Friday, 30 November 2018

People Who Help Us

Year R have had a great time learning about the people who help us in our community. For 5 weeks we have done some fun activities, check them out.

We would like to say a BIG thank you to our visitors, it was great seeing you!

We ended our topic with a dress up day finale.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Junior Road Safety officers

Meet our two new Junior Road Safety Officers! Last week they completed their road safety training and are now our school experts!

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Y5 and Y6 Dance Workshop at Redbridge Community School

A group of year 5 and year 6 children had a great time taking part in a dance workshop at Redbridge Community School today. Maybe we will see them on 'Strictly' one day?

Y4 Visit Down to Earth Farm

Year 4 braved the rain today to see both domestic farm animals, as well as some exotic species from around the world.

We learnt how the the body of the bearded dragon is perfectly suited for survival in hot dry countries. We also learnt about how certain characteristics of farm animals have been selected by humans.

Thankfully, as humans, we can prepare for all weather conditions, so our children had a lovely time!

Y5 and Y6 Athletics

Over the past three weeks Y5 and Y6 have been attending an indoor athletics event at Redbridge School. The children competed in field and track events. They were brilliant and worked their works off! Our overall placing in the city was 7th. Go Oakwood!

OSA Christmas Fair

The OSA Christmas Fair was a brilliant community event once again! Of course we want it to be a successful fundraiser (we'll let you know how much we raised soon!), but the most important things was that it was so well attended, and it was a reminder of just how lovely our community of children, parents and staff is. Everyone had a smile on their face! (Spot yourself in the video!)

Thanks to every one of you for the part you played in making it so. Special thanks as usual to the OSA Committee, particularly Gill and Gary, who go out of their way to make sure the whole thing comes together, Julie and Kelly in the kitchen, and to Martyn and the cleaning team for getting everything spick and span again.

(Thank you to Lidl for providing the food!)

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Southampton Sight workshop

Y2 were lucky enough to have visitors from Southampton Sight who taught the children about people living with blindness and vision impairments.

It was very interactive giving the children an insight into what living with a vision impairment would be like.

The activities included: walking around using a cane, identifying objects in a feely bag, experiencing a braille book and reading books with glasses which mimic different vision impairments.

Thank you to Southampton Sight for coming to Oakwood for a really enjoyable workshop.

"London's Burning"

As part of their history work the children in Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London.

To see and understand just how quickly the fire spread we created our own burning houses.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Oakwood Keeps Fit!

Well done all that took part last week in our half termly keep Oakwood fit morning. Thanks to all that came!

Monday, 19 November 2018

Beech Class Stay and Play

Oakwood from the Air!

Many thanks to Steve Trent, one of our parents, who came to take a whole school photo with his drone on Friday!

While he was up there, he took some amazing video! (We hope he'll be able to come back in the summer when the weather's better!)

Children In Need

We've had a very busy term, and we've put on a lot of events already...

(Our Macmillan Coffee Morning raised £1132 and Year 6's Victorian Fayre raised £665...) we decided to keep things a little more low key for Children in Need this year.

Nonetheless, our small bits of loose change managed to raise £245.48, so thank you very much...

The BBC Children in Need appeal raised over £50 million on Friday evening, with more to come in, and has raised over £1 billion since it first started in 1980.

Oakwood is proud to have played its part. Thank You!

Friday, 16 November 2018

Physics Day at Oakwood

On Thursday 15th November, Oakwood pupils became physicists for a time. Each year group explored various aspects of physics with practical activities.

Mr Taylor performed 3 excellent experiments to demonstrate the effects of air pressure and how aeroplanes actually fly.

Year R explored the forces of gravity, magnetism and water; 
Year 1 explored floating and sinking; 
I had the pleasure of teaching Year 2 about gravity and friction. They made accurate predictions and talked about the results they observed with great understanding. They also grasped the concept of fair testing; Year 3 explored light including refraction and linking to understanding of materials by creating shadow puppets in 3CB:

"Light travels as a wave. When you put your shadow puppet in between the lamp and the wall, the puppet blocks some of the light waves.

The closer you put your shadow puppet to the lamp, the more light waves are blocked. This makes a bigger shadow. Moving the shadow puppet away from the lamp makes a smaller shadow as fewer light waves are blocked."

Year 5 investigated the effects of air resistance and friction with balloon cars.

Finally, Year 6 created periscopes to explore the law of reflection and combined a little chemistry with electronics. Potato battery anyone?

The children all loved getting stuck in to science today. We are looking forward to the next science day in the spring term, which will be biology based. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Year 5 learn how mountains are formed

Year 5 have been conducting experiments to show how different types of mountains are formed.

Friday, 9 November 2018

A Busy Time for Year 3.

It's been a busy few days in Year 3.

We have been working hard making WW2 oat cakes and other goodies ready for our VE celebration that we held this afternoon. We have also been writing Remembrance poems which some of us read this morning at Hollybrook cemetery, as we gathered to remember all the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in War.

A big thank you to all the parents who walked up to the cemetery with us and for all the generous donations for the celebration. There was not only enough for all the parents and children twice over, but the many cakes and biscuits that were left over were gratefully taken by Mrs Mattack to donate to a local homeless shelter.

Year 6 - Cinema and Cenotaph

As well as visiting the Cinema this morning for the 'Into Film' festival, Y6 visited the Southampton Cenotaph to reflect and pay their respects to those who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world.