Pupils from Year 3, 4 and Year 5 had a fantastic time on 19th June. They spent the morning on an actual 'dig' at nearby Calstock.
They really showed curiosity and resilience as they painstakingly unearthed some Roman treasures in the soil.
One group even found some Roman pottery!
This has really enthused some children to think about a career as an archaeologist!
Year 1 and 2 have been trying to answer the question this team of 'Why We Sail?'. In Science they tested a range of materials to see if they floated or sank. They then used this information to make a range of boats. Some great learning skills were shown here including being curious and using your own ideas from what you already know.
Our brilliant Mermaid, created by pupils in Y3 and Y4 and beautifully finished by Mrs Johnson, proudly took to the streets of Callington for this year's Mayest. Not only did she look lovely but she was also environmentally friendly- made from recycle sacks and other reusable materials.Miss Owen also led a group of Maypolers in the festivities.
As part of Callington's annual Mayest we were treated to a brilliant production of "Diggory, The Worst Pirate In The World." It was a true tale about a Launceston lad, Diggory Piper who finds himself as a reluctant and sea sick captain of an Elizabethan ship. the Little Trebiggan theatre company were brilliant and the children even learnt some Cornish during the performance.
Pupils from Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning about the importance of ships over the years. They paid a visit to Sir Francis Drake's home - Buckland Abbey where they found out about life in Elizabethan times aboard a ship. They got to see the famous Drake's Drum and were transformed into actual Tudor children- don't they look adorable!
After qualifying for the Area games for the grass track event for the first time, our children competed against schools from across southeast Cornwall.
The children took part in a team-pursuit style event where they completed 6 laps (rotating the lead rider every half lap).
The children thoroughly enjoyed theirselves and finished a respectable 5th, helped by their collaborative approach to the task and their resilience!
Our Year 3 and 4 class got the chance to use our wonderful refurbished environmental area. We are studying animals and their habitats and came across this little guy (or girl)! in our pond.
The children were all curious to carefully hold him/her and everyone was totally absorbed in their learning- all eager to catch another one. We must have found at least five and were mindful to return each one to the water.
Next week we will try to find out what species of newt this is and investigate the area some more- Happy Friday!
Year 1 and Year 2 had great fun at the Eden Project today. They have been learning about plants in Science so they used their plant explorer tools to measure plants, colour match flowers and find different shaped leaves.
They also looked out for edible plants such as bananas and grapes.
This was a great learning experience which practised the children's learning dispositions of observation and collaboration.
At Delaware and Gunnisalke Academies we have formed links with a team of Archaeologists from Exeter University who will be working with us for the next 3 years, allowing our pupils to get an understanding of the ways in which Archaeologists work to discover the past.
Kat (pictured here) was explaining how excavations are used to look for clues. She explained that this was not a quick process, requiring resilience and perseverance- an excellent 'real life' link to the learning skills which we promote at both schools. Our Year 4 children had a very engaging morning.
To celebrate Science Week we had a special 'Science Day'. The classes were completely mixed up so that we had Y1 to Year 6 children in every class.
Teachers chose a range of investigations for the classes to try including : 'Rocket Mice from Mars', 'Larva Lamps', 'Static Electricity', 'Gloop' and 'How to protect an egg from breaking when you drop it'.
It was a lively, interactive day and helped the children to demonstrate perseverance, curiosity, listening skills, collaboration and making links in their learning- but best of all it was FUN!
We were recently very fortunate to have received a £4000 grant from Tesco's 'Bag For Life' scheme.
With some time and lots of hard work from Mr Gilbert (helped by Mr Bass from Wadebridge Primary Academy) our pond area is almost ready. We've got a smart new fence and a beautiful 'outdoor classroom'/observation building where children can observe the wildlife or sketch the scenery- what a fantastic addition to the school!
Mr and Mrs Pearce, two of our parents, designed and supplied the building and we thank them for their generous discount on the price. We can't wait to use it!
We were recently very fortunate to be able to use the amazing climbing walls at the nearby Delaware Outdoor Activity Centre. All of our KS2 children participated and it was amazing to see them demonstrating such excellent learning characteristics such as resilience and perseverance.
There were lots of children who were daunted by the sheer size of the walls, but most of them overcame their nerves and fears and were jubilant when they reached the top!
Thank you to the staff at the centre who made us feel so welcome and looked after the children so well.
On 6th February two teams from Delaware took part in Callington Rotary Club's annual 'Youth Speaks' competition.
They spoke clearly and with passion about their respective subjects. Team 1 - Wendy, Jess and Karina talked about how they are against all forms of cruelty to animals.
Team 2 - Morgan Bryn and Grace asked the question "Should Marvel make mini movies for younger children?"
Both teams supported one another brilliantly, each playing their roles of Chair Person, Speaker and Vote of thanks. The most impressive thing was that the speeches were all written solely by the children (With a bit of help from Mr Avery.) Team 1 were placed 7th and team 2 joint 4th! Well done to all involved as it took great courage to stand up and talk to a crowded room full of strangers.
We were fortunate to have a visit from 3 members of the percussion section of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on 12th February.
The Year 6 pupils took part in a percussion workshop where they worked together to create a rhythmic piece which they performed to the rest of the school.
We were then treated to a 'mini concert' where the children got to see and hear a full range of percussion instruments from timpani drums to xylophones. What a fantastic learning experience for the children to see a group of professional musicians perform.
Or happy St. Piran's Day!
At Delaware Primary Academy we think that it is very important that children are taught about their heritage and what makes it and them special. So, each year we celebrate St. Piran's day in a big way!
The children come dressed in black and white or gold colours to celebrate the 'Cornish' colour scheme. There is a pasty and cream tea lunch (it's only once a year!) We are then joined by families to sing a range of Cornish songs- including 'Trelawney' and 'Little Eyes' and the classes entertain us with a selection of Cornish dances, ending with the brilliant, slightly chaotic, 'Serpent Dance' -think very long conga that winds in on itself!
All of these festivities are accompanied by the amazing 'Rubber Band'- a group of local musicians led by the multi-talented Rosie Fierek.
Perranporth class (Year 4 and 5) were lucky enough to have a visit from local historian, Ian Rowe, on 5th March.
Linking into their learning about Tudors, the children found out about aspects of daily life and practised writing with quills and ink - trickier than it looks!
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