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Owls Class

The Owls are a class of Year 5 & Year 6 with their teacher Mrs Alannah Palmer and TAs Miss Emily Martin and Mrs Jade Jones. 

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Adventurers, creativity and tasty snack

posted 20 Sep 2019, 12:37 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 20 Sep 2019, 12:39 ]

This week we learned about Amelia Earhart and in doing so, we did freeze frames. Basically a freeze frame is when you do a pose to represent an event. We were split into groups of five or six. Did you know Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly over the Atlantic Ocean? 

        We did some very fun art at the old school. We listened to music and picked two colours and drew a small picture about what the music made us think about. Also at the same time, some of us were doing gymnastics. Year five went first then year six. 

This week at forest school we did den building, natural art, slack line, read a poem and made rice. The art was based on an artist called James Brunt. In the rice we put carrot and spinach.                                                                                                        

By Adair and Mason                                                                                                                               

First full week

posted 15 Sep 2019, 07:54 by Alannah Palmer

Welcome to a new school year.

Thank you to the parents that attended the meeting on Thursday. If you couldn’t make it, I have sent home the paperwork that was given out and electronic versions of most of the information is available on the school website.

This week we have been thinking about effective strategies and approaches to have in our maths lessons. This includes:

  • Believe in yourself - everyone is a mathematician 
  • The power of struggle - finding something challenging is learning
  • Speed is not important - good mathematicians think deeply
  • Use your resources - maths resources, drawing the problem and talk with others
  • Brains grown and change - the more we do something, the stronger the connections in the brain will be

We also had our first (half) forest school with den building, blackberry picking, whittling and blackberry splats for snack. It wasn’t quite what we expected but seeing the members of Owls working together and cooperating was fantastic!

Class assembly

posted 21 Jul 2019, 10:54 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 22 Jul 2019, 00:16 ]

Owls worked hard this week to create, rehearse and perform their celebration of learning of the summer term.

I am really very proud of their hard work and resilience. A special thank you to Daniel, Greta and Alexis for preparing the food we sold. We’re still waiting for the final IOUs before we calculate the total donation to the RSPCA.

Also, thank you to the parents for your support and taking the time to watch our class assembly and being a fabulous audience.

Cricket and Passion Projects

posted 12 Jul 2019, 07:44 by Alannah Palmer

This week it was our last week of cricket. We will all want to do it again but sadly we can’t. It was also the week that we did our passion projects. We all chose our passion and researched about them. Then we had to do an outcome to show in our class assembly. This week in forest school, we did loads of things: Such has building dens that are water proof, making mini Owls, slack line, poems/drawings and painting. Some people made a successful water proof den. We also played a game as a class which was called blindfolded search. Here is how you play, one person gets blindfolded and other people have to show directions to where to go but cannot speak and another person has to try and guess where their trying to guide them to the hidden item.

Thank you to Sadie and Lavinia for this week’s blog and photos

Passion projects

posted 9 Jul 2019, 10:37 by Alannah Palmer

This week we have started work on our Passion Projects. The children have been able to choose a theme and then consider 4 key questions to answer. They then had to ensure they were using either historical enquiry skills, scientific investigative skills or working through a design process. All children are working towards an outcome to be shared with others. 

We also had our penultimate forest school session this week. 😢

Dave bought in some Owl pellets to dissect. We found skulls, ribs, a pelvis and other bones of small mammals.

We also made bunting from flowers and plants, spinning tops and had to identify our garden herbs with a sniff test. Thank you to Tom for organising this activity.

Some children have just a couple of tasks to get their Leader badge and Platinum badge. We hope to complete these next week. 🤞for good weather.

Year 5 Taster session at Plympton Academy

posted 30 Jun 2019, 23:48 by Alannah Palmer

Year 5 were invited to have a trial morning at Plympton Academy. 
We had a dance lesson in the stunning Morpergo building. The children learnt some moves that are used in Capoeria (a Brazilian dance); learnt about the history of the dance and composed and performed their own compositions. The children confidently shared their dance and martial arts skills to add to the choreography. The teacher was blown away by their enthusiasm and engagement in the session.
After a brief break, the year 5s went to the science block for a lesson to introduce them to the safe use of Bunsen burners. The class listened to a safety briefing and all got to light a Bunsen and change the flame from ‘safety‘ to ‘roaring’. Again the class showed confidence and respect.
I was incredibly impressed by year 5. They demonstrated our Sparkwell values superbly: creativity, responsibility, respect and resilience.

Small mammal trappings and trying to get our platinum forest school badge

posted 24 Jun 2019, 13:16 by Alannah Palmer

This week Dave set up some traps to monitor the small mammals we have around our school. Out of 6 traps, we found 2 field mice: a pregnant female and a young male. They were really light, only about 19g! Less than a packet of crisps! After making a few observations, the mice were released to return to their homes. We left some traps for the morning but no animals came to them.

At forest school, we worked on fulfilling the requirements for our badges - particularly year 6 who only have a few weeks let to earn them ☹️
This involved some independent fires, den building, tool safety and using compass directions. It was a wonderfully purposeful session that really showed Owls at their best.

PGL residential

posted 15 Jun 2019, 01:21 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you to Clare, Taylor, Emily, Sam, Emily with the purple hair, Rachael, Connor, Lizzy and last but not least the chefs.

I can't thank you enough for being our instructors for the week, you were all so kind, funny and cool to talk with, and when we were sad you would cheer us up by singing catchy but embarrassing songs. While you were all wonderful, you will give me loads of memories that will last a lifetime like being on the high ropes with Emily and Taylor, doing archery with the other Emily, going on the quads with Connor and Lizzy, fencing with Liam, doing the mud course and the aeroball with Sam, the shooting range with Rachael, the quiz night with the quiz master and Clare, the wave boarding with Taylor, the sports night with Clare and Liam, the charades and ‘write-as-many-as-you-can game’ and Heads Up, and of course the chefs. I could go on for years about how good you guys where. You where all amazing. (And the food was good as well).

Thank you.

- Beau Smith       

World Ocean Day

posted 8 Jun 2019, 07:16 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you to Archie and Beau for our blog this week

We have been celebrating World Ocean Day by having an ocean themed forest school lesson. We’ve learnt about how CO2 affects our oceans and marine life that lives in it negatively. Also we made plastic straw mats, which was quite difficult to make; because it’s very fiddly. Everyone had to draw a picture of something you might find in a rock pool such as a crab or an anemone to create a piece of art for the Energy for Waste Plant. 

We also did power points, slide shows or posters about British rock pools for the squirrels and we had to think how to make it suitable for KS1 so we had to include pictures, think about the style of the font and the size of the font. 

A lady called Coral came in during Friday’s assembly to talk about marine wildlife in Britain,
isn’t that a cool name - Coral and she has a passion for the Marine animals of Britain! 

In forest school we did some awesome things, Archie has already mentioned some so I’m going to tell you the rest. Dave was doing this activity were he had cabbage juice and a straw and when you blew into the straw it would eventually change colour from dark purple to pink, isn’t that cool. Dave told me that the carbon dioxide goes into the cabbage juice and it changes colour. You could also put vinegar and bicarbonate soda in it to make it a bluish colour. Also, he said you can mix bicarbonate soda and vinegar, nothing else, eventually it would fizz up and explode like coke and mentos. 


Hearts - passion and biology

posted 22 May 2019, 00:32 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you Lavinia for the well written blog this week.

This week we were learning about the human heart and how it works. Because of the topic, we even got to touch a pig heart - we had to have gloves on though. We learned about all the veins and how the heart keeps us alive. It was an amazing experience.

At the very end of the week we went to Delamor House to look at all of the sculptures. There were lots of different sculptures and there was a ‘Guess the colour of the powder’ game. Personally, my favourite sculpture was the totem of baby heads. It was really creepy.

This week was absolutely joyful and amazing. THANK YOU MISS PALMER.  

Don’t worry, I haven’t included our heart dissection pictures!

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