Oakfield News Issue 24 5th April 2019

Please take your time to log on to the Parent Portal and remind yourself of all the things that have been posted this week, thank you.


Reflections from the Head

At Oakfield we strive to enable each child to be the best that they can be and to appreciate and value their own, as well as other’s strengths.

Care, Challenge and Inspire: the values and the goals beating loud and clear this term and in such abundance during this final week of the Spring. I am so proud of the children and the Staff who have worked wonders and given everything in the pursuit of progress and improvement.

Of the many outstanding experiences this week, I want to focus on just 2 simple elements that make Oakfield a great team. The inaugural Creative Arts Concerts were a triumph for everyone involved: thank you and congratulations. Year 6 were amazing during their River trip this week: stranded on a platform at Bromley South for 2 hours (ice on the tracks!) but resilient, positive and well behaved.

Congratulations to Oscar and Anouk our Head Boy and Head Girl for the summer and my sincere thanks to Caitlin and Rami for all their support this term.

My thanks as always to the fabulous staff across the school who look after your children and provide the best of everything.

Have a fantastic Easter.


From the Head of Pre Prep

We have come to the end of a very busy term, and the weeks have certainly flown by since those early days in January, which seem a long time ago now! I am very proud of the progress that all our children have made in the Pre Prep, both academically and socially. It has been a real privilege to see them grow in curiosity, confidence and resilience as they develop those crucial learning behaviours and growth mindset approach that allow them to take on new challenges and really spread their wings, both inside and outside the classroom. My thanks also go to the staff team for all that they do to help our children achieve - it has been a pleasure as ever this term to spend time in classrooms seeing the fabulous teaching and learning that goes on across the curriculum. Thank you also for your ongoing support of the children’s education here at Oakfield, which was evident at the recent parent consultation meetings and greatly appreciated.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Easter break. The summer term begins on Tuesday 23rd April, and I look forward to seeing the children return refreshed and ready for all the new experiences it will bring. Let us hope for lovely warm weather so that summer uniform may be worn! May I end with a request that all the children are brought to school punctually for 8.45 in the mornings, in order for them to line up with their friends and begin the day calmly and quickly, in order to gain maximum benefit from teacher input and lesson time.

Moyra Thompson, Head of Pre Prep


Nursery's Easter Bonnet Parade

Happy Easter from all in the Nursery!
Lower Foundation

This week Lower Foundation have been learning all about Easter and discussing the signs of Spring. We spoke about the daffodils that are budding, the blossom we can see on the trees and the new animals that are born. We had a fun afternoon making our chocolate Easter nests. They were delicious!

Upper Foundation

This week in Upper Foundation we have been continuing to talk about 3D shapes and their properties, as well as sharing different amounts. We have been discussing the new season of spring and finding out all the changes that happen as well as learning about the Easter story and making different Easter creations. The children enjoyed a lovely assembly from Mrs. Thompson on spring and the Easter festival.

This week we have completed all phonic and maths assessments for the children. We are so pleased with all the progress we have observed so far. We are sending home a maths pack for the Easter holidays so do have a go at some of the activities with your children.

We are also sending home 4 reading books per child and do please supplement these with your own books from home.

When we return from the Easter holidays, our new topic will be ‘Once Upon a Time.’ Please encourage your children to bring in items that interest them that relate to this topic. It’s going to be magical!

We would like to wish you all a very happy Easter and a restful Easter holidays, and we look forward to seeing you for the final term in Upper Foundation!

Year 1

This week in Year 1, Jetal, Eesha’s mother (1AW), came in to tell us all about Hinduism. We loved hearing the music and seeing the pictures of the Mandir. We are so grateful for Jetal allowing us to play the bell and hold the different symbols that she kindly brought for us to see. Thank you!

Year 1 have discovered that simple toys do bring lots of joy!

The children have made their own ‘Jack in the boxes’ and ‘cup and ball’ game. Using basic art and craft media they designed their toys and had great fun in the process.

Year 3

On Monday 1st April, Miss Francis told the children in 3CF that they had homework that evening for every single subject and that it was due in the very next day! Every child fell for the April Fools joke and some even began writing it in their homework planners... Needless to say, the children were quite relieved when they found out that it was just a cruel joke! Happy April Fools Day everyone!

Year 4


Year 4's unit of work in Science this half term has been about 'Forces'.

4AW finished a very busy term with some investigations, using the warmer spring weather last week to do some of their learning outside. Firstly, the children used forcemeters to investigate the force required to move a brick across a number of different surfaces. They then tried dropping various sizes of paper to see how each was affected by air-resistance. Blu-tac was used to experiment with streamlined shapes, and the children tested these in water. Finally, the children used jelly and chopsticks in order to find out what effect the addition of oil had on the force of friction.


The ‘Big Bling Frame’ has been stretched to bursting point this week with all the amazing artwork brought in to share.

Thank you to Oonagh for her abstract acrylic painting entitled, ‘Sirius Black’ to Marlo for his combine tribute to Robert Rauchsenberg, to India-Rose who has been practicing pastel drawing and to Felicity who brought in some clever weaving she and her brother had created over the weekend.

Thanks also to all the Year 2 children who brought their Georgia O’Keefe inspired paintings to the art room to show me. It truly feels like spring is on the way.

Art History for next half term

Year 3 – Georges Seurat

Year 4 – Bridget Riley

Year 5 – Julie Mehretu

Year 6 – Jackson Pollock


ISA Cross Country National Finals

A very sunny day at Rugby School in Warwickshire last Saturday saw two Oakfield boys take part in the ISA Cross Country National Finals. Oakfield is proud of both Monty and Daniel for just qualifying for this event. Representing the ISA London South team Monty finished 31st out 70 runners. Daniel put on a very brave face finishing in 4th place- the highest placed Oakfield boy at this event in the last 10 years. To be only 17 seconds off the winner, this year's English Schools Cross Country champion, is something he should be proud of. Daniel also had another good result during the week, when he heard that he has qualified for the London Mini Marathon where he will be running for the U13 Borough of Lewisham team. What a week of running!


Year 3 and 5 continued this exciting House competition. Everyone played with good spirit and fun was had by all.

Results with Year 5 were very close on Wednesday. Pearsall and Webster fought it out for the House Stick and only one goal separated the final result- Congratulations to Pearsall who finished overall winners in the Year 5 competition. Ruskin finished 3rd and Baird 4th.

Sports Players of the Spring Term:

Memorable Sporting Moments this term, outstanding achievements, sheer effort, determination, toughness and someone who tries their best.

Cross Country: Monty and Daniel- Qualifying for ISA National X-Country Finals and Matilda P- for determination, attitude to trainings and achievements

Football: Malakhi- making the difference at Finborough Football Tournament for his team

Netball: Freya and Caitlin - for their goal shooting this year- particularly at the ISA Regional Finals and Finborough Tournament

Gymnastics: Wren C- Highest Individual Score at the BSGA Competition, Thomas D- Great overall attitude to Gymnastics, Chiara L- Effort, determination makes her the Gymnast she is and Cosmo- Making a difference to his team at the BSGA Competition

Hockey: Verity and Callum - For effort, great attitude, always having their kit and for showing real promise

Swimming: Mary Emerson Glen- PB Front Crawl, William J- Breastroke -PB and Issy O - Most Improved

Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

You will be sent an email towards the end of the Easter holidays with dates for your diaries for next term.

Beyond the Oak

Beyond the Oak

Callum M in Year 4 took part in a duathlon last weekend, where he ran 750m then rode 4.5km on his bike ride and then finished with another 1.5 km run. He did all this in 0:25:06 and finished 9th (out of 16) in his age group. It was his first race, well doe Callum!

It is great to hear about what Sporty activities Oakfield children get up to in their own time. If you would like to share anything your son or daughter does- please get in touch with Mr Bower. Lbower@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk

Have a wonderful weekend!


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