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!

Letter from the Head, 14th December

Due to server outages for Google and others today, we have found that some ParentMail has not been getting through. As such, find a copy below.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. The positive test is for a member of staff.

Due to contacts having to isolate we have a significant shortage of cleaners available this week. As the cleanliness of the school is a key aspect of the Risk Assessment to prevent the spread of Covid we will have to close the school tomorrow for all pupils. This decision has been made in consultation with Gloucestershire County Council’s lead for Covid, their Health Protection Team and the Chair of Governors.

We will use tomorrow to ensure robust processes are put in place to enable us to open safely for as much time as possible over the rest of the week. We will open on Wednesday and Friday. It may be that we also have to close on Thursday to ensure the school is clean. I will let you know the plan as soon as possible.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep doing all we can to ensure your children’s safety at this time.

Teaching staff will move to online learning via Showbie/Tapestry for tomorrow and your child should access their learning there.

Yours sincerely

Tim Blakey