Whole School Newsletter 20.07.2021

In KS2 this term,

Year 3 In Maths, they have looked at time, angles and the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. In Literacy, they have been reading ‘The Dancing Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo. They have written a non-chronological report about brown bears, a letter and a narrative. In Science they have been looking at magnets and forces. They designed their own magnetic games. Their topic has been mountains. They have looked at the differences between several mountains and how they are shown on maps.

In Year 4, pupils enjoyed English this term where they safely explored current affairs through a range of texts including ‘Illegal’ by the renowned author, Eoin Colfer. All pupils have particularly enjoyed Science and Geography where they engaged in scientific thinking and practical skills. In Maths, the cohort saved the best for last: Class 10 were crowned regional champions in the most recent Sumdog Maths Competition, beating all the schools in Leeds to win the most coveted prize in the region. Six of the pupils in Year 4 were in the top 10 of the leader board and to top it off, both classes claimed a daily prize during that week… teamwork made the dream work! For all their hard work this year and for this term in particular, the coming summer holidays are most welcomed and well placed to set these Year 4s for the coming academic year!

In Year 5, they have been mastering decimals this half term and continuing to work on their times tables knowledge. They have also been looking at the reasons why people migrate around the world and where they settle. Year 5 were also very lucky to be able to go Yeadon Tarn to complete some canoeing, problem solving and orienteering. They had a fabulous day.

In Year 6, they have been working on their Africa topic. They have learned about the Soweto township and have also begun a fact file about an African country of their choice. Both classes have enjoyed their prom this week and are looking forward to their leavers’ assembly. 

In KS1,

Year 1 have been learning about life in Victorian times and comparing it with life today. In English, they have been focusing on the book ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ using adjectives, synonyms and exclamation marks to re-write the story. In Maths, they have been grouping, sharing and learning about fractions.  In Science, they planted beans, observed them and recorded the growth in a bean diary. 

In Year 2, they have read a variety of Paddington Bear stories and used these as inspiration to write their own. They have also learnt about Peru in Geography because that is where Paddington originally lived. In Science, they have been learning about plants and have grown their own sunflowers. They also carried out an investigation to see whether a bean seed would grow with no soil or light. They have also learnt to sew using the running stitch. 

In EYFS,

In Nursery, over the last half term, they have been interested in their local area. They have been on a walk around school and even made their own maps and models of nearby buildings. The children have been busy outside, picking peas, beans and raspberries that they planted earlier in the year. They have been looking after some caterpillars and were very excited when they turned into butterflies. They have also noticed that many of our tadpoles have turned into frogs! 

In Reception Class 2, they have been learning about life cycles. The children have watched caterpillars, as they built cocoons and turned into butterflies. They have been learning about how animals change and have also observed tadpoles changing into frogs. The children have learnt how to take care of living creatures and the importance of looking after our environment.

In Reception Class 1, they have been enjoying visiting The Orchard. They have been looking at their focus story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ where they got to make some delicious fruit kebabs. In Maths, they have been exploring mathematical problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.

Whole School News

At Co-op Academy Oakwood we are incredibly proud of the pupils and their resilience, during this term with them remembering to ‘Do What Matters Most’. Our senior leadership team would also like to extend our thanks to every member of staff, who have all worked hard to ensure that our pupils have the best education. They really have shown a ‘Succeed Together’ attitude. We would like to wish Eid Mubarak to all our families who are celebrating over the next few days. To all our pupils and families, we wish you a safe, happy and rest-filled summer break and look forward to seeing you back on Tuesday 7th September.