Welcome to Porthcurno Class!

We are the Year 5 and Year 6 class at St Buryan Academy.  There are 21 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 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 Friday so please come in wearing your P.E. kit. 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.
We will be swimming in the second half term each term on a Wednesday so please remember kit - you may come dressed in PE kit on swimming days.
Spring Term 2023-
A Child's War

We're heading back to 1939 and Britain is at war. A study of the causes and effects of the Second World War on the children of both the allied and axis powers. We will retrace the routes taken by evacuees; learn about rationing and the 'Dig for Victory' campaign; The Blitz and the significance of the Battle of Britain as a turning point in the war.

We will learn about and create our own artwork in the style of war artist Henry Moore.

Our unit will end with our very own evacuee experience - more details to follow ! See the Topic overview for a detailed breakdown of the terms curriculum.

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.

  • 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.

Home Learning
Reading and times table practice are the essential bits of homework.  We would like all children to complete each week as they are really fundamental to literacy and numeracy. 

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 practice of times tables and the corresponding division facts to occur 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 English or SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar) homework will also be set on a Monday - to be handed in the following Monday with the reading logs.  Your child also has a Spelling Shed login and we would encourage 5 minutes of daily practice.  The spellings will not be formally tested but children will complete a spelling Hive game on a Monday to monitor their achievements in this area.

Maths homework will be set on a Friday to be handed in the following Friday.

Please speak to Mrs. Rendle with questions about reading and English homework or Mrs. Ayotte with regards to maths or topic homework.

Our Curriculum
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