17th July 2020
Hello everyone.  It seems strange to be nearly at the end of the school year.  I want to say a huge thank you to all pupils and parents for engaging so well with our online learning, and to pupils who have come back to school for being so positive and appreciative.  I'd also like to thank all the staff in school and particularly the class team for working so hard and being so flexible.
I haven't much to add.  This week's resources are posted below so please have a look if you're not accessing them via Dojo or Seesaw.   I'm also putting in a link to a lovely well being booklet from the Anna Freud Centre - it's well worth a look.
I will be posting a final message with useful links for the Summer break next week - please take a look.
Goodbye for now.
Here are some great photos from the first week's Twelfth Night work.  If you've got any more, please send them in. 
Here are some lovely photos of pupils (and some parents) and their activities during lockdown.  Please keep them coming.

Welcome to Palm Class (Class 6)


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 learning goals for the next stage of learning.  Across Key Stage 3 we follow the National Curriculum, adapted for our learners.  We encourage pupils to develop greater independence and seek to prepare them fully for the next stage of their learning journey.

Working closely with our upper Key Stage 3 class, we ensure that progression pathways are clear and that students reach their full potential, allowing a smooth transition into Asdan qualifications in Elm Class and beyond.s 

We have 10 pupils in class full-time, with 1 more joining us regularly for sessions. Nikki is our teacher and we have 3 teaching assistants: Ann-Marie, Laura, Sam and Trish. In class we follow the National Curriculum, specially adapted for all our pupils using a multi-sensory approach. 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 are the first secondary class in the shool and so try to take on more responsibility and start to become more independent in our learning.  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 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 class 6, we decide our own rules and earn stickers, dojos and rewards.  We earn epic dojos for doing homework!



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.