Welcome to the Head's Blog! Please visit this page regularly for news, information and updates from Blisland Primary Academy.
Sarah Hawker, Head of School.
Nessa Class learned a great deal about looking after our environment, on their visit to Norton Farm last week.
As you can see from the photograph, Everybody had a wonderful time at Sports' Day!
We would like to thank you for taking the time to complete our Summer 2019 parent questionnaire. We have collated the information, you have kindly provided and can now share the results with you. Your comments and suggestions help to support the school and Trust in their continued effort to improve and develop areas within current systems to enrich parental communications and reach out to wider audiences. Here are just a few of your comments, so thank you once again for your valuable contribution.
Nessa class were treated to a drama workshop and performance with the Kernow King this afternoon. Thank you to the PTFA for paying for this!
Nessa Class enjoyed an afternoon of cooking 'Rainforest foods' this week. We made Guacamole, Mayan bean and vegetable stew, barbecued corn and salsa, which we ate with tortilla chips and tortilla wraps.
One of the Year 5 children wrote:
"This afternoon, all of KS2 went out onto the field to make some of the food that the Mayans used to make. We learned that the Mayans were the first people to make chocolate. Mrs Hawker showed us how to cut up vegetables, even onions! She told us that a top-tip to splitting an avocado in half after we had cut it down the middle, is to twist it! Then you have to put the pip in the bin. We learned how to make guacamole, salsa and vegetable stew. We even added corn on the cobs to our meal. After that we all cooked marshmallows."
I hope you saw us starring on TV last week! We were on BBC Spotlight and ITV Westcountry News last Thursday, after our Beach Tribe Activity Day with Arena Sports. The media were interested in a new initiative from Public Health England, which is designed to encourage children to take part in more physical activity to help their overall fitness and mental health. You can find the details of this on the following website:
The children also did some rock-pooling. We were amazed by the wide variety of wildlife they found!
Some of the activities are ball games to improve hand-eye co-ordination.
We also learned how fossils are made, and had a go at creating our own with Plaster of Paris.
Some of the children being filmed! What a beautiful place!
On Friday morning, having learned a dynamic dance routine, the children in Nessa class performed in front of hundreds of children and staff at the opening ceremony of the Cornwall School Games.
Kensa class had a wonderful day on the field yesterday, making music outside. They also cooked popcorn on an open fire, which they enjoyed eating with dandelion syrup. It tasted delicious!
Last week, Nessa class spent the day on the field creating a 'Maths Trail, with Kayleigh, a Wild Tribe Leader from Arena. She is dressed as a mole, if you are wondering why she looks odd! They created a fraction wall using sticks, a collection of 3D shapes using sticks and clay, and decorated some tree stumps with mathematical language.
The day finished with an assembly outside, to give the class the opportunity to explain to the other children what they had been doing. Please pop in to have a look, if you are interested!
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The children at Blisland Primary Academy have been visiting Bodmin College gymnasium for their gymnastics lessons this term. Their coach, Paula Deveraux, has remarked how they have grown in confidence through the 3 sessions of apparatus work. Blisland Primary Academy does not have a hall, so it has been wonderful for the children to experience a variety of gymnastics equipment.
One child who was quite scared of heights has conquered her fear and is now able to climb the wall bars. Another surprised all her class mates by whizzing up a rope with no hesitation!
This week, they were improving the quality of their movements, making sure toes and fingers are extended, and sequences are performed well-synchronised. You can see this in the photograph here.
Kensa Class had an amazing time on their trip to Looe, meeting local superheroes! They visited the Lifeboat Station and learned how to call for help at sea, found out about the uniforms and tried on the helmets.
They discovered why the inflatable lifeboat has a flat bottom - ask your children why!
After enjoying lunch on the harbourside with the local policeman, the fire engine arrived, much to the excitement of the children.
They explored the fire engine thoroughly - even having a go with the hosepipe!
Yesterday we spent a sunny afternoon at Bristol Zoo. We had a polar experience and discovered how animals have adapted to cold environments. We didn't stroke a penguin but did all get to stroke a very soft chinchilla called Rain.
Today we are exploring the science museum have been finding out about the science of the human body with amazing hands on interactive activities. This morning we trained to be astronauts by testing exercise equipment to see what we could use to stay fit in space, testing the absorbency of materials for use in our space nappies. We also controlled mini canadarms to manoeuvre blocks into stacks and experimented with marshmallows at high and low pressure. Finally we built our building our own space rockets and tested how well they flew!
We have also been on a grand tour of space in the planetarium. We chose Saturn, Uranus, Venus and Earth to visit.
They had a great time and did Blisland School proud by performing their poem brilliantly! It looks like they really enjoyed their pasties too. Thank you to Mrs Pearce for taking them.
We are inspired by the awe and wonder of the world.
We are bold and innovative in our approach to find new solutions to the challenges we face.
We are the best we can be.
We take responsibility for our actions in an environment of mutual respect.
We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
We are passionate about learning.
Hope you're all having a lovely summer. Term starts on Wednesday 4th Sept but this is an INSET day (non-pupil day). Children return to school on Thursday 5th September.
Look forward to meeting you all officially.
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