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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.


It was such a great morning with all children engaged in swimming, CPR training and sampling the giddy heights of the diving platforms.  TV cameras, interviews and medals all helped to make this an event to remember for all the children.  The celebrities were so welcoming to the children and signed autographs and answered questions about their childhood and achievements.  The whole 50m pool was used to accommodate other local schools and adult exercise groups which showed off the Life Centre at its busiest (and noisiest!).  This kind of event can only encourage children to take to the water and develop their swimming skills to produce yet more Olympians.  The event was featured on BBC Spotlight that evening and the Oakwood children featured prominently in the televised report!


Thank you Life Centre and well done Year 5!



PE Coaching – Autumn Term 2016


The children in Pine class have been taking part in a series of coaching sessions with a PE teacher, Brian, from Sir John Hunt. The children have been learning skills related to netball and basketball. They have put their skills into action and have developed greater spatial awareness when dodging and creating space when throwing and catching within a small team game. All the children are active and working co-operatively as a team. Thank you to the Plymouth Schools Sports Partnership for providing such inspiring sporting opportunities for the children in our school. This is another aspect of PE provision in our school that helps encourage children to be active and healthy. 


Come on - switch off your mobile or computer and get active!

Bike and Scooter Obstacle Course - September 2016


On Friday 30th September we started our day with an assembly outside as part of our Outdoor Learning morning. As a follow up to the Sustrans activities from last term, the children were encouraged to cycle or scoot to school! During the day the children were able to ride their bikes and scooters on the obstacle course set up by Mr Johnson. Look out for more cycle activities this term!

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Dance Festival at Sir John Hunt 2016

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KS2 danced to 'Cheerleader'' at Sir John Hunt for the dance festival.

Oakwood - Silver Games Award 2015 - 2016

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Sustrans ‘Be Safe, be Seen’ Assembly – February 2016

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Sustrans ‘Be Safe, be Seen’ Assembly – February 2016

Ryan Evans visited both schools on 1st 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.

Sainsburys Active Kids Sports Vouchers

Both schools are now collecting these vouchers which enable us to maintain good quality sports resources.  Thank you for your support.

Plymouth Indoor Rowing Festival – January 2016

What a brilliant day!  Both Beechwood and Oakwood gave their all in an indoor rowing marathon on 28th January. About 400 children from 50 schools competed against each other in a tightly organized event.  The children were very well behaved and were able to sample a range of other events such as interactive kayaking, rowing golf and interactive ‘Bop-it’ supplied by the RAF.  Results should be with us soon and will be posted on the school website. Well done, all!

Independent Cup Football 2nd Round – January 2016

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Independent Cup Football 2nd Round – January 2016

In a football packed week, this match took place on 27th January. Oakwood went into this match full of optimism having played the same team, College Rd, the afternoon before and lost by 1 goal after having dominated the whole affair.  Surely, history couldn’t repeat itself?  Even when we were 2-0 down we played as if we were just waiting for the right moment to score. At half-time it was 2-1 and all was going well.  But we just didn’t score enough goals despite many good chances and they repeated the feat by beating us 4-2. At least we can concentrate on the league now…!

FA Community Cup – January 2016

Over a two day competition on the 25th and 26th January the football team competed in the 6-a-side Npower Community Cup. A promising start to many games failed to bring the goals despite so many chances. Nonetheless, we qualified for the 2 round and played with huge spirit. On a very wet and blustery 2 day, we so nearly won games against good sides but ended up drawing two and losing one.  We finally lost to College Road even though we dominated the whole game.  Such is football...

Girls Bettinson Football Festival – January 2016

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Girls Bettinson Football Festival – January 2016

So nearly but not quite!  On 21st January the Oakwood girls battled hard in torrential rain at Plymstock to try and qualify for the next round. Despite having many chances, we couldn’t score enough goals to win our games and drew too many to progress. The girls didn’t let this get them down and laughed and sung all the way home. A superb team effort, well done!

High 5 Netball Tournament - January 2016

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High 5 Netball Tournament – January 2016

On 19th January, seven girls from year 5 and year 6 took part in the PSSP Primary High 5 Netball Tournament. The girls played five matches over the morning, against teams from different schools in Plymouth. The girls played brilliantly, with close scores in every match. We saw some outstanding defending from Laura, Ellie and Lucy as well as fierce attacks from Isabel, Phoebe and Mya.

The girls named Ebony their player of the match for her fantastic attitude towards every game. The girls set a great example of sportsmanship after every match. Well done team Oakwood!

Plymouth Schools Half Marathon Challenge – January 2016

If your child has entered this event they will have the chance to train on a marked circuit around the school grounds or on the school field when it is dry enough.  Mr Johnson will be briefing them how to record their distances on their own card which stays in school.  If they train or take on some major physical challenge outside of school we can also mark this on their card.

Plymouth Argyle’s ‘Sport, Move and Learn’ – January 2016

Year 5 will be experiencing this programme this term on Thursdays. It encourages a healthy and active lifestyle through practical and class-based activities.

Sustrans School Mark – January 2016

Both schools in the Federation have signed up for this award to encourage healthy, active travel.  Bringing together parents, children, staff and the wider community, it promotes active and safe travelling in our lives. This will be launched at Oakwood on 27th January during an assembly led by Ryan Evans. There are several events planned and you can find more information on the website.


Oakwood recently competed at the Plymouth Schools Netball Festival.  Results can be found at this page: http://www.plymouthssp.co.uk/news/18637/pssp-high-five-netball---day-2


Boccia Festival 11/12/15

For the first time Oakwood and Beechwood sent teams to compete in an inclusive Boccia festival at Tor Bridge High.  Teams of three sit and roll soft balls towards a target ball, similar to bowls.  Both schools won many matches and really enjoyed the event.  Here's the write-up from Claire, the organizer:


Friday 11th December 2015 – Another fantastic afternoon of Boccia at Tor Bridge High. 9 teams from Primary schools all over Plymouth came along to take part in our relaxed and friendly competition. It was great to see a few of our regular attendees back again as well as some new teams with some children that had never played before. The young leaders from Tor Bridge High did an incredible job of teaching them how to play and then running all of the games. Congratulations to St. Andrews, Oakwood, Beechwood, Keyham Barton, Dunstone, Leigham and Cann Bridge (who were sporting some very festive jumpers) who all came along today and took part. I hope you all had a great time and I look forward to seeing you all at our next one in the new year. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers for bringing your teams along and a huge thank you to the leaders from Tor Bridge High – I couldn’t do it without your support.

Claire Crowther

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Bikability - December 2015

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Tony and Penny visited our school to deliver the Bikeability Level 2 programme which develops safety awareness and confidence on the roads.  All the children achieved the award and the coaches were so impressed with the standards of behaviour and the politeness of the children:

“A fantastic group of kids, hard working, good fun and very mannerly.  It was a pleasure teaching them, they are a credit to the school.”(Tony)

Indoor Rowing - 2015

Indoor Rowing Performance Days

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed some sessions of competitive rowing coached by Kevin Sellars. The first session introduced technique and the Maths behind distance, time and pace. Then later on, the children competed against each other and recorded house points which will go towards the school total.  Click on the document to see which team won. Later on, in 2016, we will send a team to the Plymouth Championships.

Athletics Sports Hall Competition - November 2015



Wednesday 14th October 2015 - venue: BEECHWOOD




Beechwood 3 Vs 2 Woodfield                  Oakwood 2 Vs 2 St Peter’s


Whitleigh 2 Vs 2 St Peter’s                       Beechwood 6 Vs 2 Oakwood


Whitleigh 3 Vs 4 Woodfield                      Oakwood 4 Vs 2 Woodfield


Beechwood 4 Vs 2 St Peter’s




For the first game against St Peter’s we started off with a great goal by our striker, Tyler, to make it 1-0 but they came back to score to make it 1-1. Oakwood fought back to score another goal but St Peter’s got lucky to score another to draw the game in the last couple of minutes.


For the next game we started off well against Beechwood but couldn’t take our chances and sadly lost badly to a promising Beechwood side, 6-2.


However, we finished on a high beating Woodfield 4-2 with Noah scoring 2 goals.

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Plymouth Cross-Country Championships 22/10/15

Oakwood sweated and strained around the fields of Staddiscombe and rose to the challenge of the long distance run.  The weather was mild and, unusually dry for this event which made it all the more enjoyable.  Well done everyone and especially Lucy and Thomas for leading our teams home.  The results can be found at this link:



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Trampolining Talent spotting

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Spot the Talent at Oakwood!


Plymouth Trampoline Club visited us on 17/9/15 and put the children in Years 1-3 through some fun-filled activities based around agility, flexibility and balance; all key attributes for divers, gymnasts and trampolinists.  Judging by the noise and high levels of activity, the children enjoyed having these young, enthusiastic coaches visit and, hopefully, some of our pupils will go on to develop their skills at the club which operates from Notre Dame School:

Well done Noah! Autumn Term 2015

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West Devon Cricket Trials. Who me?


Did I feel..?

  1. Nervous     B. Excited      C. Up for it!

Yes, it was all three.

I had to show my skill of wicket keeping and batting. Luck was on my bat when I scored two sixes and a retirement. (When you keep scoring and they can’t get you out!)

Then it was time to show my wicket keeping. My hands were like magnets to the ball;  rewarded by getting three people out! It was all going to plan. Fingers crossed for the results.


One week had passed, it felt like a year and then the results arrived. When dad read out the 2015-2016 squad I felt like a Strictly Contestant. I WAS IN! It felt like a “10 from Len!”

For the record, I still feel

A. Nervous    B. Excited      C. Up for It.

However, my biggest feeling is pride.


By Noah C -  Chestnut year 6


Well done Noah, this is a wonderful achievement; we wish you every luck in the squad and look forward to hearing all about your county cricket experiences.


Congratulations to Aidan!

Aidan is a member of Plymouth Leander Swimming Club and a talented swimmer. He trains 6 days a weeks and while many of us are fast asleep in bed, he gets up at 5.00 in the morning for his Monday training session! 

Aidan competed in the Devon County ASA Sprint Gala at the Life Centre on Sunday 8th  March. He won gold in backstroke with a time of 36.56 seconds, gold in front crawl with a time of 32.33 seconds, gold in butterfly with a time of 35.87 seconds and finally bronze in breast stroke with a time of 45.71 seconds. This was an amazing achievement and we wish Aidan lots of luck in his next competition in Swindon.

Well done!

Swimming Success - 8th March 2015

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Football Independent Cup Quarter Final

Friday 6th March 2015


In the most amazingly tense match, Oakwood edged into the semi-finals winning 5-4 after extra time. With one minute of normal time left it looked like we would be exiting the competition having missed a series of golden chances to equalize up the 3-1 score.  The agreed 15 minute half stretched to about 18 minutes before Oakwood scored a second goal (3-2), then equaled the score with, literally, seconds to spare. In extra time, Oakwood led then tied then led again as we played a huge amount of added on time but eventually hung on to win 5-4.  Exhausting! Well done to Mr Johnson and the team.

Dance Festival. 29th January 2015

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Dance Festival Rehearsals - January 2015

The key stage 2 dance group helped to teach the key stage 1 children the routine for the dance festival. They willingly gave up their play times and lunchtimes to help the younger children learn the dance sequence. It took lots of practice and patience. The younger children really enjoyed the time and attention given to them by this talented group of dancers! The song they danced to was ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.



Sportshall Coaching for the Indoor Athletics Finals. January 2015

For the second year running, Oakwood won the SJHCC family heat of Sportshall Indoor Athletics and qualified for the Plymouth finals.  The event is made up of a series of sprint and ‘field’ events which everyone participates in thus scoring points.  It’s non-stop action and we just kept putting in strong performances to beat the opposition convincingly.  Our reward for this victory is some coaching from Marjon students to make sure we are best prepared for the finals. Here are some photos of the latest training session.


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!

Year 5 and 6 - Indoor Rowing. 19th and 20th January 2015

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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.

Oakwood 3 - Bickleigh 1 - Well done! Football Independent Cup. December 2014.

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Sports for Schools. 4th November 2014

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What a great day! Tuesday 4th November saw every child in the school engaging and enjoying a high energy circuit of exercises under the supervision of Sports for Schools and celebrity Paralympic champion, David Hill.  All the children were superbly behaved and motivated.  They sat entranced as David spoke about his life as an Olympic swimmer and, more recently, triathlete.  He was a real inspiration and the children responded with thoughtful questions.  This initiative is also intended to raise money for our school and for young British athletes through collected sponsorship.


The sponsor money has now been counted and the school has raised an incredible total of £1380. Sports for Schools will deduct their fee and the remainder will go towards PE equipment. A huge thank you to all children, families and friends who have supported this sporting event.



Yr 1 Multi-skills at Sir John Hunt. November 2014

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Cross-Country 23/10/14

Our athletes competed in the annual championships around the playing fields at Staddiscombe.  The teams supported each other really well and luckily it didn’t rain too much.  Well done to Ethan who came 10th in the year 5 and 6 Boys Race

Plymouth Schools  Half Marathon Challenge

Well done to all our brilliant athletes who completed the last mile of their half marathon journey last Sunday.  Luckily, the rain held off and nearly 2000 children ran the course with smiles and the reward of a medal and goody bag.  Thanks to all the staff and adults who helped to make it run so smoothly.  Pictures can be found on the Plymouth Half Marathon website.  The link is: http://www.sportcam.net/Race.aspx?id=222  Password is PHMSC14.

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 Team Oakwood - 25th March 2014


We have just had the new P.E. kits delivered to school. These kits will be used for team events when representing the school at sporting events across the city.

Cordelia, Billy, Josh and Daisy were the first children to model the kits today! They were keen to try them on and check how they felt when playing sport in the muga and using the trim trail! They were impressed by the smart white Federation logo and thought the track suits would be a great way to keep warm when waiting between matches when attending sporting competitions!

The football team will be the first team to wear the kits on Friday.

Good luck Team Oakwood!



All 24 bikers who took the Level 2 course with Penny Allen passed all the elements of the sessions and are now much more confident in road awareness.  Keep up the riding, guys!


Year 6 Rowing Challenge

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