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October 2019

Year 11 Visit London

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Year 11, History group were absolutely outstanding on their trip to London, before half term. They visited the National Maritime Museum to learn more about the Spanish Armada

and then took the clipper boat to Westminster where Michael Broughton and Will, who work with Nigel Evans, Ribble Valley MP, took us on an excellent tour of the Houses of Parliament.

The students were able to visit the public gallery and observe a debate on the climate emergency further to the Queen’s speech on the Monday. Special recognition goes to RJ who answered lots of questions. Well done Year 11 and our thanks to Michael and Will at Portcullis House for their time.

World War One Artefacts

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In History pupils have been using the loan box from the Imperial War Museum North which contains a variety of artefacts helping them to learn about life in the trenches and the changes brought about by the conflict.

Students were able to investigate by handling the objects and linking them to their prior knowledge and learning.

Perhaps the most surprising items were the pigeon message carrier and button holder for soldiers to polish their buttons whilst they were waiting.

Pupils from Year 6 to Year 11 enjoyed exploring the box and pupils at year 5 Whalley CE school also had an excellent discussion about the links between WW1 and WW2.

Thanks to Claire from IWMN and those who have assembled the box and to Mr Cowie and Year 5 at Whalley CE.

Skills For Life

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In form Year 8 are developing their skills for life.

This week they were refining their sewing skills by reinforcing their buttons on their blazers – whether or not buttons will still be a part of future generations,

it is still a necessary skill for our adults of the future.

Forest School

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Reception had a drier day for our Forest school session last week.

The children enjoyed a minibeast hunt and found lots of slugs, worms and wood lice.

We also made symmetrical patterns using conkers and leaves.

Our final activity was using clay to make leaf imprints and clay monsters.

More forest fun after half term!


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CAKE club meets on a Friday and is aimed at enriching students’ learning beyond the curriculum.

This term we have made posters about “Where Geography takes us…” as part of the Royal Geographical Society Young Geographer of the Year competition. Students were able to explore areas of Geography which interest them, delving deeper into the theory and designing their own poster.

It has been an opportunity for students to mix, with Year 6 meeting older students and sharing their ideas. And of course, there is cake each week! Well done to students and next term we will be looking at skills in debating.

Year 8 Cementing Their Learning

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Year 8 had a very interesting visit to Hanson cement works and quarry. Paul was their guide as they toured the limestone quarry and production site, linking their classroom learning to an understanding of how important the quality of limestone is in the process.

Cement from Clitheroe is famous for its quality and was used to build the London Aquatics centre for the 2012 Olympics. They were amazed to see the heat from the kiln and the monitoring in the control room.

Thanks to Paul for his time and help and to Hanson for hosting us. Well done to the students who listened very well and were exemplary in their conduct.


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This Sunday was the first Oakhill School meet at Parkrun. To ease us into the Parkrun scene, we started off with the 2km Junior Parkrun at Padiham Greenway, a flat and fast route. First home from Oakhill was Year 8 pupil, Finlay , 3rd overall, in a time of 8 minutes 26 seconds, fantastic work, Finlay!

Next home was Year 7 pupil, Noah who was 6th overall in a time of 9 minutes 4 seconds. Hot on his heels was Year 9 pupil, Christopher 7th overall in a time of 9 minutes 20 seconds.

It was great to see Noah bring his younger sister too, Isobella, who also ran a fantastic time of 13 minutes 4 seconds. Great running everyone, and a fantastic way to start the day with a great sense of achievement.

Our next Parkrun meet will be the 5km Hyndburn Parkrun at Wilson’s playing fields on Saturday 23rd November. It would be great to see more of our Oakhill families there- everyone is welcome to run (or power walk).

Year 1 Spanish

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Year 1 pupils have had lots of fun this week in their Spanish lesson.  They love singing songs to learn vocabulary and were delighted to be introduced to the Spanish version of ‘Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.

They quickly picked up the new words and enjoyed working in teams to test their listening skills, as they listened to the Spanish words and matched them to create their Mr Potato Head.  Well done, Year 1.  We hope you continue to practise your Spanish songs at home.

Year Two Autumn Trail

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Last week Year 2 went out and about looking for signs of autumn.

There was lots of chatter about leaf colours, different berries and of course conkers! The children used iPads to take pictures of all they could see and will be making pic collages to show what they found. They were so excited and on task that Mrs Buttery came out to find out what we were up to as she was so intrigued.

Of course the boys and girls couldn’t resist picking up a few conkers along the way, allegedly for our display but a few pocketfuls definitely went home!

However our special find was the double love heart shaped one which we thought summed up how we all feel about our wonderful school. We are so lucky to have such a great environment to use.

Year 6 Are Brockholes Bound

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A visit to the Brockholes centre in Preston saw Years 5 and 6 learning survival and map reading skills in the great outdoors.

Working in their teams, they followed a map to find a woodland clearing where they had to create 3D maps of their imaginary villages using only natural objects.

During the course of the day, they also learnt how to build woodland shelters from logs among the trees.

It was amazing to see the variety of ideas the groups came up with for their shelters.

They used their skills as a team to source materials and create a structure which would accommodate them all comfortably.

A favourite part of the day was learning to start a campfire by striking a flint and creating enough sparks to start a small flame!

Inter-Schools Cross Country Competition 2019

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Last Thursday a team of 11 Oakhill runners participated in the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley inter-schools cross country competition.  It was a great event that started with the year 7 boys race. Everybody completed the race with Noah coming a superb 32nd. After that was the Year 8/9 boys race, where Christopher came a great 55th, with Finlay just in front at 51st and Noah not far behind. Thomas made a determined effort, finishing an excellent 13th which he kept up all the way.

In the Year 8/9 girls race Nicole gave it her all, finishing 59th and Felicity came in at an awesome 39th.

The event finished with the 5km Year 10/11 boys race and Robert-John from Year 11 ran a great race, finishing in an outstanding 3rd position which means that he is invited to run for the borough in the regional finals in February 2020.

All the races had a total of 80 to 100 participants so everybody did very well. Well done all!

Report by Thomas Year 9

Zakary And George Are Awarded Blue Peter Badges

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Zakary (year 6) and George (year 4) had some exciting news last week – they discovered that they both have been awarded a green badge from Blue Peter.

A Blue Peter badge is a special award given to people in recognition of achievement.  Green badges are awarded for sending in letters, pictures and makes that are about the environment, conservation or nature.

Zakary and George wrote to Blue Peter to tell them all about the eco-brick project they have been working on at home and at school.  They showed photos of how they fill them at home and the end result of the benches and tables being used at school.  Well done, boys.  We hope you inspire your friends to be as passionate about the environment as you are!

Lunchtime Jigsaw Club

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Tuesday lunchtime has been a busy one with the start of  jigsaw club and the children have been working in groups to complete various puzzles.

They have enjoyed the challenge and it’s been fun to see them trying things that they have never done before whilst working as part of a team.

If anybody has any jigsaws that they are no longer using then we would love to take them off your hands.

Roman Masks

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Year Three have finally finished their Roman masks!

The final stage was to add some varnish.

They should be on display outside their classroom very soon.

Come and have a look!

Prep School Student Council

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The new prep school Student Council got straight down to work at their first meeting by checking all the eco bricks that have come in since the end of the last half term

…and there are so many to check.

The council are also thinking about which charities to nominate this year and ideas to make the school a happier and even better place to be.

Go Noodle

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It’s no wonder the children are so enthusiastic towards exercise at Oakhill when they can follow some crazy fitness videos, like they do in the Go Noodle lunchtime club! This is just another of the extensive lunchtime clubs that we offer here at Oakhill. The club is bursting at the seams and with a huge range of exercises, singing and dancing, this new fitness craze feeds everyone’s appetite!

Fun Time Fitness

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Whilst the weather was lovely last week Mrs Smith used the last days of summer to get Year 9 outside during their fitness lesson.

The class completed a Birthday circuit, each pupil chose the exercise to complete for the month of their birthday.

The repetitions were decided by the date of the month. Thankfully the person born on the 3rd chose laps of our trim tail whilst the person born on the 29th opted for skipping repetitions.

The class had to complete as many month in the 10 minute given time slot, all whilst keeping the heart rate in the aerobic training zone. Fitness at Oakhill is all based on personal development, therefore the class completed a second 10 minute challenge with the aim being to beat their previous score.

Year 9 worked exceptionally hard and showed a great improvement over the three short weeks since the long summer holiday. I am sure when we complete our standardised fitness test at the end of the half term we will see some excellent results.

Along with most importantly, knowing how fitness and health develop us mentally and physically and should become part of daily life, throughout our lives.

Our prep fitness club also used our beautiful out door space for a spot of boot camp.

Pupils worked in pairs to complete the stations and we compare the differences between isotonic (moving muscular contractions) and isometric (static muscle contractions) the group understood that just because the Plank is still, doesn’t make it any easier!

Take a look at the pictures to see the fun we all had and the smiles they shared, even whilst working tremendously hard!

Oakhill’s Forest School

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The weather didn’t interfere with Reception’s first Forest  School session of the year.

Despite the heavy rain, the children had great fun jumping in puddles and exploring our school woods.

They also collected conkers and drilled holes in them, working together to make a long conker chain.

The children had a great time.

European Day of Languages

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Oakhill pupils had an exciting day on Thursday as they celebrated the European Day of Languages.

Lessons saw pupils doing fun and varied activities to learn about why languages are so important.

Special assemblies were also held. In prep, children were invited to take part in a French edition of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ as they tackled questions about the use and prevalence of languages.  Many were surprised to learn that over 300 languages are spoken in London alone and that there are over 6,000 languages spoken throughout the whole world.  We certainly cannot say that ‘everyone speaks English’, the need to learn another language is as high as ever.  In seniors, we heard from Oakhill pupils who are already bilingual.  We also saw some funny examples of how Google Translate often fails, reinforcing the need for people to speak to people in their own tongue.

Lunchtime was a delightful array of food choices, ranging from souvlaki and halloumi to churros and apple tarte tatin.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to sample a new dish.

However, the fun didn’t stop there!  Across the school, pupils have been working towards two competitions. The first saw them designing a t-shirt with a European-theme.

Mrs Buttery had the challenging task of judging from the impressive number of entries but, eventually, chose the winning designs of Yahya in Year 9 and Scarlett in Year 3.

These will now go forward as entries in the Routes into Languages national competition.

The second competition was Oakhill’s answer to ‘Bake Off’.  There was a wide variety of entries, with many children choosing to demonstrate friendship and teamwork by producing a final design in a pair.  Mrs Buttery managed to resist the temptation to sample the entries and chose the cakes of Georgia and Felicity in year 9 and Georgia and Saul in Years 5 and 6 as the school winners.

An amazing week’s efforts, culminating in a fantastic day last Thursday.  Merci.  Gracias. Danke.