Head's Blog

Spring Term 1 Week 4

Maths Enrichment Week
For many adults, if they think of what they disliked most at school, maths is often at the top of the list. Maths lessons may have even led to a lifelong fear of getting the wrong answer, or not getting it fast enough. One of the biggest barriers to a child developing in maths is for them to hear adults say that they were not good at maths at school, or they are not a ‘maths person’. There is a widespread belief in society that maths is hard, uninteresting, and accessible only to ‘clever’ people.  Often males and even particular racial groups are seen to be naturally better at maths. Scientific research has shown, however, the incredible potential of the brain to grow and adapt.

We feel passionately about showing how exciting maths is, and want to dispel the myth of the maths brain. In our school we teach that everyone can learn maths, with variation in strategies and equipment used being accepted and encouraged, such as drawing, or using objects. Linked with our Bridge values, we teach that maths is a very creative subject and model/encourage curiosity. Mistakes are all part of the learning process. We add ‘yet’ to sentences when a child says that they can’t do something and teach that the feeling of something being hard is when changes are happening in our brains. This week we have been celebrating maths in an enrichment week of creative thinking linked to maths across the curriculum. This has included investigation work, maths art, stories with maths themes, a maths treasure hunt and an exploration of the beauty and power of maths all around us in our assemblies. We look forward to telling you all about our special week in our class assemblies.

Climate Change Roadshow
On Friday we were visited by the National Marine Aquarium Ocean Conservation Trust. Class 4 explored climate change through Virtual Reality headsets and exciting science investigations! The trust also led a very thought provoking assembly.

KS2 Cross Country Stars
Congratulations to Harrison, Elsa, George and Joseph, who attended a cross country event at Looe Community Academy secondary school. They all came in the top 8!

Bush Skills Outdoor Learning Days
Class 2 Monday 29th January; Class 3 Tuesday 30th January; Class 4 Thursday 1st February. Please make sure that your child has layers of warm clothing, including a waterproof coat, gloves and hat for these sessions.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend,
Abigail Oliver (Head of School)


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Pelynt Academy is a small primary school and Pre-School for children aged 2 -11, at the heart of Pelynt village, near Looe. We are very proud to be part of Bridge Schools Trust, a leading light in primary education in Cornwall. We were graded as ‘Good’ by Ofsted in June 2023. We have an exceptionally dedicated teaching team and wonderful support staff, who all have the highest expectations and aspirations for our children. We know that children flourish when they are treated with care and respect. The passion, commitment and kindness of our staff explains why Pelynt is such a special place.

We pride ourselves in offering a curriculum that inspires and excites our children to have a love of knowledge and learning. Our school helps all children to believe in themselves and to excel in their own individual way. We appreciate that no two children are the same and the teaching philosophy here allows pupils to be themselves, whilst enabling them to develop and progress. We teach our children to celebrate and respect the uniqueness of everyone in our school community.

Here are some of the key points from our Ofsted report, which you can read in full by following this link: Pelynt Ofsted Report

  • Pelynt is a welcoming school.
  • All pupils follow a broad, challenging and well-planned curriculum which also includes opportunities for outdoor learning.
  • Leaders have high expectation for what pupils can achieve. They are ambitious for pupils.
  • Pupils enjoy the positive relationships that exist with staff.
  • Children in the early years benefit from a calm and nurturing environment.
  • Pupils show positive attitudes to their learning.
  • Leaders regularly check the progress pupils make. Pupils who struggle receive support to help them catch up quickly.
  • All staff are trained to teach the phonics curriculum and they do so effectively.
  • Personal development is an important part of the wider curriculum.
  • Children use their manners and share nicely with each other.
  • Parents are supportive of the school. They appreciate the ‘family feel’ that leaders have created.
  • Pupils are safe in school. They are confident to talk to a trusted adult with any concerns.

If you would like to find out more, we would love to show you around our school. For details of our open days and tour bookings, please email the school office secretary@pelyntprimary.co.uk or phone us on 01503220262.

Mrs Abigail Oliver
Head of School


Head of School:
Abigail Oliver

PL13 2LG

01503 220262

Our Values...



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



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



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



We are passionate about learning.



We are the best we can be.



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

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