“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.”
Classes 1 and 2 had a lovely time last week on our trips to Marazion beach!
I love the beach! We made sandcastles and I wore my hat to keep my head protected – Zachary
Recently, we have been learning about plastic pollution and how we can help to keep our beaches and seas safe. During our time at Marazion, we searched the beach for pieces of plastic and rubbish that we could put in the bin. We worked as a team to find different items, including bottle tops, odd socks and a plastic bag!
We picked up the rubbish so people and seagulls don’t get it. If sea creatures eat it, they will be very poorly – Heidi
During our visit, we also had a play in the park after our time on the beach. We loved using the climbing frames and the swings, whilst playing with our friends.
I loved the park. I went on the slide. It was very bumpy. I went on the tyres and climbed up the ladder – Harry
As well as the beach clean, the children enjoyed creating sand sculptures of people using what they could find on the beach. We had lots of fun using the seaweed as hair and the shells as eyes, as you can see below! We also made lots of sandcastles, whilst burying each other’s legs and covering ourselves in the sand!
My person had big seaweed arms. I used stones for the eyes and nose and seaweed for her hair. My person is called Ella – Nyah
The children also enjoyed having a picnic together on the beach. We cooled off in the heat by having a ice lolly which went down a treat!
My ice lolly was yummy! I ate it quickly so it didn’t melt! – Ivy
During the day, it was refreshing to cool off in the water and paddle our feet in the sea. We enjoyed splashing and jumping in the gentle waves.
After all of our excitement on the beach, we headed back to Penpol with shoes full of sand and lots of great memories made by all! We are even more excited to continue our ‘Under the Sea’ topic this term.
Classes 1 and 2 had a great time at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
We loved meeting Oceana, the sea sprite who told us a wonderful story of how she now lives in the lost land of Lyonesse. We helped her retell her story using instruments and learnt how she was rescued by merpeople and how Poseidon the God of the sea gave her the gift of being able to breathe underwater.
We looked at some treasures that Oceana had found at the bottom of the ocean which included part of a shipwreck, (possibly a pirate ship), a cannon ball, an old boot and a killer whales tooth.
We also learnt all about the different parts of a boat before making our own.
Next was the exciting boat races where we got the chance to race them on the boating lake.
We had a look around the museum and discovered all kinds of amazing monsters from the deep including a blob fish, angler fish, a fangtooth fish and a cock eyed squid.
We also had time to play on the rescue boats, jet ski, quad bike and life raft. We pretended to rescue each other from the ocean.
Finally we went to the top of the lookout tower and had a look at all the amazing boats in the harbour. We learnt all about sail boats, yachts and catamarans and found out that one of the super yachts in the harbour would need about 15 crew members to run the ship.
Class 1 and 2 would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the maritime museum. We learnt so much, had lots of fun and had a great day out.
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!
On taking a short break from studying WW2 within their topic of Wartime Britain, Class 13 moved their focus to WW1 and the commemoration of the Armistice. To help emerge themselves in to the lives of young soldiers we visited Cornwall’s military museum at Bodmin Keep.
The children learnt all about how the keep was used to train and house recruits who later went onto fight in France and Belgium as part of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry before housing visiting G.I Joes in the lead up to the D-Day landings in 1944.
The building was rich with British Military history and a plethora of artefacts and replicas to explore and discuss including; Mary tins, a present from Princess Mary to serving soldiers in 1914; genuine WW1 clothing, helmets and boots; food stuffs from the time of WW1, including a VERY hard tac biscuit; and soldiers personal possessions, such as boot polish, button polishers and shaving kits.
After exploring the museum the children had chance to join the regiment, armed with their rifles (very much wooden replicas) they marched towards the enemy and took their place in the trenches and awaited the call to climb. On their lucky escape from the trench, the children sat and read some of the life stories of soldiers who left Bodmin and served, some not so fortunate to return.
After lunch we entertained two veterans, messers ‘Spanner’ and ‘Kelvin’ who taught us some basic knot skills and some far more important team building, leadership and communication ones too. The children learnt how to tie a ‘highway hitch’ before competing in a team drill to crown the fastest and best platoon in the regiment!
A truly awe-inspiring day where many of our current day to day difficulties were put into persecutive, from here we will be writing some remembrance poetry and letters from the trenches, so keep your eyes peeled for post from the Somme.
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!
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!
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.”