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Oakfield News Issue 35 20th September 2019

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Reflections from the Acting Head

There has been much to energise and inspire us this week, from Y6 developing their problem-solving and collaboration skills in the Enigma Workshop as part of their World War 2 topic, to Mr Hancock's excellent and informative assembly on Democracy and the role of the United Nations and some exciting school development planning work being undertaken by our School Council under the direction of Mrs Fidler.

I read an interesting article today about an initiative led by Sheffield Girls' School in which the girls are learning the skills of stand-up comedy, in order to boost their skills of improvising, taking risks and being assertive when necessary. It helped me reflect that humour plays such an important part in helping us to maintain perspective, not take ourselves too seriously and also express sheer delight and enjoyment in life itself. I hope that Oakfield children continue to smile, laugh and be joyous as they go about their day, and that you all enjoy a happy weekend together, especially those of you camping out at 'Oakfield Under the Stars' - have a wonderful time.

Additional Message from Mrs Thompson

School Uniform

I am happy to clarify that girls have the option to wear trousers at school, but these should be plain grey, Oakfield regulation trousers. Girls should continue to wear their usual blouse and cardigan on top. Socks should be grey if trousers are worn.

House Captains

House Captains

Congratulations to our new House Captains!

Lower Foundation

Me and My World

Lower Foundation are really enjoying their topic ‘Me and My World’. This week the children have been focusing on ‘ourselves’. They have discussed similarities and differences amongst peers and even decorated themselves using gingerbread people! They looked fabulous and tasted even better! Yum Yum!

Year 1

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

Year 1 have had lots of fun acting out the story of The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig!

The children really got into the role of the different characters. There was great improvisation and audience participation!

Year 2

Maths

2CS have used their knowledge of Place Value to play 'Snail One Hundred'. We loved this game; why not print the board out and play at home?

Year 3

Trial and Improvement

In 3CF, we have been working on our trial and improvement skills when problem solving! We quickly realised that 2 brains were better than one so we worked in pairs to solve the problem. The red shape could not be next to the grey shape. Blue had to be between white and grey. Green was not a square and blue was on the right of pink.

Well done for working collaboratively to find the solution!

Year 5

Humanities

During Humanities in Year 5, the children were putting the Victorian era in the correct place on a historical timeline.

Year 6

Enigma Workshop

On Wednesday Year 6 had a brilliant time taking part in an Enigma Workshop becoming spies for the day with Thrill Education! Working together they were cracking codes, solving puzzles and inputting their results to help save the world!

Music

Composer of the Week

This weeks composer is our first British composer, Edward Elgar. He composed some wonderful pieces, but we are going to have a good listen to his Cello Concerto this week, which flows masterfully from painfully beautiful and delicate to thunderously powerful and back again.

Here are some links for his music:

Science

Year 5

This week in Science, Year 5 we were finding out why we have night and day.

Year 6

In their unit of work, ‘Micro organisms’ Year 6 worked on the importance of washing their hands to avoid spreading germs.

Hedgehogs

Our Hedgehogs Club were making the most of the sunny weather and took inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy’s natural art. We worked in groups to create artistic pieces using the nature around us.

Sports

Running Club

On Tuesday and Friday, our Running Club enjoyed their morning run around Belair Park, getting ready for their upcoming inter-school races. The first one is on Friday 4th October.

Streatham and Clapham U9 Netball Tournament

A big well done to the U9 Netball Team for playing in the Streatham and Clapham Netball Tournament on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone played extremely well, the A Team came 2nd place, and the B Team came 3rd!

Also well done to Ayra and Ayla for being named 'Player of the Match' in their respective matches.

U11 A and B Football Match vs JAPs

On the 18th of September, two girls’ football teams took the minibus to play JAPs. On one of the pitches we lost 1-0, and on the other we won 3-2.

What worked really well was the effort that we all put in. Everyone was trying their hardest and we all enjoyed ourselves. One thing that we could work on is the communicating, as I think that we all could have talked a bit more, but otherwise I was very proud of everyone and we all had a fantastic time. Japs were a good side and they managed to score three goals altogether. I would love to do a match like that again and the weather was brilliant. No-one was acting like they didn’t want to be there, so I think that the people who were there deserved to be.

By Sophie Collier, Year 6

Thank you to all of the parents who came to watch and support from the side lines.

Year 6 Football

During their games lesson this week, the Year 6 girls have been practising for their upcoming fixtures. The first U11 match is on the 12th October - please check the sports notice board!

Macmillan Cancer Support

27th September 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

This year we felt it would be appropriate to change our charity support from Jeans for Genes to Macmillan Cancer Support.

As many of you will know Macmillan has a major fundraising drive every year with their Coffee Mornings. We would like to support their work amongst cancer sufferers and their families by inviting children to replace one item of uniform with something purple or green (your child should wear regulatory school uniform and replace one item only).

We kindly ask you to make a donation on the gates.

They/you can wear any item the colour of green or purple, even as simple as a pair of socks or hair bobble/band. That way parents don't need to go and buy something!

Many Thanks

Upcoming Dates for your Diary:

Upcoming Dates:

Monday 23rd September:

Phonics Workshop, 9am

Guest Head Assembly; Mrs Drew, Bromley High (10:30am)

Tuesday 24th September:

Open Morning

Parents Writing Workshop, Years 3-6 (3:50pm Prep Hall)

1SD Pizza Express Trip

Wednesday 25th September:

Year 6 11+ Parents Maths Workshop (6:30-7:30pm)

Thursday 26th September:

Second Hand Uniform Sale

Pro-Kick Rugby

OAFs AGM (7:30-9:30pm)

Friday 27th September:

MacMillan Cancer Fundraising

Beyond the Oak

Roll of Honour

Seraphina Spencer - English

Have a wonderful weekend!

Credits:

Created with images by arembowski - "books literature book" • Crissy Jarvis - "untitled image" • Chris Liverani - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • cocoparisienne - "door lock castle key" • PublicDomainPictures - "music paper background" • Alex Kondratiev - "untitled image" • Alexas_Fotos - "hedgehog animal spur" • billy lee - "untitled image"