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Issys Nursery   St David's Day


Posted 01/03/2024
by Ruth Smith



Sarah who works in the Nursery is Welsh so we celebrated St David's Day with her today.

We watched a clip about how David became the Patron Saint of Wales (not whales) and some children wore red or yellow clothes to match the colours of daffodils (which are a symbol of Wales) and the red dragon on the flag.

Ruth forgot to get leeks so we didn't taste them at snack but we did have delicious Welsh cakes!

Harlow spotted a red dragon on our castle resources too!

 


Tregantle   Getting Creative


Posted 01/03/2024
by Katie Grinsted

Perfect Polar Bear Pictures!

What a pleasure it's been to see Tregantle's sketching technique develop so quickly this week! We have been studying polar bears as part of our 'What do we know about ice and snow' topic and by the end of the week the children were using a range of different drawing techniques to draw some very impressive polar bears! We are looking forward to using these sketches to create 3D models of polar bears using modroc next week.

It's been a week of wonderful writing! The year 1 children have used their story map to write the story 'Poles Apart' and what a fantastic job they've done. Our Headteacher Mrs Cooper was so impressed with the writing that she gave out four headteachers award stickers!
Our EYFS children have made their own story maps for their story 'Faster, Faster.' They have been telling the story so well all week using brilliant expression and actions.

We've also been very busy in maths. The Year 1 children are now experts and partitioning numbers to 50 into tens and ones. EYFS children are all confident in ordering numbers to 10. Great work Tregantle! 

 


Whitsand  


Posted 01/03/2024
by Sara Mckillop

w/e 1.3.24

It’s been another fun-packed week in Whitsand class!

The class loved their first orienteering lesson in PE and they worked hard on the importance of working collaboratively to reach the end goal; something they will continue to work on for this unit. The children loved discovering the different puzzle pieces before being like ‘Teamwork Tiger’ to put them together. Can they tell you what the map was of?

In English, we have started our Myths unit of work. The children have loved learning our WAGOLL: Theseus and the Minotaur. They have been creative with their own story maps and actions.

We discovered how Alexander the Great impacted the world in History and enjoyed working collaboratively by using QR codes on the iPad to complete our own research.

In Computing, we have started using Data Loggers - we went round the school and took measurements of Light, Sound and Temperature. They're really clever devices!

Next week, on Thursday, we will be celebrating World Book Day with lots of fun around reading. The children can dress up as a book character. Please don’t go to any expense for this and use things you that the children already have at home.

 


Mousehole   Week ending 01.03.24


Posted 29/02/2024
by Joanne Pentreath

It’s been another fun-packed week in Mousehole class! The class loved their first orienteering lesson in PE and we worked hard on the importance of working collaboratively to reach the end goal; something we will continue to work on for this unit. The children loved discovering the different puzzle pieces before being like ‘Teamwork Tiger’ to put them together. Can they tell you what the map was of?

 

In English, we have started our Myths unit of work. The children have loved learning our WAGOLL: Theseus and the Minotaur. They have been creative with their own story maps and actions.

 

In maths, we have been using short multiplication method to work out our multiplications before using them to help us reason and solve problems.

 

We discovered how Alexander the Great impacted the world in History and enjoyed working collaboratively by using QR codes on the iPad to complete our own research.

 

Just a reminder that if the children are in my spelling and reading group (not Read Write Inc.) that our spelling tests are every Friday. This week is the first set of spellings from the new booklet.

Next week, on Thursday, we will be celebrating World Book Day with lots of fun around reading. The children can dress up as a book character. Please don’t go to any expense for this and use things you that the children already have at home.

Check out some of the Greek pots that the children have worked hard on below:

 


Issys Nursery   New wet weather gear


Posted 23/02/2024
by Ruth Smith



Nursery are extremely grateful to Brunel Friends Association for buying us several new sets of wet weather clothing!

We try to get outside whatever the weather but sometimes our old wet weather gear let the rain in, which wasn't very comfortable!

Now we can play happily outside even in the rain; we especially like finding the puddles!

 


Tregantle   Wonderful Weather!


Posted 23/02/2024
by Katie Grinsted

A week of rain and tornado (in science)!

Tregantle class has been all about the weather this week! We've had lots of rainy days  - but this certainly hasn't held us back! Our year 1 children carried out two experiments to help us understand more about the weather. Firstly, we made a 'tornado in a jar.' This consisted of water, washing up liquid, food colouring, a tightly screwed on lid and rapid circular movements! The results were impressive and showed us exactly how a tornado works. Next it was time to make a rain cloud. We did this with a jar of water and shaving foam on the top. We them poured in a little food colouring and watched carefully as it burst from the 'cloud' showing how rain happens. 
Continuing with our learning about cold places, Tregantle have begun to learn a new journey story called 'Poles Apart.' It's all about some penguins who get lost and end up in the North Pole! A friendly polar bear helps them find their way home via several other countries! We are really looking forward to writing our own journey stories over the next few weeks.
The EYFS children have been enjoying some early signs of spring. Our bank in front of the school is covered with beautiful daffodils which we have been using as inspiration for painting and modelling. We have also seen some fantastic writing throughout the week. The children are becoming really independent in their writing and have be writing for a whole range of different purposes.   

 


Whitsand   w/e 23/2/24


Posted 23/02/2024
by Sara Mckillop

A highlight from this first week back after half term has to be the Whitsand 'Machine' dance. Watch Y4 perform their final dance piece to you below. They have spent lessons perfecting their machine-like moves and ideas to create this wonderful final piece. Well done, Whitsand class - I'm so proud of you!

 


Whitsand  


Posted 23/02/2024
by Sara Mckillop

w/e 9/2/24

What a busy, final week to this half term!

Monday we had our Safer Internet Week assembly to start us off, where we learned loads about Artificial Intelligence - AI!
Tuesday was Archie day, and we dressed up as scarecrows and paraded round St Anne's!
On Tuesday, we also shared in a Live Lesson for Safer Internet Day. 
On Thursday, it was 'Love Yourself' Day, which always a fantastic day, celebrating how fantastic each and every person is!
We also enjoyed our class reward - teddies and iPad!
PLUS - we finished painting our amazing Greek clay pots!

Have an amazing half term break, everyone!

 


Lantic   Week ending 23.02.24


Posted 23/02/2024
by Helen King

H1 HeaA busy week.

We have all been very busy in Lantic Class this week.  We have been making equal groups by sharing in our maths lessons.

In Science we learnt about the weather and climate and then we made rain clouds and tornados in jam jars! AMAZING!!

In Art this week, we have started learning about sculptures and made our own very simple sculptures of a bird.  

 


Mousehole  


Posted 21/02/2024
by Sara Mckillop

Mousehole Machine Dancing

A highlight from this first week back after half term has to be the Mousehole Machine dance. Watch Y3 perfrorm their final dance piece to you below. They have spent lessons perfecting their machine like moves and ideas to create this wonderful final piece. Well done Mousehole class I'm super proud of you!

 


Talland   Week ending 23.02.24


Posted 12/02/2024
by David Parry

An exciting week

Talland Class have participated in all types of learning activities this week. During the computer session, they investigated how time consuming it is to use a paper based filing system. They used small cards to create a group of animals. On these cards, questions were added, for example, does it fly? They then had fun sorting out the cards first in alphabetical order (ascending) then descending alphabetical order. Next week they will investigate computer based data bases.

As a whole class, we investigated the effects of smoking tobacco. We had a practical activity and lit a cigarette in a plastic bottle filled with cotton wool. The children noticed the smell first then investigated and discussed other effects of smoking. They really enjoyed learning about this topic.

English
Talland Class have finally completed their persuasion letters on the topic of water quality within Britain, more especially, in the local environment. They enjoyed using persuasive strategies such as exaggeration, repetition, facts and opinions. They will deliver these by hand on Friday 23rd February to the Houses of Parliament, London.

Maths
The children have further developed their knowledge and understanding of fractions. Many can now recognise equivalent fractions and fraction sequences. It was amazing to see how much they achieved.

best wishes,

Mr Parry, Mrs Swabey and the Talland Class team (Mrs Walters and Ms Rowlands)

This week's jokes:

Why did the chicken go to London? - To visit Peck um!

What do you call London during a power cut? - Lond-off!



 


Talland   Week ending 09.02.24


Posted 12/02/2024
by David Parry

Developing lifelong skills 

At the end of this Spring half term , the children have shown resilience, developing confidence and some amazing positive attitude to all of their school learning.

The children's confidence and enthusiasm shone during their design and technology project. They designed and made an electrical quiz board. During the process, they applied their knowledge and understanding of electrical circuits to connect questions and answers to enable a circuit to be completed when the quiz player touched the correct question and answer with crocodile clips. They were amazed at this. 

English
The children are now ready to plan and write a persuasive letter to the Government about water quality. They will be able to deliver these personally on Friday 23rd February when they visit Parliament.

Maths
The children have further developed their skills and understanding of fractions. They are able to recognise and continue a simple fraction sequence. 

Have a wonderful and well deserved half-term.

best wishes,

Mr Parry, Mrs Swabey and the Talland Class team (Mrs Walters and Ms Rowlands)

This week's jokes:

What is a snake's favourite subject? - Hisssssstory!

What do elves learn in school?  - The 'elfabet'!


 


Pendower   Week Ending 9th February 2024


Posted 09/02/2024
by Joanna Morris

Happy Half Term!

We can’t believe how quickly this half term has flown by. Despite the grey winter weather, it has been bright and cheery in Pendower Class.

The main thing lighting up our week has been the completion of our science / DT projects. All of the children have worked superbly in their groups to create a light-up scoreboard linked to their maths knowledge and their understanding of electricity.

By creating circuits on the back of their score board, Pendower pupils have been able to quiz themselves on their multiplication skills by connecting a crocodile clip to the connection they believe has the right answer. If they are correct, the circuit will be complete, and the bulb will light-up. Included in the blog are a few photos of some of the groups. 

We also want to say a huge congratulations to all of the Year 6 pupils who participated in the local Youth Speaks competition. There were a total of 9 teams who all had to speak for a set amount of time on a topic of their choosing. The for and against arguments had to be presented before answering questions from the judging panel. All of the children put in a huge amount of time and effort to represent the school in this competition, and we are very proud of them.

Key information

·      All of Year 6 have been given a maths practice paper to complete over the holidays instead of their usual maths workbook.

·      They have also been given a sheet detailing how to make a rain gauge. There is a table on the reverse for recording their results. These will be used in future geography lessons, so completing the activity will be really useful.

 

We wish you all a lovely half term holiday.


Half Term Homework

 


Mousehole   Love Yourself Day


Posted 08/02/2024
by Joanne Pentreath

Love Yourself Day

A lovely way to end our first Spring term. The children have all worked so so hard again this half term and have enjoyed lots of different learning across the curriculum. Can they tell you what their favourite learning has been this half term?

 


Lantic   Week ending 10.02.24


Posted 08/02/2024
by Helen King

The children have been learning all about keeping safe on the internet - perhaps you could ask your child how can they stay safe?

We have also finished our fact files about Robert Falcon Scott - we are very proud of our finished pieces of writing.

During our Science lesson, we learnt how animals adapt to winter conditions.

 


Whitsand   w/e 26/1/24


Posted 06/02/2024
by Sara Mckillop

Here are our wonderful Haikus! Enjoy!

 


Mousehole   Archie Day and Safer Internet Day


Posted 06/02/2024
by Joanne Pentreath

We had lots of Archie fun this morning with different activities and enjoyed parading in our outfits for St Anne's this afternoon. The children's and resident's smiles beamed from ear-to-ear.

Today has also been Safer Internet Day and we have learnt about the importance of telling a trusted adult when needed.

 


Whitsand  


Posted 03/02/2024
by Sara Mckillop

w/e 2/2/24

We had a really fun week this week! 

In English, we started our unit on persuasive writing by sorting facts from opinions. The class have been enjoying making fortune tellers recently, so we used these in our lesson! 

In Science, we dissected some celery that had been ‘drinking’ coloured water for a week or so. We were able to spot the xylem - the tubes that carry the water to the different parts of the plant. It was fascinating! 

On Friday, it was the NSPCC Number Day. We recapped the number for Childline before completing various maths challenges, winning prizes and points and becoming ‘Mathionnaires’! 

 


Pendower   Week Ending 2nd February 2024


Posted 03/02/2024
by Joanna Morris

What’s so special about clouds? 

Pendower have been busy this week getting to grips with our new topic What’s so special about clouds? Over the coming weeks, we will be discovering how the water cycle plays a part in cloud formation including living near the coast and rivers, the various types of clouds and how Saltash and the surrounding are compares to other areas of the UK, Europe and further afield.

We have been putting our electricity skills to the test this week. We are in the process of creating simple electronic games that test our maths skills. We are combining our DT knowledge with our science to make light-up boards that will show the correct answer to a given multiplication calculation. Watch this space for photos of our final work.

In our RE lessons, we have started to learn about the religion of Islam and how its core values unpin the lives of millions of believers around the world. We have been focussing on some of the key terminology round Islam and the importance of Mohammad. These lessons are also making us think about our own beliefs and what is important to us.

Another lesson that is challenging us to consider our opinions and views is PSHE. We have been fortunate to have had one visit already from Barnardo’s – the children’s charity – to discuss online safety, social media, peer interactions and mental health. We are looking forward to a second visit from them this coming week.

Key dates:

v  Tuesday 6th February - Safer Internet Day

v  Tuesday 6th February - Y6 to Saltash Comprehensive School to watch Oliver. All Y6 children will require a packed lunch. Please change your ParentPay selections ASAP. The kitchen will need to prepare packed lunches in advance.

v  Thursday 8th February - Chinese New Year lunch menu - please check selections on ParentPay.

v  Thursday 8th February - BFA 'Love Yourself Day' wear mufti and donate via ParentPay

v  Friday 9th February - Staff training day - School Closed to Children

v  Monday 12th February to Friday16th February - Half-term holiday

v  Monday 19th February - Back to school.

 


Mousehole   Week Ending 2/2/2024


Posted 03/02/2024
by Joanna Morris

Number Day


Mousehole Class had great fun exploring the patterns that are created with multiplications.

Using a circle that had been divided into 10 equal spaces, we connected the digits based on the ones number in a given times table i.e. 3, 6, 9 the 2 of 12, the 5 of 15, the 8 of 18 etc, until we returned to 0 (our starting point). Once we had completed the 2, 3 and 4 times tables and examined the shapes we had made, we then predicted which pattern the 6 times table would match. We thought the 6s would match the 3s as we had learnt in previous maths lessons that the 6 times table is double the 3. It turns out the 6s match the 4s. This puzzled us for a while until we had completed the 7s (which matched the 3s) and the 8s (which matched the 2s). We had a theory that the number bonds to 10 had the same patterns, so we completed the 9s and 1s to see if they matched. They did. Mathematical magic! 

 


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