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Children in Need 2017

Oak Class supported Children in Need today by dressing up in bright colours and/or spots, they entered the art contest and supported the tuck shop too.  A huge thank you to parents for all their support and generosity too!

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Science - Telephone Investigation

This week we created our own telephones as part of our sound topic.  We then investigated different types of 'telephone' by changing one thing, either the cup size, the length of the string or the thickness of the string.  We worked in groups and recorded our results using the log boxes that were kindly bought through funding from the Edina Trust.  We had some visitors from the Trust who came to see how we were using the equipment.  They joined in and were a great help too!  A big thank you to the Edina Trust for all their support with science learning.

Remembrance Service

Oak Class pupils were proud to place their crosses at our Remembrance Service this week.

PE - Circuit Training

We are still taking part in our weekly circuit training and recording our improvements each week.  Some of the activities are really exhausting but we are feeling fitter!

Science - Sound

Our science topic this term is all about sound and hearing.  We investigated how sound can be changed, in particular the pitch and volume of a sound.  So far we have used balloons, elastic bands, tuning forks, straws, different containers, musical instruments and even our rulers to investigate how sound can be adjusted.  We stretched, plucked, twanged and blew in different ways to see what changes we could  make.  Next we will be making our own telephones!

Heroes and Villains - Our new Term Two Topic

We have had a busy first week back in term two with our new topic of Heroes and Villains.  We have been approaching it through studying the characters in traditional tales and fairy tales, culminating in our 'Fairy Tale Activity Day' on Friday.   We had great fun dressing up as a wide range of characters, doing an activity booklet, playing in the role play, doing puppet shows and decorating fairy cakes and biscuits. What fun!

Innovate Week

Oak Class have started their Innovate activity and are busy making designing Smoothies, advertisements, recipes and packaging to promote their scrumdiddlyumptious Smoothie drinks.  Coming soon, photos of the actual smoothies!

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Imaginary Fruits

Oak Class pupils designed then made their own imaginary fruits out of clay.  They then painted them unusual colours.  They had to consider how the fruit looked, how it tasted, it's smell, shape and colour. Some remarkable ideas! Take a look at the photos below.

What's Under Our Feed Investigation

This week Oak Class took part in a national science event to help scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology understand the relationship between climate, the availability of invertebrates and how this impacts UK bird numbers and their migration.  We had to dig up an area of turf 30cm square then carefully count any invertebrates we found, in particular the worms, which we also  measured.  We recorded our data to put on the national webpage at The Pod.  We will repeat this activity in the spring and summer too.  It was very tricky to measure wriggling worms!  All creatures and turf were returned carefully to their original places.

Oak Friday Mentions

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend our Friday Mentions.  We hope you enjoyed our musical performance of The Ning Nang Nong .  We have enjoyed learning this poem and adding instruments to jazz it up even more.  We look forward to our next performance of a different poem at Harvest Festival.

Celebrating Sukkot

This week we have been learning all about the Jewish festival of Sukkot and how it links with the Christian festival of Harvest.  We found out about the story behind Sukkot and how Moses led his people from Egypt to the promised land, but only after 40 years in the desert.  This is where we learned about the 'sukkah' and we built our own in the classroom making leaves and twigs out of paper.  Our sukkah has a hole in the roof to see the stars too.  We ate a special celebration food of apples with chocolate and sprinkles inside our sukkah.  They were delicious!

Our Cuboid Rice Shakers

Following our Foldify activity (see below) we made our cuboids into rice shakers to help us 'keep a beat' when we are reciting our poetry this week.  We hope you agree that they look fabulous!

School Council Oak Class Representative Elections

We elected our School Council class members this week.  We had five fantastic candidates who had made posters advertising their skills and ideas.   They then presented their campaign ideas to the class and answered questions from them.  We were very impressed with them all and they all did a fantastic job, making the choices very difficult.  After a close, secret ballot Jasmine and Miah were elected to represent Oak this year.

Which is the Juiciest?

To continue our learning about fruit and vegetables we investigated which was the juiciest.  We discussed the difference between fruit and vegetables, observed what they looked like when cut up and predicted which we thought would lose the most 'juice'.  We weighed and recorded each different food, then we baked them really slowly in the oven for over 24 hours at a really low temperature (although the oven was not actually on over night!)  Then we weighed them again.  We used cubes to find the difference then weighed out some water to show the juice lost.  We were really surprised to find that apples lost the most, followed by the sweet potato and the water melon.

Making 3D cuboids using a software app

We had an amazing lesson with Josh, our computing expert, who showed us how to design and make 3D shapes using the Ipads.  We learnt about how a shape unfolds flat into a net, then we all made a cuboid.  We got to choose different colours, backgrounds, images, writing and patterns.  Next we will make our cuboids into musical instruments - watch this space!

Pastel Still Life - Fruit and Vegetables

Following our visit to Sainsbury's, where we drew our produce using sketch pencils and colour pencils, we tried a different medium to create pictures of the fruit and vegetables by using pastels.  We had great fun blending the colours and using different thicknesses to create different textures.

Trip To Sainsbury's Supermarket

Oak Class visited Sainsbury's in Lincoln along with Sycamore Class.  When we arrived we split up and first Oak Class went around the fruit and vegetable aisles choosing unusual fruit and veg.  Then we went to an area in the café that had been especially reserved for us and drew sketches of the different foods we had selected.   After lunch it was our turn to do the activities led by the Sainsbury's staff.  First we learnt about the history of Sainsbury's and then we rotated around three activities: a tour of the supermarket including behind the scenes, decorating cup cakes and using the tills.  We had a fantastic time and we have learned a lot.  The favourite activity was scanning the items through the till though, we even all got our own printed receipt!  A massive thank you to all who helped on the trip and to the Sainsbury's staff too!

Mr Twit's Beard Pizzas

As part of our Scrumdiddlyumptious topic for Design Technology we designed and then made pizzas to look like Mr Twit's beard.  First we read the chapter that described Mr Twit and his beard in the Roald Dahl book and found out that it was disgustingly full of bits of old food and took up most of his face!  Then we designed our pizza faces using the ingredients that we would have.  Finally, we made the pizza dough, stretched it out and decorated it.  Take a look at our amazing results in the photos below.  We took them home to cook for tea - delicious!!

Summer Holiday Activities

Welcome back after a busy summer holiday.  Have a look below at the homework projects Oak Class pupils completed over the holiday.  The new year 2s created 'Bags of Me' and from these we have learned a lot about each other and we celebrated our similarities and differences.  The year 3s were really creative and made 'dream jars' using the story BFG as a prompt.  5 Team Points each for their fantastic work!