Sharing what we are learning with the World, direct from our classrooms to you.

Using AdobeSpark Video to share our learning!


Today Y5 and 6 used the wonderful free app,  AdobeSpark Video to create videos to show our learning from Worship Week.  It is such a simple app to use, and one of the best parts about it is that when you share the video, it creates a unique URL where you can instantaneously share our work with a global audience.  Even if you don’t have the app, you can use the parallel browser version (https://spark.adobe.com/sp/) to achieve the same effects.  All pictures used are stored in the Adobe library, meaning you can quickly access them without having to first download.  Check out some of the examples below: I am very impressed with the children’s capabilities with this app, and their understanding from this week.

Izzy and Jess’

Edie and Amber’s

Andrew and Fran’s

Alex and Mackenzie’s

Sam and Tom’s

Worship Week at school: who was Jesus?


This week across school we are taking part in worship week, looking at who Jesus was, and what he represents for the Christian faith.  Each class has a slot in the studio where they can take part in activities such as cross-making, bracelet making, and designing a superhero linked to our school and Christian values.  Across Y5 and Y6 today, we have been looking at how and why Jesus is represented historically through art, in particular, looking at the 9th century Byzantine Greek influence, where he is shown using golds and bronzes, holding the holy scriptures and blessing with his other hands.  We then applied our art skills to create these fantastic representations, by first sketching, and then painting.  A great range of interpretations, I am sure you will agree.  The picture below was made using the great-and-free app, PicCollage, where you can add up to 20 images into various frames to create different effects.  Check back for more as we go throughout this informative week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer term sporting updates


Huge congratulations to the U9 football team who amazed again by winning the annual Crossbar Cup, amassing a huge amount of goals!  Miss Turner was incredibly proud of their achievements, and with at least two more years of being together at Oakmeadow, who knows what the future will hold? Surely the team can only get better.

Well done also to the girls football team who played on Wednesday, winning all three of their games.  It has been a great footballing week for our school!

Yesterday, two teams represented our school at the first day of the Schoolgames Summer Games in kwikcricket and dodgeball.  On a very sunny-but-windy day (I am glowing slighty today!), they were great ambassadors for Oakmeadow.  The dodgeball team finished the group in joint first, winning 11, drawing 1 and losing 3, and just missing out on the first-second playoff.  We entered the third-fourth playoff where we played Greenfields, and narrowly missed the bronze position losing the match two games to one.  I was incredibly proud with our conduct in both victory and defeat – demonstrating our sporting values throughout.  The cricketers finished third over all, in what for many was their first time representing the school in sport.

On a final note, I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed lacrosse club on a Friday.  The children who signed up did not even know what the sport was before, but they wanted to have a go, and the progress they have made in 5 sessions has been nothing short of amazing.  If only other primary schools played it, we would certainly give them a run for their money!

A happy Mr O – this is why I got into teaching 🙂

Enjoy the warm weather over the weekend.  Myself and Mrs Jones will be running the Shrewsbury half marathon in what is meant to be very hot conditions.  Hopefully we will make it back on Monday morning…

Fantastic free maps of Europe and EU


Apologies about the lack of updates in the last few weeks – I have been very lucky enough to meet my 2nd daughter, Taryn, who was born 9 days early on 21st May, and have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her and my family.  However, I am now back to work, and looking forward to a full final half term!

In Year 5 and 6, we are currently studying our topic of Europe; its geography, but also the European Union.  With the recent Brexit vote, emergence of the Presidency of Donald Trump in the US, and with yesterday’s election, it has become apparent to me that children at an increasingly younger age are more aware of politics, both consciously and subconsciously.  We decided to capitalise on this interest, and we are really enjoying our topic, where we are currently designing our own island to join Europe, looking at the geographical features of neighbouring countries to where we decide to locate it, and how this would affect our island both physically and in human terms.  There has been some great creativity so far, which I will update to the blog when a little more advanced.

In the mean time, Hawk’s classroom is currently adored in flags and maps of Europe (I have always been very interested in studying them), and the children have professed interest in acquiring some for themselves, as they are available for free(!) from the European Commission; all you have to do is pop your address in and they will send them to you free of charge.  They are also not restricted by quantity.  There are also a lot of other great resources that can be obtained from the link below

European Commission downloads

In this global world that we live in, never more so has it been important for our children’s generation to be aware of the world around them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic sporting morning out at RAF Cosford


On Tuesday 16 May 2017, luckily my birthday(!), 10 lucky children from Year 6 attended the RAF Museum, Cosford, in collaboration with the RAF 100 team who were holding a sports activity day hosted by RAF Sports Associations, which was aimed at showcasing taster sessions in sports such as Judo, Windsurfing, Sports Parachuting, Powerlifting, Skiing, Athletics, Ice Hockey, Squash, Angling, Sailing and more.  The children had hands-on coaching sessions and the chance to talk to sports men and women, the opportunity to try out interactive sports stations, and to learn more about life in the services.  Being a big Ice Hockey fan, I was keen for the children to try this out despite the rain, as well as sports they have not previously tried – Judo and squash.  It was a great event as you can see from the pictures below, and we will certainly be looking to attend again next year.  Could you be the one of the lucky ones?…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Museum fit for Rome!


Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters who came to the Year 4 ‘Roman Museum’ in the Studio on Wednesday 3rd May. We hope that you will agree that the children did a fantastic job with their Roman homework projects!

Mrs Clarkson and Miss Rudd

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cup Final Heartache For Boys from Bayston Hill


The Under-9 boys team from Oakmeadow were today defeated 2-0 by St. Giles at the New Meadow, Shrewsbury, in what was an enthralling and highly competitive advert for school football.  Despite matching their opponents for the majority of the game, clinical finishing ultimately proved the match-winning difference.

Arriving at 2pm for what was anticipated to be a momentous occasion, the squad gathered under the superb stewardship of manager Miss Turner and able assistant Mrs. Whelan, drafted in especially for the season-culminating spectacle.  It was then through the players entrance and into the changing rooms for the all important match preparation.  As the previous cup final drew to a close, the masses of the Bayston Hill bastion descended on the East stand and quickly took their seats, eager to get a glimpse of their sporting icons; they were not to be disappointed, with the team being put through their paces on the hallow turf in the warm up, quickly warming up goalkeeper Luke Offland, who had battled through a cloud of cold to drive his team on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the presentations took place for the previous victors, the team quickly disappeared back into the tunnel for final preparations, and the top-secret team talk, unknown to those not present, but sure to be themed around the school values and 6 sporting values held up so highly by all of those at Oakmeadow. To rapturous applause, both teams finally made their way out of the tunnel for the match, Oakmeadow led by Captain Marvel Caiden Sadd, and were introduced to their adoring fans: this was it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the introductions completed, it was time for the game to begin, our boys wearing their change kit of yellow and blue due to an unlikely clash with the purple of St. Giles, our team losing the coin toss and hoping this was not an omen for the overall result.  With the game underway, St. Giles quickly applied the pressure, peppering the ball into the Oakmeadow box, which was well cleared, followed by an early save by keeper Luke with his feet.  After absorbing this and discarding of the early butterflies, it was our turn to find our feet, with Jack Lewis breaking down the left flank.  Newly signed to Shrewsbury Town, the midfield maestro weaved in and out of his opponents with ease, taking aim and firing in a shot which narrowly went wide of the the left post.  The announcement was made – we were not here to make up the numbers.

For the next 5 minutes, both teams continued to suss each other out, making forays into each other’s halves.  Caiden Sadd was marshalling the defence well to clear the ball when required, and Luke was called into action again when a mistimed clearance sliced off a boot towards our goal, which was well handled under pressure.  After the ball had been cleared, St. Giles regained possession and made a defence-splitting pass over the top of the Oakmeadow backline, which was superbly met with a right-footed volley by the sharp boots of the striker, and arrowed into the top right hand corner of the net, leaving Luke no chance.  1-0 to St. Giles.

Following the re-start, the boys from Oakmeadow immediately set their stall out to hit straight back.  Once again, Jack Lewis scampered down the left wing, utilising all of the space afforded by the larger-than-usual playing surface, and superbly pulled the ball back across the St. Giles area, which was frantically cleared by the St. Giles defence, somewhat controversially, with the eagle-eyed Mr. Ostermeyer spotting an infringement on Charlie Davies as he lined up to shoot.  Despite no protestations whatsoever except from Mr Ostermeyer to the bemused Mrs. Morris, the young referee allowed the game to continue, the Oakmeadow team playing to the whistle admirably as all young footballers are rightly taught.

The game subsequently was really beginning to open up, Luke making a save low to his right with his legs following a drilled shot from the left of the area after St. Giles had found some space down their left flank.  Having cleared their lines, the boys in yellow then put the ball into the St. Giles penalty area dangerously, their goalkeeper just doing enough to clear with the predator Harry Carr lurking with intent.  St. Giles were next to put the ball into the box, with a dangerous volley just wide the result this time.  It was clear to everyone that with half time approaching, the next goal was going to be crucial, none more so than to Mrs Whelan, who was prowling the touchline throughout.  Just before the whistle blew, Seb Kelly made a vital interception when it looked like St. Giles would make a further breakthrough, showing great composure to clear the ball into touch.  With Oakmeadow hearts in mouths, the half time whistle blew: it was still all to play for.

During the interval, as Miss White demonstrated her deep understanding of the game of football, being heard to enquire, “is there only one more bit left and then that’s it?”  onlookers could only hope that as the boys received a quick pep talk from the management team extraordinaire, Mrs Whelan had been studying her book of tactics and the merits of the 2-3-1 formation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without much ado, the second half begin as frantically as the first ended, Caiden Sadd tracking back to expertly make amends to clear the ball after a slightly heavy first touch.  St. Giles put on some early pressure, and were exploiting the no offside rule by playing the lone man behind the back line, trying to force the one-on-one.  Leading by example, Captain Caiden was having none of it, intervening with a superb tackle before pressing forward and unleashing a venomous shot just wide of the right hand post.

As time ticked on, the game continued to be end-to-end, with both teams looking to find the all important second goal, but both thwarted by their evenly matched foes.  The crowd were really getting behind the players, willing them on to victory.  Substitute Will Gray was next to make a marauding run, thrilling onlookers, before Noah Lock followed suit, the ball eventually falling to Caiden, who shot from distance, the St. Giles goalkeeper gathering with composure.  It was beginning to look like it just would not be Oakmeadow’s day.

From the goalkeepers distribution to his team, St. Giles played some fantastic flowing football down the right hand side, eventually cutting back dangerously to the end of the area where a thunderous strike struck the right hand upright of Luke’s now-wobbling goal.  Unable to clear Oakmeadow lines, the ball fortuitously fell to the players in purple, and a deflected strike found its way under the body of Luke to hit the back of the Oakmeadow net.  Despite broken hearts, pride overtook, and the boys in yellow continued to give their all, chasing straight back to try and get back into the game, putting some paid professionals to shame.  Mr Ostermeyer could only hope that his relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers would show half of this fight tomorrow in their final game (alas, he knew they wouldn’t…)

The game had now really opened up, and St. Giles were looking dangerous for their third.  However, Oakmeadow attacked further, and following a corner, the ball fell to Noah Lock, whose shot eluded the goalkeeper but was somehow kept out by a St. Giles defender on the line, before Jack Lewis’ shot which was again well held by the St. Giles goalkeeper.  Jack attacked again, a devilish cross being spilled by the keeper, but unfortunately the spilled ball to Will was unable to be kept down below the bar.

And with that, the final whistle blew, 2-0 being the score, and St. Giles being the U9 cup final victors.  Whilst probably a fair outcome, the Oakmeadow boys certainly deserved a goal for their efforts.  One thing is for certain, the result was irrelevant in the eyes of the adulating crowd, the boys rightfully receiving a standing ovation as they made their way over to the side of the pitch.  After a long journey to the final, the squad and everyone involved in their training, from Miss Turner to Ethan and Courtney from Crossbar, deserve the utmost credit on an excellent game of football – not forgetting Mrs Whelan and her words of wisdom.  U10 final next year?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we write? How we can reach a global audience to inspire children.


Since launching version 2 of this blog back in Safer Internet Week in February, it has been going very successfully.  By linking it to automatically post on both the school twitter and facebook pages, we have increased who can access what we share by a huge amount, and with the brilliant widget on our blog, flagfinder, we can even see where our visitors come from.  Amazingly, we have had over 900 views in this time, from 7 different countries, including the USA, Kenya, Ireland, Cyprus, Holland and Germany!  This truly is a global audience.  With the site now easily found via Google, we hope to spread what we share even further around the globe.

I have been sharing all of this with Y6, and they can see with their own eyes how using media like blogs allows us to interact and communicate with places they cannot imagine.  This led to me posing them the question: why do we write in lessons?  It certainly isn’t to just put in a book and then put it away in a drawer for only the teacher to read.  I really want to get across the message at Oakmeadow that we can publish our writing for the World, for anyone interested to see.

It dawned on me that our last unit of work, writing informatively using subtle persuasive techniques, themed around the fantastic book of The Land of Neverbelieve (by Norman Messenger – check out the trailer here) and our topic of Evolution and Inheritance, would be an excellent way to try this out.  If you are unaware of how our units of work are structured in English, we begin with a cold write, a ‘what do you know already?’ assessment, followed by structured skill teaching, culminating in the independent application to our final hot write.  Normally, this is written on yellow paper, and finishes the unit in our books.  However, this style of text did not lend itself to this format.  We created our worlds pictorially, and then used OtherWorlds map creator to map them out using a graphic designing programme online.  We then wrote our hot pieces in planned sections, with each bit of paper providing information about a section of the created land.

Having recently been refamilarised with the excellent Adobe Spark Page via some CPD from the hugely inspiring ICT with Mr P, his excellent ideas available on his blog here, I was keen for the children to put this into practice.  Following editing of our work (all part of the drafting and publishing process), we learnt how it was used, before bringing our worlds to life.  Below are links to a select few, which really demonstrate how simple APPs and web-based programmes can be used to give our writing a real purpose: sharing our ideas with a world-wide audience.

I hope you enjoy seeing what we have created, and this is something that I shall certainly be looking to pass on to other teachers in order to provide these opportunities across school.

Mr O.

A hand-drawn representation of our Imaginary Worlds

 

 

 

 

Using OtherWorlds online mapping programme to create a computer graphic representation

 

 

 


What our hot piece looked like if it was to be presented in book format like The Land of Neverbelieve (complete with green edited section, identified by children as needing improvement.)

 

 

 

Examples of Adobe Spark Page versions:

The Island of Imagination – Jess Marston

The Island Of Beluier – Arthur Taylor

The Land of Sweet Dreams – Izzy Clarkson

The Land of Sweet Shop Heaven – Heather Robinson

The Land of the Great Wall – Sam Flack

The Land of the Storm Tigers – Andrew Pratten

The Land of Nerverfound – Megan Dawson

Cup success for Bayston Hill Juniors U10s!


Bayston Hill Juniors U10’s were today winners of the Shropshire Charity Cup Final at Market DraytonTown FC.

They were 3-1 down at half time but came back fighting to win 6-5. Showing resilience and a winning attitude. Nailing biting match for all those watching (few sore throats).  Thank you to Mrs Page for sending this over.
Oakmeadow boys Finlay Rogers, Joe Fieldhouse and Alfie Page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final Year 6 Revision Challenge: Mixed practice.


Sunday 23rd April

The final Year 6 Revision Challenge: Mixed practice.

Complete the ‘Mixed Practice’ pages of section 2 in your Grammar revision book.

Or

Complete the remainder of the Arithmetic test booklet you started on Friday.

See you all back tomorrow!

 


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