Truro class (2016/17)

What an exciting week of art in Truro class. Children have been taught how to sew, making beach hut bunting, they have made Kandinsky-inspired eye pictures, using colour wheels, and took part in a special art workshop where they made abstract self-portraits.

In addition, children have chopped, and made fruity kebabs which they then wrote instructions for.

 

 

 

It has been a busy term in Truro Class! A Viking visitor, Ragnar, writing Viking Sagas, Art, Battles and much much more! The children have made Viking helmets from Papier Mache, experimented with different media to create wonderful pictures – watch out for our Authentic Outcome – our YouTube video of all our outcomes this term.

Truro class launch with a fierce Viking Visitor!

Last Friday, pupils from Truro class received a special visitor “Ragnarr” who came to our school to help launch our Vikings and Anglo Saxon project with the Big Question: “Were the Vikings the Greatest Invaders?”

This warrior told the children about battles, especially the Battle of Stanford Bridge. We learned about how fierce the Vikings were but how they also farmed and looked after their families.

We made our own “human Longship” using special Viking Shields. In the afternoon, pupils took to the 3G pitch and re-enacted a battle using shields and (cannon) balls…see our pictures. The children learned the parts of a Longship, learned to write using Runes and played a special game that the Viking would have played (a bit like Connect Four!)
We made a time line, found Viking settlements on maps and much much more!

A fantastic launch day was had by all. See you in Valhalla Ragnarr!

Truro Class Summer term 2017

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back to Truro class. We hope you have had a great Easter break.

Our new project big question is: “Were the Vikings the greatest invaders?” This exciting project will discover when and how the Vikings came to Britain. We will study their culture and beliefs and use a variety of learning to find out more. Maths and English will be linked with the project learning as well as History and Geography. In Science we will be learning about magnets and forces, followed by plants. (Take a look at our curriculum map to find out more.
RE: We will be learning about Christianity in Cornwall and Judaism..
MUSIC: Pupils will learn about creating simple scores, singing and performing.
MFL: Greetings, school and home and writing simple sentences.
PE: This term Truro class will be focus on racquet skills and athletics.
Homelearning: We believe that an enjoyable, organised home learning programme helps children acquire the skills and self-motivation that will help pupils to become life-long, independent learners. In English and Maths the suggested time for homelearning 20 minutes each for English and Maths/project work. Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays to be handed in on Mondays. Please ensure you sign your child’s diary when they read at home.
At Tregolls we operate an open door policy. We would like to hear about any issues or concerns you may have with your child’s education as soon as possible so please do not hesitate to talk to me or to another member of the team.

Truro Class Authentic Outcome- Exhibition at Truro Library.
Pupils from Truro Class took their writing and art to Truro library to showcase their learning. Our big question was “Is our planet alive?” Pupils have been attempting to answer this question for a few months now!
As part of our exhibition, the children created a “big art” piece working with Mike Brett from Penair school. As part of natural disasters we were inspired by “wild weather” and children created a joint painting based on “Starry Starry Night” by Van Gogh. As you can see by our pictures, children acted as guides and showed the public our wonderful work.

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Truro Class had great fun investigating what makes a good earthquake proof house- We watched videos of what people living in earthquake zones do to protect themselves and to protect their houses. Children experimented with different structures to see which would withstand an earthquake ( using cocktail sticks, marshmallows and jelly!)
Click the link to see Reese testing his structure!

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Truro visit the Baptist Church in Truro
Truro class were lucky enough to visit the Baptist Church in Truro on Monday. Lynda told us how Peter was the first man to create churches- now there are thousands throughout the world. The children drew what they thought churches were like; did a treasure hunt around the church to find important features and visited the quiet “Prayer Room” which is open every day and night to anyone who would like to use it.
Lynda explained that the “church” is just a building and that the people that go there are the church.
She told us that at her church they sing, chat and support each other as well as worship Jesus.
Pupils were blessed with the bread and wine (blackcurrant juice for them!)
Pupils learned about Baptism and talked about how people can choose when they are baptised.
At the end of the visit pupils were able to make something that is precious in their lives with play dough! They made family, pets and food and friends. Thank you Lynda for such a wonderful visit

Project launch for Cober and Truro class saw children role play a real disaster situation- choosing their roles as doctors, scientists, relief workers, nurses and reporters on the scene as well as victims of a natural disaster- with wounds and injuries to match! Pupils had a taste of what it might be like to be caught up in a real situation like this and how they might respond and/or help people. This was to launch our projects of “Is our planet alive?” and “Speed, good or bad?” in years 3 and 4 respectively.

In the afternoon pupils took part in science experiments making volcanoes and watching them erupt (using baking soda, vinegar and food colouring!) as well as making tornadoes in a bottle! They also created “volcanic” inspired pictures- painting and using oil pastels to create some wonderful pieces of art.

Welcome to Truro Class’ Spring Term.
We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead in Truro class. Our new project big question is: “Is our planet alive?” this exciting project will include finding out about natural disasters, volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes. We have linked up with the head of Art at Penair to do graphic art and design to support this learning. Find out more by looking at our curriculum map and overview which give more details about our learning this term. Maths and English will be linked with the project learning as well as history and geography. In Science we will learn about Rocks and soils
RE: We will be learning about Christianity in Cornwall and Judaism..
MUSIC: Pupils will learn more about composition and building beat.
MFL: Greetings, school and home, food and months
PE: This term Truro class will be focus on dance and gymnastics.
Homelearning: We believe that an enjoyable, organised home learning programme helps children acquire the skills and self-motivation that will help pupils to become life-long, independent learners. In English and Maths the suggested time for homelearning is 20 minutes each for English and Maths/project work. Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays to be handed in on Mondays. Please ensure you sign your child’s diary when they read at home.
At Tregolls we operate an open door policy. We would like to hear about any issues or concerns you may have with your child’s education as soon as possible so please do not hesitate to talk to me or to another member of the team.
Best Wishes
Mrs Hatch, class teacher.

Truro Curriculum map for Spring 2017

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Pupils from Truro Class walked around Truro this afternoon to distribute their Fairtrade leaflets and posters to retailers in the town. Our Big Question this term has been “Could you survive on Chocolate?” which the children have decided a resounding “NO!” (but would like to try perhaps?) The class produced the leaflets after learning more about how chocolate is grown and manufactured..they were interested and concerned to learn that some farmers don’t get much money in return for this delicious treat! Pupils decided to take to the streets to educate everyone that Fairtrade is the way to go..Fairtrade makes sure that producers get a fair price for their goods- whether this be cocoa beans or bananas. Children produced leaflets after researching on line – they produced the posters using Pic Collage in computing lessons. The pupils asked traders to put leaflets on their counters or café tables and to display their bright posters on their noticeboards- well done Truro! See our pictures to find out more.

Truro class have been turning into true Willy Wonkas, designing their own chocolate bars as part of their “Authentic outcome” for this term. Richard from Tesco paid us a visit and judged the children’s efforts. Leyla came out top and won a special prize from Richard for a fantastic design of popping chocolate- he said he loved the slogan she wrote about it being an irresistible treat! The rest of the class didn’t miss out though- Richard brought in a tin of chocolates to share. Thanks Richard.

Truro class have been learning about light- our first lesson helped us to understand that dark is because of the absence of light… and we discovered that we cannot see without light!
Our second lesson WALT was “be able to set up a simple investigation.” Pupils made a predication about which materials would reflect light the most. See our pictures of us testing foil, tissue paper and jumpers to test if they reflect. Our results showed different ideas about what was the best reflector.. we decided this may have been because the torch was bright (or not!) and how close you held the object to the light source. Our next lesson will be to design a book bag that uses reflective materials to help pupils be seen at night.

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Truro class have had a fantastic couple of weeks of learning. For our project, pupils have been finding out more about the Aztecs and how masks were made and used during ceremonies with precious stones and wood. Children researched using the internet and our project books in class- Robin found out that the masks were sometimes used on people who had died to help them to pass into the afterlife!
We had a go at making our own Aztec masks out of balloons, Paper Mache and our own “mosaic” tiles- it was quite tricky and took a few week to complete- check out our pictures.

Pupils have been enjoying cooking with Veronica our brilliant school chef. They have so far made rolls and a special hot chocolate- coming up is to make brownies and chocolate biscuits (following a recipe) for the Christmas fayre. We hope to make lots of money with these delicious treats. Our Maths learning has been closely linked with ingredients in recipes where the children have to worked out the cost of ingredients to make chocolate bars.

Cooking with Veronica

Cooking with Veronica

Paper mache and paint

Paper mache and paint

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masks

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mosiac

Research

Research

Our finished masks- looking fierce!

Our finished masks- looking fierce!

Truro class have had a fantastic couple of weeks of science and project learning. Our project name is “Could you survive on chocolate?” Children have been learning about how food feeds our bodies; food groups; functions of skeletons (and how they fit together!); muscles and what the pros and cons of different types of skeletons are! Pupils have been classifying, observing and identifying and explaining their ideas of which fruit or vegetable might be the “odd one out” with really inventive, insightful ideas.
On Tuesday, Truro had an opportunity to visit Richard at Tesco who took the pupils on a “Food Trail” where they had to identify and find different types of fruit and vegetables. They found out lots of new facts about the foods we can buy and eat. For example, did you know that bananas grow “upside down” and that you can make healthier brownies by putting fresh beetroot in to the mixture?
We also found out what foods contain cocoa- with some surprises! We rounded off our visit with a taste test to find out if children could tell the difference between Cadbury’s, Tesco Value or gluten free chocolate! (Not an easy task.) Thank you to Richard at Tesco for teaching us more.

It tastes good- honest!

It tastes good- honest!

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colourful vegetables!

colourful vegetables!

Identifying vegetables

Identifying vegetables

Food groups

Food groups

Some of our displays

Some of our displays

Someone came as a Wonka Bar- does he have a golden ticket!?

Someone came as a Wonka Bar- does he have a golden ticket!?

Our Eden adventure!

Our Eden adventure!

Our wacky creations!

Our wacky creations!

Making headresses

Making headresses

blind taste test

blind taste test

Finding out more!

Finding out more!

Here is a round up of our first full week in Truro Class. Our week started with an exciting visit and “Chocology” workshop and the Eden project. Children learned about the history of chocolate, how it is grown and made into this delicious treat! Then the children went on a treasure hunt, using their map skills to solve riddles and clues in the Rainforest Biome. A fantastic day was had by all.

On Tuesday Truro class had their official launch day when the pupils got a chance to dress up- see our pictures- We found out weird and wonderful facts about chocolate (like did you know that cocoa beans were probably eaten by monkeys before humans?) Pupils investigated questions about chocolate and organised a simple experiment which included a delicious taste test. We asked questions like “Do our class prefer savoury of sweet tastes?”
In the afternoon, we found out more about the Aztecs and Montezuma II who drank up to 50 cups of chilli hot chocolate per day! We made “feathered” headdresses in the style of an emperor.

Hello and welcome to Truro Class and the new term. There is an exciting year ahead and the children are settling into year 3 very well. Please take the time to read our class letter which outlines the learning the coming up in Truro class. Also, see our medium term plan which is an at-a-glance view of the curriculum for this term. Also, please check out our Project overview for the term, which outlines all the fantastic learning planned with the key question: “Could you survive on chocolate?”

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