SATs Super Stars
What a week it has been! A huge well done to all our Year 6 pupils who have worked incredibly hard during their SATs tests this week. They have remained calm, positive and focused throughout the week; they have consistently shown great kindness and support to each other. We are incredibly proud of each and every one of them! Following the tests they were each presented with their Class of 2018 Leavers hoodies; these undoubtedly will be worn with great pride! We are all looking forward to a well deserved, action-packed few months ahead!
A very brief update this week to say a huge well done to all of our Year 6 children for their hard work over the course of the year. We are very proud of you all! Thank you to the Year 5 children who have been extra kind and considerate towards their Year 6 friends over the last few week. We have had so many wonderful examples of children from Trinity Class showing kindness and respect and being great role models all around the school...well done!
P.S. Ask the Year 6's about their home learning for this weekend!
It has been another busy week in Trinity Class. We have been working really hard revisiting Numeracy and Literacy learning from over the past year. A particular favourite being our session on standard and non-standard English - ask your child about dialect, slang and double negatives; don't be surprised to hear them exclaim 'That's non-standard English!' We have also been enjoying our Literacy sequence about 'The Tear Thief' - we are now writing our own stories, look out for 'The Scream Snatcher', 'The Nightmare Thief' and 'The Feelings Fixer' - extracts to follow in the next few weeks.
And finally, a highlight of our week was the visit to Crow Point Class to see their chicks hatching. These photos show the sleepy looking chicks, recovering from the effort required for hatching....not dissimilar to Trinity Class after a long week!
A huge thank you to all those parents, family members and friends who were able to come and share in Trinity Class' assembly on Thursday. We hope that you enjoyed finding out about our learning and listening to all of our songs! Here are some of the collective nouns pieces that we read out...
Collective Nouns created by Daisy
A Bark of Foxes
Encased in red fur, the fox frolics anywhere it can. It catches its prey very easily and flees from its predators with a speed up to fifty kilometres per hour. Poachers may threaten the species so they are quite rare in places, but that does not stop these quirky cat-like creatures from doing what they love: running!
A GROUP OF CATERPILLARS MORE FORMALLY KNOWN AS AN ARMY ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF NATURES LIFE CYCLES. THE MOST IMPORTANT PHASE IN A CATERPILLARS LIFE IS ITS TRANSFORMATION FROM CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY. FIRSTLY THE CATERPILLARS WILL SNEAK FROM THEIR WOODLAND DEN AND WHEN ALL IS DARK THEY WILL SET COURSE TO THE VEGETABLE PATCH TO CLENCH THEIR IMMENSE HUNGER.
THE BENEFITS OF NIGHT TIME FEED IS THAT ALTHOUGH THE DARKNESS COMPLICATES THINGS THEY CONVENIENTLY AVOID SIGHT OF FARMERS AND HUNGRY BIRDS AFTER THAT THE INQUISITIVE ARMY HEAD BACK TO THEIR DEN THE ENCASE THEMSELVES IN A DELICATELY CRAFTED COCOON WHERE THEY WILL STAY IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO SUMMER WHERE THEY TURN INTO THE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES WE ALL ADORE.
BY JESSICA CHILD
If you had ventured in to Trinity or Lundy Class on Wednesday, you would have been forgiven for thinking that you had stepped back in time. We all came to school clothed in our finest Ancient Greek togas to celebrate our term of learning with a 'Wow' day.
In the morning we re-enacted Greek myths, created Greek architectural features (on a mini scale), made wreaths and learned to write with the Greek alphabet. In the afternoon we sang Greek songs, took part in the Instow Olympics and finally enjoyed Greek food tasting! A fantastic day was had by all!
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
On Friday the 16th of March, we (Abbie and Peita) attended a Socrates English workshop all about Christina Rossetti's poem "Goblin Market". We spent all day writing our own fun versions of her poem. We would like to share ours with you...
In a tree of sweet sycamore
Sits a girl of 10 and 4
Calling for her sister, shout she may
But will they both see another living day?
Beyond the high up sycamore tree
Hobbling in the grass you see
Mint is wafting in the soft summer breeze
The two young girls approach with ease
With bulging biceps the granny shows
A black leather belt, used for whipping foes
A ripped dress patterned with flowers
Each patterned plant, a human of all hours.
The old granny warbled "Come my dears"
If you take a Murray mint, you will conquer all your fears"
The two girls looked, and whispered in a pair
Should they take one; will they dare?
And so one sister took the prize
Chubby fingers; bulging eyes
Granny walked away with glee
Will this story end happily?
A humbug is the cure for all
Pale grey sister, cold and small
Morning comes, a humbug is found
The girl sees light; joy is spread around.
The Orange Tree
Below the golden amber orange tree
Sits a girl of 10 and 3
Watching fish in the sapphire lake
But was this journey a big mistake?
Further into the deep dark wood
Something moves; a cape, a hood?
With her appetite becoming more and more
She sees an orange fall to the floor.
She rises to her feet with greed
An urge, a pull, a want, a need,
With her arms extended out in front
This is not hunger, this is a hunt.
With his dark red eyes in a burning glare
She picked from the tree, he was not going to share,
Out from the shadows, a ghoulish creature leapt
First he crawled, then he crept.
"You can have the orange" said the ghoul-like creature
"If you let me take your most precious feature".
"What shall it be?" cried the young girl in despair,
"Let me take a lock of your long golden hair".
"One lock of my hair, is that all?"
She plucked one lock and stood proud and tall,
She took the orange then walked off
And in her mouth, a build up of froth.
Once she had eaten and was at home
Suddenly she fell stiff, hard as a gnome
Her skin started slowly to shrivel, her gold locks now grey,
Now she is weak, her skin as pale as clay.
The morning came and she thought it was the last
The last light, the last day, the last, the last,
She hurried slowly back to where the orange tree was,
And in it's place she found a big pile of moss.
This discomfort made her weaker,
And from the corner of her eye, she spies a beaker,
Picks it up in her hand and crawls slowly to the lake,
A drink of pure water fills her with wake.
She rises to her feet, beautiful as ever,
And from behind an oak, the creature who is clever,
Jumps out from behind and offers her a fruit,
She said "Sorry I'm not hungry and I've got to scoot!"
She goes back home, safe and sound,
And she hopes no other creature's found,
Her pure red lips in the shape of a smile,
And the creature she met, she knew was vile.
Please go to the Gallery page to see our fantastic photos! Look out for a detailed report from the event next week.
On Wednesday we ( Albert and Alfie ) went on a biology workshop for children. Many different schools participated, these included: Hartland, Appledore and St. Mary's. We started by making name labels so that the biology teacher would not forget our names. Once we had finished decorating our name labels we were given our first activity of the day and it was... the mannequin challenge!!! You may be thinking what are we talking about but the challenge was to label different parts of the body on our bodies. Unfortunately we didn't do it well but we were not there to win, we were there to learn. After that, we had a talk about how to faint properly - it was something new for both of us! Just in-case we fainted when the teacher was doing... (you will find out what the thing is later on in the text) the steps for fainting where: sit down, lay down and lift your feet up on a chair! Following the top tips for safe fainting, it was play time.
When we came back from play we got a sheet that showed a image of a basic heart but we had to fill out the blanks. Sadly we did not have time to finish because we had to see... the dissection ,what we were talking about earlier! If you are squeamish skip to the next paragraph. The group got into place for the dissection. Once it was out she stated to cut it open she said it was very hard but it did not stop me (Albert) but Alfie refused to touch it. To be honest it was more heavy than I thought .
Finally we did a biology quiz unfortunately we weren't that good and we got 8 out of 11.
Following our recent success, the Instow school netball team were rewarded with some fancy new netball posts to practice their shooting and passing for their finals tournament. On Tuesday 6th of March, the team travelled to Park secondary school for a whole day of netball based fun. All of the fifteen teams were really supportive and complimentary. Our first match was against St Giles in the Wood. We beat them 4-3. Match two was against Our Lady's. It was a tough match to play, but the Instow team made a really big triumph, beating them 2-1. For the 3rd match the team were playing Woolacombe. Despite our best, best efforts, they were a really hard and competitive bunch. They manged to come out on top, beating us 6-1. The final match was Kingsacre. Unfortunately, we were playing Mrs Tuohey's daughter, Katie. Mrs Tuohey was there and had to cheer for both teams. Luckily, we left the match victorious, beating them 2 goals to 1.
Next up were the semi finals. We were playing against Langtree first to decide if we were playing in the finals for 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Since we lost to Langtree 6 nil, we weren't going into the finals. But, we were still playing for 4th, 5th, or 6th. Next were Bishop's Tawton and Landkey. Although we lost to both of them, we still came in a terrific place of 6th in North Devon. We are all so happy with the result. So well done to the Instow Netball Team! Written by Peita and Daniel.
If you visited Instow School on Thursday 8th March you would have been greeted by a fantastic array of book characters!
Trinity Class had a wonderful selection from the Mad Hatter to Anne of Green Gables, mesmerising mermaids, demon dentists, adventurers and sharks! An awesome celebration of brilliant books and superb stories! Every child will have a £1 book voucher to put towards a book of their choice, so just one question remains...where will your reading take you?
Welcome back! We hope that you all had a lovely half term holiday. In Trinity Class we are continuing to find ways to help combine music with our learning with a particularly catchy song about quotation marks! There will be two house points on offer for anyone who sings it to their parents and can prove it with a signature in their reading journal. We have also been musical in our P.E. sessions as we have created dance sequences to portray extreme sports.
Year 6 parents please remember to sign up for our SATs information evening, there is a sign up sheet on the classroom door. Thanks!
Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 netball team who took part in a tournament at Bideford College today. They played four matches and won them all, achieving the well deserved title of 'Tournament Winners'. Well done to Abbie Bellamy, Martha Clements, Emily Sharples, Josh Hill, Evie Thompson, Peita Woollacott and Daniel Stevens.
Week beginning 5th February
It has been an artistic and musical week in Trinity Class. We have spent some time creating the initial shape for our Ancient Greek pots using balloons and papier mache for our first layers. After half term we will create an outer layer using 'ModRoc' for a firm and smooth finish. The final stages will involve painting our pots with tessellating patterns and images of Ancient Greek life. Look out for the finished pots in Trinity Class after half term.
In our Literacy sessions we have been reflecting on our writing using the Austin's Butterfly concept! Ask your child to explain what this means to us in class. Finally we have had musical interludes woven into our week. As scientific research shows that music can stimulate different parts of the brain and aid memory,we have been finding opportunities to be musical throughout each day - singing the register in a call and respond style, singing our mealtime grace and finally a particular favourite, learning spelling patterns through Frozen songs! Plural nouns and Let It Go proved to be a winning combination. Any child who sings the song to their parents will earn 3 house points if the parent records it in their Reading Journal....Let It Go Trinity Class!
Week beginning January 29th
It's been a busy week in Class 5. The children have been finishing their non-fiction writing, we now all know how lots of things in our lives work! Do pop in and read some of our writing. We've also been working on our Ancient Greek masks. On Wednesday we were invited to a festival at the Atlantic Racquet centre in Bideford. All of the children took part in eight different activities aimed at improving their sport and tennis skills. It was also really good to see the children mixing with the children from Appledore and Hartland schools. Without exception the children did their best and were a credit to the school with their manners and positivity.
Instow School Is Invaded By Aliens..or Is It Ancient Greeks?
It has been a very exciting end to the week in Lundy and Trinity classes! On Friday morning a strange, silver dome shape appeared in the hall - word spread around the playground, what could it be? A space-craft? A giant beach ball? No, in fact the mystery object was the Space Lab - a mobile planetarium. Lundy and Trinity classes were both excited to enjoy an hour in the Space Lab. We found out more about how the Ancient Greeks created animal patterns in the star constellations and the fantastic stories that they told about these constellation characters - these are the stories we know as Greek Myths. We heard about Apollo and his sun chariot, the terrible tasks faced by Herakles and the boastful queen Cassiopeia. Mr. Barber, our Space Lab guide fascinated us as he retold some of these amazing adventures - it truly was a morning to remember!
The winter theme has continued in Trinity Class this week as we have used our dance sessions to investigate different winter sports.
This week we consider the movements, pathways and balances required for figure skating. We then contrasted these moves with the speed,power and co-ordination used in bobsleigh. The photos show our interpretations of some of these sports.
This week we have continued with our poetry theme as we studied Thomas Hardy's 'Snow In the Suburbs'. The poem beautifully depicts the arrival of winter in a local town. We were hoping for some snow ourselves, but when it sadly failed to appear we decided to write our own poems about the fantastic frosty mornings that we have had this week. Here are a few of our poems....
The wind howled like a baby wolf,
Calling to his mother,
We caught a glimpse of the silhouette in the sky,
Howling like no other.
As the heat dropped suddenly,
The snow began to settle,
We were scraping ice off the frozen metal.
Every pavement sprinkled with it;
Every grass patch stiff with it.
A child slips but does not fall,
There parent catches them standing tall.
Every pavement and every street mute.
The frost and the cold is extremely
The frost is coming
so be ready...
By Josh Hill
Welcome back to Trinity Class in 2018! We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We have had a really busy start to the term; in Numeracy we have been completing mind-stretching angle investigations using a wide range of mathematical and reasoning skills. Over the holidays the Reading Rocks challenge involved learning a narrative poem to recite to the class - we have been treated to recitations of some brilliant poems, including a poem from Peita that she wrote herself!
In a forest, far far away
An old lady sat and there she will stay,
For you see the old lady was under a curse
Through troubles she sought with a penny in her purse.
A thousand worries needed for the curse to be broken
A penny becomes a gift all,
A gift becomes a token
Through lives of mystery, danger and wonder
The old lady sits and hears the thunder.
Inside her hut she sits all year long
When the curse is lifted the worries will be gone,
As the years go by the lady gets older
But she gets no closer and her heart grows colder.
The wind whistles through the open shutters
She can not get up to close it,
A worrie slips through the open hatch
It's the last trouble ad she knows it.
The old woman crumbles and her breath is no more
For now the tide calls her (come to the shore)
The lady is no more and no more worries there will be
The curse is lifted and in the wind she hurries to me.
Today we shared in our annual Christingle Service, a beautiful service that reminds us about the true meaning of Christmas.
Year 6 spent Thursday afternoon helping the other children throughout the school to create their own Christingle.
If the orange is the world,
And the candle is the light,
Then we know Jesus is with us,
Every day and every night.
If the sweets are the seasons,
And gifts given by Him,
Then we know always to thank God,
To clap and cheer and sing.
If the ribbon is Jesus blood,
His love wrapped round us all,
Then no-one need to feel lonely,
He'll catch us if we fall.
This is the Christingle,
A service full of fun,
Prepare the way for Christmas,
God loves us every one.
Following our work on the beautifully written book 'The Mousehole Cat', we have been creating our own local legends. Here are a few of our opening paragraphs to draw you in!
On the tired and sleepy fields of Littleham ,the tractors play around in the sun all day. Between the cobbled hedge rows and the drowsy trees lay a little farm far from the village. All day long you would see kestrels hunting for rabbits,and rabbits hunting for mice. But NEVER would you see a deer. Although no-one ever saw him,they could hear him rustling in the woods.
BY ERIN MARTIN
At the far end of Instow Beach, lie the sand dunes caching all the sun. The sand dunes are always a place that children love to play and hide. At the highest point of the tallest sand dune lived a rabbit named Thumper.
BY MILLIE WORSEY
At the far end of Jamaica a land of sand and greenery lay under the blazing sun , palm trees blow in the wind with waves 7 foot tall with surfers riding the waves. Once there lived a stray dog named Freddie; he was as strong as a bus and as wise as a old man , he was a Great Dane . Freddie was a leader of dogs, and was known all round . He knew everything and everyone . Nothing happened without Freddie knowing . Although he was the strongest and the wisest dog on the island, he could never keep up with his three sons , always causing trouble! But Freddie was living a happy life Then one day Freddie heard a cry of horror , he shot out of the broken wooden panels and up the busy street . Everybody running towards him had a look of terror on there faces. He arrived at the square with hundreds of curious people . He pushed himself through the roaring crowd and up to the steel railings. At that moment he saw it , a gorilla; a furious gorilla eating the left overs in the bin , last time this happened he destroyed halve the city and Freddie was determined not to let this happen again .by JAMES
More replies received! Do pop into Trinity class and see our board of replies... we've even been lucky enough to get some gifts. Annabelle would love to tell you about hers. Roxy has heard from a Sir ... which one could it be? Alfie is an animal love and he's had a letter from the Super Vet and Tom loves Rugby so can you guess who he wrote to?
Week beginning Monday 6th November
We've had a busy week of learning in Trinity this week. In Maths we have been learning efficient methods for multiplication - on Tuesday the class had to did deep and show their resilience with some missing number multiplication challenges. We were so proud of them! In Literacy we have continued with our unit of work on letter writing. We have been writing formal letters to express our concerns over issues such as car park charges, recycling and dog waste. We've also had the excitement of our first reply from our letters to inspirational people. Josh was delighted to receive a note from Arlington Enterprises who manage James May - we were thrilled that a Top Gear autograph card was enclosed. we'll be looking out for the postman next week to see if anyone else is lucky enough to receive a reply!
Over the half term break Trinity Class created some superb 'Dream Islands' for their home learning. Here are a few of the tropical paradise models that we now have in class - please feel free to pop in and have a closer look!
As the build up towards Christmas begins, the children have made a great start with rehearsals for Panto Pandemonium. We have been really impressed with their enthusiasm and energy - keep learning those lines Trinity Class!
In Literacy we are starting a sequence on The Mousehole Cat a beautiful legend, local to the south west. The children will be using this story as a basis for creating their own legends - watch this space.
Week beginning October 9th
Thank you to all of the family and friends who came to join us for our Class assembly. We hope you enjoyed hearing about how we are living life to the full in Trinity. It was great to see Baz from St George's too.
In Literacy this week we have been writing balanced arguments. They are titled "Should development be allowed on our coastline?". Below are see examples of our writing.
On the other hand ,people are prepared to pay more money on properties near the coastline, which means the government gets more money to spend on other things we need. It is scientifically proven that the view of the sea helps your heart rate . Any day people living by the coast can easily go for a walk on the beach (which means that they get fresh air and exercize without having to use a car). Britain is known for our gorgeous and stunning beaches and lots of tourists want to stay by the beach. Where are they going to stay if there are no houses or hotels to stay in? Martha
On the other hand letting people develop our coast line could spoil the beautiful scenery for others. By building up our coast line we allow many of the stunning views and beaches to be spoiled by new flats hotels and houses. Should we allow this to happen? Emily
Having said this ,once they are built on the coast , it can be very relaxing living there,and can actually help your heart rate. You can get lots of fresh air and and it is very healthy. When you go out , you can get free exercise by running , walking, swimming, surfing and bodyboarding. Charlie
It has been another busy week in Trinity Class! Two more groups of Year 6 children completed their Bikeability training and our now ready to ride the roads of Instow! We also had an inspiring visit from the Tangled Theatre Company performing their piece 'No One is an Island'. The week finished with a bang...literally as we visited Great Torrington School for the STEM 'Big Bang' event.'The Big Bang' is a UK-wide programme designed to bring science and engineering to life for young people ; we visited a range of talks and hands on workshops from 'The Magic of Science' to 'CSI Whodunnit', 'Doctor Doctor' and large exhibition by local science and technology employers - a great day!
Week beginning Monday 25th September
It's been such a busy week in Class 5 that we've not been sure whether we are coming or going! The weather was mostly kind to the Year 6 children who started their Bikeability training. Jo, our lovely instructor, has been thrilled with the progress of the groups and commented on their super behaviour and manners - well done Year 6. Jo will be in school again next week so that all of the Year 6 children can benefit from this great opportunity.
On Tuesday Mrs Brewer and Mrs Tuohey were able to spend the morning in Croyde on a course about the coast. They learnt all kinds of things about the creatures and land around our coastline and are looking forward to sharing this with Trinity Class in our topic work this term.
Year 5 attended a fire safety course on Thursday and then on Friday it was time to walk down the hill to share in the school Harvest celebration. Thank you to Oliver, Peita and Abbie for writing and sharing their prayers and well done to all of Class 5 for their poem performance - bringing a whole new meaning to Peas, Turnips and Squash.
Next week looks set to be another jam packed week with a theatre visit and our science day to look forward to at Great Torrington School.
Week beginning 18th September
It has been an action packed start to the term in Trinity Class! We had an amazing week on our residential to St. George's House in Georgeham - we will be sharing some of our adventures in our class assembly later this half term. Please have a look at the fantastic photos in the Gallery! We have been using our experiences to write recounts and odes to St. George's this week in our Literacy.
Year 6 have had an exciting week visiting the open mornings at our local secondary schools; thinking about the next steps in their learning journeys. Next week Year 6 will also start their Bikeability training.