Thursday, 29 June 2017

Hampshire School Games

The Hampshire School Games is a Level 3 sports competition between schools across Hampshire and the IOW. Schools qualify through being successful in their local (Level 2) events. It is a celebration of sport for primary and secondary school children.

Oakwood have already competed in one Level three event this year (Our Indoor Athletics team competed in the Hampshire competition in April) but we also qualified to represent the Southampton School Games area the the Hampshire Games in Tag-Rugby.

Although the RFU - who were running the event today did so as a festival - (meaning there would be no winners and losers - meaning no medals and trophies etc) Team Oakwood were very successful, finishing a hypothetical 2nd!

The morning group stages were drawn geographically ensuring schools faced other Hampshire areas. Oakwood had excellent results and finished the morning games with a 100% record and topped the group results.
Oakwood's results:
Oakwood 4 - 2 Binstead
Oakwood 4 - 3 Park Gate
Oakwood 3 - 2 Stamore Primary
Oakwood 4 - 3 Park View

During the afternoon, the groups were re-sorted with schools playing other schools with similar results. Oakwood continued to play excellent rugby and again did well against some tough opposition. Oakwood were finally beaten in their last game, but this was their only defeat of the day. By our calculations, this meant Team Oakwood finished the -not a competition- in 2nd place.

Well done to all our players for their performance and behaviour on the day especially our player of the day, Alan!
Try scorers: Jenson (3), Marcus (7), Alan (7), Joe (3), Praise (2), Sonny (3) and Nathaniel (3)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Year 3 Hugo Cabret Photo Frames-finished at last!

A glazing time at Oasis

Year 4 had an absolutely brilliant time last week at Oasis academy. We visited Tracy and her team in the Art department to glaze our clay elephants ready for firing in their kiln. We are now very much looking forward to seeing what they are going to look like after being fired again! A huge thank you to Tracy and the Art department at Oasis Academy.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Year 4 'Paint with scissors'

Today Year 4 created collage art work inspired by Henri Matisse's Jazz series, which is circus-themed. The children had to work in groups to create their pictures, sharing ideas and resources. They also learned about Matisse and his life.

Jazz collection by Matisse

Have a look at our art gallery below!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Knapp House Day 5

The final day at Knapp house is a quick one but we still pack so much in. Breakfast, packing, surfing, packing, lunch and the start of the journey home.

I hope all the children enjoyed their trip to Knapp House and that they can recover any lost sleep over the weekend and I also hope parents have enjoyed our tweets an blog posts showing what the children have been getting up to.

Water Safety Session!

Year 5 have being swimming weekly for the last few weeks, this week was water safety week where they went in the pool in clothes and completed several safety activities!

Oakhouse Day 5

All this activity this week - has made us hungry!! Bring on our giant picnic which we have been cooking ourselves this morning. Off to the field this afternoon to EAT! What a super way to finish our Oakhouse Week!

Oakhouse Day 4

We started off with Tangram Fun! Our project yesterday was making 3D people with pipe cleaners and then shooting an animated film! Wow................amazing!! Check out our winners!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday at Knapp

Today was the last full day at Knapp House and with the weather a bit cooler the children have given their activities everything!

Today, they have done: Tunneling and crate-stacking, Canoeing on the lake and of course, the Disco!

We have 2 final activities on Friday: Surfing and packing.

Quick update from Knapp

Just thought we'd post some videos from this morning's canoeing.

A journey to the afterlife!

In Year 5 we have being learning about the beliefs Ancient Egyptians followed, as part of their religion. Part of this has being looking at how bodies were prepared for the afterlife, through mummification. To give the pupils a hands on experience of this they became embalmers, carrying out the stages of mummification on tomatoes.

It was messy and lots of fun!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Knapp House Day 3

Day 3 at Knapp House has been another scorcher! We have, however, had some breeze today so it's seemed much cooler. The sun cream has continued to be lathered on as we've had another full day.

Today our groups have had a go at: Tunneling and crate stacking, Low Ropes, Coastal walk, Canoe drill in the pool and ringos.

Oakhouse Day 3

Another hot day but still lots of fun! Archery, wall climbing and best of all ............. canoeing round a lake! The children were credit to themselves and Oakwood! Check out our best rowers!

Egyptian Feast Fun!

To start our Egyptian topic this week we have being learning about the River Nile and food and farming in ancient Egypt. As part of this we made flat bread. We then ate the flat bread along with several other Egyptian foods, as part of our Egyptian feast. We are now writing poetry about the flavours, textures and appearance of the foods.

Oakhouse Day 2

Great day had by all of us at Testlands Hub.... Super sporty and super hot! Lots of fantastic Badminton Doubles Matches going on and real competitive spirit!! Our dance routines are super fantastic too. Check out the new receptionist at Testlands!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Knapp House Day 2

It's been hot. Ridiculously Hot.

But we've been enjoying our time none-the-less! We have been tree traversing, crabbing, low-roping, Rib riding and peddle carting. A fantastic day.

Exploring circuits in Year 4

Year 4 had a great morning today exploring electrical circuits. They had several challenges to complete and showed a fantastic growth mindset when working through each activity.

Their challenges were:

  • Can you make a light bulb light up?
  • Can you make the light bulb brighter?
  • What happens when you add two more bulbs to your circuit?
  • Can you find a conductor in the classroom?
  • Can you find an insulator in the classroom?
Well done for an 'electrifying' lesson, Year 4!

Logs on the playground

It was very hot in our classroom this afternoon so we decided to take our learning outside in the shade. We practised our number skills and handwriting on the playground using chalk.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Knapp House Day 1

Having spent the last hour walking around site...I have finally found some wi-fi!!!! (Don't worry, there is someone looking after the children).

It's been a brilliant first day for our Knapp House visit. The weather has been beautiful. Hot, Sunny and perfect for a spot of Ringo riding, tree climbing, rock climbing/abseiling and canoe drill.

Another hot day tomorrow and another day stacked full of fun and adventure.

Day 1 Oakhouse

The start of our week has been busy and hot! That didn't stop us having fun in the Art Studio this morning! We have produced some super art created with straws and potatoes!

Year 1 Question of Faith Day

Year 1 had a fantastic day learning all about changes and some of the stories from the bible.
They took part in many different activities based upon the stories. These included:
 - Magic Tricks
- 'Follow me' game
- Creating a sparkly fish
- Making 'wobbly legs' to retell a story
- Treasure hunt
 - Collages
 - Interactive storytelling

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Some Gold Book Homework from Year 4!

Last weeks homework involved using the children using their creative minds in making or designing their own food stall at the fairground. Lots of their hard work made it into gold book!

Year 4's trip to Southampton Art Gallery

Before half term Year 4 visited our local art gallery here in Southampton. The whole year group loved their visit and really enjoyed sketching in side the gallery.

Year 4 Home Learning Exhibition

Year 4 put on a fantastic display of their homework projects all about 'The Aztecs'. Thanks to all their parents and friends who came!

All the fun of the fair!

Year 4 had an absolutely amazing hook day on Friday. Miss Patchett led year 4 in style!!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Year 3 Hugo Cabret Inspired Photo Frames.

City Athletics Championship

Oakwood's athletics team went to the City Athletics Championships yesterday to compete again 21 other schools on the track and out in the field (and a few sandpits).

There were some fantastic individual performances on the day as a number of children managed to reach the podium. Oakwood's most successful performances came in the Y6 80m where we grabbed gold in both the Girls and Boys races - 2 City Champions!

Neither the Girls/Boys or the overall team made it into the top 3, so we will have to wait until the results are sent out later this week to confirm our position.

Well done to every child who went with the team and did their best! Whether is was in just 1 race, or they managed to reach the finals we are proud of the performance of every child!

There are a number of photos on the daily echo site and there will be a write up in 'The Pink' this weekend.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Year 4 experiment with electricity

This afternoon in science, Year 4 discovered the *shocking* effect that static electricity has on their hairstyles! This is because the rubbing creates a negative charge that is carried by electrons. The electrons can build up to produce static electricity. Similarly, when you rub a balloon on your head it causes opposite static charges to build up both on your hair and the balloon. Have a look at the *electrifying* results!

Fantastic forces in Y5

Year 5 spent the start of last week exploring different forces. One of the forces we learned about was friction. As part of our friction learning, we worked in groups to plan and carry out a scientific experiment into friction. We explored two different variables: - The friction of different shoes -The friction of different surfaces We thought about what we would need to do to keep our tests fair. As part of our maths, we created a table to collect and present our results. Once we had collected our results we used these to create graphs to show our friction findings before drawing conclusions about which surface and shoe provided the most friction.

Oakwood in Bloom, Amazing Art

Year 5 have been busy artists the last couple of days. They have worked on several skills to each produce a fantastic final piece.
- Firstly, we looked at the work of several artists including: David Bomberg, William Daniels, Georgia O'Keefe and Alex Katz. We used the zone of relevance to describe them and wrote a short descriptive piece about the paintings for a blind observer.
- Next we used our photography skills (on the ipads) to take a photo around Oakwood to inspire our Oakwood in Bloom final piece.
- We then used natural materials from outside to make a natural colour palette.
- From our photos we did an observational sketch.
- Then we did some colour mixing using the paint to find the colour shades we wanted to use on our final piece.
- Finally we set to work on our final piece.

They did amazingly and produced some work to be really proud of!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Year 4's Elephant Day

This half term in Year 4 we will be learning all about the circus. To get off to an exciting start, we dedicated the whole day to elephants! We learned all about how elephants used to be used as performers in the circus and how new laws have been brought into place to protect animals from being used as entertainment. We completed a quiz on the history of the circus in teams and we then went on to sketch an elephant, using the tutorial below.

Here is a gallery of some of the finished elephant sketches, well done Year 4 for a great first day back!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Year 3 Local Walk

In the final week of last half-term, Year Three carried out a detailed survey of the local area. We compared different areas by counting the housing, traffic and wild-life considering what artificial changes we thought were positive and negative.

We also posted our letters to the elected Prime Minister (to be opened on the 10th June) in which we explained what we liked about our country and our ideas for an improved future!