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!
Vocabulary included: ingredients, knead, mixed spice, self-raising, greaseproof, yolk, decorate, separate, combine, beat, solid, liquid, moisture, consistency, soaked, cream and hygiene.