Oaker Wood- Thursday

This morning, the children woke up feeling energised and ready to go! After a hearty breakfast, most groups headed out of the camp to begin their day. However, two groups stayed on camp and made their very own pizzas in the outdoor pizza ovens (the other three groups made pizzas after lunch). The pizzas were very popular in camp and some even managed to eat them before their lunch and still find space to have lunch too – impressive!

Activities today included:

  • Outdoor pizza making
  • The leap of faith
  • Den building (this included hot chocolate & marshmallows around an open fire)
  • Low ropes

And for two groups they had their paintballing session. Mr James & Mr Blakey joined in and had a great time with the children!

For dinner the children enjoyed burgers and chips from the local chip shop which they all loved!

This evening the children have also:

  • Been to the shop to spend their money on Oakerwood merchandise
  • Eaten plenty of marshmallows
  • Made S’mores
  • Taken part in our first Oakerwood annual Olympics

The winner of these games was Miss Davis’ team- well done to them for their excellent shoe wanging skills,  running speedily with an egg and spoon and spinning around a pole 5 times before running!

Oaker Wood Residential- Wednesday

Another fabulous day at Oaker Wood! Today, we have enjoyed a range of activities, including: zip wire, quick jump (free fall jumping for one and a half metres before being ‘caught’ by the line), climbing the trees, target shooting and   low ropes.

This evening, we have all felt a little exhausted from our adrenaline-filled day so we relaxed with a camp fire, toasting marshmallows on the fire, singing songs and playing a few games!

Oaker Wood Residential- Tuesday

After a good night’s sleep, the children were ready for their first full day of activities.

Whilst having breakfast, the children experienced their first room inspection (the messiest room received a forfeit-washing the breakfast dishes!) Suddenly, many rooms were much tidier in the afternoon!

Highlights of our day included:

  • Krypton games- a range of activities to help us develop our teamwork skills
  • Raft building- where many children went for a ‘swim’
  • Capture the flag- where teams battled each other to claim flags.

 

This evening, the children have had some chill out time where some:

  • Watched the Euros with Mr Shaw
  • Played a rounders match with Miss Davis
  • Chilled in their pods or in the fields.

Year 6 Oaker Wood Residential- Monday

What an exciting, adrenaline- filled day we have had! We arrived at 11am, had our camp induction and filled up on hot dogs before heading out to our first two activities. As you can see from the photos, the children participated in many different activities including: target shooting, zip wire, monkey climb and crate stacking. We are super proud of our classes as they gave all tasks a go and many beat the personal challenges they had set themselves!

Once activities were finished, we headed back to our camp for our evening meal- chicken nuggets and chips (from the fish and chip shop!) Meals were quickly eaten, the camp fire lit and roasted marshmallows were enjoyed by all!

We’ve had an incredible first day and can’t wait for tomorrow!

Year 6 create electronic board games!

This week, Year 6 have been working incredibly hard to design & make their own electronic board games, based around the story ‘Cogheart’  which we have read this term.

At the beginning of the week, the children explored popular, electronic board games and we discussed how they worked. The pupils then worked in pairs to design & make  their own Cogheart-themed games.

Here’s a look at some of their fantastic games!

 

  

 

  

  

Year 6 become scientists

In the last few weeks, Year 6 have been learning all about the circulatory system. We began our science topic with the ‘Blood in the bottle’ experiment, where the children learnt about plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets! The children then created posters, explaining the function of each of the components of blood.

                      

Once we had learnt all about the blood, we began to look at the heart. We enjoyed participating in an experiment which showed us how the heart (which is a muscle) works!

After this, we learnt in-depth how the heart pumps blood around the body and learnt some tricky, scientific vocabulary! The classes were then tasked with creating a model of the human heart and providing a written or audio explanation, recounting how the heart works!

Here are some of the fabulous models:

   

Year 6 become artists

Our topic for Spring term is ‘Inspirational Inventors’ and for the past two weeks, Year 6 have been learning about a famous artist called Michael Lang. He is renowned for his mechanical art paintings which feature cogs, screws and chains.

To begin our art lessons, the children completed some observational drawings of cogs in isolation.  Here are some of the children’s cogs:

          

         

We then drew interlocking cogs:

   

 

Finally, we focused on Michael Lang’s artwork named Harmony 8. We divided the painting into 12 parts and pupils chose one section of the piece to recreate using a range of different mediums:

     

        

The Year 6 team think the children have produced some intricate designs and exquisite pieces of art in the last two weeks and I’m sure you’d agree with us!

Year 6 become artists

As part of our World War II studies, the Year 6 pupils have been working incredibly hard to refine their sketching techniques in the recent weeks. They began by learning about texture, tone and shading and how artists use these. Then, the children were given tutorials on how to draw different facial parts; there were some intricately-detailed eyes and noses!

Finally, the pupils attempted to sketch a World War II leader. We’re sure you’d agree that they did a great job! Can you guess the leaders?

       

     

 

Year 6 Welcome GCHQ Visitor

On Tuesday 3rd November, Year 6 welcomed a visitor from GHCQ. At the beginning of the session, the children learnt about the history of coding (did you know Mary Queen of Scots and Julius Caesar sent encrypted messages to their armies?)

Then they practised using different techniques to help them code messages (including steganography- hiding messages in plain sight and substitution- changing letters for others).

After learning these skills, our visitor explained the importance of coding and how it played a vital role in World War II. The pupils were introduced to Bletchley Park, Alan Turing and the encrypted machine the Germans used, the Enigma.

Finally, the pupils explored World War II artefacts.

 

PC Pete Curtis Visits Year 6

On Monday, PC Pete Curtis visited both classes to deliver an E-Safety workshop. The children learnt about:

  • personal, private information and what they should/should not share online
  • How to report issues online
  • criminal responsibility and the consequences of cyberbullying

 

The children were fantastic and enjoyed many discussions with our local officer; they cannot wait until their next workshop with him!