Class 1 had an amazing day at the Bluff beach with the surf lifesaving super star Ben Holtaway.
We started out in the beach hut and learnt all about beach safety. We learnt where and when it is safe to go into the sea to swim or surf and what to do if we get into trouble.
We swim in between the red and yellow flags, otherwise you’ll go out to sea – Elowen
Next we met the life guards. We learnt all about the important role they have and what they do to keep us safe on the beach. We even got a demonstration of one of the lifeguards rescuing his friend who had got into trouble in the sea with the jet ski. Next we had a go on the rescue board and were excited to sit on the jet ski and quad bike.
I liked going on the jet ski best and the quad bike. Joseph
After the jet ski fun, we played some amazing beach games including the assault course with the sea weed cave of doom.
I liked playing in the wet sand best – Jacob
Finally, the highlight of the day was going surfing. The tide was perfect and the children had an amazing time swimming, splashing and surfing in the gentle waves.
I like surfing the best. I paddled on the surf board – Seth
Class 1 would like to say a massive thanks you to Ben and all the life guards for making the day so much fun and enjoyable.
Class 1 and 2 demonstrate their culinary skills by baking the most delicious treats for all their family to enjoy.
With a little help from Mum or Dad, the children weighed, kneaded, mixed, melted, iced, glazed, and decorated to their hearts content.
They made cup cakes, large chocolate cakes, fruit cakes, mug cakes, pies, tarts, biscuits, cheesecakes, swiss rolls, millionaires shortbread, gingerbread men, cheese scones, fruit scones, Finnish cinnamon buns and even made their own pasta and filled it with a variety of tasty fillings.
These indulgent tasty delights were a massive hit with the children’s families but they had to get in there quickly, they didn’t last long.
“I made them cakes for mummy’s birthday, I made patterns with chocolate buttons and smarties. It’s yummy”- Koby
Class 1 had an amazing time at the standing stones stables.
James and Buddy the horses were very gentle and patient with the children. Firstly they enjoyed being brushed and groomed by the children. We learnt all about how to care for them and how to keep them healthy and happy.
I saw a horse inside the stable that was as big as this room. Daisy wanted to find the fairy king and the fairy village in the woods. We built a village for the fairy king out of sticks – George
Next the horses were transformed into magical unicorns with bows, glitter, coloured ribbons and even a unicorn horn.
I liked it when I rided on the horse. He was called James he was brown – Sorrel
So I was eating lunch and I eated it then I rided on a horse. I went on the horses back and he skipped. I collected sticks in the woods – Daisy
Then for the most exciting part, the pony rides. All the children in the class were brave enough to have a ride and loved this wonderful experience.
There was even time for a lovely walk in the woods for a spot of exploring, investigating and den building.
I rided a horse, it was fun. It feeled like I had a fun day – Poppy
Class one would like to thank Natalie, Debbie, Amy and Sarah for their time, patience and care. They really gave the children the most wonderful experience and a trip to remember.
Class I had the best time at the Animal Vets in Hayle. Claire, Jonathon and Patrick McCotter, along with their amazing team gave the children the most fantastic experience.
We learnt all about farms and farming from Patrick McCotter. He was great with the children telling them all about how to look after different animals on farms and what types of produce we can get from them if looked after properly.
You can get milk from cows and you can get milk from goats which is made into goats cheese – Violet
We also learnt all about what is inside the animals bodies. We studied some X-rays, one of a cat and another of a dog with a broken bone, one with a stone in his tummy and one with a needle in his tummy. The children were fascinated as Jonathon talked about what the animals have inside their bodies and related it to what the children have inside their bodies. They even got the opportunity to bandage a very gentle and tolerant Chester the dog.
I know pigs and cows have different meat – Luke
We saw a dogs broken bone and a dog swallowed a stone in the X-rays – Henry
Next we learnt all about some tortoises. For example they like to live in warm climates and generally most tortoises hibernate during the winter. The tortoises we met didn’t hibernate, they had fun trying to race each other to the finish line. We found out that they can live up to 100 years old and they like eating strawberries.
The tortoises came from the desert – Albie
The rabbits were a big hit with the children. They loved learning all about what to feed them and how to look after them. We learnt that rabbits like to eat hay to keep their ever growing teeth small and they don’t really like being picked up because they sometimes will feel threatened. The rabbits we met were very friendly and full of character.
I learnt rabbits have 28 teeth and their teeth keep growing and dogs are not aloud chocolate – Albie
Finally the children got scrubbed up into their surgery attire to perform a very delicate operation on a poorly dog that had eaten too many chocolates. The anaesthetist did a great job of ensuring the dog was asleep during the operation whilst the surgeons were busy at work.
I learnt that rabbits eat their own poo. We learnt what tortoises eat, strawberries. But really my favourite was eating the chocolate because Harold the dog eated too much chocolate then we got tweezers and picked it out of his tummy. Henry
The whole experience was fantastic. Class one would like to thank the whole team at the animal vets for all their hard work, organisation and exciting activities they provided for the children to support their learning about animals and pet care.
Class 1 have been enjoying planting lots of different plants and flowers to add a bit of greenery to our play ground.
Thanks to the generous donations from parents, Wyevale garden centre, Asda and B & M in Penzance, we have been able to plant herbs, flowers, shrubs and vegetables.
Plants need lots of sun and water to help them grow – Violet
Class 1 will be learning all about different plants this term. We have started to learn about the different needs of plants and how to look after them. We will learn about the structure and function of each part of the plant and how water travels around the plant. We will also learn to name different types of local wild flowers and some trees. Finally we will grow and try our own herbs and vegetables.
We have to look after plants because they are alive – Theo
We have so far planted garlic, onions, shallots, mint, basil and parsley. We will also plant delicious peas in the spring. The flowers we have planted are primroses, hyacinths, primlets and narcissus. We are going to plant some sunflowers and hopefully make a blackberry crumble if we have any blackberries to harvest from our hanging baskets by then, though we suspect they may be at their best during the summer holidays!
We planted mint and garlic. They need sun and water and soil to grow – Merryn
The sun makes energy for the flowers though the leaves – Henry
Class 1 and 2 have had another amazing trip to Feadon Farm. We learnt all about our British wildlife through the Gruffalo story and got the opportunity to meet the animals in the story and many more that we are likely to meet in our countryside.
I liked the fox kissing me on the nose best. We learned they won’t bite us and we can’t touch one in the wild – Faith Class 1
After reading the Gruffalo story we met the friendly foxes Todd, Meadow, Copper and a new friendly fox cub. The children learnt some interesting fox facts, fed them some treats, were able to stroke them and some lucky children even had a kiss on the nose from Todd.
I liked the fox kissing me. He felt nice when I stroked him – Anya Class 2
I liked holding the owl best, we saw it fly – Derora Class 1
Next we met the beautiful barn owl. The children took it in turns to hold him then watched him fly silently through the air over their heads. Chunk, the eagle owl also came out to say hello.
Next we met the corn snake and learnt about how we have 3 different types of snake in the UK all with their own way of killing and eating their prey. The brave children took it in turns to hold or stroke the snake. He loved to slither around the children’s necks or under their arms where it was nice and warm.
I loved holding the snake. He wasn’t too big. I was scared, but now I’m not! – Poppy Class 2
We learnt about the reindeer next. The children learnt that they can withstand temperatures of minus 50 because their have a kind of antifreeze in their legs. We heard the click of the reindeers feet as they walked which helps them to identify other reindeer from predators in places with low visibility and we learnt that they shed and re grow their antlers once a year.
We also got the opportunity feed some chickens and goats. We learnt that goats have such big tummies because they eat lots of grass. The grass goes into the first chamber of the stomach to ferment then the goat will bring back up the grass and chew again into smaller pieces which will then back down to be digested in their 4 stomachs.
I liked feeding the goats because I love goats. It tickled my hand when they ate the food – Hunter Class 2
My favourite bit was when we feed the chickens, the white part of the egg turns into a chicken – Bella Class 1
We also got to see some squirrels, hawks, adders, stoats, mice, ferrets, weasels and hedgehogs. We learnt all about how the hedgehogs have reduced in numbers in the last 20 years from 36 million to 1 million. We learnt how to make our gardens more hedgehog friendly by making sure they have access, leaving a parts of the garden slightly wild, leaving food and water for them and making hedgehog homes for them.
The children were really excited to finally meet the Gruffalo, he was shy and hid in the woods. We did manage to get a friendly wave from him as he was more scared of us than we were of him.
We found the Gruffalo in the woods, he was shy, he thought we were the little mice – Finley Class 1
Feadon farm is hands on, fun, fascinating and an unforgettable experience for the children. The wildlife experts, Gary and Kirsty were incredible. Their enthusiasm and knowledge made the whole experience so interesting which is why its one of the best educational and fun school trips we go to year after year.
What an amazing day. The children were in their element on their fun filled, action packed day of excitement, thrills and frolics on the beach.
Ben and Kate Holtaway had planned a full day of surf lifesaving activities and games for the children to enjoy. They were both fantastic with the children and the day ran effortlessly from one fun activity to the next.
The morning started in the surf life saving club where we learnt about beach safety, the equipment used by the life guards, the role of the life guards and where is safe to swim on the beach. The children had fun dressing up as naughty tourists and life guards and role played swimming in the wrong area of the beach and saving each other.
Next it was down to the life guard hut to meet the very funny lifeguards. They told us all about what they have to do each day and answered all our questions about their fun and exciting job. We learnt that they had even rescued 3 boats that morning. We also had a go on their rescue surf board.
After the life guard hut it was a picnic on the beach. The moment we sat down to eat our lunch the skies cleared and it was beautiful sunshine.
We needed to wave from the sea then the other children come and save you. If you go too deep the lifeguards will help – Lana
After lunch it was surfs up. The children were amazing on the surf boards and loved catching a few waves.
I liked surfing, you lie on a surfboard, you wait for a wave then it makes you surf – Sienna
After the surf it got competitive on the beach with a few team games and the exciting game of flags.
Next we found a message in a bottle from Captain Smellybeard with a treasure map inside. It led the children to a pirates cave, where we found some hidden delicious treasure, the best kind of treasure.
I liked finding the treasure best. We had sweeties – Enya
The day was a massive success. A massive thank you to the superhero life guards and the brilliant Ben and Kate Holtaway.
Hayle and Tolvaddon firemen kindly brought the fire engine to school to show the children the types of things they do to help people.
I liked it when i went in the fire truck. I saw the walkie talkies and torches – Erin Class 2
We learnt all about the different equipment on the firetruck. We had a look at the different sized hose reels and jets and learnt when they are used. We saw the 3 ladders carried on the roof and learnt when the firemen would use them. We saw the massive cutters and spreaders to cut cars open. We saw the winches that attach to the fireman if they have to be lowered down into a hole or over a cliff to rescue someone or an animal. We had a look inside the fire engine at the breathing apparatus, torches and walkie talkies.
Inside the classroom, we were lucky enough to learn all about fire safety in the home. We learnt how to stop drop and roll, all about smoke detectors in the home and we even got to dress up in the firefighters kit.
The highlight for most of the children had to be listening to the sirens and squirting the water.
My Daddy put me in the fire engine. I learnt about the hoses and how to stop, drop and roll when you’ve got your clothes on fire. My favourite bit was seeing Daddy – Skye Class 2
I liked the water and the fire engine – Nicolas Class 1
I liked squirting the water and I liked to see the fire engine. I love Daddy – Evie Class 1
Class 1 and 2 sports day is an annual event which is held in June each year. All of the children in the Reception classes loved encouraging each other during their races and both parents and guests were invited to come and support. The atmosphere was great with all of the participants having a wonderful time taking part in the races. The encouragement and support from the parents was amazing as we had parents, Grandparents, brothers, sisters and friends shouting encouragement from the side lines.
The children engaged in the spirit of the day to join in with the old favourites like the egg and spoon race and the sack race. The team games consisted of the bean bag game, the dressing up and the kings breakfast.
I liked the dressing up race best because that was very funny because Finley had some dress on him and it was so funny and there was something funny about it – Hana Class 1
I liked the running race because I love running – Lucas Class 2
The toddlers race was a bit of fun and the children in Class 1 looked after their brothers and sisters and ensured they passed the finishing line together.
The running races proved to be a favourite with the children and crowd. It started with the boys race, followed by the girls race. Finally came the mixed girls and boys race which provided great excitement for the crowd.
I liked the sack race best because you got to go into sacks – Rosie Class 2
The sports day was a great success. The children showed a great team spirit towards each other and cheered along with the crowd to support their friends.
I liked the kings breakfast race. We put a circle on our heads that was a crown, we carried breakfast. It was fun – Emilija
Classes 1 and 2 have danced themselves around the world with some amazing dances from India, Mexico, Russia, Hawaii, England and Ireland.
The dance show started with a song to welcome parents in different languages then started with Class1’s graceful Bollywood dance.
I liked the Bollywood dance best. It’s from India. You say hello by saying Nemaste. I liked the changing the lightbulbs bit – Enya
Next we went to Hawaii with Class 2.
I liked doing the Hawaii dance. I liked the beginning where we put our arms in the air. I loved wearing the grass skirts – Poppy
The fabulous dancers hulaed beautifully and some brave dancers came to the front and danced in a duo for the parents.
Class 1 then lept their way to visit Russia and do a sensational Cossack Dance.
I liked the Russian dance best because I liked going into the middle and doing my dance – Layla
The strong and athletic cossacks remembered all the dance moves amazingly well and really enjoyed shouting hey when they leapt into the air.
I liked the jumping bit and twirling bit with your partner. Dobrey dyen is hello- Isaac
Next Class 2 jetted of to Mexico.
With their own class made shakers, they shimmied and shook all the way around the hall to La Bamba.
I liked doing the Mexican dancing. I liked shaking my shaker – Scarlett-Jada
After Mexico, Class 1 came back home to do some English folk dancing in the form of an amazing morris dance.
I liked the Morris dance because it was really good. I like dancing in a circle and waving the hankies – Ruby
The girls skipped happily around waving their hankies in time to the music and the boys marched merrily shaking their bells.
I liked shaking the bells best. I liked dancing in a circle around Will my partner – Mason
Finally, to finish off the show, Class 2 stayed fairly close to home and did some brilliant Irish dancing with great stamps and cuts throughout.
I loved skipping forwards and back. I did a solo with Kieran and did some cuts – Tilly
The children have loved learning about different cultures and have throughly enjoyed learning some new dances. They shone in their performances and remembered all the dance moves like professionals.
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