Art, Science

Butterfly Art Installation at Rodborough Church

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

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.

Geography, History, Science

Ospreys Visit to Dunkirk Woollen Mill

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

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.