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Thank you Mr Chipato!

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!

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Water Conservation!

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!

 

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British Values 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:
DEMOCRACY
RULE OF LAW
FREEDOM
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.

 

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Martin Bradley, Local Author, returns to Oakfield!

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!

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Prayer Tree for Manchester

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.

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Hearing Dogs for People

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!

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Come and try our yummy lunches!

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!

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Woodpeckers’ Nelson Mandela Biographies – Meredith

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.

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Woodpeckers’ Nelson Mandela Biographies – James

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Nelson Mandela – Learning in year 5 – James’ account

Nelson Mandela
In Literacy we have been learning about Nelson Mandela. Nelson grew up from a cattle boy to a freedom fighter and South Africa’s first black president. We learnt about biographies and autobiographies. Biographies are when you write about someone else’s life story and autobiographies are when you write about your own life story. Nelson was a civil rights leader and a freedom fighter (the government in South Africa called him a terrorist). During his time protesting 69 people got shot and killed and he soon got arrested but after he got out legally he became South Africa’s first black president. When he was elected, black people had the same rights as white people.

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Woodpeckers’ Nelson Mandela Biographies – Emily

 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Emily – Learning in Year 5

In English this half term we have been writing biographies on Nelson Mandela.

We made sure that we collected enough notes to write a full detailed biography. We have put as much effort into this as possible as Nelson is a great icon to look up to. As we learnt lots about him, he has inspired us to make sure that we treat everyone with respect.

As many of our biographies are great we were awarded lots of house points (they’re stickers that we us to complete our charts.) However, it did take us 2 or 3 days but it was so that the quality was perfect. From my point of view writing biographies has been my favourite English topic so far.

Our teachers and LSA’s have been amazing and taught us how to make them more complex and detailed. I hope that we will be able to write more in the last term we have left in year 5.

 

 

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