“Penpol pupils are curious, creative and courageous learners. Our school community believes in authenticity as the foundations of deep-rooted learning. Through our rich and relevant curriculum, we nurture community-minded, forward-facing international citizens of the future.” - our Penpol Schoolvision.
Class 2 had lots of fun visiting Marazion last Thursday. The children were very excited for their first trip in the minibus and to visit the beach and marshes down at Marazion.
Upon arriving at Marazion, we enjoyed visiting the park before making our way down to the beach.
Once we reached the beach, we split ourselves into two groups ready for one group to play some beach games and another to visit Marazion Marshes.
We went across the bridge. I took binoculars and we went past flowers – Bobby
Children on the beach enjoyed creating a portrait of themselves using what they could find on the sand. There are some great creations as you can see below! The children also had lots of fun building sandcastles, digging holes and burying their legs in the sand!
I liked digging holes and I liked playing with the rocks and I really liked going in the sea! – Jude
We also enjoyed dipping our toes in the water!
It was cold! I splashed the water with my feet – Erin
Meanwhile the group visiting the Marshes enjoyed taking part in a scavenger hunt and using their senses to explore what they could find. The children were set a special challenge by Mrs Allen to remember the name of the flower ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ that we spotted on the marshes.
I liked looking through the binoculars. I saw some birds and some flowers – Vera
Once all children had visited the marshes and the beach, it was time for lunch and an ice lolly to cool down!
Then after a few more games, it was time to climb back on board the minibus for our journey back to Penpol with shoes full of sand and a great time had by all! We are looking forward to our next trip later on in the term!
On Wednesday, Class 2 enjoyed their first visit inside the new yurt on the school field. The children enjoyed sharing stories with each other as well as listening to a story altogether and even found time for some cloud gazing!
Inside I liked it because it was big and I liked seeing the shapes on the wall. I liked seeing the clouds – they looked like a bunny, a unicorn and a heart! – Aggie
I liked lying and looking up and seeing the clouds. I read Hickory Dickory Dock – Elowen
We’re looking forward to our next visit to the yurt again next week!
Class 2 have done some great learning as part of STEM week and enjoyed becoming scientists, engineers and mathematicians for the week.
On Monday, after listening to the story of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff, the children were set the challenge of building a bridge for the goats to cross, using only spaghetti, masking tape and teamwork! Once built, the class tested their bridges to see which was the strongest and came up with ideas to improve their bridges next time.
On Tuesday, we took part in an experiment using skittles and watched what would happen as water was added. After waiting a few seconds, the children loved seeing the patterns that emerged and looking at how different the other patterns around the class were.
On Wednesday came one of the children’s favourite activities of the week – making volcanoes! In small groups, the children were challenged to build a volcano using whatever they could find around the classroom, making sure they left a space for the volcano to erupt. Once the volcanoes had been constructed, it was time for them to be filled with lava (a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and red food colouring) and to erupt!
The children put their maths and engineering skills to the test on Thursday by creating ramps for cars and measuring how far each car travelled. They predicted how far each car would travel and then tried raising and lowering the ramp to see if that would make a difference. After recording our results, we then talked about what might have affected how far the cars travel as a group.
Finally, on Friday we created some artwork using a swinging bottle/bucket and watched the different patterns it created when the children pushed harder or gentler on the bottle. We’re really pleased with how the artwork came out and hope to have it up on display in our outdoor area for you all to see soon!
Well done Class 2 on some great STEM learning, it was brilliant to see you enjoy becoming scientists/mathematicians/engineers and artists!
2020 brought around a slightly different kind of sports day. Over 100 of our pupils took part in first ever Rainbow games, both at home and in school.
The day consisted of children competing in for their houses in a range of throwing, jumping and running activities alongside some cross-curricular olympic themed activities such as designing/cooking a healthy meal; researching one of the continents; creating banner and posters to show their support for their house.
A brilliant event with many children engaging in the activities. Over 18000 points were shared between the 4 houses with less than 100 separating first and second.
We are missing you all lots and can’t wait until we can see you again. We love seeing all the amazing learning you’ve been doing at home and wanted to share some of it with everyone.
Alex – Class 2
Alex has been learning all about 3D shapes this week and made this lovely castle! Alex says his favourite shape is the cone because you can get ice cream cones!
Noah – Class 1
Noah has also been learning about shapes this week and built this castle big enough for his dinosaur! Great job Noah.
Alayah – Class 2
Alayah enjoyed our puzzle challenge and created this lovely sea creature puzzle with her Dad. Well done Alayah, your puzzle looks fantastic and looks like you had lots of fun making it!
Morgan – Class 1
Morgan has been busy learning about the outdoors and how to light and put out a camp fire. He’s also done some great learning all about fish and did some lovely drawing too.
Noah – Class 2
Noah has done some great learning all about number bonds to 10 as well as creating an imaginary world using the Duplo. Well done Noah!
Maverick – Class 1
Maverick has been learning all about directions and was able to follow instructions whilst wearing a blindfold! He also enjoyed our puzzle challenge and created this lovely puzzle to put together.
Izzy – Class 2
Izzy has made a lovely rainbow puzzle, a great maze out of crayons and designed a magical animal – a dog that has a horn that lights up and helps to save other dogs. Great ideas Izzy, well done!
Lowenna – Class 1
Lowenna did some great learning in maths this week, recognising where the patterns had gone wrong. She also made a lovely jigsaw puzzle of her family and then timed herself to see how long it would take to put it back together. Well done Lowenna!
Everly – Class 2
Everly created this brilliant life size picture of herself as part of our body challenge. She labelled all the different parts beautifully. Amazing learning Everly!
Lexi – Class 1
Lexi created a very tricky maze using the blocks as well as a lovely rainbow fish. She’s also been very busy practising her writing and maths work. Well done Lexi!
Logan – Class 2
Logan has been very busy doing lots of learning at home. He’s been practising riding his bike, experimenting with skittles and helped his Mummy to make pasties. Well done Logan, thanks for sharing your lovely learning.
Bobby – Class 1
Bobby coloured and labelled this lovely picture of the Rainbow Fish as well as creating his own maze using lego. He listened to instructions for how to move around his maze whilst blindfolded! Great learning Bobby!
Fred – Class 1
Fred has been doing some great learning and has written some amazing fact files. He also enjoyed our bridge building challenge and has been working on labelling a life size picture of himself. Brilliant learning Fred!
Lili – Class 1
Lili has been doing some beautiful artwork all about the rainbow fish as well as about life cycles. Well done Lili, these are lovely pictures.
Ethan – Class 2
Ethan created this great maze out of Duplo and practised moving the dog character through it. He’s also been working on some addition to 10. Well done Ethan!
Luna – Class 1
Luna has done some great learning all about our bodies as well as some artwork about sea creatures. She also wrote some brilliant sentences about what she had drawn. Well done Luna!
Isla – Class 1
Isla has been practising her sounds and teen numbers, learning all about the human body as well as about the different parts of a fish. Well done Isla, looks like you’ve been very busy!
Phoebe – Class 1
Phoebe created this brilliant bridge and also did some lovely writing all about her half term. Well done Phoebe, this is lovely home learning!
Sorrel – Class 1
Sorrel has enjoyed learning all about World Ocean’s Day and helped her family with a beach clean. She’s also been learning about electricity and enjoyed looking at circuit boards and the inside of items. She’s also measured herself against her own sorrel plant too and found it’s bigger than her now! Brilliant learning, well done Sorrel!
Hello again everyone, I hope you are all well and still enjoying your home learning challenges.
Since I last wrote to you, I have had a few days that were lovely and also a few days where I chose to be a bit naughty and I ended up in a little bit of trouble.
Last Monday, when my family were very busy, I began to feel a little bored, so I decided to have a little roam around my house. I suddenly noticed that someone had left the bathroom door open and I saw some white paper hanging from the wall. I went up to the paper and grabbed it in my mouth. I then started to run out of the bathroom door with the paper following behind. Oh what fun I had playing with that paper, I felt so happy, until I heard someone shout ‘Betsy’. I looked up and saw my family staring down at me. They didn’t look very happy.
My family then decided that perhaps it would be better for me to go outside and get some fresh air, before I got myself in to any more trouble. I was so excited when I saw that I was going to my favourite place, the beach.
I had so much fun at the beach running and rolling around in the sand but because I have a long coat, I had to have a bath before I went to bed. When I lay down in my basket, I felt quite excited as I had heard my family saying that tomorrow was going to be a special day and that they were all going to be baking delicious buns for everyone to eat.
When I woke up in the morning everyone was really busy, in the kitchen, baking and there was such a lovely smell coming from the oven. I looked through the oven door and I could see some of my favourite buns being cooked. I wanted to just sit and watch them cook but no luck, ‘Walkies Betsy”.
Although I wanted to sit and watch the buns cooking, it was great to get outside in the fresh air and get some morning exercise.
On the way back from my walk, my owner decided to let me off the lead so that I could walk on my own. Suddenly, I could smell those delicious buns and I just knew that I had to have one ,as my mouth was beginning to water. I started to run home as fast as I could and there, outside of my garden, was a table all decorated with blue, red and white flags and on the top was a tray full of buns with icing on the top. I thought to myself, ‘This must be the special day celebrations that I heard my family talking about”. I just couldn’t wait any longer, I jumped up and started to eat the buns, licking the icing off first. Suddenly I heard someone shout, “Betsy, those buns were for the V.E day celebrations, now we will have to make some more. I know now that I shouldn’t have taken the buns but they were just looking and smelling so delicious, I couldn’t help myself. Next time, I will wait for my owner to give me one. I think I should now try to stay out of mischief for a while.
Hello everyone at Penpol School, I hope you are all o.k and enjoying all of your home learning challenges. I really am missing all of my extra cuddles and also seeing everyones smiley faces.
At this strange time, I am also not allowed to go outside and do all of the fun things that I used to enjoy doing. Some days, I often sit and look out of my window, wishing things could get back to normal and I could go outside to play and visit everyone at Penpol School, where I love to be made a fuss of.
Although I miss going outside and not visiting Penpol School, I have enjoyed being at home with my family, where I have also been learning new challenges and practicing old tricks. When the sun was shining, I was so lucky to go down to the beach and play fetch. This is one of my favourite games, especially when the ball goes in to the sea.
Another trick that I have been practicing is ‘Stay’ and ‘Here”. This is a good trick, as I get to sit or stand in the same position and then when I hear the command ‘Here’ I have to run to my owner. They always give me a big cuddle when I run up to them.
Although I am really happy most days, being at home and learning with my family, some times I feel a bit sad and fed up and just don’t want to get out of bed, especially when it is raining.
On these days, I always tell my family how I am feeling so that they can help me and give me things to do that will stop me worrying and make me feel better. Last week, when I felt really sad, my family let me watch some horse racing on the television.
It was so exciting watching all of the horses galloping down the track and then jumping over the fences. After watching the horses, I felt so much happier and couldn’t wait to get started on my next learning challenge followed by playing in the garden and then having plenty of cuddles and playtime with my family.
Well I hope you have all enjoyed reading about what I’ve been up to at home. Perhaps you would like to send some photographs of your pets to Mrs Ruffell, so that she can share them with me and everyone else on the Penpol Times.
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
Hi Class 1 and Class 2, we’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who have sent us some pictures of your home learning over the past few weeks. We wanted to share some of your brilliant learning with everyone.
We both hope that you are all well and enjoying the learning challenges that we are setting.
Take care and see you soon
Miss Nidds and Miss Aspden
Alayah from Class 2
Alayah has been being very creative and experimenting with water colours as well as creating a person from nature and going on a bug hunt!
Jack from Class 2
Jack has enjoyed creating a ‘mega den’ in his kitchen to continue with his reading, created a brilliant superhero and enjoyed going on a Bug Hunt in his garden.
Lowenna from Class 1
Lowenna has been doing some great learning at home and has had a teddy bears picnic and wrote invitations to all her bears. She has been doing some great counting games and made a brilliant Owlette costume!
Izzy from Class 2
Izzy has been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, as well as doing some great addition and number writing. She has also designed her own superhero and fairy door along with some sentences about fairies.
Merryn from Class 2
Merryn has been very creative in her learning at home and has been outside flying kites and learning all about the wind, as well as creating a ‘Cat Box’ with working wheels for her toys.
Morgan from Class 1
Morgan has been having lots of fun learning outside and has found some tadpoles, made a boat and his own fairy door out of painted stones. He even had his own festival in his garden!
Alex from Class 2
Alex designed and made a great belt to turn himself into a superhero. He has also been busy painting his favourite insect, as well as making some great pictures and doing some fantastic writing.
Charlie from Class 2
Charlie made a brilliant nature picture of a dinosaur, designed a beautiful rainbow fairy door and had a great time at his teddy bear’s picnic.
Lexi from Class 1
Lexi has been keeping up with her phonics and reading at home, finding different places to read her book in the house. She has made some lovely pictures all linking to our learning challenges and drew ‘The Flash’ as part of our superhero challenge.
Isla from Class 2
Isla has been busy practising her letters and has enjoyed painting and colouring some great pictures.
Dexter from Class 2
Dexter has enjoyed having a Teddy Bears Picnic in his garden as well as creating a great Superhero.
Lili from Class 1
Lili had great fun creating some lovely pictures from her bug hunt and wrote the names of the insects beautifully. She has also been busy creating an obstacle course and a giant picture of a person on the beach!
Well done everyone on your great learning! Keep the pictures coming and we’ll post more next week.
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.
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
Our Penpol School Vision: “Penpol pupils are curious, creative and courageous learners. Our school community believes in authenticity as the foundations of deep-rooted learning. Through our rich and relevant curriculum, we nurture community-minded, forward-facing international citizens of the future.”