As we come to the end of our first academic year at Newquay Primary Academy, we wanted to take a look back at some of our highlights…
Newquay Primary Academy officially opened it’s (temporary) doors to its first cohort of Reception pupils.
Aptly named Joshua Class – after the first RNLI lifeboat to be used at Newquay Lifeboat Station. The first class of Newquay Primary Academy students set sail on their maiden voyage into primary education; led by their Captain Mr Hayes, First Mate Ms Wilson and with crew members Miss Biggers, Tracey Payne and Hannah Amos on hand.
After receiving reports of children having too much fun at school, Joshua Class received a visit from the local police community officer.
The visit tied in with the children learning about the special people in our community that help us. They also went on to receive visitors from the Fire Brigade, a local dental practice, the RSPCA, and the RNLI.
Due to our location, we have an excellent relationship with Newquay Tretherras.
In November, some Sixth Form biologists created a super big bug hunt for our children.
Joshua Class used the map that the Sixth Formers had created to search for the bugs and all our explorer equipment to study each insect they found. The children then ticked off each bug they had discovered from a list the students had made.
Newquay Primary Academy hosted its first ever Nativity performance for academy friends and family. The nativity, called Whoops-a-Daisy Angel, followed a clumsy angel who led the other angels, wise men, and shepherds to the birth of Baby Jesus… with a song or two along the way.
The children worked hard, and the parents really pulled out the stops with the costumes. A real team effort. This was undoubtedly a special moment for the pupils, parents and staff that will go on to be recorded in Newquay Primary Academy history.
In January, Newquay Primary Academy not only welcomed 2022 but also some special extra-terrestrial visitors – Joshua Class had been visited by some friendly aliens.
Tying into their term topic, space, the children had some excellent questions for the aliens… Where are you from? How old are you? What colour is your planet?
Friendly aliens weren’t the only visitors that Joshua Class welcomed this year. Zog the Dragon, pirates, a mermaid, and The Queen also made an appearance.
To reward them for all their hard work and good behaviour – and while some essential maintenance took place at the academy – Joshua Class was treated to a trip to Newquay Zoo.
The children loved exploring Newquay Zoo and counting all the different animals. The children were particularly interested in the male and female peacocks. They loved the pelicans, tortoises, and cheeky monkeys. They even spotted the sloth moving.
Back in the classroom, the children used fantastic handwriting and letter formation to write about their favourite part of the trip.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Joshua Class had a very special visitor… author and illustrator, Anna Lewis AKA Sketchy Muma.
Anna spoke about the books she has illustrated and showed the children some of her work. Anna has also written and illustrated her own book as Sketchy Muma.
Everyone in Joshua class created three giant dragons. They decided to make a disco dragon, a rainbow dragon and a beach dragon. The children used different textures and materials to make dragon scales and parts of the dragons – including paint, glitter, material, wool, shells, bubble wrap, pens and many more things.
Move over Knights of the Round Table…. this is Joshua Class of the Round Table!
After working so hard in the Autumn Term and filling their marble reward jar, Joshua Class had a medieval banquet fit for princesses, kings, knights and dragons.
April also saw Joshua Class start a five-week swimming lesson programme.
May was a wheelie great month at Newquay Primary Academy. Joshua Class started a cycling competency course as part of PE. Through 1-2-1 coaching with Ms Rai, each pupil improved in confidence, balance and, of course, speed.
Like everyone else in Great Britain, Newquay Primary Academy celebrated The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style – including an Afternoon Tea, a game of Pin the Jewel on the Queen’s Crown and putting on a right royal performance for their parents.
On Wednesday 22nd June, Newquay Primary Academy held its inaugural Sports Day – and what a day it was. Everyone involved were superstars – pupils, parents, staff and especially the pupils at Newquay Tretherras for all their help.
BIG well done to Joshua Class… you smashed it!
July saw the start of Beach School down on Porth Beach. Newquay Primary Academy is so lucky to have fantastic areas of beauty right on our doorstep, including the beach and Newquay Orchard.
At Beach School, Joshua Class discovered cuttlefish, a mermaid purse, a variety of shells, muscles, and lots of different seaweed.
Joshua class also had a tour of the lifeguard hut and used the binoculars to spot the red and yellow flags at the water’s edge. They also enjoyed looking around the truck, sitting on the paddle board and learning all about the giant first aid pack.