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Summer 2018

Y4 Cricket Festival

8 children from Year 4 attended the Cricket Tournament this week at Cheltenham Cricket Club competing against teams from other schools. They won their first match, then were narrowly defeated in their second match against Glenfall. The third match was a win by default as the other team failed to attend. The team demonstrated the striking and fielding skills they have been practising in class this term whilst also showing great sportsmanship and passsion.

Well done to Kuba, Jess, Getty, Alfie S, George, Reggie, Jesse and Sienna.

Field events

Seven children competed in the field events of the Cheltenham and District Summer Athletics event at Woodmancote School. They all tried their best and represented the school amazingly.

Well done to you all and it has given us 10 points towards any we achieve at the track part of the events on Friday 6th July!

Throwing:  Archie- 6th place

Jumping: Phoebe- 8th place, Summer- 7th place, Layland- 5th place



The boys cricket team attended a cricket tournament at Cheltenham Cricket Club.

They played three games against other schools. As the day progressed, their bowling and batting skills improved. The gentlemen from the cricket club was very impressed with their attitude and good sportsmanship.

Well done Oakwood!


Mrs Jacobs and Mrs Rust took a team of 9 children to Balcarrass Secondary School to compete in the Level 2 Archery competition. They had instruction from the GB Archery team and learnt lots of new skills before beginning the actual competition.

The team worked really hard and scored a very high score placing them in 3rd place overall. The team were very proud of their achievement and enjoyed receiving their Bronze medals in assembly.

Well done!

Quad Kids Athletics

Miss Gaisford and Mrs James took 8 children from Y3/4 to the re-scheduled Quad Kids event on Thursday 17th May at Tewkesbury School. The children worked together as a team gaining points within a variety of athletic activities. The children and adults had a fantastic morning out of school and were excellent ambassadors for Oakwood School.

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Rounders tournament


Huge congratulations to the children representing Oakwood in the Rounders tournament today. They were all fantastic ambassadors for the school; demonstrating the School Games Values of Determination, Teamwork and Passion.

Well done to Ruby, who was recognised within the team for demonstrating 'Respect' and was presented with a Value band.

Mountain Biking 2018

Mrs Jacobs and Mrs Rust took a team of 4 year six pupils to the Level 2 Mountain Biking competition at Winchcombe secondary school. The event was organised by the SSN and biking equipment was supplied by the British Cycling Association. The children had lots of fun and worked well as part of a team. They were recognised for their effort and teamwork as they went around the mountain biking course and were each awarded value bands for their achievements on the day.

Well done!



Oakwood held its first very succesful Panathlon in school this morning. Children from Y1-Y6 competed in teams in a variety of activities, led by our Oakwood Playmakers. The activities were: Curling, Target game, Boccia, Parachute game and Table Cricket. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable morning for all of the children and adults involved. All of the children had a fantastic time and lots of them said that they would love to do it all again.

Rainie said, 'My favourite was Boccia because I liked throwing the balls'

Lilly- Mae said, 'I liked the parachute game because we had to collect the balls and they kept on moving.'

Gracie, 'I loved the Target game because we had to work as a team to get loads of points.'

Ryan and McKenzie liked Curling because, they said, 'it is challenging to hit the target.'


Both competitors and Playmakers were awarded Value Bands for demonstrating the school games values. The competitors were nominated by the Playmakers, whilst they participated in their activities. School Games Values bands were awarded for:

Determination: Aiden, Mercy and Jersey.

Passion: Lyla, Megan and Jacon.

Respect: Diana, Gracie and Chelsea.

Team work: Lily-Mae, Natalya and Alfie K.

Self-belief: Nicholas, George and Poppy.

Honesty: Steve, Lyle and Coby.


The competitors all participated in a really positive manner and medals were awarded to all of the participant- Thanks to Tony from Panathlon UK. The final scores can be see in the table below.





Target game

Table Cricket


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A massive well done to everyone involved- competitors and Playmakers.

Well done to the 1st placed team: Jacob, Nicholas, Ryan, Bonnie and Molly.



Cricket crazy

Classes from Reception to Y3 have received a very exciting Cricket taster sessions provided by coaches from Woodmancote Cricket Club, introducing the children to games and activities played at All Stars Cricket sessions. The classes all had a fantastic time and returned buzzing about the challenges they had taken part in.


Classes 1 and 2 are looking forward getting on their bikes and starting a NEW Balanceability course with Mr Green, who Class 2 will be pleased to welcome back. Let's get moving!


Spring 2018

Tag Rugby festival

Mr Ibbetson took a team to the Tag Rugby festival at Newlands on Wednesday 21st March, competing against a huge number of other schools. The team all demonstrated amazing determination and teamwork. Well done to you all!

Get moving!

Yesterday a group of students from University of Gloucestershire came into school and spent the entire morning with Year 4. The children's parents were invited to attend alongside the children too. The purpose of the event was encourage children and their parents to participate in more active lifestyles. During the morning, different groups looked at; creating new games, discussions around why it is important to lead healthy active lifestyles and barriers to this that occur, opportunities to try out the new games that they had devised and opportunities to get involved in a range of other sporting activities.


During the Spring term around 20 of the Y5 children having been working with Mrs Godsell to complete the Young Leaders training and become fully qualified 'Playmakers'. You can spot them around school wearing their much coveted purple 'playmaker' badges.

Different Playmakers can be found each lunchtime in the Little Oak playground, organising and leading games with some of our our younger children. Some of them have also volunteered to lead and manage games within the Intra School Panathlon we will be holding in the Summer term.

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Grow it, eat it project

Some lucky Y3's and their parents have started the 'Grow it, eat it' project with Rev. James White on our school allotment. They have planted beetroot among other things, have cleaned up the area and are hoping to also mend the greenhouse. The children aren't convinced that they will be able to use the beetroot to create some tasty cakes!. Only time will tell!

After their first afternoon taking part, the children in Class 7 were asked if they had had a fun afternoon. To which they replied, 'Too much fun!' Needless to say, I think everyone involved is enjoying it.


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B Team Football Tournament

A team of 8 pupils represented Oakwood at the B Team Football tournament.  The team enjoyed playing 3 difficult matches against the other schools, winning one of the matches. 

Value Bands are to be awarded to the following children who displayed some of our school games values:

Jae - Teamwork

Chelsea - Respect

Sport Relief

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Well done to everyone at Oakwood for raising money for this fantastic cause.

Thank you to Mr Boston for organising a 'Sport Relief' assembly this morning to tell us all about the difference that the money raised during sport relief can make to children in the UK and abroad. We have enjoyed an active week, taking part in Olympics style Maths Workshops with Mrs Large and joining in with a whole school 'Shake up' this morning.


Key Steps Gymnastics Competitions

This term, Mr Boston and Mrs Godsell have been working hard with our gymnastics teams in preparation for the Key Steps Gymnastics Competitions over the last 3 weeks. We entered a Y2, Y4 and Y5//6 team into their respective competitions. All of the gymnasts had to learn and perform an individual floor routine and an individual vault. The teams of gymnasts all practised and polished their routines over a number of weeks and performed brilliantly at their cmpetition. All of the gymnasts that took part should be immensley proud of their achievements and the high standard at which they performed.

Well done to all of you!


From each team, 2 children were selected for respresenting the School Games Values. Although it was a hard choice and we could have chosen each and every one of them for different reasons.

Y2: Aiden- Determination            Chase- Self-belief

Y4: Dayana- Passion                  Amber- Determination

Y5/6: Gracie- Self-belief              Miley- Determination

We were also very pleased when Jess (Y4) was awarded the bronze medal for her floor routine, out of around 70 gymnasts. Fantastic achievement, Jess!


Feet First Dance Festival


Miss Gaisford is taking a team of dancers from across KS2, to the Dance Festival at the Town Hall on Wed 28th February. We were lucky enough to see a sneaky preview in the hall this afternoon. Good luck to everyone involved.Children Dancing Square by GDJ

The children had a fantastic day representing Oakwood at the FeetFirst Dance Festival. They performed a dance to 'Fight Song' and were excellent! They were very well behaved throughout the day and were a credit to Oakwood School. They showed great teamwork, respect and perseverance despite their pre-show nerves! Here are some pictures from the day...


Gloucestershire Dance Festival

Gloucestershire Dance Festival

Mrs Peacock and other fellow staff from Oakwood took a group of street dancers from different age groups to perform at the Cheltenham Town Hall for the annual Gloucestershire Dance Festival. The children performed a contemporary dance to "How Far I'll Go" from the film, Moana.  The children helped choreograph the dance and displayed good team work and excellent dance skills. The organisers praised the group for their behaviour and super performance.



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Sportshall Athletics

Mr Ibbetson took a team of 18 Y6 children to the Sportshall Athletics event in January. The children participated in a number of field and both individual and team track events, with all of the points achieved added together for an entire team score. The children excelled themselves in their events and worked fantastically as a team supporting and encouraging one another. A special mention goes to the girls team who came 3rd out of the 8 teams involved. However, well done to all of you!


Dance crazy!

This term the teachers have gone Dance crazy and specialist Dance Coach, Emily Samways from District Sports, is working with 6 of our classes and their Class teachers. Classes 3, 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12 are working on improving their Dance skills. Why not ask your children to tell you what they've done in Dance this week!

Inclusive Cricket

Mrs James took a team to the Non-stop Inclusive Cricket tournament. Everyone involved had a fantastic morning and played 'LOTS ' of Cricket, winning 4 of their 6 games. The team demonstrated outstanding Teamwork and Respect for the officials, their team mates and the other players. Well done to you all!

Children recognised demonstrating the School Games Values were :

     Determination- Lily                  Teamwork- Chloe                    Honesty- Coby                                                         Passion- Lexi                           Self-beleif- Alfie K


Netball Match: Oakwood V Bishops Cleeve

Oakwood had their 4th netball match of the year against Bishops Cleeve School. The team were very excited and nervous about the game.  They displayed excellent teamwork, passion and determination. The teams netball skills are progressing with each match and they put in so much effort that they achieved a 4 - 3 win against Bishops Cleeve.

Jessica (Year 6) wrote our match review:

"WOW...that was an awesome netball match. I mean really...even though I was only there for half a match. I loved it, Bishops Cleeve were very good. I was sad to leave the match half way but I rooted for Oakwood to win. Everyone had a good attitude towards each other and towards the game. Also the weather was tough but we all played on! After a well fought match, with some fantastic interceptions, Oakwood won 4 - 3"

Well done Oakwood

The Daily Mile

At Oakwood every class are now participating in the Daily Mile. The purpose of this is to encourage the children to continue to be active during the day.  The overall aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of all the children at Oakwood. Each day, the children participate in an active 10 - 15 minutes with their Teacher and class. They can choose to complete this in a variety of ways some children choose to hop, jump, skip or run. 

All children are encouraged to attempt to run 1 mile in the allocated time, especially in Key Stage 2. This provides an opportunity for personal challenge and development. The main aim to to just keep moving! Each Teacher has a number of possible Daily Mile routes to choose from for their class. The children are told how many laps of the route they would need to complete to achieve the mile and many children choose to track their own progress to see if they can improve over time!

Ask your child how many laps they managed today! 

We are looking forward to continuing being active at Oakwood!


Reception Multi Skills

This term Class 2 are taking part in 5 Multiskillls lessons during their PE sessions with Mr Green and Miss Jackson from District Sports. Last week we balanced and flipped pancakes in our frying pans (which may have looked like racquets and beanbags) and this week we played lots of rolling based games. We can't wait to see what we will do over the next 3 weeks.



Football League: Oakwood V Glenfall

The overall score was Glenfall 1 - Oakwood 1.  This was one of those games where we just couldn't score! Even though we had most of the play, and put in some great corners, nothing was going our way. Eventually, in the second half, the first goal came - unfortunately it wasn't for us! Despite this, we kept our heads up and Archie scored a fantastic goal to equalise.

The game was very physical, with a lot of pushing and shoving, but we played with discipline and fought on. We thought that we should have won the game,so we felt that a 1 all draw was a disappointing result. Nevertheless, it is another step forward to the final!

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