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Lusty Glaze   March and April

Posted 09/05/2024
by Louise Owen

Our spring term was full of creativity!  We worked hard on improving our art work through collage techniques and wrote some lovely endings to the classic story The Wind in the Willows - Mr Toad certainly found some interesting ways to break out of prison.
We also conducted a geographical survey of the Gunnislake and Tamar bridges, focusing on the different types of traffic that comes through as we continue our river learning.
In RE we learned about the Easter story and what that means to people.
Our science topic of plants saw us finding out about the ideal conditions plants need to grow and we've tried to grow some different things for the gardening club.
Just after Easter we started our new topic around the question "How is the UK different to France?"  We tried some different French foods - camembert was a little too intense in flavour!


The ARC   April in the ARC

Posted 07/05/2024
by Johanna Thomas

April in the ARC

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Posted 07/05/2024
by Michaela Wright

April 2024

This month we began studying Cornwall. Our geography question being; ‘Where in the world do we live and how could we improve our local area?’ The children used maps and atlases to firstly look at the seven continents and after recapping that we lived in Europe the children began investigating exactly where Cornwall was located. They were able to tell me, using maps and atlases that Cornwall is in the South West of England which was part of the United Kingdom which is in Europe. They also used a local OS map to locate exactly where our local area of Gunnislake/St Ann’s Chapel is. During our next lesson the children spent time creating their own sketch map of Cornwall from a high view point. This required them to use observational skills to recreate the shapes of the coastlines. Next, the children compared local maps from the 1950’s to the present day to identify similarities and differences between them. This encouraged them to ask and answer questions about place, positions, patterns and processes whilst investigating the maps.

In literacy this month we began to read and study ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. We completed lots of VIPER activities to help us learn more about what we were reading and the children spent time writing character and setting descriptions. They completed hot seating activities to help them think about the questions they may ask certain characters as well as how those characters may answer the questions. We completed work on fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and apostrophes to help us prepare for or final write. The children used a story plan to plan out the story of the Iron Man from his point of view. They used writing toolkits to make sure they were including all of the necessary features.

In Maths we finished our decimal unit whilst continuing to practice our times tables.

In Science the children have been learning about ‘Changing States’. They identified the three different states and learnt about their particle arrangements and properties. They looked at reversible and irreversible changes and melting and boiling points of different materials. They then planned out an experiment investigating the melting points of different foods.

This month we were lucky enough to have a visit from and ambulance and paramedic who taught us lots about the things on an ambulance and what they are used for. The children enjoyed asking questions to find out even more.


Fistral   April 2024

Posted 03/05/2024
by Sarah Evans

April has been a short month due to the Easter holidays but we have still managed to pack in lots of learning.

In English we have been learning about stories by the same author, Lauren Child. We have been enjoying her Clarice Bean stories and are currently working on planning our own.

Maths has been all about fractions so far this term. We have learnt how to recognise and find equal groups, recognise and find a half, a quarter and three quarters of a shape and a quantity. 

Our big question this half term is 'Who was Francis Drake and why was he important?'
We have enjoyed finding out about his voyages and learnt some grisly facts about life on the 'Golden Hind'
Most of us have seen his statue in Tavistock so we know he is important locally. We are looking forward to our trip to Buckland Abbey to find out more.

Art has been all about Vincent van Gogh. We have been looking at his paintings and discussing what we notice and like/don't like about them.
We have learnt about tints and shades and have experimented with colours and patterns in his style. Next we will be trying to reproduce his 'Starry Night' painting for our art exhibition at the end of May.

Science has been all about plants. We had fun dissecting seeds and comparing them to bulbs. Then we planted some seeds with varying amounts of light and water and are waiting to see what will happen to them. 



Posted 11/04/2024
by Michaela Wright

March 2024

This month we have been studying the Vikings. Our history question was; ‘Who were the Vikings and what impact did they have on Britain?’ The children asked and answered questions about the past and evaluated the reliability of their evidence to discover more about this period in history. They uncovered where the Viking period came in our history timeline and then who the Vikings were, where their homelands where and where and why they came and settled here. They then looked at the impact the Vikings had on Britain by studying how Britain was before the Vikings came to settle, how it was during their raids and this era and then after the Viking era ended.

In Literacy this month we have been studying the story ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We read the story as a class over the course of the month whilst completing VIPER activities and using our Fab Four characters to investigate the story in more detail. The children completed lots of SPaG work, particularly focusing on expanded noun phrases, direct speech and fronted adverbials before eventually planning, writing and editing their very own short story as an unlikely hero.

In Maths we completed lots of work on fractions. The children also spent lots of time working on their multiplications. We have been using Times Table Rockstars to help increase our recall of times table facts.

In Science this month we celebrated science week by completing several extra science investigations in addition to our electricity unit. The children spent lots of time investigating circuits in their unit of learning and looking at renewable and non-renewable sources and electrical safety. Our extra investigations involved the children researching farming of the future and then used the Tinkercad software to design their own farm of the future. They also used Scratch Jnr. to explore time travel. After researching what time travel could be the children demonstrated how it might look using the Scratch Jnr. app.


The ARC   March

Posted 04/04/2024
by Johanna Thomas

Spring time and Science

Solids, Liquids and Gasses.

We have been busy with our science this term to witness the changes that happen during some solid and liquid experiments.

First we made Ice decorations showing that liquid can change to a solid and then back to a liquid using the freezing and melting method.

Secondly in science we cut up fruit and mixed with our liquid (yogurt) and froze it to see if we could make it into a solid. It froze and made delicious fruit lollipops.

When we froze water, milk, vinegar and apple juice, some of us thought the milk would freeze first, some the water and some the vinegar. The water froze first with the milk at a close second.

Finally we decided to see if we could turn a solid into a liquid by using the melting process. I think the boys enjoyed this the most. The water that reached boiling point during the melting process turned into a gas (we could see this by the the steam rising).


Seaton   March 2024

Posted 02/04/2024
by Rachel Tomkins

March has been an action packed month. We designed and made our Easter baskets using the weaving technique we had practised on paper. We learnt about the human body and how senses can be used to inform us about what is around us. We learnt about a significant figure in the world of paleontology - Mary Anning.
We had a great time on our Wild Tribe morning. We loved getting creative with crafts and stories out in the woods.
We went on a trip to The Box museum in Plymouth. We took the train and joined a local children's author in celebrating the International Day of Happiness. We each came up with ideas that the author made into a song. We sang the song together at Plymouth station. While at The Box we learned all about the detective work that natural historians do. We tried to match up animals skulls to their diets and their species. We met Mildred the woolly mammoth - she was magnificent and quite enormous! We also got to see some huge fossils up close which reminded us of our work on Mary Anning.
In literacy we have learnt about, told and written riddles about animals and about dinosaurs. We read our dinosaur riddles to Year 4 who had to guess which type of dinosaur was being described. 
|n maths we have been exploring numbers to 50 and going outdoors to use our length measuring skills.


Seaton   February 2024

Posted 02/04/2024
by Rachel Tomkins

In February we began thinking about a new big question - 'How do we know about dinosaurs?'. We began learning about fossils and paleontologists. 
In science, we learned about what different animals like to eat and whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. We also learnt that some animals make more suitable pets than others and explored the reasons for this.
This month we also learnt more about internet safety. We used the DigiDuck stories to explore how we should conduct ourselves online and we learnt that, when we see something online that makes us feel uncomfortable, we should stop, close and tell a trusted adult. 
We have also began exploring patterns, textures and colours in fabrics and have started to learn to weave by weaving paper. 
In literacy we have been reading and writing letters inspired by the 'Dear Dinosaur' story.


Head's Blog   Latest Head's Blog (Delaware and Gunnislake)

Posted 27/03/2024
by Lynn Cox

I hope that you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. What a refreshing change to see the sunshine! I hope that you all managed to make the most of it- long may it continue. 
We were very fortunate last week to have visit from Mr Peter Salisbury, who is an ambulance driver. He brought his ambulance along to both school bases and showed the children the exterior, the interior and even let them see the flashing lights and sirens. Ambulances can be quite a frightening sight for children - they are fast moving and very loud. With their blacked-out windows they can also seen quite mysterious. Children often have a fear of the unknown but this visit has showed them what is behind the windows. Whist I hope that the children will never have to experience travelling in an ambulance, I hope that the visit would make the experience less scary.
Recently, the Reception children, along with some of the Nursery class had a fantastic session of Maypole dancing. It was wonderful to see the absolute joy on their faces they wound the ribbons around the pole. I was impressed by their skill and focus.
Last week some pupils in Year 5 have been taking part in the Bikeability programme. This scheme is run by our sport's partnership provider, Arena, and it teaches pupils how to ride safely on the roads. I presented them with certificates and badges in last week's celebration assembly and they were very proud of their achievements. 
I recently sent out a letter explaining Accelerated Reader levelled books and how we are using them in the school. If you missed it there is a copy uploaded below.
Congratulations to Year 3 who won the attendance award this week with 100%.
I hope that you all enjoy the sunny weekend!


Fistral   March 2024

Posted 27/03/2024
by Sarah Evans

We have had lots of fun and managed to take some of our learning outside despite the wet weather.

In Science we have been learning about 'Living Things and Their Habitats'.
We started by classifying things that are living, non-living, dead and never been alive. Then we learnt about different habitats around the world and how the animals that live there, adapt to their environment and depend on each other for survival. We managed to spend some time in the woods looking at micro-habitats and undertaking a survey of bugs that we found there.
In Computing we have been learning all about programmable toys and our teacher was very impressed that we can all explain what 'algorithm' means!

We have also been creating some amazing sketches of the view of our playground in the style of Lowry. We learnt lots of techniques beforehand such as hatching, crosshatching, stippling and shading. We also had fun creating matchstick figures and adding details to them. We tried to include many of these techniques in our sketches.

Our topic 'Where Do We Live?' had a mainly Geography focus. We really enjoyed our walk around the local area identifying human and physical features and created some fabulous maps for another class who wanted to know the way to the park. 

Wishing you all a relaxing Easter break with your families.


Head's Blog   22nd March 2024

Posted 22/03/2024
by Lynn Cox

As we reach the end of another few weeks at both bases, I wanted to say thank you for supporting the various events which have been taking place during the last couple of weeks. 
It was lovely to see so many of you at our 'fashion parade' during World Book Day. The children looked fantastic in their book character costumes and they spent the day engaging in a range of reading related tasks. I want to than all of the teachers for planning these activities for the children and also Miss Owen for coordinating the event. I have had lots of children tell me how much they enjoyed being on the 'catwalk'!
Mrs Hannaford and the football team have really enjoyed playing in the Callington Arena league. They have had a few wins, but the most admirable thing is that they have played with passion, good humour and determination- well done to all!
Last Friday was Comic Relief. Across the two bases we raised just over £140 which is amazing! I want to particularly thank members of the school council at the Gunnislake base who bravely put themselves forward to be 'gunged' for money. 
Y1 had a fantastic 'Wild Tribe' day on Tuesday where they made magic wands from willow, played games and toasted marshmallows over a camp fire.
We are looking forward to the Easter Bunny Hop next Thursday- thank you for all of your donations for the tombola.


Head's Blog   12th March 2024

Posted 12/03/2024
by Sarah Sanson

Delaware and Gunnislake sites update


The Department for Education have given us the ‘green light’ to officially confirm the split site arrangement we have had in place for the last 4 years.


This means that the move to Delaware being an infant school and Gunnislake being a junior school (over both sites) IS happening. We are looking to make this move formal in September 2024. 


Much of what happens currently will continue, we are looking at anything that might need to be adjusted to accommodate the permanent change. 


There will be some changes with admissions, although the local authority has already been working with us to support the new system. Parents with children new to EYFS will continue to register (this will all be through Delaware, no Gunnislake places) and then there will be an admissions process to apply for a Year 3 place when your child is in Year 2. This year we have this in hand with the local authority and you will receive a letter from them in April, confirming your child’s place at Gunnislake (although they will be attending Year 3/4 on the Delaware site). We are here to support you with any questions that might arise, nobody will miss out on school places who are currently with us.


The minibus will continue to run between sites, as we know this is something that many of you rely on.


 Should you have any questions about any aspect of this confirmation, please contact Mrs Cox at school, as we are all working very closely on this.



Best Wishes,

Mrs Cox (Headteacher), Mr Wright (Chair of Governors), Mrs Sanson (Area Executive Head) and Mr Massey (Chief Executive)


Fistral   February 2024

Posted 12/03/2024
by Sarah Evans

February was a short month due to half term but we have still managed to pack in lots of learning.

In literacy we have been writing instructions about how to make an aeroplane out of recycled materials which we had actually made in DT so this helped us know what to write.

In numeracy we have had fun measuring length in centimetres and metres.

In Geography we have been exploring maps of the local area and comparing them to satellite views. We really enjoyed this, spotting where we live and local landmarks.
We have learnt what physical features are and what human features are.
We have also been discussing symbols and keys and had a go at drawing our own maps of the school and surrounding area.
We are just waiting for some dry weather so we can go for a walk in our local area now.

Art has been all about drawing and we have explored drawing different types of lines, shading, hatching, cross-hatching and stippling.
Again, we are waiting for the weather to improve so that we can take our art outside!

In music we have been learning to play the glockenspiel. We have learnt notes, B, A and G and have also learnt to put them together to play along to a tune. 


The ARC   February in the ARC

Posted 11/03/2024
by Johanna Thomas

February in the ARC

There has been lots to celebrate in the ARC this February with birthdays and Valentine's Day. 

Our topic is Dinosaurs. We have been baking Dinosaur biscuits, creating fossils like the ones that Mary Anning found, creating Dinosaur skeletons out of pasta and building large scale 3D dinosaurs. Watch this space for the Dinosaur stories that we have worked on in literacy. All the ARC children have engaged really well with the topic! 

Freddie has been enjoying his piano playing and messy play. He is getting brilliant at using some of his symbols to communicate. We are very proud of him. 

Our newest member of the ARC, Eddie is settling in nicely. He loved making his dinosaur skeleton! 


Lusty Glaze   February 2024

Posted 28/02/2024
by Louise Owen

This February...

...we have been continuing our work looking at the Tamar Valley, in particular the river Tamar.  We learned about the history of the river and went on a field trip to the Tamar Bridge (a very wet field trip).  
In RE we have been thinking about Holy Week and the events leading up to Easter.
In science we have started a new unit all about plants.
We also had Mental Health Week where we thought hard about showing kindness, being confident and talking kindly about ourselves.
We've been learning about different watercolour washes in art and practicing creating different effects.


Fistral   January 2024

Posted 09/02/2024
by Sarah Evans

January has been a busy month and we have been trying to answer the question 'Why was Amelia Earhart important?'.

In history we have been learning all about her adventures and achievements and the class have blown me away with their knowledge of the history of flight. This linked nicely to our literacy work where the children wrote a biography of Amelia Earhart's life.

In DT we have been designing and making aeroplanes which is ongoing. Have a look at our wonderful designs and we will post some pictures of the completed products when they are finished.

This half term has been learning all about multiplication and division in maths. The children have been able to recognise equal and non-equal groups, use stem sentences to describe arrays and problem solve using the 2, 5 and 10 times table.

Science has been all about humans and other animals. We recapped on the main animal groups, learnt about lifecycles and we can also explain what metamorphosis is! The children learnt about the basic needs for survival and also enjoyed an investigation into the best types of exercise for raising your heartbeat.
Finally we really enjoyed joining Steve Backshall for a live lesson all about sharks at the Marine Aquarium in Plymouth.

Well done for all your hard work this half term children, enjoy your half term break.


Nursery   January 2024

Posted 08/02/2024
by Gemma Miller

It was a cold return to nursery after the Christmas break and we started learning all about Winter. We explored the world, discussing animals that live in colder climates and used these creatures in our small world play. We also used these in our play dough to make footprints. We explored colour mixing whilst using pipettes to paint snowflakes. We also learnt about the Northern Lights and made our own Northern Light pictures using printing and pastels. One of our focus stories this month was Owl Babies and we learnt lots about owls and used the story to compare sizes, making comparisons between the three babies - Sarah, Percy and Bill. We completed some great observational drawings and paintings of Owls too. At the end of the month it was the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch so we made some seed bird feeders to send home and help encourage birds into our gardens. We were very fortunate to be given some brand new puddle suits , kindly funded by the Friends of Delaware and Gunnislake which are keeping us nice and dry during our outside play.


Nursery   December 2023

Posted 08/02/2024
by Gemma Miller

We started the festive season with the arrival of a Christmas tree which we all helped decorate. We then made a start on our designs for the Winter Wonderland DT Exhibition. Nursery  made some festive mobiles by decorating card and clay baubles which we then threaded and tied to sticks we collected outside. We experimented with different paint effects to make our Christmas cards by printing with pine branches.
We had an opportunity to practise our numeral and quantity matching by decorating Christmas trees with pompoms. In the last week we enjoyed some festive games such as 'Pin the Nose on Rudolph' and made reindeer food to take home. We also gave a great performance of 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' using Makaton signs.


The ARC   January

Posted 07/02/2024
by Jane Cansdale


We have been busy this January working on our water theme. We have recreated Monet picutres in Art and made fish out of willow and tissue paper. In Geography we have looked at the wonderful world where we have been learning about the seven Continents and five Oceans. Our cooking sessions have also been connected with water and liquid.

In Science we are learning about Solids, liquids and gases. We decided to make a Lava lamp to see what happens to the oil and water. The oil had greater density as it stayed at the bottom while the water stayed at the top. The bubbles were created by the fizzing tablets.

We enjoyed making Ice decorations, using natural items such as leaves, sticks, fir cones, conkers and flowers. We showed that liquid can change to a solid and then back to a liquid using the freezing and melting method.

Finally we decided to see if we could turn a solid into a liquid by using the melting process. Using chocolate buttons we conducted a fair test by using two chocolate buttons in each container. We used the same amount of water but 3 different temperatures (cold, warm, boiled). I think the boys enjoyed this the most and concluded that the cold water left the chocolate as a solid, the warm water slightly melted and the boiled water completely melting the chocolate. They noticed that the chocolate still tasted the same on all three.


Seaton   January 2024

Posted 06/02/2024
by Rachel Tomkins

This month we have been exploring the question of 'What can you find where the land meets the sea'. We have learnt about the 7 continents and 5 oceans and discovered what can be found around the coastline of Plymouth. We have also learnt how human beings are changing what can be found where the land meets the sea by allowing so much plastic pollution to get into the water and wash up beaches all around the world. 

In art we have been learning about the 3 primary colours and have been mixing paint to make secondary colours. 

In maths we have been learning about the place value of numbers to 20. we have been ordering and comparing them.

In music we have been learning about rhythem. The children have learnt rhymes and used drums to tap out the rhythm of the syllables in words. 


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