Oakfield CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Issue 78 16th December 2020

We have an absolutely humungous Christmas special below - we hope you enjoy!

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Note from our Head

What a journey our precious Oakfield family has been on during this year of 2020 - something we could not possibly have imagined as we gathered last Christmas for our end of term celebrations.

I have said it often over the last months, but I am so proud of everything that we have all achieved and continue to achieve in these most challenging of circumstances. Our school's core values have been well and truly lived out and embodied by each member of our community, and there has been resilience, dedication, creativity, positivity and energy in abundance, even during times when the going has been tough and people have had to cope with the demands and sadnesses of their different personal situations. My thanks, appreciation and admiration go out to you all.

At this Christmas time we say goodbye to Miss Walker as she leaves Oakfield to take up a new role at The Perse Prep in Cambridge and wish her and her fiancé every happiness as they move out of London to begin a new chapter in their lives. Jess has served Oakfield with consummate professionalism, skill, innovation and commitment since 2014 as class teacher initially and then as Director of Studies and she will be hugely missed by us all. In January we welcome Mrs Maria Lambert-Carter who joins us as Year 6 teacher with Maths specialism, and Mr Hancock takes up his new additional role as Director of Studies, and we wish them both the very best.

A special mention must go to all the children across the school who have held positions of responsibility this term and conducted themselves with such dedication, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. Our Head Girl and Boy, Izzy and Sam, have been brilliant ambassadors for Oakfield, and I know that they will be on hand to support their successors next term.

It only remains for me to wish you all the happiest and safest of Christmas holidays in whatever form they take this year. Whatever your own culture, traditions and beliefs, I hope that there will be light, peace, joy and laughter in your hearts and homes this Christmas time.

Moyra Thompson

New Roles

Thank you so much again from everyone at Oakfield Prep to Miss Walker as she takes up her new role at the Perse School. And congratulation to our newly elected Head Boy and Girl for the Spring Term; Charles Allen and Viviana Frade. They have big shoes to fill given how fantastic Sam and Izzy have been this term but we have no doubt they will do amazingly well in their new roles!

Check out Sam and Izzy's last stint on Oakfield Radio later on in the Newsletter!

The cake made sure this goodbye was all sweet, and not at all bitter

Oakfield Prep at Christmas 2020

Hopefully you saw this on Friday when it was shared but it's worth watching again and sharing our festive Oakfield extravanganza featuring the amazing talents of Years 1 - 6! Well done to everyone involved, which was just about everyone!

And..keen to get in on the act.the inimitable Oakfield staff managed to find time in their day to do a rather stirring rendition of 'The Whole of the Moon' - rock on!

Oakfield Pre-Prep at Christmas 2020

Pre-Prep Songs and Readings

Santa and Elf Visit Oakfield!

Santa and his elf visited Oakfield Pre-Prep and gave presents out to the classes. He even got to hear a song from the children in Nursery!

Christmas Catering

Thank you Angela and team for putting on amazing catering this term including some wonderful Christmas goodies both savoury and sweet!

Brass Band

On Monday this week the Year 6 Brass Band and our esteemed Brass teacher Mr Watts played at the front of school to lift spirits and raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Mr Watts has some friends who very sadly lost their young daughter, Cleo, to a brain tumour and ever since they have been raising money to help develop a cure.

You can still donate to the cause by clicking the button below or scanning the below QR code.

Thank you for your contributions!

And a note from Richard Watts below:

What a truly community spirited event this morning..... Firstly I would like to thank Moyra for giving the go ahead to let us play live music (something that I've missed dearly this year) and to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Thank you Lisa Fiddler for backing my idea 100% and for organising and planning, and rallying the children to help.

Sam for always being supportive and to champion music tuition during lockdown and to facilitate face to face lessons as soon as we could.

And lastly thank you to the parents for supporting the children, reading all the emails, printing parts, coming in early and being so positive. Also thank you for the unbelievably generous tokens of appreciation, I'm totally blown away and humbled.

In cash alone we raised a fantastic £242 for the Team Cleo Fund, I'll get a final figure of all the QR code donations too.

Below is the final mix of 'Snowy Day' with the majority of my pupils on the recording. Please feel free to forward to friends and relatives this Christmas.

As we 'Premiered' Snowy Day this morning, the wind stopped, the sun shone and a little bit of magic happened, it was a truly touching moment.

Wishing you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.


Richard Watts

Xmas Jumper Day

Last Friday was Xmas Jumper Day and the children enjoyed the dry weather to show them off in style!


A Christmas Carol

There was a fantastic performance of A Christmas Carol from Year 5 on Wednesday morning. Well done to all the performers!


Thursday marked the first day of Hanukkah and 5SW learned how to play a dreidel game. Since it was a celebration, we all got treats, but the lucky winner in each group got 5 chocolate coins! Hanukkah lasts for 8 days, so on Friday, we made our own dreidels to continue the celebration!



Great Fire of London

The children have created some AMAZING fire of London artwork. Can you see the blazes rising from behind the landmarks? We looked at silhouettes and shapes. What beautiful creations from Year 2!

This week Year 2 have been sharing their incredible projects that they have created this term as part of our Topic. The children have worked so hard on the various features of their houses, from a straw roof to windows and even some surprises inside. It is amazing to see just how creative the children can be and how wonderful their ideas can be. Some children even hid some Parmesan Cheese just as Samuel Pepys did. Well done for all your efforts!


Year 1 got into the Christmas spirit with their themed lunch complete with hats and a visit to All Saints Church!

Year 1 have been busy learning about and writing letters to Santa! The children learnt about the layout and structure of a letter as well as how to open and close. The children wrote a draft and took their time to perfect and publish their letters to Santa. The children politely asked for a range of presents including: Unicorns, remote control dragons and fairy books!


Dear Parents/Carers,

We are so proud of our children, as they have performed so beautifully during the recording of their Christmas songs and poem and hope you enjoy the finished recording.

As Christmas is fast approaching, we have been very busy making wonderful Christmas decorations, discussing the Christmas story and sharing ideas about how we celebrate Christmas with our families. The children have written Christmas cards to bring home . We have been looking at measuring in both standard and non-standard units, and the children have hopefully brought home a little surprise centred around this.

The Christmas party on Monday was much enjoyed too! Next term, our topic will be Transport! We look forward to setting off on our new learning adventure.

If the children can please bring in a loo roll tube and egg box for the first week of next term that would be much appreciated.

With best wishes,

Miss Treppass and Mrs. Barrett Nnochiri

The Upper Foundation Team


Congratulations to Anerudhan M. in 3CS for being number 1 in the school ranking during the Autumn Term 2020

Our top 3 places:

  • 1. Anerudhan M. - 3CS
  • 2. Fayo O. – 6JW
  • 3. Viviana F. -6JW
Class results - well done 3CS!

We also have been busy learning Christmas Carols in Spanish from Year 3- Year 6. This year, we learnt “Santa Claus llegó a la ciudad” by Sebastian Yatra. Children are confident singers and you will be proud of their Spanish skills.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Mrs Diaz

Spanish Christmas

We wanted to show you some of the great vids from Year 1 and Year 2 singing in Spanish this Christmas-time. For those with children in Nursery, Lower Foundation and Upper Foundation these videos will be shared via Tapestry.


House Cross-Country


Here's the final Oakfield Radio of the term, which also features the results of the house competition and Eliana of 4PD reading a Christmas Poem.

Christmas Maths Challenge


M-Tech Certificates

Well done for completing M-Tech club and earning your certificates!

Science Experiments

These are from our friends at Empiribox

1. Crystallised Snowflakes

This experiment allows you to explain a whole host of scientific principles, ranging from how crystals are formed, to evaporation, to saturation. Plus the results look awesome, and can be hung on the Christmas tree or in the window afterwards. What’s not to love?!

2. Festive Skittles Magic

A science experiment that’s festive, seems magical AND involves sweets?! What’s not to love! This experiment is super easy and fun to watch as it goes. Depending on the age of the kids you’re teaching, you can keep it simple by using the experiment to discuss water density, or if you want to make it more advanced, you can use it to talk about water stratification (but we’ll get to that later!).

3. Christmas 'Snowball' Catapult

This is a great cross-curricular/STEM activity, as it straddles physics, maths and engineering all in one- with a little bit of a creative, festive twist!


Filmmaking Workshop

Sparks run engaging, practical and creative filmmaking workshops for children in the local area. Their new term of weekly Saturday filmmaking workshops start in January.

We emphasise the importance of creativity and the need for a method through which to express it. We understand the importance of safety and have implemented very strict Covid guidelines to ensure the workshops can run smoothly and according to government guidelines.

Roll of Honour

Charlotte Young - Passing singing exam with merit

Miranda Barres - Faustino: A superb last-minute performance in A Christmas Carol (English)

Martin Suzuki-Vilegas - English

Phew, what a lot to pack in for 2020. See you again in 2021!


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