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NSPCC visit – Let’s Keep Kids Safe Online

Thursday 6th April

Do you know what these apps are?


There is a good chance your children do and are using them on a regular basis!

We were fortunate to be joined by Emma, Viv, Carey and Jan from the NSPCC today. They have shared the very important ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ message and have run assemblies and workshops with years 1-6 explaining ways to keep safe online.

Thank you to everybody who came along to the Online Safety Workshop for Parents too – the NSPCC team helped everybody gain skills and knowledge to understand the internet and technology as children do – from online games and cyber bullying, to setting up privacy settings and controls.

If you would like any more support or advice you can contact the NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002 or call into the office and speak to Mrs Wilkinson!



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Oakfield takes part in the School’s Energy Project!

Wednesday 22nd March
Mrs Cook from the School’s Energy Project led an assembly all about energy! We quickly realised there was quite a lot we didn’t know! It was fascinating to learn about different ways energy can be used and the ways we can help to save energy around our homes and at school.

The School Council were then able to take thermal images around the school to see how energy efficient we were! We concluded:

  • We didn’t need the heating to be as high in the hall as our body heat warmed the room up nicely!
  • Our school is rather well insulated BUT we did find a leak in a corner which Mr Chipato is going to fix.
  • We MUST shut the link-way door to keep the heat in….it will save us ££££££!
  • Our link-way doors also need the brushes replacing to help keep the heat in.
  • We were amazed how heat spreads and rises from our radiators….we are turning some of them down!

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Be a litter Superhero!

Wednesday 15th March
Mandy, an environmental officer from Hampshire County Council, visited us today in assembly to talk about keeping our environment clean and litter free. She taught us how to be litter superheroes!

Mandy transformed into a ‘Learner Litter Picker’ and we had to help her look at her ‘set’ and decide what we should do with certain items that had been thrown away. We talked about the impact on different animals in the Forest and how it effects the earth and trees around us!

We all decided we would always take our litter home after a day trip and we will encourage other people to do the same.


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Science Week!

10th-19th March
The theme for this year’s British Science Week was “Change”, encouraging young people to think about and investigate the changes happening in the world all around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy. It was also a chance for young people to consider the changes they can perform to have a positive impact on our future.

Across the week, each class took part in a variety of activities to explore this years theme. Not only did the children learn lots about science, they also had the chance to get messy, search the woodlands and create explosives!
It was our aim to get the children excited about science and we most definitely did that!


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Author Visit – Petr Horacek

Wednesday 8th March
On Wednesday 8th March Caterpillars and Dragonflies classes walked to Calmore Infant School to meet the author Petr Horacek. He told the children what inspired him to be a writer, showed them how he drew his illustrations and shared some of his stories with them. The children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

Here’s what they thought…

“I liked seeing the author because I want to be one when I grow up.” Ruby, Y2

“He did neat drawings.” Jamie, Y1

“He read his stories. I liked the greedy goat story because he ate the farmer’s pants. The

author was good at drawing.” Finnley, Y1

“I liked the pictures because they were unique.” Megan, Y2

“I liked it when he read the Greedy Goat.” Davey, Y1



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World Book Day at Oakfield Primary School

Thursday 1st March
The children had lots of fun on World Book Day. Everybody dressed up as one of their favourite book characters. In Key Stage One the children took part in three activities: They shared the story Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson and decorated wands; After hearing the story Stick Man by Julia Donaldson they used natural materials to create their own stick man and wrote about him; Using clay they created Little Red Riding Hood’s basket, decorated it and listened to Roald Dahl’s version in his book Revolting Rhymes.

In the Woodlands the children took part in four activities; they listened to the story Here Comes Frankie, and learnt about synaesthesia, they then drew coloured music; They listened to the story The Way Back Home by Oliver Jefferies, and designed a new mode of transport so that they could get back from the moon; they created puppets for the story Little Red Riding Hood and then acted out an alternative ending; and after sharing a range of books about dragons, they designed their own dragon based on the book Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris.

We enjoyed sharing the fun activities in a school assembly at the end of the day.

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Magnetic attraction in year 3!

Wednesday 15th February 2017
Yesterday the Foxes class concluded their learning on forces and magnets by designing and making their own ‘Magnetic Fishing’ game. Mrs Head was the first person to try it out and catch a fish. She’s never done that before! Well done year 3 for putting all your learning into real life practice!


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‘Love your Grounds’ Day!

Tuesday 14th February
It’s Valentine’s Day! Today the School Council completed their next project ‘Love Your Grounds Day’. We had discussed in a meeting how the school grounds needed a bit of TLC, especially our garden! We rolled up and sleeves and got cracking. Weeding, planting and re-organising the shed and greenhouse has meant the garden is all ready to use again now the weather is getting better.

Have you seen our recycled ‘bottle’ green house? It’s FINISHED! The roof has gone on and it looks fantastic!

The trees we received from the Woodland Trust Project have also been planted all along the fence as you walk to reception!

A special thank you to Mrs Isaac for all her help with the bottle greenhouse and to Mr Sutton for doing some serious digging!

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Fire Service visit Caterpillars and Dragonflies

Tuesday 14th February
As part of our topic ‘The Great Fire of London’, Caterpillars and Dragonflies were lucky to have a visit from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service – complete with one large and shiny fire engine! We had great fun looking all around the fire engine, hearing the sirens and even sprayed the hose!

We also learnt about road safety, how important smoke alarms are and what to do if there is a fire at home. We learnt a little rhyme to help us: “Matches and lighters never touch, they can harm you very much”.

Thanks to Hampshire Fire and Rescue for taking the time to visit us!

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Year R Problem Solving!

Monday 6th February
Year R have been trying to solve the problem of fixing Baby Bear’s chair. We pretended to be Goldilocks and used different resources to create a suitable chair for Baby Bear. We tested them out by asking Baby Bear to sit on them and he chose a winner which was Alfie and Sidney who received some smarties from Baby Bear!

Well done everybody – you were really creative, resilient and focused on meeting this challenge!

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