Friday, 31 March 2017

Year 2 Castle and Sun art

Year 2 had a busy afternoon today, creating art inspired by Paul Klee's Castle and Sun.

Castle and Sun by Paul Klee

The children used watercolours and collage and we think their finished pictures are fantastic! Please see the gallery below.

Y5 Bikeability

Year 5 have had a busy week this week: alongside preparing for their Jude's business pitches for Jude's visit next week they have been busy taking part in bikeability training. The children have been learning how to safely ride a bike- including many children learning how to be safe on the roads when cycling. Thanks to the bikeability team for some great training!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Y3 Trip to Local Library

Last week, both classes walked to the Lordshill Library and were able to borrow three books to get them started on a lifetime of access to free books. How exciting!

Dr. Bike

We would like to say a big thank-you to our Bike It Officer Stuart Williams for single-handedly repairing dozens of bikes ready for the Big Pedal. Participation is already high and we want to keep encouraging children to ride to school during the Big Pedal and beyond.

Bike Security

On Thursday, local PCSO Jacob Curran visited the school to remind everyone of what they can do to prevent bike theft and help recovery.

1. Keep your bike locked and inside when possible.
2. Record the serial number located on the bike near the pedals.
3. Register your bike with
4. Take a photo of your bike, clearly showing anything that makes it stand out.

Green Cross Code

Here are the children from the Oakwood "Travel Team" Committee, reciting the Green Cross Code. We did it so that all children in school can learn it too!

Hampshire Indoor Athletics Competition

Having won the Southampton Indoor Athletics competition in November, Team Oakwood went to the Hampshire event yesterday to compete against 15 other local area winners.

It was the first time Oakwood had competed at Hampshire level events for a number of years, so it was a new experience for the whole team. The level of competition was higher than the Southampton events and several of the events had changed too, so Team Oakwood had to raise their game to do well.

The team performed brilliantly throughout the afternoon and picked up some great results across a range of events. They finished a very credible 9th place, just a few points behind 8th and 7th.

Pictures were hard to come by but we did manage a couple of the sprint races as well as a video.

Monday, 27 March 2017

KS1 Personal Best Day

Today year R, 1 and 2 enjoyed a session with TMC who organised another fun personal best day for everyone. The theme was co-ordination. On each station the children had the opportunity to be challenged and score points for each challenge that they completed.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Year R and Year 6 share Science experiments!

A Huge Thank you!

Wow what a fun day we had coming to school in our pyjamas this with morning. We then started the day with a dancing assembly to celebrate Comic Relief. We raised a total of: £411.74


Wanted - Why does the balloon not pop? Answers please?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Y5/6 Tag-Rugby

Team Oakwood were in action today at the School Games Y5/6 Tag-Rugby event at Test Park. Oakwood are the current holders of the trophy so were very keen to bring the trophy back to Oawkood once again.

Oakwood had five group games to navigate before any possible semi-final and they were keen to ensure they got the job done properly! Their group results were as follows:

Oakwood 8 - 4 Thornhill
Oakwood 11 - 1 Ludlow B
Oakwood 7 - 0 Springhill
Oakwood 7 - 1 Bitterne B
Oakwood 4 - 5 Bassett Green

Losing their final group game was tough as it had been a very even game until the last minute. It meant that Oakwood progressed as group runners up and played Bitterne A in the semi-final. Oakwood again dominated, winning 8 - 3.

A final - against group nemesis Bassett Green - called. At half time Oakwood were in control and looked unplayable at 3-1 up. But a succession of mistakes slowly let Bassett Green back into the game: they pulled level at 4 - 4 with just a minute to play. Unfortunately a final mistake led to Bassett scoring again and taking a 4 - 5 lead with just seconds left on the clock. Bassett fully deserved to win on their second half performance but the game showed just how cruel sport can be. 

Well done to all of Oakwood's 7 players who were OUTSTANDING! Special mention to player of the day, Marcus. 

Science Week in Year R

Year 2 visit Lordshill Church

Today year 2 walked to Lordshill church to visit Reverend Chris. The children learnt lots about the things in the church and the Easter story.

Monday, 20 March 2017

City Cross County Championships

On Friday it was the turn of Y5/6 children to attend the City Cross Country Championship race at the Sports Centre.

Some of the children were running for the first time, having not run in the league before Christmas, and did really well. See their results below.

A big well done to everyone who raced from Y3/4/5& 6 over the last two weeks.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Fluffy chicks!

Year 4 got to handle the chicks today! We had lots of discussion about looking after them and what has been happening.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Y3/4 Tag-Rugby Competition

Team Oakwood has been very busy recently. This time is was Y3/4 Tag-Rugby; as 8 children 'Tryed' and 'Tagged' to keep hold of the trophy we won last year.

Oakwood were drawn in Pool 'A', which on reflection, was definitely the trickiest group! Oakwood had to wait a game before they got underway, but their first game saw them take on Bitterne C of E Primary - winning 8-5. Their next game followed straight away and turned into a little bit of a one-sided game, Oakwood beating Springhill B 7-2. With no rest, Oakwood then played out a very exciting 4-4 draw with Fairisle.

With 2 wins and a draw Oakwood qualified top of the group and played Springhill A in the quarter-final. Oakwood were again victorious - 6-4 the final score.

The semi-final bought back Fairisle Junior, who took advantage of a tired Oakwood, to race into a 0-2 lead. Oakwood rallied, but eventually lost 4-5. (Fairisle did then go on to win the Final)

A final 'Bronze' play-off against Bitterne C of E saw Oakwood go 2-0 up before suffering a mini collapse and going 2-4 down. Again, Oakwood rallied and this time came on on top - winning 5-4.

Well done to all the players for representing Oakwood so well.

Year 2's motte and bailey castles

We had a super afternoon in Year 2, learning all about motte and bailey castles. We then made our own models using clay and matchsticks. Have a look at the fantastic work!

African clay huts

After Reading the story of "Handa's Surprise" the children in Year 1 made African huts using clay.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Y5 Question of Faith Day

Year 5 were really lucky as Matt, Rev Chris and Richard came in from Southampton City Mission to lead an action packed day all about our R.E. topic 'A symbol of ritual'. Matt kicked off the day by speaking to us through his kazoo whilst juggling. After a quick quiz to find out about our favourite foods we were set the challenge to break some codes. We thought all about how rituals are something that we do again and again that has special significance. Armed with this knowledge we thought about what rituals we have. After learning about the Christian ritual of having bread and wine as communion we were set the task of collaging what Christians could pick today if they were starting the ritual of communion for the first time.

LKS2 Cross County Championship

On Friday last week Team Oakwood sent a group of children from Lower Key Stage 2 to the City Cross Country Championships which were held at the Outdoor Sports Centre. There are separate girls and boys races and both races see competitors complete a simple lap of the entire sports centre. The race distance is just over a mile and is the same course the Y5/6 children will be running this week!

Well done to all the children who took part,

Oakwood v Tanners Brook

Team Oakwood played their 3rd football game of their Spring season against Tanners Brook Primary School yesterday.

Oakwood were keen to get off to a good start and pressed the Tanners Brook players into making mistakes in possession of the ball. The team created a number of good chances but hit the post or crossbar 3 times in the first half! Oakwood did finally take the lead from a corner; Jenson side-footing into the net from a low cross.

After half time Oakwood continued to make more scoring chances, however this time they managed to beat the 'keeper - further goals coming from Jenson and Jack (2). The final whistle blew with Oakwood comfortable 4-0 winners.

The Man of the Match was Will, and our goalscorers Jenson (2) and Jack (2).

Well one team, we look forward to the game next Tuesday against Shirley.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Football Team match night

Following their City Cup Semi-Final win on Monday, the school football team were back in action yesterday as they took part in a double match night with Holy Family and Fairisle. 

Oakwood played Holy Family first and started the game positively, putting together some good attacking moves and looking organised in defence. A very good, long range strike from Holy Family drew an excellent save from Tom, the Oakwood 'Keeper, but he could only push to ball to the Holy Family striker who scored from the rebound.
A deflected header and a long range free-kick put Holy Family 3-0 up in the second half and it was tough to take for the Oakwood players. The team continued to try, but the final whistle went and the 3-0 score still stood.

After a quick break, Oakwood were back on the pitch against Fairisle. The quality of football on show dipped as a large number of fouls disrupted the flow of the game and Oakwood struggled to concentrate on their passing game. Fairisle snatched a 1-0 lead and faught hard to protect it. The game finished 1-0.

Well done to all the players on what was a disappointing night for results. 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tasty time in Y5

Yesterday, as part of Y5's entrepreneurial topic we spent an afternoon taste testing different ice cream flavour combinations. Last week we planned the flavour combinations we would like to test and sent our teachers out shopping. In our Jude's groups we thought about how each different flavour looked, smelt and finally tasted!

Year 2 World Book Day

The Year 2 children looked wonderful in their World Book Day costumes. We shared different stories and designed a book token.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Southampton City Cup: Semi-Final

Team Oakwood played Abbotswood in their Southampton Schools' City Cup Semi-Final tonight and produced a brilliant second half performance to ensure Oakwood reached the final for the 5th time in the last 6 years!

Oakwood began the game brightly and showed great energy in closing down the Abbotswood players; making sure they had no time on the ball. It was Oakwood who first tested the opposition's 'keeper and it was Oakwood who took the lead when Alan hit a crisp strike from outside the area.

Within seconds of the second half kicking-off Oakwood were 2-0 up as a deflected cross was put into his own net by an Abbotswood defender. Defending City Cup champions, Oakwood, continued to dominate, and following some neat play by Leo, Jenson was able to slide the ball in to the bottom corner. With the away team on the ropes and looking forward to the final whistle the ball fell kindly for Leo to smash home and cap-off a fantastic Oakwood performance.

The final score was Oakwood 4-0 Abbotswood. Scorers Alan (1), Jenson (1), Leo (1) og (1)
Man of the Match, Leo.

I scream, You scream...

We all scream for Ice Cream!!

Year 5 had a chilly time in Winchester at the Top Secret Headquarters of Jude's Ice Cream...

There, Jude herself and husband Theo took us through the highly secretive process of making frozen confectionery for discerning clients all over Hampshire, the rest of the UK, cruise ships and even Dubai!

It's more complicated than you might think... (You should ask your children about the special feature of the hairnets...!)

Our tour of the factory included the manufacturing rooms and the big walk-in storage freezers!

And why are we going to an Ice Cream factory, you may ask?! Well, it's all part of our Apprentice-Style Team-Working Entrepreneurial Business Project...

We are working together in groups to create a brand new business - plans, budgets, product development, marketing etc. We're using cloud-based systems (G Suite) to share our plans in our group and work on them collaboratively... And when we're done, Jude herself will be coming to school to judge the winners...

A brilliant time was had by everyone and both Jude and Theo said how much they love Oakwood coming to the factory!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Mrs. Moody: The life of a PPA teacher

As you all know, I have taught at Oakwood for 17 years but do not have my own class. I currently cover the teachers' time out of class across the whole school.

This week, I had the unexpected pleasure of helping teach in Year 6 for four days. It has been such fun to work with such a lovely cohort: helping in their preparation for SATs as well as joining in their exciting science lessons learning about light - refraction, reflection, speed- and periscopes.

Despite having an A-Level in English language studies, I did have to ask for a mini reminder on appropriate use of semi-colons and commas -thanks Mr.Wills- but it meant I was able to inculcate the knowledge to the children. 

For English today, the class had 15 minutes to write a brief recount of their week with me. This was my favourite by Amber:

Dear Diary,

My week with Mrs. Moody was a blast of fun. Every day we did a Go Noodle to get us pumped up. We started to read Kensuke's Kingdom - which is our new English set novel - so far its quite good. While reading this, we all learnt a new word (inculcate) as well as what a porpoise is.

We had fun with Mrs Moody and learnt that we shouldn't marry someone who snores. She also read us a part of the book that she is writing about horses.

Mrs Moody is sad now as she has to leave us as well as mark this piece of work.

I was joking about the snoring issue by the way!

Thank you Year 6 😊

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Today we visited Lordshill library. The sun shone for us too on the walk there and back. We found out ... you can join for free, baby books are boring ( he he ), you need a library card to borrow a book, you can take up to 30!!!! books out. We had great fun. Written by 4FR

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

World Book Day in Year 1

Year 1 thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters and guessing who each other was.

The children took part in various activities including a visit from their "Buddy Class" in Year 3 and 4.

Book Day Buddies!