Monday, 25 September 2017

U11 Wide Lane 6-A-sides

Following the fantastic success of the Girls' team on Friday, the U11 team were keen to do well today. Things did get off to a good start, a 1-0 win over Shirley - Sonny grabbing the important goal. Oakwood battled to a well deserved 1-1 draw in their second game against Bitterne Manor. Unfortunately, successive 0-1 defeats to Ludlow and Hollybrook ended the team's hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals and a final 0-0 draw with Portswood rounded off the results.

Oakwood played well throughout the tournament and things look promising for the team's league campaign which gets underway on Thursday after school.

Well done to our Player of the Day, Josh! And to our two goalscorers: Sonny (1) and Caitlin (1).

Friday, 22 September 2017

Girls 6-a-side Football

This afternoon Team Oakwood took part in the Southampton 6-A-Side Girls football tournament at Wide Lane.

The 8 girls performed magnificently in their eight matches, scoring 31 goals and conceding only 1!

During their group games Oakwood played some excellent football and scored some amazing goals in their 6 games.
Oakwood 5-0 Foundry Lane
Oakwood 5-0 Bassett Green A
Oakwood 7-0 Bassett Green B
Oakwood 1-0 Abbotswood
Oakwood 2-1 Foxhills
Oakwood 6-0 Townhill

Oakwood were just as dominant during the semi-final against Springhill, winning 4-0. Meaning Oakwood progressed to the final in high spirits.

The final was to be played against Bartley, who had also progressed to the final with a 4-0 win in the other semi-final. The Oakwood defence ensured they kept the Bartley attackers at bay with a disciplined display and the midfield battled for every tackle. After 10 minutes the game was still 0-0 and extra time was needed. Then, following a fantastic run by defender, Angel, and a smart one-two on the edge of the box, Angel slotted the ball into the bottom corner - Oakwood taking a 1-0 lead. Oakwood held their nerve for the final minute and were victorious!

City Champions!

Well done to all the players. It was impossible to pick a player of the day so well done to the whole team! Goal scorers: Mia (7), Praise (7), Caitlin (7), Summer (7) and Angel (2).

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

U10 Wide Lane Football Tournament

The school football season got underway on Monday with the yearly U10 Wide Lane tournament.

Oakwood were drawn in group 'C' which meant they had 6 games to play during the group stages.
Things got off to a solid start with a 0-0 draw against Sholing which was then followed by a 3-0 win over St Mary's. Unfortunately two 0-2 losses and a 0-3 defeat to Bitterne Park, Calmore and Foxhills respectively meant the final 0-0 draw with Townhill was in vain as Oakwood were unable to qualify as group winners or runners up.

Well done to all the players, but special mention to player of the day - Dylan. Goalscorers Vinny (2) and Summer (1)

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Y4 Roman Day

On Friday Year 4 had a busy day exploring more about Romans. We started the day off by learning about the Roman invasion. We spent the morning designing shields, cooking up a Roman feasts and designing menus for Oakwood's very own Roman Restaurant. After lunch we ate the food (lying down as the Romans did) we had spent the morning preparing. We even had our very own taste tester, just like Roman Emperors often did, in the form of Mr Taylor who checked our food hadn't been poisoned! Once we had feasted, we then went outside to practice some Roman marching drills using our shields to protect us. What a busy day in the life of a Roman!

Year 5 visit SeaCity Museum AND the Southampton Boat Show... in one day!

Wow! What a busy day we had yesterday in Year 5! We managed to squeeze in a trip to the fantastic SeaCity Museum, where we learned more about our current topic: the Titanic and had a great time also visiting the Southampton Boat Show. The children were superstars made all of us very proud. Have a look at some of the photos from our great day!

Friday, 15 September 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Wacky Races in Y6

Year six children got their year off to a flying start last week (well, most of them - some just went in circles!) during their Wacky Races Science and DT project.

Groups were tasked with designing and building a racer to compete in the end of week 'Wacky Race'. Well done to all the children whose cars made it off the start line under their own speed but congratulations to our winning cars!

Photos here

A day in the life of a Y4 Celt

Today Year 4 have got into role as Celts. We spent the morning in role as the Celts and found out lots of fascinating facts about their lives in the process! We woke up in our round houses, which we shared with several families before washing ourselves using soap in the river. Once we had got ourselves dressed in our woven fabrics we spent the day grinding grains to make flour; hunting and building fires. After a busy day we learnt all about the religion of the day- including sacrifices!

Y4 Celt morning

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Casting off our Titanic topic!

Year 5 have had an action packed day with their Titanic hook day. They started by writing boat related poetry and performing it in an entertaining way to their peers. They then were set the challenge of designing a boat that would float and hold weight. They then put them to the test by putting them on the water. Finally we finished the day with some boat art work.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Oliver Twist Comes to Oakwood

The amazing M & M Productions visited yesterday and treated the school to Oliver Twist. Super acting, singing and costumes brought the story to life.
Take a look for yourself...

Sunday, 3 September 2017

SAM on holiday

Having been on his travels in the Summer Holiday SAM is looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Year 6 Prom

The morning after the night before...!

Thanks so much to all parents, staff and, of course, our leaving Y6 pupils for making the prom a truly memorable evening.

We've tried to make the photos a bit easier to look at this year, so click on the image below for the slideshow! (Use the cursor keys on your keyboard, or swipe left to move through the photos!)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Year 1 Space Day

Year 1 have had a fun day by dressing up in anything "space" related. The children looked fantastic!

Activities included cooking, space games, solving maths problems and having a disco.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Oakwood's The Word! Y6 Perform one last time...

Year 6 told a story of intrigue and sabotage for their final performance to Oakwood today.

In a story within a story, as they prepared to put on their production of Grease, their plans were thrown into disarray by a rival local headteacher who hid the vital USB stick!

Without the photos of them when they were younger, how would they make their parents emotional at the show?

Well, as you might expect, all was well (and no-one from Fairisle was harmed during the making of this musical!)

(Here's the unrehearsed cool-down at the end of the afternoon performance! Nice moves, Mrs Hennen!)

And here's the CarPool Karaoke in Mrs McDonald's Picanto... (on the way to Fairisle!)

And the T-Birds workshop...!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Y4 Carousels

Over the past few weeks Year 4 have been working hard making their very own moving carousels. There have been many stages to complete before actually making the finished product. Carousels and the history of the fairground, then electricity and circuit building. A design and theme also needed to be considered, then the finished article needed to be evaluated. They have all done an amazing job!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Year 2 and 3LD Meet for the afternoon

3LD came to Year 2 this afternoon for some PDR.

Y1 Observational Drawing of the School

Year 1 spent this afternoon outside drawing the school. They had to count the windows and doors, look at the shape of the roof and think about the colours they needed. 

Year 6 Water Antics!

Water Antics on the field! Year 6 are cooling down after a long hard year. Spot the big boys rather wet!

Oakwood's Got Talent

Today we had our final show of Oakwood's Got Talent. The finalists in Key Satge 1 performed a variety of acts in front of an audience and panel of judges.

We saw dances, a comedy act, a magic show and singing. The judges were so impressed with all of the acts and had a very difficult decision to choose the winners.

Year 4 Working Hard On Their Carousels

Year 4 are doing a fantastic job at the moment working on their carousels. They are showing a very positive growth mindset as it is very tricky to complete the circuit and get their carousels to spin! Have a look at our 'work in progress' gallery and check back soon to see the finished carousels in all their glory!

Monday, 17 July 2017

Y1 Papier Mâché Rockets

Year one have created their own rockets. They started with a tube and then attached a card nose to one end. After that they used newspaper and papier mâché paste to cover the rocket. The rockets were left over the weekend to dry and the children were surprised to see that their rockets were then hard. Finally the rockets were painted and windows, doors and flames were added. Don't they look fantastic!

Personal Best Day

Every half term the children in year R, 1 and 2 have enjoyed Personal Best Days which are run by our TMC coaches.

This was the last one for the year and the children got to practise all the skills that they had learned throughout the year.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Teddies and Cushions

Y6 children haven't stopped this year!

Since SATs they've created and run a business and raised a fantastic amount of money! But most recently they have been working on their DT project - Teddies or cushions.

The children have been working exceptionally hard on them: designing, re-designing and producing a selection of brilliant products which they will soon be able to take away and keep forever.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Federation Sports Day

Earlier this week, Team Oakwood competed in the annual Redbridge and Lordshill Federation Sports Day held at Fairisle Junior School.

Oakwood took 18 children from across the school which were split into three teams, Y2, Y4, Y6. Each team then competed against 3/4 other schools at a range of events (very similar to our own School Sports Day) with teams earning points at each station for and overall Team Oakwood.

Oakwood did very well, picking up plenty of wins on the way round the stations and were 'trading blows' with both Newlands (last years winners) and Fairisle in the battle for 1st. When all the events were complete and the points counted it was a Newlands, Oakwood, Fairisle - 1st, 2nd, 3rd.

In addition to the 'multi-skilled' events there were 6 sprint races - Girls and Boys, Y2, Y4 and Y6. This is where Team Oakwood showed their talent winning 5 out of the 6 races and coming 2nd in the 6th! A fantastic achievement.

Well done to everyone who represented the school so well and did Oakwood proud.

Monkey Milkshake Mayhem

This is Mrs Vanes

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Morph-Year 3 Style

Year 3 Animations-Part 2

Year 1 Space Homework

Willow Class have created some fantastic homework for our Space topic. We had such a variety of work including poems, collages, stories, facts and even model rockets and satellites.

Azura Win Sports Day

This year's Sports Day winners.... AZURA!

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Year 2 Microhabitats

During Science week, Year 2 had fun designing and making some microhabitats! They worked in pairs and then wrote a riddle about their microhabitat or the minibeast that might live there.

Year 2 swimming

Year 2 children have enjoyed 5 weeks of swimming lessons at Oaklands pool. They have learned new skills and they really enjoyed the fun free time on the last lesson.

Well done to all the Year 2 children! 

Year 3 Animations

Monday, 10 July 2017

YR, Y1 and Y2 sprint races

Luckily it wasn't raining and the sun was shining for our sprint races!

It was a close call for some of our runners but they did really well and we're cheered on by their friends.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Transfer Day-New Year 3



Science adventure at the university

Year 5 were extremely lucky to be invited to Southampton University to take part in some exciting science experiments and watch a science show. We had lots of fun and learnt lots!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Welcome the New Year 5!

The new year 5 spent their transfer day taking part in their very own Mini - Olympics! Their first job was to invent their own country as a group. Then to represent their country in the Olympics.

Y6 on Transfer Day

The new Y6 classes had a bubblrilliant time as they met their new Y6 teachers and classmates on Wednesday.
The day was all about having fun, and working together.

The children began the day by practicing lying (not normally encouraged!) in a class game of 'Would I Lie to to you?'.They then explored the world of bubbles large and small before working together to solve our Y6 team challenges.

All the children had a great day and are looking forward to their first 'Real' day in Y6 in September.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Sports Day 2017

What a day Sports Day 2017 was!

KS2 had their Sports Day activities first thing in the morning and completed all of their 13 sporting activities, earning points for their house at every station.
Year 3 did well at their first 'House Relays' whilst years 5/6 (now experts in Sports Day) led with way with some very close and exciting races.

Year group Sprint Champions were crowned and new records were set in the Y4 boys 60m and both the boys and girls 80m in Y6. So well done, Ethan, Marcus an Amy!

Our KS1 activities didn't go quite so smoothly - the rain hampering our Sports Day spirit. We did try and go for as long as we could, but eventually we were beaten by the weather. We did, however, manage to complete 8 out of the 10 different activities. KS1 Sprint Champion races will be run on a date TBA.

Well done to everyone who represented their house but this years winners are....Azura!!

Y5 Scientists

As part of Oakwood's Science week Y5 were treated to a science workshop with some scientists from Southampton University. We learnt about biodiversity and then got to explore the biodiversity in the Oakwood grounds.

Summer Science in Year R

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Hampshire School Games

The Hampshire School Games is a Level 3 sports competition between schools across Hampshire and the IOW. Schools qualify through being successful in their local (Level 2) events. It is a celebration of sport for primary and secondary school children.

Oakwood have already competed in one Level three event this year (Our Indoor Athletics team competed in the Hampshire competition in April) but we also qualified to represent the Southampton School Games area the the Hampshire Games in Tag-Rugby.

Although the RFU - who were running the event today did so as a festival - (meaning there would be no winners and losers - meaning no medals and trophies etc) Team Oakwood were very successful, finishing a hypothetical 2nd!

The morning group stages were drawn geographically ensuring schools faced other Hampshire areas. Oakwood had excellent results and finished the morning games with a 100% record and topped the group results.
Oakwood's results:
Oakwood 4 - 2 Binstead
Oakwood 4 - 3 Park Gate
Oakwood 3 - 2 Stamore Primary
Oakwood 4 - 3 Park View

During the afternoon, the groups were re-sorted with schools playing other schools with similar results. Oakwood continued to play excellent rugby and again did well against some tough opposition. Oakwood were finally beaten in their last game, but this was their only defeat of the day. By our calculations, this meant Team Oakwood finished the -not a competition- in 2nd place.

Well done to all our players for their performance and behaviour on the day especially our player of the day, Alan!
Try scorers: Jenson (3), Marcus (7), Alan (7), Joe (3), Praise (2), Sonny (3) and Nathaniel (3)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Year 3 Hugo Cabret Photo Frames-finished at last!

A glazing time at Oasis

Year 4 had an absolutely brilliant time last week at Oasis academy. We visited Tracy and her team in the Art department to glaze our clay elephants ready for firing in their kiln. We are now very much looking forward to seeing what they are going to look like after being fired again! A huge thank you to Tracy and the Art department at Oasis Academy.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Year 4 'Paint with scissors'

Today Year 4 created collage art work inspired by Henri Matisse's Jazz series, which is circus-themed. The children had to work in groups to create their pictures, sharing ideas and resources. They also learned about Matisse and his life.

Jazz collection by Matisse

Have a look at our art gallery below!

Friday, 23 June 2017

Knapp House Day 5

The final day at Knapp house is a quick one but we still pack so much in. Breakfast, packing, surfing, packing, lunch and the start of the journey home.

I hope all the children enjoyed their trip to Knapp House and that they can recover any lost sleep over the weekend and I also hope parents have enjoyed our tweets an blog posts showing what the children have been getting up to.

Water Safety Session!

Year 5 have being swimming weekly for the last few weeks, this week was water safety week where they went in the pool in clothes and completed several safety activities!

Oakhouse Day 5

All this activity this week - has made us hungry!! Bring on our giant picnic which we have been cooking ourselves this morning. Off to the field this afternoon to EAT! What a super way to finish our Oakhouse Week!

Oakhouse Day 4

We started off with Tangram Fun! Our project yesterday was making 3D people with pipe cleaners and then shooting an animated film! Wow................amazing!! Check out our winners!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday at Knapp

Today was the last full day at Knapp House and with the weather a bit cooler the children have given their activities everything!

Today, they have done: Tunneling and crate-stacking, Canoeing on the lake and of course, the Disco!

We have 2 final activities on Friday: Surfing and packing.

Quick update from Knapp

Just thought we'd post some videos from this morning's canoeing.

A journey to the afterlife!

In Year 5 we have being learning about the beliefs Ancient Egyptians followed, as part of their religion. Part of this has being looking at how bodies were prepared for the afterlife, through mummification. To give the pupils a hands on experience of this they became embalmers, carrying out the stages of mummification on tomatoes.

It was messy and lots of fun!

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Knapp House Day 3

Day 3 at Knapp House has been another scorcher! We have, however, had some breeze today so it's seemed much cooler. The sun cream has continued to be lathered on as we've had another full day.

Today our groups have had a go at: Tunneling and crate stacking, Low Ropes, Coastal walk, Canoe drill in the pool and ringos.

Oakhouse Day 3

Another hot day but still lots of fun! Archery, wall climbing and best of all ............. canoeing round a lake! The children were credit to themselves and Oakwood! Check out our best rowers!

Egyptian Feast Fun!

To start our Egyptian topic this week we have being learning about the River Nile and food and farming in ancient Egypt. As part of this we made flat bread. We then ate the flat bread along with several other Egyptian foods, as part of our Egyptian feast. We are now writing poetry about the flavours, textures and appearance of the foods.

Oakhouse Day 2

Great day had by all of us at Testlands Hub.... Super sporty and super hot! Lots of fantastic Badminton Doubles Matches going on and real competitive spirit!! Our dance routines are super fantastic too. Check out the new receptionist at Testlands!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Knapp House Day 2

It's been hot. Ridiculously Hot.

But we've been enjoying our time none-the-less! We have been tree traversing, crabbing, low-roping, Rib riding and peddle carting. A fantastic day.

Exploring circuits in Year 4

Year 4 had a great morning today exploring electrical circuits. They had several challenges to complete and showed a fantastic growth mindset when working through each activity.

Their challenges were:

  • Can you make a light bulb light up?
  • Can you make the light bulb brighter?
  • What happens when you add two more bulbs to your circuit?
  • Can you find a conductor in the classroom?
  • Can you find an insulator in the classroom?
Well done for an 'electrifying' lesson, Year 4!

Logs on the playground

It was very hot in our classroom this afternoon so we decided to take our learning outside in the shade. We practised our number skills and handwriting on the playground using chalk.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Knapp House Day 1

Having spent the last hour walking around site...I have finally found some wi-fi!!!! (Don't worry, there is someone looking after the children).

It's been a brilliant first day for our Knapp House visit. The weather has been beautiful. Hot, Sunny and perfect for a spot of Ringo riding, tree climbing, rock climbing/abseiling and canoe drill.

Another hot day tomorrow and another day stacked full of fun and adventure.

Day 1 Oakhouse

The start of our week has been busy and hot! That didn't stop us having fun in the Art Studio this morning! We have produced some super art created with straws and potatoes!

Year 1 Question of Faith Day

Year 1 had a fantastic day learning all about changes and some of the stories from the bible.
They took part in many different activities based upon the stories. These included:
 - Magic Tricks
- 'Follow me' game
- Creating a sparkly fish
- Making 'wobbly legs' to retell a story
- Treasure hunt
 - Collages
 - Interactive storytelling

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Some Gold Book Homework from Year 4!

Last weeks homework involved using the children using their creative minds in making or designing their own food stall at the fairground. Lots of their hard work made it into gold book!

Year 4's trip to Southampton Art Gallery

Before half term Year 4 visited our local art gallery here in Southampton. The whole year group loved their visit and really enjoyed sketching in side the gallery.

Year 4 Home Learning Exhibition

Year 4 put on a fantastic display of their homework projects all about 'The Aztecs'. Thanks to all their parents and friends who came!

All the fun of the fair!

Year 4 had an absolutely amazing hook day on Friday. Miss Patchett led year 4 in style!!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Year 3 Hugo Cabret Inspired Photo Frames.

City Athletics Championship

Oakwood's athletics team went to the City Athletics Championships yesterday to compete again 21 other schools on the track and out in the field (and a few sandpits).

There were some fantastic individual performances on the day as a number of children managed to reach the podium. Oakwood's most successful performances came in the Y6 80m where we grabbed gold in both the Girls and Boys races - 2 City Champions!

Neither the Girls/Boys or the overall team made it into the top 3, so we will have to wait until the results are sent out later this week to confirm our position.

Well done to every child who went with the team and did their best! Whether is was in just 1 race, or they managed to reach the finals we are proud of the performance of every child!

There are a number of photos on the daily echo site and there will be a write up in 'The Pink' this weekend.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Year 4 experiment with electricity

This afternoon in science, Year 4 discovered the *shocking* effect that static electricity has on their hairstyles! This is because the rubbing creates a negative charge that is carried by electrons. The electrons can build up to produce static electricity. Similarly, when you rub a balloon on your head it causes opposite static charges to build up both on your hair and the balloon. Have a look at the *electrifying* results!

Fantastic forces in Y5

Year 5 spent the start of last week exploring different forces. One of the forces we learned about was friction. As part of our friction learning, we worked in groups to plan and carry out a scientific experiment into friction. We explored two different variables: - The friction of different shoes -The friction of different surfaces We thought about what we would need to do to keep our tests fair. As part of our maths, we created a table to collect and present our results. Once we had collected our results we used these to create graphs to show our friction findings before drawing conclusions about which surface and shoe provided the most friction.

Oakwood in Bloom, Amazing Art

Year 5 have been busy artists the last couple of days. They have worked on several skills to each produce a fantastic final piece.
- Firstly, we looked at the work of several artists including: David Bomberg, William Daniels, Georgia O'Keefe and Alex Katz. We used the zone of relevance to describe them and wrote a short descriptive piece about the paintings for a blind observer.
- Next we used our photography skills (on the ipads) to take a photo around Oakwood to inspire our Oakwood in Bloom final piece.
- We then used natural materials from outside to make a natural colour palette.
- From our photos we did an observational sketch.
- Then we did some colour mixing using the paint to find the colour shades we wanted to use on our final piece.
- Finally we set to work on our final piece.

They did amazingly and produced some work to be really proud of!

Friday, 9 June 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Year 4's Elephant Day

This half term in Year 4 we will be learning all about the circus. To get off to an exciting start, we dedicated the whole day to elephants! We learned all about how elephants used to be used as performers in the circus and how new laws have been brought into place to protect animals from being used as entertainment. We completed a quiz on the history of the circus in teams and we then went on to sketch an elephant, using the tutorial below.

Here is a gallery of some of the finished elephant sketches, well done Year 4 for a great first day back!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Year 3 Local Walk

In the final week of last half-term, Year Three carried out a detailed survey of the local area. We compared different areas by counting the housing, traffic and wild-life considering what artificial changes we thought were positive and negative.

We also posted our letters to the elected Prime Minister (to be opened on the 10th June) in which we explained what we liked about our country and our ideas for an improved future!      

Friday, 26 May 2017

Make 5 Grow

Year 6 children launched their Make 5 Grow businesses this week and have done a roaring trade!

Each Y6 child has been loaned £5 with the challenge of making their money grow. Most have pooled their money in teams but some brave souls are going it alone! 16 separate businesses have been ordering, making, baking, chilling, freezing and most importantly selling!

If you have been looking forward to buying something after school then we have to apologise. Our products have been so popular that they have sold out at lunchtime each day!

Year 2 Roald Dahl Celebration Morning!

Year 2 would like to say a BIG Thank-You to all the parents and visitors that were able to come to our Year 2 Roald Dahl celebration morning. The children have been working hard this half term and enjoyed sharing their work with you!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Natural Art

Year 1 have been enjoying the outdoors by creating animal pictures with what they have found in the woods at school.

Up the Beanstalk Workshare

Today Year R had their final workshare in the hall.

We hope parents enjoyed getting the chance to talk to the children about their beans in pots, Mr Greenheads and had the chance to look at the bird 'fat balls' that we have made. As it has been such a lovely day we also opened up the doors to the pond for parents to explore, did anyone find the frogs?

Year 2 Fractions

Year 2 have been revising all the things they have learned in Maths. Take a look at our Fractions!


Year 2 have been planting! We planted runner beans and some flowers. We have also planted cress which we have been observing growing in different places!

Year 2 Roald Dahl Maths

Year 2 have been doing lots of measuring! We were trying to make our own George's Marvellous Medicine!

Munch and Crunch

Year R finished off their Up the Beanstalk topic by having an exciting snack time up on the field.

The children brought in their favourite healthy vegetable snacks to share with their friends and played games together, enjoying the lovely weather while it lasts.

Time to donate!

After a busy Jude's topic, the winning team successfully sold all their ice cream! Raising a fantastic £300.00 to donate to the local young peoples mental health charity, No Limits. Today the members of the winning team, Summer Delight had a trip in the mini bus with Mr Taylor and Miss Kilburn to donate the money.

Up the Beanstalk

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Year 3 Collage

Willow Class Assembly

This morning Willow Class were excited to perform their assembly in front of Key Stage 1 and their friends and family.

 During their 'Growing Things' topic, they have been learning our about their environment and how to look after it.

Today they acted out the story of Michael Recycle (with an Oakwood twist), showed off their own superheroes they created, played their 'World News' video and performed a recycling song.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Y5/6 Tri-Golf Competition

Well, we had the weather for it!

12 children from Y5 visited the Southampton Golf Course this afternoon to take part in the Southampton School Games Y5/6 Tri-Golf competition.

We won't know the results of the competition for a few days, but the children enjoyed the sunshine and had a great afternoon testing their golf skills.

Aztec masks in Year 4

Year 4 have created some absolutely amazing Aztec masks as part of their topic work. Here they are showing off their excellent Aztec poses! Well done, Year 4!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Y1 Trip to Countryside Education Trust, Beaulieu and Lepe

Year 1 have had a really enjoyable day out at the Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu and Lepe.

The morning was full of fun activities in the woods and meadow. Before heading back to school the children had fun at the park in Lepe.

Thank you to all the parents and staff who came and made the trip such a success.

Learning French with Mr Fernandes-Berger

Mr Fernandes-Berger visited Year 3 today to help them with their French pronunciation.

Originally from Belgium, Mr Fernandes-Berger's first language is French and so he came to talk with Year 3. We went through the French alphabet and talked to our visitor using the conversational language we have learned this year. We even quizzed our visitor on his home country of Belgium as part of our European studies.

Year 6 - A Question of Faith

Year 6 spent the day yesterday working with Matt and his team from the Southampton City Mission as they looked at the theme of transition.

As well as looking at how some Christians view transition as just the beginning of a new journey, the children explored their own feelings, hopes and dreams; as they begin their own transition from primary school the secondary school.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Unusual Year R Visitor

Yesterday, Year R had a very different kind of visitor.

Who would have thought we would have something like this living in our outdoor area.

Luckily no Mrs Cox's were harmed!

Aztec Masks

This week Year 4 have been designing and constructing their Aztec Masks. They learned all about what they were used for and how the Aztecs sacrificed humans for their gods.

Year 4 Explore the Aztec Box

Year 4 have had a great time exploring Aztec artefacts and costumes from the box, which we hired from Hampshire Wardrobe. A great resource raising many questions about the Aztecs and also showing how they lived.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Year 3 Performance Poetry Competition

Here are some of the finalists from our Poetry Performance competition.

Friday, 12 May 2017

KS1 Federation Multi-Skills event

Yesterday after school children stayed to participate in a fun and friendly event with Newlands Primary School.

 Oakwood hosted the event and our fantastic sports leaders organised the different stations for the children to work through.

The assault course included balancing, throwing, aiming and even crawling through a tunnel.

 Well done to all the children who took part.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

SATs are over! SATs are over!

Y6 completed their final end of Key Stage SATs test this morning, and in traditional Oakwood style they completed their SATs CONGA around the school to celebrate.

Year 1 Observational Drawings

Today Year 1 have been outside in the quad drawing all of the beautiful wild flowers.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

School Games Hockey League Week 2

Today was week two of the Schools' Hockey League. Both Oakwood teams had another two games to play and were hopeful for good results. The sunshine made the 15 minute games very hard work but Team Oakwood gave it their all.

The 'A' team followed up last weeks wins with a 4-0 victory over Bitterne Primary and despite dominating against Valentine it took a last second goal to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Scorers this week: Nathaniel (3) and Marcus (2). This week's player of the week - Marcus!

The 'B' team battled hard in their first game but lost out to a single goal - going down 0-1 to Ludlow. Oakwood struggled to cope with Valentine's star player in their second match and suffered a 0-3 loss.
This week's player of the week - James.

Both teams have their final group games next week.

Flower Art in Year 1

Our topic this half term is 'Growing Things' where we are learning all about different types of plants.

In art we have painted our own version of Vincent Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. We learned that he uses bright colours and big brush strokes in his art work, so we did the same.

We have also created 3D flowers using cupcake cases and other collage materials. They have really brightened up our classrooms.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Flower Surgery in Y5

Year 5 had a busy afternoon yesterday dissecting flowers. We worked in teams to identify the different parts of the flower having learnt about how flowers reproduce.

Anyone for ice cream?

The Ice- Cream sale went live last week! Sales went brilliantly with lots of money raised for No Limits (a mental health charity) based in Southampton. Summer Delight was a triumph team, raising just under £300.00. A huge thank you to Jude's for all your help with this wonderful topic!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Revising for SATs

We are so proud of our Year 6 children. Busy at work preparing for the SATs next week! They are ALL superstars and we wish them lots of luck. They deserve it!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

School Games Hockey League

Well done to the two Oakwood teams who represented us at at the 1st week of the school games hockey league last night.

Oakwood 'B' lost heavily in their first game which was against Springhill A, but made big improvements in their second game as they lost 4-1 to Bitterne C of E. Jimmy grabbed the Oakwood goal and the player of the day for the Team 'B'.

Oakwood 'A' got off to a better start, beating Springhill B 4-0 before having to come from behind against Bassett Green to triumph 4-1. Well done to the 'A' team player of the day - Jessica. Goal scorers Hannah (1), Nathaniel (2), Jess (2), Tymaine (3) and Marcus (1).

Friday, 28 April 2017

Year 4 show off their Aztec Sacrificial Dance moves

Year 4 started their Aztec topic off this week. Part of their learning was to compose a dance showing the story of a human sacrifice. FYI - No children were harmed during this performance!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

This week is the last week in which Active kids vouchers will be given to you at the checkouts so make sure you ask for/collect yours!

We still have several weeks to collect them in school before we send them off so start digging them out and sending them in with your children. There are boxes in both KS1 and KS2 as well as the school office.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Easter fun in Year R

Year R have had lots of fun this week learning all about Easter.

We have learned the Easter story and what Christians do to celebrate this special time. We have learned how important the symbol of the cross is and have tasted hot cross buns. We have made a tasty next treat, been on an Easter egg hunt, made cute chick cards and found out which Easter bunny is the tallest.

Take a peek!

Year 3 Fairthorne Residential

We had smashing weather and great fun for two days at Fairthorne Manor. Fears were conquered, friends were made and challenges were overcome! We are really proud of the good behaviour and cooperation demonstrated by the whole group.

Smoothie Making in Year 1

We have been learning all about healthy eating in Year 1. We have learned that it is really important to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day to keep healthy.

One fun way of getting your 5 a day is through drinking smoothies. In groups we designed and created our own. We thought about what healthy ingredients we would put in and also what equipment we would need. After that we chopped up our fruits and vegetables and put them into a blender. They tasted delicious!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Paws, Claws and Whiskers Homework

This half term Willow class have produced some fantastic homework.

We had various pieces of homework including:
- facts files about different animals
- homemade bird feeders
- information about local wildlife
- animal stories


Jude's den

Forget the dragon's den, this afternoon Year 5 have been putting all their hard work into action and have pitched their ice cream businesses to Jude and Aiden (from Jude's ice cream). Year 5 worked in groups of 4 or 5. They had to: design the product; undertake market research and create a market research report; design a logo and packaging; research charities to donate the profits to and create a persuasive charity speech; create a board to inform Jude all about their business; create a presentation and finally pitch all of this to Jude and Aiden. It was a tough decision to decide between the groups (the teachers are glad they didn't have to decide) but the winners of the Oakwood Jude's challenge 2017 are.... Summer Delight!

Monday, 3 April 2017

Sorting animals

Year 1 worked as a team to sort pictures of different animals talking about the special features some animals have as well as what makes them belong to a certain group.

Festival of Holi

This term the children have learned about the festival of Holi while exploring the concept of "Remembering" and have listened to the story about Prahlad.

A shrine was created so that children have been able to see what is in one.

During the festival many celebrate it by throwing coloured paint so the children had a go at creating their own paint splattered pictures.

Big Pedal

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Big Pedal this year. We had nearly 20% of our school travel by bike or scooter, in addition to the huge number that walk every day. Nationally, we came 601st out of nearly 2000 schools and we look forward to doing even better next year!  

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Girls' Test Park Football Tournament

Earlier this week, Team Oakwood sent sent a group of 8 girls to represent Oakwood at the Test Park Football Tournament.
Oakwood were drawn in Group B so had four group games. Things got off to a great start with Oakwood beating Townhill 3-0. During their second game, try as they might, Oakwood could not find a breakthrough goal against Bitterne C of E - the Bitterne 'keeper making a number of close quarter saves: the score finished 0-0. Oakwood did manage to score in the third game, a 1-0 victory over St Monica 'B'. Nothing but a win against current group leaders Mansbridge would allow Oakwood to progress to the semi-finals  but a defensive effort from Mansbridge kept Oakwood at bay the final score 0-0.

So despite not conceding a single goal whilst winning two and drawing two, Oakwood did not progress to the knock-out rounds on goal difference alone!

Well done to all the girls who represented Oakwood so well and to our three goal scorers: Mia (1), Millie T (1) and Praise (1).

Minibeast madness

Year R finished off their minibeast topic with a visit from ZooLab. They children put their minibeast knowledge to the test and got the chance to meet some new friends.
Can you spot the one that is not a minibeast and do you know why?

Friday, 31 March 2017

Year 2 Castle and Sun art

Year 2 had a busy afternoon today, creating art inspired by Paul Klee's Castle and Sun.

Castle and Sun by Paul Klee

The children used watercolours and collage and we think their finished pictures are fantastic! Please see the gallery below.

Y5 Bikeability

Year 5 have had a busy week this week: alongside preparing for their Jude's business pitches for Jude's visit next week they have been busy taking part in bikeability training. The children have been learning how to safely ride a bike- including many children learning how to be safe on the roads when cycling. Thanks to the bikeability team for some great training!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Y3 Trip to Local Library

Last week, both classes walked to the Lordshill Library and were able to borrow three books to get them started on a lifetime of access to free books. How exciting!

Dr. Bike

We would like to say a big thank-you to our Bike It Officer Stuart Williams for single-handedly repairing dozens of bikes ready for the Big Pedal. Participation is already high and we want to keep encouraging children to ride to school during the Big Pedal and beyond.

Bike Security

On Thursday, local PCSO Jacob Curran visited the school to remind everyone of what they can do to prevent bike theft and help recovery.

1. Keep your bike locked and inside when possible.
2. Record the serial number located on the bike near the pedals.
3. Register your bike with
4. Take a photo of your bike, clearly showing anything that makes it stand out.

Green Cross Code

Here are the children from the Oakwood "Travel Team" Committee, reciting the Green Cross Code. We did it so that all children in school can learn it too!

Hampshire Indoor Athletics Competition

Having won the Southampton Indoor Athletics competition in November, Team Oakwood went to the Hampshire event yesterday to compete against 15 other local area winners.

It was the first time Oakwood had competed at Hampshire level events for a number of years, so it was a new experience for the whole team. The level of competition was higher than the Southampton events and several of the events had changed too, so Team Oakwood had to raise their game to do well.

The team performed brilliantly throughout the afternoon and picked up some great results across a range of events. They finished a very credible 9th place, just a few points behind 8th and 7th.

Pictures were hard to come by but we did manage a couple of the sprint races as well as a video.

Monday, 27 March 2017

KS1 Personal Best Day

Today year R, 1 and 2 enjoyed a session with TMC who organised another fun personal best day for everyone. The theme was co-ordination. On each station the children had the opportunity to be challenged and score points for each challenge that they completed.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Year R and Year 6 share Science experiments!

A Huge Thank you!

Wow what a fun day we had coming to school in our pyjamas this with morning. We then started the day with a dancing assembly to celebrate Comic Relief. We raised a total of: £411.74


Wanted - Why does the balloon not pop? Answers please?

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Y5/6 Tag-Rugby

Team Oakwood were in action today at the School Games Y5/6 Tag-Rugby event at Test Park. Oakwood are the current holders of the trophy so were very keen to bring the trophy back to Oawkood once again.

Oakwood had five group games to navigate before any possible semi-final and they were keen to ensure they got the job done properly! Their group results were as follows:

Oakwood 8 - 4 Thornhill
Oakwood 11 - 1 Ludlow B
Oakwood 7 - 0 Springhill
Oakwood 7 - 1 Bitterne B
Oakwood 4 - 5 Bassett Green

Losing their final group game was tough as it had been a very even game until the last minute. It meant that Oakwood progressed as group runners up and played Bitterne A in the semi-final. Oakwood again dominated, winning 8 - 3.

A final - against group nemesis Bassett Green - called. At half time Oakwood were in control and looked unplayable at 3-1 up. But a succession of mistakes slowly let Bassett Green back into the game: they pulled level at 4 - 4 with just a minute to play. Unfortunately a final mistake led to Bassett scoring again and taking a 4 - 5 lead with just seconds left on the clock. Bassett fully deserved to win on their second half performance but the game showed just how cruel sport can be. 

Well done to all of Oakwood's 7 players who were OUTSTANDING! Special mention to player of the day, Marcus. 

Science Week in Year R

Year 2 visit Lordshill Church

Today year 2 walked to Lordshill church to visit Reverend Chris. The children learnt lots about the things in the church and the Easter story.

Monday, 20 March 2017

City Cross County Championships

On Friday it was the turn of Y5/6 children to attend the City Cross Country Championship race at the Sports Centre.

Some of the children were running for the first time, having not run in the league before Christmas, and did really well. See their results below.

A big well done to everyone who raced from Y3/4/5& 6 over the last two weeks.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Fluffy chicks!

Year 4 got to handle the chicks today! We had lots of discussion about looking after them and what has been happening.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Y3/4 Tag-Rugby Competition

Team Oakwood has been very busy recently. This time is was Y3/4 Tag-Rugby; as 8 children 'Tryed' and 'Tagged' to keep hold of the trophy we won last year.

Oakwood were drawn in Pool 'A', which on reflection, was definitely the trickiest group! Oakwood had to wait a game before they got underway, but their first game saw them take on Bitterne C of E Primary - winning 8-5. Their next game followed straight away and turned into a little bit of a one-sided game, Oakwood beating Springhill B 7-2. With no rest, Oakwood then played out a very exciting 4-4 draw with Fairisle.

With 2 wins and a draw Oakwood qualified top of the group and played Springhill A in the quarter-final. Oakwood were again victorious - 6-4 the final score.

The semi-final bought back Fairisle Junior, who took advantage of a tired Oakwood, to race into a 0-2 lead. Oakwood rallied, but eventually lost 4-5. (Fairisle did then go on to win the Final)

A final 'Bronze' play-off against Bitterne C of E saw Oakwood go 2-0 up before suffering a mini collapse and going 2-4 down. Again, Oakwood rallied and this time came on on top - winning 5-4.

Well done to all the players for representing Oakwood so well.

Year 2's motte and bailey castles

We had a super afternoon in Year 2, learning all about motte and bailey castles. We then made our own models using clay and matchsticks. Have a look at the fantastic work!

African clay huts

After Reading the story of "Handa's Surprise" the children in Year 1 made African huts using clay.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Y5 Question of Faith Day

Year 5 were really lucky as Matt, Rev Chris and Richard came in from Southampton City Mission to lead an action packed day all about our R.E. topic 'A symbol of ritual'. Matt kicked off the day by speaking to us through his kazoo whilst juggling. After a quick quiz to find out about our favourite foods we were set the challenge to break some codes. We thought all about how rituals are something that we do again and again that has special significance. Armed with this knowledge we thought about what rituals we have. After learning about the Christian ritual of having bread and wine as communion we were set the task of collaging what Christians could pick today if they were starting the ritual of communion for the first time.

LKS2 Cross County Championship

On Friday last week Team Oakwood sent a group of children from Lower Key Stage 2 to the City Cross Country Championships which were held at the Outdoor Sports Centre. There are separate girls and boys races and both races see competitors complete a simple lap of the entire sports centre. The race distance is just over a mile and is the same course the Y5/6 children will be running this week!

Well done to all the children who took part,