On Sunday 11th November, ten Y6 pupils represented Penpol School in the Hayle remembrance service. This two part service started at St Elwyns Church where two children read poems as part of the service. These poems were once that they had written themselves in class the week previous.
The service then proceeded to parse down to the Hayle War Memorial. It was here the children listened to the names of people from Hayle, who had given their lives during WW1 and WW2 and listened to the last post. After the minutes silence the children laid a wreath on behalf of the Penpol School Community and planted crosses in front of the memorial.
The importance of Remembrance Sunday is particularly significant for the children in year 6 who have spend this term studying ‘Wartime Britain’ as a topic. This has involved poppy art, wreath making, writing letters from the trenches and writing remembrance poems.
The service was well respected by all the pupils who attended alongside members of the community where their maturity and manner where positively commented on by numerous members of the public.
This term Year 2 have been learning all about the champion rower Ann Glanville. Ann was born in Saltash and was married to John Glanville, who worked as a waterman – someone who rowed people and cargo across the River Tamar. Together they had 14 children and when John became ill Ann took his job to provide money for their family. She was tall, strong and very good at rowing.
To help the children identify what life may have been like for Ann, the children had a very informative trip down to the Hayle Pilot Gig Club.
This term both Year 5 classes have been learning about the Ancient Greeks. As part of this learning they have built their very own Greek Temples using Keynote on computer and have created these gorgeous animations for you to enjoy.
Each child took a different Greek figure and designed a temple just for them. They then did some research online to create a short fact card for each person.
So sit back, relax and enjoy learning about famous Greek figures whilst marvelling at some stunning animations. Well done Year 5.
During this terms History lessons, Class 6 have been busy learning all about the sinking of the Titanic. Whilst learning about this famous ship, the children have also been able to incorporate DT into their learning by creating their own moving picture that displays the Titanic colliding with the iceberg. Some children also decided to continue their learning at home by creating models, or paintings of the ship, to share at their weekly assembly.
Children from Class 6 enjoyed sharing their homework during their weekly assembly.
Nearly eighty 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 pf an evacuee for the day.
After being collected from the gate by a member of the Home Guard, a U.S. Naval officer 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 hall; much like the evacuees of 1939 would have been when they departed the trains.
I really enjoyed WW2 day, I loved making the food. It was great to have the opportunity to dress up in clothes that I borrowed from my Granddad! Throughout the day we had to hide under the tables when the air-raid siren went off, It was especially funny when the parents came in and had no idea what to do! – Jamie, Class 13
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. It was in the hall where the children also had to opportunity to look at some genuine WW2 artefacts including a British Army parachute, an army helmet worn during the Battle of Arnem and some U.S. Navy standard issue items.
Once the children had been sorted in the classes for the evacuation they had the opportunity to write a postcard home to their loved ones. The purpose of this was to reassure their loved ones of their safe arrival in the countryside.
For the remainder of the day the evacuees had the opportunity to create 2 pieces of artwork; one Blitz searchlight themed.
The children also tried their hands at some ration inspired baking. using a genuine ration recipe book the children worked under close supervision from the Land Girls to make bread and butter pudding. A dish very popular during the war as it used up many left over ingredients but also those readily available during the tough time.
Evacuee day was so much fun, my favourite part was making the origami spitfire! Closely followed by baking the bread and butter pudding. It gave us an insight into how people survived with rationing during the war- Abi, Class 14
At the close of the day the children were collected by their parents, their evacuation much shorter than those in 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
These day’s are brilliant, it’s great to see so many of the children and adults getting involved. It’s lovely to come in and look through my child’s work in the classroom as its not something I often get the opportunity to do. Thank you!- Parent
To celebrate the end of our Summer term topic Year 5 hosted an event for a whole plethora of characters form Ancient Greece; we had mythical creatures, Greek soldiers, Gods and a host of traditional Greeks.
During the day the children had the opportunity to design and make greek shields, play masks and name badges where they learned how to write their name using the traditional Greek alphabet.
The afternoon consisted of two activities. The first being our very own, slightly adapted, Greek Olympiad. The children were spit into states, Sparta, Athens, Corinth and Thebes, who they were to represent in the Greek wrestling. After a brief intra-state trial 3 fighters were selected to represent their state against each other.
Following the finals of the torturous wrestling, parents were invited into class to share the terms work. They had the opportunity to look at their children’s art, DT as well as their literacy work where they have written and performed some traditional Greek myths.
Class 4 have been learning all about the Great Fire of London this term. To mark the end of their exciting project, the class gathered outside with their handmade London houses to understand just how quickly the fire spread through the city.
Alan started a small fire at one end of the row of houses and before long it had spread to the next house, then the next and then before long the whole of London was on fire!
Check out the video of what happened here:
Please remember that fire is incredibly dangerous and you should NEVER play with fire yourself.