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November 2020

BioArtAttack

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Well done to Year 11 pupil Lily and Year 7 whose entries have been submitted to the Royal Society of Biology’s BioArtAttack Competition. Lily produced an excellent model of the digestive system made from recycled materials and labelled each part with its name and function – superb work and an excellent tool for the classroom which has already been utilised. Lily clearly put a lot of effort into it and it was a lovely surprise when she walked through the door with her model – she has also learned a lot about the organs within the digestive system in the process of making it which is the one of the main objectives for entering these competitions. Year 7 had made specialised cells out of sweets so their Cells are Sweet entry showed various cells depicted with everything from bonbons to strawberry laces! Great effort and all entries count towards their houses.

Year 4 Are On The Phone!

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Year Four are not allowed to bring mobile phones into school. So being an inventive bunch… they decided to make them instead! All in the name of scientific learning of course.

The class were investigating how Sound travels across long distances using vibrations.

Using paper cups and twenty meters of string they made and then tested out their phones on the prep playground.

Their phone wires stretched almost right across the playground. They then whispered messages to each other with great success… to the surprise of everyone!

Fly To The Moon

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Isabel from Reception followed the instructions from her reading book to make an amazing rocket. Isabel obviously has her brother, Spencer’s artistic flair!!

Science Sounds

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Year Four are studying Sound as a science topic. As part of their studies they are investigating Pitch.. how low or high a sound is. Last week they were each given a ukulele and they created the highest and lowest sounds that they could.

They were then asked to design their own ukulele, paying close attention to detail and colour design. Mrs Moir and Mr Lowry judged their designs and Riley was the winner. Well done Riley!

Year 4 Science

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Year Four are investigating Sound as a science topic. As part of their studies they have been experimenting with a ukulele to find out the highest and lowest pitch possible.

Well done to Jessica for the highest pitch possible and Lucia for the lowest.

Year 4 Maths

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Year Four have been looking at different types of fractions as part of their maths studies. Annabel and Stanley got themselves into a bit of a STICKY situation trying to find lots of equivalent fractions equal to one whole – but they STUCK at it and found them all.

The Annunciation

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As part of their RE lessons, Year 3 pupils have been learning about The Annunciation.  They were interested to learn how God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother as she was such a kind and helpful person.  They enjoyed producing their artwork demonstrating Angel Gabriel delivering this important news.  They were very keen to share examples of how they emulate this behaviour at home and at school.  They were also fascinated to learn about the link of Elizabeth being John the Baptist’s mother, with the fantastic work they did last term all about Baptism.  Well done, Year 3.  Keep up the tremendous enthusiasm. You are making super progress.

Clara la Cabeza

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Pupils in Years 1 and 2 have had a lot of fun learning how to talk about body parts in Spanish.  They have impressed Señora Crook with their pronunciation and enthusiasm.  They particularly enjoyed extending their skills to create Clara la Cabeza to celebrate Halloween. ¡Fantástico!

Parable of the Talents

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Year 6 pupils have been learning about parables and the Parable of the Talents inspired them to share their very own talents with the class.  They confidently presented about an impressive range of talents, ranging from recently discovered ones to those that they had been practising since they were toddlers.  As you can see from the photos, the talents included a wide range of sports and physical activities such as football, dance, horse-riding, cricket, trampolining and swimming, whilst other children spoke about their love for photography, origami, gaming and rock collecting.  We are very proud of the presentations you delivered, Year 6, and it was fascinating to learn all about your passions outside of school.  Thank you!

Visitation

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Year Four invited the Principal of Oakhill, Mrs Buttery, to their classroom to listen to the stories they had written on the themes of Ancient Egyptian Pharoahs and an adventure story.  The children read with great enthusiasm, expression and fluency. Mrs Buttery was very impressed by both the quality and choice of the language in each story.

Well done budding writers.

Year 5’s Planet Trail

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Making the most of some rare autumn sunshine to enjoy some lessons outside, Year 5 went on a fact-finding mission in science this week.

As part of their topic on the Earth in Space, they had to complete a fun planet-fact trail and learn more about the planets in our Solar System.

Which planet has the longest day?

Which one is the largest? How many moons does Saturn have? How long is a year on Jupiter? We now know all the answers!

Back in class, the children got to work ordering the planets using different sets of criteria.

There was an impressive mix of fun, determination and the Oakhill enthusiasm for learning, shown by the children as they completed their challenges.

Remembering…

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Year 5 have been finding out why we wear a poppy at this time of year. They were particularly interested to learn about the different colours of poppy which can be worn as well as the more familiar red ones.

They made their own to wear, some choosing red but others choosing to make a purple one in remembrance of the animals who have served their country alongside the many men and women.

Bonfire Night Biscuit Baking

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After learning about some of the different Bonfire Night food traditions, Year 5 decided to bake some firework-inspired biscuits to jazz up their own celebrations.

They smelled delicious while they were cooking – but was this matched by the taste?

It was! They each got a ‘baker’s treat’ and tried one….’just to make sure’!

The Oakhill Tree Of Hope

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Before the first lockdown year three (as they were then) were thinking very much about recycling. After researching different ideas they voted to use recycled toilet roll tubes to create a tree and of course it had to be an oak tree.

But whilst the tree was still barely a sapling lockdown happened and the toilet tubes were left to gather dust. Then with the return to school in September year four (as they have now become) redoubled their creative efforts and week by week the Oakhill Tree grew and grew.

It is now fully grown and stands tall and proud on the top corridor of the Prep School.

For year four it is a tree of hope… hope for a better tomorrow and a brighter, healthier and safer 2021.

UK Parliament Week

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Year 7 debated in Geography whether the UK should remain united and put forward excellent reasoning on both sides. They called each other, “Honourable Friend” and showed great respect for each other. The final vote was 8 in favour of the UK remaining united and 4 against. Excellent debating skills, Year 7!