Tamar Class (2016/17)

Summer Term 

Robot Authentic Outcome 

This morning we headed down to Truro Library to present out ‘Dragons Den’ style pitches to the judges and members of the public. In groups, the children presented their new and unique ideas for robots and they delivered their presentations with great confidence. Izzy, Noah, Kyle and Aiden made up the winning group with the very imaginative idea of a submarine robot which takes images of underwater wildlife – Well done!

Art Week 

Tamar class have had a lovely art week and they have enjoyed letting their creativity flow. We have learnt new sewing skills and created robot teddies – all of the children were very resilient when threading the needles! We also had an art work shop with Mrs Bebb, our art coordinator. The children created some beautiful art work in the style of Piet Mondrian and this will be used as a display in the new school building.

Indian Artwork 

Today, the children created their own Indian-style rangoli patterns on the floor of the outside area of our classroom. 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!

Cooking Lessons 

In our DT lessons this term, we will be having cooking lessons with Veronica our school chef. The children have already made a great start by making brownies and flapjacks. This week they have been practicing their knife skills by making healthy and delicious fruit salads. Each week Veronica will choose 2 children who she thinks have worked well and they will win star baker and will get to wear chef whites in the next session. Well done to Izzy, JJ, Kisha and Stevey, who have already won this great award!

Hinduism Workshop

Today we had Daya in 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.

In the afternoon 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!

 

Micro:Bit Workshop 

Today we visited Penair for a computing workshop. We were able to learn how to program a BBC Micro:Bit. We worked out how to write secret messages, display images and give the Micro:Bit a range of commands. The children really enjoyed having to problem solve and they showed great Resilience and Responsibility!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tri-Golf Tournament

On a sunny and warm Tuesday 18th April 2017, the Tregolls Tri-Golf team of 10 children from year 5 attended the tournament at Truro Golf Club (TGC) together with 7 other local primary schools. Organised by Scott Richards (TGC Professional) and assisted by Ben and Dan, the children were faced with 8 different challenges ranging from ‘Bullseye, Dominoes, Grand National to Down the Middle’ using the Tri-Golf pitch and putter clubs to score as many points as possible. On each challenge, the children had two minutes to practise before they then started for the next five minutes, trying to score as many points as possible. The two teams from Tregolls, boys and girls, worked very hard to support each other, racing to collect the foam golf balls and quickly passing over the pitch and putter clubs.

It was an amazing tournament, tense and competitive all the way through as no one really knew how well they were doing. It was great to see all eight schools congratulate the organiser and his team when the final announcements were made. The Tregolls team have learnt enormously and will be much improved at the next tournament!

Welcome Back

Welcome back from what we hope was an enjoyable Easter break. Please see the below details of the Spring curriculum and other key information.

Project and Science

Our new project that the children have chosen for this term is Robots and technology, with the focus question being ‘Will robots replace humans? For our Launch day next Monday, we will be experimenting with a range of technologies and we will be having a gaming afternoon (letter to follow). Throughout the term, we will be creating our own robots and designing and programming our own computer games.Our Science will have a chemistry focus, where 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; instructions to make a robot, persuasive writing for our Robot Pitch and Robot /Lego Robot themed talk the text stories. Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts, the mastery of problems involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and problem solving activities related to our project for our Friday Discovery Maths lessons. 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 Miss Martinez. The children will be learning how to talk about where they live and they will be focussing 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. They will understand the key beliefs, religious symbols and the importance of spiritual teachers.

PE days and kit

We will be continuing our PE sessions this year with our sports coach, Patrick. These lessons will take place every Friday. 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, 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.

Yours sincerely,

The Year 5 Team.

Summer term Letter Tamar

Spring Term

Autism Awareness Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Space – Authentic Outcome 

Over the past two days, Tamar class have been busy teaching science to other 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. On Wednesday we taught 30 year 5 children from Devoran School and on Thursday we taught 30 year 3 Children from Kea School. 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 a number of people from these other schools comment on the children’s enthusiasm and attitudes. Well done Tamar Class!

Cathedral Visit 

This morning, Tamar class visited Truro Cathedral to learn about its history and to find out how the decision was made for there to be a Cathedral in Cornwall. We explored the Cathedral and the different roles that people have within the cathedral. We then dressed as these different roles and took part in the procession, which took us around the Cathedral with the organ playing. We then got the chance to sing one of our favourite assembly songs  in the choir stalls which the members of the public really enjoyed!

I was impressed with the children and their respectfulness throughout our morning at the Cathedral and a massive thank you to the staff at the Cathedral who organised this brilliant session.

 

Tim Peake Project

Today we had a space ambassador in to teach us more about Tim Peake and his mission to the International space station. We learnt about the impact being in space has on our bodies and did some experiments to see why it is so important to eat healthily and to keep our bodies hydrated.

World Book Day

We had a fantastic day at Tregolls, celebrating world book day. We spent the day focusing on some of our favourite authors and doing some exciting activities linked to this. First the children were in Tamar, where we did some drama activities based on the David Walliams book  Gangsta Granny. Next they went to Cober class where the looked at Roald Dahl and did some Quenten Blake artwork. They then went to Truro Class and Made some Harry Potter wands and finally in Fowey class they created some lord of the rings style maps.

Thank you to all the children who made a fantastic effort with their costumes and well done to Tegan for winning Tamar class’ best dressed award.

CPR Training

This week, Tamar Class had some safety training to teach them about what to do in an emergency. They were very sensible throughout the afternoon and they learnt lots about how to keep the people around them safe.

SPLAT Day

Today, we visited Penair for the children to experience what secondary school life is like. We begun the day with a French lesson where we learnt our numbers to 20 and then played lots of exciting games to secure our knowledge. Next was a gruesome Science lesson where we learnt about the different systems in the body. The year 10 Science leaders at Penair did a fantastic job at teaching us about the anatomy of a human body.  We even got to hold a real heart! The last lesson was Music, which was a lot of fun. We got to learn how to play chords on a Ukulele  and we then played along to Pop songs with a band  made up of penair musicians.

We had a fantastic day and would like to thank Penair for having us!

 

British Values – Spiritual day

This afternoon 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 a ‘Spiritual British Values’. They had different areas of the classroom that they could visit, with the aim being to look at themselves and ask questions like: ‘Am I trustworthy?’ ‘Am I a good friend?’. The children really enjoyed exploring the different activities.

Space launch day 

Today, Tamar class had a visit from an actor/storyteller who surprised the children with his Neil Armstrong act. We began by learning about Armstrong, his journey to becoming an astronaut and his mission to Mars. 

We then began our own mission to create water rockets. In groups we planned, created and launched our own rockets on the school field. Some of them went much higher than others and we had to put our scientist skills into practice to investigate why.

Another experiment we conducted was about meteorites forming craters on the moon’s surface. We dropped marbles from varying heights into our moon surface mixture to see if a higher drop would make a larger crater.

In the afternoon, the actor switched roles and became Sir Isaac Newton and we learnt about the Law of Gravity and did some experimenting around this.

 

Spring Term Overview 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

IPC Curriculum and Science
Our new project this term will be Space, with the focus question being ‘Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?’ We will be taking part in the Nationwide Tim Peak Project and we will be able to share our learning with lots of other schools around the country. For our Launch day, on Thursday, we will be welcoming a very special visitor to the school, who will kick start our new project. 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 Peak.

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 star wars themed stories and instructions for how to defeat an alien.Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts, the mastery of problems involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and problem solving activities related to our project for our Friday Discovery Maths lessons. 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 Miss Martinez. 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
We will be continuing our PE sessions this year with our sports coach, Patrick. 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. 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. 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.

Spring term Letter Tamar

Autumn Term 

Christmas Surprise 

Today, Tamar Class had a very special visitor. Santa came to look at our fantastic learning and to give us some chocolate for all of our hard work this term.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authentic Outcome 

This week Tamar Class have concluded their World War 2 learning by setting up a workshop for the community at the Trelander community centre. The children were in groups who each took on one of the key elements of the second world war. The children were really impressive with their deep knowledge and undertsanding of the subject. Well done Tamar Class!

Home Learning

Over half term, Tamar class were given the challenge to create their own air raid shelters. The children were all very imaginative and have created some amazing models. They are now displayed in our library and reception for other children and our visitors to see.

The Wave Project – Changing Lives through Surfing

At the Wave Project, young people are helped to reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing.

This is what Aiden has written about it the first time he went: The Surfing Assault Begins – by Aiden

I was excited and afraid at the same time and I was beginning to think that I would not surf any wave! Plus I met lots of people including the instructors, who taught me signals and ‘shakas’ of course. We did warm ups and I got taught how to surf. When I got into the water and tried to surf, I tried but failed and hated surfing. I tried again and I surfed seven waves! When I went home I knew the future of my surfing will be full of epicness!

Aiden has also met some very important visitors and he was quick to ask for a photo for his mum! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met Aide, his fellow Wave Project students and volunteers on their first official visit to the South West of England. Their Royal Highnesses visited Towan Beach in Newquay and met children and parents who have benefited from the courses.

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Open Afternoon 

This afternoon, we enjoyed sharing our learning with the parents that visited us. We also shared some of our favorite books with our family members and some reception children.

Evacuee Day

Here our our fantastic professional photos which were taken during our trip to the Anderson shelter. Many thanks to Daniel Osmond.

Tamar class have spent the day as evacuees!

We began the day in school where we all made sure that we had our name tags, lunch, gas masks and other important belongings. We then walked to Truro train station, where we waved goodbye to our loved ones and began our journey to Falmouth. A big thank you to the parents who waved us off at the station, this really helped us to imagine what it would have been like to be evacuated away from our homes. In Falmouth we visited WWII monuments and learnt about how important the harbor was during the war. We then headed back to Truro on train, but our day wasnt over just yet… We visited a real air raid shelter and when we heard the siren we had to make our way to safety as quickly as possible, (with the help of our ARP) like people would have in the War.

Tamar have had a wonderful day and thank you to the parents who made such a brilliant effort with the children’s evacuee outfits.

 

Launch Day

To launch our new World War Two project we visited flambards to learn about Britain in the Blitz. We met an ARP warden who taught us about their job and what life would have been like living at the time of the Blitz. The realistic streets, shops and Anderson shelters helped us to imagine life in the War and see the vast differences between how we live our lives now compared to what they would have been like at this time.

After a busy morning of learning, we managed to squeeze in some time for the science museum and the roller-coasters where the children showed me how brave they all are.

 

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Welcome back

A very warm welcome back, after what I hope was a lovely Summer. We have a very exciting beginning to the new school year, with a Trip planned to Flambards within the first week, to kick start our new project of World War two. Our question for this term is “how does war affect people?” and we will strive to reach an answer to this question using all aspects of our learning. We also have a day in the life of an evacuee planned, which will allow the children to experience how children their age would have lived during the time of the war – Letters for both of these events will follow shortly.

Below are the plans for the autumn term, with a breakdown of what we will be covering in each subject and an overview of our project based learning. A link to the Autumn term letter can also be found below.

I look forward to an exciting year of learning with Tamar Class.

Autumn overview

Project Overview Autumn Tamar Image

Autumn term letter