Curlew's Blog

Despite having a half term holiday in the middle of it, February has been packed full of Curlew activities! First up was our Number Day and I would like to say an enormous thank you to all the parents who attended. The children loved showing off their Maths skills and sharing their learning with you.

On the Thursday 13th, we visited Trenoweth, the last traditional granite quarry in Cornwall. Owner Tim Marsh took us to the exposed rock face, along to the diamond cutting machine, past the ‘noisy machine’ shed and over to the stonemasons’ yard. We had the pleasure of watching the craftsmen shape the granite using traditional hammers and chisels. It was a great learning experience for everyone and we greatly appreciated the time Tim dedicated to showing us around his fantastic granite quarry.

Our third February activity took place earlier this week with a trip to Trebah Gardens. We had a great time exploring the wilderness and identifying various exotic plants. The aim of the visit was to fill the children with inspiration for our new “Sowing and Growing” topic and I think it did the trick! Over the next few weeks we will be: comparing how flowers have been depicted by different artists, recreating an Yvonne Coomber painting, planting sunflower seeds, dancing to Vivaldi’s “Spring,” creating seed tray mini gardens and learning how exotic plant species reached Cornwall.

Next week we start our next Talk for Writing text, ‘The Giant.’ Set in Heligan Gardens, this heart-warming adventure story is full of wonderful language, beautiful images and Cornish dialect.

We completed our Shape unit today and I have been most impressed by the children’s geometric progress over the past three weeks. Ross Barnes, our Maths Hub specialist, visited us before half term and commented on the children’s strong understanding and use of shape-related language. On Monday we move into learning fractions and I look forward to teaching the children all about quarters, halves and thirds.

Photographs of Key Activities: 2019-2020

We celebrated St.Piran's Day on Friday 6th March (officially a day late, but we had a wonderful day of World Book Day activities on the 5th!). Activities included singing 'Trelawney', taking part in the Cornish Meeting Dance, eating scones, jam and cream (in the correct order!), watching the tale of St. Piran and sharing a few Cornish words. What a super end to the week!
On Thursday 25th February, we were treated to beautiful sunshine in amongst the showers of rain during our trip to Trebah Gardens. We followed a trail of exotic plant discovery and learnt the names of various shrubs & trees from the acacia to the rhododendron. As well as these exotic plants, we also spotted native species such as the primrose and daffodil. The trip launched our new topic "Sowing and Growing" and we very much enjoyed our day out.
On Thursday 13th February, Curlews had the privilege of visiting Trenoweth Quarry as part of our locally themed "Mabe Matters" topic. Tim Marsh showed us around the exposed granite within the quarry itself, explaining how they cut the rock. Artist Dave demonstrated how he is carving a horse using a hammer and chisel. The quarry is a fantastic art studio! We watched the diamond cutting machine and the large saw in action. The stonemasons were busy sculpting troughs and other products up in the yard. Children and adults alike had a very informative afternoon!
On Wednesday 11th December, we performed Lights, Camel, Action 2: The Sequin. Packed full of dancing, humour, catchy songs and great costumes, the performance was a hit! We were so proud of each and every one of our  Sandpipers and Curlews. They spoke, sang, danced and acted superbly. Performing Dojos all round!
On Friday 6th December, Fred's mum, Caroline, came in to help us make mini Christmas cakes. Our Topic is Brilliant Bodies and we certainly made use of them when cooking and decorating! We used our hands/arms to mix/knead, our eyes to measure, our noses to sniff the spices and our minds to consider how to be safe when cooking.

Vocabulary included: ingredients, knead, mixed spice, self-raising, greaseproof, yolk, decorate, separate, combine, beat, solid, liquid, moisture, consistency, soaked, cream and hygiene.
On Tuesday 15th October, Daya came in to teach us about the Hindu festival of Diwali and immerse us in Indian culture.  We had a wonderful time dressing in traditional Indian clothing, listening to stories, meditating, dancing, cooking and sampling food. 
On Tuesday 1st October, we visited Pendennis Castle as part of our Autumn 1 Castles Topic. We had a great time exploring the castle, taking part in a 'now and then' workshop and watching the cannons fire! A huge thanks to Mr Carter and Mr Higgins for accompanying us on our trip! 
Take a look around our 2019-2020 classroom: