Welcome to Plym Class 2018-2019
Teacher: Mr. Rob Howes
Supported by: Miss Lily Valender and Mrs. Carmen Garbu
P.E with class teacher and Lewis from District Sports
Our Learning Star this week is Marcel.
Our Values Star this week is Lola.
Days to remember
Reading takes place on Monday during group guided reading and 1:1 reading with an adult on other days throughout the week. We welcome parents in to class to listen to the children read so please contact us through the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to one of us if you would be interested in joining us in class. Reading books can be changed any day of the week and we encourage children to read at least three times a week at home.
Tuesday and Thursday are our P.E. days. Please ensure children have correct PE kit including footwear.
Wednesday: Home-learning is to be returned and then the children will have a spelling test.
Friday: New Home-learning sent out.
What's been happening in Plym Class? Read on to find out.
Brian Pollard - April 2019
Over the last few weeks, Plym Class have been studying the work of local artist Brian Pollard. We have been looking at his work and sketched out our own pictures that we have now turned into canvas paintings - in the bold and fun style of Brian Pollard. Below are some pictures of Brian's workshop with the children. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children who love being creative and learnt a lot from working with "a real life artist".
CCTV footage has been found of the crime being committed. Keep your eyes open for a golden haired girl, with a blue checked dress and glasses. She is very cheeky and a little bit sneaky, according to the 'Wanted' posters the class made. We will have to write a newspaper report now to alert the public.
During our English lesson this morning, Mrs. Earnshaw came into the classroom to inform us that a crime had been committed. Somebody had sneakily been into the meeting room and eaten Mrs. Daykin's break-time porridge! Plym Class took a look inside to have a look at the scene and hunt for any evidence.
As we return after the Christmas holidays, our topic for this term is 'Traditional Tales'. A beanstalk has sprouted in the classroom and you can just see the Giant's boots hanging beneath the clouds. Through familiar fairy tales and fables we will: investigate which materials make the comfiest seats fit for Goldilocks; discover what a seed needs in order to grow (a beanstalk!); create our own gingerbread people and map their adventures around the school grounds; practice our cooking skills and use ingredients to make a tasty bowl of porridge. It is looking like a busy but exciting term for Plym Class.
On Thursday 8th November, Imogen from the Marine Biology and Ecology Centre, at Plymouth University, came in to talk to the children about deep-sea creatures. They found out about some weird and wonderful creatures that live in the ocean and how they adapt to their environments. Plym Class were able to share their knowledge on the blobfish, which we found out about in our English lessons at the start of the term. They were very excited when they were able to draw their very own deep-sea creature. Below are a small selection of their fantastic creations.
On Friday 5th October our classroom was closed off to the children so we could give it a makeover. We have a dedicated reading corner with bespoke wallpaper. There are new and improved working walls to show what we have been learning about and display our hard work. A few critters have also moved in as we continue to learn about 'All Creatures Great and Small'. We've even got our very own portal to platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross Station!
Jo from Plymouth Children's Theatre Workshop came on Monday 1st October and worked with Plym class to put together a dance/drama piece based on The Ugly Bug Ball. We had a great time collaborating ideas and being 'fancy ants', 'wiggly caterpillars' and 'creeping spiders'.
Our topic for the autumn term is 'All Creatures Great and Small'. Our work in English will investigate the world of animals through fiction stories and poems. In science and geography we will be exploring different animals from around the world and their habitats. We will undertake a 'Bug Hunt' of the school grounds to find out what is living right beside us.
Loving learning 2017 - 2018
Week Beginning 19th March 2018
It has been another exciting week in Plym Class. We have started to explore descriptive poems and have become experts on Similes. We ended the week by creating our own descriptive poems about the moon, using similes and powerful adjectives. Our favourite descriptions were; The moon is like an asteroid zooming up in space and the moon is like a glitter ball sparkling in the sky.
In maths we have been solving addition and subtraction word problems using our reading skills and various methods to find the answers. Some of us like to use counting objects, some of us prefer to draw a number line and others like to use a number square.
We have been exploring the topic of Salvation in our RE learning and continuing with our dance in PE. We also said goodbye to Miss Wheeler who has been with us for 10 weeks. We will all miss her and wish her all the best with her new teaching adventure.
This week we have also thought about our junk model houses and how we could improve them. Earlier this term we were challenged to build a house which would protect the three little pigs from the Big Bad Wolf. Some of our houses blew down so we had to evaluate how to improve the strength of them. We used lots of tape, glue and laughter to strengthen our houses! Then the Big Bad Wolf arrived to put them to the test...
Week Beginning 29.01.18
We have been super learners this week.
On Wednesday we were learning how to skip with Skippy John. He taught us how to skip on one leg, gave tips on how to improve our skipping and how to hold the rope out straight. Poppy, Lilibeth, Gabi and Theodore.
We were developing our instruction writing remembering to include an equipment list, using bullet points, bossy language, numbering and time connectives. Lola, Mihail, Gabe, Lilly, and Cody.
In science we have been looking at food chains and learning about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Sean, Dylan and everybody!
Week Beginning 22.01.18
This week has been amazing. Gabe
In Maths we have been learning how to double and halve numbers. Theodore.
In English we have been working hard to write instructions about How to catch a wolf. This has been fabulous and we have made lists of equipment which have included stink bombs, buckets, lasers, coconuts, nets and a touch of dynamite. Archie, Kauli, Sean, Skylar-Rose, Bailey, Lillibeth and Eva.
We have been investigating what makes a plant stay healthy by planting seeds and taking away one thing they are supposed to need. We will keep checking to see what happens. Lola and Poppy.
We have been learning about the Torah which is written in a different language called Hebrew. It is an important scroll for the Jewish people. Simonas, Lilly.
Week Beginning 08.01.18
This week we have been writing more about the Three Little Pigs, we have had to use questions with correct punctuation and suffixes. Sean
We have been learning our times tables, we made ice creams by counting in twos and threes. We also learned about even and odd numbers. Theodore and Eva.
This week in science we were learning about living and non living things. Lola
We had a visit from the fire fighters who spoke to us about fire safety. It was extremely exciting! Bailey and Gabe.
School is the best! Lillibeth
January 2018 Welcome back to Class Plym.
Here is what we have been up to this week, 4th and 5th of January.
We have read different versions of The Three Little Pigs. We have been working in a team to make salt dough pigs and then we went into the forest to make houses for them. Three Big Bad Wolves came to blow them down. We said, "No, not by the hairs on our chinny, chin chins." The wolves huffed and they puffed but they couldn't blow them down. Not one! It was really fun. By Gabe, Eva, Maisy and Kauli.
We have been thinking about our school values, Aspiration. We made New Year's Resolution Stars for our values display. They are really shiny and sparkly. By Lillibeth, Bailey and Poppy
Look at all the learning that took place last year! (2016-17)
As part of our home learning, we made dioramas for our chosen creatures. We also pretended that we were estate agents and wrote an advert to try and sell our habitat.
As part of our topic we sampled different smoothies and then had a go at creating our own! Lots of us really enjoyed the kale-based smoothie which really surprised us!
We created a tally chart to see which smoothie was the class favourite.
The children were incredibly lucky to have a trip to River Cottage as their hook day! They began their visit by decorating their own chef's hat and talking with Sam, the manager, and Ali, the head chef, about where foods came from and why they need certain climates to grow. The restaurant provided the children with an array of foods to sample which included: beetroot dip; mackerel dip; quinoa; homemade bread sticks; pizza; polenta chips; carrot, celery and cucumber batons and finally beetroot ice-cream! They were all fantastic and tried lots of foods, despite not knowing what some of them were!
We are hoping to repay the kindness by inviting Sam and Ali to our party at the end of this term!
Our Topic Outcome
Our outcome for the topic 'Ferocious Fires' was to invite parents in to watch our class assembly on all that we had learnt. Firstly, we sang London's burning. Then we showed our art work on flame pictures explaining the process of what we had done. After that we read out our newspaper reports and finaly finished with the burning down of 'Pudding Lane' in the playground.
Water Theme Day
As part of our water theme day, the children learnt about the importance of water and how we are lucky to have fresh clean water compared to other places in the world. The children decorated their water bottles and took them home to drink and fill with pennies to raise money, so that our school can be part of the toilet twinning.
We also wrote on filter paper about things that we perhaps regretted doing or saying and then 'washed away our sins'.