Class Blog for Kensa

Sorting Animals 

Posted: 19/01/2020
Matthew Avery

Fish have bumpy scales, don't they?

Last week we sorted animals into groups, talking about whether they had wings or not, if they were mammals or not, and using many other criteria. We also talked about how animals have lungs or gills to breathe. One of the statements that someone made was 'Fish are bumpy as they have scales.'

After much discussion we decided that we needed to find out if fish really were bumpy and that the best way was to look at a fish - a real one. Mrs Harrison bought a fish in and we looked at it, felt it and each held an individual scale. We decided that fish are slippery and smooth. We also looked at the gills - very strange looking, we thought!

Some of us were curious about what was inside a fish so we had a good look. Everyone remembered to wash their hands very carefully afterwards.

 


Meerkat Mail 

Posted: 09/01/2020
Andrea Harrison

Sunny the meerkat comes to Blisland!

We have a visitor! Sunny, from Meerkat Mail, has come to visit us and will be spending each night in a different home. As his usual home is the Kalahari Desert, he is finding life very different in Cornwall. He is really looking forward to travelling around and has brought his diary for us to record all of his adventures.

As the term progresses we will be learning about different animals, what they need and all about some of their habitats. At the end of January we will be going to Newquay Zoo and finding out more about animals - we're even going to handle some so watch out for photos of this!

 


Victorian Drop Biscuits 

Posted: 17/12/2019
Andrea Harrison


We finished our big question 'Who were the Victorians?' by making Victorian Drop Biscuits. Mrs Harrison did the shopping and we did the rest! We weighed, counted and mixed all of the ingredients and, having seen how to make them on a video clip, we made sure we did everything in the right order. As we were having biscuits we thought we should also have a cup of tea - so we had tea and biscuits later that day. A fantastic finish to our theme! 

If you would like to make these delicious biscuits here is the link to the video clip. 

https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/inspire-me/victorian-recipes/

 


 


A Visit to Lanhydrock House and Gardens 

Posted: 02/12/2019
Andrea Harrison


What a wonderful day we have had! It was a crisp, wintery day today and we started off with a walk around the grounds - some of us were VERY chilly but we still managed to stop for a snack in the woods. Every time we stopped we saw a little robin who came so close we could almost touch him! After our walk we visited the house and saw the hall where the Masked Ball would have been. Everyone was fascinated with the kitchen where we particularly enjoyed popping the cloves into the oranges - we took real care over our designs. After our lunch we dressed in Victorian clothes, some of which we particularly liked. The hats were delightful!
We will all sleep extremely well tonight after so much walking!

 


 

Posted: 02/12/2019
Charlotte Powdrill

Winter Reading Challenge

The Reading Agency are running a Winter Mini Challenge, all you have to do is read 3 books between Monday 2nd December and Friday 13th January 2020. Add each book to your website profile and write a review to let everyone know what you thought. There are virtual certificates and badges to download and a design a perfect pet pug competition where you can win a set of books by Reeve and McIntyre.
https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/news/general/winter-mini-challenge-19

 


What can you find? 

Posted: 23/11/2019
Andrea Harrison

In Science we have been exploring the different materials around school - now we can name the object and tell you what material it is made of. This week we took photographs of different materials around school using our iPads. They were very strange when we looked at them very close up. Come and look in our floor book to see what we found!

What can you find at home that is made of wood, metal, glass, plastic or rock? Take a close up photograph and bring it in to show us!

 


Writing a song! 

Posted: 12/11/2019
Andrea Harrison

Writing a song!

Today Matt came with his keyboard and ideas! After much thought about our environment we created lots of ideas about how we could protect our world. Working in mixed ages across the school was fantastic as we get to learn with children who are much older or younger that we are. 
By the end of the session we had created our chorus - and in few weeks we will be developing this further. Watch this space!

 


Reading Records and termly prizes 

Posted: 07/10/2019
Charlotte Powdrill

Every time your child reads at home please sign their reading record. We will also sign their reading record when they read in class in the afternoons. 
Once your child has reached ten reads they will automatically receive a raffle ticket. At the end of each term Mr Avery will take a raffle ticket from the jar from each class and those children chosen will receive a book token. The more times your child reads the more tickets they will receive. Good Luck!
" The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr Seuss.

 


Trip to Wheal Martyn 

Posted: 30/09/2019
Charlotte Powdrill


Last week Kensa class visited Wheal Martyn. We learned all about the china clay that is extracted from the area and were amazed to find out just how many everyday things have china clay in them. Some of our time was spent learning about the Martyn family - we were so curious about the rich and poor people that we are finding out more about their lives in our History lessons. 
During the afternoon we had a tour of the Wheal Martyn site and thoroughly enjoyed the walk, despite getting totally soaked! 

 


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