Monday, 30 November 2015

The results the Athletics Team have been waiting for!

We have been waiting for 2 weeks, but all the results are finally in and here is where we finished!!

It's All About Christmas!

As it was our last session of after school art club, we decided to make Christmas cards which included an element of collage. Here are the results:-

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Testwood Lakes Navigation

Today Year 4 tried out their navigation and survival skills at Testwood Lakes. They looked across Southampton and located landmarks using 4-figure grid references. They used their compass to build a shelter which would protect them from the cold Northern wind, and used smaller scale maps to set the record for the fastest time (for any year group!) to complete the orienteering course!

BRAKE Giant Walk

For Road Safety Week, every year group went on a Giant Walk around Sandpiper Road and talked about how to stay safe around the roads. We also learned about being bright as the evening falls sooner.



Be Bright assembly video:

Y3 Visit Down To Earth

This week Y3 have been getting up close and personal with local farm life and exotic international wildlife. They walked down to Down To Earth Farm. They used their new-found understanding of classification to understand the animals they met, and found out more about life-cycles and how animals are adapted to their habitats.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Vroom vroom!

Year R have been very busy planning and creating Superhero vehicles. We have used junk-modelling techniques and materials to make these fantastic creations! To inspire us, we have looked at non-fiction books, watched videos on the internet and even had an ambulance come to visit us! We invited our parents and carers to come in to see our vehicles before taking them home.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Y4 Gymnastics festival

Year 4 have been working hard during the last half term on their gymnastics, they even blogged a video back before half term showing off the work they have been doing.

However, on Monday 10 Y4 boys and girls went to the Southampton Gym club facility at Redbridge school to take part in the School Games gym festival. Children had a go on the trampolines, tumble pit, balance beam and bars.

The children were fantastic and were chosen as having the best routine during the performances! Well done Y4!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Year 6 Victorian Fayre

A huge thank you to everyone, children, brothers and sisters; mums, dads, grandparents, friends for visiting the Year 6 Victorian Fayre this afternoon.

We hope you enjoyed your visit, the children certainly enjoyed putting it on for you. For those of you who didn't managed to make it there were: cake stalls, sweet stalls, street sellers, 2nd hand toys and games; table top games, and a tea room.

Year 6 managed to raise a wonderful... £519.

Y3 Gymnastics-Balances.

Strength, stamina, stillness-Year 3 have been working hard to master their balances. From pike, kneeling cross to balances with just one arm support-they have shown some amazing technique and determination. Shortly, they will use what they have learned and chose different individual and paired balances, and different means of travelling to perform a gymnastic routine based our theme of animals. Take a look at how they are doing so far:-

Superhero visitors

In Year R we have been learning about real life superheroes, people who help us. We have been really lucky to have lots of lovely superhero visitors come in to speak to us about how they help people everyday. The children even planned and made a healthy superhero lunch to give them energy for their days work.

Can you work out which superheroes they are and what jobs they do?

Year R would like to give a massive THANK YOU to all of our visitors, we really enjoyed having you.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

School Games Basketball league - Week 3

Wednesday saw the third round of games for the School Games basketball league being held at Cantell school.

Both Oakwood A and B have been in scintillating form, and great news...the hot streak continues.

Oakwood A 16 - 0 Thornhill A
Oakwood A 10 - 0 Valentine A

Oakwood B 12 - 4 Bassett Green B
Oakwood B 18 - 0 Springhill C

Well done to the two players of the Week:
Oakwood A - Ollie Plunkett
Oakwood B - Ben Shaw

To decide the winning teams for each league there will be a championship play-off game for each of the leagues on December 5th. Both Oakwood teams will be in the championship play-offs for their respective leagues. A letter will be sent with more details.

Indoor Athletics

On Tuesday evening 12 children from Y5&6, 6 boys and 6 girls, represented Team Oakwood in the Southampton Indoor Athletics competition at Bittren Park School.

The girls and boys teams had to compete in a number of 'lapped' relay races in the sports hall and a range of indoor athletics field events. Children earned points for their finishing position in each race and event, the winning school being the one with the highest number of points.

We are having to wait for the results as there has been some...inaccuracies...with some of the results which need to be addressed before winners are announced.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Reading Champions Committee - A Polite Reminder!

In our Reading Champions Committee today we decided to remind children and teachers of two important things. The first was to remind teachers to share poetry in the class. To do this we each chose a poetry book to take back to our class to share with them. Our second task was to remind more children to use the library after school and during lunchtimes. So we made the following video:-

Monday, 16 November 2015

Year 1 and 2 Gymnastics festival

Today a small group of Year 1 and 2 children traveled to Southampton Gymnastics Club to have a go at using specialist equipment with the help of coaches from the gym club.

The children had the opportunity to learn some new skills, have fun and perform a short gym and dance routine to other schools.

Well done to all the children who went and represented Oakwood!

3D Art club-Wire Trees

Continuing with the theme of Autumn, Year 3 and 4 art club made some wire trees this week. Take a look:-

Friday, 13 November 2015

Art Week Exhibition

To celebrate our Amazing Art Week, we held an exhibition for friends and family today.

As well as showing off our sketchbook work and all our beautiful finished masterpieces in drawing, painting, collage and 3D, we also gave our visitors a chance to 'have a go' with clay and wire sculpture!

What a fantastic way to share our exciting week!

Children in Need 2015.

Superheroes, Clowns and Father Christmas!

The school is awash this morning with Superheroes, princesses, and onsies,  We were even visited by James Bond and Father Christmas. Of course, this was all done to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need: each child was asked to contribute a pound. Our final total (at the time of writing) was £363.91. Well done Oakwood.

Toy Museum in School.

Year 1 were lucky enough to have Lymington St Barbe's Museum visit us.

The children had the opportunity to explore many different toys from the past and work out how to play with them. Toys included Jacob's ladder, flick books, Jack in the box and many more.

Children compared teddy bears from different years and discussed the materials that were used to make them.

As well as this children thought about what toy of theirs they would put in a museum in the future.

What toy do you think will be in a museum in the future?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

We Will Remember

Oakwood always commemorates Remembrance Day.

We sell poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion, and all children learn about the armistice and observe the two minutes' silence in school, joining in with millions of others, in Britain and around the world.

Year 3 children do something special. They represent the school at the commemoration at Hollybrook Cemetery, alongside veterans, members of the public and the Lordshill History Society.

This is a solemn event where we respect the dead of all wars, all nationalities and all faiths and cultures. There are memorials to those who fought at sea, Sikh and Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain in the two world wars, and the graves of many German soldiers who were never repatriated.

We remember them all.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

School Games Basketball League week 2

Tonight was week 2 of the School Games Basketball league at Cantel Secondary school.

Both the Oakwood A and B teams picked up maximum points from last weeks games and were hopeful of another successful week.

Team A only only had one game this week, but they made sure they enjoyed it:beating Springhill A in a tough battle.

Team B again had two games. Winning one and loosing one.

Oakwood A 8 - 4 Springhill A

Oakwood B 4 - 0 Charlton B
Oakwood B 2 - 4 Springhill B

Well done to players of the week, Ellie Hamlet and Rhys Radford.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Y6 Victorian Day

Year six children got to experience what it would be like to attend a Victorian school this morning. Some found it a a real eye opener and now think themselves very lucky that schools have developed significantly in the last 100-150 years.

There was the 3Rs, handwriting, drill, inspections, arithmetic and dictation. Children were also told about schools expectations and everyday activities such as reciting the Lords prayer and singing hymms and the national anthem.

Children who dressed up for the occasion looked fantastic! So a huge well done to children (and parents) for putting the extra effort in.

This afternoon children have had the option of sewing/embroidery or technical drawing - two very Victorian single sex activities - both of which were enjoyed by all.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Animal Hook Day

Year 3 started their Swim, Slither, Snap topic in style today. They all came in dressed as wild animals and though their imaginations, documentary clips and first hand interactions, they learned about how real animals behave.

London's Burning!

Today Year 2 had a fun morning taking part in a drama workshop as part of the 'hook' to their new topic, London's Burning!

The children learned lots of new facts and now know when the fire started, where is started, why it spread so quickly, how we know about the fire and many more facts!

Now we are all excited to begin our topic for this half term.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Toy Adventure for Year 1

On Friday Year 1 were invited to bring in a favourite toy for their very own Toy Adventure!

During the day the children had the opportunity to talk about their toys and introduce them to the class and the toys were able to meet up with other toys in role play.

It was unfortunate that the toys couldn't go outside to explore with their owners, as the weather was so wet, but that did not stop them having fun.

The toys were able to play parachute games with the children and they even completed an obstacle course around the hall which included.... crossing a "bridge" over a river, going over hurdles, under the "rainbows", between the "bushes", balancing along a "snake", as well as jumping in and out of "puddles" which were more recognisable as hoops!

With a little bit of imagination a real toy adventure took place. I wonder which activity they enjoyed most?

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Autumn at Oakwood.

During our recent Autumn Art Week, Year 3 decided to use the iPads to photograph some of the signs of the season here at Oakwood. In groups we explored outside-observing signs both high and low. Allowed to take as many photos as we wanted, each group then had to decide on our best 5 photos to upload to google drive. Unfortunately, we were interrupted by heavy Autumn rain but we still managed to take a few shots which show the beauty of Autumn here at school. Take a look and watch out for further shots of different seasons in the coming weeks and months.

Oakwood 0-0 St Monica (Oakwood win 3-2 on pens)

Despite the horrendous weather during the day on Friday, the school football team had to brave the weather after school to play their Southampton City Cup game against St Monica's.

Before kicking off, the team had to clear a mountain of leaves from the pitch: so we could see the lines around the pitch. They also had to battle with a few rather boggy patches.

Despite looking like the more dangerous team throughout the match, Oakwood were not able to make the crucial final pass to an attacker. So when the final whistle blew it was still 0-0. Being a cup match extra time followed. But still neither team could find a way to break the deadlock, meaning the game would be decided on penalties.

Oakwood captain, Reece, chose to shoot second in the shoot-out and it turned out to be the right decision! Both teams scored their first two penalties; Reece and Sam netting for Oakwood. The third St Monica penalty was missed, meaning if Oakwood scored their third penalty they would progress to the next round. Alan, always calm under pressure, stepped up and slotted the ball home; sending Oakwood through to the quarter final.

Alan also picked up the Man of the Match award for his all round performance.

An Art-tastic Arts Week at Oakwood!

This week Oakwood has been buzzing with excitement as it has been our Arts Week. The theme of our week was Autumn and each child has participated in four skills based activities throughout the week; painting, drawing, collage and 3D. As you can see from the photos we have used lots of different materials and produced some fantastic work, having great fun along the way.

We will be having an art exhibition on Friday afternoon next week to give parents and friends the opportunity to come and look at the fantastic work that has been produced!

We look forward to seeing you all then!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Basketball League week 1

Oakwood sent two teams to the Southampton School Games Basketball league today.  

Last year Team Oakwood finished 6th in the league against some tough opposition; so this year the teams have been in training at lunchtimes to ensure they would be at their best for the competition. 

Both teams have gotten off to a flyer in their leagues picking up two wins a piece. 

Oakwood A 26 - 2 Ludlow A
Oakwood A 14 - 0 Charlton

Oakwood B 14 - 0 Ludlow B
Oakwood B 12 - 0 Thornhill B

And a big well done to our two players of the week;

Oakwood A - Libby Morse
Oakwood B - Amelia Staples

Arts Week in Year R!

We have really enjoyed dancing, painting, splattering, swirling, gluing, creating, pretending and imagining for "Arts Week" in Year R. The wet weather didn't stop us from getting arty today! What fun!

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Year 4 Mayflower Workshop

Year 4 were lucky enough to be involved in drama and art workshops based on the panto Aladdin run by staff from the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. Mike worked with the children on sculpting their own human statues, disguising their voices to become a different character and finally freeze framing scenes from the panto. Watch this space for the art workshop blog.