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Matt Avery, Head of School.
What another wonderful week at Blisland!
We have seen some tremendous work go on this week: Amazing writing from all. Congratulations to those who received headteacher certificates for their amazing writing.
We will still be selling poppies and other poppy appeal items (key rings, bracelets etc) in the school office next week. Poppies are available for a donation; bands and other items for a minimum of £1.00. On Monday we will take part in the 2-minute silence along with an assembly for remembrance with the children. Children in KS2 have made an amazing piece of art for the remembrance service as the St Protus and St Hyacinth's Church (Blisland Sunday 10th Nov)
Children in Need:
Children in need is on Friday 15th November. The school council have agreed that we would like to dress in either spots or pyjamas. They have also ask that we bring in donations in the form of unwanted change. We will also be decorating and selling biscuits with a spots theme; they will be on sale from 3pm onwards for 50p.
Reading VIPERS - Coming soon:
As you are hopefully aware, we have a big emphasis on reading. We are using something called "Reading VIPERS' to develop knowledge of the skills for reading comprehension. We will soon be sending home VIPERS bookmarks and phonics packs to help with supporting reading at home.
Best wishes, Matt Avery (Head of School)
Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome back everybody. I hope the children and yourselves have quickly grown accustom to our new layout of the school. I have noticed a very positive response from the children: they are very engrossed in their learning and the environments (especially our EYFS building) are looking fabulous and really support the children.
Our Nursery and Reception children had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween. They dressed up, played games and made some amazing pumpkin soup, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Reading is a very important skill and here at Blisland, we want children to have a love of books and notice the skills in reading. Reading at home little and often can make a big difference to children’s progress. We are checking reading diaries so we can give children rewards for their efforts in reading. The children will get a raffle ticket every 10 reads so that they have a chance to win a book token. Please look out for their yellow books and note down as much as possible about how they are doing with their reading at home.
We are selling poppies and other poppy appeal items (key rings, bracelets etc) in the school office. Poppies available for a donation; bands and other items for a minimum of £1.00.
Children in Need:
Children in need is on Friday 15th November. The school council have agreed that we would like to dress in either spots or pyjamas. They have also ask that we bring in donations in the form of unwanted change. We will also be decorating and selling biscuits with a spots theme. Best wishes, Matt Avery (Head of School)
WOW! What amazing children we are lucky to have at Blisland. The harvest festival was a big success: the Food bank were very grateful for your donations and the children were amazing. Thank you all for supporting.
Attendance: It is very important children are at school as often as possible as it will give them the best chance to learn with consistent input. This YEAR'S attendance so far is: 92.1% which is still an improving figure but we really need this to be above 96% to have the best impact on your children's learning. Reminder: We are unable to authorise the majority of absences and persistent absence could result in fines.
Children with 100% attendance at the end of each term will receive a prize!
North Cornwall Book Show:
This week, Years 4,5 and 6 visited the ‘North Cornwall book show’ at St Endellion. The children and staff all came away very inspired after meeting poets, authors and Illustrators - including Martin Brown (The Illustrator of Horrible Histories). I have no doubt this will
Who were the victorians?
KS1 have been making some brilliant silhouette pictures to look like victorians. I am sure they will be on the class page soon.
Special Place (Log Cabin):
Good News! After a successful bid to the Lottery from Julie Pearce for £10,000, with the help of our amazing PTA and Bridge Schools, we have found the remaining £7,000 to fund a new cabin to be built in our reception and nursery playground as an extra learning, assembly and sports space for the children.
Best wishes, Matt Avery (Head of School)
The half-term is soon coming to an end with only two-weeks remaining. The children have been busy as usual: visiting the SUEZ recycling and recovery plants; taking part in a climate change workshop with Nick Hart and preparing for next week's Harvest Festival.
Harvest Festival - Wednesday 9th October (9.15am start):
Next week will be harvest festival. We will practise with the children on Tuesday morning so please drop your child/ren at the green with shoes and wellies ready to return to school afterwards.
The harvest festival itself will take place on Wednesday from 9.15am. All family and friends are welcome to attend.
It is very important children are at school as often as possible as it will give them the best chance to learn with consistent input. This YEAR'S attendance so far is: 91.1% which is an improving figure but we really need this to be above 96% to have the best impact on your children's learning. Reminder: We are unable to authorise the majority of absences and persistent absence could result in fines.
Nessa Class visit to SUEZ recycling and recovery plants:
This week KS2 visited the Bodmin and St Dennis recycling and recovery plants to see how our waste is recycled and black-bag waste turned into energy. The children asked a lot of good questions; learnt many interesting facts and were a credit to our school.
Climate Change Project:
Our academy trust (Bridge schools) are working towards a brilliant climate change project where the children will be able to learn about climate change: composing music and writing songs along the way (which could be performed by a Cornish choir at an Eden concert). This week KS1 and KS2 met Nick Hart and discussed the ways that we could improve climate change. We will soon meet Matt Douglas to start composing music
Have a safe and relaxing weekend. Remember to keep reading lots. Raffle tickets have already been earned by some children.
Matt Avery (Head of School)
Wheal Martyn and Reading:
It has been another fun and busy week at Blisland. The children have learnt much about ‘what is under our feet’ in Cornwall. The children had a great time, we got a little wet but had a great experience. We have focus on reading at school. Reading little and often makes a huge difference to children’s literacy skills. The children should all have books to read at home and a home school reading record. Please fill these in when your child reads; they can earn a raffle ticket to win a book voucher for very 10-reads The children this week also had a visit from the NSPCC which was very informative. Please do check the school website for dates and blogs which will keep you further informed. Have safe and fun weekend. Best wishes, Matt Avery (Head of School)
It is very important children are at school as often as possible as it will give them the best chance to learn with consistent input. This weeks attendance was: 89.7%. We really need this to be above 96% to have the best impact on your children's learning. Reminder: We are unable to authorise the majority of absences and persistent absence could result in fines.
We currently have a football and netball club running for KS2 on a Thursday 3.30-5.00; Dance club every Friday after school. We hope to start more clubs soon and will seek your feedback so we can gather interest.
It has been another busy week at Blisland. The children have had fun during their forest school sessions on Mondays, have produced excellent pieces of writing; showed amazing maths skills and explored the local and wider world around them with a keen interest: Nessa class have had fun experimenting with rock samples, writing and performing volcano poems ending the week with making some amazing volcano models - which soon will be used for science explosions!
Reading at Blisland
Reading is a very important skill and we want to increase its profile more with the children and yourselves. The children will all have a home/school reading records and a reading book; when you listen to your child read, please fill the record in as they will receive stamps: every 10 stamps will earn a raffle ticket to be in the chance with winning a book token (one for KS1 and one for KS2). Reading little and often is key, especially for younger readers.
We are also looking forward to meeting the nursery 'Reading pets'.
If you would like any advice on reading at home with your child, please speak to the class teacher.
It is very important children are at school as often as possible as it will give them the best chance to learn with consistent input. This weeks attendance was: 85.7%. We really need this to be above 96% to have the best impact on your children's learning.
Reminder: We are unable to authorise the majority of absences and persistent absence could result in fines.
Years 1-6 will have their visit to Wheal Martyn on Monday which will give them a great learning opportunity to become more knowledgeable about local mining history which links well to the school enquiry question of "What's under our feet?". Please remember packed lunches, inhalers and waterproof clothing.
Have a great weekend. I am looking forward to yet another exciting week.
Roald Dahl Day
What a fantastic week we have had! The children have shown wonderful enthusiasm and excitement in their learning this week: ending with a very successful 'Roald Dahl Day'. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and enjoyed the Roald Dahl activities in their classes. I look forward to many more fun and creative learning days at Blisland. Mr Avery
Nessa Class learned a great deal about looking after our environment, on their visit to Norton Farm last week.
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As you can see from the photograph, Everybody had a wonderful time at Sports' Day!
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.
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We overcome all barriers to reach our potential, developing a capacity to improve further.
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Children in need: Friday 15th November. Wear your spots or PJs. Any change to raise money for the charity would be gratefully received.
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