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Deputy Headteacher's Update - Friday 11th February 2022

Welcome to this week’s ‘Weekly Update’.


It has been a fantastic week of learning at Oakwood. Children have been demonstrating amazing politeness throughout the school by asking how people’s days have been; showing their manners when talking to people and holding doors open for each other and staff.


On Thursday 3rd we saw pupils come in to school with a variety of different number based costumes. The day was a huge success where children all showed great engagement with maths whilst raising awareness for the NSPCC and the work they do to support children and their families. And of course we cannot forget to mention the brilliant baking all children completed to support the bake sale at the end of the day. There was not a single cake left! We were able to raise a total of £282 for the NSPCC. Thank you all for your support and thank you to Mr Croft for organising the day for all the children.


This week in our Monday assembly, we looked at determination and the Winter Olympics that have commenced recently. Talking to pupils around the school, they have been sharing their amazement at some of the events they have seen from Beijing and the effort that the athletes have put in to getting to this world stage.


This last week we have seen some brilliant learning. Reception created some fantastic fruit kebabs and enjoyed a fire pit where they toasted some marshmallows. In Year 1, we saw some great space rockets made using the pupil’s own designs. Year 2 pupils have been creative with designing new unicorns and writing fact books about their new creatures.


In Key Stage 2, the amazing learning continues with brilliant discussion texts focusing on healthy eating. While in Year 4, pupils have being investigating torches and creating their own lights with electrical wires and bulbs. Children showed great determination to try to work out the answer. Our Year 5 pupils were able host a Mayan Museum with super unplanned competition for ‘who could create the most imaginative headdress’. Finally, in Year 6, pupils have been busy developing and constructing their own moon buggies while learning how to use saws safely.


Please take time to look at some of our photos from the week at the bottom of this update and on the school’s Facebook page too.


In this week’s Celebration Assembly we awarded our certificates to our ‘Stars of the Week’ and ‘Stars of the Term’.


This week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ are:


YR Stephenson – India M. for Determination – For continually trying her best in phonics and maths.


Y1 Nightingale – Grace S for Achievement - For fantastic achievement in Design Technology, designing and making a rocket and astronaut!


Y2 Brunel – Teddy C for Knowledge - For good knowledge on how to take care of an animal.


Y2 Seacole – Cheyenne L for Achievement - For settling well into a new school and always being kind and trying hard.


Y3 Ashe – Jett D for Determination - For showing determination to succeed in all areas of the curriculum.


Y3 Turing – Joey A for Determination - For having a fantastic week working independently, trying his best in every lesson and completing all work set.


Y4 Thunberg – Serenity D for Determination - For settling in to class and applying herself well. Coming across difficulty but showing good determination and 100% effort.


Y4 Logie-Baird – Eloise F-T for Determination - For huge improvement with her attitude towards learning. Coming in each morning with a ‘can-do’ approach to Year 4.


Y5 Hamilton – Aliyah J for Equality - For always being an exceptional role model and treating everyone with respect.


Y5 Pankhurst – Tarhyn W for Equality - For his determination to be better every day and achieve his targets.


Y6 Amundsen – Joao G for Determination - For being a hardworking and dedicated learner and always supporting others in their learning.


Y6 Parks – Manya D for Achievement - For having the most merits for being continuously helpful and well-behaved.


This term’s ‘Stars of the Term’ are:


YR Stephenson – Alfie S for continued effort in phonics and for super building skills.


Y1 Nightingale – Gianpiero P for his positive attitude, hard work and amazing history homework.


Y2 Brunel – Aya H for great determination and progress.


Y2 Seacole – Sofia L for always being helpful and kind to peers and staff.


Y3 Ashe – Elsie-May S for making amazing effort and improvement in all areas of the curriculum, including her willingness to answer questions.


Y3 Turing – Chole F for fantastic determination and improvement.


Y4 Thunberg – Elle B for always working to the highest standard and going above and beyond with her homework projects.


Y4 Logie-Baird – Emily W for all round ‘superstardom’. Every piece of work she does is completed to the highest standard and she can constantly be relied upon to try her hardest.


Y5 Hamilton – Iola C for incredible work in every subject and always trying her absolute hardest in every lesson.


Y5 Pankhurst – Cailub K for his outstanding effort in all lessons and determination to be better every day.


Y6 Amundsen – Ashleigh-Mai A for an outstanding attitude towards learning, being a model of behaviour and always achieving her best.


Y6 Parks – Sabrina S for her continuous commitment and dedication to making progress in her learning.


I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all of the pupils, their parents, and school staff a safe and enjoyable half-term break and we look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Tuesday 22nd February 2022.


Have a great half term everyone!


Mr Josh Paramor
Deputy Headteacher


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