P.E.: Quick-Sticks Hockey

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Ospreys today tried out a new ream game in PE, a four a side version of hockey called Quick Sticks. We warmed up with relay races, dribbling a ball around a cone, and practicing passing to get used to using the hockey stick. We divided into teams of four to play against each other. Ospreys soon adapted to the team tactics. We look forward to improving our hockey skills again next week.

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P.E. Athletics

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On a very sunny Monday afternoon this week, Ospreys went onto the field to practice for athletic events for mini olympics. Pupils raced across the field to find the fastest sprinters. We discussed techniques for long jump, before having a practice, and then attempted to beat the longest long jumps.

Architecture Topic: Visit to Woodchester Mansion

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As part of our studies of architecture this year, Ospreys went to visit Woodchester Mansion last Thursday, as a local example of building in the Victorian Gothic Revival style. We followed the play trail through the park, stopping to experience the climbing logs, zip wire, see saw and rope swings. There was also lots to see and talk about in the woods, including uprooted trees and layers of Cotswold limestone visible along the way. One lucky pupil found a fantastic fossil. We had a picnic lunch outside, before our guided tour of the mansion itself. We found out about the story of the Leigh family, that started the building of the house, and about the architectural features of the building. We got to watch the bats in the bat room, and finished the tour with a visit to the vaulted cellars beneath the building. Thankyou to all the parents who came along to support our trip. We all had a fantastically fun and interesting day!

Literacy: can you describe swimming with a dolphin?

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Ospreys have been sharing the story, ‘Dolphin Boy’, by Michael Morpurgo, which tells the tale of Jim, a boy who befriends a dolphin. Pupils read a passage of the story independently, and thought of comprehension questions to ask each other. We used thesauruses to find adjectives, adverbs, verbs and descriptive phrases to go into a word bank of useful words to use for our writing. We then wrote an introduction for our descriptive passage together, pooling our ideas, before beginning the main task of describing what it would be like to ride with a dolphin in the sea.

Topic: Architecture

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Ospreys Visit to Caerphilly Castle

On Tuesday this week we learned about how the Normans gradually replaced wooden Motte and Baileycastleswith heavily defended Stone Keep Castles, and today we went to visit one of the largest Norman castles in Britain. Caerphilly is a huge 12th century concentric Stone castle, surrounded by a double moat. We explored the towers, rooms and grounds of the castle, looking at the evidence of different defensive features that once kept attackers at bay. We saw a leaning tower, medieval toilets, portcullis, murder holes, lots of arrow slit windows, and a life size trebuchet and ballista.

Literacy: Animal Adventure Stories

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In our new topic we have been reading ‘The Hodgeheg’, by Dick King Smith, which tells of the adventures of a young hedgehog called Max. In a SPAG activity, we found animal names made up of compound words, using books from the school library to find as many animals as possible. We then switched the vowels in the animal names around, to create new words. Pupils then began planning to write their own animal adventure story, choosing an animal and thinking of a challenge it would need to overcome. We then made a word bank to collect adjectives, adverbs, verbs, onomatopoeic words and other useful vocabulary, before setting the scene in the opening sentences to our stories.

Literacy: Spring Rhyming Couplet Poetry

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Over the past couple of weeks, Ospreys have been studying traditional poetry by the author, Robert Louis Stephenson. We have also looked at many poems about Spring by other authors, collecting descriptive phrases, metaphors and similes in a word bank to use in our own poetry. We created a plan for writing by collecting rhyming words, and then pairing them to make rhyming couplets. After drafting and editing our poems, we illustrated copies of our final finished poems in our Art lesson.