Welcome to Palm Class
Palm (Class 6) is the first class in Key Stage 3. In lower Key Stage 3 we set the scene and begin the secondary phase of pupils' education. We aim to consolidate skills learnt in the primary phase and set new targets and goals for the next stage of learning. We encourage pupils to develop greater independence and seek to prepare them fully for the next stage of their learning journey.
We have 8 pupils in class this year. Nikki is our teacher and we have 3 teaching assistants to support: Laura, Sarah and Seth. We really enjoy learning and follow a varied and exciting multi-sensory curriculum. We use objects, pictures, signs and symbols to support our learning where needed, whilst encouraging a high level of verbal interaction - sessions are lively and interactive.
We try to take on more responsibility and start to become more independent in our learning. In 'normal' times we run the school tuck shop, which gives us valuable opportunities to participate in real life learning and to have fun as well! We do our own serving, shopping, cooking and money management, with jobs shared out amongst the class so that everyone is able to contribute.
In addition to our formal learning, we visit the Leisure Centre regularly for swimming and have opportunities to take part in a range of activities including gymnastics (at the local Gym), horse riding and stable management (at Old Mill Stables), plus a timetable of sporting activities often involving other schools. We also like to get out and about as much as possible.
In Palm Class, we decide our own rules and earn stickers, dojos and rewards. We earn epic dojos for doing homework!
Please have a look at what we've been up to and do let us know what you think.
Here are some photos showing what we have been up to over the last half term.
This half term we're going to be studying World War 1, using War Horse as our text (continuing our work on famous authors with another Michael Morpurgo novel). We will be using the book and film to explore the characters, settings and narrative and supplementing this with background history work on WW1.
In Science we will be looking at sound and hope to extend that work into our topic, making soundscapes to accompany parts of the story. For PSHE we will be looking at emotions and extending the range of emotions that we use and understand. We will also be focusing on different emotions within our class text to reinforce our learning.
Our maths topics this term are addition and subtraction, plus length, weight and shape towards the end of term. For RE we are focusing on how we talk about God and bible stories, and in computing, our focus is programming.
Please have a look at our curriculm map for more details and do keep checking in - we will be uploading photos of our work throughout the term.
During these difficult times, we know that some pupils may not be able to access learning at school. Our aim in Palm Class is to replicate the school offering, as far as is practical, to students accessing learning from home. To do that we will use a range of online learning platforms to allow students to continue to participate alongside the rest of the class, supplemented with remote learning books and work sent home on a regular basis.
To keep in touch (and for you to get in touch with me), we will continue to use Class Dojo and I will post regular videos there to explain the day's learning. For task setting and work, I will use a mixture of Seesaw and email - whichever works better for you, and will ensure that the website is regularly updated with any new websites and ideas as appropriate. Please send completed work back to me so that we can celebrate achievement and offer support, as well as next steps for learning.
We also offer regular opportunities for socialisation via Zoom or Teams - pupils can join specific learning sessions, circle times and just have a chat with their friends.
Please see below for information about our focus this half term and don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any additional support or just have a query.
Specific resources for this half term's work
Sensory and other resources
Science Week visit to Newlyn Harbour (March 2020)
Our science week topic was diversity and so we headed to Newlyn to look at the fish caught by local trawlers. We saw a huge variety of fish from Hake and Red Mullet to Squid and Dogfish - it was amazing - and all from one trawler! Please can I say a huge thank you to Lionel, the Market Manager, who gave up his time to show us round and gave us so much fascinating information.
We were also lucky enough to meet up with a fisherman who told us about his fishing boat and took some of us on board. He also showed us the lifeboat house where we were able to try on lots of protective clothing and get out of the rain. Can I also say a massive thank you to Dave - pupils were so excited to have a look around your boat, although I'm not sure a fishing career is for them!
It was an amazing trip and we learnt loads to take back to school and share with everyone.