey.

Southampton Hockey club run lots of youth and junior training sessions at the Outdoor Sports Centre so it's easy to get involved.

Oakwood 1 - 0 Highfield

As last years finalist Oakwood had received a bye to this round of the City Cup and had to negotiate a tricky home tie against an unknown Highfield team.

The game was edgy as both teams looked to defend and play on the counter attack. It took until well into the second half for Oakwood to find a break through, Sam drilling home through a crowd of defenders.

Oakwood will move on to play in the next round, Well done to Sam who also picked up the man of the match award.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Year 3's VE Day Tea Party

The War is over, it's time to celebrate! And what better way than to invite all our parents (some even came in war-time fashion!) in for the last afternoon of half-term and have a ration-guzzling party?

We had jam sandwiches and various war-time treats. The hall was decorated with the propaganda posters the children had made, and we showed of both our genteel waltz and frantic jitterbug dance moves which our great-grandparents would have enjoyed.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Blackboard, Easel and Dunce's Cap - A Day in a Victorian School

Year 6 left their brown uniforms at home today as they took a step back into the Victorian era.
Donning their Victorian clothes and clasping an authentic Victorian penny in their hands, they stood nervously awaiting drill before they were allowed into the building.

Once inside, after a very thorough inspection of hands, shoes and fingernails, they were instructed in the 3Rs.

After a brief lunch (not gruel) the children got to write with real nibs, ink and blotting paper, worked together to produce a portrait of Queen Victoria and worked on their needlework skills.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

French Fashion Show - Year 6

This afternoon, Year 6 put on a fashion show in French for Year 5.
The models were funky, the presenters were fantastically french and the lighting and sound crew were superb.

Merci beaucoup to Mrs Rogers and TMC who set up the stage and seating.
Merci to Year 5 for being a fabulous audience.

Très Bien Year 6 I'm very proud of you all.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Y4s Basketball festival

10 excited year four children took part in the Sainsbury's School Games Y3/4 basketball festival at Cantell secondary school yesterday. The two Oakwood teams competed against children from; Springhill, Tanners Brook and Bassett Green in a range of basketball skills challenges.

The two sets of children bounced, dribbled, passed and shot their way round the activities earning as many points as they could along the way.

A New Outfit for Ms D-shopping, budgeting and French in Year 6.

Inspired by our French topic of clothing, and trying to help Ms D beat the winter blues, 6LD maths set were armed with the difficult task of buying her a new winter outfit.  Firstly, they had to browse different fashion pages and try to spend as much as possible of the £250.00 they were allowed to spend. It was explained that it was imperative they kept within the allotted budget-a feat which proved quite difficult for some of the more eager shoppers! They kept a running record of all costs and any change they had. Lastly, they practised their written and spoken French on the topic of clothing and adjectives. A lot of fun was had by all and lots of stylish new outfits chosen for Ms D. Take a look:-

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Year R, 'People Who Help Us'

To kick-off our new 'People Who Help Us' topic a real firefighter named Gary came to talk to us! He showed us all the important clothes and tools that he needs to do is job and answered some of our questions. He told us that if we want to be firefighters one day we need to be really healthy and work hard at school. We showed him our new role-play and had great fun sharing it with him! We are drawing and labeling clothing and tools that firefighters need and putting them in our role-play, can you see them?