Welcome to Porthcurno Class!

We are the Year 5 and Year 6 class at St Buryan Academy.  There are 32 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 every morning.

We love learning through our topic work and finding ways to make our learning authentic. We also love opportunities to get practical, active and get outdoors. We absolutely LOVE being the guardians of our school's new 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 Monday so please come in wearing your P.E. kit on those days. It would be really useful if all children could have a coat, waterproof trousers and wellies in school each day for outdoor learning and work on the garden project.
Spring Term 2021-
Blood Sweat and Tears!

Our topic for this term is ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ for which we will have two key questions guiding our learning; What powers us? This will focus on our bodies with a detailed look at the heart and circulatory system. The second is: How Greek are we? The Olympics will be one of our main focuses tying these two  elements of our topic together but we have lots of other fascinating things to learn about the ancient Greeks too. As ever we will be incorporating our topic work into our English, and foundation subjects. We will be reading the novel ’Who let the Gods Out’ by Maz Evans, as a whole class.


This term, Porthcurno class will be swimming again after the February half term holidays. P.E. will continue to be held on a Monday and Friday.

Autumn Term 2021- Stargazers

Our topic for this term is ‘Stargazers’ and we will be exploring the question; ‘What is out there?’ in order to learn all about space. We have planned a special celebration of the children’s work and star gazing event after dark to end the topic closer to Christmas! The topic will take us to the moon, the planets in our solar system, looking at key historic figures in the understanding of space and development of space travel. We shall be incorporating this theme into our writing as well as our science and topic work, looking at instructions, space themed stories and biographies! You can find out more about our curriculum plans by going to the curriculum section.

This term, key stage 2 will be alternating between half a term of forest school and half a term of swimming on a Wednesday. We shall be starting with weekly forest school afternoons, from the 15th September, in school. Children will need to bring in the correct clothing on these days. These will run up to the October half term holiday, after which we shall be going swimming on a Wednesday morning instead.


Our Teachers
  • Mrs Lisa Rendle

    Class Teacher


    I am Lisa and I grew up in St.Buryan, attending St.Buryan Primary School (as it was then). 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 the school's qualified Forest School Leader and like nothing more than spending time with the children in our new garden area.

Home Learning
Reading and times table practice are the essential bits of homework that we would like all children to complete each week as they are really fundamental to literacy and numeracy. Some children, who we feel have secured all their times tables, will be given a maths activity mat to complete each week and just one bit of times table practice.

We have asked children to read a minimum of 4 times a week at home and we would like this to be evidenced in their reading log. We would like the practicing of times tables and the corresponding division facts to take place at least twice a week. 

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. 

Weekly SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) homework will also be set on a Monday - to be handed in the following Monday with the reading logs.

Our Curriculum
Porthcurno Photo Gallery
DT Day January 2022!
Forest School Photos
Camp Canoe, Trelissick, 2021
Science Photos: