Welcome to Class 1, with children in Years 4, 5 and 6. Our teacher is Mrs Humber.
Class 1 keyboards
This half term, Mrs Man (from the Cornwall Music Service Trust) has taught Class One how to play the keyboard, starting with the basics, such as finding ‘middle C’. The children have learnt many skills, including playing the ‘C’ scale and learning numerous tunes. Some children have even begun to play with both hands! We ended our sessions with a class performance to parents. The class have thoroughly enjoyed these sessions and many have been inspired to continue playing at home.
Class 1 residential
The sun shone for our residential at Porthpean Outdoor Education Centre near St Austell, which added to a truly wonderful time away. With a range of physical activities taking place (including climbing, high ropes, archery, canoeing and coasteering), fantastic food, helpful and encouraging instructors and top-notch accommodation (glamping pods), I am not sure who enjoyed the three days away more – the children or the staff!! The children were a real pleasure to take away and it was a delight to see so many of them ‘pushing’ themselves outside of their comfort zone at times too. The children were also highly praised by the staff members at Porthpean.
Hubbub Music Festival
Classes One and Two visited the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge on Monday 24th June, along with several other local schools, for what proved to be a fantastic music festival. The children took part in numerous workshops throughout the day, learning about music and dance from around the world. This included playing large Japanese drums, composing their own street dance, learning some Punjabi dance moves and instruments, as well as creating their own Gamelan music and dance. Both the children and staff learnt a lot during this interactive day and thoroughly embraced the wonderful opportunity.
The whole school have enjoyed their yoga sessions with Aly Chatterjea over the last few weeks, giving each class an insight into things to come in the autumn term – watch this space!
Class One have enjoyed playing tag-rugby with Sam from the ‘Cornish Pirates’ this half term. Sam has been a great sports coach, helping the children develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in this sport. They have played numerous invasion games, as well as small-scale tag-rugby games. Great fun has been had by all!
On Friday 21st June, eight children from Class One represented Otterham School at a rugby festival in Bodmin. Staff members all commented upon how well the team worked together and support one another, and the children all agreed how fun and enjoyable the festival was. Overall, Otterham won two games, lost two and drew one. Congratulations to Oscar for scoring the most tries.
Biology lesson with Budehaven students
We were delighted to welcome some Year Ten students, along with their Science teacher Mr Greig, on Thursday 4th April to learn more about food chains, as well as to dissect owl pellets. It was a thoroughly enjoyable session, which gave the children an insight into Science lessons at Secondary School.
Music with Mrs Bridle
Class One have been very fortunate to be working alongside Mrs Bridle from the Cornwall Music Education Hub during the spring term. During her fortnightly visits, she has supported the children in composing their own music, using both tuned and un-tuned instruments, based around the well-known piece ‘In The Hall Of The Mountain King’.
To further enhance their music tuition, Mrs Bridle organised a visit Sir James Smith’s School (along with other schools in the MAT), which enabled the children to play and explore a variety of instruments played in an orchestra. The day ended with many pupils from Sir James Smith’s School show-casing their musical talent to the rest of the group. Well done to our year 5, Sam, who also performed on the cornet – you were outstanding!
Many thanks to Mrs Bridle, Mr Sykes, Mrs Mann and Ms Minear for their help in creating such a fantastic and educational day.
World Book Day
As well as sharing our favourite books in class (with the help of a prop), it was a real delight to be joined by local author Cate Merrin for World Book Day, who shared her book ‘Captain Seasick and the Angry Seagull’ in a fun and interactive manner. Several signed copies were bought at the end of the day, for children to enjoy again and again. We can’t wait for Cate’s next book to be released!
Bringing history to life, Class One visited Wildwood Escot (near Honiton) on Monday 4th March to experience what life would have been like as a Saxon villager. The morning involved using a quern to grind corn, carving Saxon runes into wood, making bread and creating a metal brooch. The children also enjoyed exploring the large maze and seeing the animals, including the wolves! A fantastic day was had by all!
A visit from Cornish royalty!
Class One thoroughly enjoyed their visit from The Kernow King (Ed Rowe) and his team, along with Iain from The Cornish Heritage Trust. Please read some of their thank you letters to learn more about it:
Class One were treated to an introductory fencing session by Darren from Fit Fence on Friday 11th January 2019. We learnt the basic skills of this sport, including the ‘En Garde’ position, along with footwork and blade and skills. The children’s comments reflect how fantastic this session was:
“I really enjoyed this wonderful opportunity and would definitely consider doing this again. Thanks Darren!”
“It was the best session ever.”
“I loved fencing today and feel very lucky to have had this opportunity. Thank you Fun Fit – I hope you can come again.”
As part of our topic work, we made moving Victorian toys in our DT lessons. We explored how different cams work and how to strengthen our structures using triangles. Look at how fabulous they are:
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.
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.