Oakfield News Issue 62 12th June 2020

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Note from our Head

Oakfield has been deeply saddened by the events in our country in recent days following the unlawful killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25th May. We are a school community in which the rights, happiness, equal opportunities and well-being of our children are held in the highest regard, and we stand together against the mistreatment of black lives, racism, hatred and bigotry in our society and the wider world.

We have spent time preparing resources to educate ourselves and our pupils further about equality, which are shared with you below in this newsletter, and will continue as time goes on to talk with each other about respect, fairness, kindness and tolerance through our CPSHE programme, Circle Times, assemblies and P4C discussions.

It is vital at this time and indeed always that Oakfield stands united as a school community and family, listening to each other and supporting each other. We are together. We are one.

Moyra Thompson

Heroes in Blue

Our final version of the 'Heroes in Blue' video is online and even if you have watched it before we are keen to get our views up and have it shared even more widely. So go watch it, share on your social media platforms and thank you all so much for contributing to such a wonderful show of Oakfield spirit!

Discussing Racism and Discrimination

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue across the world, we at Oakfield are aware that children may be asking questions and many parents will be thinking about how to approach discussion around the unrest with their children in an age-appropriate way. We have put together a list of literary resources for any family wishing to diversify their children’s libraries and open up discussion about racism and how to combat it. There is also a powerpoint available with inspiring quotes and ways into the topic to help open up discussion of these critical issues which we should all take time to reflect upon.

Reader's discussion is advised


We have been delighted to welcome our new Receptionist, Mrs Sarah Thomas, to Oakfield this week. Sarah joins the team based in main Reception in the Prep, and it has been great to work with her and get to know her over the last few days. Sarah is looking forward to meeting our children and families over the weeks to come - if not in person, then at least by phone and messages! Welcome to Oakfield, Sarah.

Head Boy and Girl

Moyra gave our new head boy Dylan and head girl Marnnasha their head boy and girl badges in the playground this week. Congratulations to them both!

And if you want to eat like a Head Girl then have a crack at making Marnasha's recipe below!

Oakfield's Got Talent

'Oakfield's Got Talent' is gathering some great contributions already so be sure to get involved! Send through your entries to Mrs Fidler (lfidler@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk) and we will put together the greatest show on Earth for the end of term.

Perhaps you want to send in a piece of art work you have made during lockdown, or maybe you have learned to juggle, bake cakes, dance or you've taught your pet a new trick! It could be that your talent is writing poetry, telling jokes, acting or playing an instrument. Perhaps you are the 'keepie uppie' champion, the trampoline acrobat, the scooter stunt rider...whatever your secret talent, share it with us to make this year's show the greatest ever! Your house is depending on you!'


This week in Upper Foundation, we have explored the lovely story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children have loved exploring money in Maths, writing instructions and character descriptions in Literacy and growing plants in Understanding of the World. Here are some lovely home learning examples, which we always enjoy seeing in school.

Picture 1

Otto had great fun opening up his own shop this week. He raided the food cupboard and chose his favourite foods, then drew up labels with prices from 1-20p. Otto had his own bowl of coins and had a very good try at working out the right amount of change for his customers.

Picture 2 & 3

I love Harry's Wanted poster for the Fox in last week's Gingerbread Man story, so I've included it along with a very nice postcard for Mrs Davey.

Picture 4

I love how Eloise used real coins to play a Bingo coin addition game.

Picture 5

Finally, I'd like to extend a big CONGRATULATIONS to Isaiah and Arya in UFSP, who have completed the MAGIC 300 KEY WORDS! This is a great achievement in reading and we are very proud.

Keep up the great learning at home and at school.

As always, stay safe and well.

Mrs Wendy Nicholson

Year 1

Dear Parents

It has been another busy and happy week in Year 1.

The children were eager to see their friends on Teams on Wednesday. They discussed ‘Changes’ in our PSHE lesson. The children took turns to say what they have in common with a friend or sibling and what is unique about themselves. It was lovely to hear the mature responses and respect when listening to one another.

In Mathematics the children have revisited work on measurement and capacity. All the children are confident in measuring in centimetres and have now extended themselves by looking at millimetres.

English was great fun this week. The children enjoyed hearing the story, The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan. They designed knickers for various occasions. We had ‘Love Knickers’, ‘Wedding Knickers’ and even knickers for trampolining!

Our Topic for the next three weeks is about castles. The children have designed their ideal castle using pictures and photographs as inspiration. We have discussed the best recyclable materials to use and ideas to include. The children have sketched their castles adding a draw bridge, moat, arrow slits, turrets, towers and some children wanted a ‘spikey portcullis’ to stop the enemy from entering the castle!

Many of the children at home have been outside exploring and looking at nature. Rohan found a rather large Stag beetle and Achille was on the lookout for a bee after finding out about pollination.

Microsoft Teams meeting week 8:

  • Wednesday 17th June 11:15am

The Year One Team

Bee free!

Year 2

This week in Art, Year 2 have been created a silhouette picture of a safari sunset! Work from Harry, Deniz and Olive (who enjoyed creating her picture so much she practised different coloured sunset blending the next day too!).

The sun never sets on a timeless design!

In RS this week, the children were asked to make a mobile based on their study of Islam.

Willo and Martin shows of their final products!

Year 3

Bo-udicca Selecta

Rufus' great speech!

Check out Ophelia's Science video showing her understanding of the Sun, the Earth and the Moon.

Here's Miller's powerful Boudicca speech:

And finally a great vid from Elodie


Matilda in 4SN has been busy extending her Humanities learning on the Tudors, by making her own Tudor pottery!

Year 5

Charlie M has produced a great Powerpoint about Ancient Greece.
Noah's amazing Science work worthy of an ROH
Pheobe's work on adaptations
Climate change warning from Phoenix
Noah has produced a great poster showing how Hindus celebrate Holi

Year 6

Year 6 have started working on their end of year production which this year will be a radio play, in order to maintain social distancing. It is based on The Odyssey and we look forward to updating you on progress in the coming weeks.


Gold Worthy!

The children at school were inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, who makes his sculptures and artwork using natural materials. They worked in teams to create a piece, using various natural objects from around them and explored different patterns and ideas.

Sketching Challenge: Butterflies

I have been enjoying 'Spring Watch' on the BBC this week and am amazed by all the wild life in our countryside. There was a particularly interesting item on butterflies - did you see it? Apparently butterflies have hearts in their wings, isn't that incredible!

In honour of these beautiful creatures, this week's art challenge is to create pictures of butterflies. You could draw one from a picture or maybe you want to make up your own wing design, perhaps a rainbow NHS pattern. Remember that the wings of a butterfly are symmetrical so you will need to copy the same design onto opposite wings. I hope you have a fluttering fun creating your pictures in time for next week's newsletter gallery edition.

Mrs Fidler (lfidler@oakfield.dulwich.sch.uk)


Arianna filmed this great Spanish video to show off her language skills!


Birthdays, House Points and Talent Show

This week's birthdays are:

  • 10th James 3CF
  • 11th Lachy 5NA
  • 12th Meredith 2CS

House Points are as follows:

  • Baird -10,891
  • Pearsall -11,154
  • Ruskin - 10,382
  • Webster - 10,525

Roll of Honour

Noah R (5AZ) - Science

Charlie M (5AZ) - Ancient Greece


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