Category Archives: Our living and learning blog
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.
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Nelson Mandela – Learning in year 5 – James’ account
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.
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.
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!