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.

Cedar Class Assembly

This half term Y1 have been learning about the different continents around the world. They put on a performance for their friends and family to see all of the wonderful things they have been doing.

Cedar Class Testwood Lakes

Cedar class went on a trip to Testwood Lakes last half term. The children were taking part in activities linked to their English and Science. The story of The Three Little Pigs took the children on a magical journey to investigate different materials to build protective houses for the pigs. We looked at straw, hay, sticks, stones and clay. The children also took part in a 'waste free lunch' competition to see which class had the least amount of rubbish in their lunches. Cedar class had 10g per person which was amazing!

Elm Class Home Learning Projects

Elm Class have been working hard on their home learning projects this half term. They were asked to create their own castle or research real castles.

It was so great to see all the original home learning projects, which have taken a lot of time and effort.

We had: cake castles, pop-up castle books, posters about visits to castles and many more!

Well done Elm Class!

Year 1 Fruit Pizzas

Year 1 have been looking at fruits around the world. They have also been reading a story called 'Handa's Surprise' that talks about 7 fruits from Africa. Inspired by this the children created fruit pizzas using some of the fruit from Handa's Surprise.

Minstead 2019 Day 1

Good morning all! We had a wonderful first day yesterday out in the warm sunshine and the beautiful forest. We tried out the wonderful bog with bare feet!! Walked a looonnng way. We received our badges and two of our beads and also played games in the evening. Also we enjoyed a story around the campfire which was a lovely end to the day. Today we are learning all about the creatures that live here and going for a dip in the stream later on. Look out for our next blog later tonight.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Beech Class Spring 'Stay and Play'

Elm Class Outdoor Reading

Elm class were making the most of the sunshine on Friday afternoon by sharing a story in the garden with a friend.

It was lovely to see so much enjoyment for reading.

Fingers crossed we will have more sunshine this week!


Sunday, 31 March 2019

Performance Poetry in 5BW

Over the last week 5BW have been taking part in a Lit Film Fest project, 'Why we play!'. We looked at a variety of poems and poets (including Michael Rosen). We produced our own poems, then we selected the two lines we were most proud of to collaborate with our class mates. Finally we practiced performing our lines in an entertaining way and created a class poem together.

We hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Air Quality Exhibit Year 3 and 4

Hazel and Jean from Southampton City Council visited us on Tuesday with their amazing air quality exhibit! The children learned about air pollution and how it can affect the lungs. The children had a brilliant time!

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Year 1 Willow Trip To Testwood Lakes

Willow class had a super sunny day trip to Testwood Lakes on Monday.  The children were in charge of building houses for the three Little Pigs, using straw, sticks, stone and clay.  The children worked brilliantly together in their teams to build the houses so that the pigs could stay warm and dry and safe from the Big Bad Wolf.  Willow class rose to all the challenges that faced them and were a credit to the school.

Monday, 25 March 2019

4JH meet the chicks

Over the past week Year 4 have been eagerly watching as the chicks grow up. Today 4JH got to hold the chicks as they are now getting stronger.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

End of the football season

Team Oakwood have played their final three games of the School Football Season in the last two weeks.

They had their 5th match night at Holy Family school where they played games against Holy Family and Shirley. In blustery and difficult conditions, Oakwood worked hard and eventually prevailed 2-1 thanks to goals from Vinny and Sonny.
 The second game of the night saw Oakwood come from behind to grab a 2-2 draw against Shirley. Sonny grabbing both goals in a difficult game against a well organised team.

Oakwood's final game of the season was against league winners Fairisle Junior School. It was a thrilling match with both teams determined the finish the season with a victory. It was Fairisle who scored first, but, once Oakwood had equalised through a long range strike from Vinny, it was Oakwood who looked more likely to grab the win. However, neither team could find a winning goal and the match finished 1-1.

It has been a good season for Team Oakwood with only one loss, meaning a second place league finish. Well done to all the squad, and thank you to the parents who have supported the team this year.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Year R Out of Africa

We have now come to the end of our Out of Africa topic where the children have learned all about the animals that live in Africa and the habitats that they come from.

To finish the topic we have created some junk models. The children chose if they wanted to make binoculars to go exploring, a safari jeep camouflaged and ready to spot animals or the animals themselves.

Can you work out what we have made?

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Y1 Clay Huts

This half term our topic is Little Explorers. We have been looking at all of the different continents. We have been looking at Africa and comparing how we live to how some people live in Africa. We have used clay and straw to help us build some model huts.

Year 3 Anglo Saxon Day Part 2

Year 3 Anglo Saxon Day part 1

Maths Workshare

Parents were invited into school to have a presentation about the way in which our Maths log system works. They also had the opportunity to visit classrooms and work with their children on their particular log.

Bike Doctor

We had a visit from the Bike Doctor yesterday. He came to do some free safety checks on our bikes in preparation for The Big Pedal.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Y1 and Y4 Story Share

This morning, Year 1 welcomed Year 4 to the base to share some stories they had written. The Year 1 children read a story called Handa's Surprise then wrote their own version of the story changing the continent the story was set in and the fruits and animals. Thank you for coming to share our stories Year 4, we hope you enjoyed the surprise!


Y4 Question of Faith Day

Last week Year 4 had a visit from Southampton City Mission. We found out all about how Christians use Paschal candles. In the afternoon we had a chance to make our own giant Pascal candles.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Rights Respecting School Week

Last week, we had a focus on our Rights Respecting School learning.

As a Rights Respecting School, the Unicef Convention on the Rights of the Child is threaded through all of our learning at Oakwood. We have whole school, class, playground and restaurant charters which remind us of our rights and how we can respect them. We learn about our rights in assemblies and in our lessons. Our whole school PSHE theme for this half term is 'This is Me', and we are learning about ourselves, and how our words and actions portray our character.

Last week, we learned more about the rights of children in other countries, particularly those children who, for one reason or another, are forced to leave their homes. We also took part in the Send My Friend to School Campaign. This year, the focus for this is 'Let's Unlock Education for Everyone'.

Our learning included reading books, completing research, drama and freeze frames - to name but a few. Every child has also written to our MP as part of the Send My Friend to School campaign, and we will be sending off our letters very soon.

Groundforce Move-a-Thon!

We had a fantastic day completing our non-stop 15 minutes of activity for our Groundforce Move-a-Thon. Thank you to everyone who managed to collect sponsorship money - all of this will go towards our plans for improving our school grounds!

A big thank you to TMC who supported us with the day and made it lots of fun!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Year 5's World Book Day Word Art

On World Book Day, Year 5 were inspired to create a piece of Word Art, based on their favourite book. Have a look at the gallery below - the children were very proud of what they created!

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Reading Dens in Y2

For World Book Day Year 2 created "Reading Dens" to enjoy with their friends and soft toys.

After reading "The Book with No Pictures" the children then designed their own page in the style of the author.

World Book Day 2019

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Jude's Ice- Cream Flavour Testing

Year 5 have had a great time yesterday afternoon taste testing flavours for their Jude's Challenge. Yummy!!

Monday, 4 March 2019

Year 5 visit Jude's Ice Cream

Last week Year 5 were very lucky to visit Jude's Ice Cream factory in Twyford. We received a talk from Jude and her husband about how they started the business and then had a tour around the factory. We are now working hard on our Jude's challenge, creating a new flavour of ice cream. Jude will be visiting Oakwood in a couple of weeks to judge which idea she thinks is best. Watch out for more Jude's updates!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Oakwood 3 -1 Tanners Brook

The school football season got back underway this week as Oakwood travelled to Tanners Brook Primary school. Although it wasn't the double header that we'd hoped for, the team picked up where they'd left off in early November.

Team Oakwood looked solid in defence and were dangerous in attack, taking two chances in the first half to make it 2-0 before half time. A number of new players made their Oakwood debuts in the second half and all did well on their first outing in green and white. Tanners Brook provided more of a challenge second half but another well taken goal put Oakwood 3-0 up before a Tanners Brook consolation goal just before the end made the final score Oakwood 3-1 Tanners Brook.

Well done to our goal scorers: Vinny (1) and Sonny (2).
Man of the Match: Sonny.

Monday, 25 February 2019

3D Hexapod Art

To link with our Pandora writing, last term we made 3D hexapod creatures out of wire and then wrapped them in wool.

Take a look at them!

Friday, 15 February 2019

Year 6 Shakespeare

Year 6 have been studying some of the work of William Shakespeare this half term.

We have looked at plays such as: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, a Midsummer Nights dream and Romeo and Juliet.

They have performed lots of scenes from a range of the plays, but none quite so chillingly portrayed as 'The witches' scene from Macbeth.

Year 6 Science

Year six children have been learning about the body this half term. As part of their studies they have been looking at the functions of the circulatory system. To help them understand how the lungs work, they made their own model of them using a few simple household items!

Year 6 and Year R Buddies

Year 6 and Year R children have begun their buddy sessions during the last few weeks. The children will meet up with their buddy once a week for the rest of the year to complete a variety of tasks.

It's a great experience for our Year R children and helps remind our Year 6 children of where they once were and their responsibilities as a role model for others. The Year 6s already look forward to their sessions with their buddies each week.

A Busy time in Year 3!

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Y2 visit the Tudor House

Y2 Have had a fun filled day exploring the City Walls, Tudor House and learning about Castles in a workshop session.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers, for a successful day.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

YR and Y5 get Spacey!!

What a day Year R and Year 5 have had. Their first part of the day was having the very special opportunity to visit Southampton University's astrodome. This was brought from the university to our school hall. Both year groups learned all about stars and galaxies, having our very own planetarium at school! The second part of their day was spent sharing each others learning all about 'Space'. A really lovely day. All pupils were exceptional today :)

Year 1 Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Year 1 had a fantastic afternoon at their Mad Hatter's Tea Party.  As part of Year 1's history they had been learning about Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland.  The children were asked to make a 'mad' hat for their home learning project and brought them in to wear at their very own tea party inspired by the book.  The children decorated cakes they had made and enjoyed eating them whilst watching the film version of the story of Alice in Wonderland.

Year 1 Cupcake baking

As part of the children's history topic this half term they have been learning about the author Lewis Carroll. The children were having their mad hatters tea party on Friday 8th February and had the opportunity to bake some cupcakes in preparation for their party. The children had to measure different ingredients and learnt how to use the scales to do so. The children then decorated them at their party.

Year 1 Beebots

Year 1 this half term have been looking at coding and algorithms. We have used an app on our ipads and beebots to give instructions on how they should move. It was a great activity and we will be setting obstacle courses for the beebots next term!

Year 1 Local Walk

This morning Year 1 went on a local walk around Sandpiper Road. The children used a map to follow the route we were taking and help identify the names of the roads. As we were looking at the names of the roads we talked about the different birds they were named after, where the birds could be found and a fun fact about them


Year R Space Adventures!

We have been learning about space in Year R. We had a message from the Alien's who asked us to do lots of work for them! Here are some of the things we did ....

Friday, 8 February 2019

Year 5's Space Home Learning Projects

Wow! We certainly have some creative children in Year 5! This afternoon, we had our exhibition for our space home learning projects. The children and members of staff who visited us this afternoon were amazed at the hard work put into these projects and the impressive variety of work on display. Have a look at the photo gallery below to see some their excellent work. Well done Year 5!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Year 5 Visit Winchester Science Centre

Year 5 had a fantastic day today, visiting Winchester Science Centre, as part of our Space topic. We enjoyed a fascinating show in the planetarium, a very interesting workshop about light and had time to explore the superb 'hands-on' activities that the Science Centre has to offer. All the children were superstars and we had a great day!

Friday, 1 February 2019

Year R Question of Faith

Today Year R had their Question of Faith day with Matt and Ruth from Southampton City Mission. The children had a great time learning about what a church is for and an introduction into some Christian stories.
Thank you again Matt and Ruth, we had a fab time!

Thursday, 31 January 2019

St Margaret's Church- Year 2 Visit

Year 2 have been learning all about superheroes. This week we have started learning about real life superheroes, including Florence Nightingale.

On Tuesday this week, ten children from Year 2 visited St Margaret's Church in Wellow. They went to see where Florence Nightingale was buried.

They had a brilliant time finding out lots of interesting facts about Florence Nightingale's life and the church in which she is buried.

Did you know Florence Nightingale wished that only her initials F.N were on her grave stone?

Did you know St Margaret's Church is 804 years old?

It would be a great place to visit in half term!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

5FL Street Dance

5FL have been really enjoying our 'Street dance' unit this half term. This week the children have been working on choreographing their own routines from moves we learned together, also making sure they have a starting and finishing position. I will keep the blog updated with their progress.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Y4 River walk

Yesterday, Year 4 got out into the local area to explore rivers. We followed the path of Tanner's brook to see how it changed on its journey.

Friday, 25 January 2019

First Aid Week at Oakwood

Wow what a fantastic week!

In July 2018, the government published proposals for all school children in England to be given training in first aid and life-saving skills. As we often are, Oakwood Primary is ahead of the game!

Meon Valley HeartStart offer life-saving training for free. We were lucky enough to be able to train with them this week in Years 3, 4, 5 & 6. Mr. Wills said it was really good clear training and much better than previous training he had taken part in.

You can see in pictures that they all seemed to enjoy the training.  They learned about how to deal with making that life saving call, choking, serious bleeding, how to put someone in the recovery position and CPR. 

You can look at what was offered here: 

Meon Valley Heartstart are affiliated to the British Heart Foundation Heartstart initiative. As a thank you we managed to raise around £50 for the charity. Its not too late to donate if you wish either. Just check out the website above.

Do you know what DR ABCD means? Please ask you children.

Thursday, 24 January 2019

3D Shapes in Year R

This week we have learned all about 3D shapes. We have been on 3D shape hunts, played guess my shape and built rockets with them.
We can now talk about the names of cones, cylinders, cubes, cuboids and spheres and have begun to look at their properties such as faces and edges.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

What's it like to be an astronaut?

This week in Year 5 we kicked off our Space based topic 'Up, Up and Away' with a hook day and eating of 'Space food'. Mr Crook came in to lead an astronaut fitness session as well. The children learned all about being an astronaut and what space food (made by NASA) actually tastes like.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Year 2 Superhero Day

To introduce our new 'Superhero' topic, Year 2 spent the day all dressed up as their favourite superhero. We showed these off on our catwalk runway and danced to Superman.

The children then enjoyed more superhero themed activities, including making their own marshmellow superheroes.

In the afternoon, each child struck a pose over our superhero display, flying through the sky.

Which is your favourite superhero and why?

Year 4 have an egg-cellent time!

This week Year 4 have been busy experimenting, using different solids and liquids to try and protect an egg whilst being dropped from a height. We discovered that some materials work much better than others at protecting our precious eggs!