As the two weeks beginning 25th May and 1st June are the two designated holiday weeks in Trafford, we will be having a break from the home-school learning, feedback, assemblies and phone calls that have become part of our provision since the Easter Holidays. I hope that the more relaxed opportunities that have been afforded by our Government allow brief moments away from home for our families too and I hope this time is enjoyed by us all. Our provision for Key Workers etc will remain unaltered. We have provided a list of websites that may be useful to you over the holidays and this can be found in the downloads section.
Friday 22nd May 2020
It seems a very strange thing to be breaking up for half term holidays when we have not been in school! But it is indeed the end of another half term, and as such we have two whole weeks off!
There will be no homework set, but I have come up with some activities to keep you out of mischief - from Touch Typing club to Coding Minecraft, and from learning Spanish to entering the Boys Grammar School Art competition! Please see the Downloads section, and I will also share all documents with you all on the drive.
AGSB Art Competition
Well done to all those who took part in the Guinness World Record Attempt yesterday - and for the Paula Rego artwork many have done and shared with us over the week! Here is Olivia's - the objective was to create a picture that tells a story, and I think she has done a brilliant job and really has captured Paula Rego's style!
For those who may be worrying a little about what is going on around us - it's OK to be worried. Here is the link to a lovely picture book for children about 'Worries'
Enjoy the holidays and stay safe:-)
Thursday 21st May 2020
At the start of the Lockdown, we did some 'Drawing with Rob' online, with great success!! He is now attempting a world record attempt for the LARGEST EVER online art lesson that you can be part of!
Register at http://artworldrecords.com to make sure you count towards the attempt. It's free and starts 4pm BST on 21st May via the live streamed lesson at https://youtube.com/watch?v=OSUN5vR4QZY
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Welcome back to the sunny weather - what a difference it makes!
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and at this difficult time we need to look after ourselves, and each other, more then ever. The theme this year is 'Kindness', and in the documents you will find a pack full of suggestions you can do from home. Here are some ideas that you can do for your Friends and Family...
Today is also very important - it is World Bee Day!
But why are Bees imnportant? Globally there are more honey bees than other types of bee and pollinating insects, so it is the world's most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats. They are becoming more at risk, and so if you see one struggling - try and help it! ONe way is to leave it some sugar and water to give it more energy. Kristian and myself have both been trying to save the Bees this week!
Well done to all those who are sending in work every day - it is great to share the many things you have also done above and beyond what we have set for Home Learning!
Monday 18th May 2020
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We have a few exciting things in the Home Learning packs this week - we have a Joy of Moving Fesitval on Wednesday afternoon for the whole school community to join in with! Please find in the Downloads section, a booklet outlining a whole afternoons activities from treaure hunts to Personal Challenges and Wordsearches! Send in any photos of you joining in for us to share on our Twitter page.
In Literacy we will be following the weeks literacy lessons on BBC Bitesize, which will build up to writing a letter to thank our health Care Workers - i thought it would be nice if we could direct these to Carers we know who live in our Community, or those working in our local Care Homes (a couple of which I used to work in Part Time while I was at school!).
We will look at the artist Paula Rego, and how she uses her artworks to tell stories and continue looking at Organisms and Evolution in Science.
As always - any questions please email myself or Miss Burney!
Friday 15th May 2020
A huge total of 495 tests were taken on read theory this week! A big shout out to Talia, who completed the most, at above her starting level so thats great! Close on her heels was Olivia, Jude, Jake, George and Sophie AS, who all completed more than the 25 requested. Fourteen of you have moved up in several levels of challenge - showing good progress. Well done to you all!
A challenge for you all today! Following on the success of Time Tables Rockstars - they are now opening it up to allow all of you to attempt a World Record! See all further information at https://ttrockstars.com/page/gwr
To make an Official Attempt, players need to record a video of themselves achieving their highest score in the Studio* and send the video to firstname.lastname@example.org by 23:59 UK time on 4th June 2020.
Don't forget to tune into this weeks Virtual Assembly at 2.45pm to see what our school has been up to this week, and see who has won the certificates in your class! Have a lovely weekend!
Wednesday 13th May 2020
I thought today I would share Ayushman's Lockdown Poem - as it does feel quite positive! Well done :-)
Keep up with all the hard work you are putting in - and please don't forget to tune in to Mr Merrell's Oldfield Brow Choir practice at 3.30pm today! https://youtu.be/2VRzABjWyqw
Tuesday 12th May 2020
Well done to all those children sending in their Lockdown Poems - I have really enjoyed reading them and been very impressed with how many different styles i have seen - from humourous and funny to insightful and reflective. Having spoken to many of you yesterday, it has been lovely to hear of the different things you have been doing, and hearing how some of you are even enjoying all the work we have set you! Mymaths continues to show us the progress being made, and although I know you won't get to show this in SATs (it should have been reasoning and comprehension today!) you should all feel very proud and how you are developing and learning new skills at home.
Monday 11th May 2020
Happy 'No Sats This Year' week! It feels very strange that tomorrow was to be the start of SAT's week - which you have all worked so hard for. However, please remember that all the learning you have done has had the desired results - each and every one of you has improved their work ethic, level of achievement and I have definitely seen a lot of pride on your faces when we celebrated your progress! SATs also can never measure the main qualities in a person -and myself and Miss Burney have so enjoyed having a class who are all so thoughtful, kind, respectful, caring and cheerful. We are only sorry we have missed this time with you all.
On another note, I hope you all had a lovely long weekend and celebrated VE day in the sunshine (in your own gardens of course!) It was lovely to see the photos of the bunting and decorations some of you have made!
I have put this weeks Home Learning Tasks in the Downloads section of this page, and also shared with you in google drive. A little more Science this week, with some investigations and experiments for you to have a go at (and write up properly) alongside lesson 4 of our Inheritance and Evolution Topic - What are the Different Animal Kingdoms? On BBC, there is a programme called Maddie's Do You Know, which should be used as the basis of your Explanation Writing task. Choose an episode that explains something you are interested in! Support Documents and Presentations have been shared with you all on Google Drive under folder 'Explanation Text' to help you. I have also included a range of indoor PE activities this week, as it may not be as tempting to go outside with the weather being a little cooler and windier this week!
Thursday 7th May 2020
Following on from our Evolution and Inheritence topic for Science, Matthew and Jude's Family have been using Ancestry.org to dig deeper into their Family trees, as far back as 1759! It is currently being made available FREE until Sunday, so a super opportunity for you to find out more about your Ancestors! https://www.ancestry.co.uk/
Our bunting is all done! Some of the lines are a little wonky and my blue felt tip ran out on the second flag, but overall I'm quite pleased with them! Now for a cup of tea and a slice of homemade Victoria Sponge! Miss Burney has also been busy preparing putting up her gazebo and baking her scones :-)
On Friday, there will be a 2 minute silence at 11am which will be broadcast on the BBC. There is also set to be ''The Nation's Toast to the Heroes of WW2' at 3pm with people across the country standing and raising a glass saying "To those who gave so much, we thank you." It was at 3pm on 8 May 1945 that Churchill made his national announcement of the acceptance.
In the Downloads section, please find an Activity Document -and here is a list of websites for you to learn even more!
CBBC Newsround - What is VE DAY https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749
Victory in Europe Showreel - IWM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-CdpqhxDR8
BBC Teach KS2 VE Day - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr
Imperial War Museum - All you need to know about VE Day https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/what-you-need-to-know-about-ve-day
Myself and Miss Burney hope you enjoy the Bank Holiday and we are keeping our fingers crossed that the sun stays shining!
Wednesday 6th May 2020
For Wellbeing Wednesday this week - why not visit the Cosmic Yoga Movie Marathon on youtube? Here is the link for all the Movie themed sessions in one video - including StarWars, Harry Potter, Frozen, Moana, The Force Awakens and Trolls! Scroll down the information to see the timings for each session. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dxg1Sp4Q0g :-)
Are you busy making your bunting for VE 75year celebrations on Friday? We are in our house! There is a lesson on the National Oak Academy on making your own ( https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/specialist/creative-arts#subjects) - and making scones as well of course for our Garden Tea Party. Check back here tomorrow to find ideas and links to find out more about VE day and why we should never forget.
Finally, thank you to those of you who have sent in their 'Lockdown' Poems and Artwork'!
Tuesday 5th May 2020
I have had such a lovely time watching some of your films come in - from Stop Animation, to filming with animals and dolls, to comandeering your whole family (to play Man Horses and Pie Baddies) i have been amazed at the creativity you have all shown. Mr Merrell also enjoyed watching them - and laughed out loud at George's 'twist!'
I am looking forward to getting your Artwork and Poems in this week - hopefully you will be able to enjoy creating them in the sunshine!
Monday 4th May 2020
Having spoken to you all over thelast few days, we have discovered that some fabulous things have been going on at your homes! I was also sent a challenge this week which i thought i would pass on to you - to break a Guinness World Record! These are the 2 I tried. I did not do well.
However, if you fancy giving it a go - here is a link!
In the download section you will find this weeks Home Learning Tasks, including some lockdown art work. I would like you to send me your finished masterpieces so we can include on our website and make a gallery of them! I would also like to include them in a Year 6 Lockdown Book we are going to make, with Poems, Artwork and other photos and activities as a joint project - which can be printed and kept as a momento of what is a very unusual Year!
If you haven't already, please complete the 'Internet Legend' activity - Matthew emailed me to say, "That was the best E-safety lesson I've ever had. thank you for putting it on to do, It was amazing!!" and here is his certificate!
Friday 1st May 2020
I can't believe it's Friday again - and time for our Oldfield Brow Virtual Assembly! Follow the link to find out what all the classes have been up to this week!
I have had a lovely Friday morning, as I have recieved so many films from Year 6! The children's Literacy task this week was to come up with an idea, create a storyboard, write the narrative, and then a playscript. Finally - perform and film the story! I have been thoroughly entertained by the ones we have had in so far.........Pie Man Horror, Gymnast's story, Anaiyas and Florence's Adventure were the first 4 received......... I am going to share Sophies full film with you - hope you enjoy!
PS No guinea pigs were harmed in the making of this film.....
Anaiya's film using dolls as characters........
Sirisha the Gymnast
Tom's Pie Horror
Thursday 30th April 2020
Happy 100th Birthday Colonel Tom! It has been inspiring to see how just one elderley gentleman, could set off to walk round his garden 100 times, and a few weeks later, have raised over £30,000,000, had a number 1 hit single and been made an honorary Colonel by the Queen! As Mr Merrell likes to say, 'small acorns can grow into big trees'. So today - try and think of one thing you can do that will make a positive difference to someone - no matter how small you think that is, it could be huge to someone else.