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Oakfield News Issue 82 - 5th February 2021

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Note from our Head

A fine role model to inspire us all

As a school that highly values the development of the children's character, it is right and fitting that we should spend a little time today reflecting on Captain Sir Tom Moore who sadly died this week.

There has been an enormous outpouring of love for a man who was the epitome of humility and resilience. He lived his life with stoicism, facing every challenge with optimism and wisdom. His sense of duty and awareness of others stemmed from his military service in India and Burma where he lost many comrades in the name of freedom.

Captain Tom’s astonishing fundraising exploits for the NHS brought to the fore the virtues of self-deprecation, quiet perseverance and human decency. He captured the hearts of people across the world and strengthened community spirit through his unerringly reassuring words: ‘For all those finding it difficult: the sun will shine on you again and the clouds will go away’ and ‘Tomorrow will be a good day.’

Thank you, Captain Tom, for inspiring the children and adults of Oakfield.

Moyra Thompson

Remote Learning Video

This week we launched our Remote Learning Video - thank you for all contributions and if you weren't in this video there will be plenty more video content we will be working on over the rest of the academic year so there will be more opportunities to feature for Oakfield! Please do share this video far and wide and we have popped the video on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for you to spread and retweet to your heart's content!

OAKFIELD BIRTHDAYS

CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK

This week was Children's Mental Health Week in association with the charity Place2Be

Our theme on Monday was 'Dress to Express!' and all children were invited to dress up in whatever wacky outfit they think represents them. Place2Be say; ‘Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. It is about finding a way to show who you are, and how you see the world, that can help you feel good about yourself.’

Food Bank

There will be a food bank collection next week and you are welcome to donate items any weekday from 8:30 to 3:30. We will leave a box outside of the Pre-prep main door and outside the red gate on the Prep side to pop your donations into.

The items they are currently most in need of are:

  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Tinned vegetarian meals
  • Bags of rice 500g and 1kg
  • Washing up liquid
  • Bars of soap.

Thank you!

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT TRUST IMPACT REPORT 19/20

Oakfield are part of the Education Development Trust's collection of schools, an organisation heavily involved in delivering educational research and improving learning outcomes for children here and around the world. And their report has been just recently launched:

"We are very pleased to share our Annual Impact Review for 2019/20, which highlights the ways in which our work has impacted lives around the world – and the progress we have made since 2018/19 despite the difficult circumstances"

This year, the work of our teams has – among many other things – enabled the development of radio broadcast lessons for primary pupils in Rwanda, quality assurance for remote learning in the United Arab Emirates, and learning continuity for thousands of marginalised girls in Kenya. It has enabled teachers to receive specialist support to help them improve their practice and navigate remote learning, and over 93,000 people to benefit from our expert careers’ guidance in the UK. Meanwhile, our research and consultancy teams have continued to work alongside ministries, donors and non-governmental organisations to design sustainable solutions and build capacity in education systems around the world.

YEAR 2

Year 2 children have reflected their moods and feelings by dressing in bright and vibrant clothing for Children’s Mental Well-Being week, Express yourself! Some children said their outfits they had chosen made them feel happy and cheerful!

The children are showing such resilience working at home and in small groups at school; however, they are all missing one another. In Year 2 we have been thinking about ways to stay in contact with all our friends. The children had some great ideas: send a letter, have a chat over Zoom, if your friend lives close by go to their house and give them a wave! Alex has even made his own ‘classmate’ to keep him company!

Emi made her imaginary bird during Jigsaw, showing creativity and flair. We listened to some bird calls on RSPB website and the children were inspired to embrace the diversity of nature.

Henry made his own bird feeder too, now to wait to see who comes to enjoy it!

Freja enjoyed designing her own imaginary garden and bird in Jigsaw.

YEAR 1

LOWER FOUNDATION

This week the children had a go at using a programme called Tux Tools.

They were shown how to use the mouse (which was so funny that it is called a mouse!) and how to click the left side.

With support from Miss Stretton, the children chose the colour they wished to use. Most children were able to hold the mouse correctly and guide it around the screen to place their space stamp!

It was challenging to begin with but by the end there was some really impressive clicking children!

(Not all screens are touch screen!)

The children also enjoyed using apps on the iPads to support their learning this week.

ART

This week Year 6 went on safari - we were fed up with the rain and the grey skies so it was time for a little bit of sunshine!

Year 6 are studying the life of Nelson Mandela in their English lessons this half term so it seemed fitting that we should understand some of the art of Africa.

Using oil pastels on pastel paper they created these wonderful sunset skies over the savannah.

SPORT

Limitless Series 2021

Don't forget to register for the Limitless Series and download the TopYa app! Read Callum's experience of the 1st week of Limitless Series 2021 below to inspire you:

I really enjoyed taking part in the first series of Limitless Skills four-week challenges. Every week we had a different topic in challenges. The topic I enjoyed the most was Crossfit + HIIT + Dance. The activity which was the most fun was the dance battle in where I competed against my mother and we had to copy each other’s moves in turn, I am happy to say I won that round. I also learned some new skills and found that some of them were quite challenging, especially the 2 bounce catch only using one hand. I had to practise and practise and practise until I got it right. I have now starting the 2nd round of the series challenge and I am looking forward to learning new skills and having more fun.

Exercise at Home

OAFs

OAF's are happy to announce the launch of our new Online Store for Second Hand Uniform and Instruments.

2nd Hand Uniform Donation

Dear Parents,

Please see the list below for the dates to donate any uniform to OAFS.

A member of the OAFS team will be in the lower school car park from 08:30-08:50am on the collection days.

Can we ask that any items you are donating are washed and in good condition with the labels removed.

Please do not send in any non-regulation uniform as we cannot sell it.

Collection dates

  • Monday 1st March 2021
  • Monday 5th April 2021
  • Monday 3rd May 2021
  • Monday 7th June 2021
  • Monday 5th July 2021

Many Thanks

The OAFS Team

OAFs Virtual Quiz - 12th March

BEYOND THE OAK

Drama Workshops with Miss B!

"Hello, Miss B here! I miss seeing everyone's faces at school and hope that everyone is doing well at home. Now that we've all become a little bit more settled in online learning, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to let everyone know that my Performing Arts company is offering online workshops for children between the ages of 4 and 11. It's the perfect way for your little one to let off some energy in a wonderfully creative way. If your child has an interest in the performing arts, would benefit from some extra confidence boosting or just wants to let off some steam in a fun environment, then this is the place for them! I hope to see many familiar faces there!"

Free Empowering Kids Workshop

You will leave the workshop feeling confident and less stressed!

This is a 45 minute fun and active workshop. Suitable for parents or guardians with kids. All siblings welcome!

You will receive a FREE HAPPY dance video tutorial link at the end of the workshop!

Workshop will be facilitated by Marrielle Monte, author of Award Winning children's book, Magic Thinking for Kids. Her book teaches kids they can change their feelings simply by changing their thoughts! Marrielle is a Happy Activist and for the past 7 years has taught hundreds and hundreds of kids how to lead a happier life

Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen Virtual Event

On March 16th there is a rare opportunity to listen to the acclaimed and inspiring children’s authors, Philip Pullman and Michael Rosen, in conversation about children’s literature. Philip Pullman will be talking about his writing and some of the stories and ideas behind his influential and much loved books. And the event is FREE - you just need to register at the link below.

Sparks Filmmaking Course

Take part this February half term, where young movie makers will be producing their own films full of fantastical adventures, all set lightyears into the future.

In this fun movie making workshop, young filmmakers will learn all about how to put together their own film production. It’s an action-packed camp full of fun and creativity.

They’ll step into the roles of director, camera crew, actors, production design, production crew and even more as they make their original and unique movie. They’ll also explore plenty of imaginative art direction and how to produce some incredible visual effects.

At the end of the camp, they’ll have a futuristic movie production to proudly share with friends and family, as well as lots of new creative skills and some new friends too.

Dates: Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 February 

Times: 9am – 3pm daily

Ages: 7-11 & 11-14

Price: £120

Credits:

Created with images by cbaquiran - "birthday cake cake birthday" • Nikiko - "power lines fields sunset" • manfredrichter - "egg box brown" • JhonDL - "education student boy" • blickpixel - "board electronics computer" • PTNorbert - "star trails star night" • Pexels - "books library shelves" • anncapictures - "tartan track career athletics" • klimkin - "chess pawn king" • dimitrisvetsikas1969 - "clouds cumulus sky"