Celebrating Learning

Well Done Parracombe - Kicking the year off in style!

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What a busy week we have had!

Oaks Class kicked the week off with a boat trip to explore our coastline, looking for smugglers caves ready to start our new topic. We then got hands on with Maths, making place value sculptures to help us to understand how our number system works. We have written poetry, investigated colour mixing and got hooked into our class book 'The Skull Rock Mystery'.

Forests Class have done some amazing work in PSHRE, focusing on 'What makes us proud'. We looked at different aspects of ourselves and how unique we are. Celebrating ourselves can be something positive!

Our guided reading book has been a great success so far. We explored character profiles and how authors can use subtle techniques to emphasise emotion.

We are starting to tackle our sketching techniques, such as x-hatching, in preparation for our Victorian unit.

Well done to May MacKenzie and Chloe Hutchings for being awarded the Star of the Week certificates, and also those children who have been appointed as Play Leaders.

We also have a new Eco-Schools committee - they will be working hard to help us improve our school looks after the environment. They will be running an audit next week to see what we can do to improve our environmental footprint and hopefully get us on course for our first award!

Well done everyone, have a relaxing weekend there will be lots more exciting things to come next week!

Ms Strachan and Miss Constant

First week...completed!

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First week....completed!

Well done to all of the children for their fantastic efforts this week. We understand that the first week can often feel very strange and unnerving but the children have shown resilience and they've have had a fantastic time!

At Parracombe, Forests class (year 5/6) have been working hard on their graphic illusion patterns, incorporating angles, measurement, colour, shading and shape to produce some mind-boggling pieces of art! We have also started looking at our local history study, focusing on the Victorian era as well as a new guided reading book called 'Armistice Runner'.

Oaks class (year 4) have also had a wonderful first week back. They have settled in beautifully and they have worked their socks off! Their new guided reading book is 'Skull Rock Mystery' and they have been exploring emotions through colour and body language.

We all had a wonderful time with the M.A.D team building. Everyone (including the teachers!) got very wet but it was lovely to see everyone working and supporting each other!

Year 5/6 residential...what a blast!

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This week, Lynton and Parracombe year 5/6 children took part in a 2 night residential. Their first day consisted of rock climbing, bouldering, abseiling, archery and low ropes. Day two took part at the Wake Park near Bideford. This was such a fantastic experience for the children where they had fun on the aquapark, took off on the ringos and had a go at knee boarding (even Miss Constant had a go!). Our final day was spent at Croyde beach where the children played rounders, completed a challenging orienteering route and a Minecraft-themed sandcastle building competition. The children had a wonderful time and many memories were made

Great first week back at Parracombe

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Parracombe have had a wonderful first week back. The children have come back enthused and excited for the busy term ahead.

Year 4 have started working on their maypole skills with thanks to Mr Kirby.

Year 5/6 tested the tents that will be used for the residential which was a great team-building activity. The children are very excited for the trip and can't wait to get stuck in.

All of the children completed 'Race for Life'. They ran for an hour and everyone tried really hard! Children were running between 2-9KM!

Well done to Layla, Harry and Joe for your celebration certificates this week - great work!

Busy at Parracombe

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Oaks class have been busy this week designing the new mural for the school as well as producing some fantastic writing! The children have loved merging geography and English together! They researched the adventures of Amy Johnson, plotted her route to Australia and thought about the challenges and difficulties that she faced. They tried to put ourselves in her shoes and wrote diary entries.

 Forests class have worked hard on their scientific enquiry skills, investigating the different properties of materials. They designed their own investigation, debugging along the way to produce some accurate results. The class wrote some fabulously balanced arguments titled 'Should parents be allowed to take their children on adventurous holidays during school time?'. We also wrote some SOS messages in a bottle as Michael in our story of Kensuke's Kingdom has just been washed ashore on a desolate island!

The children also took part in a sporting event hosted by Ilfracombe Academy. They enjoyed the circuit training and we even saw the sun for a minute or two!

Lynton Celebrations

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Well done to Skye, Madison, Jack, and Harriet for receiving our Celebration certificates this week. 

Year 6 finished the week off with a continental breakfast to celebrate no-SATs week. This was a celebration of all their hard work regardless of the tests, they have continued to excel themselves since returning to school on March 8th. 

Streams and Raindrops have been busy learning the action story of a sunflower ready to write next week. As part of their wider curriculum learning, they have been planting sunflowers and making terrariums. 

In Oceans have been continuing with the slow process of covering out wire sculptures in paper mache' ready to paint next week. In English, we have been re-writing the second chapter from Kensuke's Kindom. Check out Skye's beautiful presentation and descriptive writing. Josh drew a wonder diagram of a boat as part of our vocabulary development for Kensuke's Kingdom. In topic, the children have been learning about the dangers to the ocean and creating posters. 

Well Done Parracombe for Another Awesome Week!

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It's been another fantastic week at Parracombe. Oaks Class have finished their Rivers poems and created some lovely artwork to present it with. The artistic theme continued in Forests Class where the children studied the works of Alexander Calder and then created their own portrait sculptures in his style.

We had a look at the new 3D printer and investigated the software needed to program it - exciting times ahead for the Federation! The newly painted hall looks great and is a fantastic area for showing off our finest work.

Yr6's also enjoyed a gourmet, cooked breakfast this week to acknowledge what would have been their SAT's week.

Well done to Heidi and Levi our Celebration Certificate winners this week :)

Take a breath this weekend and relax, there's lots happening again next week!!!

Ms Strachan and Miss Constant




Forests River Poems and Painting

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Earlier this week, Forests Class finished their fabulous double-page spreads for English. Their poems focused on using personification as a tool to represent the ever-changing river and how it has many uses. We studied a water-colour painting and produced some extraordinary works of art in cohesion with our poem. Safe to say they were very proud of themselves...as am I!


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It's been a thoughtful and creative day at Parracombe today. We have created a feelings map of our school grounds, thinking about our happy, safe places and areas where we might not feel so good. Miss Constant and I are going to be using this information to upgrade and improve our outside learning areas over the coming months.

This afternoon we continued with our recycled musical instrument project. We evaluated our designs and tested our finished products out. Next week is composition!

Well done to Timea and Hayden, our Celebration Certificates winners for this week - Congratulations both, we are very proud :)

Have a lovely weekend, hopefully the weather won't be too wet...

Ms Strachan and Miss Constant


Forest's Watercolour River Paintings

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What a fabulous week the children have had. We have been focusing on finishing our descriptive poems, using watercolour paintings as inspiration as well as Valerie Bloom's 'The River'. The focus of our English has been vocabulary choices and the effect our writing has on the reader. The children have produced some wonderfully artistic paintings, observing the foreground, background and layering effect. Payne's Grey (a mysterious blue-toned grey) was used to create the desired effect. Well done all - a fabulous result!