Palm

2nd April
 
Hello to all pupils and parents from Palm Class
 
I hope you've all got your Class Dojo invites - it's great to see some of you signed up and starting to use it to share work and communicate.  If you haven't yet signed up, please do so and you can see what was posted yesterday - it was lovely to see pupils showing off what they've been doing.  I'll post some of those photos here too but please keep looking on Dojo as it's working well and is more interactive than the website.  If you haven't received an invite, please email me and I'll resend it.  
 
Today I'm looking to see if anyone can complete any of the activity challenges set on the Distance Learning Project  (based around different versions of the 3 Little Pigs) - there's something for everyone, so please give it a go and send me any photos of what you've done.  
 
The sun's just come out again, so I hope you can get outside and enjoy it at some point.  It's back to work for me now.... lots of paperwork to do!
 
Have a lovely day,
 
Nikki
 
 
Photos from yesterday (1st April).
27th March 2020
 
Hello again!
 
I hope that you're all keeping active and well.  Today I've put a short link together about general distance learning (thank you Andrew in Evergreens for the template) and then a more specific one outlining a small project that you can be getting on with - please try at least one of the activities and send me some photos.  For more sensory learners there's a website called senassist which has some games and stories based around traditional tales which may be useful (it's a little young, but the content is good).
 
Today is the last day of term but I'll continue to post stuff here most days - I may even attempt a video next week! 
 
Have a lovely weekend everyone and I'll be in touch again on Monday.
 
Nikki (nmessham@nancealverne.org.uk)
 
26th March 2020
 
Hello to all parents and pupils from Palm (Class 6)
 
I've put up a few resource links (see below) for you to have a look at - if you've got Lego at home, the challenges look really good fun for all the family!  There's also some coding from Hour of Code - this is great if you are interested in computer coding, Star Wars, Minecraft, or any film really - there's something for everyone here and it starts really simply with lots of videos - even I can do it.  There are also some BBC resources with lots of video clips and extracts from books - again, something for everyone (I usually use the resources for 5-7 yr olds/KS1, but some of the older ones are also appropriate).  Next, there are some maths resources from Gary Hall - follow the link to Gordons ITPs for games or to Primary Maths Resources to find an area (e.g. counting) and then it will bring up all the available games for that learning area.  Top Marks have some games to practice both maths and English/phonics skills and finally, Nat West have some lovely games and activities about money.
 
I'll keep putting suggestions up and will email you with any specific resources. 
 
Keep safe and kind regards,
 
Nikki
For those of you who like a bit of structure and routine, here are some regular happenings.  I think the PE may be a bit hard core for most of us so I've put up a link to Cosmic Kids Yoga too - this would definitely work better for me!
 
9.00am -   PE with Joe Wicks  (mon-fri PE sessions - not for the faint hearted
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman (maths sessions for primary)
11.00am -  English with David Walliams (he is reading a story every day)
 
I've put in the links below - enjoy!

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.