Tamar Class

Summer Term

Royal Cornwall Show

This week Tamar visited the Royal Cornwall show. The main reason for this was to share our Cornish project learning with members of the public and with Cornish businesses. The children were able to politely approach members of the public and share their knowledge of Cornwall with them.

The children had a fantastic day exploring and they were able to take part in lots of exciting activities. They took part in a football challenge, they conducted experiments delivered by Exeter uni and they learnt lots about the armed forces.

After lunch, we watched the Kangaroo kid on his quad bike in an adrenaline-filled stunt show. We then got a quick glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall before spending our last half an hour at the fair.

 

Tamar class have had a fantastic morning at Fistral beach in Newquay with the RNLI lifeguards. The lifeguards gave a presentation to teach the children the core water safety messages. They learnt how to identify hazards in and around water and what to do if they find themselves in difficulty.

The children then put on their wetsuits ready for their water activities.  The first activity focussed on board skills where they learnt to negotiate the surf and catch waves on foam ‘nipper boards. The second activity had the children learning surf and rescue techniques, dolphin diving, tube rescues, floating and body surfing.

Indian Artwork

Today, the children created their own Indian-style rangoli patterns on the floor outside. At the end of the day, the parents were able to see all of our lovely artwork and we received lots of compliments about it.

 

Bodmin Jail – Written by Seth Bailey

Today we went to Bodmin Jail and learnt lots of things about its history and heritage. Bodmin jail has had many uses over the years – it was even a casino at one point! In the Middle Ages England’s jails were not nice places to be at all. No food, no water, no toilets: terrible conditions. There were many reasons for prisoners to be executed at this time. One woman poisoned her husband by lacing his butter with arsenic. She did not get away with this as his body was all the evidence that they needed to sentence her to death at. Everyone really enjoyed their day and we loved hearing all of the gory stories.

 

Science workshop

Written by Caspar Carnell – On Wednesday 2nd May, Tamar class went to Penair to do some science. It was all about mass and friction. Mr Lover helped us and showed us what to do. We had to use masses (weights) to see how this would affect how fast a car would go down a ramp. Mr Love then showed us an exciting experiment about acids. It was really fun and we all enjoyed the morning.

Hinduism Workshop

This week we welcomed Daya into Tamar class and she taught us all about Hinduism. We began the day by learning about the main beliefs of Hindus and what makes their life different to ours. We then got dressed into traditional Indian outfits and learnt how to do some different Indian dances. We learnt about how Hindu’s worship their God and we did some role-play to learn how they pray and how they take some quiet time afterwards for meditation. We learnt more about the Indian culture by cooking our own chapattis. We then ate these along with some other Indian foods, in the traditional way of using our hands and sitting altogether on the floor. The children thoroughly enjoyed their day learning about Hinduism, so thank you to Daya for bringing our learning to life and well done to the children for being respectful throughout the day. For videos of our Indian dancing, check out the next episode of Tregolls School News!

PE 

This week Tamar Class had their first taste of Brazilian Jujitsu, which they will be learning this term  within their PE Curriculum. Mark and Sandrine from Resolute BJJ Club came in to deliver to the excited  children, who quickly picked up the basic skills that they were taught, having lots of fun along the way. They looked extremely smart in the Gi’s, which were purchased especially for the lessons. Mark was very impressed by how well the children listened and the effort that they put in. Well done to you all!

Launch Day

Today we kick started our new project by spending the day learning all about Cornwall. We began the day by learning about Barbara Hepworth and we used her famous sculptures as inspiration for creating our own clay sculptures. We had a visit from Clint who works at Geevor mine. He bought in lots of different artefacts which show the historical time line of tin mining in Cornwall. We were also able to make traditional Cornish scones with Mrs Badcock – jam before cream of course! The parents then came in to share these with us and to hear about our fantastic learning from the day.

Welcome back 

A warm welcome back to Tregolls after what we hope was an enjoyable Easter. Please see the below details of the Summer curriculum and other key information.

Project and Science – Our new project will be all about Cornwall, with the focus question being ‘What makes Cornwall special?’ We will be having our launch day on Monday 23rd April when we will have a special visitor coming to teach us about the mining history of Cornwall (more information regarding this event will follow). This will begin our learning about mining and later on in the term we will learn about the history of Cornwall. In Science we will be learning about properties and changes of materials. We will be able to; compare and group materials based on their properties, demonstrate how some materials can be separated and discuss reversible and irreversible changes.

Literacy and Numeracy –The literacy throughout this term will link with the main project, we will be writing; Cornish tales about the giant of St. Michaels Mount, instructions of how to make a pasty and persuasive leaflets for keeping our beaches clean and safe. Numeracy will be focused on geometry, measurement and area and perimeter. We will break each of these sections down using concrete objects and images to give the children secure understanding of what they have learnt. We will also be using these areas to problem solve during our weekly discovery maths sessions.

MFL – French and RE – Tamar Class will be learning French this term with Mrs Beattie. The children will be learning how to talk about where we live and we will be focusing on writing down and forming sentences correctly in French. In RE, the children will be learning about Hinduism and the concepts, truths and values of this religion. We will understand the key beliefs, religious symbols and the importance of spiritual teachers.

PE days and kit – The children will be taking part in weekly jujitsu lessons with two specialist teachers. The kit requirements are:

Boys – Blue short and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear –PE plimsolls or trainers.

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us.

In addition to our P.E sessions, we will also be doing swimming lessons throughout the Summer term, which you will receive a letter about. Swimming will take place every Wednesday, so children will require swimming kit for this each week.

We also ask for a voluntary contribution of £2.50 per session to help towards hiring swimming instructors and for transport.

Homelearning Requirements – As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 5 should be spending 45 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of homelearning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece. In addition to the weekly literacy and numeracy piece, the children should be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their homeschool reading records. Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays.

Open door policy – As should be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore I will always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have.

Summer term letter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Term

WWII Authentic Outcome 

To wrap up our fantastic WWII learning, we went back to Tregolls Lodge to share with them the learning we have done over the last term. Tyler, Seth and Macy began by sharing some of the literacy we have done. They read stories, newspaper articles and Churchill-style speeches to the residents, who thoroughly enjoyed listening to what they had written. After this, it was time to mingle and all of the children were able to share their learning with members of the public. Well done to all of Tamar class for a brilliant term!

There was also a photographer there so keep your eyes peeled for a story to follow in the West Britain.

World Book Day 

Today we celebrated World Book Day. Dr Seuss was the author that Tamar class were focussing on and we had some fantastic costumes from the Cat in the hat to the Lorax and even Dr Seuss himself. We had a great day and we wrote our own versions of The Cat in the hat story and created some bright and colourful artwork to be used as the covers to our stories. In the afternoon we celebrated the best dressed in an assembly (Well done Matthew who won in Tamar class) and then we welcomed in the parents who read with us.

Open Afternoon 

Thank you to all of the parents who joined us for our open afternoon on Friday. Tamar class spent the afternoon up-cycling some old materials in the WWII theme of ‘make do and mend’.

Hall for Cornwall dance performance 

On Tuesday evening, Tamar class took part in the ‘Around the world in 80 days’ dance production at the Hall for Cornwall. The children represented Tregolls brilliantly and performed their routine with enthusiasm and confidence. The dance was inspired by our World War 2 project and followed the theme of spitfires flying into action. Thank you to all of the children for putting on a fantastic show and thank you to our choreographer Grace.

Visit to Tregolls Lodge

To learn about what life was really like in World War 2, Tamar class visited some people grew up during the war. We spent the morning at Tregolls Lodge and the residents shared their war time experiences with us. They also showed us different things that they had saved from the war including pictures, postcards, letters and medals. After the residents shared their memories with the children, they were all able to mingle and delve deeper into what life in the war was like for children.

Tamar class had a lovely morning and we look forward to visiting Tregolls Lodge again to share our project learning with them.

Science workshop

This week we went to Penair for a science workshop about animal adaptation. We focussed on penguins and we were researching how they keep their bodies warm in the freezing, arctic temperatures.

In small groups, we used boiling tubes, thermometers, beakers and troughs to simulate the changing temperatures of penguin blood. We were then able to compare our results as a class to work out the best way to keep the penguin blood warm.

Hall for Cornwall – Dance project

This week we have had 2 fantastic dance sessions with our choreographer Grace. The children have made a fantastic start to their dance routine and they have worked really hard. The countdown begins to our Hall for Cornwall performance – 2 weeks today!!

More information will follow in a letter and remember you can still buy tickets from the Hall for Cornwall.

Cathedral Visit

On Wednesday morning Tamar class went to visit to Truro cathedral, where we were guided by a cathedral specialist who explained the history and function of the cathedral to the children. The children were given the opportunity to dress up as characters throughout Truro’s Church of England history and role play some of the famous events. The children ended their visit by working in small groups to complete a sticker book game which required them to find different areas in the cathedral and answer questions

Tamar class thoroughly enjoyed their visit, thank you very much to Truro cathedral.

WWII Launch day 

To launch our new WWII project we have spent the day with “Winston Churchill”. We began the day by learning about how the war started and we listened to some of Winston Churchill’s most famous speeches. We then created and performed our own speeches about the battle of El Alamein. After break, we played some WWII themed games. In one of the games we had to create a timeline in teams and in the other game we had to race to the finish to create groups of propaganda posters.

In the afternoon we learnt about the aircrafts that were used in WWII. We were even able to create our own model air crafts and then launch them to see whose would go the furthest – Well done Reis!

 

Welcome Back

IPC Curriculum and Science

Our new project will be World War 2, with the focus question being ’How does war affect people?’ We will be having our launch day on Monday 8th January when a special visitor will be coming into school to teach us about life in war time Britain. Later on this half term we will be experiencing what life was like for children during the war, where the children spend the day dressed as evacuees (more information regarding this event will follow).

In Science we will be learning about living things and their habitats and the differences in life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird

Literacy and Numeracy

The literacy throughout this term will link with the main project, we will be writing; letters from the point of view of an evacuated child, a newspaper report for London in the Blitz and instructions to make a meal using only rationed foods.

Numeracy will be focused on using formal written methods to divide, including dividing with remainders. We will then focus on using our 4 operations to solve worded problems. For the second half of the Spring term we will be focusing on fractions, which will enable the children to order fractions and to add and subtract fractions including mixed numbers

MFL – French and RE

Tamar Class will be learning French this term with Mrs Beattie. The children will be learning how to talk about food and their hobbies and they will be able to take part in restaurant role play

In RE, the children will be learning about Cornwall as a place of Christianity.  This will include the study of the Prayer book rebellion and the importance of the Cathedral for people who live in Cornwall.

PE days and kit

The children will be taking part in a county wide dance event which will end with the children preforming their piece at the Hall for Cornwall. Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labeled in a PE bag each week. Thank you for your support with this. The kit requirements are:

Boys – Blue short and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear –PE plimsolls or trainers.

As the weather will grow colder, please ensure that your child has a school jumper to wear for outdoor PE.

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us.

In addition to our P.E sessions, we will also be doing swimming lessons throughout the Spring term (beginning the second week back) which you will receive a letter about. Swimming will take place every Wednesday, so children will require swimming kit for this each week.

We also ask for a voluntary contribution of £2.50 per session to help towards hiring swimming instructors.

Homelearning Requirements

As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 5 should be spending 45 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of homelearning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece.

In addition to the weekly literacy and numeracy piece, the children should be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their homeschool reading records. This will need to be completed daily as we will be completing a daily reading chart in school each morning.

Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays.

Open door policy

As should be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore I will always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring term letter – Tamar

Autumn Term

Space – Authentic Outcome

To conclude our learning about space, Tamar class have been busy planning and teaching science for school children in the Truro area. We have taken all of our Space learning from this term and created experiment workshops to deliver to other children. The first experiment tested hydration levels by creating pretend urine samples and observing the colours of them. The next experiment allowed the children to create their own rocket balloons, another experiment focussed on the Craters left by asteroids. The children were able to experience how tricky it is to be in a space suit in another one of our exciting activities and the last one taught the children more about gravity and they were able to calculate what their weight would be on different planets.

Tamar class did such a fantastic job at teaching these children and it demonstrated their brilliant knowledge of Space and the progress they have made in science this term. Their love of science shone throughout this authentic outcome and we have had brilliant comments from the teachers at Kea school – “Our children very much enjoyed it and learnt lots too.  Your children were so eloquent and really pitched it at the right level for our children and so lovely to see every single child engaged.”

Well done Tamar Class.

Reflective Spaces / British Values

Today we had a visit from Lynda and the church group who taught us about British Values and gave us time to reflect about ourselves. The children were immersed in  ‘Spiritual British Values’. They had different areas of the classroom that they could visit, with the aim being to look at themselves and reflect on their actions. The children made choices by selecting keys to unlock padlocks, they made people who are special to them out of pipe cleaners and said why they are thankful to have that person in their life, they looked at their fingerprints to show how each person is unique and lots of other reflective activities. Tamar class completed all the activities in a reflective and respectful manner and they all thoroughly enjoyed their morning.

Thank you very much to Lynda and th

e church group for visiting us.

Cycling Science

This week at Tregolls the children had the chance to learn about renewable energy. The session was taught by the Sustrans charity which was set up to promote the importance of environmentally friendly travel by children. Nick, from Sustrans, explained to the children how energy is made and how it travels in order to power our everyday appliances. He then allowed the children to explore alternative methods of making this power, including: wind turbines, hydro power and solar power. A bicycle was set up at the front of the room which was being used as a generator to power a variety of different appliances, including lightbulbs and an electric fan. The children took it in turns to ride the bike, seeing if they could cycle with enough power to supply the appliances with the watts that they needed.

Thank you very much to Nick and the Sustrans charity. The children really enjoyed the session and learnt some important lesson!

This week at Tregolls the children had the chance to learn about renewable energy. The session was taught by the Sustrans charity which was set up to promote the importance of environmentally friendly travel by children. Nick, from Sustrans, explained to the children how energy is made and how it travels in order to power our everyday appliances. He then allowed the children to explore alternative methods of making this power, including: wind turbines, hydro power and solar power. A bicycle was set up at the front of the room which was being used as a generator to power a variety of different appliances, including lightbulbs and an electric fan. The children took it in turns to ride the bike, seeing if they could cycle with enough power to supply the appliances with the watts that they needed.

Thank you very much to Nick and the Sustrans charity. The children really enjoyed the session and learnt some important lesson!

 

Music workshop

This week the children took part in a music workshop conducted by David from Bournemouth orchestra. During the workshop the children got the chance to experiment with a variety of instruments and practice how to make different noises with them. David also showed them a few games that were engaging and allowed the children to keep beat and maintain a rhythm together as a group.

The class worked together to compose a piece of music inspired by the poem Colonel Fazackerley Butterworth Toast. David worked with the children to start to identify the sound of different musical notes and also to use a wide selection of instruments to accompany the piece of music.

Thank you very much to David and to Bournemouth orchestra for coming in. The children had a lot of fun!

 

Harvest Festival 

Tamar class have been learning about Harvest around the world and how different countries celebrate this popular festival. In our Harvest assembly, The children presented information they have learnt about the different countries to the parents who came to watch.

Well done Tamar class and an extra well done to Reis, who was able to point out all of the different countries on the Map.

World Space Week 

This week is world space week and we have had a special visitor in Tamar class who works for Tim Peake. We conducted a number of experiments which helped us understand more about life in space. We learnt about how gravity works and what it would be like to be in micro-gravity. One of the most technical experiments had us investigating how important it is to keep our bodies hydrated by creating simulated urine samples. For videos of our amazing world space week, please watch the latest episode of Tregolls School news.

Tamar Class Assembly 

This afternoon, Tamar class welcomed their families into school for a class assembly. The children did a fantastic job and telling and acting out their literacy story- which the adults seemed to really enjoy. The children then told the parents about how we learn our spellings and multiplication tables and explained to them how they could help with the children’s reading.

If you were unable to attend there are some useful documents below which can be used to help your child with their learning.

 

Space Odyssey visit 

Today Tamar class have visited the space odyssey dome, where we learnt all about the universe and the solar system which we live in. The size difference between the planets shocked us all and we couldn’t believe that the largest known star would fit the sun inside it 60,000,000 times. We lay back in the spacious dome to enjoy the great sights of a clear, starry night and we were taught how to spot the different star constellations. One of the most memorable moments was getting to see what it would be like to live on board the international space station and we even saw some video footage of what Tim Peak got up to during his time on the ISS.

Thank you to the Space Odyssey team, Tamar class have had a fantastic afternoon.

Space Launch Day 

As part of our launch into our new Space project we took part in an Alien crash landing with the year 1 children, who are also learning about Space. We enjoyed a morning of Space themed activities and artwork and in the afternoon the children all transformed themselves into aliens. They did a fantastic job at acting like aliens for the younger children and they enjoyed an alien tea party with their new human friends. Next week we will have the second part of our Space project launch, where we will be entering an exciting space dome.

Welcome Back!

A very warm welcome back to Tregolls. We hope you have all had a fabulous break and are raring to go for the new term. Please see below details of the autumn curriculum and key information.

Our team – May I take this opportunity to welcome our team for this academic year: Myself, Miss. Whitehouse, class teacher, Mrs. Cooper, who will be supporting our learning throughout the week and Miss Batten, who will be teaching the class on Tuesday mornings.

Project and Science – Our project this term will be Space, with the focus question being ‘What does it take to be an astronaut?’ We will be taking part in the Nationwide Tim Peake Project and we will be able to share our learning with lots of other schools around the country. Throughout the term, there will be lots of exciting opportunities for the children to see what hard work and dedication goes into being an astronaut.

Our Science will link throughout our project with a strong focus on the solar system and the movements of the different planets. This will involve lots of practical elements and some visits and live experiments from people who work for Tim Peake.

Literacy and Numeracy – The literacy throughout this term will link with the main project, we will be writing; letters from outer space, sci-fi and alien themed stories and a planet explanation text.

Numeracy will be focused on improving the children’s understanding of place value and using this within a range of contexts. We will then move onto to the 4 operations, where the children will be mastering the use of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Can I please ask that your children are regularly learning their multiplication tables at home, as these are so important for all of our Maths learning.

MFL – French and RE – Cober Class will be learning French this term with  Mrs Beatty. The children will be learning how to have conversations in a shop and how to ask for and give directions. They will also learn some Christmas phrases and how Christmas is celebrated in France.

In RE, the children will be learning about Cornwall as a place of Christianity.  We will be studying the significance of churches within Christianity and learning about the Christian way of life.

PE days and kit – We will be continuing our PE sessions this year with our sports coach, Mrs Butterly. These lessons will take place every Tuesday. Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labeled in a PE bag each week. Thank you for your support with this.

The kit requirements are:

Boys – Blue short and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear –PE plimsolls or trainers.

As the weather will grow colder, please ensure that your child has a school jumper to wear for outdoor PE.

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us.

Homelearning Requirements – As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 5 should be spending 45 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of homelearning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece.

In addition to the weekly literacy and numeracy piece, the children should be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their homeschool reading records. This will need to be completed daily as we will be completing a daily reading chart in school each morning. Children who choose not to read each day will forfeit their breaktime.

Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays. Children have the responsibility to complete their homelearning, and so, if it is late, they will forfeit part of their lunchtime. Please support your child in keeping their homelearning books neat and tidy. Thanks for your support with this; we cannot overemphasize the importance of learning away from school – it will support your child in making great progress this term.

Open door policy – As you should be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore I will always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have.

Autumn term Letter Tamar