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Land Ahoy! - Engage Week

What a week we have had!  On Monday we had a visit from The Canal and River Trust and learned all about how to stay safe near water.  We remember what we learned by saying the SAFE code: 'Stay Away From the Edge!'  Claire showed us other dangerous situations and we found out how to avoid them and still enjoy the river.  This prepared us really well for our trip to Newark Town Lock on Thursday.  We were really lucky with the weather!  When we arrived, Claire gave us an interesting talk about the history of canals, why they were built and how.  We then 'built' our own model canals in a sand tray.  It started with a first settler and ended up with a factory, warehouse, coal mine and canal.  We found out the different names for different workers: leggers, surveyors, puddlers and navigators (or navvies).  After we went for a walk along the river to the lock.  We watched a barge go through the lock and had lunch in the amazing sensory garden.  After, whilst we did our sketches, we got to go in groups of three into the control room and operate the lock.  We opened and closed the gates and made the water go up and down.  We all got certificates for being Junior Assistant Lock Keepers.  A massive thank you to the adults who helped make the trip possible and to the Canal and River Trust who provided these activities for free.   The less said about the trip home the better!! Apart from a big thank you to the coach driver who supplied us with much appreciated water!

A Late World Book Day Celebration

Oak dressed up and enjoyed a 'late' book day after the first one was postponed due to the snow.   We came as characters from many different books and all looked fantastic.  We learned about the poem The Owl and the Pussy Cat and enjoyed some activities based around that poem.

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Weaving Baskets - RE/DT/History

We took the opportunity to combine a skill across three topics by weaving our own Easter baskets after learning about the importance of weaving in Prehistory times where it was used for many things, not just making material.  For example fishing baskets and, on a larger scale, fences were all 'woven' out of different materials.  We wove baskets out of paper and used them to collect our mini eggs to celebrate Easter.  It was tricky to keep the pattern of 'over, under' and then 'under, over'.  However, we also know that Easter is about more than chocolate and have also been learning about why Good Friday is called 'good'. 

PSHE - Worry Dolls

We listened to a story called 'Silly Billy' about a boy who worried a lot until he found out about worry dolls. The idea originates from an Indian tribe in Guatemala. Their children share a worry (if they have one) with the doll before they go to sleep, then the doll carries the worry while they are sleeping and does the worrying for them.  We discussed what to do if we are worried and decided that it was important to share it with a real person.  However, we still then made our own 'worry dolls' to take home and share our worries with too.  We won't, however, be doing like the boy in the story and make worry dolls for our worry dolls!  Here's to endless worry free sleeps!

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Seed Planting

Oak teamed up with Sycamore Class to plant lots of different herbs, beans and vegetables in the school's plant beds.  We will watch them grow over the next few weeks and on into the summer and autumn in the hope that we can get a good harvest.  Fingers crossed!

Samba Drumming

Oak Class really enjoyed our samba drumming session.  We learned how to 'keep a beat' on a range of instruments and how to focus on our own beat whilst others are doing a different one.  When it all came together it sounded fantastic!  Thanks again to the Friends of School for funding the event.  We had great fun!

Bulb Investigations - Science

In January we asked our own questions about bulbs and then planted some under different conditions in order to investigate them over time.  Some of the results were surprising, such as the ones in the fridge continued to grow in the cold and dark over a 3 month period, the bulbs planted upside down all grew and even flowered and even a bulb that had been chopped in half also grew.  Ones that didn't grow included one in just water and one that just sat on top of the soil.  Interesting answers to good questions Oak Class!

Investigating the Reproductive Parts of a Flower - Science

As part of our science topic of plants, we used tulip flowers to investigate and identify the different parts of a flower needed in seed production.  We got close up using magnifiers on the Ipads and also magnifying glasses.  The pollen, stigma and stamen in a tulip are easily identified.  We then drew and labelled our own diagrams to show what we had learned.

Stone Age Tools - Design Technology

As part of our topic we investigated stones as tools.  We practised scraping, mark making, cutting and grinding with different types of stone to see which was effective at each task.  We then designed our own tool, saying what it was made out of and what it was used for.  


Stone Age PE

Mr Hatcher, our student teacher, gave us a fantastic Stone Age PE lesson.  We had to use sticks and 'stones' (tennis balls covered in wrinkled paper) to play different team games.  We had to pretend the balls were heavy stones and it reminded us of the story Ug (who played football with a rock).  We thought about children in the Stone Age and decided that they would also have played games because that's what children do - even in Prehistory!

What's Under Our Feet? - March

Oak Class have collected data for The Pod as part of a national survey into the supply of food for birds in Great Britain.  As we did in November, we dug up a piece of grass 30cm square and counted and measured the worms we found.  We noticed the worms were much thinner and shorter than last time, but there were still plenty of them!  We only found one other species and that was a larva of some kind.

Friends of School Animal Visit

We were very lucky that our Friends of School won a competition to have a visit by some exotic animals. We met a tortoise, a bearded dragon and an enormous python.  We found out all about them, what they eat, their specific features and how they grow.  The python was only 3 years old but she was very long indeed! 

Visit by PalaeoLab for Science Week

Carrying on from our prehistory topic, On Wednesday 7th March, a palaeontologist came in and showed us his collection of fossils. We were able to go around the hall and handle fossils from different ages which were displayed on separate tables. We were fascinated to find out that what we had in our hands were millions of years old. Oak class were able to see fossils from the three Ages (Stone, Bronze and Iron) and were able to relate back to our topic. We were also very interested to find out that many years ago the school would have been underwater! 

Thank you Jules for an amazing afternoon! 

Thank you to the Friends of the School too, who funded the visit. 

Prehistory Clay Pots - Art & History

Our clay pots that we made at Flag Fen (see below) have finally dried enough to take home.  We think they look fantastic!

Visit to Flag Fen

As part of our prehistory topic, we had a trip to Flag Fen, an archaeological site near Peterborough.  First we found out why it is called Flag Fen, and it is not because of a flag, but a local, yellow flower that is tall and waves around like a flag called a flag iris.  After a safety talk, we made a time line that showed just how short modern history is and how much went on 'BC'.

After that, our class went to make their own clay pots based on some examples found on the site.  We had to 'quack' the clay to shape it!   When they are dry photos will be added to our web page. Then we handled and sorted artefacts from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.  One item was a red herring - a Roman writing tablet.  After lunch, we went on a tour around the site seeing the drove way, the sheep, the lakes, the bridges, the ancient long boats, the preserved remains of the causeway and finally, we had a story around the fire in the round house.  The story was really interesting and we got to touch an enormous, golden sword to make a wish too!  A massive thank you to the fantastic staff at Flag Fen who made the visit so interesting and exciting.  

Science - What's On Our Wellies and Seed Dispersal

We started our new science topic about plants by going for a very muddy walk in our wellies.  We brought back the mud, transferred it to a tray, then watered it a bit and covered it in cling film.  We are going to observe over time if anything grows.  We then learned about the different methods of seed dispersal.  Focussing on wind dispersal, we designed then made our own giant 'seeds' and tested them to see which flew the best, both under controlled conditions in the classroom and outside on the field with 'natural' wind conditions.

Stonehenge Holiday Homework

For our half term homework we had to research Stonehenge.  We chose to present our homework in different ways.  We all got a Friday mention because Mrs Addison was so impressed.  A huge thank you to the parents for their support too!

Term 4 - Tribal Tales:  Prehistoric Cave Art

To start our new topic all about prehistory, we learned about prehistoric cave art and re created some of our own using pastels.  We found out that they blew natural 'paints' around their hands to make art work on the walls of caves, as well as 'painting' scenes such as hunting animals.  Take a look at our work displayed below.

Gods and Mortals - Innovate Week

For our innovate task we had to design and build our own version of 'Pandora's Box'.  First we learned all about the story and the horrible things that Pandora released into the world (according to the legend).  However 'hope' was also released and we also found 'hope' in the mysterious box that appeared in our class room too!  Take a look at the photo to see what else came out our box.  Mrs Addison was only allowed to open it after a week!  After we had made our boxes we drew pictures of what we would like to put in them (only nice things though).  Our parents came to help us and to see what we have been doing throughout this topic.  Thank you to those who were able to come!  We have really enjoyed learning about Ancient Greece.

Computing - Scratch, linked to Theseus and the Minotaur

We had great fun learning how to use algorithms and give instructions to the computer using the Scratch programming tool.  First we had to make the 'maze' then we learned how to put the characters Theseus and the Minotaur into the maze and make them move around it.  We had to shrink them and then we had to give instructions for the Minotaur to disappear when Theseus caught him.  A massive thank you to Josh from InfoTech, who showed us what to do.

PE - Gymnastics

Oak have had a great term learning gymnastic skills with Mr Brown from JB Sports.  We have been jumping, travelling, balancing and much more.  We loved our final lesson when we had all the equipment out!  Take a look at the photos below to see our great poses.

Greek Homework Project

Oak Class pupils have really enjoyed this term's Greek homework project and have produced a large variety of work.  From amazing holiday plans, to incredible mythical beasts, to delicious Greek food, to secret alphabet sentences.  Really well done to all who completed the challenge!

English and Ancient Greek Legends

We have been reading the Ancient Greek Legend about the Trojan Horse and how it was used in the battle for Troy to allow the Greek soldiers to secretly gain access to the city.  We then built our own simple 'horses' using different materials, noting down the steps we did so we can write instructions for someone else to make a simple Trojan Horse.  It was a challenge, but fun!

Science and Ancient Greek Myths

We read the story of Icarus and the myth about how he flew too close to the sun with his wings made of feathers and wax, which melted with the heat of the sun, causing him to fall.  We investigated the affect of heat, water and cold on our own 'wings' using feathers and melted candle wax.  We found out that in the oven the wax totally evaporated, in the water it floated and in the freezer it became brittle.  However, we also discussed the well known fact that the higher you get from the earth's surface, the colder it gets, so could the sun have really melted the wax on his wings?  We think not!

Ancient Greek Shields

We made Ancient Greek shields.  We started them at the Collection as our independent activity then we added to them back at school. We tried to use repeating patterns and Greek symbols. We think they look great!

Term 3 - Gods and Mortals

We have had a busy first couple of weeks with our new topic about Ancient Greece.  One of the most exciting parts so far though is, without doubt, our visit to The Collection in Lincoln.  We had a great time rotating round four different activities: Greek Theatre, Tour of the Greek parts of the museum and toga wearing, making shields and being archaeologists digging up ancient artefacts.

Check out the slide shows below, one show the range of activities, the second shows the battle stories we acted out in slow motion between the Greeks and the Persians, including the battle of Marathon.

A huge thank you to the Collection staff and to the volunteer adults who helped us on the trip!

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End of Term 2

The whole of Oak Class received the Friday Mention this week for working so hard all this term, for trying their best at every activity and for being kind and considerate towards each other.

Well done Oak Class - have a lovely holiday!

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Design Technology - Puppets

We designed and made puppets of heroes or villains from traditional or fairy tales.  First we looked at the different resources available, then drew our designs and labelled which materials we would need.  Then we had fun making our spoon or glove puppets.  It was very tricky at times (especially the sewing) but we think they look fantastic!  After we evaluated our work and discussed what went well, what we changed and how we might go about it next time.

Blocking Sound

Our Class puppet goes to the elves'  workshop every year to help them prepare for Christmas.  This year he said he didn't want to go because it was too noisy, so we helped him design some ear defenders.   We investigated which material would block the sound the best.  We found out it was the cardboard but then decided this was too uncomfortable a material so we went for the second best which was bubble wrap.  We did decide that perhaps he should buy a pair of ear defenders similar to our class ones, because they really blocked the sound well.

Visit by Florence Nightingale

As part of our Heroes and Villains topic we had a visit from a heroine from the past,  Florence Nightingale.  The class was set up like the hospital in Scutari and Florence gave us jobs to do.  We had to be nurses, if we were girls, orderlies, cooks and also patients if we were boys.  Nurses had to bandage the wounds and change the night shirts, put on clean sheets and shake the bugs off the blankets.  The orderlies picked up all the dirty dressings and scrubbed the floors clean.  The cooks made the best meal they could with the few ingredients they had.  The patients were wounded soldiers.  One of the nurses wrote a letter for a patient to his mum and another read from the bible because he was passing away.

We found out about all the articles that Florence had in her trunk and all about her life. We learned so much, it was a fantastic visit.  A big thank you to the North Lincolnshire Museum and to Friends of School who helped fund this visit.

Nibbles and Rosie come to Oak Class

Well done to all in Oak for your fabulous attendance record this week!  We loved winning the school Guinea Pigs, Rosie and Nibbles, and are looking forward to looking after them this week.

Science - Ear Gongs

This week as part of our sound topic we made and tested ear gongs.  It is always surprising how loud an ear gong sounds!  We tested tapping our ear gongs with different materials by using spoons.  Even the paper spoon was loud!

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In RE we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah and the miracle of the oil in the temple.  There was only a small amount of oil but it burned for eight days and nights.  We lit a menorah and designed our own too.  Then we ate a traditional Hanukkah food, delicious potato latkes that were fried in oil.  A big thank you to Mrs Kennedy who kindly made them for us!

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!