Pennthorpe NewsLetter friday 27th NOVEMber

Last week Pennthorpe launched ‘Book Bingo’! Thank you to James who recommends 'The Nothing To See Here Hotel' by Steven Butler.

Why not submit a review for the next Newsletter?

Scott enjoyed 'Lord of the Files' and has already crossed off his 2nd Book Bingo square!
Christmas has come early to the Honey Pot!

The Honey Pot have been busy making cards, decorations, and, of course rehearsing for their Christmas play. The children have also been very busy practicing their pencil skills, having elaborate tea parties, and developing their IT skills by learning to use the coding train.

There was fantastic team work involved in making a story map of their book of the week 'Mog's Christmas'. Everyone listened carefully to the story and then made a large group picture of the key events and characters. Fantastic collaboration, recall and drawing skills! Well done Honey Pot!

Year 1 are learning about 2D and 3D shapes

The children are learning how to describe a particular shape using the word BECAUSE in a sentence.

This is a square because it has 4 sides that are the same length.

This is a rectangle because it has two long sides and two short sides.

The children made patterns, created objects using 2D and 3D shapes and did some painting with the shapes.

They had GREAT fun! Well done!!
Another fantastic time in Forest School

The Year 1 children used natural materials to make their names, then they did some free play and created a bug hotel, with a woodlouse, earthworm, spider and centipede as guests. Some children also created a beauty parlour to beautify others.

Can you spot Albert, Molly and Oliver?
'Golden time' is always a treat at the end of a busy week!
Year 3 are so proud and delighted with their creations for the Mad Hatters T-Party
Typing Club in Computing

Years 3 - 8 have started to practise their typing skills. Each week children will spend ten minutes practising their typing skills, learning about the home keys and improving their words per minute as they are all going to be using laptops a lot more in the next few months!

4E learn which fingers to use and earn lots of gold stars and badges
Year 4 get ready to make a scene this Christmas

This week children were learning how to accurately crop an image and add it to a new background – just like they do in magazines, adverts and, er, fake news! Next week they will be looking at adding layers to make a really professional looking Christmas montage.

Year 5 design Inuit animal sculptures
The children are trying to achieve a smooth surface before decorating them
Desert Island Drinks

Year 5 were stranded on a desert island with a few items and had to design a method of getting pure water from a mixture of sand and salty water.

Maths Enrichment

On Saturday students from Year 5 and 6 enjoyed becoming cryptographers at their Maths Enrichment. After learning about different codes and ciphers including Morse Code, PigPen, Caesar shift and even a code based on typing on an old phone keypad the children enjoyed being able to write secret messages for each other. After their break they returned to find a Top Secret envelope had been delivered with details of a theft at Pennthorpe and so they set to work in teams to try and work out which of the suspects was responsible and just what had been stolen!

Year 6 pupils explore harmonious colour

At the end of their lesson 6P found out what happens when you mix complementary colours together.

7S decorate a Chemis-tree for Christmas in the Skylab
So original and clever!
Santa has been on a serious diet since last year!
They also made some decorations for the room
Christmas has really taken hold in 7C!

Everyone enjoyed making and decorating the 7C form room this week and singing along to the Christmas jukebox provided by DJs Callum & Flynn. Only 29 days to go! Is it Christmas?

Ever wondered how Christmas decorations are designed?

Wonder no more! Year 6 have been busy learning all about 3D modelling using Tinkercad to design their own Christmas baubles, trees and stars. They’ve been looking at how to design different objects from basic shapes such as spheres, pyramids and hoops, transforming these into amazing 3D models.

Not only that but they’ve also been nifty with their keyboard skills using shortcuts to help manipulate the objects and help with their design skills – improving their digital literacy skills at the same time. Next week, we’ll be thinking about how we can improve our basic designs to include more intricate detail. Coming to a Christmas tree near you soon!

Year 7 and 8 investigate the murder of Mrs Bolton!

The CSI team carried out analysis of the force needed to explode a party popper, compare fingerprints and material fibres, test coffee for sugar, test sweat for aspirin content and finally analyse ink samples by using chromatography in order to expose the killer from the information they had gathered about the staff.

The killer used a party popper to stun the victim and so the detectives had to find the minimum force required to activate a party popper...they did this by applying weights to the string.

The second test was a test to see if the killer’s ‘sweat’ contained any traces of aspirin...they used iron chloride to test it and if aspirin is present then the ‘sweat’ turns purple.

Year 7 investigate Acids and Alkalis

Year 7 investigated two different indigestion treatments as part of their research into acids and alkalis. They had to choose the best one based on their results ... but some just went with their gut :) !

Year 7 become local tour guides for French visitors...
“Fliers” practise Netball

'Bee Netball' is all about friendship, inclusion, fair play and playing together. It enables all children to be involved in their own way; be it with a ‘sting in their tail’ or simply in a way that ‘gets them buzzing’.

With adaptations at age groups, Bee Netball gives options and opportunities to involve all kinds of children in a simple child-centred way. Have a look here.

Year 5 practice distillation

Year 5 finished their work on separating mixtures by carrying out a distillation experiment using mulled wine (very seasonal). The alcohol evaporated at 78 *C and left the red wine behind. Mr Shaw then tested the alcohol...by lighting it to show it was flammable!

Year 7 and 8 learn some basic tackling techniques in rugby

The boys from Year 4-8 have now switched from football to playing rugby. This week they used tackle bags to practise basic techniques and learnt about how to stay safe.

Maths in Art competition

Earlier in the term, in celebration of 'Maths Week England' we invited the children to look at the Maths in the world around them and send us a photograph of what they saw. There were lovely examples of patterns, shapes, numbers and symmetry that were spotted in the wild!

Congratulations to our winner: Juliet Johnson for her beautiful photo of her dogs symmetrical dog face. Thank you to all who entered, they have all been awarded pluses for the great Maths content they were able to explain in their photos.

Wraparound Care set to work making the library look festive
Hockey Masterclass with Great Britain hockey star Luke Taylor hosted at Hurst College
Learn from the best

Luke made his senior international debut in 2017 having won a bronze medal with the England U21s at the 2014 Junior EuroHockey Championships. He also appeared for the same team at the 2013 Junior World Cup before making his senior World Cup bow five years later, scoring against New Zealand as England finished fourth. As well as keeping the goals out, Luke also provides a huge threat from corners too with many defences having been breached both at club and international level by his fearsome flicks.

Date: Friday, December 18th 2020

Age Group: 11 - 16 years

Venue: Hurstpierpoint College

Timings: 10am - 2pm

Virtual FoP Christmas Fayre

Our FoP have pulled together a wonderful virtual Christmas Fayre for our community this year, which you can peruse here. It is jam packed with fabulous offers from a variety of local businesses. If you're looking for a gift for a special someone, or want to treat yourself, it is definitely worth a look.

Click & Collect Christmas Trees
The story of Earth's power and fragility

Accompanying a major new BBC series narrated by David Attenborough, A Perfect Planet details how the Earth’s conditions foster life and evolution, through stunning photography and informative text.

Here's a first look at David Attenborough’s next series.

Thank you Harvest Heroes

Turning Tides want to thank all in our community for the wonderful donations to Heroes Against Homeless at Harvest. Together we've helped make it possible for them to continue feeding and keep healthy local homeless men and women through the winter months, making it that bit easier to support them through the tough challenges they face ahead. So far the charity has raised £12k and counting. Click here.

50+ ways to be kind
Piglet Joins the Adventure

Winnie the Pooh’s loyal friend Piglet features on the latest 50p coin inspired by the timeless stories of A. A. Milne and featuring the charming illustrations of E. H. Shepard.

This is the first time the world of Winnie the Pooh has been celebrated on coins struck by The Royal Mint

The gentle and rather nervous little friend Piglet joins our adventures on the final 2020 50p coin and the third in our Winnie the Pooh and Friends Collection. Loveable characters from the charming storybooks have been brought to life on a brand-new collection of 50p coins. This is a nostalgic treat for fans of the ‘silly old bear’ and his friends. Click here.

NSPCC fundraising auction includes an original Quentin Blake artwork

The Northwest NSPCC is proud to present 'The Glamour of Manchester' online silent auction, open for bidding from 23 November until 4 December. Lots include a diverse range of items from supporters and celebrities, which offer original artworks, custom jewellery and sculpture, alongside exclusive 'experience' packages. Quentin Blake has contributed a beautiful piece of original artwork, 'Blue stork' (pictured above). Click here.

Do you want to throw a Pippi party?

‘Time for a celebration!’ shouted Pippi, when she was back on her feet again. ‘We’ll celebrate until Villa Villekulla’s roof flies off!’

Celebrating Pippi's 75th Anniversary? Here are some suggestions!

Crafts, games and quiz: available here on our website

The publisher Oxford University Press offer Pippi party packs

Cut-out cardboard figure, with a hole for the head: image available here

Images for decoration available here

Ask an Astronaut Anything!

You have an opportunity to ask your #LIVEspace questions and join the National Space Centre ONLINE for a special Q&A. What's it like to live on the International Space Station? How do you become an astronaut? What's your favourite thing about space? What would you like to ask European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti?

Italian ESA Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha was born in Milan, Italy, in 1977. She studied at the Technische Universität Munich, Germany, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France, and the Mendeleev University of Chemical Technologies in Moscow, Russia. She holds a master’s degree in engineering, as well as a master’s degree in aeronautical sciences from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. Lt. Cristoforetti is a fighter pilot with the Italian Air Force.

In her leisure time, Samantha enjoys mountaineering, scuba diving and caving

Join them for a Live Space Q&A on Friday 27th November at 19:00. Click here.

Cressida Cowell is reading the next chapter of The Wizards of Once

From the incandescent imagination of Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon books, comes a magical tale of a boy and a girl, a wizard and a warrior, and a partnership that could tear their two worlds apart. Spectacular storytelling at it's fantastical best, The Wizards of Once is the first instalment in a thrilling new series.

Cressida Cowell is reading the next chapter of The Wizards of Once, which is so fabulous it's sure to make you smile at least for a few minutes.

50+ wildlife and nature books for children and teenagers

Reading nature books with children is a great way to encourage an interest in wildlife. Books can introduce new species, places, words and concepts, and it's a great way to spend time together as a family. Click here.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! - An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year

This lavishly illustrated gift book treasury of 366 animal poems - one for every day of the year - ranges from unforgettable classics to contemporary works from around the world, including poetry in translation. The spectacular range of poems for children includes work by Roger McGough, William Blake, Dick King-Smith, Ted Hughes, Grace Nichols, Lewis Carroll, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson.

Britta Teckentrup's breathtaking illustrations bring together all the richness and wonder of the animal kingdom, making this poetry anthology a perfect gift that will be treasured by generations. With sumptuous finishes including cloth binding, full colour illustrations throughout, textured paper jacket, ribbon marker, and head and tail bands. The perfect gift for any child or adult to treasure.

The Brilliant Book of Bugs
Did you know that a fly’s mouthparts are like sponges, sucking up soft food and liquids?

This stunningly visual book is certain to inspire children and adults alike to take a closer look at the world of minibeasts. The vibrant cover hints at what’s waiting to be discovered among the book’s page – including bees, butterflies and some awesome leaf insects.

Children’s natural curiosity is bound to be piqued by the family trees and beautiful illustrations, which give readers a closer look at the anatomy of certain insects, such as the praying mantis and its incredible adapted front legs, or how a butterfly feeds using its proboscis. The book is full of interesting facts that will appeal to youngsters.

Author Jess French, not one to shy away from the world’s climate issues, touches on these problems towards the end of the book but does so in an informative yet friendly way, showing readers how they can help protect and preserve the natural world around them.

Kindness Reads for Kids

Stories play a pivotal role in a child's growth and development ... therefore if they read about the powers of kindness, they just may want to try it out! Let's teach children of all ages that kindness matters.

Kadir Nelson, acclaimed author of Baby Bear and winner of the Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards, presents a resonant, gently humorous story about the power of even the smallest acts and the rewards of compassion and generosity.

If You Plant a Seed demonstrates not only the process of planting and growing for young children but also how a seed of kindness can bear sweet fruit. 15 Extension Activities for If You Plant a Seed.

Another recipe from the National Trust that will get your taste-buds tingling

If you fancy something a bit different from a traditional pudding then you’ll love this light and spicy dessert. The pears can be served with a scoop of ice cream, a drizzle of cream or melted chocolate. Poached pears

Light and spicy with orange and star anise
Platypus habitat 'has shrunk by 22%' since 1990
Platypuses are nocturnal, egg-laying mammals

The habitat of the platypus has shrunk by almost a quarter in just three decades, researchers have warned.

An egg-laying mammal known for its duck-like bill, the platypus is found in river systems in eastern Australia. Click here.

Costa book awards announce shortlist

Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland. Click here.

Don’t forget to notice all the love and beauty in the world!
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"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees" Henry David Thoreau


A dazzling painting by Taiwanese contemporary artist, Lin Shun-Shiung. His paintings release great honest emotion and peaceful atmosphere.