Our News items

Shoebox Appeal 2018 , by Miss Barlow

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 1:41pm

A huge thank you to everyone who dontaed to this year's St Helen's Rotary Shoebox Appeal. We donated 70 boxes in total which is just fantastic!

Our Beautiful Christmas Tree, by Miss Barlow

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 1:29pm

This moning, we held our annual Bauble Sevice. All our children hung a bauble on the tree. Doesn't it look fantastic!

Year 2 Nativity- A King is Born , by Miss Barlow

Date: 30th Nov 2018 @ 1:13pm

Just over a week away until our fabulous Year 2 peform this Year's Nativity- A king is Born. They are busy practising their lines and singing the songs.

Revision Books, by Mr Weston

Date: 8th Nov 2018 @ 3:04pm

Many thanks to all parents who attended Parents' Evening yesterday. Hopefully, the meeting proved useful. Certainly for me, it's fantastic to know that we have such supportive parents and that I know we're all pulling in the same direction for the benefit of our children.

A couple of parents asked about revision books. I did show a book by the publisher 'Haslam & Hall' which is a small revision guide for both Maths and English (the Maths is probably the more useful of the two), and costs £2 from their website (or £3.99 for a Kindle version on Amazon). Also, we will be buying revision workbooks for the children, which parents can then purchase from us. Traditionally, this has happened early in the Spring term. I will let you know as soon as we have these ready as I know some of you are keen to get your hands on them already!

Art week, by Mrs Heskett

Date: 28th Jun 2018 @ 3:09pm

Reception have been inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy this week.

the children have worked hard to produce some amazing art.

SAT Revision, by Mr Weston

Date: 18th Apr 2018 @ 4:04pm

Year 6 has been working hard this week revising for the upcoming SATs. We especially had some really positive results from our practice Reading test (the 2017 SAT paper).

On Tuesday, we watched this video to help explain the punctuation of 'commas for clarity'. Pink zebra crossing!


Battery Hunt! , by Miss Barlow

Date: 23rd Feb 2018 @ 3:03pm

We have had an amazing response to the Big Battery Hunt collection. Our battery bin has been inundated with batteries to recycle. A huge well done to all our pupils for taking part. A special metion to Alex in Year 6 who made an extra effort to spread the recycling message. He put posters up in his mum and dad's work place. He even put a message up on his grandad's running club's FaceBook page. He clearly got the messge across as he collected 1230 batteries! Well done Alex- our Battery Hunt Champion!



Oakdene Primary School's Bug House, by Miss Barlow

Date: 23rd Feb 2018 @ 2:59pm

Check out our new bug house. It is fantastic! A huge thank you to Mrs Graney for putting it together for us. She did a far better job than Miss Barlow! We hope it will bring new wildlife to our school and will be used in our science lessons.

We enjoyed number day!, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 2nd Feb 2018 @ 4:36pm

All of our work in Year 4 today was number related - even English! We created our own acrostic poems about maths. Take a look at a couple of them.

Times table challenge, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 25th Jan 2018 @ 4:37pm

Some of Year 4 have represented our school against 6 other schools in our network today. Well done to Harvey, Amelia, Logan and Rosie on your fantastic times tables work :) We came a very credible 2nd!

Spring 1 curriculum plan, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 10th Jan 2018 @ 9:25am

Look at what we have learned on Ancient Greece, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 10th Jan 2018 @ 9:12am

Thank you!, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 21st Dec 2017 @ 3:47pm

Mrs Hamlin and Mrs Garton-Pope would like to say a huge thank you to all of Year 4 and their families for all the Christmas gifts and cards. Your generosity is unbelievable!

Have a fabulous Christmas and New Year. See you in 2018 smiley

Have you seen our tweets?, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 14th Dec 2017 @ 9:26pm

Please find us on Twitter if you haven't done so already. @DickKingSmith has retweeted our writing and replies have commented on the amazing handwriting. Well done Year 4.

Reception Share Christmas Workshop, by Miss Barlow

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 2:20pm

 Reception Christmas Share took place this afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed making a Christmas snowman with their parents. Thank you to Miss Wendy who organised the afternoon and got everyone into the festive spirit. 


Rotary Shoeboxes Collected, by Miss Barlow

Date: 24th Nov 2017 @ 2:13pm

A huge thank you for all the Rotary shoeboxes you donated. They were collected today and we just about managed to squeeze them into the car!

Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2017, by Miss Barlow

Date: 10th Nov 2017 @ 3:20pm

We have had lots of shoeboxes sent in already. Thank you so much for all of your generous donations. Remember, you have till Friday 24th November if you wish to donate a shoebox to this fantastic cause.


Listen to our amazing musicians!, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 20th Oct 2017 @ 12:43pm

Our super brass players played in Celebration Assembly today. Well done to the four of them!

MacMillan Coffee Morning 2017, by Miss Barlow

Date: 29th Sep 2017 @ 12:01pm

What a fantastic morning we have had! Coffe, tea, chats and cakes all round. Thank you to all who donated money, bought cakes or donated cakes for the sale. A big thank you to all who came and helped support the event this morning. Thank you also to our school council who helped run the event. It was a great success for a very worthy cause. 

The Fire Engine visited Year Two. , by Miss Barlow

Date: 11th Sep 2017 @ 9:07pm

What a fantastic day we have had today! Merseyside Firebrigade came to visit us today and we had a great time. We sat inside the fire truck, sprayed the hose and tried on the uniform. We also learned about fire safety in our homes. 


Thank you!, by Mrs Garton-Pope

Date: 22nd Jul 2017 @ 5:16pm

This ia a very short message to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for your amazing generosity with cards and gifts. They are very much appreciated smiley.

Have a fabulous summer holidays,

Love from all of the Year 4 staff x

Ice-cream picnic , by Miss Barlow

Date: 20th Jul 2017 @ 6:30pm

What a fantastic afternoon we had today! As a thank you to all of our pupils we had an ice-cream picnic. It was our way to thank them for all of their hard work this year. We hope all the children have a safe and happy summer. 

Underwater Street-Imagine That, by Miss Barlow

Date: 18th Jul 2017 @ 2:49pm

What a fantastic day the infants have had! They have made magnets, bath bombs, slime and watched a science show. That's not forgetting visiting Imagine Street and the Science Zone. Check out the gallery for all of our photos! A huge thank you to all of our parent helpers and of course our staff. A brilliant day was had by all and as usual our children were very well behaved. 

Summer Reading Challenge 2017 , by Miss Barlow

Date: 28th Jun 2017 @ 2:10pm

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The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year in libraries over the summer holidays.

This national reading for pleasure programme has been running for 18 years, and last year more than three quarters of a million children took part by borrowing, reading and talking about their

favourite books.

Each year the Challenge has a different theme.

This year we have teamed up with the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator, Tony Ross,

for ANIMAL AGENTS, the Summer Reading Challenge 2017.

The Animal Agents are a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes!

This band of furry, slippery and feathered friends is specially trained to use their skills and natural instincts to unravel mysteries – with a huge helping of fun along the way.

Children who take part:

  1. Are more enthusiastic about reading
  2. Maintain their reading level over the holidays
  3. Boost their confidence and self-esteem

How it works

  1. Each child (most are aged 4 -11) signs up at their local library
  2. Children borrow and read at least SIX library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special stickers and rewards along the way
  3. Library staff and young volunteers provide guidance and encouragement
  4. Children receive a certificate and/or a medal when they complete the Challenge
  5. Many libraries also run a pre-school Mini Challenge
  6. Most libraries will start the Challenge on Saturday 15 July. Regional variation will apply, so check with your local library to find out when the Challenge will start and end in your area

We would love as many of our children who can, to take part in the challenge. Rainhill Library are eagerly awaiting for you to go and sign up. If you complete the challenge, please bring your certificate back into school in September. The class who have the most children completing the challenge will win a prize. Good luck!

St Andrew's Manifesto, by Mr Weston

Date: 12th Jun 2017 @ 8:22am


At Oakdene Primary, all of you do fantastic work and behave superbly. Without doubt, you should be rewarded for these efforts.

It is St Andrew’s view that, although our current dojo system has made a good start with rewards, it currently doesn’t go far enough.

Surely you want a school where your excellence is really rewarded?

We may not get another chance to change the dojo system and some of you may be in school for up to 6 more years.

Vote St Andrew – Good Work Means Good Prizes.


•    Winning Dojo team will receive a 10 minute supervised break on a Friday afternoon.
•    Teams need to be organised properly - to ensure fairness.
•    When counting class dojos, use the mean average so that it is fair because in a class, some teams have 5 people in it and then some teams have 9.
•    We can have better individual prizes in the Friday assembly without costing too much.
•    The 2 individual dojo winners from each class will wear their own clothes on the following Monday to make them feel more special.
•    Teachers will be more consistent in how they give out dojos.


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