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Enabling Enterprise!
Amey Lewis

Oasis Academy Warndon have been working with Enabling Enterprise since 2017, and are keen to ensure children across the school have opportunities to work creatively and collaboratively whilst using their essential skills. Today's enterprising challenge was a great chance for everyone to be focusing on developing their 'skills'.

Uni-que University

The day started off with the learners using their Listening Carefully skills by interviewing the student ambassadors to find out about their different experiences of university and the Essential Skills required to do their courses, which could range from broadcasting and journalism to law and business studies. The learners then explored what makes a university by carrying out their own research into the different faculties and the associated facilities to support these. They were then taken on a tour of their hosts facilities. Inspired by what they had seen around them, teams then began designing their own dream university as a way of channelling their Using Imagination skills. Teams designs were incredibly creative and innovative, taking into account what students would need to help them study, practise, relax and even eat and drink. The day culminated in group presentations to the student ambassadors, designed to persuade prospective future students to study there.

Written by Newman University

Children in Need 2018
Amey Lewis

At Oasis Academy Warndon we had Pudsey Bear come and visit us in school on Monday 5th November for Children in Need 2018. We all got to meet him and he bought round a wishing well that we put our money into. My friend and I then went round every class from Reception to Year 6 , the next day. Most students around the Academy put , 1p,2p 20p, 50p or even a pound into the well! Some of our teachers put money to donate and gave a penny to every student to 'Make A Wish'. As we left a class, I heard someone say “ I’m going to bring in £10 to donate!”

I’m sure we have raised lots of money for this important charity. We hope to raise more on Friday 16th November 2018 when children come dressed in rock star or pudsey bear themed clothes!

Hayley-Year 6

Attendopoly
Amey Lewis

Introducing Attendopoly. Our very own version of Monopoly!

Here at Warndon we have introduced a brand new board game. Attendopoly, based on the all time favourite family game of Monopoly. However the catch is it is all based around the Warndon area.

Same sort of rules apply each registration group has a board piece. Each week the top 3 classes with the best attendance will receive points to move around the board. 1st will get 6, 2nd will get 4 and 3rd will receive 2. 

If they land on community chest or chance it is the same as Monopoly where they follow the instructions on the card.

If they land on stations they will receive a tasty treat. If they land on Worcester Warriors or Worcester Races they will receive a sporty treat.

When they land on jail they must get 6 points to get out. Landing on free parking results in missing of turns.

When they pass go they will receive raffle tickets for the class.

Lets get Oasis Warndon to 96%

Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages!
Amey Lewis

A few weeks ago, year five went to Warwick Castle. This was an opportunity to learn more about medieval crimes and their punishments. These are a few of our favourite things that we remember from the trip.

We liked the risk of climbing Guy’s Tower, it felt risky and scary, which also made it exciting and the view from the top was awe-inspiring!

We learnt how in the Middle Ages every single crime will always equal a punishment (no matter how small) this meant the punishments were often unfair and mean! We visited a Gaol, which looked like a very dark dungeon. The Gaol had a small hole in the ground called ‘The Oubliette’, which means ‘forgotten’ and if placed in here, you would be forgotten about and starve to death!

One of the funniest moments on the trip was watching the archer. He told us that most of the archers in battle are peasants and that the knights spend all their time lazing  around – probably sitting in the pub – until the battle has been won and they can ride in to steal the glory!

   

Museum of World War 2!
Hannah Skinner

This week Year 6 went on a fabulous trip to Bewdley Museum. We learnt many facts about WW2 that we did not know- Harriet, Kallie and Michael share some of them with you throughout this blog.

 

By Harriet Elt, Kallie Anne Smith and Michael Clay. 

This week Year 6 went on a fabulous trip to Bewdley Museum. We learnt many facts about WW2 that we did not know- we will share some of them with you throughout this blog.

Firstly, we learned about evacuation, where children from cities were evacuated to safer places in the countryside. 2 million children were evacuated in the period between 1st -3rd September 1939 few days before war broke out. After this segment we learned about bombs, from incendiary devices to larger bombs that destroyed important infrastructure. The ARP (Air Raid Precaution) went around the city and made sure that people were following the blackout procedures – the blinds should be down and lights would be out. Interestingly, we found out that lamp posts and other things that people might bump into were painted white at the bottoms so people could see them in the dim light and no injuries would happen from people bumping into them.

Next, we learned about ration books. Rations were to make sure everyone had an equal amount of food. People were also encouraged to grow their own vegetables. You only had a certain amount of food each week (i.e. one egg and 50g of butter!) It was not a lot, but people made it last and were very inventive.  People also learned how to reuse and recycle, as they could not buy new clothes anymore. They knitted and made rag rugs and repaired any damaged clothes.

We had our lunch and got to go to the gift shop, where we could spend our money!  After lunch, the guides told us about gas masks. Everyone had gas masks and they were well trained to put them on quickly, they even had drills in school. Children had different types of gas masks, based on Micky mouse. Everyone had to take their masks everywhere they went, but there was no use of gas during WW2. Babies had a type of mask that parents put them in and then pumped air into.

Finally, we got to try out some’ rag rugging’ and some typical games –like skipping, hoopla, cup and ball and yo yo’s. These were really fun!

We had a great time and the staff at the museum were lovely. We arrived back at school by about 2.45!

At the Heart of The Community- ‘Bus Travel for the Elderly and Provisions of Bus Shelters’
Hannah Skinner

Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Oasis Academy Warndon. Over the summer, our Year 5 students were set the task of writing a letter to the queen about a topic they felt passionately about.One of our students, Billi-Neal Baker, proved to be a thoughtful member of the community when he chose ‘Bus travel for the elderly and the provisions for bus shelters’.

Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Oasis Academy Warndon.

Over the summer, our Year 5 students were set the task of writing a letter to the queen about a topic they felt passionately about.

One of our students, Billi-Neal Baker, proved to be a thoughtful member of the community when he chose ‘Bus travel for the elderly and the provisions for bus shelters’. He explained that he feels it unfair for elderly people to have to wait until 9:30am to use their free bus pass to get onto public transport in Worcester.

He also feels there is a need to have more bus shelters put up around the city as opposed to bus stops. He cares so deeply about the topic he decided to actually forward on his letter.

Billy was lucky enough to receive a reply in the summer. In the letter, Her Majesty explained that the issue needed to be referred to local MP’s rather than the palace, but she appreciated his efforts. Billi-Neal followed her advice and wrote to the local MP Mr Robin Walker, who agreed arranged to meet him to discuss his concerns. As a result, Mr Walker referred this matter onto the Department of Transport and First Group Bus Service.

This week Billy received a response from the Department of Transport, MP Nusrat Ghani. Ms. Ghani explained that she has a lot of respect for Billi-Neal for speaking up for the community! First Bus Group are so impressed at the interest he has taken an in the issue, that they want to give him a tour around the depo. All of the concerns Billy had are being considered by the council.

He hopes to hear something soon to discover his impact upon the community. We are very proud of the ambitious character Billy is and how well he represents our Academy.