Molly!

WOW! What an assembly we had today…. we were very pleased to welcome back one of our pupils, Molly Hocking to SIJS today for an extra special performance. She has recently joined Team Olly on one of our favourite shows ‘The Voice’. A sense of awe and wonder and emotion filled the hall while Molly performed two tracks – ‘A Million Dreams’ and ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. Thank you so much Molly for coming back to see us and we can’t wait to watch you achieve your dreams. We believe in you!

 

Y6 Survival Launch Day

On Monday, Year 6 kicked off their spring term ‘Survival’ topic with an action packed day. Pupils learned how to make fire, which was then used to cook a sausage on a stick (surprisingly tasty) and make a s’more (using toasted marshmallows and chocolate biscuits). Building a shelter and communicating across the field using semaphore flag signals were tackled with great enthusiasm. Year 6 are now confident that they could survive in the wild!
 

Christmas 1914

Put together in 5 days, our whole school performance of ‘Christmas 1914’ has proved to be a great hit with both pupils and parents/carers. Over the course of 5 shows, a combined audience of nearly 800 people and two standing ovations, the children displayed great resilience, commitment and determination as well as great theatrical skills to put together a truly memorable performance to finish off our EPIC learning on World War One. A special thanks to families for their support with costumes and getting pupils into school on both evenings. Hopefully, the photo gallery has managed to capture some of the many highlights. 

Y5 Junior Lifeskills

Year 5 had an interesting experience last Thursday at Cornwall Council’s Junior Lifeskills event, which was held at Penzance Fire Station. In small groups, the children moved around a carousel of activities designed to make them think about how to keep themselves as safe as possible in the world around them. The children explored the importance of wearing seatbelts in cars, developed their understanding of the dangers of railway lines, learned about the best places for smoke alarms in homes and practised some basic first aid. Of course, it would have been a shame to have visited the fire station and not squirted some water so the children were thrilled to be able to work as a team to connect a hose to a fire hydrant, through a fire engine, then aim the water at the second floor window of the training tower! Many thanks to all the organisations who attended and well done to the children who participated enthusiastically and asked thoughtful questions throughout.

Mr Luke and Mrs Rehaag

 

Y3 Clay Poppies

Year 3 enjoyed a creative day sculpting clay poppies under the expert guidance of Michaela. Having learnt about the importance of the poppy and it’s symbolic importance when remembering all of the soldiers who lost their lives during World War One. We spent the day creating a poppy tile to be part of a whole school display as well as a range of different poppies using our new found clay skills. The finished pieces looked superb!

New Running Track!

What an exciting start to the new half term at SIJS with the official opening of our new all-weather running track! The track has been installed over the half term break and will allow all the classes to continue their ‘Mile a Day’ all year round. The track itself wraps around the perimeter of our playing field so gives the children an ideal distance to stretch their legs.  All the children tried out the track and it was given their seal of approval with huge smiles all round! 

Y5 Clay Poppies

Inspired by the Tower of London poppies, Year 5 have embarked on making their own war memorial with local ceramic artist Michaela from ’54 Lemons’. After exploring the structure and detail of poppies, we discussed different techniques that we could use to make our own. We then spent two very creative days making all sorts of poppies to remember those who fought and died in WW1. Once they are fired and glazed the poppies will be on display in school. Thank you to Michaela for all your expertise! 

Y6 WW1 Learning

Y5 Cornwall Regimental Museum

All of Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to Cornwall’s Regimental Museum, where we learnt about Cornwall’s military history, with a special focus on WW1. This museum is a treasure of artefacts, uniforms and information, just waiting to be discovered! Each group immersed themselves in a ‘WW1 trench’ experience, which included time to try on genuine war helmets, handle entrenching tools, step up to the ‘fire-step’ and much more. (The autumnal weather certainly added to the atmosphere in the ‘trench’.) We learnt about Cornish heroes and heroines from the war period and discussed what we thought made them heroic. In addition, we excitedly hunted for WW1 campaign medals (known as Pip, Squeak and Wilfred) around the museum and carefully sketched our findings. Surprisingly, the highest order medal, which was the Victoria Cross, was certainly not the shiniest! In addition, we searched through authentic WW1 diaries and were amazed at the detailed accounts.

We would all like to thank the knowledgeable staff at the museum for their fantastic tours and workshops and Cornwall Heritage Trust for generously funding the cost of our coach journey.

Y5 Space Dome

Year 5 blasted off to space on Friday when Simon from the Space Odyssey visited with his Space Dome. With 360 degree images, our first mission was to visit the International Space Station so we buckled our seat belts and held on tight! Did you know that the ISS orbits the Earth 16 times a day and travels at 17,500 mph? Or that inside the scientists perform all sorts of interesting experiments? After our trip to the ISS we ventured further afield into our Solar System where we learnt about the 8 planets which orbit our sun. We also explored the relationship between Earth and our Moon, learning about why it appears to change shape in the sky when in fact half of it is always illuminated. Finally we looked beyond the Milky Way to the constellations that make up our night sky, which made us feel insignificant in the vastness of it all. We learnt so many mind boggling facts and saw so many epic images that when we returned to Earth and stepped out of the space dome we all felt like we had tasted what it would be like to explore our universe.