Mini-Vinnies Harvest Festival Food Collection – Putting their faith into action!
Year 3 had a fascinating visit to Oaklands Museum. This local trip provided the children with an invaluable opportunity to explore and learn about the rich history of the Stone Age to the Iron Age.
Year 4 – Celebrating the importance of family through prayer and worship.
Years 1 and 2 – Celebrating Harvest Festival
Year 3 – Bringing Learning to Life
The children were absolutely thrilled to have Mr and Mrs Rajesparan, both esteemed professionals in the medical field, in our school, as they shared their knowledge about the digestive system and the human skeleton.
It was a truly engaging experience for our young learners, as they were able to witness their learning come to life through a range of exciting activities.
OLI Chaplaincy Team
Congratulations to our new chaplaincy Team who were commissioned during Wednesday’s whole school Mass
As part of our study of other faiths, the children at OLI received a special visit from Sidra Naeem. The children’s natural curiosity shone through, as they listened, asked questions and learned about the similarities between Islam and the Catholic religion. They even got to dress up in traditional clothing – including the teachers!
Under the Sea
The children were given an opportunity to use a virtual reality device to dive underwater and explore our world’s oceans. From the enormous whale shark to a magnificent sea turtle, children from Reception to Year 6 experienced an underwater journey like no other!
Reception Road Safety Talk
Reception parents were invited to join their children for a road safety talk, delivered by the Road Safety Team at Essex County Council. This talk is especially important for our children, as the school is positioned so closely to a busy main road.
A visit to the Magistrate’s Court
The school council had a fantastic afternoon visiting the Magistrate’s Court in Chelmsford. Whilst there they met three judges who told them all about their role. They also took part in a cyberbullying court case.
Year 1 Oaklands Museum Visit
Year 1 had a wonderful time learning about Chelmsford’s past in Oaklands Museum.
Junior Carol Concert led by Year 6!
Christmas Jumper and Christmas Dinner Day!
As part of their Religious curriculum studies, Julian Sorsby came into school to talk to the children about the Jewish festival, Rosh Hashanah. The children learnt that Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement.
Poppies, Poetry and Drama
Inspired by the poets of the Great War, today Years 1-6 had an opportunity to take part in a literature and drama workshop. During the session the children created scenes that wove together poetry, interviews with soldiers, and personal accounts from the different people involved.
OLI School Council
OLI’s school council met with Vicky Ford (Conservative MP for Chelmsford) to ask for her support in applying for funding for a new school porch! They were brilliant ambassadors for the school, and future MPs in the making!
Year 6 – Duxford
As part of their WWII studies, Year 6 travelled to Duxford to immerse themselves in the history of the period.
Year 1 – Pizza Express
Year 6 – Dyson Engineering Box
Year 6 have had an opportunity to take apart a tangle-free turbine head and an anti-tangle screw head, using their engineering skills and natural curiosity to better understand how the technology of a Dyson V12 Detect Slim Animal™ Vacuum works.
Year 6 – Lord Woolton’s Pie
Year 6 had great fun researching, preparing and evaluating the official recipe for the ‘Lord Woolton Pie’ This original recipe connects their study of World War II rationing with design and technology. Everyone agreed the pie was ‘delicious’!
‘Abbie Ayre and the shed of Science’
Year 5 have been chosen to take part in an Essex County Council project, to improve the air quality in and around schools. The project represents a unique opportunity for the children to understand the air equality around the school, and to engage in ways to personally make changes, and ultimately make improvements to the air we all breathe.
The project began this week with a visit from ‘Abbie Ayre and the shed of Science’.
School Council – The Houses of Parliament
This week the infants visited Barleylands Farm, where they enjoyed a Field to Fork Day. Throughout the day they met and fed animals, explored different farming methods, took a tractor ride around Barleylands, and cooked a healthy snack!
Borrowing the Moon!
This week the children were given the unique opportunity to touch a piece of space rock not of this Earth, as they were allowed to handle some genuine meteorites!
These rare samples of meteorites were by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and included 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite. It is unlikely that the children will ever get the chance to hold an object older than this, as Earth itself was formed 4.6 billion years ago!
An Exploration of the Heart with Dr Sophie Roche
Whole School Felt Making ProjectFelt Making
Designing a new Flyover for the Army & Navy Roundabout
Today we came together as a school for our May procession. This long-time tradition honours the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as mother to everybody.
Yesterday, the whole school was off timetable, focusing on everything royal, as they celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Grace (Year 6) was invited to attend Brentwood Cathedral where she was presented with the Brentwood Diocese Citizenship Award by Bishop Allen. Grace truly deserves this Award, and we are all extremely proud of her.
Year 3 Trip to Colchester Castle
As part of their preparation for studying the Romans, Year 3 travelled to Colchester to visit the largest Norman Keep in Europe – Colchester Castle.
Public Speaking Competition
Year 4 travelled to Anglia Ruskin University to take part in the Mighty Oaks’ Public Speaking Competition. We are delighted to announce that not only did they come first, but Scarlett and Isla were both awarded an extra gold medal for best chair and for stepping into another role unexpectedly.
Poetry by Heart Competition
We are delighted to announce that out of almost 1,500 entrants, Nanaserwaa in year 6 has been selected as a KS2 finalist for the Poetry By Heart Competition! Nanaswerwaa will get to perform her poems on the stage of the Globe Theatre in London, on Monday, 20th June before a panel of renowned poets, including the poet laureate, Simon Armitage.
The Poetry by Heart competition is a national event for children between key stage 2 – 5 to demonstrate their skills in poetry performance. Entrants are required to perform two poems: a pre and post 1914 poem by heart. The children are judged on the accuracy of the recital of the poems, clarity of delivery, interpretation and demonstrating an obvious passion for poetry.
Year 4 Trip to Harry Potter Studios
Year 4 travelled on their own ‘Night Bus’ this week as they travelled to the Harry Potter Studios. By all accounts, they had an amazing day!
Junior Easter Service
As part of our Lenten journey, the school community came together in Church to watch the Junior Easter Service.
The children had a fantastic morning exploring a variety of fossils, brought into the school by one of our pupils.
Walk Against Hunger
Everyone dressed in blue and yellow today to walk against hunger, whilst showing our solidarity with the people of Ukraine. With the support of our families the school raised an incredible £244, which will be shared between UNICEF and CAFOD – two agencies that are working hard to support a country in desperate need of help.
Year 5 Science Museum Trip
Year 5 were completely ‘wowed’ by the enormity of space, as they experienced the wonder of the universe at the 3d imax cinema in the Science Museum. During their trip, they also had an opportunity to visit the ‘Wonderlab’.
Spread across seven different zones, the children had lots of time to interact with real scientific phenomena. See lightning strike before their eyes, play with forces on giant slides and travel through space under a canopy of stars. This trip enriches the children’s educational experience in so many ways, and is definitely something we will be doing again.
British Science Week
To celebrate British Science Week, Mrs Henderson came to talk to the children about all things STEM related. The children had a brilliant time exploring fossils, learning about the process of purifying water and hearing the story of the exciting discovery of the Ichthyosaur. We will definitely be inviting Mrs Henderson back again!
OLI Literary Book Festival
This week the children were very excited to spend some time with children’s author, Maz Evans, and performance poet, Ian Bland. These brilliant visitors were invited into school as part of OLI’s inaugural Literary Book Festival – inspiring our children to get hooked on books!
Another fantastic World Book Day at Our Lady Immaculate!
Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Week – ‘Dressed to Express’, whilst raising money for Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society
Year 6 – Oaklands Museum
Year 6 were invited to trial a new digital trail at Oaklands Museum. Sparky the time travelling robot played hide and seek with the children as they journeyed through different historical time periods.
Year 1 Science with Mr Owens
There’s a Circus in town!
The children had a brilliant day developing a dazzling array of circus skills. Even the teachers got to join in!