We have had another busy and exciting day at Beaulieu. After a delicious breakfast of fresh eggs which we collected yesterday we did our farm jobs, including bottle feeding the calves and feeding the pigs and poultry.
We then went on an extremely long walk to the treehouse site and spent a couple of hours orienteering. We got very lost but it was great fun and we all loved running wild in the woods! In the afternoon we did den and shelter building, deep in the woodland. We used branches and leaves to build our shelters. Dinner this evening was sausages and mash followed by homemade treacle pudding. As if that wasn’t good enough we finished the evening with hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies!
See you all tomorrow
So yesterday we arrived and had a delicious lunch of chicken and veggie burgers with fresh salad. The coach ride was uneventful and fairly easy, so we got here quickly. We then spent the afternoon on the farm with Owen who is guiding us during our visit. He showed us the herb garden and spoke about the medicinal properties of different herbs we find in our gardens, we saw red currents and gooseberries in the garden. Then we went to meet the animals. Bunnies, calves, goats, sheep, pigs, ponies, turkeys, geese, ducks, chickens.... I think that’s all! Later we did chores and the evening we toasted marshmallows and sang around the campfire.
Off to go orienteering and den building in the woods today.
Join us for our annual Fathers Day Lunch on Wednesday 13th June From 11:30. Bookings must be made in advance with Lydia by Tuesday 5th June.
Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Old Oak, bringing a great selection of the very best books to inspire and entertain young readers.
In Year One we did gardening with Simona who is the gardener from the Community Centre. We planted Strawberry plants and watered salad plants ready for the summer. We are going to sell these at the Community Centre Fun Day and at the School. Please look out for this!
The month of May is here and we have the first Monday of the month free as a bank holiday. May is the month of the national tests – SATS! These are very important for the school as we are judged by Ofsted and others for the results the children achieve. It seems strange to me that all the learning – both in the classroom and outside- is judged through four one hour tests in Year 6. We already know what your child is good at and where they need to improve. The children can get very anxious about the SATs and they should not. They are very well-prepared to take the tests and will do absolutely as well as they can. The key stage 2 SATS begin on 14th May and the key stage 1 SATS on 18th May.
EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB
The school, along with the community centre, runs clubs for children aged between 5-11 in the school holidays. Staff from the school are involved in organising the events and trips and the children always have an exciting time. This holiday the children made Easter bonnets, painted Victorian plates and went to the Transport Museum, among many other things.
On Tuesday 27th March we hosted our Bubble & Squeak BINGO TAKE OVER at Old Oak Primary School.
We had over 50 older and younger people get together from the local community for our intergenerational event.
Grandparents and non-grandparents alike were partnered up with their younger helper. The aim of the game was to skill share and most importantly have fun!
Hosted by our Bingo compere Fleur (dressed in suitably sparkly attire), the children in their own bingo fancy dress jumped into action when their corresponding number was called out, adding an extra level of excitement to the game. The 'two fat ladies' were a particular hit with the crowd.
We had prizes too! With both children and adult prize tables of lovely goodies.
In the interval, guests were entertained by the creative Dance West Final Performance inspired by the superhero movie Black Panther.
The tables were decorated with beautiful flowers donated by the Felix Project. With food refreshments of cake, biscuits and tea donated by City Harvest and the Felix Project.
Site Manager Bill went out of his way to pick up and drop off in the school minibus a group of local older people from John Betts Housing to come along.
Guests on their way out picked up their shopping at our 'pay as you feel' surplus food stall manned by our food waste warrior volunteers.
A big thank you to everybody who came along, to all the staff at Old Oak Primary for making the event such a success, to City Harvest and the Felix Project for such wonder donations of surplus goods, to Jean from Friendship club for her very kind Bingo machine loan and to Lydia for upping those Bingo standards.
Lastly to the Bubble & Squeakers at Old Oak Primary School who did such a fantastic job.
We look forward to the next one!
World Book Day
Here are some examples of the displays which were made as a result of Wold Book Day last week. Very impressive!
Friday afternoon saw both of the Old Oak football teams in action at Ravenscourt Park. The girls kicked off at 2.00pm against Ark Swift. By half time, Old Oak were two goals up, and the second half saw them secure their win with a third. The boys took to the pitch against at 2.30, also against Ark Swift, and they secured a victory of 2-0. Both teams played well and represented themselves well both on the walk down to Ravenscourt Park and back, but also on the pitch and at the sidelines. Thanks to Mike and Fleur for accompanying and supporting the children. Well done Old Oak Football Squad!
On Thursday this week we had harvest festival party for the grandparents and elderly in the community, where children and their grandparents had tea in the lower hall. This was an event with the Community Centre and there was also a stall for Bubble and Squeak produce.
On Thursday, the School Council were lucky enough to have a visit from their local Member of Parliament, Andy Slaughter. The School Council discussed what it means to represent their fellow pupils here at Old Oak, and Andy gave them advice on how to be a good representative of not only their peers but of the school as a whole. They discussed issues ranging from female representation in parliament to the proposals for the High Speed Rail, which will directly impact on the community here at Old Oak. The children were able to ask him questions about his life and his career, as well as what a day is like in the life of an MP. Andy discussed the Grenfell Tower tragedy with the children, as well as local proposals for housing in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The School Council are incredibly grateful to Andy for coming in to their school, and they look forward to seeing him again when they visit the Houses of Parliament in December.