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.

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.


Water Conservation with Severn Trent Water

On Thursday, Ospreys were visited by Maxine from Severn Trent Water. We learned about how all water is recycled, cleaned and reused. We looked at different ways in which household water can be needlessly wasted, and also considered ways in which water could be better conserved in the home, having fun measuring out wasted water as part of the activity. Ospreys learned how dirty water is cleaned at a sewage processing plant, before being returned to our homes.


Butterfly Observation Walk on Rodborough Common

On a beautiful sunny morning, Ospreys set off across the school field, up the steep walk to the Common, where we met the Butterfly Conservation Officer for Rodborough Common. Jen told us about the features of the Common that made it a special habitat for many species of butterfly, including the rare Duke of Burgundy and Adonis Blue. We learned that the Duke of Burgundy butterfly lays its eggs on the underside of the leaves of cowslip flower plants, and that the Adonis Blue prefers chalky limestone grassland habitats. Ospreys set off in small groups to look to see what species of butterfly they could spot, ticking off those that they saw and taking photos. Each group also made an audio recording of the sounds they could hear, which will be used as part of our art installation for the Rodborough Hidden Gardens Project. We walked across the Common to the fort, where we stopped for a break to play in the sunshine, before walking back down the hill to school in time for lunch.

What an interesting and fun morning!


Butterflies on Display

In our Art lesson this week, we studied images of different species of butterfly, looking closely at the intricate patterns and marking on their wings, before having a go at creating a careful pencil sketch. We looked at six different species, including the rare Adonis Blue and Duke of Burgundy, which are both to be found on Rodborough Common. We folded our drawing paper in half, to help to keep our butterfly sketches symmetrical. We coloured our sketches using paint and pencil colours, matching the colours of the butterfly species as closely as possible. Our finished pictures were then cut out, and given antennae made from modelling wire. These butterflies will go on to our display board in class, alongside printed PowerPoint slides with facts about butterflies, which Ospreys have been creating in Computing lessons. Come in and see our colourful butterfly display!


Visit to Forest Green Rovers’ New Lawn Football Stadium

On Wednesday morning, Ospreys met at the home ground of Forest Green Rovers FC, the smallest club in the English football league, and the world’s greenest football club. We started the day by sharing ideas about what makes Forest Green unique. We talked about the history of the team and the club’s commitment to sustainability under the current owner. We also watched some news reports about the club, and interviews with the club owner, Dale Vince, the manager and some of the players. We then learned about the club’s commitment to vegan food and use of environmentally friendly materials, such as the organic football pitch and bio-degradable goal nets, as the use of solar powered floodlights and robot lawn mower, recycled rainwater, and electric car charging points. Ospreys then learned about what a completely vegan diet means, and tried some vegan milk, before limbering up to practice some football skills in some games together. After lunch we learned about the plans to build a new stadium, using environmentally friendly materials, and pupils were invited to think of a name for the new home for the club. Pupils then teamed up to build a model of the stadium from recycled scrap materials. Finally, we were taken for a tour of the ground, visiting the corporate hospitality suites, media room, and players’ fitness gym. We then all thanked our guide, Jenny, for a really interesting, memorable and fun day!