Welcome to Oak Class Capsule!
This half-term, we have worked extremely hard to prepare for our end of Primary School SATs in grammar, reading and maths. To help us to prepare for our grammar, we re-capped all that we have been taught so far (we did this through playing games, creating rhymes and saying to help us to remember etc). Practising for our reading was hard work but great fun; we really focused on our inference and deduction skills and we spent a lot of time building up our confidence to answer vocabulary-based questions. By the time we came to sit our arithmetic paper, we were ready to ‘smash’ it, as we had nailed our arithmetic methods. Lots of us attended after school Brainbusters to help us to feel even more confident and prepared; in these after school sessions, we were able to practise whatever it was that we felt was an area for development, e.g. adding fractions, spelling of tricky words, comprehension skills etc.
As well as all of this, we have continued to go to the leisure centre on a weekly basis and have continued to learn to play the steel pans; at the minute, we are learning ‘Stay with me’ by Sam Smith and we’re loving it!
We have also been carrying out a range of Science investigations to help us to build upon our investigative skills.
This half-term Oak Class have worked as Developers at Portal Digital for boss, Olive Stein. We have enjoyed coming to ‘work’ each day (wearing ID badges and work clothes), as opposed to school.
Each week we received QR codes outlining our weekly tasks. One of the tasks we received was to create an educational video explaining what the Circulatory System is and how it works; we had great fun doing this as we were able to show off all of the research that we had carried out. We also created posters/factfile pages to accompany the video.
Healthy lifestyles was also something we were asked to research into. This brought about lots of debate within our Digipod, as some people believed that a healthy lifestyle was eating healthy, however, research informed us that it was a lot more than that; a healthy lifestyle involves a balanced diet, being active, not using too much electronic equipment, drinking water and ensuring you have sufficient sleep.
In addition to this, we were asked by Olive Stein to research into some countries around the world. We chose Yorkshire, Sicily and New England. The reason we chose these places was because they are very different. We demonstrated our knowledge of these places through describing geographical features of them, e.g. physical and human features.
Some other areas that we carried out work on were: the heart, blood and blood vessels; Grammar revision; fractions, decimals and percentages; playscripts and issues and dilemmas.
This half-term Oak Class have been working for Olive Stein at Portal Design. She asked us to pitch a new electrical toy to Cranktoys therefore to begin with, we researched a range of existing electrical toys on the market and then designed and made our own. To be able to do this successfully, we experimented with electrical equipment, creating and testing out various series and parallel circuits. In addition to all of this, we have written persuasively to encourage people to buy our toys. We have also written stories in the style of Boy by Roald Dahl.
This half-term Oak Class have been working for ‘Big Pete’ at Portal City Planners as Town Planners. He asked us to research both London and Paris to see which would be the most suitable for a new village. After lots of research into physical features, human features etc, we decided that London was the most suitable place to build a new village. We had great fun locating both places using a map to see exactly where they ‘fit’ within the world. Continents, countries, cities, towns and villages were all explored.
As if all of this was not enough, we had an awesome 3 day residential to London. We managed to ‘pack in’ so many fun things. We travelled by train to London Kings Cross, saw lots of sites (such as Big Ben, London Eye, Westminster Abbey). On our first day there, we had an amazing tour around the Houses of Parliament and were lucky enough to meet Ian Lavery (our local MP). We watched Wicked at the theatre, which we all LOVED and we took part in a drama workshop where me met an actor from the show.