28.04.2022 RNLI Visit
We were lucky enough to have a visit from two lifeguards as part of an RLNI assembly all about beach safety.
The Key Stage 2 children listened perfectly, as they were given clear instructions about how to stay safe on the beach and even had a go at a real-life rescue! St Dennis Primary Academy 'lifeguards' Connie and Maria were fabulous and saved the day!
06.04.2022 Gwiwer's visit to the Screech Owl Sanctuary
On Wednesday 6th April, Year 2 visited the Screech Owl Sanctuary to support their learning about habitats in science. The children had a wonderful time, a real 'hands on' experience. They could hold the owls and feed other animals including alpacas and emus. Furthermore, they also learnt about conserving these animals' natural habitats. It was so interesting learning from animal experts. The day really sparked the children's curiosity to find out more about these amazing creatures.
28.03.2022 Lowarn's visit to Bodmin Jail
Lowarn class had a brilliant visit to Bodmin Jail to support their learning of this half term's topic 'Should all crimes be punished?'
They went on an amazing guided tour through the 'Dark Walk' taking a journey back in time to learn about some of Cornwall's infamous prisoners and their crimes.
They got a first hand look at some of the cells and what life would have been like behind bars in the Georgian and Victorian times.
It was fascinating to learn about how prisoners were treated and some of the punishments they would have been subjected to.
18.03.2022 Red Nose Day 2022
Today was Red Nose Day! We had so much fun in our joke competitions! You can see the winners on our Video Resouce Centre here https://st-dennis-primary-academy.primarysite.media/media/red-nose-day-joke-competition-winners.
We have also learnt about the incredible work this charity does and how vital our fundraising is to support this.
Thank you for all your generous donations!
14.03.2022 Family Nest Therapy CIC - Equine Therapy
On Monday, we had a lovely visit from Family Nest Therapy CIC, who brought in three Shetland ponies for us to spend time with.
We learnt about the ponies, groomed them, stroked them, lead them and the ponies even had a little race! The children really enjoyed the experience. We are looking forward to further sessions for some children.
Check out their Facebook page as they also run Saturday morning pony clubs, as well as other sessions.
08.03.2022 Community Tree Planting
Pedrevan Class had an amazing day out at Lower Penrose Veor Farm. The purpose was to help re-instate a traditional Cornish hedge, which would have last been seen on the farm in 1906! The children didn't let the weather dampen their spirits, and they really worked hard to plant their trees. They were given a target of 50 trees, but with their teamwork and determination, they managed to plant an impressive 183 trees!
07.03.2022 - 11.03.2022 Book Week
We held an incredible Book Week which culminated with children (and staff) looking spectacular in their book character inspired costumes!
The aims of the week were
For children to be read to regularly
For children to have access to a range of books from the ‘5 Plagues of Reading’ spine
For children to choose what they want to read
For children to have trusted adults and peers, sharing and recommending books
For children to have an enjoyable reading experience
For children to have a designated time to read
Classes filled the week with exciting events such as launching the new Spring Book bingo, a ‘Ready, Steady, Read’ sponsored event, different reading challenges every day in school to win Golden Tickets, virtual author events, storytelling workshops and children using their detective skills to try to work out who the masked readers were!
There were many prizes awarded in the form of books and one lucky child even won a kindle. The 'Ready, Steady, Read' had a target of £300 but the children totally exceeded that with an amazing £1565.70 raised. With the help of our local Usborne Partner, the school will be able to choose new books to the value of £2504!
Pedrevan Class had a special visitor at the start of their new topic all about Egypt! There was something fishy going on when their 'Stunning Start', to launch the new topic with a real-life experience, involved some sardines!
Mrs Nash's Dad came in to assist the children with the process of mummification. The children watched as the innards were removed from 'the bodies' before the children were given the smelly job of washing and drying out their fish.
They needed to completely wash and dry out each fish carefully, before placing them in salt to help them dry out even further.
They will be left for the next 4 weeks before they are re-salted (if needed) and then wrapped up in linen. The class will then take part in a burying ritual where their fish will be laid to rest in the school grounds.
Mrs Nash is hoping to excavate some fish that were mummified over 6 years ago, so that the children can see first-hand how they have (hopefully) remained preserved. She just needs to locate them first!
16.02.2022 Visit from King Henry VIII
For our 'Fabulous Finish' in Year 3, we had the opportunity to meet King Henry VIII. He discussed his life with us and the tales of his six wives. We were tasked with putting together a Tudor timeline in the order of his wives and what had happened to them. He was able to show us amazing Tudor games such as the ball in the cup and Tudor Top Trumps. We took part in a Tudor trail to find clues to help fill in the information and a guess an object from the Tudor era. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting 'hands o'n with their learning and found that this was a great way to end the topic!
Thank you King Henry VIII!
16.02.2022 Visit from Mr Grinling
Today we had a visit from Mr Grinling, the main character from the story 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'.
Mr Grinling retold the story using props, he then told us about a time that he lost his key to his lighthouse! He set us lots of great activities. We played lighthouse lotto where we had to find the pictures to match the pictures on our boards. We searched for the stamps that linked to the story and we had six to collect. We were also shown a working lighthouse, with a moving basket on a pulley and a real light!
We really enjoyed making Mr Grinling a mustard sandwich, but we are unsure whether he liked it!
04.02.2022 NSPCC Number Day
This year, St Dennis Primary Academy joined schools across the UK for a mega maths day!
Number Day was packed full of maths activities and games, whilst we raised money to support services such as Childline.
Children came to school dressed up in anything maths or number related, for a donation to raise money for the NSPCC and we raised an incredible £225.50.
We created a display in hall to help us remember how much fun we had!
13.01.2022 Rocksteady Music School
Children across the school had a go at feeling what it might be like to be in a rock band and absolutely loved it!
15.12.2021 Father Christmas in his Grotto!
Father Christmas came to visit! Children made their way through the magical winter wonderland to his grotto. They were all delighted as they left with a Christmas book to take home and enjoy over the holiday!
10.12.2021 West End in Schools - 'The Night Before Christmas' drama workshops
On Friday, the theatre company 'West End in Schools' visited and ran drama workshops for all children across the school based on the poem 'The Night Before Christmas'. All children were really excited to be involved in this, as this poem was a text in their Christmas Book Bingo! A real treat!
08.12.2021 Visit to St Denys Church for 'The Festival of Christmas Trees'
Years 1 to 6 walked to St Denys Church to view 'The Festival of Christmas Trees'. Older children walked with our younger children and it was so lovely to see our school value of friendship in action.
There were 23 trees in all and children were amazed at what they saw. It was magical and a really festive way to start our Christmas lunch day!
19.11.2021 Anti-Bullying Week
Anti-Bullying Week was full of fantastic discussions, activities and thought provoking moments. A display has been created to celebrate children's learning. We think you will agree that the children produced some wonderful work!
15.11.2021 Odd Socks Day
Today was the launch of Anti-Bullying week, so everyone took part in Odd Socks Day. There were striped socks, spotty socks, superhero socks and even Christmas socks to be seen! This special day highlighted that we are all different and special in our own ways and sparked some important conversations about being unique and untied. It was also great fun to spot all of the colourful socks that everyone wore!
Children sent BBC Radio Cornwall their thoughts ahead of the G7 Summit earlier this year and two of our children have had their thoughts projected onto the BBC Scotland building during COP26.
Rachael’s quote appears at about 45 minutes, 30 seconds and Declan’s quote appears at about 52 minutes, 40 seconds alongside around 100 quotes from young people across the UK!
11.11.2021 Remembrance Day
Pedrevan Class paid their respects today inside the school grounds at the memorial dedicated to those who served in World War 2. Amelia played 'The Last Post' as the children started their two minutes silence. Year 6 were very mature and thoughtful. Children across the school observed a two minute silence at 11 o'clock in their classrooms and learnt about Remembrance Day in assembly today. Click the link below to view this.
05.11.2021 Children in Need - The Big Fancy Dress Singalong
The day Pudsey came to visit St Dennis Primary Academy
We joined in with BBC Local Radio's Big Fancy Dress Singalong live on air! BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Spotlight came to record us all, dressed in spots from head-to-toe, singing and dancing along to 'By Your Side' by Calvin Harris and Tom Grennan, all in aid of raising money for children's mental health charities.
08/09/10.09.2021 Team Building Days
This academic year started with 3 team building activities for children from Reception to Year 6. It was the perfect way to learn about and revisit our core values of aspiration, courage, achievement, responsibility, teamwork and friendship.
Activities included a climbing wall, archery, survival skills and team building games.