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Oakfield News Issue 29 24th May 2019

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From Mrs Thompson

It hardly seems possible that we have come to the end of the first half of the summer term - always such a busy one. I reflected with the children at assembly this morning how proud I am of all their achievements so far, but also with the way in which they have approached experiences that they have found challenging. We have seen much personal growth and development, alongside the academic, as the year has progressed.

Earlier this week it was a pleasure to listen to Cicely Humphrys-Elvis (Year 6) give a presentation in Monday's assembly on how she was inspired to raise funds for the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children and young people with hair loss following cancer treatment. Not only did Cicely fund-raise, but she also grew her hair in order to provide enough for two wigs to be made. I had the privilege of cutting Cicely's hair in front of the school, and I am sure I was far more nervous than she was! The other children were completely engrossed and so inspired by this - well done and thank you to Cicely for this wonderful work.

Year 6 have been travelling into London this week to visit the Houses of Parliament and City Hall. Lower Foundation enjoyed a fabulous minibeast-themed day, and we were also delighted to host an afternoon of activities for Year 1 visitors from Herne Hill School, including art, music and sport.

May I thank you all for your support over this first half of the term and wish you a very happy and relaxing break, with safe travelling and precious family time.

Lower Foundation

Mad About Minibeasts

Our Mad about Minibeast Day was such a success. The children and teachers had so much fun painting bug houses, making bird food and creating bee mobiles. We hope the bugs like their new home and the bird ate well last night. It was so lovely to see all the children so excited to get their face painted. They all looked amazing!

Our visitors have flown the nest! The cocoons transformed into beautiful butterflies this week and were released into the playground. The children were in awe of the transformation from an egg to a butterfly.

Upper Foundation

Little Red Riding Hood

This week in Upper Foundation we have been focusing on the story of Little Red Riding Hood. We have been discussing the setting of the story and the features of a forest/woods. Upper Foundation all had a fantastic adventure to Belair Park on Wednesday afternoon. The children all enjoyed acting out the story along the hidden forest. Many thought they saw the wolf’s footprints. It was a great time to discuss wildlife, observe flowers and practise our time-telling skills with a thrilling game of ‘What’s the time Mr. Wolf?’.

We have been cementing our knowledge of o’clock and begun looking at half past times.

We have been writing speech bubbles for the characters and thinking of alternative endings for the story of Little Red Riding Hood. In circle time we have been discussing ‘stranger danger’ and tips on how the children could stay safe when they are out and about. Please continue this discussion with your children at home.

Year 1

Fun in the Sun!

The sun is shining and the year one children have enjoyed lots of energetic, imaginative outdoor play. They’ve delighted in exploring nature, riding their bikes in the sunshine, climbing and role playing on our boat and aeroplane!

Year 4

Year 4's Trip to Hampton Court

Last Friday, Year 4 visited Hampton Court as part of their topic: The Tudors.

Year 6

The Houses of Parliament

On Monday afternoon, they visited the Houses of Parliament and were able to see both the House of Lords and the House of Commons in action. The Lords were discussing Torture overseas and the Commons were debating the rehabilitation of offenders. All serious stuff! We walked through the lobbies and saw the famous statues of Sir Winston Churchill and William Gladstone (with his missing finger) and also saw where Charles I was tried and sentenced to death.

Next, in two groups, we had workshops on how laws were made. Each group thought of suggests for new laws and then debated one of them before voting on whether to pass it. One group debated banning cigarettes and the other banning diesel cars.

We travelled both ways by no.3 bus and amazingly, all 55 of us got on the same bus both ways!

On Tuesday afternoon, a group of Year 6 children went to volunteer at the West Norwood Foodbank. They had to date, order and pack various items of food including tins of meat, baked beans, evaporated milk, bags of pasta, packets of biscuits and loads and loads of toothbrushes! The children were fantastic and worked really hard.

Thursday, saw Year 6 on the move again, this time to City Hall to listen to the Crime and Policing committee. Thank you to Mrs Edwards who organised this for them.

On Friday we had the Enterprise Fair where Year 6 were running their own stalls to raise money for their chosen charity. Photos and reports will be available after half term......

Thanks to The Year 6 team

Science

This week, the children in Year 5 have been learning about reproduction in flowering plants, during their Science lessons.

Sports

JAPs U11 Girl's Cricket Festival

On Friday the U11 Girl's Cricket Team took part in the first ever JAPs U11 Girl's Cricket Festival. All of the girls played very well, and got lots of runs. Everyone enjoyed the experience.

U9 Netball vs. Rosemead

On Monday, our U9 Netball Teams played against Rosemead in a series of matches. All of the girls played very well, and lots of goals were scored!

A big thank you to all of the parents who have come to support at the fixtures this week.

Cricket & Karate Captains

Well done to our recently selected Cricket captains, Lucy and Ollie. Also a big well done to our recently selected Karate captain, Isa.

House Football

Years 2, 3 and 6 have enjoyed playing in their House Football competitions this week.

A huge well done to Cicely who had her hair cut on Monday in assembly to raise money for the Little Princess Trust, who provide wigs for children and young people who have lost their hair. They also fund vital research into childhood cancer.

Cicely raised £1300, this is enough to make 2 wigs!

Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday 4th June:

Year 6 Busking 8:30am, Pre-Prep Gate

Wednesday 5th June:

Year 6 Busking 8:30am, Prep Gate

Year 4 to Year 5 11+ Journey

Year 4 to Hooke Court

Thursday 6th June:

Scholastic Book Fair (Prep Library)

Year 6 Talk, Mrs Edwards

Year 6 Busking 3:45pm, Prep Gate

Friday 7th June:

1AW + 1SD Trip to the Royal Mews

1AR Class Assembly

Saturday 8th June:

Gym Squad Competition Training

Beyond the Oak

Roll of Honour

Have a wonderful weekend!

Credits:

Created with images by Couleur - "sunflower flower bloom" • depaulus - "macro ladybird insect" • Tama66 - "avenue trees away" • Kelli Tungay - "untitled image" • Soorelis - "paper colorful color" • skeeze - "parliament london england" • domeckopol - "still life bottles color" • Alessandro Bogliari - "untitled image"

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