Welcome to Porthcurno Class!

We are the Year 4,5,6 class at St Buryan Academy.  There are 23 children in the class, who are taught by Mrs Rendle from Monday to Wednesday, and Mrs Ayotte on a Thursday and Friday. They are also supported by our fantastic teaching assistant Mrs Butterfield in the mornings.

We love learning through our topic work and finding ways to make our learning authentic. We also enjoy opportunities to get practical, active and get outdoors. We absolutely LOVE being the guardians of our school's woodland garden and all that we have created so far in our forest school sessions.

Practical Bit: Please remember your named water bottle and a healthy snack each day. P.E. will be on a Tuesday so please come to school wearing your P.E. kit. 
Autumn Term 2023/24 
Cycle A
What is out there?
Our topic this term is Stargazers and we will be exploring the question 'What is out there?' We will begin the topic with an exciting visit from the 'Space Dome Mobile Planetarium' where the children will learn about the wonders of the universe. We will continue our learning looking at key historic figures and how space travel has developed. 
Our class novel: Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Spring Term 2023/24 
Cycle A
Ancient Greece
How Greek are we?
 Our Spring term topic is Ancient Greece and we will be exploring the question 'How Greek are we?' Our visit to Truro museum will allow the children to learn about historical artifacts and what life was like to live in Greece from around 3000 BCE to the reign of Alexander the Great around 330 BCE. We will complete the term by holding our own 'Mini Olympics' planned by the children. 
Our class novel: Who let the Gods out by Maz Evans
Summer Term 2023/24 
Cycle A
Rivers and Rainforests
Why is water so important?
During this unit of learning, we will be exploring our world's rainforests with a focus on the Amazon and South America.  We will learn about the importance of the rainforest and the plight of the people and animals who call it their home.  We will also study the formation of rivers with a local river study, the water cycle, and the world's biomes and vegetation belts.  For those visiting the Isles of Scilly in June, we will see firsthand how important water is to the islanders.
Our Teachers
  • Mrs Lisa Rendle

    Class Teacher


    I am Lisa and I grew up in St. Buryan, attending St. Buryan Primary School. I have been teaching since 2004 and have been lucky enough to teach at some amazing schools in London, St. Ives, and Paignton but I am really enjoying continuing my teaching career back in St. Buryan. I consider it a real privilege to be able to give back to the community that provided me with a love of learning.
    I now live in Newlyn with my family and enjoy spending time in our beautiful Cornish countryside. I enjoy walking and I took up wild swimming during the first lockdown. I am a qualified Forest School Leader and like nothing more than spending time with the children in our garden area 'Anita's Garden'. I also enjoy getting out and about with the children and especially enjoy our residential trips to the Isles of Scilly and London.

  • Mrs Helen Ayotte

    Class Teacher


    I have been a teacher since 2008 and have experience working mainly across KS1 and KS2. I love working with children and inspiring young minds. I feel very fortunate to be working at St Buryan in Porthcurno class. The community feel and school ethos at St Buryan makes it a very special place to be part of.

    My passion is PE and sport and I strongly believe that a healthy mind and body assists learning. You will often find me at various sport clubs in and around Penzance taking part or supporting my children on the sideline.

    I have lived in Cornwall for most of my life and absolutely love what it has to offer. In my spare time, I like to go on adventures with my family near and far. We also enjoy taking our family dog on walks and admiring the scenery Cornwall has to offer.

Our Curriculum
Look below for links to our newsletter and curriculum overview for each term.
Home Learning
Reading and times table practice are essential to allow children the best opportunity to achieve success in English and Maths.

We would like children to read a minimum of 4 times a week at home and we would like this to be evidenced in their reading diary/log. We would like the practice of times tables and the corresponding division facts to occur at least twice a week. Children can achieve this in varies ways. Reciting, writing them down, games, websites including, TTRS and multiplication tables check. 


We shall also be setting a homework grid linked to our topic. This is optional homework for those who enjoy doing a little extra and children can choose which one to do and how often to complete them. We really enjoy sharing their work in class.

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