Where the land meets the sea .....

Where the land meets the sea ...

This term our topic is entitled "Where the land meets the sea..."  and it will focus on the coast. We will be looking at the geography of the coastline of Cornwall and of other near and faraway places. We will also be exploring the coast as a habitat, learning about the different living creatures and plants that depend upon the coastline as their home and source of food. We will continue to look at the effects of human pollution on the coastal habitat and what we can do to care for our world. We will be using a range of fiction and non-fiction books to explore the topic. 

Harbours

This week we enjoyed the story of The Mousehole Cat. We learned about the function of harbours and were set the challenge of making a model harbour from bricks. The Pebbles added water to theirs, and tested whether the waves they created outside the wall entered the harbour itself. The Year 1's made model harbour villages from bricks. We are looking forward to swapping over activities on Monday. 

Festival Fun Day!

We had a wonderful time on Thursday, when we spent the morning outside on the field doing festival-type creative activities. The children rotated around a carousel of activities, which included invisible face painting, bubble blowing, playing musical instruments and dancing, drumming on the djembes, and making headbands and wristbands. 

National School Sport Week

We had a wonderful time last week, celebrating the importance of Sport in our lives for  keeping us mentally and physically fit and healthy. On Monday we ran Race for Life and Class 1 children ran between 10 and 20 laps of the field, totalling between 2 and 3 kilometres in distance.On Tuesday, GoActive staff came into school and we spent a whole morning in a carousel of fun activities. Wednesday was Bike Day, when classes took turns to spend an hour cycling around the field and playground. We had some super speedy children in Class 1, but everyone was very careful to steer around each other. A big thank you to parents for going to the trouble of bringing in bikes and helmets- not easy I know! On Thursday, we had a hugely enjoyable time in the sun and wind at Godrevy. We walked from The Rockpool to Godrevy Head, where we looked down on Mutton Cove (no seals, unfortunately) and across to the lighthouse, about which we have been learning in class. We then went to the beach to explore, pick up plastic litter, discover rockpools and build pebble towers. After a picnic lunch, we enjoyed an ice cream from Sally and a run around in the field, before walking back to the bus. Some parents have told me that their children slept very well that night- I certainly did! On Friday we practised for Sports Day and we are looking forward to the actual event next week.  

Our role play area

We had a planning discussion about our "Where the land meets the sea" role play area, and decided it needed a rock pool, a quayside for crabbing and a cave. We are enjoying all the different activities and no-one has been bitten by a crab yet!

Topic Homework

The  new topic homework grid is now in your child's topic homework book. There is also an online copy below which makes accessing the internet links easier. Thank you for all your support during last term's topic- the children's imagination and enthusiasm were certainly fired by dinosaurs and unicorns! 

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

Many children and their families are thinking carefully about reducing, reusing or recycling plastic. We have seen plastic eco-bricks (brought to school in a paper bag), metal drink straws to replace plastic ones and compostable bags made of starch. Mrs.Davies is using the milkman again, so that her milk comes in bottles and not plastic containers. 

May Day Celebrations

We spent a wonderful day, celebrating the arrival of the month of May. In the morning, Emily's parents, Chris and Hettie and their friend, Jackie, helped us dance around the May Pole, creating a colourful "Barber's Pole" pattern. In the afternoon, Rosie and her daughter Lula worked with us to create jingly wrist bands, foliage crowns and long wands to reperesent our three house groups. Thank you to everyone for making it such a memorable day.