Welcome to Porthmeor Class

We are a very privileged class comprising just 11 children! This means that all the children get plenty of opportunity to share their fantastic ideas and be offered very personalised support and attention. We are very keen to promote coming together as a class to support one and other and creating a calm yet enthusiastic learning environment.

Porthmeor Class are taught by Mrs Gallie on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Wilson on a Thursday and Friday morning, with Mrs Hosken supporting throughout the week. In the afternoons, we combine with Year 6 for our sports and topic based learning, often being taught by Mr McDonald, but we also get the benefit of Mrs Wilson's French specialism on a Thursday afternoon and our visiting Dance and P.E specialist.

Kind regards,
Mrs Janet Gallie and Mrs Elise Wilson (ewlison@stburyanacademy.org)

Reading, Homework and Timetable:

P.E. will be on a Monday and Thursday so pupils will need their P.E kits on those days, and swimming will continue on Fridays. Spelling tests will be on a Thursday, please remember your spelling list each week.
Keep reading as often as possible at home, every day is fantastic but we would like to see a minimum of four signed entries in their reading record. All reading is encouraged and reading with an adult continues to be very beneficial as they can discuss tricky words, hidden meanings and simply share in the delight of a good story!

We will set pupils homework twice a week, most weeks. This shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes. In addition they will need to learn their spellings ready for their test on Thursdays.
Sennen Cove Visit
We had a fantastic trip out today. The rainy start didn't put us off  and when the sun did come out, it just made it harder to leave the beach! Thanks to Ollie and the lifeboat crew for showing us around their awesome boat. What a lovely way to wrap up the term. 
Summer Term 2018
Welcome back to a new term, we hope that everyone had a lovely Easter break. This term looks set to have many highlight as the rehearsals for Joseph are now in full swing, the Brains of Buryan merchandise is now in production and the exciting big trip to the Isles of Scilly draws closer.
After the Brains of Buryan project has finished we shall be picking up the topic of 'Coasts' which will encompass learning about the Isles of Scilly as well as thinking about our local coastline in a historical context.
Day to day, the class structure and timetable will remain much the same; spelling tests on a Thursday, P.E on a Monday and dance on a Thursday, swimming on a Friday. In the Summer term we do suggest that children have their P.E kits in all the time as we are more likely to have a spontaneous game of rounders or sports day practice. Also it's really important that children have a water bottle in school everyday in these hotter months- if the sun does eventually decide to make an appearance!
Spring Term 2018 - Brains Of Buryan

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Eco Event and celebration of the work we did last term- and to those parents who got involved in our surprise challenge to kick off this new topic. This term, Porthmeor Class will be working very closely with Porthcurno Class as they try to come up with a money making idea that the Friends of the School would consider investing in. For this they will need to become skilled persuasive writers, be able to market their product as well as considering some of the influential entrepreneurs that have come before.

I hope that you all received your termly class newsletter at the end of last week and we also set some optional homework to run alongside the usual spellings, numeracy and literacy. Please can pupils all try and remember their spelling lists on a Thursday as this means I can record the scores and send them home for parents to see.

Happy New Year!
I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year.
This is just a quick one to remind all pupils to bring in their bag of 'rubbish' from their beach cleans tomorrow please. We have some really 'rubbish' analysis to do of your findings! Actually I'm really excited to find out what you've collected. I love that this topic is so current with all the fantastic Plastic Free Penzance work that is going on locally. Also we will be launching straight in with a spelling test tomorrow as this is such a short half term- pupils were told at the end of term! Remember your swimming kits this Friday too.
See you all on Thursday, Mrs Wilson
Eden 2017
What a fantastic time we all had at the Eden Project this week. We had wall to wall sunshine and it was such a special experience spending time in and around the biomes especially being there outside of the public visiting times. The sustainability workshop took us on a journey around the biomes learning where our food comes from and how it is grown, packaged and transported. This brought up some interesting questions about the choices we make. The evening Secret Biomes workshop in the rainforest was such a treat. Singing, playing music, sketching and games all made for a very exciting evening and we were totally transported to another world.
We made some unforgettable memories and had some yummy meals too!
Thank you Eden Project team for making our stay so fantastic and well done to Porthcurno and Porthmeor Classes for embracing this wonderful opportunity.
What a fantastic week with the Pirate FM crew. The children have worked really hard all week and loved the enthusiasm and energy that Pirate FM brought to the classroom. They have given pupils a real taste for the kind of careers and opportunities available to them, as well as learning how to plan, produce, deliver and edit their very own chat show! The children have grown in confidence and chat show day was a real testament to this. They were professional, calm and collected and weren't phased by meeting some truly inspirational guests. Well done year 5 and 6! 
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 End of the Summer Term 2017
Wow- where did that year go? We are very sad to say goodbye to Porthmeor Class, but pleased that they have all been well prepared for their entrance into Year 6. It has been a fantastic term. The children had a brilliant time on the Isles of Scilly and came back filled with confidence, independence and enthusiasm. They embarked on their Isles of Scilly magazine projects keenly and the outcomes are impressive. I have added a photo but parent's are welcome to come in and have a look next term. 
A massive thank you to all the children and parents who have given us kind end of year gifts and cards. We hope that you all have a wonderful summer break.
Kind regards, Oona Connel and Elise Wilson
Summer Term 2017
Welcome back to the final term of this academic year, the year seems to be flying by and the children are already showing a very mature and enthusiastic attitude to learning, standing them in great stead for the transition in to year 6.
Our topic 'What is fake news?' will be getting children to examine all the different ways we can report information. This will start with police reports and investigating the mystery of the flying toads! In addition, we will look at radio and TV broadcasting and creating our very own Isles of Scilly Magazine. We are very excited to be welcoming Pirate fm for some careers advice and are also really looking forward to our fantastic camp on the Isles of Scilly. A busy term really, when you consider we also have to squeeze in wonderful things like sports day and summer fete! The same reading and homework expectations will continue this term and we really hope that pupils are forming great reading habits, making the transition in to year 6 easier. Spellings will also continue to be on Thursdays and children are reminded to have their lists in school on that day. Many thanks, Oona Connell and Elise Wilson
Happy New Year!
We hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and new year. We were very pleased and impressed with the amount of talent on stage for our class production of 'Will Santa get Shot Down?', the children all came together brilliantly as a team and worked really hard to achieve such a great performance, well done.
This term our topic is 'Journeys' and we will be looking at the epic adventures of two well known, but quite contrasting explorers, Ernest Shackleton and James Cooke. In our writing we will be looking at recounts, motivational speeches and poetry as well as writing our own newspaper reports. Children are already showing great interest in this topic, bringing in information from home.
The structure of the class and the weekly timetable remains much the same as last term. Please remember P.E kits on Mondays and Thursdays. Spelling test on Thursdays and reading records are being checked for signatures daily.
Autumn Term 2017
This term our topic is all about thinking about what we can do for the world around us. We are encouraging pupils to consider "What impact can I have on the world?" and we hope that they will come to realise that there are so many ways that they can help to make the world a happier, healthier and more sustainable place.

Our writing will include writing biographies of inspirational people such as Ghandi, persuasive writing and letter writing. In our topic work we will be considering different ideas for fundraising as well as thinking about the little changes we can make ourselves- or encourage others to make- that will make a difference to the world, however big or small. We are hoping to share all of our findings ideas with you for a special event towards the end of the term.


September 2016
Our topic for this term is World War 2 which will filter into all aspects of the curriculum throughout the term. In our literacy, this will include reading historical fiction books, in particular 'Carrie’s War’ and analysing the features of this genre. We will also be writing a character study and composing letters home from the perspective of the evacuated children. We hope to include at least one outing this term!

We are looking forward to hearing all the children's real WW2 stories from their own families.