World Children's Day and RRSA Award
Today, on World Children’s Day, we were delighted to launch the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award at Oakfield!
UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights, and we will be joining a community of over 4,500 schools in the UK working on the Rights Respecting Schools Award.
Right Respecting Schools across the country have reported that that the Award has many positive impacts including improved relationships, wellbeing and self-esteem. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond.
Today we had a very successful launch, taking part in World Children’s Day activities across the whole school. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, children have been thinking about the difference between ‘wants’ and ‘needs’ and talking about their ideas. In Key stage 2 pupils have been thinking about the global challenges we face, and the steps we can take to look after our planet and all who live here.
We really hope that you will be able to support our school on our journey towards becoming a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School. You can find out more about UNICEF, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Rights Respecting Schools Award from the RRSA website:
This week we have been looking at musical instruments from around the world. We looked at how they are made and played and named different parts of the instruments. In Art, the children made their own instruments using recycled materials. It was brilliant to see their creativity and independence. We had a marvellous visit from Education Group where the children were taught how to samba dance and listened to Brazilian music. Then the children were introduced to African Djembe drums.
In Maths we have been looking at positional language. The children have enjoyed taking part in an obstacle course in the classroom, using language such as under, on top of, behind, in front of and beside.
With best wishes,
Miss Treppass and Mrs. Barrett Nnochiri
The Upper Foundation Team
On Tuesday, Year 1 celebrated their own International Day. The children looked fantastic in all of their outfits, representing different parts of the world. Thank you all for making such an effort!
The children took part in different activities: they made strawberries and cream, painted their own Rangoli patterns and explored different dances and music from around the world.
How about trying to make your own Rangoli patterns, using different materials.
Check out the great photos and fabulous fashion show below!
Watch out for the Slime!
Year 2 had the most hilarious Gooey Science Workshop on Tuesday this week. We learnt about how materials have different properties and states. We got to make our own slime and looked closely at all the different components. Some of them were smelly and small. We were professional scientists for the day and wore goggles to fit the part!
'It was stinky’
‘So fun to play with’
‘Mine became slime so quickly because I was stirring it so well’
On Wednesday, Year 5 went back in time to visit the Victorian era. In the morning, Oakfield welcomed chimney sweeps, household maids, street children, school children and a handful of wealthy Victorians, including Sherlock Homes and Emmeline Pankhurst!
After a morning learning the 3 R’s in a very strict Ragged School setting, we all tried Oakum Picking; one of the dreaded jobs at the Workhouse. We couldn’t believe that inmates at the Workhouse would do this for up to 8 hours a day; we found it difficult after only 20 minutes!
After break, we took part in a Victorian drill and after some drama, we made homemade butter by hand churning cream, as the Victorians would have done; it took a lot of effort but we ended up with 3 jugs of buttermilk and some butter to take home.
Lunchtime looked very different, as the school hall became a workhouse and we ate in silence. Some of us summoned up the courage to ask; ‘please Sir, can I have some more?’
The afternoon was filled with Christmas decorations made out of dried citrus fruit and Christmas cards, which were first sent during the Victorian era. We loved our day in costume and took home lots of homemade souvenirs from our journey back in time!
Y6 have been investigating the amount of vitamin C in different fruit juices using starch and iodine solution! Vivi even joined us virtually from home. Well done Year 6!
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
See below some photos from Clubs this week. Don't forget to sign up for Clubs for next term by this Thursday 26th!
To sign up email our Clubs Administrator Lea on firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 1 and 6 had a great time dancing in their separate PE Lessons in the hall this week.
ISA Limitless Skills Challenge for KS2
Thank you to ALL who have taken on the challenges set over the last 2 weeks. Oakfield is currently in 3rd place on the Schools’ Leaderboard. There is still time for more children to enter so go for it everyone. Have fun. There are no limits in what we can achieve.
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