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Home Learning 13/7/20 

Dear Talland Class,



We are in our last full week of home learning, I can hardly believe a half term has passed. You have been absolutely amazing at home learning, I could not have asked for a better class of children. I miss you all lots so it has been lovely to welcome some of the Year 5s back to school. 

This week, you will have the opportunity to think about all the things you have learnt about Cornwall during this half term and why you love living here. Knowing you all, I am sure some of the reasons will involve ice cream flavours, the great outdoors, smugglers and King Arthur to name a few. In maths, you have the chance to re-visit how to plot coordinates, reflect and translate shapes in a grid, perfect learning to prepare for a game of battle ships.

During smuggling week, LOGAN and his family went to Jamaica Inn to learn more about its smuggling history and connections with Polperro. SOPHIE has written a fantastic piece of descriptive writing about the tunnel behind Number 2 Gurnick Street. Thank you for sharing your experiences and work with me.


As always, the learning grid is attached below the Blog with any resources needed. Don't forget to read every day, it is lovely to escape to another world, meet new characters and imagine...

Libraries are opening up so it is now possible to borrow books again - hurrah! You might be lucky to find The Smugglers of Mousehole: Book 1: The Skull Rock Mystery (written by Alan Sanders-Clarke).

In the news this week, Heinz has launched some unusual flavours ice cream - fancy a scoop of ketchup flavoured ice cream? How about mayo or BBQ? I am not sure, but it could be fun to try I suppose, read more here.

I hope you enjoy rounding off your learning about Cornwall and I am sure you will produce some fantastic posters or adverts. If you want to share, please send me an email with your work.

Enjoy 
Mrs Wills

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Home Learning 6.7.20 

Dear Talland Class,


This week, we are shining a light on the darker side of Cornish history – smuggling. During the 1700s and 1800s, high taxes were put on a range of luxury goods (gin, brandy, tobacco and tea) and some basic goods like salt making them unaffordable for many. This offered an opportunity for fishermen to supplement their low incomes by engaging in ‘the trade’ as smuggling was known. Brandy, gin, tea and tobacco was shipped across the Channel from Guernsey where they were readily available at much lower prices than in England. Smuggling was a dangerous, law-breaking activity which had to be carried out out of sight of the Customs Officers. Ships had to be loaded and unloaded, often in winter or at night without lights, and to land a cargo in Talland Bay in foul weather would have been no easy task. Once they had landed the goods, the fishermen needed to sell them on. Finding buyers was not difficult, but finding trustworthy buyers was, so help arrived in Polperro in the shape of Zephaniah Job. He changed the life of the village by managing the smuggling trade and he even created a currency; The Polperro Pound. I have added a picture of one of the notes above. You can learn more about the smuggling trade from the Polperro Heritage Museum http://www.heritagepress.polperro.org/museum.html
 
Does anyone recognise the entrance to the cave on the image above? - send me an email if you know where it is.

You continue to impress me with your incredible examples of home learning. Despite us being in Week 14 of Home learning, your enthusiasm and commitment to learning is still clear to see. You truly are an amazing class of children.

STARS OF THE WEEK
HANNAH for her beautiful heart shaped green stone - taken straight out of tale about Cormoran and St Michael's Mount. OLLY for his informative, well presented mining leaflet, a fantastic piece of work using digital media.

As usual, the Weekly Home Learning Grid and any related documents are attached below the blog. In addition to the activities on the learning grid: READ READ READ - find a quiet corner, a good text and enjoy meeting new people and places. Continue working on your TARGET TIMES TABLES using Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button. Practise the STATUTORY SPELLINGS from the 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 word lists using the different spelling strategies.

Hope you enjoy the thrill of the smuggling world.
Mrs Wills


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Home Learning 29/6/20 

Dear Talland Class,


This week, we are going underground to find out more about Cornwall’s rich mining history. Mining existed here from the days of stone age man. Mining in Cornwall dates back to between 1000 and 2000 B.C. when Cornwall is thought to have been visited by metal traders from the eastern Mediterranean. They named Britain, the 'Cassiterides' - 'Tin Islands'. Cornwall provided the majority of the United Kingdom's tin, copper and arsenic. Mining ended (at least temporarily) with the closure of South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall in 1998.

In English, you will refine your research skills by reading and watching videos about mining. You will use all this information to produce a leaflet about tin, mines, miners and their tools making it interesting and appealing with illustrations and diagrams. In maths, Year 4 will continue practising their written methods for subtraction and Year 5, you will re-cap on how to read and draw line graphs.
For your enquiry work, there’s opportunity to learn about China Clay Mining, doing a science experiment with chocolate cookies and learn a Cornish Mining Folk dance.

ALEX S has been busy baking and I have added a picture of his yummy looking Cornish fairings, bet they were tasty! REID has baked some scrumptious looking pasties and used an excellent crimping technique - very impressive. I have also added a picture of Peach and Pineapple, Reid's newly hatched chickens, absolutely adorable. HANNAH has shared lots of her work and I love her new word CELSAGE - made from celery and sausage, I think there's a market there for a delicacy. I have chosen to share some of her writing with you as I was so impressed with her character description of John and her editing skills used in the recipe. I am pleased to see that you use our learning at home. 

Mining may have ended in Cornwall with the closing of South Crofty, but in many other places around the world, mining is still a major industry. The largest mines in the world extract metals (gold and copper), coal, oil shale, gemstones (diamonds), limestone and clay. Yesterday, CBBC newsround told the story of a miner in Tanzania, who has become a millionaire after finding the biggest tanzanite gemstones in history. Tanzanite is one of the rarest gemstones in the world and is only found in northern Tanzania. You can read the story here 

I have learnt an awful lot this week researching Cornish mining. I always wondered why some of the engine houses around Pendeen were balanced so precariously on the cliff edge, now I know it is because the tunnels went underwater! I hope you too will have fun and learn lots about our Cornish mining history.

As always, please share any work you are particularly proud of, it is the best part of the day when I receive post from any of you.
Mrs Wills
jwills@polperroprimary.co.uk

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Home Learning 22/6/20 

Dear Talland Class,

Welcome to FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD week. We are going to explore some of the culinary delights of Cornwall, which have made it big, and we can’t do this without talking PASTIES. Pasties are thought to have been around in Cornwall since the 14th century, so it’s only natural then that the Cornish have become rather attached to them. In fact, they are so important to the Cornish people that the term "Cornish pasty" has been given protected status by the European Commission and it means that only pasties made in Cornwall from a traditional recipe can now be called "Cornish pasties". Cornish pasties could still be baked elsewhere in the country, but they would need to be prepared in Cornwall. Find out more about Cornish Pasties, including the World Championships, fastest crimper and facts and figures by clicking here

Another star of the Cornish food scene is the Cream Tea. Like pasties, the Cornish fiercely protect Cornish cream teas although not because of where they are made, but how they are served. In Cornwall, you put jam on your scone (make sure you DON'T pronounce the word to rhyme with bone!) followed by clotted cream. In Devon, they put the cream on first, and then add jam on top. What do you think; #Jam First?

You have amazed me again this week with some super examples of your learning. LILY was set a challenge by her mum for an art project and you can see the amazing result in the picture above - carefully illustrated and beautifully coloured butterflies in the style of Yayoi Kusama's infinity mirrors. HARRY has been super busy with his learning this week and he has shared some fantastic examples with me. I have chosen two of Harry's posters to show you;  his Cormoran wanted poster - I love the LAST SEEN: FALLING DOWN A PIT! and his information poster about different rock types.

CORNWALL VIRTUAL SCHOOL GAMES
Next week is the first Cornwall Virtual School Games. All children in school will be taking part across the week and because it is virtual, you can still take part at home. Across the 5 days, there are activities that you can complete to earn points for yourself and the school. Demonstration videos have been released on the Virtual School Games page of the Active Cornwall website to help you understand what you need to do. (See links in document attached) There will be an opening ceremony video at 10 am on Monday 22nd June on the Cornwall School Games Facebook page or Active Cornwall YouTube Channel (see link on document attached). Attached (Virtual School Games) is the document showing you the different activities on each day and how to get involved. It will be up to parents/carers to fill in the results form each day. Each day’s challenges will begin at 10 am with an email sent to all schools registered. We will put this link on our school Facebook page each day for you. Results must be submitted by 9 am the following day on the specific day’s link so please don’t forget to fill it! Bonus points can be achieved for any of the following and should be added to your total points and submitted through the results sheet.
a. 1 point for every family member and year group teacher who tries the challenge
b. 1 point for completing it in fancy dress
c. 1 point for a communication (video/email etc..) sent to the school or speaking to a teacher if in school telling them how you have engaged with one of         the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give

For more information, check out the Cornwall School Games Facebook Page, the Active Cornwall Website or watch the following video on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTCzGbKj1BM&feature=youtube

If you have any questions about the Virtual School Games then please email erandle@polperroprimary.co.uk


This week's learning grid and all activity resources are attached below. Some of the activity sheets can be accessed from the Learning grid document by scrolling down the pages. Don't forget to READ, practise those SPELLINGS and not forgetting the all-important TIMES TABLES. All vital skills for when we return to school.

Hope food week leaves you hungry for more!
Mrs Wills
jwills@polperroprimary.co.uk

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Home Learning 15/6/20 


Dear Talland Class,

Last week, we learnt about the little people of Cornwall, Pobel Vean, this week, we go LARGE to study Cornish giants. The legends associated with Cornwall’s Giants are many and varied. There was Bolster the bane of St Agnes is life, Wraft the terror of the St Ives and Porthreath fishermen. Cormoran and his wife Cormelian who lived at St Michael’s Mount and Blunderbore and his brother Rebecks who rampaged around Ludgvan. Locally, the reference to giants comes from the old verse which says, “Jack the Giant having nothing to do built a hedge from Lerryn to Looe!” On the other hand, a 19th century tradition in Looe tells that the Child Jesus and his uncle landed on Looe Island, and the Piskies were so anxious for their safety that they built this enormous hedge. So, what do you think, Giants or Piskies?

Jack the Giant, Jack the Giant Slayer, lots of names in Cornish tales about Giants feature the name Jack. The reason for this is probably because Jack is the traditional nickname for a Cornishman. So Cornish heroes named after Cornwall - simply perfect!

I have added LACIE'S incredible drawing for you all to see. She used the image on the left as inspiration to draw her own image. I am super impressed with her attention to detail, shading and the expression she has created - WOW! NANCY has created a fantastic Piskie Kingdom using saltdough and lots of other materials from home and nature - it looks so inviting. MORGAN has been working on a Lego project, a fantastic example of his creativity and imagination -  I am getting the Lego out today! OLLY used last week's learning to inspire his entertaining drabble about King Arthur. It is absolutely brilliant to see how he has made use of the success criteria to produce great writing. REID has used our new sentence type 3 adjectives - Question? in his fabulous character description of John the Fisherman. I cannot tell you how pleased I am that you are using all your learning skills at home. 

VIRTUAL SCHOOL GAMES WEEK Being active plays a large part of our learning over the next couple of weeks. Health and well-being at this difficult time is so important and June is usually when Sport England launch their Cornwall School Games event. It's a nationwide initiative (sectioned into regions) where schools compete and children get a chance to showcase their skills in a range of sports. In light of our current climate, Sport England have organised a 'Virtual' School Games during the week 22nd June - 26th June 2020 and it looks really exciting. It's a chance for all children, in school and learning from home, to take part in activities such as Boccia, Tennis, Volleyball, Dance and Athletics, competing alongside their friends and supporting our school. Information will be sent out to you and a link to the website with more details, activity cards and demo videos explaining each activity is attached. I have planned practice time for each of the activities on your grid and then left Friday afternoon free for you to focus on the ones you are interested in taking part in. You can do all or as many as you like. http://www.activecornwall.org/cornwallschoolgames/the-virtual-games

The learning grid and all activity resources are attached below. Some of the activity sheets this week can be accessed from the Learning grid document by scrolling down the pages. Don't forget to READ, practise those SPELLINGS and not forgetting the all-important TIMES TABLES.

Have fun with the Giants and don't forget to share any learning you would like me to admire.
Mrs Wills
jwills@polperroprimary.co.uk


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Home Learning 8/6/20 

Dydh da Talland Class,

I hope you have enjoyed learning about Arthur, the sword in the stone and Tintagel. Judging from the incredible work I have received this week, I think you have. Choosing was as always difficult, but in the end I picked Reid's detailed drawing of his knight's Armour and Harry's fabulous depiction of Arthur's sword, Excalibur and added them above for you to admire.

One of the activities this week, caused a bit of trouble for Charlie K and his mum. I asked you analyse the bronze statue Gallos and use your reflections to write a drabble.  Charlie was not sure about the answers to some of the questions, so he emailed the sculptor, Rubin Eynon to ask for help. Rubin replied to Charlie's email and we now have the answers to the questions straight from him! 

     "Gallos is on that cliff because, when I looked around the castle it jumped out as a really cool place to install a sculpture and it gives visitors to Tintagel a reason, other than the amazing views, to go right out to the end of the island. He’s see through because I was mostly inspired by the myth of King Arthur when I made it, and Arthur may or may not have been at Tintagel, so a sculpture that’s only partly there too seemed to fit. And he’s got his hood up just because I thought it would look cool ?.....and it can get really windy up there so I thought he might need something to keep his ears warm ? "

Thank you so much to Charlie K and his mum, Sharon.

This week, we leave Arthur behind (I know it is a little sad) and turn our attention to Pobel Vean (the little people) to learn about Knockers, Buccas and Piskies. These mischievous little creatures are known for their wicked sense of humour but also their helpfulness towards anyone who respect them. You will learn the tale of John the fisherman, design your own personal Piskie and create a home for it. I can't wait to see what Piskies you come up with. I know first hand just how creative you are, so I am sure I will have a fantastic line up of super hero Piskies by the end of the week. I would like to make a Piskie display in our classroom, so please send pictures of any drawings you create and perhaps we can fill the whole English board. I will add a picture to next week's Blog with your collective artwork.

For the first time in many weeks, Mrs Roberts and I have been working in school. It has been lovely to be back in our classroom and see all the great things you have been producing this year. I have added a picture of Beano Town from your award-winning World Book Day display as a reminder of your talents!  

As usual, the Weekly Home Learning Grid and any related documents are attached below the blog.
In addition to the activities on the learning grid:
READ READ READ?- find a quiet corner, a good text and enjoy meeting new people and places.
Continue working on your?TARGET TIMES TABLES?using Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button.
Practise the?STATUTORY SPELLINGS?from the 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 word lists using the different spelling strategies.
Or join Sir Linkalot weekdays at 2pm for some fun spelling activities https://www.sirlinkalot.org/lessons/

Please continue sharing your work, it makes a huge difference to know that you are enjoying the learning even though you cannot come into school. Continue to be amazing.

Mrs Wills
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Home learning 2/6/20 Kernow a'gas dynergh 

Dear Talland Class,

I hope you have enjoyed a well-earned break, have amassed lots of energy and are hungry for more knowledge and skills in your next home learning enquiry.

This week we launch our new enquiry “What’s all that fuss about Cornwall?” It will provide us with an opportunity to explore the beautiful county we call home; to dig deeper and find out about legends, piskies, customs, fishing, festivals and food - in short; what makes our county a great place to live.

For our first week, the focus is "What and Where in the World is Cornwall?" We will explore this through Cornwall – the land of legends. In English, you will learn the legend of how Arthur became king from the Crazy Camelot Caper Jackanory. You are going to use your new learning to complete the challenge of writing a drabble – a 100 word story.

You will explore the geography of Cornwall and learn about places associated with King Arthur, some of these in our local area; Trevethy Quoit and Dozmary Pool. You will turn detective, investigate historical claims and decide if you think these are true or false.

I have added another drawing challenge for you. When I asked you to draw the weapons your Greek hero used, you blew me away so I am prepared to be amazed again with your imaginative attention to detail.

In maths, we are revisiting multiplication and division. Remember the different methods we have learnt so far this year; short or long multiplication or you might want to refresh the grid method, chunking and short division. If you are not sure about the methods, please email me and I will help you with some different resources.

As usual, the Weekly Home Learning Grid and any related documents are attached below the blog.
In addition to the activities on the learning grid:

READ READ READ - find a quiet corner, a good text and enjoy meeting new people and places.

Continue working on your TARGET TIMES TABLES using Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button.

Practise the STATUTORY SPELLINGS from the 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 word lists using the different spelling strategies.

Or join Sir Linkalot weekdays at 2pm for some fun spelling activities https://www.sirlinkalot.org/lessons/

King Arthur is sometimes said to have been reincarnated as a Cornish Chough, the symbol of Cornwall. These beautiful red-legged and red-beaked crows returned to our Cornish cliffs in 2001 after a 28-year absence and you can learn more about the work of the RSPB to support their growing numbers in Cornwall by clicking here.

Mrs Roberts and Mr Twaite wants you to know that they are missing you too. They read the blog every week to follow your amazing learning examples and they are just as impressed with you as I am. 
 
Open your mind and enter the land of legends.
Mrs Wills
jwills@polperroprimary.co.uk

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Thank You and Half Term  


Dear Talland Class,

We are at the end of our first half term of home learning and what a strange experience this has been. You have amazed and entertained me, blown me away and impressed me, but most importantly you have inspired me. By sharing your learning and kind messages, you have inspired me to keep finding new and better ways for you to learn at home, so THANK YOU FOR BEING BRILLIANT.

Again this week, you have shared super examples of your learning. I have chosen to share The Great Wave and Plankton, both beautifully painted in water colours by ALEX S and Plankton and a Terrarium inspired by the water cycle created by OLLY. I have just finished watching Lacie's fantastic ocean food chain video, sadly I cannot share videos on this Blog, but you too would be impressed.

Following all your hard work, it is time for you have a well earned rest. I hope you will be able to spend time with your family and enjoy the best of Cornwall while staying safe. It might be the ideal opportunity to complete some of the outdoor activities on the National Trust "50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4". See the list here

"Roll down a really big hill" is one of my favorite pastimes. I have of course had years to perfect the technique, so please watch out if you're walking near really big hills over the coming week.

After the half term break, we will get out of the ocean and step on to dry land for our exciting new whole school enquiry. Watch this space...

I miss you all. I miss your chatter, energy, enthusiasm and laughter. I hope you have been busy spreading this at home but please save some for when we meet again in school.

Stay safe
Mrs Wills



 


Home Learning 18/5/20 

Who eats what in the oceans?

Dear Talland Class

This week we are looking at who eats what in the oceans. Our journey starts with phytoplankton, what a fantastic word! By the end of the week you will have added phytoplankton to your vocabulary along with zooplankton, producer, consumer, decomposer and predator – oh and don't forget last week's star -  bioluminescence!           

Imagine how amazing our class word-bank would look with these words. Why don't we have a little challenge to see who can create the most exciting word bank?  I will join you and we can share our efforts on next week's blog.

Back to plankton, my knowledge of plankton was limited to Sheldon J Plankton from SpongeBob before planning this week’s learning, happy to say my knowledge has grown exponentially (another great word for the word bank) as these tiny creatures are amazingly intriguing. I hope you will be equally inspired by the end of the week.

STAR OF THE WEEK 

NANCY
 - for her energetic and fun work-out with Joe Wicks.

I have also added some lovely pictures of creative work from Hannah, Jayden R and Logan, thank you for sharing. It is so special when an email lands in my inbox with pictures of the learning you do at home. A huge THANK YOU to the parents/carers for taking the time to share the work and allow me to see where the learning I plan takes the children.

Reading the news this week, my attention was drawn to an article about sniffer dogs. It reminded me of Henry and the amazing job he does rescuing avalanche victims in Whistler by using his exceptionel sense of smell to find victims buried beneath the snow. The article on CBBC Newsround describes how dogs are being trained to identify coronavirus. Read more here

As usual, the Weekly Home Learning Grid and any related documents are attached below the blog.
In addition to the activities on the learning grid:
READ READ READ - find a quiet corner, a good text and enjoy meeting new people and places. 
Continue working on your TARGET TIMES TABLES using Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button.
Practise the STATUTORY SPELLINGS from the 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 word lists using the different spelling strategies.
Or join Sir Linkalot weekdays at 2pm for some fun spelling activities by clicking here 

Please stay in touch by sharing your learning or a greeting via email. I would love to hear how you get on.
Enjoy the world of plankton.
Mrs Wills
jwills@polperroprimary.co.uk




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Home Learning 11/5/20 

Dear Talland Class,

This week, we are plunging into the deepest parts of our oceans, The Abyss and The Trenches to explore life in the dark, cold and hostile environment miles below the surface. We will encounter some fascinating creatures with extraordinary features, which have evolved from the principles of survival of the fittest (remember Charles Darwin’s Natural Selection Theory we learnt about in our Dog inquiry). One of these features is BIO-LUMINESCENCE (the production and emission of light by a living organism). As we descent into the Deep Ocean, light sources change. On Earth, we rely on the Sun as our primary source of light but in the deepest parts of the ocean, even the powerful sun cannot reach. Throughout this week, we will meet numerous creatures who use bio-luminescence to survive in the dark.

Some creatures nearer the surface also use bio-luminescence to survive. Last week, residents on the Californian coast were treated to this beautiful light display created by an algae population.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg69Hbg1s88ven

You continue to impress me with your incredible examples of home learning. Despite us being in Week 7 of lockdown, your enthusiasm and commitment to learning is still clear to see. You truly are an amazing class of children.

STARS OF THE WEEK

LOGAN for his entertaining and exciting diary entry using apostrophes and simile sentences.

REID for his beautifully illustrated Seal Leaflet full of exciting facts (I have attached a photo at the top of the page). I did not know that seals sleep under water and if they’re about to drown, their bodies rise up to the surface.

JAYDEN R for learning his target times table – WOW!

I have also added a picture of Nancy's sock seal pup, I think you will agree that it is rather cute.

As usual, the Weekly Home Learning Grid and any related documents are attached below the blog. In addition to the activities on the learning grid:

READ READ READ - find a quiet corner, a good text and enjoy meeting new people and places.
I recommend the book "Weird Sea Creatures" on GetEpic  https://www.getepic.com/app/read/15141  
Continue working on your TARGET TIMES TABLES using Times Table Rockstars and Hit the Button.
Practise the STATUTORY SPELLINGS from the 1/2, 3/4 and 5/6 word lists using the different spelling strategies.
Or join Sir Linkalot weekdays at 2pm for some fun spelling activities https://www.sirlinkalot.org/lessons/

YEAR 4 - I had problems downloading the Maths Lesson 3 Answer sheet. Please access this from the blue button next to the learning video.

Please stay in touch by sharing your learning or a greeting via email. I would love to hear how you get on. 
Have fun entering the deep.
Mrs Wills
jwills@polperroprimary.co.uk

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