Heads Blog

Previous   of 5   Next    

Everyone a Reader 

We have been promoting reading across our school this term by inviting visitors to read to classes, listen to readers and to talk about why they read.  Killigarth and Nursery had a visit from a fireman who read them 'Flashing Fire Engines' by Tony Milton.  He explained that firemen need to read to find out where to go when there is a fire.

Fred in this photo is a PAT dog who loves to listen to readers.  He visited Talland class as part of their enquiry - 'What's the Point of Dogs?' and then he listened to readers in Penhallow Class.  Thank you Mr Hewitt for bringing him in.


Snuggle up with a Story in Key Stage 1 

Children in years 1 and 2 have a new reading activity to share at home. Each week one child per year group will be lent a red suitcase full of goodies for the weekend.  In it they will find a book, a sachet of hot chocolate, some biscuits, a cute soft teddy and a notebook.  Their challenge is to snuggle up with a story, drink and a biscuit and read the book to themselves or a grown up.  After the reading the book they are asked to leave a comment in the notebook about it for others to read.

Enjoy your reading Penhallow Class!


Year 4 Bikeability 

Following on from Year 6's success with Bikeability last term it was year 4's turn last week.  They took on challenges in the playground to pass their level 1 which teaches children to control and master a bike by encouraging and developing basic cycle control skills and giving them the confidence to use their cycles more often.

During their time at Polperro, pupils have the opportunity to cycle at beginning with balance bikes in reception class.  By year 6 we hope they can pass their level 2.  Children from year 4 onwards who would welcome more practice in order to boost their confidence have the opportunity to do the Learn to Ride course before taking their Level 1.  


Questions for 2020 

Happy New Year to everyone.  We look forward to an exciting time at school in 2020 beginning with a range of fascinating enquiry questions for classes to answer over the coming weeks as follows:

What Happened in London a Long Time Ago? Killigarth
Where Could Paddington Make his home? Penhallow
How Would you Survive the Tribe? Landaviddy
What’s the Point of Dogs? Talland
When was the Best Time to be a Child? Chaipel


Dog Smart Assembly 

Stacy from the Dog's Trust led an assembly yesterday where she shared essential safety tips and advice with pupils about how to stay safe around dogs and how to ensure that dogs stay safe and happy too.

With the help of her dog Midnight, the children practised asking a dog owner if it was alright to stroke their dog.   Everyone was sent home with a really useful leaflet which explains how to be 'Dog Smart'.


Admission arrangements consultation for 2021/22  

On behalf of Polperro Primary Academy, Bridge Multi-Academy Trust is consulting on their admission arrangements for 2021/22. ‘Admission arrangements’ are part of the process used to offer parents a place for their child at the school of their choice. In particular they are used if there are more applications than available spaces at the school. The proposed admission arrangements can be viewed or downloaded from the Trust’s website www.bridgeschools.co.uk/admissions or please ask at Reception for a copy.

If you wish to comment on our proposals, then please send your response in writing to enquiries@bridgeschools.co.uk or by post to Enquiries at Bridge Schools, Higher Trebyan, Lanhydrock, Bodmin PL30 5DQ. The closing date for any responses to this consultation is 31 January 2020.


Christmas Lantern Procession 

Polperro Children Light the Way

Children designed and made Christmas Lanterns for the second and now annual Polperro Christmas Lantern Procession which took place on 7 December just before the Christmas Lights were switched on.

We would like to thank the Polperro Christmas Lights Committee who paid for the willow, tissue paper, canes and glue to make the lanterns.  Talland Class children used their imaginations to design some amazing lanterns which linked in with their enquiry question 'What's the Tradition?' The parade was attended by children of all ages and we look forward to making the lanterns again next year.


No Excuse for Single Use 

Polperro Environmental Warriors’ Eden Experience

By Leon and Morgan on behalf of the Environmental Warriors of Polperro Primary Academy

On Monday 2nd December, ten Polperro Primary Academy pupils, also known as the Environmental Warriors (EWs), went on a thought-provoking Eden Project experience to find out how Eden has worked on reducing their use of single use plastic. They did this as part of their work on becoming a Plastic-Free School, an initiative set up by Surfers Against Sewage.

To begin their research, they did a tour of the Mediterranean and Rainforest biomes to collect as much information as possible about Eden’s single plastic use and environmental awareness. They found that at Eden they could recycle plastic, paper, card, metal and food. They discovered chairs made from recycled marine waste consisting of nets, rope and plastic crates. Signs at Eden are made from wood and metal, not plastic Rainwater collected from the core building roof is used to flush the toilets, café food waste is used for compost so it is environmentally friendly. At Eden nothing goes to waste. Everything they use has come from natural or recycled materials.

As part of their investigation, the EWs took part in a Packaging Patrol workshop where they discovered that even plants have packaging which they use for protection and advertising. For example, the thick hard shell of the cocoa bean protects the cocoa; the beautiful morning glory flower uses its bright colours to attract pollinators such as bees. The spikes of the Spiny Mangrove plant protect it from potential predators.

At the end of the workshop the Polperro pupils examined the use of biodegradable plastic replacement packaging. They found that corn starch packaging looks exactly like plastic but biodegrades. Envelopes made from banana leaves biodegrade. Potato starch is used to produce a replacement for polystyrene. Nick, the workshop leader, was extremely impressed with the group and said “The knowledge of this group is advanced in many ways.”

The EWs learnt a lot from this experience and have now made the decision to reexamine the school’s methods of recycling or disposing of waste. In addition, they have already pledged to no longer use plastic pint cups in their annual Christmas competition. Instead they will use a biodegradable replacement.

The EWs will be sharing their new environmental knowledge with the rest of the school in a special assembly as part of their war on single-use plastic.


Guitar Concert 

Budding musicians have played their first guitar concert of the year in front of parents and pupils.  Their set included covers of songs by Snow Patrol and Kings of Leon which went down well with the audience.  Well done to our youngest guitarist whose solo performance of 'Shotgun' (guitar and vocals) stole the show.

We are looking forward to their next performance already.


Fashion Fundraiser Success 

On Thursday evening we held our first fashion show to raise funds for school.  Seven wonderful models (mums, grans and staff) braved the catwalk to show off the clothes, resulting in plenty of sales.  It was a really enjoyable evening which raised £420 which we hope to spend on trips over the coming year.  Thank you to all involved in organising the event, especially Mrs Platt and Mrs Roberts and of course, all of the models.

Our next fundraiser is the Christmas Fair on 13th December at 3pm.


Previous   of 5   Next    

Our Values...



We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.



We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.



We are the best we can be.



We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.



We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.



We are passionate about learning.

Polperro Primary is open only for children of key workers, vulnerable groups and Year 6, Year 5, Year 1 and Reception children. We will update parents and carers regularly as the situation changes.

© 2020 Bridge Schools trust is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales. Registration number 7736425. It is an exempt charity.