Oakfield News Issue 91 - 7th May 2021

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Note from our Head

Dear Oakfield families,

With Saturday 8th May being the anniversary of VE Day, I just thought it was worth a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are that we live in times of relative peace. Without doubt the last year has been one of uncertainty, challenge and sadness for many, but 76 short years ago the horror, fear and destruction experienced by so many across the entire continent of Europe must have been almost overwhelming.

We should not forget the sacrifice that was made on our behalf in dreadful, bloody conflict to overcome the forces of tyranny so that we, and future generations, could live out our days in a society that can enjoy relative peace and security. We must recognise it, cherish it and be forever grateful for those that fought in the name of freedom.

I hope you all have wonderful, peaceful weekends.

Moyra Thompson


Take a look back at Crazy Hair Day from last Friday and enjoy all the fun follicles on display!


Enjoy our Birthday Broadcast from our shiny new Head Boy and Girl!

Virtual Schools Fair for Y3-5 Parents Saturday 8th May

Oakfield Prep supporting our families for 11+

The Virtual Schools Fair is happening on Saturday 8th May and is open to all Oakfield families with children in Years 3 - 5. These families should have received details of how to join the call and the schedule for the Fair via the Portal.


We are sharing lots of things about the Oakfield Diploma on our social media platforms - especially Twitter and Instagram - that aren't on the newsletter. So get following us!

And Year 6 parents and carers can tag us @OakfieldPrep and use the hashtag #OakfieldDiploma2021 to show how their children have been engaging with the subjects and activities which are part of the Diploma.

This week the Year 6s had a really interesting talk from Claire Dykta, Head of UK Corporate and Regulatory Strategy at National Grid who has worked at the organisation for over 20 years. They learnt about the infrastructure, processes and people that keep electricity going round the country so when you turn a light or kettle on it works! They don't just employ engineers but also software engineers and data scientists, and are vital to the UK looking to meet its target of being net zero by 2050. Thank you to Claire for her time and expertise and to the children for their engagement and great questions!


On Thursday Year 3 took part in a workshop from the first Carbon Neutral Theatre Company called Pigfoot! We streamed their production called 'How to Save a Rock' (meaning the earth) where all props were made of recycled materials, and all lights/electricity were powered by bike energy. The show is set in the year 2026 where a group of friends receive a letter from the last ever group of polar bears facing extinction! The friends go on a mission to fight climate change and learn about how trees and bogs help soak up the carbon in our atmosphere. As a result, this help to reverse global warming and save the polar bear species! After watching the show, the Y3 children took part in a live workshop with the show's director where they worked in groups to come up with a performance for "I feel... I can... and I am..." statements, all themed around climate change.

This all links nicely to Earth Day last month and the non-fiction eco booklets that they will be writing in English next week!


Year 2 have been busy this week checking on how their sunflower and broad bean seeds are growing! The sunflowers are doing well and we’ve started to get some roots for the broad beans.

In Humanities we have been researching ‘The Big Five’ as part of our Kenya topic. We used books and the iPads to look up interesting facts about the different animals. We then presented them to the class!


Year 1 have kicked off their ‘Loving London’ topic this half term, exploring London landmarks. They did a traffic tally and realised how many cars travel along busy roads so have been thinking about more sustainable and safe modes of transport.


Dear Parents/Carers,

This week in Upper Foundation we have been focusing on the book Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love. We loved learning about how Julian sees himself as a beautiful mermaid and thought about what magical creatures we like to imagine ourselves as. We wrote amazing sentences describing our characters, using exciting adjectives to talk about what they look like. We then drew beautiful pictures to bring our characters to life.

We have also been recreating Julian’s headdress that he wears to the mermaid parade. We loved using glitter to make them sparkle!

In Maths we have been halving objects and amounts, making sure we are putting them into two equally sized groups. It would be fantastic if the children could continue to work on this at home with toys and items around the house.

Next week, we will be creating settings for our fairy tale characters. On Wednesday, we will have our Fairy tale dress up day and we look forward to seeing all the Upper Foundation children in their costumes!


This week the year enjoyed exploring the forest school area we are developing at the back of the playground.

The aim was to promote resilience, team building and imagination; along with so much more!

The children we told to imagine the ground was boiling hot lava.... how would they get across?!

It was enjoyed by them all and we look forward to providing more information of how we're developing this area including the famous Bug Hotel!

Clubs and Activities

This week in LEGO Club, the Year One children created boats and tested them to see if they floated on water!

Cinco de Mayo Lunch

What a spread was put on by Angela and team for Cinco de Mayo including cactus cupcakes and non-alcoholic margaritas!


Oakfield Bake Off

Thank you to you all for embracing Crazy Hair Day with such enthusiasm last week.

Our next Fundraising event is a virtual affair which only requires a simple click of your mouse or tap of your phone...it's The Great Oakfield Bake Off.

Our Year 6 Leavers have been tasked with immortalising an Oakfield memory in a 'baked' form.

In the absence of being able to sample their mouthwatering creations, please let your imaginative tastebuds run wild and click on the creations you think are worthy of commendation.

We're sure you will be wowed by their creativity and skill. So please go ahead and indulge in a sugary feast with your eyes!

Your support will help them raise funds for their all important send-off from Oakfield; the Year 6 Big Wave Goodbye.

2nd Hand Uniform Donation

Dear Parents,

Please see the list below for the dates to donate any uniform to OAFS.

A member of the OAFS team will be in the lower school car park from 08:30-08:50am on the collection days.

Can we ask that any items you are donating are washed and in good condition with the labels removed.

Please do not send in any non-regulation uniform as we cannot sell it.

Collection dates

  • Monday 10th May 2021
  • Monday 7th June 2021
  • Monday 5th July 2021

Many Thanks

The OAFS Team


4th Webster 436

3rd Pearsall 441

2nd Baird 468

1st Ruskin 497

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Created with images by stokpic - "hands world map" • diapicard - "birthday cake candles" • JillWellington - "amusement carousel amusement park" • derwiki - "palace london parliament" • cocoparisienne - "sütterlin handwriting typography" • fietzfotos - "tower bridge bridge river" • Comfreak - "book landscape nature" • FeeLoona - "child tower building blocks" • shbs - "music show concert" • jarmoluk - "car volkswagen old"