Pupil Voice Blog
Maths: In maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions with either the same denominators or different denominators and then simplifying them.
Literacy: We are now looking at the final versions of our facts files about Pompeii. We all are writing out our final drafts of the fact file.
The oil fix in the school: In the school recently the under floor heating has not been working. But good news! Today when we got into school, we got told it had been fixed and we finally didn’t have to wear our coats.
Guided Reading, Eagle Of The Ninth: In Guided reading, Mr Chorlton gave us each a copy of the Eagle Of The Ninth. We go through the book together and pick out sections to analyse. We also use Google Jamboard to write down our predictions
Languages: Our student teacher, Miss Kilker, taught us Mandarin instead of Cornish for a change. We could write our names down on a custom bookmark to make for our book Eagle Of The Ninth. She showed us the different tones to the language and showed us how to pronounce them.
Podcast: We have another episode of the Between the Bells podcast being released soon! Through some clips some people have been absent, but still we continue.
Learning in Class 3:
Literacy: After finishing our personification poems we have moved on to making a historical report about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, near Pompeii. Earlier in the week, we looked at a recent eruption and tsunami that occurred around Tonga and even reached the USA coast last Saturday.
Maths: We continue our work on fractions, ordering them in ascending or descending order and then adding and subtracting fractions which will be focused on today in our maths lesson.
Dinosaurs in Class 1: In Class 1 they have been learning about dinosaurs in their topic. They are investigating about when they were on the Earth, the different species and other facts about that Through KS1 maths, year 1 and 2 have been going through addition and subtraction while perfecting their number sequences. Some pupils told us what they were doing in their interview.
New school Heaters! Each class has been provided with a heater for their classroom, as the underfloor heaters aren’t working and are eight degrees below normal temperature…hopefully this is fixed soon enough, but we are thankful to have a new heater to keep the classroom warm.
Hello and Happy New Year! This is the first newsletter of 2022. We hope you all had an amazing Christmas and enjoyed the Christmas holidays. Some new students in different classes have recently joined our school, as mentioned during assembly.
PODCAST EPISODES 4 AND 5 Podcast episode 4 is out and you can listen on facebook, spotify, twitter, or the school website. Episode 4 includes Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book review by Isabelle, an interview with our student teacher for last week, Mr Fawcett, another interview with Miss Hopkins and Miss Kilker. In episode 5 we are trying to make it a bit more professional as we are hoping to upload it to BBC Radio Cornwall.
Literacy In Class 3 In Literacy we are writing personification poems about Mount Vesuvius. We watched a video of a green screen recreation. It includes each stage of the eruption. It went on all day (79 Ad August 24) for hours and hours. The homework is involved around a natural disaster which could be another volcano or facts about other natural disasters.
The End Finale Of Happy Feet:
Our first performance took place on the 7th of December during mid-day 2:00pm. The cast performed amazingly and everyone did a great job. Some people wouldn’t really feel up to acting but after this maybe some have changed their mind. Thank You to all parents who attended the special night, which was filled with dancing, tapping and singing away. Massive congratulations to the teachers from each class who helped to prepare the event and sort out the cast for Happy Feet, the last play for year 5 and 6’s
Upcoming event last week: Next week is the final week of term and we have many different events including Christmas Jumper day, Christmas Party day and Christmas Lunch. Parents are free to come and can order their meals online on the aspens website. Parents are welcome for the year six year group.
After Swimming: Friday last week was our final day of swimming, we were doing lengths. Everyone had the option to swim however many lengths they could before the fun at the end. All The staff had brought out buckets for more fun and we got all the equipment out like the water pistols, the floats and even a football. We got the swim teachers wet as well and we saw that especially when we were walking out and hanging on the radiator was his t-shirt and shorts that seemed to be there for quite a while…
Playground Extension: The building of the cube has had an update. Now the walls of the box have been implanted and are stable. The design has small circles in the recycled plastic for people inside it to peer through. We are so excited for the final build.
Christmas Dinner: Yesterday was Christmas lunch. The cooks prepared the roast for everyone including some after desserts. The year sixes were free to invite parents for the meal as well. Everyone Merry Christmas and we shall see you next term!
Christmas In Class 3: Through the beginning of December the decorations have been put up around the classroom including two small Christmas trees, tinsel and plastic beads to start entering the Christmas spirit. Class R have decorated the school’s tree - although we’re not sure how they reached the top branches! The prize for most Christmassy teacher goes, yet again, to Miss Wilton, who always brings an extra dose of Christmas spirit December 1st.
Happy Feet: Happy feet has continued and now the cast are starting to take to the stage without their scripts as the time for the play is coming nearer. Dress rehearsals are beginning next week, with the final performance coming next Thursday!
Swimming: This week class 3 have been going swimming at the Launceston Leisure Centre. The swimming has been run by the swimming teachers and we have been separated into 3 groups: one for swimmers that aren’t entirely confident, one for those who are quite comfortable and one for those who are comfortable in the water. Progressively through the week the swimming gradually becomes slightly harder to increase the depth of the swimming and help to extend the practise of life skill early on.
Eden Project: On Friday last week, we went on a whole school trip to the Eden Project. The day included activities such as workshops, Exploring and best of all a walk through the Rainforest biome where we had a competition to see who could find the most things that fit into specific categories. Our guide was pointing out different interesting facts to extend our knowledge of the rainforest. Not only did we see all the different species of fauna, but we also spotted a total of 6 geckos (5 adults and one particularly cute baby one) along with a leaf insect. We were based at the education centre and we had our lunch and snacks there. It was a really fun day out.
This week we have been practising for the Christmas play Happy Feet! The beginning of the whole school rehearsals have started. Each of the scenes are being acted out while the cast members take turns to say their lines. The year groups perform their own songs chosen to link to the theme of the play, with slight changes. In class 3 everyone has painted their own masks, drawn by Mrs Morgan. Like in the lion king and Shrek productions the masks are attached above the head with the black ribbon of elastic so the eyes aren’t covered which obviously could affect many things! All in all, we are so excited to start this icy themed penguin entertainment!
Football tournament: Year 6s attended the football festival at the 3g pitch in Launceston on the 24th November. Many other year 6s from other schools went to the tournament. We played many games and enjoyed all the drills in the morning which included practise for one on ones, shooting/goalkeeping, dribbling and passing. These drills helped us get more confident with our footballing skills for both the rest of the day and for the future. Thank You to Plymouth Argyle and Launceston College for the day
Eden Project: We just want to say a huge thank you to all the teachers for giving us an amazing whole school trip to the Eden Project that will happen this Friday! All the classes will have different workshops and KS2 will have access to the rainforest biomes and Ks2 will be looking at both and about climate change. We are so excited and thank you for this amazing opportunity.
PE: Class 1 and Reception have been having dance teachers coming to teach them some dance and they have been thoroughly enjoying it and having so much fun learning new dance moves. Class 2 and 3 have been looking at tap dancing as in our Christmas play there is going to be a lot of tap dancing and fun dancing in general (though this may take some time because it takes a while to master something for an audience) but as the play comes nearer
Pudsey day! Last Friday we had an amazing time on Pudsey day and everyone enjoyed dressing up in funny costumes and doing lots of activities to do with Children in need. We all did Joe wicks’s workout and got very tired! Also we did Dr Ranj’s Calming/Relaxing session and took time to focus on our breathing and relaxing as everyone was rather excitable.
Podcast- The four episode after trial and errors: There were many many bloopers to get the final version finished. There have been messed up sentences, sudden laugh attacks and even miss pronunciation. Barney now also has his own introduction, being the comedian of the Between The Bells Podcast. We hope you enjoy our episode!
As the Happy Feet production is getting nearer, we need to
continue rehearsing. So on Thursdays after school there will be
rehearsals for the main cast. The first rehearsal was on Monday
the 15th of November, though we didn’t get to finish the last few
scenes because of assembly.
In 2 weeks time, Class 3 are going swimming at Launceston Leisure Centre. The lessons cover
different strokes and how to improve the stroke. It is a calm environment where the swimming
teachers can help each person with what could be more challenging for some people than others.
We are all very proud of the progress that Class 2 have made during their swimming lessons this
week and are looking forward to our own week of swimming.
The Cardboard Creation of Boaty McBoatFace:
Class 3 are making a 2d model of Sir David Attenbourough polar research ship. The half side of the
boat that was made has been painted with it’s original colours, bright red and white. Eventually, once
the ship is fully assembled, the windows and other details would be added to the cardboard surface.
Then we will get a fantastic Boaty McboatFace ready to be used in the play.
Preparation for the play:
Mrs Morgan has been starting to make the happy feet backdrop as well as the masks! Everyone has
their character design but can add to it with their own materials including feathered, glitter and
different paint supplies. Most masks have been cut out and are ready to add to!
Children in Need:
Tomorrow (17th November) is Children in Need, your child can come in wearing a costume or if one
isn’t available just home clothes (preferably colourful). Thankyou for thinking about putting in a
donation to help children in need. Last year there was a duck race on BBC, and we wondered if
there would be something similar this year.
The 11th is the official Remembrance day. Two minutes of silence will be carried out as usual to remember
those who passed in the war. The poppy sale is also being done throughout the school so if your child brings in
any money if they may like to purchase one.
Lessons through Class 3:
Friday was fireworks night and I'm sure most of you saw at least some fireworks. We were learning about the
history behind this event in school and we all found it very interesting finding out more about Guy Fawkes and
his crew as well as the story behind how they were caught trying to blow up Parliament.
After completing our blogs, our final drafts of the climate change letters will be sent to Scott Mann. We are
hoping he will reply to them and think about bringing up the subject in Parliament to discuss and broadcast the
news further about the dilemma.
November Eden Project:
The November Eden Project trip is coming closer! It has been many years since the school has taken a trip to
the extraordinary naturistic platform. The biomes with all the many plant species used to be a barren
landscape, a former clay mine with no soil or plants
In Class 2:
In science Class 2 have been experimenting with conductors.
In PSHE they have been creating playground games and being collaborative
For literacy, year three and four have been writing persuasive letters to Tesco to spread the word
about palm oil. They are using descriptive vocabulary to be more persuasive.