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