Helford Class

Helford Class become Chocologists!

On Thursday Helford went to the Eden Project to take part in a chocolate workshop. We met Clare who was an expert when it comes to chocolate! Pupils discovered who first took chocolate back to Europe (Cortez). And about the ancient Mayans and Aztecs who first grew cacao trees in the rain forests. We went on a special treasure hunt to find out more in the rain forest biome. Did you know that Eden has the biggest indoor rain forest in the world? We had a lovely taste of chocolate and took part in a presentation. We ended our trip looking around the Mediterranean biome.

 

 

 

 

 

Helford launch their project

Helford class had an amazing day launching “Who makes the best chocolate in the world?”

 

Pupils dressed up as something chocolatey; found out fascinating facts; created silhouette art with paint and black card; pupils conducted a taste test to find out what the tastes of the class were! During our launch day tasting investigation- it turned out that Helford class didn’t mind that chocolate is green; they preferred sweet tastes and most children could tell the difference (blindfolded) between milk, plain and white chocolate – they even liked the taste of chocolate whilst sniffing an onion! Look at our pictures…

 

Welcome back to Helford class after the Easter holidays. We are excited to commence the summer term and below are details of our curriculum planning. Our essential question is ” Who makes the best chocolate in the world?” See our curriculum planning map and parent letter below for more details.

 

Helford Class Summer Term Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Helford class. I hope you have had a wonderful Easter. We are really looking forward to an exciting summer term.

 

Our big question this term is: “Who makes the best chocolate in the world?”   This exciting project will discover where in the world chocolate is produced, the history of chocolate and the Aztecs’; Fairtrade and the impact of chocolate growth on the environment. Pupils will visit the Eden Project and take part in a workshop to find out more. Art, Science and PSHE will be linked closely to project this term. Our writing and reading skills will be based on Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Our authentic outcome will see children developing their own ideas for a chocolate recipe which will be judged by a real chocolatier at Kernow Chocolate in St Eval.

Science: Children will learn about light and dark and plants.

RE: We will be learning more about Christianity, linked to the local area, and learning about Judaism Music: Pupils will learn about composition and creating their own music using instruments.PE:  This term Helford class will be developing their Athletic skills. Please provide your child with a named PE kit to keep in school. PE will be on Mondays. MFL: This term pupils will be learning how to count and familiar words in French, writing simple sentences and practicing their vocabulary.

Homelearning We believe that enjoyable, organised home learning helps children acquire the skills and self-motivation to help them to become life-long, independent learners. This learning supports class work. We hope that pupils will be happy to share and complete home-learning activities with your support.  In English, maths and project work, the suggested time for homelearning is 20 minutes (or more for extended projects) as well as reading each day. Home learning will be set on Thursdays to be handed in on Mondays. Please listen to your child read regularly and sign your child’s diary so they can work towards earning their reading bands. In addition, spellings will be given to your child to practice on home-learning day. There is a focus on  learning the times tables through “Maths Rocks” and  children will have lots of opportunities to practice at home to support this.

Open door policy: At Tregolls we operate an open door policy. We would like to hear about any issues or concerns you may have concerning your child as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to talk to me or to another member of the team. If we cannot speak to you for any reason on the day, we will phone you in the evening. Our ultimate aim in Truro Class is for your child to enjoy coming to school and to develop a love of learning.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Heather Hatch and the Year 3 team.                        Telephone: 01872 274020

 

Helford class received a special message from Dr Hans Von Bergin- chief scientist at the Otzal Institute! Pupils recently wrote newspaper reports about a mysterious mummy- Otzi the Iceman- found near the Italian and Austrian border. The researched and wrote about this 5000 year old mummy who died in mysterious circumstances! Year 3s are now experts in this subject- just ask them…

#helfordclass #authenticoutcome #OtzitheIceman a special message for the pupils

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Helford Class make mini-earths!

 

Helford Class learned about the structure of the earth today in science- learning about the crust, outer and inner core and mantel. We learned about igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks- see our pictures of our mini-earths!

We made them out of Plasticine and then cut them and labeled the sections.

d class visit Penair for a fantastic science workshop

Helford class were lucky to take a trip to Penair and take part in an investigation about what plants need to stay healthy and grow. The pupils knew that plants needed water, light and nutrients- however, they found out that they also need CO2 and give out Oxygen. Pupils (with the help of Mr Brown) set up an experiment that involved a pond plant, water, sodium hydroxide, and a funnel and they set about counting the oxygen bubbles. This was tricky as there were so many to count!  Thank you to Penair and our parent-helpers that came along to support our pupils.

See our pictures below of our fantastic learning.

 

Helford Class visit the Royal Cornwall Museum.

Today Helford visited the Royal Cornwall Museum to take part in a Stone Age to Iron Age workshop.  See our pictures below and our learning about life thousands of years ago. Pupils learned about tools, hunting, cooking and life as it was then.

They rounded off the visit with some Iron Age pot making.

 

 

Helford class are amazing survivors

Helford class enjoyed a fantastic morning of “survival” for their launch day with the essential question: “Could you survive in a cave?” Pupils were Hunter-gatherers and went on a treasure hunt to find Stone Age food – they discussed if it was possible to eat snails and nettles!  Children built a fire with the aid of Mr Long and tried their hand at using a Bow-drill (an ancient method of making fire). We also successfully build a shelter from wood and tarpaulin they found lying around on the field. See pictures of our exciting day.

 

 

 

Monday 7th January 2019

 

Helford Class Spring Term

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Helford class. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas  We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

 

Our big question this term is: “Could you survive in a cave?”  Our topic this term is to study the Stone Age to Iron Age. This is an exciting history based topic, which will be linked to our English/science/RE/geography learning. Children will learn “survival” skills; how early man lived, understand timelines, learn about culture, food and how people lived in Pre-history times. They will visit Truro Museum and an ancient Iron Age site.

Science: Children will learn about light and dark and plants.

RE: We will be learning about how Christianity came to Cornwall, going on to learn about Judaism Music: Pupils will learn about composition and building beat- linked to a circus theme.PE:  This term Truro class will be developing their dance and gymnastic skills. Please provide your child with a named PE kit to keep in school. PE will be on Mondays.

MFL This term pupils will be learning how to greet each other and familiar words in French; counting up to twenty and simple written vocabulary.

Homelearning We believe that enjoyable, organised home learning helps children acquire the skills and self-motivation to help them to become life-long, independent learners. This learning supports class work. We hope that pupils will be happy to share and complete home-learning activities with your support.  In English, maths and project work, the suggested time for homelearning is 20 minutes (or more for extended projects) as well as reading each day. Home learning will be set on Thursdays to be handed in on Mondays. Please listen to your child read regularly and sign your child’s diary so they can work towards earning their reading bands. In addition, spellings will be given to your child to practice on home-learning day. This year there will be a focus on learning the times tables through “Maths Rocks” and  children will have lots of opportunities to practice at home to support this.

Open door policy: At Tregolls we operate an open door policy. We would like to hear about any issues or concerns you may have concerning your child as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to talk to me or to another member of the team. If we cannot speak to you for any reason on the day, we will phone you in the evening. Our ultimate aim in Truro Class is for your child to enjoy coming to school and to develop a love of learning.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Heather Hatch and the Year 3 team.

Helford class enjoy their authentic outcome at Kea school and in year 2.

Today Helford visited the year 3 class at Kea School. They taught the children how to make foil sculptures, paper acrobats and juggling balls.  At the end of our visit, we demonstrated some of our circus skills-.IMG_0706

 

 

Helford learn about what church means to people in Cornwall.

We were lucky to be invited to visit Truro Baptist Church and spent the afternoon with Lynda and her friend who showed us around their special church in Truro. Children drew pictures of what a “church” is and they came up with lots of ideas. After lots of discussion, it was thought that the church is about the people that go there.  Pupils went on a treasure hunt, identifying lots of things, bibles, maps, and a special baptism pool.  We watched videos on baptism and how for Christians this is a way of clearing away their “old” selves and renewing their commitment to God and Jesus.  We spent some quiet time in the reflection room. We rounded off our visit by taking the “wine” and bread which represents Jesus.

 

Helford Class investigate forces at Penair

To kick off their learning about forces and magnets, Helford class visited Penair school and took part in an investigation about forces. Mr Brown asked lots of questions about what happens when we drop something and about how  the children thought magnets work. There were lots of different answers like: ‘magnets stick together’ ‘ they push away’ ‘gravity is force that keeps us on the earth’.

Mr Brown helped the children to understand the forces of friction, pushes and pulls, attraction and repelling.  He explained how gravity is a force and that we are all attracted to our earth!

The children went on to investigate magnets strength by using different types of magnets and paperclips to see how many they could make in a chain- with differing results! After the investigation we discussed their findings and offered suggestions as to why they might be different.

Pupils then were asked: “Are all metals magnetic?” Which they investigated using different types of metal. We were shocked to discover that it is only a few metals that actually “stick”!  IMG_0706IMG_0016

 

 

 

Firework pictures

We have had another really busy week in Helford class. In Science, pupils have been learning about muscles and how they work in pairs to contract and relax. They predicted what muscles are used for certain activities such as reading a book, running and jumping. See our photos.   As it is feeling autumnal, Helford class have been writing Bonfire Night poetry. See our video clips. Inspired by the art of Middleton Manigault, children created firework art using a variety of media, oil pastels, glue and glitter- see our pictures.  We have also been working on Scratch projects and in maths grappling with subtraction with renaming- pupils have been showing great resilience in all their learning- well done Helford!

 

 

Swamp Circus put us through our paces.

 

Today Helford class were lucky to take part in a circus skills workshop with Mr B –

 

First Mr B showed off his circus and acrobatic skills with handstands, juggling and more besides. We warmed up our bodies and did some stretching before having a go at acrobatics, juggling, diablo, hoopla and plate spinning. We had to work as a team to do balancing and flying! See our pictures below to see how many new skills we learned – we look forward to doing more in the future as Mr B is sending Mrs Hatch details of how we can practice our skills further. A fantastic morning of fun was had by all- followed by writing about our experience back in the classroom.

 

 

On Friday Helford Class launched their project with the essential question: “Could you be the greatest showman?” Pupils came in dressed as ringmasters, clowns, acrobats, and strongmen.  Our classroom was adorned with wonderful banners of circus acts and is set off with a brilliant circus tent made by the talented Mrs Vanessa Lynes-(who has made many things for the school) this amazing lady spent hours sewing and constructing to make our class fully immersive for the children to enjoy for which we can’t thank her enough- check out our pictures.

We had a fantastic day full of activities. First the children found out more about the history and origins of the circus- did you know that the circus “ring” originated from a horse school?   We went on to make juggling balls from rice and balloons- then we went outside to have a go.  It is an extremely tricky thing to do!  Later we made foil  sculptures which we shaped into various acts from the circus.

After lunch Helford painted  colour wheel clowns- we drew and painted and mixed primary colours to make secondary colours.

This was a  fantastic start to our project learning. In a couple of weeks we are planning to take part in a circus skills workshop which the children are really excited about.

 

 

Welcome back…

Thursday 6th September 2018

 

Helford Class- year 3 Autumn Term

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Welcome to Truro class. It has been wonderful to meet the children.  We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

 

Our big question this term is: “Could you be the Greatest Showman? “Pupils will be learning about the history of the circus; trying out their circus skills; using their map skills to locate where circuses perform across the world; create sculptures; circus yoga; art and science linked to project will explore forces and magnets as well as humans and animal health. Linked with project learning, English will include writing diaries and information posters/leaflets and exploring poetry.

 

Science: Children will learn about healthy eating (linking to project learning) food groups, muscles and the skeleton. They will also learn about forces and magnets.

RE: We will be learning about how Christianity came to Cornwall and Christian festivals, customs and beliefs.                                                                                                 Music: Pupils will learn about composition and building beat- linked to a circus theme.

PE:  This term Truro class will be learning skills linked to science and project as well as football skills. Please provide your child with a named PE kit to keep in school. PE will be on Wednesdays.                                                                                                             MFL This term pupils will be learning how to greet each other and familiar words in French.

Homelearning We believe that enjoyable, organised home learning helps children acquire the skills and self-motivation to help them to become life-long, independent learners. This learning supports class work. We hope that pupils will be happy to share and complete home-learning activities with your support.  In English, maths and project work, the suggested time for homelearning is 20 minutes (or more for extended projects) as well as reading each day. Home learning will be set on Thursdays to be handed in on Mondays. Please listen to your child read regularly and sign your child’s diary so they can work towards earning their reading bands. In addition, spellings will be given to your child to practice on home-learning day.

Open door policy: At Tregolls we operate an open door policy. We would like to hear about any issues or concerns you may have concerning your child as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to talk to me or to another member of the team. If we cannot speak to you for any reason on the day, we will phone you in the evening. Our ultimate aim in Truro Class is for your child to enjoy coming to school and to develop a love of learning.

Please see our project overview for the term and the overview of subjects that will be taught.

Mrs Heather Hatch and the Year 3 team.

parent-Autumn- Helford class 2018