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OASIS Blog

We have had a brilliant week in OASIS this week and the children have produced some excellent learning in the process. Have a look at the stars of the week from both classes.

In Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Louie

For persevering with some difficult calculation strategies.

English Kai

For using some outstanding descriptive language when describing no man's land.

Star of the week Frankie

For being an excellent role model in Atoll and welcoming two new pupils into class.

In Coral the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths - Tyler

For some super learning about money.

English- Kaylen

For writing some wonderful sentences in a letter home from the world war trenches.

Star of the week - Harry

For being able to ignore negative behaviour and focus on his own learning.

Panda award - Louie

For allowing staff to help when he has a problem. Meaning problems have not escalated how they could have.

Break time buddy - Harry 

This award is given for good behaviour at break time. This week, This week Harry has impressed with his ability to ignore the behaviour of others and focus on making correct choices himself. Harry was able to enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate, accompanied by whipped cream, sprinkles and marshmallows.

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Another week has passed in OASIS and some super learning has taken place in both Coral and Atoll. On Friday, certificates were awarded to children who have particularly impressed staff. Have a look and see the great learning that took place.

In Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Toby

For some super learning about square and cube numbers.

English Kai

For sharing some super ideas about remembrance and some great descriptive language about no man's land.

Star of the week Louie

For showing increased resilience when encountering difficult situations. 

In Coral the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths - Lucas 

For attempting work independently before asking for support.

English- Troy

For sharing super ideas and contributing well to class discussions.

 

Panda award - Louie

For impressing Miss O'Connor with his improved attitude and behaviour.

Break time buddy - Louie 

This award is given for good behaviour at break time. This week, This week Louie has impressed staff with his resilience and attitude and break times. As a reward he was able to have a delicious cup of hot chocolate with added goodies.

This is what we have been working on in Coral:

English

 

 

 We observed two minutes silence in Coral on Remembrance Day. We have been learning about why we mark this occasion, and why people wear poppies. We watched a film about the Christmas truce and discussed what life might have been like in the trenches and how the soldiers in the film might have felt. We used our imagination and expressed emotions by writing a letter home, as if we were soldiers in WW1. To help us, we wrote adjectives in an outline of a soldier, and created a battle field in the background.

Art

 

 

We have been looking at perspective drawing. We learnt about vanishing points and that the nearer the object the bigger it is. We created a poppy field by using chalk pastels for the background and tissue paper to create poppies.

 

Maths

 

 

We have been learning about money in Coral, adding different coins to make one pound and how much change we might get from a pound. To help us, we revised number bonds to 10 and then to 100. Some pupils began to use decimal points to show pounds and pence.

 

This is what we have been working on in Atoll:

English

 

 

We have been learning about remembrance as part of our celebration topic this week. We looked at the poppies and their varying meanings. We found that there are red, purple, white and black poppies. We looked at the famous poem 'In Flanders Fields' and used it as inspiration to write our own poems. 

We then looked at what no man's land was like. We watched a few videos about what life was like. After we had a think about the ways we could describe our senses if we were running through no man's land.

Have a look at the video that the children watched about no man's land.

Maths

 

 

In maths this week we have been learning about square and cube numbers. We used different equipment to show square numbers and also prove that numbers were cube numbers. We then used what we learnt to help solve a range of problems. 

Science

 

 

As part of our light topic in science, we learned about how light is reflected off a surface. We used torches and mirrors to show that light travels in a straight line.

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Welcome to the second half term of the school year. We have had a great first week back in OASIS in both Coral and Atoll class. In our celebration assembly at the end of the week, the children who have particularly impressed us received certificates as a reward for their super learning.

In Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Louie

For working well to find multiples of numbers.

English Kai

For writing a wonderful poem about the gunpowder plot.

Star of the week Toby

For showing a positive attitude towards his learning.

In Coral the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths - Tyler 

For working independently on some money problems.

English- Harry

For showing massive improvement in his reading.

Star of the week - Troy

For showing a much more positive attitude towards his learning.

Panda award - Troy

For impressing Miss O'Connor with his attitude and producing some excellent writing in English

Break time buddy - Toby 

This award is given for good behaviour at break time. This week, This week Toby has impressed staff with his friendliness towards others and willingness to help. He was offered a cup of hot chocolate but instead chose to have a glass of milk and a biscuit.

Have a look at the super learning we have done in Coral class this week:

English

 

 

We studied the Gunpowder Plot, and followed the story as new plotters were appointed in to the group for their difference expertise. Guy Fawkes had experience of working with gunpowder, and was assigned to organise the barrels filled with gunpowder and lighting the fuse once the barrels were in place, under the houses of parliament. We wrote lists of what Guy Fawkes would need. We also wrote a character profile on what he might have been like as a person. As a group, we made our own fire out of tissue paper for our display board.


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French

 

 

We have been learning about France and learning French phrases. We also learnt to count in French, how to say how old we are, how to say hello and good bye. As part of learning about French food, we learnt about how French wine makers used to us their feet to crush grapes. We had a go at doing this ourselves! We tried different French foods and discussed what we liked.

 

Have a look at what we have done in Atoll this week:

English

 

 

We have been learning about the gunpowder plot in English this week. First of all we put the story in chronological order and watched a video all about the events. We then looked at the famous poem, analysed the language and then wrote our own version.

Have a look at the poem that Toby wrote and see the fantastic language that he did.

View document gunpowder_plot_poem.pdf

Maths

 

 

In maths this week we have been learning about multiples and factors.

One of the tasks we did as a warm up was to use numicon pieces to make 10 in creative ways. Have a look at the pictures below to see how they got on.

 

When learning about factors, we used a range of techniques. One of these was to use a factor tree to find out what numbers divided into each number.

We also used 'arrays' to show the various factor pairs.

 5 x 4

 10 x 2

We also used numicon to show that 6 wasn't a factor of 20. Have a look below and see if you can see why.

After we had done lots of learning about factors, we used what we had learnt to draw factor rainbows. This gave us a clever way to make sure we used all the factors for each number.

Outdoor adventure

 

 

We finished off the week by exploring the great outdoors and having a fantastic time! We raked leaves into large piles and then jumped, rolled, slid, lay, crawled and charged right through them. Have a look at some of the pictures of the children having fun.

 

 

 

 

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Another week has flown by in OASIS. In our celebration assembly at the end of the week, the children who have particularly impressed us received certificates as a reward for their super learning.

In Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Louie

For collecting data and using it to construct bar charts and line graphs.

English Toby

For showing great creativity when planning an alternative ending to a story.

Star of the week Kai

For being a superstar and showing bravery during difficult situations.

In Coral the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths - Tyler 

For working independently on some challenging problems.

English- Harry

For the excellent input and contributions he has made during English sessions this week.

Star of the week - Harry

For using his ignoring muscle all week and allowing staff to help with potentially difficult situations. 

Break time buddy Tyler

This award is given for good behaviour at break time. This week, Tyler has recently been allowed to take part in break times after getting permission from the dentist. He has made the most of this and had a really positive time. He earned a well-deserved cup of hot chocolate!

Panda Award Harry

This is an award given by Miss O'Connor to celebrate one child who has impressed her across both classes. This week she chose Harry because of his positive attitude and the way he has ignored negative behaviour.

Have a look at the super learning we have done in Atoll this week:

Maths

We have been learning all about statistics and data handling. First of all we learned about bar charts. The children gathered information from the rest of the staff and children and used the data to construct bar charts.

We then learned how line graphs can be used to show data that is changing. We looked at some examples of line graphs, before constructing our own. The line graph we constructed was to show how many balls we were able to throw into a bucket from an increasing distance. We recorded the results in tables and then drew accurate graphs.

Have a look at the graphs below, and the action that created the data.

 

 

Outdoor adventure

In outdoor adventure this week, we created a brand new sport! We used twigs and sticks to create football pitches. We then used ping pong balls and played a game of flick football. Some of the skills on show were fantastic!

  

 

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We have had another great week in OASIS. In our celebration time at the end of the week, the children who have particularly impressed us received certificates as a reward for their super learning.

in Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Kai

For his super learning about square and cube numbers.

English Louie

For using some wonderful verbs and adverbs when writing instructions.

Star of the week Toby

For showing resilience and not letting difficult situations spoil his day.

In Coral the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths - Kaylen

For trying really hard and attempting difficult maths problems.

English- Tyler

For using some great adjectives in his sentences.

Star of the week - Troy

For entering the class and starting learning in a positive manner.

Break time buddy Harry

This award is given for good behaviour at break time and this week Harry has shown a great improvement in his attitude and behaviour. As a result, he was able to enjoy a lovely cup of hot chocolate with a member of staff. Well done Harry.

Panda Award Toby

This is an award given by Miss O'Connor to celebrate one child who has impressed her across both classes. This week she chose Toby because of the resilience that he has shown. He hasn't let difficult moments spoil his day.

Have a look at what we have achieved in Coral this week:

English

The River Nile ran down the centre of our classroom this week. We learnt that the ancient Egyptians relied on the Nile for water, crop growth transporting and trading goods. We each had our own goods to trade, and bartered for a fair trade of goods. Pupils decided to take this further and created fishing rods to fish in the Nile.

We learnt about imperative or 'bossy' verbs this week. We learnt to follow and then write our own instructions using imperative verbs and clear instructions. We baked sausage rolls, but instead of using flat pastry, we created Egyptian Mummies by wrapping strips of pastry bandage around the sausage before baking. They were delicious!

 

 

Have a look at the super learning we have done in Atoll this week:

 

English

We have continued our learning about instructions this week. We have been learning how to use imperative verbs and adverbs to make our instructions even better. After we had finished, we used our computing skills to make our instructions look even more professional. 

Maths

This week in Atoll we have done some fantastic learning. At the start of the week we learnt all about prime numbers. We learnt that prime numbers are numbers that have only two factors (1 and itself)

We then learnt all about square and cube numbers. We learnt that square numbers are the product of a number multiplied by itself, and cube numbers are the product of a number multiplied by itself twice. Have a look at the pictures below to see the super learning taking place.

 

 

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Another week has passed by in OASIS. In our celebration time at the end of the week, the children who have particularly impressed us received certificates as a reward for their super learning.

in Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Toby

For his fantastic 'double decker' division, helping him to divide by 2-digit numbers.

English Kai

For using some wonderful verbs and adverbs when writing instructional text.

Star of the week Louie

For learning from his mistakes and not letting difficult situations spoil his day

In Coral the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths - Harry

For trying really hard and attempting difficult addition and subtraction problems.

Star of the week - Lucas

For joining in with activities which are out of his comfort zone, in particular drama and PE.

Break time buddy Lucas

This award is given for good behaviour at break time and this week Lucas has won the award. He has shown great enthusiasm and joined in well with others. Usually children are given the chance to have a cup of hot chocolate with a member of staff. Unfortunately, Lucas isn't a fan of hot chocolate so chose to have a packet of sweets instead. Well done Lucas.

 

Panda AwardKai

This is an award given by Miss O'Connor to celebrate one child who has impressed her across both classes. This week she chose Kai because of the way he hasn't let a difficult start to the week spoil things. He has shown resilience to turn things around and have a great end to the week!

Have a look at the super learning we have done in Atoll this week:

English

We have been learning how to write instructions this week. We looked at what a good set of instructions should contain. We then worked as a team to find a range of verbs and adverbs that we could use in our writing. After we had done all this, we used what we had learnt to write some super instructions to show how to make a pyramid out of sugar cubes.

Maths

We have been learning about division this week. We started the week by consolidating what we knew about dividing using a bus stop method. We then learnt a brand new technique, called double decker division, which helps us to divide by large 2-digit numbers. Have a look at the pictures below to see how we worked it out.

  

Science

In Science this week we learnt all about materials that are soluble or insoluble. We learnt that if a material is soluble, it means that it dissolves, whereas if it is insoluble, it means it does not dissolve. 

We tested a range of materials to see whether they were soluble. The materials we tested were: sugar, coffee, chalk, salt and sand. We found that sugar and coffee we soluble, whereas sand, salt and chalk were insoluble.

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Welcome to the OASIS blog. On here you will see lots of exciting information and photos of the fantastic learning that the children do in Coral and Atoll. 

It has been a fantastic first few weeks back in school and the children in both classes have produced some excellent learning. 

In our celebration time at the end of the week, the children who have particularly impressed us received certificates as a reward for their super learning.

in Atoll the stars of the week were as follows:

Maths Riley

For his fantastic work when learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10 and 100.

English Louie

For writing a wonderful non-chronological report about the Ancient Egyptians, using some great expanded noun phrases.

Star of the week Toby

Toby has really improved his attitude towards learning this week!

Break time buddyToby

This award is given for good behaviour at break time and this week Toby has impressed. He has been very helpful and considerate towards younger children. As a reward for this he was able to enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate (with whipped cream and sprinkles of course!). 

 

English

 

 

In English we have been learning all about Ancient Egypt. We researched lot of facts about the Egyptians and how they lived. We then looked at what a non-chronological report was, and the features that it had. Armed with all this information, we then wrote some super non-chronological reports to show off our super knowledge.

As part of our research, we learned all about Egyptian mummies. We learned about the process of how Egyptians made mummies in all its gory detail. We then experienced what it would be like to be a mummy, by wrapping ourselves in bandages.

Have a look at the video that explains the horrific process of making a mummy.

 Have a look at the children of Atoll class as mummies!

Maths

 

 

 In maths this week we have been learning about rounding. We have learnt how to round to 10, 100, 1000 and even 10,000. At the start of the week we spent time looking at the place value of numbers up to 1 million. 

Louie was confident rounding to 10,000 and showed this by completing a rounding puzzle.

 

Science

 

 

Our science topic this half term is materials. We have learnt about the different ways materials can be sorted, including looking at descriptions like: flexible, permeable, transparent, opaque, translucent. 

We then tested the materials to see whether they were electrical conductors or insulators. An insulator stops the electricity passing through, where as a conductor allows electricity to pass through.

 We tested a range of different materials in a circuit to see if the light bulb still lit up. 

 

 

 

Art

 

 

In Art this week we have been learning about Andy Goldsworthy. He was famous for making artwork out of natural resources. Inspired by this, we gathered up a range of resources and used them to create our very own artwork. Have a look at the fantastic animals that we made using natural resources.