Newsletter 2 02.10.20






A word from the Principal...


The weeks are flying by this term and it’s incredible to think there are only three left before Half

Term. The children are really settling down to their learning now, having got back into the routines

of learning; adapted to our new protocols and engaged with our baseline assessments. We are really

pleased with how the children have returned, showing themselves to be ready for their new year

of learning.

October is Black History Month and we will be spending time recognising this through individual stories,

challenging questions and class discussion. This is a particularly relevant topic currently given

the increasing racial tensions around the world and provides us with an excellent opportunity to

learn about tolerance, difference and the importance of treating everyone how we would wish to be

treated ourselves.

I recently watched a fascinating documentary which has been released on Netflix, called the Social

Dilemma. It is a critical analysis of the impact that social media has on its users with insights from

some of the programmers who were involved with the invention and development of some of the

biggest platforms. I would thoroughly recommend watching it, especially if you have children in

upper KS2 or you are a keen user of social media yourself.

We will be holding parents’ consultations this half term, so that you have an opportunity to speak

to your child’s class teacher and discuss how well they have settled into their new year. The only

difference is that these will be held virtually via Zoom. There will be a letter coming out shortly with

the exact dates, times, and how to book and access your appointment.

Kind regards,

Mr Adam Anderson


What’s General... been going on...

Breakfast Club Booking System

Thank you to those of you who are using breakfast club, it’s great to see that the increased

opening hours are helpful to many of our working parents. However, please ensure you book

in online through the school money portal as due to the popularity of the provision, we need

to use pre-booking to ensure we have adequate staffing. If you are unable to login to your

schoolmoney account, please let me know or contact Mrs Badcock in the office.

Out of hours

We have always been committed to offering a place for children in our community to socialise

and so have always kept our school site open during evenings and weekends. Unfortunately,

we have been coming into school in the mornings to litter strewn across our site. If your

children, of primary school age or older, use our school site outside of school hours, please

remind them to treat it with respect so that we can continue to keep it open.

Donations to Breakfast Club

If you have any good quality games, playing cards, top trumps etc that you no longer need,

we would love to make use of them in Breakfast Club. Please hand any donations to a staff

member. Thank you.

Music Tuition

There will be no individual or group music tuition until at least half term. We will review this

situation after half term with our external providers.

Rock River

You will have seen how fantastic our Rock River is now looking. We would like to extend it

further, so please send in any further painted pebbles and stones. Thank you.

Tennis Coaching

Penzance Tennis Club run junior classes after school and on Saturday mornings for kids of

all ages and abilities. Your child can enjoy their first month of tennis for just £10. Players

learn all the skills they need to enjoy tennis while playing fun games in the fresh air on our

outdoor courts. For more information please email or visit www.

Disabled Parking Space?

Unless you are a Blue Badge Holder, please do not park in our disabled parking space under

any circumstances. We appreciate on-site parking is limited, but this space needs to be

available throughout the day. Thank you.

Term Dates 2020-2021

Autumn Term

7th September – 17th December (Half term: 26-30 October)

Spring Term

5th January – 31st March (Half Term: 15-19 February)

Summer term

19th April – 21st July ( Half Term: 31 March – 4 June)

In term Inset Day

7th June

Coronavirus related absences – a quick reference guide

What to do if… Action needed by family Action taken by school Return to school


My child has



My child tests

positive for


Someone in my

household has



Someone in my

household has

tested positive for


NHS Test and

Trace have

identified my

child as a ‘close

contact’ of

somebody with


We/my child has

travelled and has

to selfisolate as

part of a period of


We have received

medical advice

that my child

must resume


• Do not come to school

• Contact school

• Keep any siblings home

• Self-isolate

• Get your child tested by ordering a test

• Inform school immediately about

the test result

• Do not come to school

• Contact school

• Inform school immediately about

the test result

• Self-isolate for at least 10 days

• Do not come to school

• Contact school

• Self-isolate for 14 days

• Household member to get a test

• Inform school immediately about

the test

• Do not come to school

• Contact school

• Self-isolate for 14 days

• Do not come to school

• Contact school

• Self-isolate for 14 days

• Do not take unauthorised leave in term


• Consider quarantine requirements and

FCO advice when booking travel

• Provide information to school as per

attendance policy Returning from a

destination where quarantine is


• Do not come to school

• Contact school

• Self-isolate for 14 days

• Do not come to school

• Contact the Headteacher

• Shield until you are informed that

restrictions are lifted and shielding is


To get a test visit

Bubble to continue as normal

Letter to be emailed and sent

home to children from the

class bubble. This group

instructed to self isolate for

10 days, school to provide

home learning

Home learning to be provided

if isolating for 14 days. If FSM

(not universal) School to

provide lunch provision

Home learning to be provided

if isolating for 14 days. If FSM

(not universal) School to

provide lunch provision

Home learning to be provided

if isolating for 14 days. If FSM

(not universal) School to

provide lunch provision

Home learning to be provided

if isolating for 14 days. If FSM

(not universal) School to

provide lunch provision

Learning at home to be

supported by school. If FSM

(not universal) School to

provide lunch provision

The test comes back


After 10 days,

providing they are

feeling better

The household

member test is


The child has

completed 14 days of


The child has

completed 14 days of


The quarantine

period of 14 days

has been completed

When you have


notification that it is

safe to return to


Broad and Balanced...


It’s been a very busy few weeks in Rainbow Class. We have started learning

about our topic for this half term, ‘Marvellous Me’. The children have been

drawing self-portraits, making self-portraits using things they found in the forest

area and talking about what they want to be when they grow up. They have

also been learning about pets and how to look after them. They then enjoyed

making their own pets to look after! We have also found time to read the story

of ‘Paper Dolls’ and the children had the opportunity to make their own paper

dolls. In maths, they have been learning all about the numbers 1 and 2. In

phonics, they have been learning the sounds m, s and a. Well done Rainbow

Class for a great few weeks – we are all very proud of how well you are settling

into your new classroom!

Broad and Balanced...


Class 1 enjoyed listening to The Colour Monster story by Anna llenas this

week. We had lots of interesting conversations about different feelings and

they worked really hard writing sentences about the story.

We have explored texture and different blending techniques using charcoal and

pencils. The children produced some very beautiful art work.

In maths we have been learning about counting objects and sorting objects

into different groups. We looked at similarities and differences.

Our focus this week in science was to identify and name everyday materials.

The children helped to sort a selection of materials and then they labelled different

materials in the classroom.

Broad and Balanced...


Class 2 had a visitor! We have been learning all about the Great Fire of London

and to help us design our fire safety leaflets we thought we would get

some advice from James the fire fighter, who is also dad to two of our pupils,

Summer and Casey. The children had a lovely afternoon learning all about fire

safety and hearing stories from James. They asked some great questions - my

favourite coming from Hugo who wanted to know whether James had to pay

the water bill! Thank you so much James for your visit, the children loved it.

Broad and Balanced...


Class 3 have been learning about African animals as part of our topic and during

our English lessons they have been creating fact files about an African

animal of their choice. They have also been learning to sketch and have successfully

sketched some lovely giraffes and elephants to add to their African

sunset pictures, which we will create over the next couple of weeks. In Music

the children have been learning how to use their bodies as an instrument and

our body percussion skills are improving each week and we hope to perform to

Year 4 before half term. Good work Year 3!

Broad and Balanced...


Year 4 have had a busy week full of amazing learning.

We have been delving into Place Value and exploring the value of digits in order

to add 3 and 4-digit numbers together.

We also created a Chronological report about the life of Julius Caesar, which included

some awesome facts about his birth, growing up, his failure to conquer

Britain and finally, his unfortunate death. We have created some great artistic

pictures of Julius Caesar which incorporated the skills of pencil depth for creating

shapes, proportion and symmetry.

On Tuesday afternoons, Penzance tennis club have been kind enough to offer

us lessons. We are not quite to the standard of Tim Henman yet, but we certainly

have some potential in our class.

Broad and Balanced...


Class 5 have settled back into school life; they’re really enjoying being back. It

was amazing to see how happy they were, just seeing a maths book and continuing

with a normal school timetable. The children enjoyed learning how to

change numbers from figures to words and vica versa. In English, the children

have been researching endangered animals of their choice and gathering facts

on them. So much interesting information was collected which will be used

when they write their non-chronological reports next week. I have continued to

be impressed with the excellent drawing skills that the children have demonstrated

in their art lessons when drawing people with increasing accuracy.

Broad and Balanced...

Year 6

Year 6 has had another busy couple of weeks. We have enjoyed using some

brilliant computing resources and have been getting to grips with coding and

creating algorithms. We worked on inputting instructions into Beebots in order

for them to reach a certain location. This supported our work with Micro:bits,

where we created a code and inputted it into the Micro:bit to create an eight

ball - we all had fun asking them questions. We also learnt about the creation

story in RE and groups within the class created role plays to represent each

stage of the story. Finally, we enjoyed visits from secondary school representatives

and asked lots of questions about what to expect next year. Well done on

another successful couple of weeks Year 6!

Sports Day...

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