Welcome

Welcome to Class 1, with children in Years 4, 5 and 6.  Our teacher is Mrs Humber.

 

Music Transition Project

After weeks of preparations, with the expert guidance and tuition from Mrs Man and Mrs Bridle, Class One joined other local primary schools to share our music performance at Sir James Smith’s School on Friday 13th July. We played percussion as a class, while the other schools sang, and also sang collectively to a selection of songs from The Lion King. A special mention must go to Ruby for her outstanding solo, as well as Charlie and Sam for their creative dance moves, which accompanied part of the singing. We really are a very talented bunch!

Eden Dance Project

Dressed in the most incredible alien and astronaut costumes (thanks to Mrs Reed and Mrs Coles), Class One really excelled in their dance performances at the Eden Project on Tuesday 17th July. Numerous members of the public complimented Class One’s professionalism. Many thanks must go to Miss Forbes for choreographing our dance. Yet again, the children’s creativity and talent shone through.

 

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Programme

Peter Frost from the NSPCC visited us again this year to deliver his ‘Speak out, Stay safe’ assembly and workshop. This included information about how we can keep safe from harm, including e-safety, and where to get help if we have any worries. Thank you Peter for your informative and interesting presentation.

 

Monkeying around!

We decided to unwind after the SATs with a bit of sewing! Over a period of days, our sock monkeys soon took shape and are very much loved. Take a look below to see the finished product:

  • Y6 Visit France: We had a smooth crossing aboard the Pont Aven on the evening of Thursday 28th June, enjoying a workshop on marine life with the ‘Orca’ ladies and a magic show. The following day started with a stroll into Roscoff and a typically tasty French ‘petit dejeuner’, before heading off to the Ile de Batz. Once we had negotiated our lunch, in small groups at the supermarket, it was off to the tropical gardens to admire the plants and views. It was a stunning location for a picnic. After a little souvenir shopping back in Roscoff, it was time to get back onto the boat for the return to Plymouth. The children had the lovely surprise of being invited up to The Bridge and enjoyed the on-board movie, Early Man. A long but very rewarding 30 hours.

Class Outings and Treats

  • Day trip to The Milky Way: Many thanks to the Friends of Otterham School for helping towards the cost of our trip to the Milky Way adventure park, for our whole school treat on Friday 15th June. Needless to say a great day was had by all!

  • Our Annual Residential Trip: We certainly embraced all that was on offer at the Manor House Hotel, near Okehampton on our three day/ two night residential in June. Activities varied from adventure golf, street dancing and ice-skating to T-shirt printing, laser tag and a roller disco. Despite the excellent opportunities to try something new, for some children it was the food that stole the show! The children were a credit to the school and a pleasure to take away, as always.

Ten Pieces Primary Proms

Class 1 were fortunate to experience the phenomenal Cornwall Youth Orchestra perform ten pieces of music at The Hall For Cornwall on Thursday 22nd March. This included Symphony No 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg and Symphony No 9 in E Minor (Largo) by Antonin Dvorak. In a near full auditorium, the impact was one of awe and wonder - a real treat for all.

Sporting Opportunities

During the Summer Term, we welcomed both ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket coach Simon Fry, and Bobby and his team from Plymouth Argyle Outreach Team to take some of our PE lessons. It was a fantastic opportunity and experience, with the children improving batting, catching, bowling and football skills, which were transferred into small-sided games. Many thanks to both Si and Bobby for such inspiring and enjoyable sessions.

Approximately three quarters of the class eagerly participated in the Bikability award this year as well. For the first time, many Year Four children accessed Bikeability Level 1, which was delivered by Andy from ARENA Sports Partnership and most Year Five/ Sixes completed their Level 2 with instructor Tony, who is also from ARENA. Both awards have provided children with important skills to safely cycle on the road. 

Outdoor Learning Day

The whole school thoroughly enjoyed our outdoor learning day on Friday 25th May, with a range of activities taking place, such as making dream-catchers from natural materials, completing an orienteering challenge, cooking on a camp fire, gardening and investigating the impact of exercise on our heart. Many children were so enthused that another curriculum day was requested before the day was out!

Farm and Country Day

On Wednesday 21st March, we headed to The Royal Cornwall Showground to experience a fantastic, jam-packed day of food, farming and the countryside. This included making pasties and eggy-bread, visiting James Kittow’s butchery and learning about different cuts of meat, seeing and handling a variety of animals (including lambs and chicks), identifying eggs, visiting the parlour, learning about different farm machinery and drinking milk and eating cheese and ice cream! A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by the children and staff alike!

Science Week

As is tradition at Otterham School, we celebrated Science Week in style! Class One took part in many activities, including making and firing catapults, designing a new and exciting magnet-based game for younger children, constructing kites and a whole school trip to The National Aquarium in Plymouth. The week ended by showcasing our learning to parents and flying our kites on the school field. Thank you to all the teachers for making it such a fun and interesting week, and also to Miss Percival for organising our brilliant school trip.

Greek Pots

As part of our topic work, we have created our own Greek pots. Take a look at our authentic designs…

Drum Lessons

Class One have been very fortunate to work with Anna Minear, from Cornwall Music Service, who has taught the children about keeping a steady pulse, altering dynamics and how to create polyrhythms. Thank you Anna for your patience and expertise!

Monday 30th October - Class trip to see the Bloodhound SSC's third test run.

Please take a look at Ruby's newspaper report about this outstanding class trip (it has also been sent to the Cornish and Devon Post to be published!)

 
Take a look at our impressive Mayan masks. After carrying out research, we tailored our masks to imitate those used by the Mayans; some are battle or death masks, whilst others are ceremony masks. Can you tell which are which?!
 

12-10-17 Daya's visit

Class One thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with Daya, our friend from India. This year, she taught us about Islam, including Muslim culture. During the day we learnt so much and loved dressing in Indian clothing, pretending to pray like Muslims and making yummy chipatis (which we ate with curry that Daya had made previously). Many thanks Daya for visiting.

We started the year with a fantastic Martial Arts session, led by Sensei Jack, who is clearly very passionate about what he does. Sensei Jack taught the children (and staff!) several martial arts moves, which was great fun!

Our topic this half term is the Mayans. Take a look at our story, based on the Chocolate Tree, which is a traditional Mayan folktale. We have been focusing specifically on our sentence structures, vocabulary and presentation.

Winners!

School Council members from Class 1 entered a competition run by Michelmores Solicitors called ‘Think Big’. This was a Dragon’s Den style competition where we had to ‘pitch’ our idea to a panel of judges, with £500 prize money up for grabs, which had to be spent on a project that benefits the community. Our idea was to make our own Community Market Stall.

Following a shortlisting process, we were excited to have been selected (along with 5 other schools) to take part in the ‘final’ on Thursday, 23rd March at the Newquay Aerohub. We spent hours beforehand perfecting our presentation, which included a PowerPoint presentation, speaking for approximately five minutes and sharing a prototype of the stall, along with produce from our school garden.

The judges were blown away with presentation and we were delighted to have won £500. Since then, Pete and Andy (our groundsmen) have helped us to make our market stall, which we now sell a variety of produce on. Being a community market stall, we also have space for the like of an ex-pupil’s eggs and plants from Marshgate Post Office. The Year Sixes are also selling cakes and goodies on it to raise money for an end of year leaving gift for the school.

Please come into school if you would like a space on our market stall.

A time to chill in west Cornwall

After taking our SATs, our class set off on our annual school residential. This year, we headed west to the breath-taking island of St Marys (Isles of Scilly), Porthcurnow - including a visit to the Minack Theatre, Land’s End and Penzance. Please take a look at just a small number of the photographs we took. More can be found in our topic books!

Applying our French skills

It has become a tradition for Year Six children to have the opportunity to head to France as an end of primary school celebration. This year, ten Year Sixes enjoyed exploring Roscoff and I’le de Batz. They did a fantastic job at speaking French, for instance when buying their lunch. This was certainly a trip never to be forgotten for these children.