Hello and welcome to Porthcurno's page!

We are the school's Year 6 Class. We have 17 children in our class. Our teacher is Mr McDonald and our teaching assistant is Mrs Thomas, Mrs Hosken also comes to work with us on Tuesday afternoons.  In the afternoons we work with Year 5 (Porthmeor) to combine our learning.

In Porthcurno Class we aim to create an environment based on real learning, linking our thinking to the world around us. We work in a happy and fun learning environment and our education isn't just limited to the classroom!

Throughout the year we have so many different learning opportunities and we encourage our children to tackle things head on with confidence and self belief.

Keep checking our page for the latest news in Porthcurno class and what we have been up to!


Every morning we have English and Maths. In the afternoons we are joined by the year 5 class, Porthmeor. On Monday we have PE (so bring your kits) followed by a topic session. On Tuesday afternoon we have science and on Wednesday we have guided reading followed by art. On Thursday we have Dance and French. Friday is slightly different as we have swimming in the morning, remember your kit! In the afternoon we have the opportunity to do choir too!
You can view our timetable by clicking on the link below...

About our class and what we are learning
Find out more about our class and what our curriculum and current learning is.
To kick things off this year we are thinking about our role in the world through our topic: 'How can I impact the world?'  You can look at our Mid-term plan by clicking the link below...
We will be looking at how we can change the world by inventing our own 'Green Machines', studying young people who have left a lasting impression on the world and doing fundraising to help those less fortunate than ourselves.  We also have some exciting trips planned.  
We want to think about how we can change our environment for the better, so we are carrying out a series of '2 minute cleans'.  We will be dedicating time each week to clean our school, beaches and even our homes!
Our teacher and challenges
Here you can find out more about our teacher.  You can also find any challenges our teacher may set us!
  • Mr Josh McDonald

    Class teacher, PE and ICT co-ordinator


    I started teaching at St Buryan Academy after completing my BEd in Primary Education at the University of Plymouth in 2011. My first class was in year 1, then after a year I moved to year 6. My current year 6 class were my very first class as year ones, so it has been a great journey seeing their first day in primary school up to their last day!
    The classroom is a safe and happy place as we believe that if our class is fun, then some top learning will take place. Myself and the other staff in year 6 strongly believe in developing the whole person and we recognise everybody's strengths in any field. We aim to equip children with the skills they need not just to succeed in primary school, but in life.
    I love teaching at St Buryan because of the opportunities available to the children here, I believe we offer things that no other primary school can. From workshops with Pirate FM to visits to London and Parliament to week long camps on the Isles of Scilly to our every day-to-day teaching.

Reading is such a skill and can be such an enjoyable past time.  Our reading helps our knowledge and allows us to develop our own creativity and thinking.  At primary school it is especially important and there are so many great books for you to read, including ones you can go back to over and over again.
I have attached a link to a guide that suggests books that all children should read by the time they finish primary school, there are 100 of them!  I wonder how many you have read, or how many more of them you can read before you leave St Buryan Academy.  Some of them are new books, some of them are classics and some of them are books you may have read when you were a lot younger - these ones are great fun to revisit.
Here you can find the homework we are set.  It is also in our reading records, but just in case our parents want to double check...you can find it here too!
Also in this section is a revision guide for our Key Stage 2 SATs. It is really useful because it covers all areas of the curriculum and has SATs questions from previous year's papers.  What's even better is if you need reminding of a strategy, then there is a YouTube link that will take you to a video of how to do it.  This is a great revision tool so make sure that you use it.  It will help not only with SATs revision, but in your weekly homework too.  
Just click on the link below!