Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to the Oak Class web page. Please take a few moments to read all about the fantastic things the children in Oak Class have been learning about so far this year.
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The pictures above are of when we went on a trip to the Trailway and met Mr Bailey and Mrs Allan from the Blandford School who had planned the trip. Our aim was to find as many signs of the old Victorian Railway as possible; we were given a sheet, which had some pictures of the clues that were spread along the Trailway. The pictures all each had individual letters, which we then had to record on a map of Blandford Forum. We managed to spot all of them in the end and we had a great time! We were all very fascinated by the old signs of the Victorian Railway and were taking in all of the history that we were learning at the same time.
by H.M (Year 6)
Year 5 and 6 went to Safewise in Weymouth to learn about fire safety and road safety. It was a great day and the children have learned a huge amount about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, both in the home and out on the roads. On arrival, the children were set a quiz to see how much knowledge they already had. They were then actively involved in all sorts of demonstrations and given lots of potentially life saving tips. In the photos you can see the children watching a fire and how quickly it can take hold. They were given plenty of safety tips about plugs and electrical appliances. As part of the day they were taught about planning exit routes in the home and what to do if their safe exit was blocked. Part of the drill included crawling underneath the level of the smoke.
In the afternoon, during the road safety session, they were all given the opportunity to ride on a mobility scooter to safely simulate road traffic.
.At the end of the day, they repeated the quiz and improved their score from 60% to 95%, which goes to show how much they took on board. I'm sure they will have had lots to share with their parents and carers.
In Oak Class the children have been really enthused by the idea of finishing and improving our pond area, which was started by the previous Year 6 Classes. In order to transform what has become a 'dreary area' they have made a presentation to our school Governors in the style of 'The Dragon's Den'. Each team of children made a comprehensive and persuasive pitch to the Governors and they were all so impressive that it was difficult to chose a winning design. In the end, the Governors decided to chose an aspect from each presentation to cater to the strengths of each group. The H.O.R.D.H.F's were given the job of researching the scientific and environmental information while the Supersonic Snails worked on the fundraising activities and the health and safety of a pond area. Meanwhile, the Donald Ducks worked on the chosen design and drew scale drawings and plans. The 'Froggers were given the responsibility of all the communications to both parents and retailers who might be able to help.
At Spetisbury we are very proud of how hard our Year 6 children worked both during the run up to and for the duration of the SATs tests. They could not have worked any harder and showed great resilience and perseverance. Alongside all the revision they have still been demonstrating all their skills and teamwork whilst working on our 'Terrible Tudors' Topic. They have been working on a project which so far has included looking at Historical evidence such as art work, the British Monarchy and how the Tudor period fits into that timeline and the expectations and duties of a British monarch. The children all made Tudor roses out of clay using a variety of fixing and carving techniques. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at crime and punishment under Henry's reign.
Year 6 had a fantastic time at Mill on the Brue Outdoor Activity Centre this term. Set in 25 acres of land the children camped in their very own field with glorious meals provided by the centre. The children took part in a range of adventurous activities which included the zip wire, climbing and assault courses. A range of teamwork activities were also enjoyed and these really helped to test the children's leadership, co-operation and perseverance. With our trained instructors we learnt how to collect suitable firewood to build a fire for cooking an egg!
Oak Class are really excited about their new Topic, The Terrible Tudors. The children have already completed some amazing artwork based on the work of Hans Holbein, who painted many portraits of the Tudor Kings and Queens. From these initial paintings, the children have recreated the faces in both pencil and water colour. We always encourage children to be involved in their learning by questioning and investigating. By looking at images of Tudor artefacts we have generated a great list of questions using the 'depth of learning verbs' that will provide plenty of opportunities for historical research.
James Knightbridge, Head of Maths at The Blandford School, came to teach us about Egyptian fractions last week. We had great fun investigating the unit fractions that the Egyptians used and looking at how they recorded their fractions. After investigating their recording methods for some time, we noticed that when adding fractions, you can multiply the denominators and add the numerators.
The children were able to learn from and demonstrate to each other.
There was great depth of learning and use of mathematical vocabulary throughout the session.
Oak Class have just spent a fantastic day at the Blandford School at a Maths Conference, where we showed other children some of the activities we have been doing in our lesson time. We showed our work on the Fibonacci sequence, and demonstrated how to draw Fibonacci circles and spirals. We also allowed children to explore creating designs based on rotation, translation and reflection in all four quadrants. We presented an investigation based on the use of Roman Numerals on clock faces and also demonstrated the use of translation in tessellation.
I was really proud of all the children and their exemplary behavior. They were excellent ambassadors for our school as usual.
These are just a few of the things the children said about their day:
"It was really fun showing the other classes what we have been learning."
"It was an amazing atmosphere and experience."
"There were so many other children to interact with."
"I really enjoyed all of the unique ideas."
"I met loads of new people and had a great time."
"There were loads of stalls to visit and explore."
"It was fun having all that independence for the day."