Thursday 15th June
Today we said goodbye and good luck to Mr Chipato, our lovely Caretaker, as he leaves Oakfield to enjoy a well earned retirement!
Mr Chipato has worked at Oakfield for 10 years and over this time has done all sorts of different jobs for the school, from painting playground equipment to making the school hall floor shine!
We would like to thank him for all his hard work during his time at Oakfield and hope he relaxes and enjoys his new found freedom!
Wednesday 14th June
Emily Munroe from ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket visited us in assembly today to talk to us about conserving water. She explained how, with all the recent hot weather we have been having, combined with less rainfall this year, it was important to conserve water as much as possible to make sure there was always enough water for everyone.
We came up with some ways to do this:
-Turning off the tap when we brush our teeth
-Have a shower not a bath
-If you have a bath, have a shallow one
-Only fill the kettle with enough water for your needs
-Use the right flush when using the toilet (short for a wee, long for a poo!)
Emily also talked to us about what we should and shouldn’t be putting down the toilet. She taught us the ‘Three P’s’ – PEE, POO and PAPER. She explained that these were the only things that should be put down the toilet as anything else doesn’t break down over time properly. Putting down paper towels, toilet wipes and baby wipes are especially harmful and can cause drains to block up!
Friday 9th June
Following the recent election, Oakfield thought it would be timely to hold a British Values Day and think about what this really means to us.
We discussed and learnt about the four British Values of:
RULE OF LAW
TOLERANCE & MUTUAL RESPECT
This was done through class elections, voting and writing manifestos. We also thought about ‘big’ questions such as’ How Totton would look with no rules?’ and how ‘Freedom for everyone’ means we need to be tolerant towards each other.
As a school we celebrated both our diversity as individuals and our collective identity as British Citizens by wearing red, white and blue all day.
Wednesday 7th June
Martin Bradley lives locally and has written several books such as ‘Top Gun of the Sky’, ‘River King’ and ‘Skydancer’, based on his love of birds and local nature.
Mr Bradley worked with Oakfield, running sessions teaching us about creative writing, illustrating and conservation, which really motivated us to get writing back in our classrooms!
Mr Bradley set us a competition to either design a Bird of Prey fact-file (years 1-3) or to write a poem based on Birds of Prey (years 4-6).
He came back to Oakfield and gave 30 lucky winners one of his books as a prize. Thank you to Mr Bradley for making writing ‘come alive’ for us and inspiring us!
Thursday 25th May 2017
Today, Juniors took part in the National one minute silence to remember those hurt or killed in the Manchester Music Concert attack. We thought about the messages and ideas it was important to hold on to and remember following such a shocking event.
Year 4 have created a prayer tree. The messages showed the thoughtful, kind and caring children we have here at Oakfield and it certainly made the teachers feel very proud. Here are a few examples:
PEACE. It can always still be found in the World. No matter what happens. WE ARE STRONG TOGETHER.
A special thanks to all the men and women in the emergency services, like Phil and Kim, who helped the injured children who they didn’t even know. We need more peace.
We are the UK. We will not fall. For those who died, I feel sorry for you and your families. We will always remember you.
Wednesday 24th May 2017
We were very lucky to have a visit from Kim and Ebony (a Hearing Dog) today to tell us what life is like if you are hard of hearing. We understood how lonely and isolated you could become but having a hearing dog who is trained to alert you to things like the doorbell ringing, when it is safe to cross the road or when your smoke alarm is ringing, helps lots of adults and children to lead a normal life and take part in school life and work.
Ebony was so well-behaved, obedient and intelligent. She demonstrated her skills with her owner and we were all amazed!
Thank you to anyone in school who has helped Emily in year 5 fund raise for this fantastic charity. After spending a day wearing ear defenders to see what it is like to be deaf, she raised over £360. Kim presented Emily with her certificate! What a fantastic role model – well done Emily!