We had a wonderfully relaxed and fun final day in Ospreys today, with Pirates in the hall and board games in class. Thankyou to everyone for all the kind words and gifts I received today. Thankyou to all the parents who have been so very supportive and helpful throughout the year. Thankyou to all the parents and grandparents who have given their time to accompany the class to make it possible for us to go on all our day trips and visits. Thankyou especially from me to all the pupils in Ospreys who have worked so well, made amazing progress, and above all, been such fantastic fun to be with this year.

I hope you all have a fun filled Summer holiday!

Mr. Payne


Walk to Winstones and fossil finding on the Common.

On a very bright and sunny morning Ospreys set off from school up to Rodborough Common. We walked across the Common to get to Winstones Ice Cream Factory. We used the money made from selling our Spring poem booklet at the Summer Fair last week to buy each pupil an ice cream. We then set off towards the fort, and stopped in a large dippy to search for fossils. It very soon became evident that the sedimentary limestone of the Common was packed with fossilised sea creatures, as pupils found lots of different fossils of shells and ammonites. Pockets loaded with limestone, we began the walk back down the hill to school, just in time to cool down for ten minutes in class before lunch.


Art: Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’

Linked to our Science topic of plants, Ospreys have been looking closely at Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting, Sunflowers. We looked carefully at the style used in the painting: thick splodges of bold colours; before finding out the life and work of the artist himself. We first sketched the shape of the picture, observing carefully the shapes of the petals, and the heavy lines around some parts of the picture. In our second lesson we applied paint in short thick strokes, creating textures, and using different shades of the same colour to give a mottled, rustic effect. As you can see, Ospreys have produced some fantastic interpretations of this famous image.


Literacy: Poetry to express emotions

Our final literacy topic in Ospreys has been looking at emotive poetry. We have read different poems from various authors, and practiced reading them aloud with expression and passion to the class. We have used thesaurus to find synonyms for words to express emotions, and answered comprehension questions to analyse poems by known authors. We wrote our own versions of a poem called ‘Grrrrr. . . ‘, which is all about being very angry. For our finished writing task we will each write a free verse poem about something emotional that has happened to us at some time.


Art: River Journey Illustrations

In Literacy this term, Ospreys have been reading stories set near the sea or rivers. We are currently writing a recount of the journey of a river, following its course from the source in the mountains, to the river mouth as it opens out to the sea. We have been reading a rhyming story, called ‘The Journey’, by Neil Griffiths and Scott Mann, to help us plan our recount writing. We used the illustrations from the book, drawn by Judith Blake, to give us ideas for our own illustrations of a scene from our river recounts. We thought about how to create perspective in our pictures, and looked at the use of tone and shade, before beginning careful sketches. We then finished our illustrations with watercolour paints. Please come and see all our finished paintings outside Ospreys classroom!


Science: Investigating soil

What is soil? Where does it come from? What is it made of?

As part of our science studies of plants and also rocks and Soils, Ospreys have been learning about soil. We took soil samples from different areas all around the school grounds, mixed them with water in a glass jar, and then left them to settle into different layers of materials over the course of a couple of weeks. We also had samples from one pupil’s garden, and even a soil sample from Mr. Payne’s garden, to see if the soil from different places would contain different materials. Pupils observed their soil samples closely through a magnifying glass. They then drew a diagram, labelling the different layers they could see. The observed materials were then sorted into two categories: things that used to be alive, and things that had never been alive.

Who would have thought that dirt could be so interesting?


Maths Passport Mover!

Friday 29th July

It may be approaching the end of the Summer Term for Ospreys but there is still time left for learning and progress. Well done to another pupil who, after months of practice and hard work, this Friday completed all targets in Australasia within the time limit of the Maths Passport test, and is now able to move on up to Antarctica. Fantastic work!