This week marked STEM week at Penpol School, a week which celebrates science, technology, engineering and maths
So far, Year 4 have relished the opportunity of being off-timetable and have already taken part in plenty of exciting investigations to whet their appetites.
On Monday, both classes had free reign of Penpol’s grounds and used measurement, distance and circumference to calculate both the age and height of the trees, as well as gaining a better understanding of the beautiful and well-established trees on our grounds. From using the Pic Collage app on the iPads, the groups of students were not only able to record their investigation throughout the day but also use photos to help them create a presentation of their findings and present this to their peers at the end of the day.
On Tuesday, students pulled up their sleeves and happily took to getting their hands dirty and started the morning growing vegetables in mini pots. The next few weeks will encourage them to nurture and care for their seedlings in anticipation of watching them grow. All students were already very excited about planning a nutritious salad bowl upon harvesting their radishes, green salad leaves and beetroots in the next couple of months!
Following a morning of growing, Year 4 then looked at seed dispersal. Following a class discussion on the importance of seed dispersal, we then set out to investigate the question, “How does the flight of a helicopter seed change when a chosen variable, wind strength, is modified?”
Through making their own helicopter seed from a template, each group then tracked 10 flights of their helicopter outside the classroom by measuring the distance travelled. They then compared this to the 10 flights in an environment with no wind (the classroom) and compared the difference between both findings.
Thursday and Friday look set to offer even more excitement, with students being tasked the challenge of building a musical instrument from recyclable materials from home. In addition, they have also been asked to design an innovative spy design which best listens to a secret message. The group which can decipher the message correctly from the greatest distance, wins!
I’m really enjoying Stem week! It’s so fun! Harvey, Class 9
Making helicopters and flying them has been really cool. I like working with my friends too! Josh, Class 10
Hi Year 1,
We are missing you very much but know that your adults are doing a super job of looking after you and teaching you.
We hope you’re enjoying the home-learning tasks as much as we are enjoying receiving the photo’s and videos?!
Please do send any photo’s through if you have the time. Remember we love seeing you playing as well as learning!
Miss Whear and Mrs Sukstiene
Alice, from Class 3
Alice’s Grandma will be excited to receive this lovely postcard that Alice wrote!
Keira, from Class 3
Keira loved making ’arrays’ for multiplication with Mega blocks and using part-whole to multiply. Keira explored measuring practically with her first attempt at making pasties – they look delicious!
Her favourite place to watch TV is now hanging upside down and swinging on her Dad’s pull up bar! Keira practised writing her full name in the sand during her daily exercise time!
Alice, from Class 3
Alice joined in with her brother’s home-learning challenge of finding facts on his favourite animal. Super drawing and facts Alice!
Alice’s papa built a pond in the garden that her and brother have been using as a paddling pool while there’s no fish in there. She also planted some plants for our ‘How does Your Garden Grow?’ topic and did some practical measuring during baking…which Alice loves doing!
Henry, from Class 4
Henry has been working hard writing using his adjectives. He and his brother, Arthur, have been printing with lego and creating space pictures. Super work!
Isla, from Class 3
Isla mixed exercise and phonics by reading red and green words in a game of hopscotch. She also enjoyed playing memory games in the sun! Isla then created super stretchy noun phrases using ‘ee’ sounds! Well done for remembering a comma between the adjectives too 🙂 Isla then wrote a lovely letter to Betty and made a raft … I can’t wait to hear whether it floated! Fingers crossed it did!
Violet, from Class 4
Violet has been so busy at home! She has been creative by making a picture frame and painting eggs for Easter. She has been helping her daddy feed the donkeys at his work and baking some delicious flat breads and hummus for lunch! She has also been out in the garden bug hunting! Well done Violet!
Elliott, from Class 3
Elliott has enjoyed making ’stretchy sentences’ to create noun phrases as well as grouping for multiplication. He’s also written and email to his uncle and sorted animals. Well done Elliott!
Toran, from Class 3
Super stretchy sentences Toran adding information with the 5W’s questions (Who? What? Where? When? Why?) Great use of part-whole models for multiplication and lovely to see you writing a letter to Grandad, which super punctuation and handwriting. I’m sure he’ll love receiving this! Well done!
Harrison, from Class 3
Harrison made a Jet pack with his dad on Tuesday 🚀 He also went for a walk and drew a heart and said thank you to the NHS. He also practiced writing his name in a different way. On his walk he collected lots of leaves and twigs and nature items to make things. He made a H for Harrison.
Toran, from Class 3
Toran enjoying drawing arrays from number sentences.
Miles, from Class 3
Great questions Miles. I would rather eat chocolate for the rest of my life and I’d rather swim that float – I love to swim!
Great to see you enjoying the lego arrays for multiplication so much! They’re fun to make aren’t they?!
Matteo, from Class 4
Matteo has been busy at home. Here he is with a train track he has built! He also decorated eggs to celebrate Easter – Very creative!
Noah, Class 4
Noah has been working hard, practising his hand writing. He wrote all about the film Jurassic Park! He also helped his brother with his home learning and they built a tree using recycling! Super work!
Miles, Class 3
Miles making music with natural objects…to his parents delight! :-)Plus excellent use of the conjunctions ‘because’ and ’so’ Miles. Well done!
Betty, Class 3
Super use of shells to practise grouping for multiplication Betty.
I love that Class 3 are sending each other letters – it’s a great way of keeping in contact with your friends! Lovely use of a question mark as well as the conjunctions ‘and’ / ‘because’. Well done Betty!
Arthur, from Class 3
I loved receiving a letter from Arthur today and enjoyed replying with answers to his questions.
Arthur has great fun making a planet picture – it’s stunning! Well done Arthur – can you name the planets?
Harrison, from Class 3
Harrison has made his own pizza from scratch with his dad and baked it in our pizza oven.
Cooking 🍕 & learning about fire safety 🔥
We went on a bike ride, Harrison is fantastic at riding his bike, using his breaks and we even went on the road in places. Learning all about road safety, what side of the road we should be on, keeping to the side, slowing down at a junction and wearing his helmet etc. Today we have been extending sentences, whilst talking about our dog 🐕 ……
Merryn has been super busy over the past few weeks. She has been baking, painting and writing letters to cheer up patients in hospital who are missing their families. She has been getting creative, making lots of pictures with her sister and has been keeping an eye on the tadpoles in the stream to watch them grow! Great work, Merryn!
Ebbie, from Class 3
Great pen control Ebbie – great to see her practising her handwriting.
Ebbie enjoyed an egg hunt over Easter and had a great time splashing in the sea during her daily exercise.
Ebbie’s Daddy is building a barn and Ebbie likes to take lunch to him and help him dig.
She has also written a letter to her nanny to see how she is – it’s important to keep in contact with your family and friends as everyone is missing each other!
Toran, from Class 3.
Toran explored capacity and recorded in standard units of measure! He has also been exploring which kitchen ingredients fizz when added to bicarbonate of soda – I love seeing the concentration on his face! Well done Toran!
Elliott, from class3
Elliott and his brother out on a scavenger hunt, that Elliott had written, as part of our Fresh Air Friday challenge!
Jack, from Class 3
It’s great to see Jack completing the maths Fresh Air Friday activity of making a bird feeder and the writing task of helping your adult cook and writing a set of instructions for your meal. Super use of time connectives to sequence your instructions! The pizza looks delicious Jack! Well done.
Happy Birthday Jack – looks like you had great fun using hair chalks to turn your hair red!
Ezra from Class 4
Ezra has been super busy at home. He’s been practising his handwriting with his sister and having lots of fun!
Reuben, from Class 4
Reuben made an Easter Maths Maze using his lego! He also, with his sister Lottie, worked hard on making a maze together. Great team work!
Luke, from Class 4
Luke explored capacity by using jugs and containers in his paddling pool! He has also been busy exploring measurement – lovely work Luke!
Rosie, from Class 4
Rosie has been busy looking after the runner beans she is growing! She has also been exploring art – on herself! You look great Rosie!
Geoffrey, from Class 4
Geoffrey has been working hard at home on his phonics and has been practising his numbers and counting by playing card games at home!
Joseph, from Class 4
Joseph has been practising writing his own addition number sentences and has been exploring coins and money! He has also been busy writing down his recipe for banana bread. It sounds tasty!Great work!
Luke, from Class 4
Luke has been practising using conjunctions in his writing!
Lowenna, from Class 3
Lowenna has been exploring Hayle on 2 wheels but cycling during her daily exercise.
After successfully making pasties together in school, Lowenna has been teaching her adults to make them at home – they look delicious!
Great to see Lowenna showing her support for the NHS! Who else has been clapping at 8pm on a Thursday night? I have!
Great use of vegetables to create patterns – super to see Lowenna getting into our ‘How does your Garden Grow?’ Topic!
Darcey, from Class 3
It’s been great to see Darcey engaging with the online RWI phonics lessons and helping her adults to prepare some healthy meals – It’s important to stay healthy!
Arlo, Class 3
Super adjectives to describe your character Arlo! It’s great to see Arlo having fun in the sun during his daily exercise. Arlo had great fun measuring his family using standard untis of measure.
Miss Whear, Class 3
My daily exercise / weekly food shopping has been on my bike.
My thoughtful family surprised me with an egg hunt in my garden for my birthday and socially distanced deliveries from friends and neighbours arrived throughout the day! Don’t worry – my family used the visit as their daily exercise and left before I went out to do the hunt! Thank you Reuben (my nephew in Class 4).
Isla, from Class 3
Isla F made her own addition and subtraction game.
She then played ‘say it, make it, write it’ with pebbles. I loved receiving a video of Isla reading a story to me too!
Betty, from Class 3
Betty has been measuring using standard units of measure when cooking. She has also made super use of adjectives to describe animals and been practising drawing the o’clock time – well done!
Betty has been measuring using standard units of measure when cooking and proving that reading can happen anywhere!
Thomas, from Class 3
Thomas has been continuing his reading and writing at home and sharing stories. I love seeing how you have been using your daily hour of exercise time.
Miles, from Class 3
Every Friday Miles’ family have a themed day and the children make flags from a chosen country and they cook/eat food from there for breakfast, lunch and dinner too! So far they have had Italian Day (pizza) and American Day (burgers and donuts) – What a fun idea! Whilst cooking, Miles explored capacity by spooning water into various sized glasses with a spoon.
Miles has been practising spelling the days of the week, using capital letters and his neatest handwriting. He focused on ascenders and descenders (tall letters on the line and long letters below the line).
Miles showed his super writing by retelling the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’. Great use of the conjunction ‘and’ as well as commas in a list. also wrote some questions to post to his friend James.
Miles enjoying fresh air Friday and playing maths Lego games
Ebon, from Class 3
Ebon has been making the most of the sunshine to start our new topic ‘How does your garden grow?’ by planting his own seeds. He also wrote the recipe and helped the adults with measuring and cooking. It was lovely looking at the way you have been using your daily exercise time Ebon.
Poor Ebon fell and broke his wrist. Our thoughts are with him and I hear he’s been incredibly brave!
Ebon’s milk lid boat
Harrison, from Class 3
Today Harrison has been very creative and made some fairy houses out of plant pots.
Harrison has been practising using capital letters and question marks by writing questions for their family and friends.
Harrison watched toy story, he then answered questions on the film and rang his nanny describing the film and seeing if she could guess what he had been watching. Harrison also went on a nature walk and wrote about what he had seen using commas in a list.
Harrison explored number bonds to and within 20 using dominoes!
Harley, from Class 3
Harley has been practising using capital letters and question marks by writing questions for his family and friends. Harley chose to measure practically when baking a crumble – it looks like he enjoyed it!
Harley loved the kitchen science investigation where he explored mixing bicarbonate of soda with kitchen ingredients. Luckily he did this outside as there was quite an explosion. I was lucky enough to see the video.
Class 3, would also like to wish Harley a very happy birthday and we all hope he had a great day!
Elliott, from Class 3
Elliott has been making the most of the sunshine to start our new topic ‘How does your garden grow?’ by planting his own seeds, designing a garden and writing a list of what he would like in it. He has also been exploring and describing materials.
Class 3, would also like to wish Elliott a very happy birthday and we all hope he had a great day!
Year 6 had the pleasure of welcoming Andrew for Aspdens, our school catering provider, this week. He spent the session talking to the children about cooking safety; origin of ingredients; the importance of understanding where our food comes from and how for it has traveled; and the benefits of a healthy diet.
As our Year 6 classes have been studying the Ancient Mayan Civilisation we decided to have a go at cooking some less traditional Mayan, but more delicious Mexican dishes. The children had to peel, dice, slice, grate and mix avocado, tomatoes, garlic, onion, fresh chilli and coriander to create both a spicy salsa and a cool guacamole before enjoying both with some home made tortilla chips Andrew prepared in the school kitchen before hand.
Some children were braver than others but lived to regret their choices when underestimating the strength of fresh chilli. Many of the flavours that Andrew introduced were unfamiliar to the children on their own, of course they had been exposed to them in other dishes but not many had eaten a coriander leaf on its own. It was not only interesting to see some off the children’s faces when tasting some of the ingredients but to hear the sensible conversations they had with each other about the different tastes the tongue can sense.
With more salsa and guacamole than tortilla chips our creations were sent to the school canteen for children to enjoy with their fajitas, which were on the menu for the day.
Each half-term, students from Classes 11 and 12 have written a letter or email to a penpal in France. The aim of the French penpal exchange, which has been running successfully for over two years, was for our students at Penpol to better understand the similarities, as well as differences, between school life in France and at Penpol. This opportunity also offers a platform for our students to use their French for a real purpose, being able to ask their French counterparts any questions they may have about life in France.
As Year 5 have recently been studying reflexive verbs to say what they do on a daily basis, the first series of questions sent to France were based on what time their French penpal got up, started school, finished school and how much homework they received. The responses from the French students provided plenty of discussion. Did you know that French students start school at 8.30am and don’t finish school until 4.30pm? However, though the school day is longer on most days, children in France only have a half day on Wednesday, followed by the afternoon off school to take part in extra-curricular activities.
As well as sending emails, which is first drafted in their books, then sent on to France, the children have also received and sent festive cards.
It’s great writing to someone from another country. It’s a fun way to practise French! Isabella, Class 11
Next up, Year 5 will be creating a guess who game centred on the topic of hobbies. Watch this space for more news about Penpol’s thriving Cornish- French email exchange!
Before being beaten by the weather, Class 6 had a great time exploring in the sand, rocks and sea. The children were so excited to find a crab and with a little bit of help from Hazel, managed to find its way back to the sea.
The children enjoyed walking across the causeway and heading up the steep path towards the castle. After visiting the inside of the castle the weather deteriorated very quickly and sadly the children had to make a very quick return to the mini buses. All of the children from Class 6 demonstrated great stamina and perseverance against heavy rain, hail showers and a biting cold wind. As their Class Teacher, I am extremely proud of all of them!
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.
Class 4 are starring in their own film! We have been making a promotional video about why Hayle is the perfect holiday destination. On Tuesday, we all set off for a very long (and very hot) walk all over town. Our first stop was the harbour, where we stopped for a snack and a chance to soak up the view.
We decided to take our playtime on the beach and had lots of fun paddling in the water. We continued our journey along St George’s walk, where we met a lovely lady called Sandy, who explained all about the bug mansion, the woodland walk and the sensory garden.
Then it was on to the skate park for some more filming and a spot of lunch. We finished off the day with a delicious ice cream at Mr B’s.
The children had all been given destinations that they had to talk about on film. They did an absolutely fantastic job. Our day trip out and our short film has inspired the children to do lots of high quality writing using interesting adjectives and verbs in our literacy lessons. They have also produced lots of excellent work in our science, geography and art lessons as well.
Check out our promotional video and tell us what you think. Do you think people would be persuaded to holiday in Hayle?
(A special thank you to all of the extra helpers. You really helped make a great day out!)