Oakwood Swimming Stars!
Clutching their swimming bags and drinks, 45 very excited Year 5 Oakwood Primary Academy children skipped into the Life Centre for their reward celebrity session on Wednesday 19th October 2016.
This reward came as a result of our school earning the award for the ‘Most Improved School’ in the Life Centre’s well-respected swimming programme across Plymouth 2015-16. The prize was an invitation to attend the Swim Stars event hosted by double gold medal Olympic champion, Beccy Adlington, along with our local Olympic divers, Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow. The event was featured on BBC Spotlight that evening and the Oakwood children featured prominently in the televised report! See the Sporting Events page for a full report and slideshow of photographs.Thank you Life Centre and well done Year 5!
Harvest at Oakwood - October 2016
On Friday 7th October 2016 we had a packed hall of parents, friends and family eager to take part in our Harvest Assembly. We had an impressive array of harvest gifts ready to donate to the Shekinah Mission. They are a local charity supporting homeless people in our city.
The children from Willow Class made a trip to the allotment during the week to harvest the wonderful crops of fruit and vegetables as part of our school donation. This included marrows, carrots, onions, leeks, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, apples and beetroot. Thank you very much to Bill for taking such good care of our allotment.
The children entertained our audience with songs and poems including a very confident version of ‘Big Red Combine Harvester’ from our reception children, poems, readings and some beautiful songs from each class. We finished our celebration with an energetic rendition of Harvest Samba! Thank you to all the parents for your very generous contributions.
Outdoor Learning at Oakwood - September 2016
On Friday 30th September we started our day with an assembly outside. The brass group played beautifully and the children sang energetically. It was an invigorating way to start this sunny morning!
The rest of the morning was followed by a range of outdoor activities and learning which included exploring our newly cleared copse, a bike and scooter obstacle course, leaf collecting, watercolour art and poetry writing inspired by the environment, planting daffodil bulbs in the class garden boxes and being nature detectives in and around the Bird Hide and the Den. Lots more took place outside during the day and this is fast becoming an inspiring part of our learning at Oakwood.
Here is a selection of photos showing the learning that took place outdoors.
Healthy Child Quality Mark – September 2016
Over the summer we received the very good news that Oakwood has now passed the Bronze Process for the Healthy Child Quality Mark. The school had to submit a comprehensive audit which was quality assured by the HCQM Team. This audit included evidence and information regarding fitness and PE, promoting healthy eating, developing outdoor learning and general well-being in our school to name but a few. Mrs Cresswell compiled and co-ordinated the information for this detailed audit, so a big thank you for such a successful outcome! Our HCQM Bronze Plaque will be delivered to Oakwood shortly and will be displayed in our entrance area. Well done to everyone.
Plymouth in Bloom- September 2016
On Thursday 8th September 2016 Mrs Litherland attended the annual Plymouth in Bloom presentation evening. Sam and Callum from year 4 were proud to receive the Bronze Award in the School Wildflower Garden category. The certificate was presented by the Lord Mayor, Pauline Murphy. We were particularly thrilled to be recognised for this award because it was the first award that we have received for our outdoor learning environment at Oakwood. Our allotment has been very successful in previous years so this represents another aspect of our commitment to environmental learning at Oakwood. We would like to say a special thank you to Mrs O’Carroll and her Gardening Club and to Mr Hibbert and his Environmental Club for all their hard work in helping to develop our beautiful grounds. Well done to everyone!
Babcock International - August 2016
A huge thank you to Babcock International, who loaned us their apprentices for the second year running over the Summer holiday to work on the environmental area at Oakwood. This community link provided their labour, tools and materials free of charge. Go to the Learning in the Environment page to find out more about their valuable contribution to our Outdoor Learning environment.
Sustrans ‘Be Safe, be Seen’ Assembly – February 2016
Ryan Evans visited both schools on 1 February to demonstrate the need for high visibility and reflective clothing when travelling near roads. We will see a lot more of Ryan this year as he guides us towards achieving the Sustrans Bronze Award and making our Federation a more active community.
FS/KS1 Singing Club
On Wednesday our singing group visited Southway Library and entertained its members. Despite our CD player failing halfway through a song, our audience enjoyed the festive singing and dancing! We also presented the library with an Oakwood calendar and homemade Christmas card. Many thanks to the parent helpers who attended. Well done children for your beautiful singing and not complaining about our lovely British weather when walking there and back!
Christmas carolling by the KS2 Singing Group – December 2015
Lord Mayor’s Carol Service
The Singing Group took part in the Lord Mayor’s Carol Service, in the Minster Church of St Andrew on Friday 11th December. It was a lovely service, the children looked so smart and they performed brilliantly. Thank you to all the parents who came and joined us.
The singing group also went to sing carols at Schneider (the factory building opposite school). To our surprise we were greeted by over 250 people seated in the canteen eagerly awaiting us to sing! The children didn’t disappoint them! They were great! As a “thank you” each child received a present which made their day!
Manor House residential home
Last Thursday children from year 5 and 6 entertained the residents of Manor House with some delightful singing and cornet playing. There were lots of smiles, foot tapping and joining in with our singing. One of the residents, Irene, gave the children a large box of sweets as a” thank you” much to their delight!
Pride of Plymouth Awards - December 2015
We are delighted to announce that Mrs Norris won the Teacher of the Year award at the Herald Pride of Plymouth Awards on Wednesday 9th December. The award evening was attended by Andrea’s husband, sons and family. They were touched and moved by this fitting tribute to an inspirational and much missed Headteacher. As a Federation we are thrilled that Mrs Norris has been recognised and remembered for her dedication, vision and most of all her caring manner that did so much to enhance the lives of so many children at Oakwood and Beechwood. What a wonderful way to remember a very special person at Christmas time.
Baubles by Foundation and Key Stage 1 - December 2015
Well done to all of the children in foundation and key stage 1 for a fantastic performance in ‘Baubles’ on the 16th December. The main characters acted enthusiastically, the narrators spoke with confidence, the children sang beautifully and the foundation children literally bounced through their wake and shake Christmas routine! It was such an enjoyable festive performance. Thank you so much to all the parents and carers for providing such wonderful costumes, I’m sure you were all bursting with pride, we were!
Key Stage 2 Carol Concert – December 2015
Well done to Key Stage 2 for a fantastic Carol Concert on 9th December, the children displayed an amazing array of talent and entertained a packed hall with a variety of old and new carols. A special well done to the soloists, the brass group, the drummer, the technical support team, the readers, our inspiring Mrs Litherland and a ‘surprise’ contribution from the staff for making the evening so enjoyable!
Christmas Dinner - December 2015
What an exciting lunch time, staff and governors served just over 240 Christmas dinners. The children had crackers and Christmas music and rumour has it that some sprouts were actually eaten! Thank you to Jo and her team in the kitchen for a fantastic festive feast.
Christmas Fayre – December 2015
A huge thank you to everyone for supporting our wonderful Christmas Fayre this year. We had a range of stalls, entertainment, raffle prizes and of course Santa in his grotto. The PTFA raised £... profit from the wide range of stalls and entertainment.Well done to our hard working PTFA!
Please go to the PTFA page for more photos of this sensational seasonal event.
Decorations Morning – 1st December 2015
What a wonderful morning, we had over 150 parents, carers, friends and family come to Oakwood to join in all the fun of Decorations Morning. There was lots of cutting, folding, colouring as well as glitter and glue! The parents were treated to coffee and mince pies as a reward for their enthusiastic support. Thank you to everyone for a fantastic start to the festive season!
Samaritans Christmas Shoe Box Appeal - December 2015
Many thanks to all the children and parents who sent in shoe boxes filled with presents for children who are less fortunate than us. We are sure the children who receive these gifts will be delighted. We sent off 39 filled boxes for this year’s appeal. Well done!
KS2 Singing Club News! November 2015
We’ve made it..........!
Radio Devon announced on Sunday morning that Oakwood Singing Group had made it through to the last eight of Radio Devon’s A Star for Christmas competition!
This is a fantastic achievement, to have made it to the last 8 is a real credit to the children. All we need now is for you to vote for us! The school with the most votes will perform in Exeter Cathedral on December 15th. PLEASE VOTE FOR US!
The voting opens at 6am on Monday 30th November, after all 8 finalists have been played, and closes at 4pm on Thursday December 3rd. Vote via the BBC website http://bbc.in/1vPOE1c - if people aren’t registered with the BBC they will need to do that first-this is to ensure that people only vote once! The winner will be announced on Friday December 4th on the Simon Bates breakfast show at around 8.25am! Thank you, from the Singing Group.
Babcock STEM Day – November 2015
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
On Monday 23rd November, members of Babcock staff came into school to make boats with year 3 and 4. Excitement was running high and the children loved getting stuck in with everything. The children were able to design, make and test their boats. The making process involved materials, glue guns and even electrical circuits. Many children showed good problem solving skills when their circuit did not work.
When the children were able to test them (in Mr Tytherleigh’s paddling pool!) there were screams and shouts of joy! Some boats sank, some went backwards but some made it all the way to the end!
The winners were in year 3 were Meka and Lola and Sophie and Jack in year 4.
Quotes about the day from the children in Alder Class
‘The boat race was the best bit, it was so intense when we didn’t know who was going to win’. Jack B
‘The hardest part was gluing all the parts together’. Lexie L
‘My favourite part was making the circuit; I enjoyed putting it together and working with Lexie’. Lizzie
‘I loved decorating our boat’. Bella
‘I liked that everyone tried their best. Everyone worked together well’. Meka
‘My favourite bit was putting all the electrical parts together because it is fiddly and I like problem solving!’ Lara
HMS Heroes Update – November 2015
In October Phoebe and George, our HMS Heroes representatives were put through their paces by the Marines at Stonehouse Barracks, both rose to the challenge and won a medal. Well done.
Later in the term George and Phoebe successfully completed a two day Young Leadership training at Plymouth Guildhall. They had a great time, learnt lots and were presented with their certificates in assembly. They were trained in many aspects that will help support other children in our school who have parents in the services.
Children in Need - November 2015
Our wonderful children supported Children in Need in style this year! We had an impressive array of super heroes as part of our mufti day, this included many interesting characters!
Isobel T organised a sponsored dance-athon at home and raised an amazing £102.00 which will be added to the overall school total. What a hero, well done Isobel! Lucy M brought in her guitar and busked throughout playtime. The children were entertained by some of Lucy’s favourite tunes to help raise money! What a musical super hero, well done Lucy!
The children are busy counting all the money raised and we will let you know the grand total when they have finished! Thank you for your generous support for this charity event. Go to our school Council pages for more photographs of our Oakwood Super Heroes!
Illuminate – Mayflower 400
On Thursday 26th November children from year 2 to year 6 took part in “The Lantern Illuminate Parade”. Over thirty Oakwood children had already taken part in the workshop in school but after younger and older brothers and sisters joined we had over 50 children taking part, not to mention how many mums and dads, grandparents, friends and other relatives. It was a fantastic turnout and a wonderfully exciting evening. The parade was led by the Plymouth Pipe Band and we all marched through the Barbican carrying our lanterns as we wound our way up to St Andrew’s Church.
Sparkle Event – November 2015
Bright lights seems to be the theme at the moment as on Monday 9th November a number of children from Oakwood were presented with certificates and awards as part of the Plymouth Children’s University graduation event. These children had achieved 100 learning hours or more through taking part in a range of after school clubs and out of school clubs. The children dressed up in full academic gowns and mortar board hats and were presented with their certificates by important Plymouth people, including the Lord Mayor Dr John Mahoney. Lewis in year 3 was interviewed about being in the children’s military choir and Evie and Bella, also in year 3, took part in a wonderful piece of ballet dancing with their school of dancing. Well done to all of those graduates.
The staff and children at Oakwood would like to thank all the parents, grandparents, carers and relatives that attended the Maths dice games morning. We had approximately 60 adults that joined us for what turned out to be an exciting, enjoyable (and noisy) maths session.
The children really appreciated the additional support and the discussions they had made their games even more enjoyable.
Some of the dice games that we used on the day will be available on the schools website under the tab 'Maths Support'. We are looking to run another 'workshop' in the spring term with a new focus and look forward to seeing you there. Thank you again for all your support. Mr Kelleher
Illuminate – Mayflower 400
On Friday 6th November 32 children took part in a workshop to make lanterns for the Illuminate Parade, which will be taking place on Thursday 26th November. Children from year 2 to year 6 took part in the workshop run by members of the Plymouth Respect Team. The structure of the lanterns was made from willow and then covered with tissue paper. It was quite hard to work with the willow but the older children really helped the younger children. Karen Evans who was running the workshop commented on how polite and helpful our children were, particularly the year 6 girls. Everyone is very excited about the parade on the evening of the 26th November. The invitation to join the parade is open to everyone, even if you did not make a lantern.
Poppy Day November 2015
The children from HMS Heroes started the day by presenting a special assembly on Remembrance Day. They shared the importance of the poppy as a symbol of peace and why is so important to remember people from the past and present who have served or are serving our country. They had all done a considerable amount of work and planning towards this special assembly. A particular thank you to Ginny Jones our FSA who had rehearsed the children so well, consequently they really spoke out clearly. At the 11th hour we all heard the chimes of Big Ben and everyone fell silent as we watched the scenes across Britain. The whole school were mesmerised by this assembly. Well done Oakwood HMS Heroes!
We had 124 grandparents join us for a special lunch today. They were able to eat a delicious roast dinner with their grandchildren. Many grandparents commented on how they thought school dinners had changed for the better! Thank you everyone!
Later that day the HMS Heroes cake sale raised over £70.00 for the Royal British Legion. Thank you for your fantastic support for this very worthy charity.
Life Education Caravan - November 2015
We would like to share some super feedback from Andrew Hartley after visiting our school with the Life Education Caravan this term.
‘Thank you for your hospitality last week for our annual visit. I wanted to let you know that we had a hugely positive time, working with each class and with a real sense of building on so much excellent work in PSHE at Oakwood.
Your pupils were their usual friendly, welcoming selves and their enthusiasm for their visits to the mobile classroom made for really positive sessions. I felt that they are continuing to demonstrate excellent speaking and listening skills, and showed lots of examples of being able transfer these skills, as well as their knowledge and understanding, from their class based work. We were able to explore in depth, across the ages, key health themes around the human body and its needs and functions.
I was grateful too for the opportunity to work with your regular parents group. Their evident confidence in being part of school life enabled us to have a very interesting conversation about health education issues. The effectiveness of our work is really enhanced by being able to make such connections between school and parents. You have had such a difficult year since our previous visit. I can only say that the warmth and the positive attitudes we encountered this time are a tribute to the whole Oakwood community’.
Year 3 and 4 Aquarium Trip – October 2015
On Friday 2nd October year 3 and 4 went to the Plymouth Aquarium. We were given a tour around the aquarium by members of staff which enabled the children to learn some fascinating facts about the animals that lived there. The children were all well behaved and were enthusiastic in asking questions to find about more about the range of sea life. The day ended with a special talk about the abyss where children learnt more about our topic.
Something a little fishy......
Year 3 and 4 were delighted to welcome Sam, Fiona and Josie from Tesco’s fish counter, complete with freshly caught species of fish, as part of their topic work this term. Sprat, mackerel, sole, plaice, langoustine, mussels, squid and crab were among the fish that were smelt, touched and squealed at! It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit and definitely left a “smell” in the KS2 corridor!
Cotehele House Trips – October 2015
This week the year 5 and 6 children had a highly enjoyable visit to Cotehele House to learn about life in a Tudor stately home. They had an excellent day, dressing up in authentic period clothing and having a very informative tour of the house led by a National Trust volunteer. Children learned the amazing story of Richard Edgecumbe and gained a real insight into what daily life would have been like for rich and poor in Tudor times. They were also able to explore the lovely gardens and woods around the house. Thank you to the National Trust staff for a really worthwhile day that has added to the children’s topic learning.
Beechwood and Oakwood Primaries gain prestigious ICT Mark Award
Children at the Southernway Federation in Southway are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their learning, and that’s official! Following an extensive external assessment both Beechwood and Oakwood Primaries have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark. The award recognises each school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. Children and Beechwood and Oakwood are attending schools at the forefront of modern technology.
Mark Chambers, Naace CEO, said "The Federation thoroughly deserve the accolade of an ICT Mark accreditation. They clearly demonstrate how important it is to take a whole school approach to using technology in schools. We look forward to working with them to demonstrate how technology can have a substantial impact on learner outcomes in the future.”
Mr Mann, our Federation ICT Subject Leader worked extremely hard to ensure that the Federation was ready for ICT Mark assessment. In applying for the award Mr Mann praised all children and staff for the excellent ICT work that is taking place each and every day. “All the children and staff deserve credit for this achievement.” Thank you to Mr Mann and congratulations and well done to everyone!
On Thursday 15th October there was the publication of the Plymouth Anthology. This is a book which contains published writing by Plymouth children and again Oakwood had three published authors in the anthology. Beechwood also had three published authors as well, and so Mrs Cresswell and Miss Warren were able to go along to the event and support our Federation writers. Abigail and Isabel, who are currently in year 6 had a story and a poem published respectively. Jasmine, who was at Oakwood, but is now in year 7 at Sir John Hunt, also had a piece of her writing published. All of the young authors received a copy of the anthology, which was presented to them by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth Dr. John Mahoney.
Plymouth in Bloom Competition - September 2015
Following the judges visit to our Federation Allotment in July, Scarlett and Harry attended the awards evening at Plymouth Garden Centre and were thrilled to collect the BRONZE award for best school allotment and.......the GOLD award for our fabulous wildlife garden. Many, many thanks go to Bill Blake who helps make our allotment and wildlife garden such a wonderful success. Children enjoy planting, harvesting and eating all the many different varieties of fruit and vegetables he grows, often as specific requests from the children. Together with certificates the children were presented with a bag of bulbs and membership of the Royal Horticultural Society for a year.
Gold Dust Appeal – September 2015
The Gold Dust Appeal aims to raise £100,000 to create a friendly and inviting space within the children’s wards and corridors at Derriford Hospital, providing a welcoming, safe and caring environment where children can play and explore. Family and friends plus staff parents and children from Oakwood and Beechwood primary schools have raised more than £4,000 in loving memory of Mrs Norris; this has now been donated to the Gold Dust Appeal.
The total - £4,122.00 – was presented to Anita Dykes, Matron for Paediatrics at Derriford Hospital and Emma Cronin, Gold Dust Fundraising Manager, at a special school assembly at Oakwood on September 9th. The presentation was also attended by Mr Norris.
Anita explained how local children had decided two themes for the new look wards through an art competition - the seaside and an outside theme including nature and letting the outside into the wards. She showed images of the wards and corridors now and vision of how the wards will look after the appeal. The children at the assembly loved the new look and were really inspired by the ideas. A group of children then helped Anita add stickers to the new Gold Dust Totaliser to show how their donation had helped to achieve the grand total of £20,000 so far.
We all remember Mrs Norris as a very caring and compassionate Headteacher; she always made time for the children in her schools and put their needs first. We are delighted that the funds raised by the Gold Dust appeal not only benefits children from all over Plymouth but provides a lasting tribute to a very special and greatly missed Headteacher.
Babcock International – Community Project August 2015
A huge thank you to Babcock International, who loaned us their apprentices over the summer holidays to work on the outside learning areas at Beechwood and Oakwood Schools. Up to 90 young apprentices were engaged in outdoor projects across the two sites. Here are some of the improvements they have made at Oakwood…
The apprentices worked hard to clear the outside area of the debris left after the original clearance. They dug over the area and cleared the weeds and brambles that had begun to flourish again after our lovely ‘wet’ summer! They cleared the path from the field gate down to the woods, which will give our children access during the autumn term
The apprentices built a new seating area for the children, put up bird and bat boxes and installed water butts (so the children will no longer have to drag their watering cans so far!) They made a bug hotel, which the children have named ‘Buggingham Palace’.
The apprentices set up a compost and digging area. They painted and weather-proofed the bird hide, sheds and class ‘growing boxes’. Each growing box has now been allocated to a specific class.
World Book Day - Thursday 5th tMarch 2015
We had a wonderful World Book Day on Thursday 5th March. There were some very imaginative and inventive interesting costumes! It was very difficult to choose a winner from each year group because everyone looked fantastic, however after much deliberation Jason W, Nicholas W, Alfie J, Sam M, Sienna D, Charlie R and Jasmine M were selected and each won a prize. We would like to say thank you very much to all the parents and carers for helping to produce such imaginative and inventive costumes! Your child will have brought home a World Day Book Token, don’t forget to use it to buy a special £1 World Day Book or to put towards another book. See the back of the token for details of how to use it. Happy Reading!
The children in year 3 and 4 had an exciting Roman Day on Thursday 12 February. They had made shields, swords and had come to school in Roman costumes ready to invade Beechwood! They had a fantastic day and were excited to put their learning to use during the day. Alder class also performed an informative and entertaining Roman assembly on Friday 13th February. Go to the Alder class page to see more photos.
The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress, Thomas Nissen and John Rolfe from the British Council presented the International Award to our school today. The presentation was held at 3 Elliot Terrace, the official residence of the Lord Mayor.
Mrs Case co-ordinated the submission for the award for Oakwood. She chose two children from her year 2 class to share some of their learning about France. Sarah and Alfie read all about writing to a school in Guerlesquin in Northern France. They also recited a short French poem. Mrs Cresswell showed Sarah and Alfie some of the valuable treasures in the Lord Mayor’s sitting room. At the end of the presentation we all signed the visitor’s book in the Lord Mayor’s sitting room. It was a very special occasion.
On Monday 19th January the netball team took part in the Netball Festival at Marjons. The girls played against five other teams and competed really well. They have worked extremely hard during netball club with Mrs Case to develop their netball skills and were thrilled to put them into action during the tournament. Team spirit was very high and the girls are looking forward to their next match!
Thank you to Mrs Case for working so hard with the team! You can see more photos of the festival in the Sporting Events area on our website.
This week year 5 and 6 had a chance to have a go at indoor rowing; the children took part in team races and individual races. On the first day the children all competed in heats to build up their stamina and develop their rowing technique. The children cheered each other on and had a great second day when teams competed against each other for the best time. The winning team members were Leon, Ben, Jayden and David. They all worked really hard to encourage each person to do their best, strive for better times and motivate the whole team towards success! Well done to all the children for a fantastic sporting experience and thank you to Mr Johnson for organising it.
Well done to all the children in foundation and key stage 1 for a wonderful production of Hey Ewe! The children sang enthusiastically, acted with confidence and learnt an impressive amount of words to sing. Thank you to all the staff for a great team effort putting the performance together and a special thank you to all the parents and carers for providing such a stunning collection of costumes. We hope you all enjoyed the nativity play as much as the children enjoyed performing it!
Well done to all of key stage 2 for entertaining parents, carers, friends and family with a stunning array of talent in this year’s carol concert. The children sang a selection of carols beautifully and the musicians performed each song with confidence and enthusiasm. There was even a surprise performance from the key stage 2 staff!
A special thanks to Mrs Litherland and the entire key stage 2 staff for all their hard work putting the carol concert together. Well done to all.
NATIONAL WINNERS - POPPY GARDEN COMPETITION
Oakwood Service Families won 1st prize for our Remembrance Poppy garden which we created in the summer. The competition was judged by the Blue Peter gardener who said “it was really difficult to choose a winner as the standard was so high but I felt Oakwood had really enjoyed the project, everyone looks so happy, especially the kids, a big well done!” Chris, Jayden and Jack were presented with a cheque for £250 at the celebrations at China Fleet Country Club. Well Done!
A special thanks to our Ginny and everyone involved with the Poppy Garden.
The Christmas Fayre was a huge success, lots of fun was had at the reindeer bar, the ever popular bottle tombola, Outdoor Learning Den stall and all of the games that were available. The PTFA had some lovely raffle prizes donated; this is a huge part of the PTFA fundraising. Thank you to all that have generously given and congratulations to everybody that won!
Lots of hard work and dedication is put into these events to ensure that the children have a good time and without all the extra help these events would not be possible. It is very much appreciated. Thank you very much to all the hard working members of the PTFA.
Four of our school councillors attended a Parliament Day at the Plymouth City Council Offices. The children discussed issues such as coastal corrosion and food banks. They also learned more about Parliament and the role of an MP.
Sophie, Carys, Jack and Noah came back to school with lots of information and ideas to share with the rest of the school council. They are keen to look into whether any of the issues can be explored and developed in our school. They are looking forward to the next Youth Parliament Day next term.
During the last academic year, year 3 and 4 worked with the Step-Up-4-Respect Project, they took part in discussion sessions and art workshops about diversity and respect for others in our local and wider community. Unfortunately the October Respect Parade was postponed and will now take place in June 2015. Oakwood and the other schools that participated in the project were invited to the Illuminate Parade to showcase their fantastic sculptures made during the project.
The Illuminate Parade was to mark the launch of and countdown to the 400th Anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the United States of America. The Respect Lantern Parade was led by a floodlit sculpture of the Mayflower which was designed by Karen Evans, the Respect Artist. The event started with the lighting of a candle at the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican, the procession then walked up to the Hoe to join with the other celebrations. The children and staff carried the two Oakwood ships and thoroughly enjoyed the magical feel of the evening events. The parade finished with a candle lit circle around the lighthouse and the event was covered by the press and television.
Well done and thank you to all the children, parents and staff that supported this wonderful event.
Imagine...the Possibilities - Tuesday 21st October 2014
Congratulations to Daniel B, Abigail F, Summer F, Joshua H, Sophia N, Macey P, Laura P, Holly P, Florence R, Sophie R, Kieran T and Alyssia V for having pieces of writing chosen to be published in the Plymouth Anthology Competition this year. They all received a copy of the newly published Plymouth anthology on Tuesday evening at the Guildhall. The books and tokens were presented by the Lord Mayor. The children were also entertained by Simon James. He presented his newest book called Rex and demonstrated how he illustrated his stories. A copy of the anthology will be sent to school in the near future, we all look forward to reading it! Well done to everyone!
Plymouth in Bloom - October 2014
The Plymouth in Bloom Awards took place at the Plymouth Garden Centre this week. Isabel and Owen representing Oakwood and Beechwood, sat on the edge of their seats wondering if we would be successful in the 3 categories we had entered....Best School Wildlife Garden, Best School (Federation of Beechwood and Oakwood) Allotment and Best Scarecrow.
We are delighted to say that we won GOLD (First place) in the Wildlife Garden, SILVER (second place) for the Best School Allotment and Beechwood won GOLD for Best Scarecrow category. What a night! What a wonderful achievement, we were “over the moon”. Many, many thanks go to Bill Blake who works tirelessly to look after our allotment and encourage the children to be interested in growing fruit and vegetables.
As part of Book Week the children entered photographs of strange and unusual places to read their books. the children were very inventive and thought of many creative places to curl up with a book! The judging panel were given the difficult task of choosing 3 winners and after long deliberations awarded Katy first place, Darcy second place and Jake third place. They were each given a book token for their winning photograph.
Thank you to ALL the children who entered, we will be using some fof the photos for reading displays in school. Well done to everyone!
Talk it, solve it.
Maths open session for parents.
On Wednesday 13th November 2013 we opened the school to parents for our 'Talk it, solve it' maths session.
We were delighted to see so many parents and carers attend the morning session. The children took great pride in showing off their problem solving skills. The children were able to share strategies and techniques for applying their maths skills in a fun and challenging way.
On Friday 29th November 2013 we had over 120 parents and carers join the children for our Decorations Morning. It was a wonderful way to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. The children made some fantastic decorations and the following photos show a selection of the fun activities that took place during the morning.
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and carers that helped make the morning so successful!
Harvest Festival - October 2013
The children and parents were very generous when collecting for our Harvest Festival this year. The children in year 3 and 4 brought back an impressive array of vegetables from the Federation allotment. You can spot the vegetables in the Harvest photographs. Over the year the children planted and grew marrows, pumpkins, onions, potatoes, leeks, carrots and tomatoes. The children were helped by Bill, who has worked tirelessly to make the allotment a vibrant and enjoyable learning environment for all the children. Thank you Bill!
All the produce from the allotment and the Harvest gifts were donated to the Shekinah Mission in Plymouth.