Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Oakwood Advent Books 2019: 24th December - The Night Before Christmas

Here is the final Advent book of our countdown to Christmas 2019: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore

Monday, 23 December 2019

Oakwood Advent Books 2019: 23rd December - The Lighthouse Keeper's Christmas

Here is today's Advent book - The lighthouse Keeper’s Christmas by Rhonda Armitage

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Oakwood Advent Books 2019: 22nd December - How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Here is today's Advent Book - How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Y4 Printing

This half term Year 4 have been busy experimenting with mono printing. Inspired by our under the sea topic, they created some fantastic prints to illustrate their calendars with.

Y6 Collage

Y6 pupils have been working hard this half term on their collage skills. They have been working in groups to create a collage of the jungle - having been inspired by the work of Henri Rousseau.
We think they've done a great job...what do you think?

Oakwood Advent Books 2019: 21st December - One Snowy Night

Here is today's Advent Book - One Snowy night - by Nick Butterworth.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Felt Book Jackets

Year 4 have been working hard designing and making their own book jackets. Here are a sample of the first ones finished.

Christmas Dinner

Once again, we were able to provide all children who wanted it, a free Christmas Dinner.

Thank you to City Catering, and especially Julie and her amazing team in our kitchen for another fabulous feast! The puddings this year were particularly impressive!

Year 5 and 6 Christmas Performance

Our final performances were yesterday and Years 5 and 6 gave us a fantastically Christmassy medley. It was a real showcase of talents, with musicians playing, beautiful modern and traditional songs being sung, a little bit of French and even the odd turkey thrown in!

Thank you Years 5 and 6 for entertaining us so professionally!

Year 3 and 4 Christmas Performance

Years 3 and 4 kicked off our Key Stage 2 Christmas performances on Monday, and what a way to start! Their theme was 'The Christmas Tardis' and they took us on a journey through time and space to learn about Christmas through time.

Thank you Years 3 and 4 for a fabulous show and for sharing lots of your amazing talents!

Y6 Use their time wisely

We've had quite a lot of wet lunch times recently, but a small group of Y6 pupils have been using their time wisely!
They have been working hard to create a Ferris Wheel out of K'nex. It measures 76cm tall! They have inspired others to try their hand at something - there's quite a few other things being made too now.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Year 2 Penguin Home Learning

Year 2 have been sharing their amazing penguin Home Learning projects. It was brilliant to see the hard work that everyone had put into their Home Learning. Well done Year 2!


Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Christmas Fair

All of the money has been counted, and we are now in a position to be able to announce that our Christmas Fair raised an astounding £4533!

Thank you all so much for your generosity, and more importantly, we hope you enjoyed what was another great Oakwood Family evening.

5FL have made some wonderfully Christmassy Cards that light up!

We had an amazing time last week making Christmas cards that light up!

Y4 Visit the Theatre

Year 4 were lucky enough to be able to go to the theatre to watch Cinderella. They loved seeing inside a real theatre and figuring out how everything works. We were amazed by the talented actors who sung, danced and played instruments as well as acting!

Monday, 16 December 2019

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Oakwood's Advent Books 2019: 14th December: One Snowy Night

Here is the Advent book for today...One Snowy Night by Christina Butler

Friday, 13 December 2019

Year R Nativity Performance

The children in Year R all took part in a Nativity play. They entertained us by their beautiful singing, dancing and story telling and we are really proud of their performance. Well done to everyone involved who supported in organising costumes, props and learning lines to help make it such a success. A real Christmas treat.

Monday, 9 December 2019

Wind Poems

Inspired by 'The Sea' by James Reeves, the children in Year 4 wrote, memorised and performed their own poems based on the wind.



Sunday, 8 December 2019

Oakwood Advent Books 2019: 8th December - Grumpy Badger's Christmas

Today's Advent book is Read by Mrs Petley. Grumpy Badger's Christmas is one of her favourite Christmas stories.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Oakwood Advent Book 2019: 7th December - The Stick Man

A little later than planned (few technical issues!) but still just as good!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Oakwood Advent Books 2019: 1st December - The Snowman

This year, at Oakwood, we will once again be having an Advent of books in the countdown to Christmas. Each day at school we will be sharing a Christmas/Winter themed book (or part of a longer book) with all of our children. On Saturday and Sunday we will also be sharing books via video here on our blog and through our Twitter feed.

As well as providing the children with an exciting opportunity to share a book everyday with their teachers and friends, they will help children reflect on a wide range of themes that affect people all over the world during the Christmas holidays.

We will let you know each day what the day's book is and hope that you join in at home to share the joy of reading.

Today's book has no words but is one every adult will be familiar with... The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Year 2 Sight Awareness Workshops

Last week, Southampton Sight visited Year 2 and provided sight awareness workshops. The workshops were brilliant in promoting an awareness of and an empathy for people with visual impairments. Thank you Southampton Sight for a fun and informative workshop!

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Road Safety Poster Competition winners!

Thank you for all the amazing entries for the Road Safety Poster competition! The Junior Road Safety Officers, Abi and Lennon, did a great job in choosing the winners, although it was so difficult as they were all fabulous! Becky Barratt was on hand to help give out the prizes of vouchers and certificates to the worthy winners! A huge thank you to Barratt Homes for donating hi-vis jackets for all of KS1 and donating £1000 plus tea and coffee to the school.

Friday, 15 November 2019

Children in need 2019

Thank you all for your amazing support today. The school has looked really colourful with everyone in their PJs. You all helped raise a fantastic £386.74 for BBC Children in Need.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Year 5 Board 'The Titanic'

Year 5 had a brilliant day before half term celebrating their fantastic topic of 'The Titanic'.

Year 5 visit Southampton's Cenotaph

Today Year 5 spent sometime thinking and reflecting at Southampton's Cenotaph, about those who lost their lives at War on this special day of remembrance.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Year 6 Victorian Fayre

Last Friday Year 6 held their annual 'Victorian Fayre'! There was a Victorian sweet treat stall, a tearoom serving delicious homemade cakes, a teddy stall, books and games stall and a wide variety of Victorian street games to play including Roll a penny and Tin can alley. The children also designed and created their own William Morris style coasters to sell. Every element of the fayre is run by the children from baking the cakes and making the sweet treats to designing their stall signs and then running their stall. Well done Year 6 - it was a fabulous afternoon! Thank you to parents who donated cakes and books/games and thank you to everyone who supported the fayre by spending their money!

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

YR Leaf Man

The children in Year R have really enjoyed the story Leaf Man. They were inspired by the beautiful illustrations and have had a go at creating their own leaf man pictures with the fallen autumn leaves and other natural items that they have found such as sticks, conkers and acorns.

The children had a lot of fun making their pictures. What other pictures could you create?

Year 3 Shadow Puppets

To help us learn about the properties of shadows and the differences between transparent, translucent and opaque materials Year 3 had a little Halloween shadow puppet fun yesterday. Take a look:-

Friday, 18 October 2019

Y6 Music Soundscapes

Year 6 have been working hard in their music lessons to compose a piece of music in groups that they think represents 'the sounds of the factory'. They were shown pictures of various pieces of machinery and had to create a journey of sound around the different machines using repetition and pattern.

They are still building their pieces, but here's a couple of them so far.

Y6 Visit Milestones

Y6 recently visited Milestones Museum to visit their 'Life during the Victorian Times' streets.

The children explored the various types of businesses that might have been found in towns and cities across the country. During a workshop they explored the geography needed for certain industries and how the railways and rivers helped Britain boom during the Industrial Revolution.

During their second workshop, children were taught by their 'Board School' teacher in a range of subjects. She also emphasised the social expectations of children.

Year's inky art!

Inspired by the Illustrations in The Green Ship, Year 4 had a go at creating their own watercolour and ink illustrations.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Making Patterns

The children in YR have been in exploring patterns. They have recognised patterns, continued a pattern and even had a go at making their own!

Year 2 Superhero Home Learning

Year 2 have been sharing their Superhero Home Learning. There were lots of exciting projects, including: art work, smoothie making recipes, Superhero videos, models and lots more!

Well done Year 2, you should be so proud of your work!

Monday, 7 October 2019

Spelling Workshare

Thank you so much to everybody who came to our 'Spelling Workshare' last week. The children were very excited to share their spelling journey with you. We hope it gave you some ideas on how to continue to support spelling at home. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Year 5 Visit The Seacity Museum and have a Titanic Tour of Southampton

Year 5 had a wonderful day today exploring Seacity Museum and having a guided tour of all the special parts of Southampton related to the Titanic. What a really great day!

Friday, 27 September 2019

Natural Artwork and Celtic Weaving

Year 4 have been working outside recently. In History, our Celtic tribes assigned themselves roles to help craft a protective wall for their villages.

Later in the week we produced environmental artwork inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy, the subject of our reading texts.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Y6 Victorian Day

Year 6 children stepped back in time today as they experienced a day in a Victorian school (well most of it).

The children went through the daily routine of inspections and health checks; the 3 Rs - Reading, 'riting and 'rithmatic; Drill, playground games and they even had a go at using ink and pen during a calligraphy lessons.

The children's costumes were great and certainly looked the part! But could they keep a straight face? Could they follow instructions without talking? Would they make a mistake and find out how a Victorian teacher sorted out behaviour in their classroom.

Friday, 20 September 2019

First few days of school in YR

Our new Reception children have just completed their first two weeks of school. They have enjoyed their mornings and lunch times.

They have settled in really well, adapted to our routines, made new friends and have had lots of exciting experiences exploring through play and having fun.

Have a look at what we have done so far!

Oakwood Groundforce Day

On Wednesday we were joined by volunteers from the Ordnance Survey and some willing parent helpers to dig, cut, chop, pull, push, heave, jump away from frogs, sweat and generally work every muscle they have to prepare some of our outdoor areas for the start of something new. We are so thankful to each and everyone of them, without their hard work we would not be where we are now.

Over the next few months classes will develop their areas, spend the money we raised from our Move'athon and our donation from The Barker Mills Foundation. There may even be another Groundforce day! Ask your child about their area for more information.

Showcase at Oakwood

We were lucky enough to have Alex and his team from Showcase perform live for Key Stage 2 in assembly this week. What a fun, entertaining and inspirational start to our morning! Thank you Showcase!

P.S They will be coming back soon for Key Stage 1 - watch this space!

Monday, 16 September 2019

Inspired by Nature

Last week in our reading sessions we learnt all about the artist Andy Goldsworthy. Inspired by what we found about how he uses only nature to create his art, we went onto the playground and created our own land art.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Year 6 Wacky Races!

Year 6 had an exciting first week back taking part in a Design Technology and Science week - Wacky Races! The children worked in small groups to design, make and power their 'wacky' racing cars. They put them to the test in several races and competed for three winners' awards - fastest car, best design and best teamwork. Well done all Year 6 for a fantastic effort!

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Buoyancy? What's it all about?

As part of our Titanic hook day, Year 5 spent the afternoon invetigating 'Buoyancy' and 'water displacement'. The children learned all about 'Archimedes' and how the Titanic (which weighs about 50,000 tonnes) actually stays afloat.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Y6 Prom

It's that time of year again!

Everyone in Year 6 has come back to school one last time to say goodbye and good luck to their friends. (And maybe shed a tear or two!)

We will be adding to the Year 6 Prom photo album during the evening.

Thursday, 18 July 2019

Year 6 Leavers' Service

A really emotional moment as Year R children present their specially made candle holders to Year 6.

Year 6 reprised "When I Grow Up" and made Mr Taylor cry again!

Thank you to Mrs Larder for your beautiful words blessing the candles.

We will miss you Year 6 - one more day!

Year 6 Leavers' Production

Our Year 6 Pupils say their first goodbye to Oakwood, remembering and celebrating some of their favourite events.

A brilliant production, with emotional songs ("When I Grow Up" made Mr Taylor cry!) and excellent acting!

Thank you for entertaining us, and a really big Thank You to all the ex "Mr Taylors" who turned up to reprise their role from previous years! (That made the real Mr Taylor cry as well!)

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

KS1 Oakwood's Got Talent

Last week saw the return of the KS1 Oakwood's Got Talent Final!

The finalists in Key Stage 1 performed a variety of acts in front of an audience and panel of judges.

Congratulations to all of the acts who made it to the final.

What a great show it was!

Year 1 Chemistry Day

Year 1 had so much fun trying to make some elephant's toothpaste using dry yeast and hydrogen peroxide. The children predicted what they thought would happen when everything had been mixed together.

Year 1 Space Home Learning

Year 1 welcomed Year 4 to class to look at the incredible Home Learning projects they had produced. The children had made some superb robots; some had specific functions like a Cooking bot or had special features such as flashing lights. Amazing rockets of all shapes and sizes were also on display in the Home Learning gallery. Great job Year 1.

Monday, 15 July 2019

Hampshire School Games

A few weeks ago we took our girls football team to compete at Hampshire Primary Games. They played their socks off!

City Athletics Championships

Here is our Oakwood City Championships team. We competed in all the track and field events held at the sports centre and had a wonderful day - it was even sunny and warm too!

2019 Federation Sports Day

Here is our Oakwood federation sports day competitors! What a brilliant time they all had taking part.

Sports Day

A few snaps from our 2019 Sports Day this year! Well done for an amazing day all. Britannia were our overall winners!

Y5 and Y6 cricket tournament

We were very lucky to take part in a cricket tournament ran by Taunton college at the Sports Centre. We had a really lovely day!

Year 3 French afternoon!

We had fun at our Cafe Francais! We ordered our croissants and jus d'oranges in French!

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Year 4 Spinning Around

This term Year 4 (and some fantastic parent helpers) worked hard to design and create their own carousels.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Southampton Sports Awards

We were very proud of our Girls' Football Team this morning as they picked up their trophy for winning the Test Park Football Tournament at the Southampton School Games Awards!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Year 3 Morph Inspired Animations

Science in Year R

Last week Year R had a very sciency week.

We learned about how water can change things, using skittles and felt tip pens to see how the colours change and mix.

We then used our detective skills to go under the sea and work out which colour scales would be best for the rainbow fish to have deep in the ocean, as well as investigating prisms and coloured plastic to see what happens when the light shined through them.

Outside we made predictions about capacity and recorded our results and worked out what happened when we added pressure to the water inside the containers. We may have got ourselves a little bit wet in the process!

Finally, we had a visitor at the end of our week to kick off our final 'Watery World' topic. We learned about the turtles and how to feed them. The We loved observing them throughout the day.

Monday, 8 July 2019

Land Ahoy!

Today Year 2 had a brilliant day celebrating their topic 'Land Ahoy!' The children took part in a variety of activities all based around pirates. They found out their pirate names, made an origami pirate ship and lots more!

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Year 3 Photo Frames part 2!

Year 3 Photo Frames

Y2 Willow Weaving

Y2 have been very creative working with willow. Everyone made a petal which was then put together to create a larger class flower.

Great team work showing how everyone can contribute to the bigger picture making it something beautiful.

Snail Racing in Y2

Y2 have learned all about snails. They have found out which foods they found most appetizing and even had a snail race.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Transfer Day for 3LM

I am so excited to be back full time with my own class. I will miss teaching every class in the school,  but you can't beat having your own class.

This is how the new 3LM (for 2018-2019) spent their arty transfer day. Making 'Lolly Dollies' to tell their worries, hopes and dreams to; creating Positive Pants to remind us to be positive - You can do it! - These have gone home today.

We also created wonderful self-portraits in the style of Romero Britto - a Neo Pop Brazilian artist who uses vivid colour to portray, hopes, dreams and happiness.

Here is a snap shot of those that were completed.

I can't wait to see what the class and I can achieve next academic year!

Friday, 28 June 2019


Yesterday Year R had some interesting visitors. To end our minibeast topic, Zoolab came in to share some of their not so mini minibeasts. The children loved getting the chance to touch and hold them.

We have learned minibeasts don't have bones and one of the creatures brought in was definitely not a minibeast, can you work out what it was?

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Flower Surgery in 5BW

As part of our Science life cycles unit, we have been learning how flowering plants reproduce. To identify the role of parts of the flower in the reproduction process we dissected flowers.

We had loads of fun, sorry flowers! See some pictures of our flower surgeons below.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Knapp House: Day 4

We have wi-fi again!

Yesterday was another exciting day, although we did have to wake up a few rooms before breakfast!
Surfing, coastal walking, paddle boating and a disco.

The bag packing has already begun this morning with more lost socks being waved around than we know what to do with. Then it's on to the last activity of the week before a quick shower, lunch and the trip home.

We hope to see you all around 4-5pm. We will keep you updated via the school twitter page.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Oak House Day 3

Today we had fun playing benchball, vaulting, taking part in a tug of war challenge and doing a highest tower challenge with newspaper.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Knapp House: Day 3

It looks like the weather here in Devon has turned! It's been reasonably dry since we arrived on Monday morning but with a few showers it's been quite cold. However, since lunchtime, the sun has been shining!

We've had another great day and its been filled with mud, water and fun. We hope you enjoy our pictures.

Oak House Day 2

We managed to dodge the rain. We went to Testlands Hub and took part in fun activities including: dodgeball, indoor rounders, penalty shootout and badminton.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Knapp House: Day 2

There were a few blurry eyes this morning at the breakfast table after a ....delayed start to the first night's sleep! But there was no time for a rest today! It was Climbing/abseiling, Ringo rides, Canoe Drill and initiative exercises and peddle cart races today.

The children are enjoying their free time (and the tuck shop) and have been spending time with new friends from other schools and making the most of the reasonable weather and the fantastic site here at Knapp House.

It's another action packed day tomorrow!

Oak House at Woodmill

Today Oak House visited Woodmill activity centre. We got to test our skills at archery, the climbing wall and canoeing.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Knapp House: Day 1

The journey down to Knapp House couldn’t have been better: no traffic and not too warm. Once the children had settled into their rooms and had a tour of the site, they jumped straight into the activities. Depending on their groups, the children completed either crate stack and tunnelling or tree hoist and tree traverse for their afternoon activity. After the evening meal (Pasta Bolognese, hot dogs, ratatouille, salad and chips) all of Oakwood’s groups made the short walk down to Appledore Quay for a spot of crab fishing and RIB rides.

It’s been a long day but the children have had a great start to their week. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

Friday, 14 June 2019

Mexico comes to Y4

Year 4 finished a fantastic week learning about Mexico with a Mexico day. We learnt about a contemporary Mexican artist Curiot, made God's eyes, cooked chilli and flat breads and of course had the chance to taste our cookery!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Year 3 - Sleep Hygiene

Year 3 had 2 special visitors to talk to them today all about why sleep is so important, how to get a good night sleep and how much sleep to have!

Friday, 7 June 2019

Year R Trip to Hilliers

On Tuesday, Year R went on their first ever school trip to Hilliers.

We learned lots about different minibeasts and their habitats to kick off our topic this half term.

We all had a fab day, despite a little bit of rain in the afternoon. We would like to give all of our parent helpers a massive thank you for coming or we wouldn't have been able to go!

Check out all of the fun activities that we did!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Y6 Launch Make 5 Grow projects

Having spent the final week of last half term researching and prepping their business plans to pitch on the last day of last half term, they finally launched their new business ventures today.

There was all sorts to be bought from the 13 business with a steady stream of customers during both lunchtime and after school. If you missed them today then don't worry, they'll be back out trying to seal the deal of the day tomorrow too.

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Y6 A question of Faith

Year 6 were visited this morning by the Southampton City Mission who came to work with us on death ceremonies and life transitions. They explored different ideas around death ceremonies including traditional Christian as well as other less orthodox such as those seen in the Guardian of the Galaxy and Thor!

They then explored the idea of transition to Christians and thought about important transitions for themselves - the upcoming move to Y7 being the main focus.

A big thank you to Teresa for spending the morning with us.

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Friday, 24 May 2019

Year 2 Art

Year 2 have enjoyed printing. They created a tile inspired by the artist William Morris and created a repeating pattern.

Author Visit in Year R and KS1

Author and actor Grant Koper visited Year R and KS1 on Tuesday to share his new book. Grant read 'The Day Granny's Knickers Blew Away' to the children using some very funny voices!

Afterwards the children asked Grant questions including:

'What made you become an author?'
'How do you write your stories?'
'How many schools have you read this story to?'

Some children had ordered Grant's book and he very kindly signed them.

It was great to see the children engaged in a new story read by the author.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Willow Class Scooter Training

Willow Class enjoyed their scooter training with Jenny Babey from SUSTRANS!

Year 2 Homelearning

What amazing home learning projects were done this term. The children have done a range of activities and all have had the opportunity to share their projects with their friends.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Green Fingers in Year R

During our topic 'Up the Beanstalk' we have been learning all about planting and what plants need to survive.

We have made Mr Greenheads from recycled and reused socks and pots and have planted our own vegetables from courgettes and tomatoes to some climbing beans. I wonder if we will get a beanstalk like Jack did?

We have also learned about the importance of reusing and recycling in order to look after our environment!

Friday, 17 May 2019

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Mask making in Y4

As part of our History topic, Year 4 have started to create our own Maya inspired masks. This week we have started to paper mache our masks.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Y1 Litter awareness

As part of the plastic free day year 1 decided to research the causes and effects of littering. We learnt lots about sorting recycling, reducing our waste, re-using things instead of throwing them away, air pollution and garden waste care. We made videos in our groups to help promote awareness for this serious issue.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Plastic Free Day

You will see from some of our other recent blog posts, that Oakwood had a great 'Plastic Free Day' this week.

All children got involved with learning about single-use plastic and its effect on our environment. Key Stage 2 were lucky enough to have a visit from a group from King's Church who told us all about their ecobricking project, Year 6 did a local community litter pick and two of our Pupil Councillors were lucky enough to have a slot on local breakfast radio!

Across the school children also completed their own pledges to reduce plastic, wrote letters and emails to local companies to ask them to reduce their plastic use, they found inventive ways to re-use plastic in school, to name but a few!

Have a look at Year 3's top tips for reducing plastic:

Top Tips for families to reduce plastic use!

These are some of the ways our class have thought of to reduce our plastic usage and help the environment.
1. When you buy an ice-cream, ask for a cone instead of a cup as you get given a plastic spoon too – too much plastic!
2. Ditch single-use plastic items
3. Always take your litter home, wherever you are!
4. Re-think your birthday bag! Ditch the rubbish plastic toys you only use once. Include just a cake or something home-made.
5. Take a cloth bag/re-usable bag to the shops.
6. Always use paper straws instead of plastic straws.
7. Use re-usable tubs in a lunchbox not food wrapped in plastic.
8. Use metal cutlery.
9. Drink from a re-usable bottle at school and when you’re out.

Please think about using these tips at home. These tips will help our planet!

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Y6 Go Plastic Picking

This afternoon, Y6 (and a few parents) picked up their pickers and refuse sacks before heading out into our local community. The groups divided the Sandpiper road loop and all the closes and paths up and spent an hour and a half plastic (any other waste) picking.

In 90 minutes they collected a staggering amount of plastic, glass and metal waste. There were audible gasps on the playground at the end of the day when parents saw just how much rubbish had been collected from our local community. The biggest offenders were: plastic sweet and chocolate wrappers; alcohol bottles and cans; and drinks bottles. A shopping trolley, a tyre and a bicycle were also found!

It's great to know that the bags and bags of litter are no longer a danger to the wildlife and our local community but Y6 were sad to see the amount of litter people had left in the area they live.

BBC Radio Solent Interview

We were invited to join Julian Clegg on his breakfast radio show at BBC Radio Solent today. Oakwood were represented by two members of our Pupil Council who spoke brilliantly about the Plastic Free Day and how we can reduce our use of plastic! Have a listen!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

5FL @ Oasis Academy

5FL had the best morning at Oasis Academy this morning. We took along our cat mummies to see Tracy Lyons and her amazing art studio. She taught us how to use mudroc and cover our mummies safely and brilliantly. Look out for 5BW's visit and our finished pieces!

Year 3's Super Sewing part 1

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Year 3 Groundforce Project Phase 1-Ideas and Meeting Mr Barrett.

As part of the whole school Groundforce project to get everyone involved in improving the outside environment, Year 3 have been given the responsibility of improving the walled areas outside of their classrooms. To get our project off the ground Year 3 met together to come up with some initial ideas. We talked about safety, budget and what could be achieved realistically.  We then invited Mr Barrett to meet our school councillors to discuss our ideas. Mr Barrett was very excited and extremely helpful and suggested a few ideas of his own. The next phase is to write to Mr Taylor for advice on our plans and details on safe paints and resources we can purchase.

Take a look at our initial ideas:-

Year 2 Flower Drawings

This week, Year 2 were looking closely at flowers following our topic 'The Secret Garden'. They looked at a number of different flowers and drew their own observational drawings of them.

Watch the clip to see how they got on.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Writing Workshare in Year R

In Year R we did our workshare a little differently, it was stay and play time!

We showcased activities that we use to promote writing during the children's own learning, from talk for writing to word building and some of the handwriting jobs that we use to strengthen our hands ready for writing.

Writing Workshare May 2019

Thank you so much to everybody who came this morning to share their child's writing journey and see how they can continue supporting this at home.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Monday, 29 April 2019

Sunday, 28 April 2019

We Won! Go girls!

On Friday afternoon last week, some of our Year 5 and Year 6 girls took part in a 6 a side football tournament and WON! Mr Stanley, Mr Ship and Mr Woods from TMC very kindly took our team to Test Park to take part. Also, a huge thank you to the parents that came to support.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Oakthorne Thursday PM

Cedar Class Scooter Training

Jenny from the SUSTRANS charity came to Year 1 on Wednesday to give the children some scooter training! They had a brilliant time! Unfortunately the bad weather meant that Willow Class were unable to complete their training. However, Jenny has kindly offered to come back in May to finish their scooter training!

Oakthorne Thursday a.m

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Y6 Pizza Making

Year 6 spent their morning in a 'cook along' to make their own pizzas. They enjoyed eating them this afternoon...some even lasted until the end of the day and were taken home for dinner! During the next few lessons, children will also be writing recipes and completing a range of maths problems linked to their pizzas!

Year 3 Home Mythical Creatures Home Learning Projects

Take a look at Year 3's brilliant mythical creatures home learning projects:-

Why Oakwood Plays by 5FL

5FL have worked very hard as a team to write, perform and film a poem all about why play matters to them. They looked at a wide variety poems to inspire them, studied how to perform poetry (thank you Michael Rosen!) and worked together to film their scenes. We think it has turned out great!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Fantastic fables

4JH and Willow class had a lovely start to the summer term together. Last term Year 4 decided they wanted to write their fables for Y1 and today we had the chance to share them with each other.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Fabulous Friday at Minstead!

We rounded off a fantastic week by using our map reading skills to find hidden clues around the Minstead site. Our little sleuths did a fantastic job of uncovering the answers to the treasure hunt. After  the brain workout, the children exercised their voices merrily singing their way way around the Minstead Maze. At the end of the morning, all the children earned their final and most important bead - gold, awarded for team work. What a fantastic couple of days the children have had!

Wet welly fun at Minstead on Thursday!

The children had a wonderfully wet day at Minstead on Thursday. They learned all about caring for Minstead's animal residents and how to create a sustainable farming future for our planet. They also explored rivers by studying maps and creating their own. The children tested how waterproof their wellies were by conducting some scientific recording in Minstead's river itself!

We finished the day off by telling stories and sharing jokes in the roundhouse by the campfire. A brilliant day!

Elm Class sharing poems with 3LD

This morning Elm Class took their dragon poems to read to 3LD. It was great to see so many children sharing their writing with pride. A huge thank you to 3LD for being fantastic partners, listening carefully and giving very positive feedback.

Year R's hot cross bun cookies

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Writing in Y6

A small group of Y6 children have been busy after school as part of a writing group. They have produced some fantastic pieces of work which we would like to share with you!

Scooter training in Year 2

Year 2 were lucky enough to have some expert advice about keeping safe while riding a scooter.

They were given top tips about emergency stops and had the opportunity to practise them.

Thank you to Jenny Babey our Bike it Officer, the children had a fantastic time.

Elm Class Catapults

Elm class have been very busy working in teams to build catapults out of lolly sticks and elastic bands. Their next task as a team was to build a castle out of straws and plasticine. It was rally tricky but they didn't give up! The final task was to invade another team's castle using their catapult. Take a look at the video to see how we got on.... watch out for low flying counters!

Year 6 go high tech

Year 6 have gone high-tech in their revision during the last few weeks. They have used Crumble coding to create their own interactive quiz game. They have programmed a question selection system and written piles of testing questions to quiz their friends.

Elm Class Clay Coat of Arms

Year 2 have been working with clay to make their very own coat of arms. They had to think about how to decorate it, choosing things that mean a lot to them. We had lots of different ideas from football to computers, basketball to family.

Take a look at the finished coat of arms that were created. 

Oakstead goes to Marwell

Yesterday, the children of Oakstead paid a visit to Marwell Zoo to meet the different animals there and learn about their different habitats.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Year 5 Careers Day

Last week Year 5 had an absolutely brilliant day learning all about 'Careers' and what it's like to have a 'job'. Thanks so much to Mr Eaves and his team at RYA and to Mr Crook from Testlands for presenting to year 5.

And the winners are ...

Can't believe our wonderful Jude's ice-cream is now over. And the winners are ... Frozen Fever!! Congratulations to them and all of our wonderful Year 5's. They have worked so hard and we are really proud of them. Thanks to Jude, Jack and Theo for this amazing opportunity.

Minstead 2019 Day 2

Hello All! A fabulous second day from everyone here at Minstead. Today the children got up close with the Minstead chickens and sheep. As well as doing some stream investigating. This afternoon in the sunshine the children all made a clay (straight from the ground) animal, which were really lovely. We ended our day with songs, jokes and stories round the campfire in the round house.

Clay shields in Year 2

The children designed and made a shield out of clay.

Each design was personal to them just like a real knight would have.

Maple Class Home Learning

The Home Learning activities displayed by Maple were very impressive, following a topic on castles.

Some children had researched a castle while others created their own castle out of boxes, lego and even cake!

All of the projects had taken a lot of time and effort. Well done!

The children are now experts on Castle designs.