Ospreys Walk to Winstones Ice Cream

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We set off from school across the Common for an end of term treat yesterday, and were blessed with bright sunshine for our walk. We used the money collected from our Summer Poetry booklet to buy each of the children in Ospreys an ice cream.

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Magnet Games with Peregrines

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On Monday, Ospreys welcomed pupils from Peregrines to our class, to try out the magnet games designed by Ospreys over the last few weeks. Peregrines were challenged to guide a boat with a magnet without touching it, to find their way through a haunted house without getting ghosts stuck to them; to follow a river without being bitten by piranhas; to guide pac man to safety without being trapped by a ghost; to catch numbered fish and place them on the correct number sentence. Each game was designed to teach something about magnets. Ospreys have worked well together in groups to bring their creative ideas into being, and Peregrines enjoyed playing the games.

Ospreys at School Sports Day

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Ospreys were in action for all the different events at sports day on Friday. Everyone did very well in the individual mini Olympic events before lunch, and there were some really close finishes on the Year 2 and Year 3 races. We were very proud to get so many medals in our class, and well done to Mateo for the highest scoring boy, helping Painswick to a well earned victory.

Butterfly Art Installation at Rodborough Church

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On Wednesday morning Ospreys walked to Rodborough Church to see the finished art installation featuring the butterflies, caterpillars, and eggs that the children made a couple of weeks ago, with local artists Susie Walker and Lorraine de Col. Susie and Lorraine have used models made by pupils in Gastrells and Rodborough Schools, to create a giant mobile, suspended from the church ceiling above a sculpture of a cowslip flower, The whole colourful installation is made from recycled materials, and is part of this year’s RodBorough Hidden Gardens Project. We were all really impressed with the giant installation, and Ospreys were excited to see where their own personal caterpillars and butterflies had been used. As you can see, the children’s work brought lots of Summer colour to the church. The whole installation will be moved to the Museum in the Park later in the Summer, to feature in the Festival of Nature.

Poetry Homework

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Ospreys’ homework task for next week is to learn by a heart a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. Children have been given a choice of two poems, and should choose one to learn, to recite it in class in the week beginning Monday 24th June. Those pupils who feel confident enough will recite their choice of poem in our class assembly at the end of this month.

Ospreys Visit to Dunkirk Woollen Mill

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On Wednesday morning, Ospreys set out from school to walk along the cycle track to Inchbrook, to visit Dunkirk Mill Museum, where we were met by volunteers from Stroud Textiles Trust. We started our tour with a look around the outside of the huge nineteenth century mill complex, to see the way in which fast flowing river water was diverted into the building to generate enormous energy to power the mill wheels. We saw how the sluice gate backed up the water to store energy in the mill race, which could then be released. We then had a picnic lunch outside, before going into the heart of the mill. We each clocked in to the factory using a clocking in card, and found out about the roles of different people who were once involved in the mill. The historic mill machinery was then cranked into action and we saw the awesome power of the water push the huge mill wheel, which in turn drove a series of shafts, wheels, pulleys belts and machinery. We learned about the processes of treating woven wool with fullers earth and urine, of washing, cutting and dyeing the cloth. We also found out about the specialised cloth that made Stroud the boomtown of the woollen industry in the 1800s.

Thankyou everyone from Stroud Textiles Trust who gave us such an enjoyable and interesting day!

Literacy: the story of the journey of a river

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Ospreys started this term in Literacy by reading stories about the journey of a river, from the source high in the mountains to the mouth where it meets the sea. Pupils were able to use all the learning we have done in our topic work about water and the environment, our workshop with Severn Trent Water, our visit to Slimbridge Wetlands Centre, and our learning about rock formation and erosion in Science. We made a story map of the different stages in the course of a river, using adventurous adjectives to describe each stage. We then worked together to make a ‘Magpie’ word bank of useful verbs, adjectives, adverbs and descriptive phrases we could use in our writing. We then worked together to write a shared starting paragraph on the whiteboard, before setting out to each write our own river recount.

Rounders

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Ospreys are learning skills for batting and fielding games this term, and today had a rounders match with Haresfield v Painswick and Selsley. Children learned the importance of communicating in a team when deciding whether to run to the next base, and catching and throwing skills were put to the test when fielding,

Butterfly Making Day

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Today Ospreys were visited by local artists Lorraine De Col and Susie Walker, to make butterfly sculptures for an art installation which will feature in Rodborough Hidden Gardens Project. We started by each making a caterpillar from recycled materials, tying strips of fabric around a foam body to form a multi coloured caterpillar. After break we were split into three groups, each with a different task: painting leaves and making flower stamen, making chrysalis cocoons, and decorating caterpillar eggs. After lunch everyone worked together to create butterflies, using translucent coloured layers stuck into a butterfly template. Ospreys had fantastic fun making all the sculptures, and also took time to draw some great caterpillar pictures. We are looking forward to seeing all our finished sculptures put together as an installation, which will be on display at Rodborough Church and then later at the Museum in the Park for the Festival of Nature.