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!
Monday 22nd May 2017
The School Council held a meeting to discuss school lunches. Some children had concerns that they didn’t know what the menus were so we wanted to make sure everybody could access the lunch menus and enjoy their food!
In each classroom, the food choices are colour-coded so that children can record their food preferences. There are written menus on display and copies of these are also sent home and put on the school website. Pictures of the food are made available to help younger children choose.
Ernie, from year 5, visited the kitchen and had a chat with Cook. They organised for food ‘tasters’ to be made so that children could ‘try’ some different food choices alongside their normal lunch. This meant that children didn’t have to worry about choosing a dish they didn’t like and then feeling hungry but could also be brave and taste unfamiliar foods. Well done School Council for helping solve a problem with such practical solutions!
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Nelson Mandela – Learning in year 5 – Meredith’s explanation
Nelson Mandela biographies
This week in English we wrote biographies about Nelson Mandela. We learnt that he is such an important part of history because he changed South Africa to become an equal rights country. He is very inspirational although some people think he is a terrorist. He planted bombs in buildings but he made sure no one was killed. He only did it because the African police ended up killing 69 people because they were peacefully protesting. Isn’t that ridiculous?
In 1993, he received the Nobal Peace Prize (I don’t know who else they would give it too!). In 1994 he was voted president (for the first time in years all races were allowed to vote). Sadly, Nelson passed away but his soul will be remembered forever.