Year 10

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10GJ Spring Blog 1

We have been learning about the school values and what they mean to us during our Mental Wealth lesson. For the last few weeks we have been looking at honesty. The class worked in two groups to create a short story in which someone tells a lie. They had to think about what the consequences of the lie would be. They then used puppets to tell their story.

One story was about a girl who was very unkind to her brother and then lied. The other story was set in a school and involved a boy who stole some sweets from his friend. In both stories the dishonest person was caught and had to face the consequences! The class really enjoyed using the puppets.

10GJ -Autumn Blog 2

This is a busy half term and we are all working hard, but we have been enjoying ourselves too. In English we are studying the topic of leisure and have been doing reading and comprehension activities to prepare for Entry Level assessments. In Science we have been studying Chemistry and doing many practical activities including making copper sulfate crystals. We have been learning about what makes a good employee in Work Related Learning and about values in RE.

We enjoyed Army Day and a doing a variety of activities for Children in Need. The students also took part in a seated volleyball tournament and came second place. We are looking forward to starting rehearsals for the Christmas production, some of the class have already started working on a dance for the show as part of Performing Arts option. There will be many more exciting things before the end of term including our Christmas dinner and celebration assembly.

10NL – Autumn Blog 1

10NL visited the Mary Rose College in Portsmouth, where they were able to use some of their amazing facilities. The Osborne Students had an amazing day and had the chance to do some sports, play on the trampolines and swings, to name a few. After a lovely lunch in the college hall our very happy students returned to school.

Archive 2018-2019

Summer 1 Blog 9GF

Spring 2 9AM

The second half of the spring term saw much hard work and a lot of fun too. We have been practicing our speaking and  listening skills by using ‘w-questions’ to ask each other about topics we are interested.  These included what we did at the weekend and the books we’ve have been reading.

The pupils have been looking after their mental wealth by sharing their feelings. We also rate them to understand that sad feelings don’t last and we soon feel happy again.

The Science Day was a lot of fun as we explored different activities to do with journeys. This included building bridges and making tunnels.

The term ended in grand style as many of us strutted our stuff on the dance floor. One of our class even got to DJ and spin the discs!

Spring 2 9GF

9GF enjoyed learning about flight during Science Day.  They investigated paper helicopters to see if they could improve the design to make them fly longer and further.  Next Lindsay set them a challenge to make a bridge, using only paper!  The bridges needed to be strong enough to take the weight of 20 counting cubes and span a 20cm gap.  Finally 9GF has an ‘Eggcellent’ time solving the egg drop challenge!  Using junk modelling materials to get their eggs safely down to the ground after dropping them from the balcony! Only one egg survived, but we all had a ‘smashing’ time!

Spring 2 9BR

As usual 9BR really enjoyed themselves on Army Day!

Spring 1 9BR

9BR had a lot of fun exploring the number 9 on the NSPCC Number Day!

Spring 1 9GF

We began this half term looking at traditional stories before beginning our work on stories from different cultures.  We have got to know the stories of Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk very well, by listening to different versions, sequencing and retelling the stories ourselves!  Then we began to think about how New Zealand’s culture is different to ours, by identifying and sorting some well-known features of the British and New Zealand Nations.  We have begun to find out about the traditional Maori Legend of Hatupatu and the Bird Woman.

Number Day

On Tuesday 5th February it was NSPCC Number Day.  We spent the day thinking all about numbers, particularly our own number- 8.  Everyone worked hard thinking about how we could create a piece of art to represent our number for the competition and the teamwork on show was very impressive. We used spiders and octopuses for our main theme but, we found lots and lots of different ways to show 8.   As you can see from the photos the resulting Mathematical Artwork is fantastic!  How many different representations of 8 can you spot?

Spring 1 9CM

We have been learning about traditional tales as part of our introduction to our English unit ‘Stories from other Cultures.’ We have been exploring The Hare and the Tortoise and Robin Hood. The class enjoyed writing their own sentences, using clicker 7 on the computer, having sensory experiences and even using a real bow and arrow! As you can see from our photos we have been working very hard. We are looking forward to moving onto the Maori story of Hatupatu and the Birdwoman. Watch this space!

Autumn 2/Spring 1 9AM

9AM have been very busy since our last blog.  We entered the recycling mural competition, designing and making a picture of the world from bottle tops.

Our creative juices also helped us to write and perform our own fantasy story in English. Our tale saw Super Mario battling witches and evil flying pugs. Mario was imprisoned but then rescued by a good king. The witches ended up in red hot lava!

For the Christmas tree competition we decided to make Osborne values Christmas tree.  We each made decorations that featured a value.

There were other special events that we enjoyed. We went to Portsmouth to play seated volley ball and took part in army activities on the Red, White and Blue day.  More details on these events are in the whole school blogs devoted to them.

We’ve been having fun in our regular lessons too. This has included reading our library books, learning about organs in the human body and playing games to improve our social skills.

Autumn 2- 9BR HDIW

In How Does It Work this term year 9 have been learning about Bridges and Structures. 9BR produced some fantastic structures from various materials, working both individually and in a team. Well Done 9BR!

Here is the 9BR “Chorus Line” from Aladdin. We all enjoyed preparing for and taking part in the amazing production.

9CM Autumn 1

We were all very excited to come back to school. We have a new member of the class; Isabella has come to join us.

In English we have been learning about fantasy characters. You could watch a fantasy film, or research in your local library to find a fantasy story. Have you got any at home you could bring in?

Gabs liked the aliens, Olivia loves unicorns. Cam loves monsters. He got a Head Teacher’s award for his work on fantasy characters.

We have been exploring a story called ‘Something fishy.’

It starts in a normal laundrette then a lady goes into an underwater fantasy world where there are swimming socks and a pair of jeans shark! We have been busy matching, ordering and writing our own sentences. I wonder where we will go on our fantasy adventure next?

9AM Autumn 1

9AM have hit the ground running and have made a splendid start to term.  Here are some ideas for how to help us learn this term.

English – everyone has a reading book from the library that can be read at home. The new library day when we can change books is Tuesday.  If your child can read it for 10 minutes in the evening on as many days as possible, that would be great!

Maths – the website ‘ABCya!’ has many great games on it that our pupils enjoy. You can change the difficulty of activities by selecting a different grade – hunt through grades 2 and 3 to begin with. The only games to avoid would be the money ones – they refer to dollars and cents as this is a US website. There is a section for English games too.

Other subjects – any chats around the following would help –  functions of the main human organs, why dreams can be weird and  different types of holiday.

9BR Autumn 1

9BR are enjoying working on the Fantasy genre in English and in Art. They are getting into the world of Harry Potter and demonstrating some very imaginative skills!! This will lead nicely into our Shakespeare work after half term where we will explore the play of Macbeth. The witches scene will be a good contrast to that of Hogwarts. We are all looking forward to Futures Evening on Monday 24th September. Year 9 pupils and parents are invited to come and chat to staff from a range of colleges who will be in attendance in the hall. First opportunity to see what’s on offer beyond Key Stage 4. Some pupils have already signed up for ambassador duties that evening. Prefects of the future?

2017-2018 Archive

8CM Summer 2 Blog

In ‘How Does it Work’ 8CM have been learning about recycling. We explored different materials and looked at what could be recycled. We found out paper was made from trees.

Osborne School are currently taking part in a big recycling project. We have been collecting and sorting bottle tops. The whole school is going to create a mural using bottle tops. There are green ones, red ones, blue ones, grey ones, black ones and white ones amongst others! They are mainly round but some are big and some are small.

We have enjoyed sorting them into all their different colours!

8AM Summer 1 Blog

8AM have been having a great time.  In English we have been looking at the poem called ‘The Highwayman’.  We had fun role-playing a stage coach robbery and reading out the poem in a scary voice.  We also enjoyed understanding how air can slow your fall by making and dropping parachutes in science.

8AM Spring 2 Blog

8AM had a lot of fun in the second half of the spring term.  We finished reading Holes and found out that it had a very happy ending which we enjoyed very much.  The class looked at acids and alkalies in Science, testing foods and looking at the different soils certain plants grow best in.  The pupils also looked at Henry VIII and discovered, like us, that he had a lot of hobbies.

Science Day. Spring 2 8HC

8HC thoroughly enjoyed Science Day this year! It was based around the topic of exploration and discovery. We enjoyed many activies such as looking at absorbent materials and their uses, hunting for bugs, a school safari and bird watching and birds nest building.
The students enjoyed some quiet time listening to different birdsong before venturing outside with their bird watching lists to try and spot as many common garden birds as possible.
After our bird watching activity we worked together to build a birds nest, remembering all the facts about the materials birds use and how they construct their nests.

Army Day. Spring 2 8HC

On Wednesday 7th March 2018, the Army people came to Osborne School to do lots of activities and to teach us about the Army and what the Army does.

We started out in a tent, and it was a little bit dark. The Army sometimes have to sleep outside in the tent, in the dark. When it is dark they use torches and glow sticks for lights. We had a look around the tent and then we each had a go at snapping the glow sticks. When we snapped and shook the glow sticks, they glowed and it lit up the tent.

After the tent, Jacob, Kaci, Jess, Gemma and Roxanne went hunting for Army equipment which was hidden in the trees and around the benches. We found 10 pieces of equipment, including a helmet, a backpack, a small bag, tins and a tyre. We then spoke to a soldier called Tom who told us about how people in the Army sleep outside in sleeping bags and a shelter.

After this, we went to practice some Army drills. First of all we learnt how to salute. We learnt that you had to raise your right hand up to your eye line and then bring it down quickly to your side. We also practiced marching, halting and saluting each other.

After the drill we went back inside and participated in the obstacle course. Everybody liked the obstacle course. It was a bit difficult to fit through the tunnel! We had to scramble through the tunnel, throw bean bag grenades at the targets, then we tried to crawl under some poles and run in and out of hoops and tyres. We all thought it was great fun. Some of us hit the targets with our bean bag grenades too!

Our last activity was where we got to dress up in Army uniform and we learnt all about Army food. The uniform was really heavy to wear. Kaci tried on as gas mask, but it smelt like other people’s faces! We learnt that in the Army you have eat 6000 calories each day. The meals they have are sealed in packets and you often have to add water. The types of meals were a chickpea curry, beans and pasta salad, cheese spread which was really smelly and wasn’t very nice at all. There were different types of cakes and biscuits but the soldiers said they didn’t taste very nice either!

We all really enjoyed the Army visit and we are looking forward to the next one!

Spring 2 Army Day 8CM

8CM took part in Army day. We dressed up in Army gear, including hats, shirts and masks! We were shown how to stand and how to salut! We had to complete an assault course. We had to crawl through tunnels, throw bean bags at targets and go under nets. It was fantastic! Outside, we all went into a tent. There were lots of bright glow stick lights. They were all different colours, red, blue and green.

Some of the class went to explore the sort of tent the army sleep in. It was very small, you could only just fit two people in there! It would be very cold as the tent had no sides! We all had a go at everything on offer and really enjoyed it. We all got certificates too.

Olivia- ‘It was incredible!’

Gabs- ‘It looks lovely’

Dillon ‘ It was amazing’

Lee enjoyed dressing up as a soldier.

Cam ‘I liked wearing all the gear’

Kasandra ‘I went to the army Claire’ ‘I like the net’

Ruby enjoyed herself, she liked running through the tires and going under the bars.

Brandon ‘I thought it was excellent’

 8GJ Spring 2 Blog

I like music because you get to play lots of cool instruments. I love doing art because I like painting lots of pictures. I also like colouring things. – Libby

I liked playing dodge ball. We went to a tournament to play with other schools. It was good and we got a medal – Mason.

I enjoyed Army Day because I got the chance to meet the army (not the whole army) and do some fun activities. My favourite activities were learning how to march and salute, doing obstacle courses and throwing bean bags into hoops and nets or even at the army person! – Lauren

I have enjoyed Science Day because I like Space. There are planets that we have not found yet in other galaxies. – Kieran

8AM Spring 1 Blog 8AM enjoyed a great half term. Amongst other activities, we have enjoyed looking at Sikh clothes and practices. There were many wonderful marble runs constructed in ‘How does it work’. In ‘Mental Wealth’ we have explored our emotions including what makes us happy. Finally – we got a new teacher called Adam!

8CM Spring 1 Blog- In ‘How Does it Work’ we have been learning all about Marble Runs! We have really enjoyed exploring different marble runs and using equipment to create marble routes. As part of our research we have also watched some epic marble runs as part of ‘marble run jukebox’ where we watch a marble run and say whether we liked it or not. There are not many that we don’t like! Our favourite is one which goes underwater!

8GJ Spring Term – Class Blog

“This Spring Term in Literacy we are reading a book called “A Glimmer in Time”. So far the story has a good start. I’m very excited about reading it again.” – Lewis

“In English we are reading the book “Holes”. I am enjoying it because it is interesting. In Science we are learning about sound and how it travels through the air – James

“I like communication with Emma. We talk about feelings and it helps me to chill-out and calm myself.” – Libby

“In PE this term we are doing gymnastics. I like doing PE in the Hall. In ICT we are learning about viruses. We have learned how viruses affect your computer and how to remove a virus. To finish the lesson we had to draw a virus attacking a computer and put it in a PowerPoint.” – Lauren

“I like HDIW because we are learning how to make marble runs. If you don’t like marble run then you are no friend to me!” – Xander

15/01/17 8HC Let’s get Creative
This term, 8HC have been exploring ‘The Sea’ in Let’s Get Creative. We have watched some magical sea videos and have studied tropical fish in an interactive aquarium. We have now moved on to creating our art work, using all the inspirational images that we have seen in our research.
We used wax relief techniques to create a wave effect on the paper. Wax crayons created ripples. and water colours added a whimsical water feel to our art work.
The students then added cut out sea creatures, decorated with wax crayons, to create our sea scape scenes.


22/12/17 8CM Christmas Tree and Christmas dinner!

In 8CM we all really enjoyed having our Christmas dinner in the hall. It was delicious. We had great fun sitting together, pulling crackers and wearing Christmas hats. Every year at Osborne we take part in the ‘Lyn Edwards Christmas Tree Competition’ This year 8CM designed ‘Elf and Safetree’ incorporating some of the safety signs we had learnt about in ‘Where are we going where do we come from.’ We worked really well as a team to decorate our tree. We were really pleased with all the paper chains. Lee made a pictello on his IPAD to explain to the judges how we designed the tree. We think you’ll agree it looks great! Well done to Gabs, Leo and Cam who were awarded gold discs in celebration assembly.

8ET Class Blog 1/12/17
In preparation for Christmas 8ET made their Christingles.  We had a lot of fun completing them!  Everybody worked hard to complete their own and did it with very little help.  Putting on the sweets were tricky for some but Ryan was pleased that he did it without any help at all.  Well done all!

17/11/17 8CM RE

In RE we are learning about remembering and waiting. We have been looking at Advent. This week we followed instructions to create Christingles. Gabs, Dillon and Olivia worked independently to follow instructions to create their Christingles. Cam worked really well with some staff support. Lee, Leo, Ruby and Kasandra worked in a group, taking turns to complete different parts. Kasandra and Lee loved pulling the tape. The class were all very pleased with the results. Well done 8CM.

06/11/17 Lets Get Creative
In 8HC we have been exploring ‘pattern’ in our Let’s Get Creative lessons. We have been working on an artist study of William Morris and have enjoyed examining his pattern work, replicating his prints and creating some of our own.
We have been looking carefully at nature and natural objects and how we can use these to create pattern. In one of our favourite lessons, we used silk flowers to make William Morris style prints in bold colours.
The students absolutely loved this task, some of them got particularly creative, using two tone paint effects on the flowers and overlapping different flower shapes to create a more textured piece of art work.
We have used our prints as inspiration for some clay tiles, where we will be printing onto clay using leaves, flowers and grasses in the style of William Morris.

04/11/17- Shakespeare Week

8CM really enjoyed exploring Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ this week for Shakespeare School’s week. All our learning has been based around the play. We learned about the characters, the setting and the themes. We  created our own Islands, followed instructions to create origami boats, and made our own monsters using features and shapes. In science we loved making shaving foam rain clouds and watching them rain.

The students absolutely loved it. We also enjoyed listening to the Tempest rap and creating a sensory storm.

Excellent work all round 8CM.

6/10/17- Science

In science this half term, 8HC have enjoyed investigating chemical reactions. We particularly enjoyed learning about bubbles, exploring different types of bubble machines and wands, making our own bubble wands to investigate whether we could change the shape of a bubble (it turns out you cant!) and creating the BEST bubble solution – adding sugar to washing up liquid and water. We also thoroughly enjoyed our investigation into whether you could blow a bubble inside a bubble, using straws to create bubble domes. Gemma managed to blow 5 bubbles inside another bubble. Very impressive!
Although we have got a bit wet and very soapy, we have enjoyed this unit immensely. We are looking forward to our next investigation even more…’why does popcorn change shape’!

5/10/17- Science

In science 8CM have been exploring different changes. We made popcorn and observed how the heat changed the corn (we LOVED watching the slow motion video clip). We melted ice and chocolate and observed how they changed. Our favourite experiment was looking at how lemon juice changed the colour of cabbage dye. We didn’t enjoy the smell of the cabbage dye but we enjoyed tasting the lemon! The lemon juice created a tye dye effect on the cabbage cloth and it was fun watching how it changed colour to bright pink!

Year 7    2016-2017

10/07/17- A visit from Zoo Lab

On Monday as part of WGWCF, the whole of year 7 had a visit from Zoo lab. They bought some animals in for the  students to meet.

We met Alan the snail, Stanley the millipede, Milly the tarantula, Ruby the corn snake, Ernie the gerbil and Henry the tortoise.

The students listened really well and asked lots of questions. Some students touched and  held the animals whilst others said hello.

Here are some things 7CM found out…

  • A millipede has 268 legs.
  • Snakes feel very soft.
  • Snails have a slimy foot so they can stick to surfaces and climb walls.
  • Tortoises hide in their shell if they are scared as their skin is really stretchy (Henry didn’t hide from year 7!)

14/6/17- Marwell Zoo

On Wednesday 14th May students in year 7 went on a Rotary Club Kid’s Day Out to Marwell Zoo. The students had a wonderful time in the sunshine, exploring the zoo and seeing lots of animals. We went around the zoo in groups, meeting up to have packed lunch together. We had an ice cream when we got back to school. It was a great day out. The monkeys were funny and we enjoyed seeing the meercats sunbathing!


16/05/17 On Thursday IPAD Jo came to 7CM.  Jo bought the IPADS and we discovered an app where you can draw a picture and then play it. Your picture plays music! Claire drew a picture of Brandon wearing purple glasses. We enjoyed making patterns.

Dillon and Brandon Petford.

05/05/17   Ipad project

On Thursday 7Cm starting taking part in an IPAD project, using IPADS to make music. The first app we used was called Toka band. You can put characters into different positions. They play different instruments and make different sounds. We had a lot of fun!

Cameron ‘ I liked the spooky cat’

Brandon ‘ I liked the opera singer, you could play her jumper!’

Gabs ‘I like the alarm clock, it sounds like a cooking timer.’

Leo ‘ I like the rapper.’


Today Gabs, Leo, Cameron, Ruby and Callum went on a trip to Holden farm. We had a great day experiencing life on a working farm. Our day started with grinding our own flour and making bread which we later took home to sample. We fed and stroked the chickens, we saw sheep, we made our own little sheep by wrapping wool and this was all before lunch! After lunch we watched a digger dance, followed a tractor trail through the warm grass and went on a lovely sensory walk to find wild garlic. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed experiencing a new environment.


Osborne are currently taking part in the Golden Mile initiative. The students walk, run or drive around  a 250m lap and then log the number of laps they do. All the students are really enthusiastic about it and are eager to log their laps and see how far they have traveled.

Here are 7CM in action!


7CM really enjoyed all of the World Book Day activites with this year’s theme ‘Do Something Booky.’ We all visited the Book Swap, run by Osborne College, swapping our books for new ones. We loved interacting with the sensory stories in the Bag Books workshop too. It was a lot of fun!

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7HC thoroughly enjoyed taking part in World Book Day events today.
Highlights included participating in a Shakespearean workshop run by a professional Actor, where the students created freeze frames to depict different scenes in Romeo and Juliet. We discussed events in our favourite books and made freeze frames of some of these. We enjoyed creating a Jungle Book scene with the students becoming different animals.
We also enjoyed getting some new books at the Book Swap and sharing them with each other.
Finally we used potatoes and made characters using different craft materials. We created pigs, bees, a tractor  and  even sweetcorn!!

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As part of our How Does It Work sessions, 7HC have been making cushion covers.

We designed our lettering and chose patterned material to compliment our background colour. We then learnt how to sew by hand using a running stitch.

After this, the students had a go with the sewing machine, using different types of stitches and practicing sewing in a straight line. Once they had mastered this, we sewed together our cushion covers and appliqued the letter designs.

I am sure you agree they look fantastic!

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In Science we have been learning about light. Today in 7CM we explored reflection. We used mirrors to reflect pictures we had drawn. Some students worked out that we had to write our names backwards in order to see them written correctly when reflected. We also made arrows which, when reflected, appeared to get longer as the mirror moved. We had a lot of fun exploring reflection.








DATE: 6/10/16


We entered a scarecrow competition as part of the Harvest Festival at Winchester Cathedral and we won!

The pupils worked collaboratively together to make their scarecrow and bird using recyclable resources. Mary and Paul (as voted for by our pupils) were created through several curriculum subjects that incorporated collecting and sorting through different recyclable man-made materials, identifying different 3D shapes, whilst having ample opportunities to work together to develop their problem solving skills.

The pupils learnt the concept of recycling/reusing materials and how their rubbish at home can come in very handy.

The pupils were very proud of their scarecrow and bird. Throughout the project they worked hard, listened to each others ideas and were delighted at their end result.

DATE: 21/9/16

In Year 7 music, we are learning all about Samba! We watched and listened to a Brazilian carnival, indentifying sounds and instruments. It was really colourful and very noisy! Kasandra liked the sound of the whistle. We have been playing lots of Samba instruments like the Surdo drums, Caixa shakers, the Ganza and the Agogo bells. Each instrument has it’s own rhythm. We have had a go on all the different instruments and now we are going to create our own Samba piece. We always start our piece by saying ‘Are you ready to Samba!’  It can be quite tricky to keep all the different ryhthms going. Dillon’s favourite is the Agogo bells and Lee likes the Surdo drum. Gabs enjoys using a beater on the Caixa drum whilst Leo enjoyed shaking the Ganza. Cameron enjoys helping everyone set up their instruments, he keeps the heart beat of the piece really well. Kasandra enjoys the different beats. Brandon is really good at chanting the rhythms and remebering all the instruments names. It’s a lot of fun and very energetic!


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