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Festive Biscuits

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Year 5 were shown how to decorate festive biscuits by Saul’s mum and it wasn’t as easy as she made it look!

Nevertheless, it was great fun and very soon the table was filled with melting snowmen and Christmas baubles, as well as lots of other individual creations.

A big thank you to Saul’s mum for giving her time and sharing her skills with us!

Reflecting Upon Reflection

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Year Three had a most illuminating and reflective science lesson this week.

They tested out a range of reflective materials to see which would be best to be used on the design for a new school bag, so that they can be seen in the darkness of wintertime.

Two materials came out tops in their research and these will now be used to help the children as they make their new school bag.

Prep Student Council

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The Prep School Student Council were kept busy on their stall at the recent Christmas Fair, selling good quality books and toys.

Well done Scarlett from reception class who won the Name The Teddy competition. In all £182 was raised, which will go towards recycled tables and benches for the playground which can be used as an outdoor classroom… when the weather improves! Many thanks to everyone who supported this stall.

¡Feliz Navidad! Joyeux Noël!

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Preparations are in full swing for this year’s MFL Christmas Carol competition.  Prep have been having great fun in their French lessons preparing their entries.  We are looking forward to seeing the final recordings from pupils right across the school.

Christmas Banners

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Christmas arrived early in Prep as the children in Year 1 and 2 enjoyed designing a Christmas banner for a competition.

Lots of ideas and different thoughts were flying backwards and forwards but, as always at Oakhill, each child drew their own individual effort. The staff were amazed by their efforts and we have some budding artists among them. They are now eagerly waiting to see if their finished products made it! Fingers crossed.

Bebras Computing Challenge

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Pupils in years 6, 7, 8 and 10 entered into an on-line computational thinking skills competition, Bebras. Pupils from over 40 countries enter the annual competition. The pupils spent 40 minutes answering a series of challenging computational logic questions. Congratulations to pupils who achieved Best in Year and Distinction. A very special mention to Stefan in Year 7 who achieved a top 10% Bebras score in his age group. Stefan has been invited to enter 2020 Oxford Computing Challenge. We are all very proud of his achievement and wish him luck.

The Nativity

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An outstanding performance by preschool and pre prep in telling the story of ‘The Nativity’.

The children and the staff all worked extremely hard in putting the performance together and what a performance it was!

A huge thank you to everyone involved not to mention the parents who supported their little ones in practising their lines and songs at home with them, thank you.

Well that’s it for another year, it’s now time for the children to take a bow and enjoy the rest of the Christmas activities. Thank you.

Grandparents High Tea

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Prep pupils hosted their annual High Tea for grandparents and friends from the community this week. This popular event was attended by around 80 guests who were well looked after by the Year 5 and 6 pupils as they served sandwiches, scones and mince pies.

The children mingled and chatted with confidence, and helped find the answers to a fun Christmas movie quiz.

After tea, Year 5 performed some Christmas poetry together, Imogen recited a poem about the wonders of grandparents and Isabelle and Lottie told the tale of their Christmas Thank You Letters.

There was music too, with solo piano recitals from Max and Lottie and a selection of recorder tunes from the newly-formed Year 3 recorder group.

The Prep choir performed some Christmas songs, followed by a unique rendition of ‘Gran can you rap?’  by a group of Year 6 pupils. The afternoon was rounded off with ‘Love Shone Down’ sung by the Year 5 and 6 pupils together.

Love certainly did shine down as there were many smiling faces and proud grandparents who left, having enjoyed their afternoon, and many expressions of delight at how the children had been wonderful hosts.

Year 6 Visit Tatton Park

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Year 6 stepped back in time to visit Tatton Hall as part of their topic on World War ll. Dressed as an evacuee and equipped with gas masks, they enjoyed a day on the farm finding out what life was really like for child evacuees during the war.

The children were ‘billeted’ to Aunt May and her ‘Land Girl’ and got to experience first hand the harsh reality of life on the farm.

The children were shocked to discover the living conditions – no central heating, bed-sharing and chamber pots to name but a few of the realities of life in the 1940s.

The children, however, did get to feed the hens, goats and calves and take part in some fun wartime sing-a longs, baking and making Christmas decorations, which seemed to more than compensate for the ‘hard labour’ of the daily chores.

 

 

 

Modern Foreign Languages Christmas Card Competition

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Prep children have been excitedly working on their entries for the Modern Foreign Languages Christmas card competition.

They were challenged with designing a card which shows the Christmas traditions of another country. 

Pupils researched and designed their card using a variety of materials. Mrs Buttery certainly had a challenge choosing a winner as the standard of entry was extremely high.

Indeed, so high was the standard that she chose two winning entries – one from KS1 and one from KS2.

The delighted pupils were presented with their prizes and certificates in this week’s assembly.  Congratulations to Rebekah and Georgia in Year 6 who worked on their German design together, and to Olivia in Year 1 who produced a fantastic Spanish card.

French Connections

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Pupils in years 5 and 6 were very excited to receive recipes from their French pen-pals, based in our partner school in Rouen.  They had previously sent them recipes that they had composed in French, showing them their favourite typically English food.  They were fascinated by the specific style of French handwriting and the different choices of foods.  We are looking forward to exchanging letters with them again very soon.

Year Three’s Visitation

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Monday morning! Year Three paid a visit to Mrs Buttery. They shared their aspirations about what they want to be the best at. These ranged from gymnastics, model making and swimming to archery and history. Each pupil then shared their poem about the life of a flame on a candle. Mrs Buttery was impressed with their use of imagery and alliteration and by how clearly and confidently they read. A great morning’s work!

Year Two Quiz God!

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God, (in the bodily form of Archie) visited Year Two this week. The class had an opportunity to quiz him on what heaven is like. It was a truly heavenly lesson!!!

Periodic Table

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On Wednesday the whole school made a human Periodic Table from Reception to Year 11. Hoping our Moscovium will be used in the updated Chemistry World’s Element Song 🤞🤞
@oakhillcollege @ChemistryWorld @iypt2019

Click the link to watch the video https://youtu.be/Klay9hXALpE

Spanish Play

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Year 10 and 11 pupils were delighted to test their language ability when they went to watch a Spanish play this week. They followed the story of Maria and Carlos who were planning for a special outing together. The entertaining play was performed completely in Spanish and the pupils demonstrated their excellent comprehension skills throughout. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we are confident that this will spur them on with their Spanish studies.

Unlocking Your World And Your Career

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On Monday, senior school pupils welcomed Danila Datti, a representative from the School of Language and Global Studies at UCLAN.  She delivered an informative assembly entitled, Unlocking Your World and Your Career.  The presentation encouraged all pupils to consider how continued study of a Modern Foreign Language can make a tangible difference to career prospects and earning potential.  Danila provided key facts which were very thought-provoking.  Did you know that 75% of the world’s population speaks no English at all?  During the assembly, we discussed how there is an increased demand for languages from employers, how companies are losing trade because of language and cultural barriers, and considered the wide variety of careers where speaking a foreign language can make a real difference.

Thank you to Danila for her time and the wealth of information she shared with our pupils.  We hope that they are now inspired to see new opportunities for themselves in the future.

Young Writers

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Year 1 entered their very first writing competition with Young Writers. The children had to choose a word based on their own interests and use this word to write about themselves in the style of an acrostic poem. Quite a challenge when we had words ranging from art to gymnastics and pizza to watermelon. As always the boys and girls gave it their all and we are pleased to announce that all of them were chosen to be included in special poetry book that is available to buy. Well done Year 1, we might just have the next Roahl Dahl or Julia Donaldson at our school.

 

Bethany Children

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Years Three and Four really enjoyed their time with the Bethany children from Tanzania. They asked some funny and serious questions and learnt some very valuable life lessons about helping others wherever and whenever they can.

Bethany Visit 2019

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The Bethany Family from Tanzania visited us on Monday 18th of November. They brightened our day with their joyful singing and happiness. Some of the children from the family shared with us their childhood stories which was an inspiration to us all.

From our fundraising, we raised £283 for the project, that was presented to them in the performance. After the assembly, the Bethany choir divided themselves between year 3 & 4 and year 5 & 6, where they were asked some questions about life in Tanzania and what everyday life is like. After a quick snack, we had to say goodbye and we thanked them all for a wonderful morning that made us cheerful.

Thomas Year 9

Read For Good

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Last half-term, pupils in Years 7 to 11 were invited to take part in a sponsored read, which would raise money for taking books and storytellers to children in hospital.  Thank you to all who took part.  Our ‘highest raiser’ was Year 7 pupil Jonjo.  Well done, Jonjo!

Year 4 Explore Ancient Egypt

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As part of their ongoing Ancient Egyptian topic, Year 4 have been busy recreating lots of different artefacts from this time period. Not only have they experienced mummifying fruit and teddies, they even tried it out on each other! Fortunately they didn’t go as far as removing any body parts! They had a far more sensible idea and decided to create body parts and their canopic jars out of clay. Great ongoing work Year 4.

ThinkTech Day

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Last Friday, 10 of our female tech ambassadors from Year 7, 8 and 9 headed to IBM’s Manchester Lab to spend the day with the experts.

After being mixed with girls from another school they were asked to give clear instructions to a robot to make a jam sandwich.

Easy you may think but it got very messy as the girls had to make sure they relayed the slightest change to the programme to make sure the robot stopped an action as well as started it!

The main challenge of the day was to think up, design and market a big idea. As always the teams came up with cracking ideas designed to benefit society which included a sleep monitoring app, a plastic eating ‘fish’, a collecting drone and an electric flying car.

The girls also had to programme a voting tool which was used by experts to vote for their favourite idea. There was lots to take away from the day as the girls gained experience in programming, presenting and teamwork.

Well done to the overall winners – the Scooper Fish, the plastic eating fish – who picked up the first prize but all teams did exceptionally well considering the short time they had to put their ideas together. Watch out Sir Alan Sugar I think you have some new Apprentices in the making!

Net And Wall Games

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Lower Prep have embarked on a net and wall games scheme of work this half term.

In the first two weeks alone they have learned the skills that are the fundamentals for tennis, squash, badminton and volleyball.

Along with learning specific movement patterns utilised in each of these sports.

The pupils have loved taking part in skills circuits and working in pairs to challenge others in the class.

Many new records were set in each activity and we will strive to build upon these records and make our skills more consistent, each week until Christmas.

Take a look at the drive and determination our pupils in Year 1 & 2 have and their love of PE.

Bebras Computing Challenge

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Last week pupils in seniors have been competing in Bebras Computing Challenge.

The international challenge introduces pupils to computational thinking skills, pupils in over 40 countries take part.

Top achieving students will be invited to a final round in Hertford College and the Department of Computer Science at Oxford University.

Good luck to all students who take the challenge.

Sport Hall Athletics

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Last week our boys and girls from year 3 & 4 competed in the boroughs sport hall athletics competition. It was many of our athletes first competitive events.

They all worked so hard to make the team and did fantastically well on the day. Take a look at our pictures and see the skills and achievements from the day.

We came out 6th of a total of 16 schools which is an amazing achievement when you compare our class sizes to the other teams. We have some definite athletics stars of the future at Oakhill. Well done everyone, we are very proud of you!

All of our Year 9 pupils ran and officiated the event, numerous comment were made from staff from other schools on the way they conducted themselves with warmth, pride in their schools and a fantastic manner with the younger children.

The borough school games organiser described them as stars who were efficient, well organised and able to lead with authority. Well done Year 9.

Year 5 Assembly

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Year 5 danced their way around the Solar System with their planet-themed assembly last week.

They combined the facts they’d learnt in Science lessons with their concern about our own planet, to get across the message that we all need to work together to help our planet survive – a topic they are very passionate about.

A visit from some aliens looking for a new planet to inhabit and, whose own planet had been destroyed by years of existence, led them to explain that we are not being very careful with our own planet. The aliens soon decided to look elsewhere!

Year 5 gave them a ‘Fox-trot’ tour around the other planets – waltzing and salsa-ing their way through space.

Some great dancing skills, Year 5 – you certainly entertained!

Pairs Body Weight Resistance Circuit

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Year 5 and 6 thoroughly enjoyed Funtime fitness on Monday lunch.

Mrs Smith designed a pairs circuit where the pupils used their own and their partners body weight as resistance to train against.

The pairs had to work cooperatively to perform the exercises. This did take some practise but was all part of the fun!

Take a look at our pictures to see what a hard workout we did and how much fun we had!

The pupils have been set a personal challenge to create a new exercise at home this week with their parents and bring their ideas into school next week for us to try!

Feel free to send in your photographs.

Roman Numerals

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Year Three are continuing their history topic on The Romans this half term. Each week they are looking at a part of Roman life that is still a part of our lives today.

This week they studied Roman numerals.

They had a go at making the numerals from 1 to 12 out of lolly sticks and them used them to help solve some secret codes.

Year 7 Visit St Mary’s Church, Clitheroe

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Last week year 7 were fortunate enough to be invited to visit the beautiful St Mary’s church in Clitheroe with Vicar Andy Froud.

Year 7 were taught all about the church, including the history of the fire which resulted in the church being partly rebuilt. They were also shown the two altars and the numerous memorials inside the church from various wealthy local families. They were tested on their Coats of Arms pictured on the large stained glass window and were treated to tales of Church wardens armed with poles to prod people who may have fallen asleep during services.

We learnt about cryptography through a Da Vinci Code type puzzle on the church wall and we were even allowed to see a stone sarcophagus in the small chapel.

Year 7 had a great time and asked Vicar Froud lots of questions testing all of his local and historical knowledge.

We would like to thank Andy Froud for making this a brilliant visit for us. We learnt a lot and the students really enjoyed spending the time at the Church seeing in the flesh what we had been learning about in our lessons.