by Thomas Whipps
Well, after one of the hottest weeks I have known as a teacher, we find ourselves at the end of the school year! I wanted to share with you all how extremely proud I am of all of our pupils and our dedicated staff in school. This year has been another brilliantly successful one at Darite which has included so many highlights, it would take another term just to mention them all! Some of my personal favourites were being able to invite you all back into the school following COVID, the nativity at Christmas, the Class 3 activity week, Year 6 coming second in Cornwall in the LEGO league, the clay caves in Class 2, the incredible attitude to learning of all the children and so much more. I could go on, but no doubt your children will be able to share their own favourites with you. Darite is successful because everyone – teachers, support staff, children, parents, carers, the trust and governing body – all work together for the benefit of the children. Thank you to you all for your continued support of the school and children.
Sports day was another great success – fortunately the rain on Tuesday had cooled the air enough although the humidity was still really high. The support from the parents and carers really spurred the children on and it was a reminder of what school has missed during COVID. Thank-you to the PTA for selling refreshments and raising money for the school. This year they have been able to use your generous donations to subsidise trips and buy extra equipment for the school. They are another key cog in the Darite machine. If you would like to be a part of the PTA next year, please let us know by contacting Mrs Evett in the office.
Today, we say a fond farewell to our Year 6 pupils. These occasions are often sad and emotional; however, they are primarily a time for joy and celebration as we reflect on the incredible journey of our pupils and look forward to the journey that they are all about to embark upon as they move into their new secondary schools. They finished the year in style with a water fight and BBQ on Tuesday. I think the Y6 took the opportunity to pick on staff – I’ve been drier after swimming! The leaver’s assembly on Wednesday was an emotional affair as we shared our memories with each other and look forward to the next stage in the lives of the Year 6 children. During the assembly, Year 6 shared their most memorable moments at Darite, were received the annual awards and also gave out their own awards as voted for by them. Our Year 6 group this year have been outstanding; not just in their academic achievements but in the progress they have demonstrated around our core values. They are a credit to themselves, their families and our school and I would like to wish each of them every success in the future. Thank you Year 6 and good luck!
We hope that you all have a wonderfully relaxing and well deserved summer break. Everyone has worked hard this year and definitely earned the summer holiday. We will see all the children again on Tuesday 6th September. Stay safe and have a lovely break.
by Jenifer Kite
How do you replicate the colours, sights and sounds of the jungle through the arts?
Our inquiry question this half term had the children's creative juices flowing.
As part of their music and computing lessons, the children in 6K created some fantastic, imaginative movies based in the Amazon jungle. They used Garage Band to create a jungle inspired sound track and using green screen, they teleported themselves and other Amazonian creatures into the Amazon.
For their art and DT lessons, the children have worked incredibly hard to produce some amazing jungle themed cushions. They looked at different cushion designs and their functions; a variety of stitches including back stitch, running stitch, zig zag stitch and over stitch; practised embroidery and applique, cut templates, screen printed, added embellishments and finally sewed their seems to create their final cushions before evaluating their designs.
All of the children are immensely proud of their finished products- see all the pictures below.
by Lauren Howell
An amazing performance from all the children in Joseph tonight. We are fortunate to have a beautiful setting in the forest. Thank you to everyone who came, it is lovely to have a big audience for children to shine in front off.
by Suzanne Cooper
Well done to these 10 children who received certificates and prizes for being 'Never Late and Never Away' for the whole school year. This is an amazing achievement, particularly at a time when Covid is still very much present in our community. We would really like to find out your secrets for keepng so well and think that you may actually be superhuman!
by Julie Peat
We have reached the end of our last week at nursery. The children have enjoyed the last of their school visits and on Tuesday we said goodbye to them at our nursery graduation ceremony.
We wish them all the best as they start their new adventures in big school in September and we look forward to seeing our other children return to nursery and to welcoming some new faces also.
We wish you all a lovely summer and look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday 6th September.
by Paul Arnold
Well this will be the last blog of this school year, and what a year it has been!
This week saw the children read their amazing just so stories to the children in Portwrinkle class. It was lovely to see the younger children enjoying a story being read to them by a Looe class pupil.
Also this week C took part in the finals of Brunels Got Talent reading her very own story to the whole school. She did brilliantly and the judges (school council) agreed, as she won second place. Well done C, what a star!
Have a great summer holiday everyone, thank you for a wonderful year.
Mr A, Mr Parry and Mrs Newman.
by Marianne Wright
Good afternoon everyone,
As it looks like it will be another very hot day, we will not be doing PE tomorrow. Instead, we will do an extended P.E. session on Friday. Please can children come in their full P.E. kits on Friday.
by Sara Mckillop
Wow, the weeks are flying by towards the summer holiday.
On Monday, we conducted our Brunel's Got Talent auditions - the competition was very tight indeed!
On Wednesday, it was Music of the Afternoon, which was a glorious afternoon, filled with sunshine, smiles and music!
On Thursday, we met our new classes again, which was great fun - Mr Knight has 'cake points' apparently, so the children are very excited!
And on Friday, Mrs McKillop brought her butterflies in for releasing! It's lovely to see them up close and watch them fly away to freedom!
by Helen Fenton
I can’t quite believe that we only have 1 more week of learning in class 2. A great deal has been achieved throughout the year, and I’m genuinely thrilled with how far the children have come.
We had our whole school transition on Thursday where each child got to spend time with their new teachers in class 3. I have had great reports from the new teachers, who were impressed by the children’s enthusiasm. Well done class 2!
Many Year 2 children experienced their first school disco this week. They were looking forward to it all week and everyone had a brilliant time. A huge thank you to FOPS for organising this event.
In English this week, the children have begun to write their own stories of ‘Grandad’s Island.’ Their writing really has improved a great deal since the beginning of the year.
In maths, we have been practicing our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We have enjoyed playing games and trying to improve our speed and accuracy.
There are still new assignments to complete on mathletics and spelling shed this week. Well done to those children who have achieved their certificates.
Please keep reading at home as often as you can. We are really pleased with the amount of children who have received their kirate reading bands. Keep going!
Please make sure water bottles are in school.
Make sure that you have a sun hat and suncream every day.
Wear forest school clothes for Wednesday afternoon’s forest school lesson.
Please bring all library books back to school by Friday.
Please be assured that we will be following sensible guidelines this week and we will be doing what we can to try to keep the children as cool as possible.
Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Fenton, Mrs Harper and Miss Milford.
by Suzanne Porter
How is it nearly the end of the school year already! The last week in primary
school for our year 6 children! Thank you to those year 6 parents who have already
sent over some baby/young pictures. Please remember to return Thursday’s performance
slips so we can prepare the hall for the correct number of guests. If you
require more seats allocated- especially year 6 families- please do state this
on the slip and I will do my best to accommodate it.
A huge thank you to FOPS for organising the Neon disco- everyone had a great time! Such lovely memories made!
This week, we had our whole school transition on Thursday where we invited the year 4s into our Class 4 and the current year 6 children enjoyed some outdoor time with Mrs Gates. In class, we enjoyed getting to know each other whilst taking part in a very challenging science experiment and completing some artwork about ourselves!
In English this week, we have been focusing on drama and our speaking and listening skills. Throughout the week, the children have adapted their play- adding stage direction and editing and improving it whilst practising various scenes.
During maths this week, we have been revisiting important written methods for the four operations along with reminding ourselves of how to solve problems with fractions. Some children have been focusing on their times tables.
week we have had a big PSHE focus learning about growing up, changing bodies
In history, we learnt about Viking jewellery and design and made our own using card, tin foil and string. We hope to make metal jewellery towards the end of next week using our recent learning of what Viking jewellery would look like to inspire our designs.
In our PE lesson, the children designed their own workout session using only one piece of equipment! They had to think of at least 6 exercises with that one item! They then shared their session with peers from their class.
We hope you’ve had a great weekend. The beginning of next week is set to be a hot one- please ensure sun cream is applied and water bottles are in school.
Ms Porter and the Class 4 team
Things to remember:
*No after school clubs next week.
*Apply sun cream before school and bring some to put on at lunch time.
*Bring a sun hat to school on sunnier days.
*Bring a refillable water bottle each day.
*Bring sports clothes on Wednesday afternoon
*Outdoor learning on Friday afternoon – wear suitable clothes to school.
by Michaela Wright
This week in Literacy the children wrote a piece of information text using paragraphs and subheadings. They began the week by mind mapping facts and information on an area of Ancient Egypt that interested them most. They then organised their information into paragraphs using subheading of their choice. After re-reading and editing their writing the children wrote up their work ready to be assessed.
In Math the children finished their statistics topic by reading and interpreting line graphs.
In Science the children recapped the water cycle and then in groups made their own water cycles in a bag. They started by using a permanent pen to draw a diagram of the water cycle on a large zip lock bag. They then filled the bag 1/4 of the way with water and added some blue food colouring. Finally the children taped their bags on to the windows and observed the water cycle.
On Wednesday the children went to Seaton beach with Year 3 for their end of year trip. They all had an amazing time swimming, digging holes, jumping the waves and rock pooling. It was a fantastic day which all staff and children thoroughly enjoyed.
In Art this week the children covered their 3D cardboard Sphinx in sand. Firstly they covered them in PVA glue and then sand.
We have had a lovely week in the sunshine and made the most of the slightly cooler times to go outside.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday.
by Alice Gibbings
Another week has passed! I can't quite believe that next week is our last before the summer holidays!
On Wednesday, we all enjoyed going to Talland beach. The children created some fantastic pieces of beach art, took part in a wonderful beach story activity and used their sense of sound to create some poetry postcards and beach sound cans!
In English, we have continued to finalise our diary entries and have been making improvements to our work. Next week, we will finish this and write up our final neat copies! In Maths, we have been focussing on developing our knowledge of time which many have found challenging this week! However, it has been great to see so many apply their growth mindsets to their maths learning this week.
Congratulations to Jack and Thomas for being Landaviddy's People of the Week.
Next week, we have our final art session with Sean our End of Year party! Watch this space...
As the hot weather continues, please continue to ensure your child is sent in with suncream and a hat.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Miss Gibbings, Mrs Robinson and Mr H
by Emily Orme
This week has been another busy one here at Pelynt Primary! On Thursday morning all children had a lovely transition morning in their new classrooms, getting to know their new teachers (in some cases) and new classmates. We were also lucky have our new Head of School from September visit this day and it was lovely for the children to begin getting to know her as well. Following that, many of the children (and you!) came back to enjoy our Neon Disco! I’d like to thank FOPS and everyone involved in the organisation and running of the disco which was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. This morning, the whole school had a treat in assembly as a selection of 14 children from KS2 sang the two songs they have been learning for the Trelawny Plate Service. They then went over to the church and performed at the formal place giving ceremony. They all conducted themselves so well and I was immensely proud of them all, for not only singing their little hearts out in front of a church full of grown ups, but also behaving so impeccably while they waited for their allotted time.
As I’m sure you are aware, the weather forecast for the coming few days is extremely hot! Please ensure that your child brings a refillable drink bottle to school along with sun hat and sun cream. Teachers will adjust their plans accordingly to ensure that children are kept as cool as possible during the school day. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the weather but stay sun safe everyone!
REMINDER: School Day Timings September 2022
Gates open 8.40am Registration: 8.45am
Class 1 and 2 home time: 3.15pm
Class 3 and 4 home time: 3.20pm
At home time, the gates will be unlocked at 3.10pm to enable parents and carers onto the KS1 playground where they can collect their children. Classes 3 and 4 will be led round by their teachers to meet you at 3.20pm.
by Emma Hickman
It has been a busy and very hot week. The children going up to school in September visited school on Wednesday and for most of Thursday morning to get to know their new teacher and class room.
We had open sessions for new children to come into Pre-school and do the same.
Sam and the children built a Splash Zone which has been a firm favourite with the children all week. They have been learning about transporting water using drain pipes and tubes from one tray to another, as well as keeping cool!
Don't forget with Monday and Tuesday set to be a red weather warning now we are hoping to do the same so could children please bring a change of clothes and a towel.
Inside we have been making Jelly fish for our display. Counting legs, making faces and painting and sticking.
We have also been making the most of the shade in Forest school where the children engaged in all sorts of play from making bonfires to collecting things for a "Caterpillar Salad" although we couldn't find any caterpillars.
Remember next week is our last week of this educational year. We will have a party on Thursday at 11am to which all children are invited (those not usually in session with parents please) and we are closed at 12 on the Friday so no lunches.
Have a lovely weekend and please be careful in the sun.
From Emma, Sam, Louise and Anna.
by Anthea Hillman
It’s hard to believe that there is just one week left of this term before everyone breaks up for summer.
We have had another busy week with the Beach Day where children produced some wonderful writing in spite of the heat; Penhallow Class and Chaipel Class had art with Sean where the children finished their contribution to our school mural which will be completed over the break; everyone has had swimming lessons in the pool.
In assembly today our many Taekwondo experts shared their recent gradings with the school. Well done to Peyton, Chloe and Paige.
Year 6 Cake Sale, Thursday 21st July, 3pm There will be a cake sale next Thursday run by year 6 who have asked to do this to raise money for the school to buy something special for pupils who will be attending once they have left. Aren’t they amazing?! They are particularly keen to buy new sacks for the sack race next year. Cakes will be on sale from 3pm at the main gate at a cost of 75p each.
Ice Pop Friday
We will be selling ice pops again on Friday 22nd July, the last day of term. We have raised over £100 so far for school so far. Many thanks.
We are currently planning fundraising events for next year. Watch this space for more details about what we are fundraising for and how.
Enjoy a sunny weekend ahead.
by Emily Randle
Another fun-packed week has come to an end for Talland class. We have been learning about angles and properties of triangles and quadrilaterals in Maths, researching and note taking information to answer our enquiry question in English and making the most of the glorious weather to swim during PE, amongst many other learning opportunities.
Our beach day was awesome (although a little hot) and we have some amazing photos of the children enjoying the activities set for them. They listened to a beach story and then replicated it using natural resources found on the shore, created beach art from a visual image and wrote a literacy postcard using a range of figurative language to represent the sounds that the children heard and the scenery that caught their eye. Ava wrote, "The sparkling, sea belly-flopped onto the sandy, shore and the rocks sat listening to our conversation."
Thank you for supporting our Ice Pop Friday again, the money will go towards the children and resources needed; we will let you know what we have brought with the profits.
So, our last week is upon us. Sean will be in on Friday morning to complete our art sessions this term, follwed by Talland's End of Year party! More details to follow...
Take care and have a lovely weekend!
Miss Randle, Mrs Evered and Mr Bishop.
by David Hannah
A huge thank you to our amazing PTFA for organising a wonderful summer fair.
There were bouncy castles a plenty in the glorious sunshine and lots of children with very red faces!
Thank you also to for all the donations from parents, carers and local businesses towards the PTFAs funds.
Have a lovely weekend in the sun everybody.
by Rebecca Horn
I am writing this whilst looking towards next week and can’t quite believe we are about to begin our last week together in Class 3. What a year we have had! It is times like these when we are able to take a moment to reflect on the successes we have been able to share this year.
We had our whole school transition on Thursday where each child got to spend time with their new teachers and some of the children went up to Class 4. From what I have heard, a great time was had by all, the children returned to their current classes after lunch before starting their afternoon learning.
The event of the week has to be the Neon disco! Everyone had a brilliant time. A huge thank you to FOPS for organising this event, it was the first disco for a few years and what a memory it will be!
In English this week we refreshed our knowledge and understanding of adverbs and adverbials to express time, place, cause and manner. Next, we used a story m ountain to record key events from ‘Sunny’s Blazing Battle’ before recording our own ideas for innovation. At the end of the week we started to write the first draft of our narratives, we shall continue with this next week.
During maths this week, pink and orange groups were getting to grips with volume and capacity whilst green group focused on problem solving linked to place value and addition and subtraction.
We continued with our learning about states of matter in science where we were further developing our understanding of condensation and evaporation. We carried out an investigation using hot water, ice cubes, a jam jar and a plate. We noted our observations and made real life links to what happens within the atmosphere.
Have a brilliant weekend! 5 more school days to go until we get a well-earned rest and time to recharge our batteries!
Mrs Horn and the Class 3 team
Things to remember:
*No after school clubs next week.
*Apply sun cream before school and bring some to put on at lunch time.
*Bring a sun hat to school on sunnier days.
*Bring a refillable water bottle each day.
*Outdoor learning on Thursday afternoon – wear suitable clothes to school.
by Marianne Wright
Unfortunately, due to the weather this Friday, we will not be going to see the chickens. We will probably see them next Wednesday instead but will need to keep checking the weather. Please can 2W come to school wearing their normal school uniform and trainers for Fit Friday. I apologise for the short notice.
by Emma Counsell
Friday 15th July
Good afternoon, what a beautiful, sunny week we've had!
We all had a lot of fun on Wednesday at Talland beach at our whole school day. We learnt about the artist Andy Goldsworthy and created our own art using beach treasure. After lunch we walked up the hill, wow! it was hot! all of the children were amazing, we made sure we stopped for regular drink breaks and had some chill out time when we arrived back to school to let our bodies cool down.
On Tuesday Sean came to school for our final art session, we created some very colouring and intricate fish for our school surroundings, look out for them in September.
We had our weekly music session with Mrs Butlin yesterday, the hall was full of lovely sounds being created by the children playing the xylophones and glockenspiels.
In Maths - Y1 - we have been completing our end of unit assessment on fractions and refresh our brains about time and money.
YR - we have been practising using positional language to complete patterns.
In English - Y1 - have been finishing their stories - they're fantastic, the children have worked so hard!
This week we would like to congratulate Grace and George for being our people of the week.
We really can't believe that we've only got one week left of school until the holidays! It looks like it's going to be warm. Please can your child come into school in the mornings with sun-cream applied and we will help them to re-apply at lunchtime.
Enjoy your weekend and stay safe in the sun.
Mrs Counsell, Mrs Fernie and Mrs G.
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