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Matt Avery, Head of School.
It has been another brilliant and busy week at Blisland. I have enjoyed seeing how much the children learn in their different subjects. It has also been great to see how the children use our characters for learning to improve their work and knowledge: including our new character - 'Remember it Rhino'. This week the children have been delving deeper into their geography learning, and it has been wonderful to see the children use our new array of iPads purchased by our trust (Bridge Schools). The children have been coding using 'Scratch and Scratch Jr'.
We are lucky to have a good selection of books and gold membership with the Cornwall school library service. The children are keen readers and it's always so heart-warming to see our reading buddies in full swing. Reading unlocks so much learning and enjoyment and we put a big emphasis on it here. Children in Key Stage 1 will come home with a Read, Write inc coloured phonic book and have chosen a book of their own choice from our library; our Key stage 2 children have colour-banded books from our library to help continue their reading skills after they have completed the Read write inc phonics. Key Stage 2 also have books for pleasure and may occasionally bring home a book linked to their group (guided) reading tasks in school. Please continue to listen your child/children as often as possible, as little and often makes a big difference. The children will have reading they have done at home which is written in their reading record stamped (with a star) and 10 stamps earn a raffle ticket which puts them in with a chance of winning a book voucher. The more you read, the more tickets you have; the more tickets you have the more chance you have of winning. Keeeep Reading (For the Strictly fans).
Where Yellow to School for Young Minds:
On Friday 8th October (This coming Friday), we will be wearing yellow to remind us that we all struggle with how we are feeling sometimes and that we are not alone. We will be talking about the little things we can do to help us when we are feeling down and will be making a special effort to chill and have fun! Rather than asking parents and carers to sponsor us, we'd like local businesses to pledge their support by donating money to the charity Young Minds on our behalf! Children on the day will take part in some mindfulness activities and finish with a calm, campfire.
Thank you for your support
Somehow Halloween is sneaky up on us and is only a few weeks away. We all know how much the children like to dress up and have fun, and so we will be having an afterschool Halloween disco on Friday 22nd October. The disco will be from 3.30pm until 5pm. Children can stay at school at the end of the day to change into their costumes. The disco will take place in the main school with one classroom for dancing and spooky games and the other for food, drinks and a quiet space. If you think you would like your child to attend the disco, please email Mrs. Pengelly: firstname.lastname@example.org Please also tell us if you need to pick your child up before 5pm and state a time.
You can support us with the disco by sending in prepackage snacks or drinks by Friday 15th October.
Star of the week awards: Amy, Lola,
Head Teacher Awards: Jack G, Zenna, Ottilie, Byron, Brianna, Erin, Billy, Roxanne, Alex, Lerryn, Mani
Finally, Covid-19 does seem to rearing it's head more and more in schools. We continue to apply good cleaning measure and (touch wood) have not been affected. Do look out for the classic 3 symptoms and also things such as: headaches, sore throats and feeling very lethargic as noted by Cornwall's public health team (letter below).
The children are being amazing as usual, and as usual, thank you for all the support you give the school and children.
It's so wonderful to be back and see the children learning; see how much the children are enjoying school and watching their enthusiasm for new knowledge. This week the children have been thoroughly engaged in all their lessons: from phonics to reciprocal reading; science to French, Geography to PSHE; English to Maths; and RE to Computing. The children are already making progress in all of these areas and consider well what it means to be a learner and what helps them learn. Below are a few highlights of the week:
Key Stage one class are lucky enough to have Mrs. Bridle working with them to develop Music skills. The children have started looking at: Singing; Finding and maintaining a steady pulse; Making and notating rhythms; and Exploration and Composition using different sounds.
It is going to be an excellent project for the younger class and I am looking forward to seeing the future of the 'Brit Awards'
This term, KS2 are very lucky indeed to be able to access surf lessons. The children were amazing: they showed such confidence, transferred many of the learning character skills from school and were standing and surfing by the end of their first lesson. But most importantly, it was wonderful to see the children smile and have freedom. We look forward to next week's session; hopefully it is as warm and sunny as last week.
Reading: Reading can unlock so much learning for children and it is also just wonderful to enjoy a story, so understandably it's an important focus for us a school. Children will come home with reading books to support their reading, and hearing them little and often would make all the difference. Children in KS1 will come home with their 'Read Write inc' phonics book and a book they have chosen from our library for pleasure; in KS2 the children may on occasions come home with 3 books: a book for pleasure, a colour banded book (or Read write inc book) for developing decoding and comprehensions skills and possibly a guided reading book from in school group reading. Please note down in the children's reading records any time you hear them read as every 10-reads earns them a raffle ticket to win a book token; not to mention how much it will help their reading. Thank you for supporting the children at home with reading, our children are very strong and confident readers.
Thank you, if you have, for logging into arbor to give consents for the various requests, such as photo permission. If you are able to log in to the app, it could be useful as we are able to send messages via the app and schedule parent consultations too.
Star of the week awards: Erin M and Nyle P
Head Teacher Awards: Brianna W, Amy I, Lola W, Nyle P, Jack S and Jack G
Thank you as always for the support you give the school and the children. It has been two full-weeks back learning and it only feels like a few days. The children have been amazing and I know they will impress every week.
Have a good weekend.
After a busy few weeks, we have some how found ourselves only two weeks (10 school days) away from the Summer holidays. The children are keeping up their focus for learning well, readying themselves for sports day next Friday (16th July) and are very excited for our Beach trip on Tuesday (13th July).
Last Friday the children concluded their swimming sessions. They made such good progress over the two weeks and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The swimming instructors were all well impressed with the children's progress and attitude to learning. We are arranging certificates to acknowledge their progress and success, and hope to have these with the children as soon as possible.
Wild Tribe First aid:
KS2 this week took part in a day of first aid training. The children learnt how to look after those in need and the various situations they could come across and have a solid knowledge of ACE (Airway, Breathing and Circulation). This day has been extremely value and if you have followed any European cup football, you will have noticed how a football player's life was most likely saved by some simple first aid. Well done KS2.
Beach day and Aquarium visit:
Tuesday 13th July is going to be a busy day with KS1 and KS2 visiting the beach for a day beach sports and activities. The weather is looking good but please be prepared for all weather with plenty to drink, sun cream, hats and (hopefully not needed) a coat. The day will be very sporty and active so please wear footwear and clothes suitable for lots of moving around.
Reception and Nursery will be remaining at school to have an aquarium experience as Newquay aquarium visit our school before the children visit the aquarium the following week.
Next week is sports day (Friday 16th July). We and the children are looking forward to this, and we hope you are too. Just a reminder that we aim to start at 1:15pm and 1 member from each family my attend to ensure we have safe numbers (social distancing and mask must be worn). As you arrive and while you are waiting, we may ask you to fill in short parent survey. If you could complete this, it would be really helpful.
Star of the week awards: Emily S, Harry W
Head Teacher Awards: Thomas H, Ava M, Mason W
The sun looks like it may be on our side for the beach trip and sports day: we are all looking forward to it.
This week, after returning from 1/2 term, we have been able to come back together as a whole school for the 1st time properly in over a year. It was great to see how excited the children were to become one bubble. The children loved being with one another and I know this has been a big moment for them. We used Thursday as an opportunity to have our 1st whole school assembly together in our new cabin which was built for moments such as these. It was fantastic and heart-warming to see how happy and genuine the children are for the successes and achievements of one another.
Over the 1/2 term, myself and our staff staff worked in school to organize the classrooms to be better suited for us being one bubble. We also have started decorating and reorganizing our library space now it is easier for children to freely take books out. We look forward to utilizing this space. A huge thank you to Mrs Pearce, Mrs Harrison, Mrs Powdrill and Miss Lenton, who gave up their time to make our classrooms and Library feel and look special.
After school clubs on Fridays:
From Friday 18th June, we will be able to offer 2 afterschool clubs at no cost. For KS1 and reception, Mrs Blackburn will be delivering a mini-Olympics club running from 3pm until 3.45pm. For KS2, I will be running a netball and basketball club, also running from 3pm until 3.45pm. During Swimming (Friday 25th June and Friday 2nd July) there will be no netball or basketball and KS1 may find it tricky to get back in time for the mini-Olympics club on these two sessions. If your child is interested in attending one these clubs, please email Mrs Hawker: email@example.com
Star of the week awards: Brianna, Megan
Head Teacher Awards: Lowen M, Mason W, Nyle P, Sophie W, Lilly H
Time seems to be speeding up - I can't believe it is 1/2 term already. This week has been full of great learning and fun. Reception and nursery were able to explore the Eden Project (The children walked a super long way and thoroughly enjoyed the experience); KS1 have been recapping the story of the Gingerbread Man ready for a write-up to show their amazing writing skills and they were lucky enough to be joined by the real 'Gingy' from Shrek! And in KS2 the children have thoroughly enjoying the graphic novel 'The invention of Hugo Cabret': they have written some wonderful pieces based on the story and I look forward to reading their finished 'invention' writes after half-term.
Bubbles after half-term:
I am so thrilled to let you all know that after the half-term holiday our school will be able to operate as 1 bubble. This will allow the children to mingle at playtimes, enjoy assemblies in our new cabin together and look forward to other such events where we would like to mix (e.g. sports day). Linked to this move to 1 bubble, we will be reducing the time gap between group A and group B drop offs. Group A: 8:40am and Group B: 8.50am. This will mean Group B can be collected by 3.10pm. I am so pleased that we are getting ever closer to normality for the children.
Reading and libraries:
We and the children love reading so please do keep it up over half term, it makes such a difference. Remember to fill in reading diaries as each 10 reads wins a raffle ticket to win a book voucher. Also, for your information, Bodmin library is open, and it has now been just over a year since our whole school visit to the library where many of us took out library cards. Attached is a flyer for those of you who have younger children for Rhymetime which is a great session for early Storytime.
Star of the week awards: Mani, Todd, and Zenna
Head Teacher Awards: Erin M, Sophie W, Alex and Roxanne C
Please remember that the school is closed for an INSET day on Monday 7th June. Children to return on Tuesday 8th June.
I hope you all have a safe and fun week off and you enjoy the sunshine which looks set to arrive... at last!
Another busy week at Blisland. The children have been writing amazing stories; tackling tricky Maths such as Algebra; writing news reports about the invention of Sikhism and using their excellent brains to solve problems and think outside the box. This week has seen some excellent work - it always makes me proud of them, and excited to come to work every week to see each new achievement.
KS1 Design and Technology (Bridges):
Key stage one class have been using their brilliant learning of the heroic British engineer (Isambard Kingdom Brunel) to begin to look at stable structures and how a suspension bridge could be built. They considered shape, structure, size and distance all brilliantly, and were able to create bridges to take a specified weight from the lesson. The children did a fabulous job and all were given stickers for their ingenuity ranging from 'Master of Strength' to ' 'Sparkliest' Design'
KS2 Picasso design models:
Working with Sean Hewitt, the children have been able to finalise their designs for Blisland's new sculpture which we hope will be ready before 1/2 term. The children created their designs based on the invention of cubism (Picasso) and allowing their image to be seen by the geometric outlines that begin to take shape when placed together. I have had a sneak peak at the final pieces and I am sure the children will feel very proud of themselves.
Friday Achievement assemblies:
With the nicer weather we have been able to have outdoor ('Socially Distanced') assemblies. It is great to celebrate all of the children's achievement both in school at at home. As part of this we are including a show and tell section for the children. During this slot of the assembly the children will be able to talk about an item, hobby or thing of interest to them. We would like them to come prepared to speak about their chosen topic and teach us a thing or two - any help you can give your child for this speaking opportunity would be most appreciate. We value the skill of speaking and can't overstate the power of communication and the opportunities that it can give the children and hope to hear from all them before the end of summer.
Star of the week awards: Jack C, John D
Head Teacher Awards: Roxanne C, Mason W, Brianna W AND Erin M
A big well done to Erin, Roxanne, Jack C, Lola and Jack G who all presented to the whole school about items or a hobby they are interested in. The spoke with passion, used rich vocabulary and shared some very good knowledge.
One week to go until half term. Hopefully (and it's looking likely) the sun will arrive too.
Reminder: Monday 7th June and Friday 11th June are school inset Days and the school will be shut to pupils on those days.
What a fabulous week we have all had this week. The children have been busy learning: I heard amazing phonics and reading skills, read some wonderful biographies from both classes and saw such wonderful engagement in our wider curriculum - KS1 learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and KS2 analyzing the significance of the invention of gun powder in ancient China. Both classes have constructed great models of sculptures they will be creating with Sean Hewitt in the next two-weeks and KS2 are well on their way to learning how to play the song 'South Australia' with Mrs Bridle.
Moorland Wild Tribe day:
On Tuesday our whole school went on an educational visit to Minions - first time out since the pandemic as a group. It was a wonderful day and we managed to avoid most of the rain. The children learnt about physical land marks, orienteering, map reading and were even able to make 'fairy camp fires'. The children were fabulous, as usual, and it was great to be out as a school.
KS2 on Monday were able to take part in an online, interactive drama session with Great Western Power, learning about electricity and electrical safety. The children enjoyed this and were very knowledgeable about electricity and how to be safe. They know if they spot electrical problems out and about to call 105 (stay alive).
Star of the week awards: Emily S, Roxanne C
Head Teacher Awards: Alina J, Sophie W, Izzy W, Billy R and Jack C
A big well done to Izzy, Jack C, Isla and Lily who all presented to the whole school about items or a hobby they are interested in. The spoke with passion, used rich vocabulary and shared some very good knowledge.
We hope that we continue to move forward towards normality, and that soon we can be together as a school properly and invite you all back to events at the school.
Have a great weekend and we hope you can safely make the most of the lifting of restrictions on Monday.
Quite amazingly, we are well into May! How has that happened so fast? The children all seem so much taller and wiser. This week has been another great week for activity and learning, and we have been lucky to have avoided the rain. It has been wonderful to see how the children play with each other across the school with such empathy and kindness. There have been some very competitive but sporting break time netball matches in KS2, with some very good skills too - roll on interschool competitions after lockdown! The nice weather has allowed us to have distanced assemblies and share in each others achievements which has been a real joy.
Learning this week:
Some highlights of the learning in school have included wonderful Art again with Sean Hewitt, Music with Mrs Bridle and PE with Mrs Blackburn. I have also noticed how engaged all the children have been in their study of History: KS1 learning about the creation of the 'Great western Railway' with a excellence puppet show to tell the events and KS2 were enquiring about the invention of writing in Ancient Suma (Mesopotamia). The children have discussed what evidence shows them with real thought and care, using strong inference skills. More of the same next week please!
Moorland Wild Tribe day:
On Tuesday (11th May) the children will be visiting 'Minions' on Bodmin Moor for a wild tribe experience. Please make sure you arrive at school promptly as the coaches leave at 9am. Children will need to be in comfortable clothing, good footwear (wellies/boots) and with drinks and snacks/lunch (if not ordered from the school). It's going to be a great day and we'll keep our fingers crossed that it's dry.
After School Clubs:
Reminder: This term we have tennis club on Friday after school until 3.45pm for KS2. After 1/2 term there will be a 'Mini Olympics' Club for Reception and KS1. We hope to add more clubs in the summer term as and when it is doable. We will let you know as soon as possible.
Star of the week awards: Brianna W, Harry W, Mani M-S and Todd H
Head Teacher Awards: Erin M, Lola W, Amy W, Jack S and Arabella D
I hope Saturday is not a complete washout and you can all enjoy some time outdoors this weekend. The coming weeks and months of this term will fly by and I am looking forward to all the opportunities and experiences that will come the children's way as we move on from lockdowns and the pandemic.
Have a great weekend.
It's been great how more normal life is getting; for the children this is especially great news and I am looking forward to the children to the wonderful learning and experiences the children will have this summer. This week has been setting the tone for the term and I know it will get busier and more exciting as the weeks pass by.
Healthy Hearts and Healthy Minds:
On Tuesday the children in KS1 spent the day taking part in activities to help them learn about being active and healthy but also considered how this can help our brains and minds be strong and healthy too. They explored Zumba (some very good dancers were noted), Pilates, 'Rainbow Challenges', 'Worry Monster' activities and stories to name but a few. The children learnt a lot and had a great day.
KS2 continue to work with Georgina Bridle from the Music Hub. They have this week begun to prefect their 'ensembled' percussion ostinato piece for the Sea Shanty, 'A drop of Nelson's Blood'. The children have learnt quickly and have great musical timing. I look forward to their final performance piece in the coming weeks.
Across the year groups, Sean Hewitt is working with us to create a piece of art (sculpture) for the school. The children have been studying styles of art and skills used by Miro and Picasso. The sculptures will hopefully become a permanent feature of our school (Hopefully in our middle Playground) that the children and you will enjoy for many a-year.
After School Clubs:
With the easing of restrictions and improved practicalities, I am pleased that after school clubs have started to return. This term we have tennis club on Friday after school until 3.45pm. After 1/2 term there will be a 'Mini Olympics' Club for Reception and KS1. We hope to add more clubs in the summer term as and when it is possible. We will let you know as soon as possible.
Star of the week awards: Lowen, John, Ava and Izzy
Head Teacher Awards: Mason, Nyle, Thomas, Jack C, Jack G and Sophie
To end this blog, I would like to say again a big thank you to you all for your efforts in supporting your children and us as a school, especially during this pandemic. You have kept everybody safe and well in our school community and helped ensure the children are able to succeed despite challenging times. I hope to write to you all soon about removal of bubbles and allowing collection after school to go back to a more normal state. As soon as we have more details from the government, we will update you.
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday 4th May.
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