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Welcome to Plym Class 2018-2019


Teaching Team

Teacher: Mr. Rob Howes

Supported by: Miss Lily Valender and Mrs. Carmen Garbu


P.E with class teacher and Lewis from District Sports



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Our Learning Star this week is Travis.


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Our Values Star this week is Matilda.



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 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".






Porridge thief - NEWS UPDATE Friday 18th January 2019

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.



!! BREAKING NEWS !! Monday 14th January 2019

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. 



Welcome back!

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.


Deep sea creatures

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.


Classroom makeover

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!


The Ugly Bug Ball

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 

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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


The Three Little Pigs

Look at all the learning that took place last year! (2016-17)

Our World medium term planning Summer 2017

We have been working hard in class learning about birds.  As part of our home learning, some of us made bird feeders to try and attract more birds to our grounds.  We are hoping the birds like all the effort we have put into them!   

Our bird feeders

We made dioramas as part of our home learning.

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.

Our Healthy Party!

We finished out topic of 'Can Party Food be Healthy?' by having a party with some healthy foods.  We decided that we didn't need lots of cakes, sweets and biscuits and actually enjoyed fruit and vegetables with dips, bread and low fat cheese!  We finished off the party by bashing the pinata that we made with Mrs Flage in art.  Joshua finally managed to break it open after several hard hits!

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!

Hook Day at River Cottage Feb 2017

Kevin the Carrot narrative based on the Aldi Christmas advert

Kevin the Carrot narrative based on the Aldi Christmas advert 1

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.

Creating our Pudding Lane Houses

Our Literacy learning wall for our newspaper reports on The Great Fire of London

Our Literacy learning wall for our newspaper reports on The Great Fire of London 1

Our ferocious fires learning wall

Our ferocious fires learning wall 1

Some steps along our journey to reach our outcome of writing our own pirate story

Bee Bot Coding - we've been creating algorithms to draw numbers with Bee Bots.

Bee Bot Coding - we've been creating algorithms to draw numbers with Bee Bots.   1
Bee Bot Coding - we've been creating algorithms to draw numbers with Bee Bots.   2
Bee Bot Coding - we've been creating algorithms to draw numbers with Bee Bots.   3
Bee Bot Coding - we've been creating algorithms to draw numbers with Bee Bots.   4

Our literacy learning wall for our pirate poems

Our literacy learning wall for our pirate poems 1

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'.

RWI Set 1 Sounds

These are the Set 1 sounds from Read, Write Inc. These are the fundamental sounds that children should know before entering Year 2.

RWI Set 2 Sounds

These are the Set 2 sounds from Read, Write Inc children should know when entering Year 2

RWI Set 3 Sounds

These are the Set 3 sounds from Read, Write Inc. They complete the sounds which children should know when in Year 2.