Art Week – May 2016
Helford Class have had a brilliant week getting arty! See below for our pictures from this week to find out what we’ve been up to…
What’s so wonderful about water?…. Our Launch Day!
What a fantastic day we had to launch our new Summer Topic! Thank you to all the children and grown ups who helped to make our Pupil Pipeline challenge a huge success. See below for photographs.
Read Zack’s brilliant recount of our launch day below:
Barry from Water Aid came to tell us that the world is mostly made out of water but some countries don’t have very much clean water at all. Water Aid is a charity that helps people in Africa because not all the children have taps or toilets. That’s why we wanted to raise money to help them. We made a pupil pipeline where we all brought in a container from home. We tried to pass 50 litres of water from one end of the school to the other – through 200 children – without wasting a drop! We managed to pass most of the water carefully down the pipeline but more importantly we raised £300 for WaterAid! That will pay for at least 20 children to have clean water and a toilet for the rest of their lives! Helford Class felt so proud that we were able to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than us. Great job, Helford Class!
I hope you all enjoyed the Easter holidays! Helford Class have a very exciting term ahead as they decided they’d like to learn all about Water in the Summer Term. We begin our new project with the essential question: What’s so wonderful about water?
Throughout the Summer Term we will be working on 5 mini projects with very exciting outcomes. These are planned to give the children a real thirst for learning and a wide ranging audience to appreciate their work. Our first mini project is based on where water comes from and why it is so important for our bodies. We will be presenting or research to a representative from Tesco! Then, we will learn about the different forms of water – investigating evaporation, ice and how to make water travel in an Art experiment! Next, we will learn about water in the environment, weather and as a habitat. We will find out how water pollution can affect our local wildlife by taking part in a Beach Clean Up. For our fourth mini-project we plan to learn all about materials by designing and making our own water toy which we will pitch during a visit to a swimming pool. Finally, we aim to find out about water safety and spend a day in the life of a RNLI Lifeguard at the beach.
Please see below for our Curricular Targets for this Half Term. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to see Miss Bellamy.
Paired reading with Fowey
When Mrs Bellamy asked if I could possibly let her year 2 class read to my year 6 I was a little worried – I have not taught this age group for a little while! However, I didn’t need to be nervous at all, because my year 6 pupils were amazing – they heard their pairs read to them, quizzed them on their understanding and praised them for their super fluency skills – great paired support Fowey class and perhaps more importantly, great reading Helford class.
Truro Cathedral Visit
We visited Truro Cathedral to learn about why it is a special place for Christians. We found out about the special areas and objects inside a church, as well as baptism, holy communion and the jobs of the people who work there. We imagined what it might be like to be in the choir and listened to the bell and the organ.
Spring Project Launch Day!
On our launch day for our new project we spent the morning as palaeontologists! We searched for dinosaur fossils carefully in the sand and found teeth, claws and bones of dinosaurs from millions of years ago.
Then we had to excavate a skeleton from rock using a hammer and a chisel and build a dinosaur.
In the afternoon we had two very special visitors – a baby Allosaurus and a 7-year old T-Rex came to our assembly! They looked scary at first, but were very gentle.
What a super day of learning all about dinosaurs!
Would you be friends with a dinosaur? – Spring 2016 Project
We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas holidays! The children have been eager to tell Mrs Grimes and I about all the fun they had during their break. Helford Class have a very exciting term ahead as they decided they’d like to learn all about Dinosaurs in the Spring Term. We begin our new project with the essential question: Would you be friends with a dinosaur?
During this project we will be focusing on History, Science, Geography, Art and DT, ICT and RE. Please see our Curriculum Overview below for further detail about what we will learn across each subject this term.
Throughout the Spring Term we will be working on 4 mini projects with very exciting outcomes. These are planned to give the children a real thirst for learning and a wide ranging audience to appreciate their work. Our first mini project is based on Fossils and will incorporate a visit from an archaeologist and our very own fossil exhibition. Then, we will be learning about earthquakes and experimenting with our own volcanoes. Next, we will learn about how animals adapt and evolve over time and are planning a trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium. Finally, we aim to work with a local artist and venue to host our own Prehistoric Zoo and puppet performance!
Reading & Home Learning
Our collective New Year’s Resolution in Helford Class is to read every evening and always complete our Home Learning! Last term only half of the children in Helford Class had their reading diaries signed daily and even fewer children completed their Home Learning regularly.
We will continue to set Home Learning on a Thursday. Children are responsible for keeping their own books neat and tidy and handing in their Home Learning each Monday.
The typical child between ages 4-16 only spends 15% of their time at school whilst 85% is spent at home. Please support us with our New Year’s Resolution, as I am sure you will understand that family support really is crucial to your child’s progress at school.
This half term Helford Class will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon with our specialist sports coach. In order to take part safely, all children must wear the correct kit, along with appropriate outdoor footwear.
Be sure to check the Helford Class webpage, our school Twitter feed (@TregollsAcademy) or Facebook page regularly to see examples of our learning, details about our curriculum and photos of us at work and play!
MasterChef – Helford Class style!
This week in Helford Class we have been busy designing and tasting our very own pitta pizzas for our MasterChef competition! We came up with some weird and wonderful combinations… Lewis gets the prize for most extraordinary topping: Marshmallows and cheese!
The Head Judge is Veronica – our lovely school cook – who will choose her favourite designs and cook the winning pizzas for the whole school to try next week. Then we will survey the children who tried each pizza to find out who is our ultimate MasterChef. Pinnies at the ready…
Welcome back to the Autumn Term!
We certainly have lots to look forward to in the coming term as we begin our new project-based curriculum with our essential question: What tickles your tastebuds?
During this project we will be focusing on Science, Art and DT, Geography and RE. Please see our Curriculum Overview overleaf for further detail about what we will learn across each subject this term.
Throughout the Autumn term we will be working on 4 mini projects with very exciting outcomes. These are planned to give the children a real thirst for learning and a wide ranging audience to appreciate their work. Our first mini project is based on Farming and Local Food and will incorporate visits to local working farms, Truro market and the fishmonger, as well as workshops in school such as pasty making! We will be growing our own edible garden in our classroom with a view to selling the herbs we produce so watch this space for adverts made by the children. Finally, we aim to work with the Truro Farmer’s Market with a view to spending a Wednesday afternoon “behind the scenes” as stallholders!
Our second mini project before half term will be based on Foodie Art and Different Cultures. We will paint using natural dyes from fruit and vegetables and learn how to carve them into sculptures too! Also, we will taste and compare foods from all around the world. We hope to culminate our Art work in an exhibition at a local gallery – we will keep you posted with further information about this before half term.
Thank you for your support in reading with your child every evening and ensuring their diaries are signed. The children are responsible for changing their reading books when necessary and have an opportunity at the end of each day to this.
This half term Helford Class will have PE on a Wednesday afternoon with our specialist sports coach, Patrick. In order to take part safely, all children must wear the correct kit, along with appropriate outdoor footwear.
We will continue to set Home Learning on a Thursday. Children are responsible for keeping their own books neat and tidy and handing in their Home Learning each Monday. Please ensure that they are handed in on time, and check the Home Learning Policy on the front of your child’s book for further information. Last year Helford Class maintained a 100% Home Learning record – let’s keep it up! J
Be sure to check the Helford Class webpage or our school Twitter feed @TregollsAcademy regularly to see examples of our learning, details about our curriculum and photos of us at work and play!
As always, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Bellamy should you have any queries or concerns you wish to discuss.
Our Visit to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
As part of our Habitats topic, we visited the Seal Sanctuary in Gweek in April to learn about the secrets of the Cornish coastline! We had a fantastic day meeting all the resident and rescue seals, Californian sea lions, otters, penguins and all the creatures who inhabit the rockpool exhibit, as well as farm animals including ponies!
The children’s behaviour throughout the day was impeccable and they each received a special award from the Care Team at the sanctuary for completing the Treasure Trail – discovering lots of facts and figures!