Class 13 were the last in a long list of children to attend an introductory workshop at Hayle’s own Savvy Studios. Years 4, 5 and 6 have all had the opportunity to take part in two separate workshops; one lyrical and one contemporary.
At Penpol we pride ourselves on our links with local business and sports clubs. It has been difficult for both us and them during pandemic, but it was so lovely to get back out there and give the children these wonderful opportunities to try and experience different sports and hobbies.
The children were rewarded for their hard work and creativity with a flyer offering attendance at some trial classes; this is not only open to those who have attended but anyone who may be interested.
You can see the amazing work that goes on at Savvy by taking a look at their website. Parents, it is also her you can book some trial classes, with no pressure to sign up at the end!
81 years after thousands of children and young vulnerable adults were evacuated from cities across the country during WW2, our Year 6 children had a go themselves. To celebrate the end of our ‘Wartime Britain’ topic the children (and adults) dressed themselves in period clothing and lived the life of an evacuee for the day.
After being collected from the gate by a member of the 2 of the newest members for he British Army and our very own Land Girls they waved a teary goodbye to their parents before being subjected to a roll call and squeezing into a cramped school classrooms; much like the evacuees of 1939 would have been when they departed the trains.
It was here the children had chance to act in character and meet their fellow evacuees, discussing the contents of their suitcases as well as their preferred destination. Those without identification tags were labeled and sent on their way. The children then had some time to look at and try different games that evacuees would have played in the 40’s.
For the remainder of the morning we continued in character- between the air raid sirens- we wrote post cars home to share the news of out safe arrival and built model spitfires whilst learning about their significance during the Battle of Britain. In school groups the children followed a handed-down ration recipe to make some delicious bread and butter pudding.
At the close of the day the children were collected by their parents, their evacuation was much shorter than those during the war. Many parents came into class to sample some of their cooking but also sit and enjoy their child’s work from the last term, with the majority of literacy and topic being based heavily on our studying of Wartime Britain.
On a very windy, stormy Monday 6th December, year 2 went to visit St Michael’s Mount as part of their Castles topic.
After putting on our head-to-toe waterproofs, we got on the coach and drove through the elements to Marazion.
We pulled up, gathered our things together, and started the ascent to the Mount.
Battling against the wind and the cobbles, we arrived and were welcomed by the St Michael’s Mount team. They talked us through the grounds and gave us a scavenger hunt map, leading us to lots of intriguing and exciting sights around the castle and gardens. Unfortunately, during our journey the wind had grown too strong for us to continue the final leg of the climb into the castle itself!
While we waited in hope for the winds to ease, we began our search for some of the sights on our maps.
We found the Giant’s Heart and the Giant’s Well, nestled amongst the cobbles and Mrs Hocking delighted us all to a gripping cliff-top retelling of the myth surrounding the Giant and St Michael’s Mount.
After a bit of lunch in the Visitors’ Centre and a lot of fun and games, the weather improved and we were allowed to explore the castle to our heart’s content.
We had an amazing time and loved being able to put all of our learning from this term’s topic into context. It was a delight to hear the year 2s buzzing around the rooms, pointing out different familiar features and interesting new ones, exploring, discussing and experiencing a real-life castle together.
A particular highlight was looking out from the castle walls at the impressive vista below. Some of us had to overcome our fears to do it and it was definitely worth it!
There was still lots of exploring to do, but it was time to say our goodbyes to the Mount so we made our way back to the coach and to school.
What a fantastic way to round off this term’s topic!
To finish off this terms history project, ‘Ancient Egyptians’, Class 7 held an Egyptian dressing up day.
During this day, the children were given the opportunity to reflect on their learning journey and also show off their creative talents by creating their own scarab beetle and canopic jars.
It was lovely to see the children arriving at school dressed as pharaohs, Tutankhamun, Cleopatra and Ramses II.
“I enjoyed making the scarab beetle out of clay”. Harley
” It was great to see all of my friends dressed up as Ancient Egyptians”. Isabella
” It was lovely to see my friends having fun and using the clay to make canopic jars”. Luke
In Class 2, we’ve been enjoying some school trips recently.
Earlier in November, we visited Standing Stone stables where we learnt all about the horses and how to take care of them. We practised grooming the horses and even gave one a unicorn makeover!
I liked riding on the horses and I put glitter on them and brushed them – Ivy
We also enjoyed having a ride on a pony as well as taking it in turns to lead them around the arena.
Last week, we visited Tehidy Woods for a ‘welly walk’ as part of our 360 curriculum. We had great fun jumping in the muddy puddles, taking part in a scavenger hunt and even meeting the friendly squirrels!
I liked jumping in muddy puddles and playing with my friends – Sennen
We’ve loved our adventures and are looking forward to seeing where we go to next!
On Thursday 23 children made the relatively short walk to Hayle Academy to take part in a coaching clinic with 4 Year 10 pupils from Hayle; 3 of which were ex-Penpol pupils.
The Year 6 pupils performed admirably, showing many of our school values; respect, integrity and resilience. For many, the toughest part was understanding the different roles for players in different positions.