Category Archives: Our living and learning blog
Friday 5th May 2017
As you will all be aware, Oakfield has been supporting Daisy, in year 5, and her family, fund raise for a cause close to many of our hearts – the Neo-natal unit at the Royal Princess Anne Hospital.
Following our bake sale, Daisy’s family have continues to organise fund raising events such as a ‘Fun Day’ at Langley Cricket Club, ‘Zac and the Zeroes’ Rock and Roll Evening and have run a silent auction for a signed Saints shirt. What hard work with a fantastic outcome as £4310.48 has been raised so far!
Check out the fantastic photo below of Daisy and her Mum handing over the cheque to the nurse who saved baby Dorothy’s life!
Thursday 27th April 2017
Years 3 and 4 launched their Italy topic in style!
Dressed in green, white and red, the children explored the eruption of Mount Vesuvius through music and drama. This really helped the children understand the emotions and consequences of the disaster.
Later, the children were challenged to build a stable tower out of spaghetti, dolly mixtures and blu-tac – not quite the same as the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
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!
Wednesday 5th April 2017
What a fantastic time we had celebrating Easter at Testwood Baptist Church today!
Ladybirds recited a beautifully rehearsed ‘Five Little Bunnies’ poem, whilst Dragonflies and Caterpillars invited us to join in their ‘Springtime Round’. Woodpeckers made us think about our own ‘New Beginnings’ and Badgers gave us a poignant visual reminder of Easter and new life by leading our Easter Candle Parade.
Foxes reminded us about Palm Sunday and the real reason we eat all those Easter Eggs! Sarah, from Testwood Baptist Church, led us in thoughts and prayer and reminded us that, if we wish to do so, God is always ready to listen to our thoughts and ideas.
A very special well done to Owls who sang ‘Hallelujah’ to close the service so beautifully. There was not a dry eye in the house!
Friday 24th March 2017
Thank you to everyone for taking part in our Red Nose fundraising day by wearing red clothes. In this morning’s assembly there was a sea of red everywhere instead of the usual burgundy! At break time the children were able to buy scrumptious cupcakes made by Mrs McKechnie our cook. As you can imagine they were very popular and a huge queue quickly formed in the hall for them! In addition to the 165 red noses sold prior to today, we sold over £50 worth of cakes, received £141.30 in donations and £91 from the author. Thank you for all the support!
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!
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.
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!
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
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.