Category Archives: Our living and learning blog
Tuesday 11th July
Congratulations to Emily, Lucy, Rhaianna-mai and Isaac, who represented Oakfield at the Quays diving competition on Saturday.
The children have begun diving since participating in the ‘core skills’ session run at the school. They were selected for coaching and now all that hard work is paying off as they enter local competitions!
Rhaianna-mai, Isaac, Emily and Lucy came 4th, 6th, 9th and 15th respectively (out of 22) and as a school we came 3rd out of 20. What a fantastic achievement. Well done team!
The children have to train 2/3 times a week and soon they will have an interview to find out if they will take a place on the squad. We are all behind you. Keep up the great work!
Tuesday 27th June
Y1&2 had great fun at Marwell Zoo today! The weather held off right until we got back on the coach!
We saw penguins, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, tigers, snow leopards, monkeys and many more animals! We even saw flamingos and ostrich eggs.
Some of us did a workshop about Lemurs as they are opening a new closure for them. Did you know that Lemurs have had to change to fit their surroundings because of the food and weather changes?
We also learnt that cheetahs can run as fast as a car goes on the motorway…but only for 15 seconds and then it has to rest.
It was a really fun day but we were very tired at the end from all the walking!
Monday 26th June
Have Year 4 got what it takes to become a Roman Soldier?
Today, as part of our Romans topic, we looked at what it takes to be a Roman Soldier. We looked at Roman armour and discussed how hard the soldiers must have worked to carry such a heavy weight into battle. We were lucky enough to see some authentic replica roman armour, some of us had the opportunity to try some of it on for size. It was incredibly heavy and it must have been unbearably hot carrying such a heavy weight. We also looked at the different skills Roman soldiers needed to have such as javelin throwing, swimming across fast flowing rivers (still in full armour) and fighting with a sword and shield. Next, we pretended to be citizens of ancient Rome and we applied for the job of Roman Solider.
Do you think we’ve got what it takes?
Monday 26th June 2017
On Monday 26th June, year 5 and 6 (Woodpeckers and Owls) went to Southampton Art Gallery. First we walked to Totton train station and from there we travelled for 5-7 minutes to Southampton Central on the train. Then both classes walked to the art gallery. We were welcomed by a lady called Caroline.
Next we went to the education room to do printing on Styrofoam. We could print Sif , Thor or Loki. We printed the pictures with ink after we scratched lines into the stirophome with a pencil. Then we got a tour by a guy caller Ali and we saw the story of Medusa in paintings.
By Danny and Katie
On Monday 26th June, Woodpeckers and Owls travelled on a train to Southampton Art Gallery. The ride was around 5 minutes but it seemed shorter.
Finally, when we got there, we got a lady called Caroline helped us to do printing, which meant we drew a picture of Thor, Loki or Sif on Styrofoam and then we painted on top of it with black ink and then printed it onto normal white paper (it looked really cool with the white lines that we drew.)
After that, we got a tour from a man called Ali and we talked about different types of paintings and we discovered feelings could be found in them and also what they’re about. After all that hard work we got to have lunch.
After a long day, we walked back to the train station and got a train ride back to school.
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!
Tuesday 13th June
Owls had the opportunity to visit New Park Manor to take part in an organised New Forest School’s day. The children were invited to spend the day getting involved in a variety of educational activities. From planting seeds and making cheese to taking part in a live auction, the children had the opportunity to investigate their local surroundings and experience the country way of life for the day.
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.