Class 4 have been busy drawing portraits using charcoal. Check out Dylan’s, Tiana’s and Isaac’s portrait of The Mona Lisa. Beautiful work. Well done!
Class 4 have been busy drawing portraits using charcoal. Check out Dylan’s, Tiana’s and Isaac’s portrait of The Mona Lisa. Beautiful work. Well done!
At Penpol School we have very high expectations, especially when it comes to our Year 6 pupils. Therefore, to be chosen as a Super Six at is a fantastic achievement and something to be very proud of.
On Friday 9th December Penpol celebrated seven Year Six pupils receiving their Super Six Certificates of Achievement.
Super 6 – Abby – Class 12
To be a true Super Six requires a pupil with many star qualities: perseverance, great communication, and the ability to reflect on their achievements and work with others. Abby is someone who has all of these qualities and more. Her popularity in class 12 means that she is a natural leader, who provides a fantastic role model to all other children in the class and throughout the school. Her work is always of the highest quality but despite this she is always seeking to improve and make sure that her already high standards are exceeded. Abby is a great thinker and communicator, who makes a fantastic contribution to every lesson that she is in and always has an endless list of fascinating questions that keep Mr Wise on his toes. Coming to a new school is never an easy thing to do and it requires someone with special skills to not only fit in but provide a shining example to all children and adults whilst doing so. For this reason and all of those above, Abby is a worthy recipient of the Super Six award. Great work Abby and well done.
Super 6 – Chloe – Class 12
Chloe is an absolutely fantastic example of a Super Six, who leads by example and is an amazing role model for all other children in the class and across the school. She is kind, caring and helpful and never gives up. Like all children in the school, she perseveres until she has finished her work, no matter how hard the task. However, in true Super Six fashion, when she is finished she always helps her partner or makes sure that she reflects on what needs to be done next. If the definition of being a Super Six is someone who is kind and helpful then Chloe is right up there. Ever since she has been in year six, she has gone out of her way to make sure that the classroom is clean and tidy and will always check with other adults if they would like anything doing, often giving up her own time over break to do this. Chloe does all of these things in an unfussy, calm and quiet manner and is a well deserved recipient of the award of Super Six. Well done Chloe and thanks for all your dedication and hard work.
Super 6 – Tilly – Class 13
Tilly is a great role model for the other children, always helping others whilst also executing her own work to the highest standard. As well as this, she has got a sterling personality to go with it as well. If she ever finds anything difficult, she perseveres until she understands it, even staying in at break-times sometime for support with her Advanced Maths work she has been doing. When the other teachers found out that Tilly was going to be one of the super-sixes, everyone had glowing compliments about her, so obviously she has been a star throughout her time at school. Well done, Tilly!
Super 6 – Erin – Class 13
Erin is another super role-model for other children, and again executes her work to the highest standard. The third of the Hardy children that I have had the pleasure to work with in one way or another, and all three have been a credit to their family. Another who is working in the Advanced Maths group and she perseveres really well with this, even though a lot of it is extremely tricky! She always surpasses expectations due to her own high expectations she has for herself. She always comes in with a smile on her face, communicates well with children and staff alike and is a pleasure to have around. Well done Erin.
Super 6 – Lily – Class 13
If Lily were a Mr Men character she would be Little Miss Smiley! Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her without a broad smile beamed across her face.
Lily always works hard and is well-liked by everyone in the class because of her sunny disposition. One of the three amigos, along with Erin and Tilly, she always works hard, perseveres when she finds her work difficult and works well with others. She is extremely helpful and goes out of her way to help others.
Super 6 – Katie – Class 13
Katie is a fantastic young lady who never gives up no matter how hard or challenging the task may be. She has demonstrated a very mature attitude with her responsible approach to her learning and the perfect example of this is the huge amount of extra work she has been doing to learn her times-tables, practicing every night at home and bringing in extra work to show me. As a result she has made superb advances in her mathematics. Katie is very kind hearted and has a genuine interest in others well-being and forever goes out of her way to interact with her peers and staff. I know that she will keep up this exemplary work-ethic and continue to persevere, even when she finds something tricky.
Super 6 – Emily – Class 13
If I could give out a trophy for endeavor, effort and never giving up, my prize would go to Emily. Emily’s focus and dedication is proven by the amount of work she does at home, with her own drive and ‘can-do’ attitude helping her to do the best for herself, which is an amazing quality to have. She’s a great role-model for others due to this self-drive, aspiring to become the best that she can be.
With Christmas only a matter of days away, Christmas fever has well and truly taken over Penpol School.
Both the infants and juniors have been performing a wake and shake routine every day for the last year, energising them for the day ahead.
With a new routine every half-term, the children were expecting the regular music to start however they were surprised when playground was invaded by four appropriately dressed Santa’s with a choreographed routine to a Christmas medley.
I love wake and shake. I look forward to it every morning. It’s great fun and the teachers dance too – Hannah Class 3
Over-all Infant Star of the Week
Class 3 – Hannah
Hannah is a model pupil and that is why she has been chosen as this weeks Infant Star of the Week. She is a very polite, caring and helpful individual.
She is a very hard worker and takes great care with everything she does. In fact, her handwriting and artwork are both immaculate. In one of her recent tasks she wrote careful instructions on how to make a Christingle candle. Not only that, she sang like and angle during her recent performance.
She achieved 30 out of 30 in her spelling test this week! I am very proud of her. Well done and keep it up!
Over-all Junior Star of the Week
Class 11 – Alfie
Alfie is a confident young man and always tries his hardest in class. However, it was his performance for the Penpol Hockey Team that has led him to being awarded overall Junior Star of the Week. Despite only playing a couple of times previously, he proved to be the ideal role model in the way he led the team. He showed brilliant leadership qualities. He set a great example with his determination and hunger to win the ball in tackles and his desire to get ahead of players when dribbling. What was equally as impressive was the way he communicated, organised and motivated his team. Well done Alfie.
Our first visit was in 2009, when one of our governors asked if we would be interested in a visit from some donkeys from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth. Naturally we said yes! We asked the children to bring in donations of apples and carrots which could be taken back to share with the other donkeys at the sanctuary. The response was brilliant and we sent back several boxes of apples and carrots. The children all went out to visit the donkeys and learn a bit about them and the work of the sanctuary.
Who would have thought that seven years later the donkeys would still be coming, and is now firmly part of Penpol tradition.
This year we were visited by Pooh and Paddy, who were very happy to eat the lovely green grass and stretch their legs at the bottom of the school field. Once again we had a great response with donations of apples and carrots. We asked if the children might also bring in a small donation of 50p children from Class 3, dressed as donkeys went around the classes to collect the money and we were delighted to be able to give the sanctuary a cheque for £100.
The volunteers from the sanctuary say they love visiting us and that the children are always very well behaved.
Our continued thanks to parents for supporting us.
As the Autumn term comes to an end we can reflect on a wonderful term full of sporting success.
The football team have enjoyed the most success over the term with some big results including 10-2 , 9-0 and 8-0 victories. They currently sit 3rd in the league level on points with Alverton, although their goal difference is slightly better. The Year 6’s have really built on last year and set a great example for the year 5 children who had joined the team this year.
As well as their performances in the league they have also enjoyed a brief cup run before eventually being beaten in the quarterfinals 6-5 after extra time.
Like football, we have had many children continue to and also start playing netball regularly. With a weekly club the children have learnt the rules and rotations involved with high 5 netball as well as improving their ball skills. A selection of children have also represented the school in fortnightly fixtures at Mounts Bay Academy. With the commitment of the children attending the performances will only continue to improve week on week.
Following its introduction last year, hockey at Penpol has allowed all Year 5 and 6 children to try something new. After the lessons they have received during PE lessons a selection of children have also been introduced to competitive hockey by their participation in the Penrith Area In2Hockey League. With mixed results the children have had a blast competing and playing one of the most up and coming sports around following the success of our GB Women’s Team at the Rio Olympics. We may even have a future olympian in our team!
To coincide with this terms science lesson, ‘Animal including Humans’ Class 6 had some very special visitors into their class room.
Mark’s Ark came into their class and brought with him a selection of very interesting animals. Through this visit the children learnt how animals use their senses to stay alive, where they originate from and which animals are cold or warm blooded. The children even got to handle the animals and even those, who were scared to start with showed great bravery by happily having the snake placed around their necks.
I really liked the lizard and feeling its skin – Isla
I enjoyed looking at the furry spider and seeing that it also had furry legs – Isabella
The snake was amazing and I really enjoyed having it laid across my lap.
At first I was really scared of the snake but I ended up having it around my neck – Jonas
Thinking – All children had to think about their own senses and how these are very similar to all animals. They also had to think about how animals survive in the wild the importance of how camouflage helps to protect them.
Mrs Ruffell – Class 6
The Penpol football team went crashing out of the County Cup at the quarterfinal stage but not without putting up a fight.
The home team took the lead against the visiting Roskear through a goal secured by Jake, Class 13. However, Penpol were pegged back immediately before the goals started to fly in for both sides. On the half time whistle the teams were drawing with 4 goals each including a long range effort from Ben and a rare goal for Ethan (both Class 13)
The way the scoreline was going it was clear that the game didn’t suit Penpol’s passing style of play, but the team adapted and continued to attack with purpose. The goals continued to nestle in the each net but it was Ben grabbing his second goal of the game with only moments left that took the quarterfinal to extra time. Unfortunately for the team in blue the next, and last goal went to the away team who now progress to the semi-finals where we wish them the best of luck.
A special thank you must also go to the fantastic support the team received, including parents, staff and pupils from Classes 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13.
Over recent weeks the children in Classes 10 & 11 have been scientifically investigating the Milky Way (and not the chocolate one!) more specifically our solar system.
This has included work on Planet Earth and the forces we have acting on it, The Sun and The Moon and its various phases. The children have been required to test not only their scientific thinking but also their mathematics as they have calculated the differences in gravity here on Earth and on our only permanent natural satellite.
“My favourite part of the science we have been doing in class is hard to choose but it is probably making up rhymes about the planets in our solar system.” Ines, Class 10
The next stop for our budding young space explorers was Mars, our closest planetary neighbour in the Solar System. On Friday Year 5 mixed themselves into groups including children from both Class 10 and 11 and undertook a Mars themed science challenge day.
The first task for the children to complete was a test of their recently learned orienteering skills as they had to find 18 words hidden around the school. Using a map, listening to and working with each other they had 15 minutes to collect as many of the mars themed words as possible.
Throughout the course of the day each team had a checklist containing our learning to learn skills: listening, reflecting, communicating, persevering and working with others which they were required to display in order to complete their mission.
These were tested before break time as the teams needed to use their recently discovered theme words in order to complete a piece of non-fiction writing about the red planet.
After collecting information about Mars the children were then ready to prepare for their mission.
The Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Exploration Reconnaissance Mission.
Once the children had read and accepted the terms of their contracts they were required to, as a team, design, plan and build a Mars lander suitable for landing an egg in the playground.
“Science in Year 5 has been amazing so far! My favourite part of the challenge day was when we tested our landers in the playground!” William, Class 10
Considering only 20 of the 43 Mars missions have ever returned information back to Earth the teams of children did very well, landing 8 out of the 9 character eggs successfully. After nervously waiting to find the fate of their egg, we discovered Barbie Egg, Rockstar Egg, Santa Egg and Rudolf Egg had all survived. Ironically Astronaut Egg was the only fatality.
However being a space race, their had to be a winning team and that team consisted of Leo, Taran, Alex, Sammy and Finn as their egg didn’t break, their lander weighed the least at 75g and they completed their checklist by demonstrating all of our Learning2Learn skills.
Well done team, next stop… Mars!
For the past couple of weeks our 3D printer has been whirring away in the Mac Suite, turning virtual designs into real plastic objects. It’s all been part of a top secret project, which the Year 5’s and 6’s have been working on, which we can now reveal to you all!
This year, every child in Y5 and Y6 has made their own winter decoration using the 3D printer! These decorations are currently adorning the Mac Suite ‘techno-tree’, but at the end of the term the children are going to be given the opportunity to take them home to keep forever. They’ve worked hard and the results are really rather special.
Here’s how we did it…
We used a free website called TinkerCAD (www.tinkercad.com) to construct our 3D decorations, which were made up of 4mm cubes. We decided as a group that it’d be cool to have a theme for all our decorations and we chose the Minecraft-style 8-bit art as our theme this year. By building the decorations using 4mm cubes we could all adhere to this style, whilst being able to design and experiment with ideas rapidly. Some children decided to raise the height of some blocks to 5mm to add extra detail, which really looks good.
“It’s cool because you can make something on the computer and then it turns into something you can touch in real life. When I take my decoration home I’d like to hang it on my Christmas tree!” – Tilly, Y6
The next step was over to Mr Woolcock, who has been glued to the 3D printer for nearly two weeks, ensuring that everybody’s design had the chance to be printed. Even though it’s possible to fit up to four designs in the build plate at once, this was a lengthy process. To give you an idea of how speedy (or not!) the 3D printer is, it takes an average of thirty five minutes PER DECORATION!!
Despite taking a very, very (very, very) long time, the decorations all got printed and they look amazing. The excitement from the children upon seeing their designs in the real world has been infectious and several children are already planning their next 3D prints!
“It’s amazing how you can turn something that you just created on the computer into something that you can see and hold in real life. I’d definitely like to use the 3d printer again” – Haydn, Y6
At the end of the term the children have asked to take their decorations home in exchange for a small donation of 50p (to cover the cost of the plastic PLA filament used in the making of each decoration), so keep your eyes out for a letter coming home about that in the coming days.
And now, here’s a selection of the finished decorations!