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Archive for June, 2017


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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