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Head of School Update - Friday 21st January 2022

Welcome to this week’s ‘Weekly Update’.


As always, it’s been a brilliant week at Oakwood.


I’ve been inundated with visitors this week, proud to show off their homework tasks and projects. It is great to see such enthusiasm, and the pupils have been consolidating what they have been learning in school with activities at home. Well done to everyone.


Pupils in Year 2 have been orally retelling their ‘Talk 4 Writing’ story this week, ‘The Papaya That Spoke’. The pupils came up with their own actions for the story and showed great enthusiasm when acting these out. I am looking forward to seeing their writing as we move through the rest of the term.


Last week, I reported on one British invasion that took place between our Year 4 classes and, not to be undone, Year 3 also took to some inter-class invasions this week. Turing Class became ‘The Romans’ and Ashe Class became the ‘Celts’ in Britain. But who won the invasion...?


In Year 4, pupils have been looking at different circuits. They identified the main parts and then worked in groups to made human circuits, with the children acting as the wires and switches. We had electricians on hand to make sure that the circuits would work correctly.


In Year 6, our pupils have been ‘blogging’ in this week’s Computing lessons, on pupils’ topics of interests – food, gaming and horse-riding, were just some of the choices.


Some photographs from the week at school are shared at the bottom of the update and on the school’s Facebook page.


One of my highlights of the week is our Celebration Assembly. Well done to all of this week’s certificate winners.


This week’s ‘Stars of the Week’ are:


YR Stephenson – Alfie S. for Determination – For working hard to ‘Fred Talk’ his words in Phonics.


Y1 Nightingale – Aarabay L. for Achievement – For her improved confidence and for talking about everything that she sees.  


Y2 Brunel – Ivy-May T. for Achievement – For great acting in History.


Y2 Seacole – Gray H. for Determination – For his determination to succeed in Maths, by asking lots of questions to further his learning.  


Y3 Ashe – Isabella P. for Achievement – For consistently working hard and trying her best in every lesson. She always has a smile on her face.


Y3 Turing – Louie U. for Determination – For being determined to improve his attitude to learning.


Y4 Thunberg – Oliver J. for Achievement – For always leading class discussions, helping others and working to a high standard across all of his subjects.


Y4 Logie-Baird – Jessie C. for Achievement – For a fantastic attitude towards her home learning – the Anglo-Saxon shortbread was delicious!


Y5 Hamilton – Mackenzie P. for Achievement – For incredible work in Maths, involving perimeter, area and volume.


Y5 Pankhurst – Daniel C. for Achievement – For a fantastic story as part of his homework tasks.  


Y6 Amundsen – Ellie-Mae J. for Determination – For showing an outstanding determination to achieve across the whole of this week.


Y6 Parks – Sabrina S. for Achievement – For her continuous commitment to achieving her best.


Congratulations also goes to Sabrina in Year 6 who became our sixth Word Millionaire of the school year! Sabrina was proud to collect her certificate in assembly this week. There are many children who are so close to the ‘one million word’ boundary (we are going to have to find some more space in the library to display the certificates).


Finally, we are looking forward to sharing our Term 3 Curriculum Events with you. We’ll update you with details of the events taking place. I hope you will be able to join us.


Have a good weekend.


Ryan Laker
Head of School

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