Friday, 28 November 2008

Ambulance Crew Visit

The children of Oakwood had a very unique and special experience today, when the Ambulance Crew parked an ambulance in the school playground!

All children had a chance to look on board, turn the siren and blue lights on, and most importantly, learn about the important work that ambulance crews do.

Some children had the chance to take their own blood pressure, wear a neck brace and measure their heart rates.

All the children had a very exciting and informative visit, and would like to thank the Ambulance Crew for giving up their time to allow them to have such a special hands-on experience.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Bringing WWII to Life!!!

What an exciting week Year 3 have had!!

On Monday we were paid a visit by Mr Strahan, who told us his first hand account of life in WWII. When the war started he was only 5 years old, and lived in London. Along with millions of other children he was evacuated to the countryside, and stayed there for most of the war.

He shared lots of interesting stories-some very sad and some very funny!! One key message came through very clearly, and that was how communities rallied together and looked after one another.

On Tuesday Year 3 visited the D-Day musuem. Here we had the opportunity to handle real WWII artefacts and take part in an interactive workshop, which helped us learn even more about life during the war.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Spectacular Spitfires!

Did you know that the first Spitfire made its maiden flight from Eastleigh, and that Spitfires came in all colours- even pink? Well Year 3 do now!!

Yesterday Year 3 children stared their exciting Spitfire project with local artists Wooden Tiger. Not only did they make and paint their own Spitfires, but they learnt lots of interesting facts about one of the most famous aircraft of our time!! This then inspired them to write some brilliant acrostic poetry!!

Later the children will be using their planes as a stimulus for some creative story writing, and sharing their stories with others in our new outdoor story garden.

Making a difference in the World!

You'll probably remember that we did our Sport Relief run earlier this year in aid of Smutsville school in South Africa.

We raised a massive £1100 and we're pleased to announce that the money has got safely to Sedgefield, where Zoe Harrison presented the cheque to Mr Stephaus Dogh, their headteacher.

Zoe has very kindly sent this report from their local paper...

(click the report to make it easier to read!)

Well done to everyone at Oakwood!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

School Council runs Anti-bullying Drop-in Centre!

The School Council has worked really hard to promote Anti-Bullying Week. We organised an Anti-Bullying Drop-In Centre on Tuesday 18 November in break and lunch. We wanted children to come and get advice if they were worried about being bullied and also find out about Anti-Bullying Week.

We made lots of advice leaflets and posters and handed them out around the school. Our Anti-bullying bands were really popular too!

Connor's Anti-bullying competition was amazingly popular and results will be announced in assembly next week!

We are really pleased to report that we had lots of children joining in with our efforts, hardly anybody thought bullying was a problem in OJS! It shows we really look out for each other!

Children in Need 2008

We filled in a big picture of Pudsey Bear with coins.
We have collected a lot of money for children in need!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Year 3 Remember...

Yesterday Year 3 remembered those who fought in the World Wars.

Each child made a poppy which we then arranged into a wreath. Yesterday the wreath was carried with pride to the World War One memorial at Hollybrook Cemetery. The children were accompanied by our new PCSO and a number of parent helpers. Just before 11.00am the wreath was placed on the memorial and we observed the two minutes' silence.

The children showed great sensitivity and maturity, as they reflected on the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers who fought for the country.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Mad Science Day!

We had some very special guests in Year 3 yesterday. Have a look at some of our "Mad Scientists" below!

It was all happening - screaming balloons, gloopy slime, colour changing milk, invisible ink...

It was great fun (and very messy!) and children and teachers learned lots about the magic of science!