Welcome to Porthcurno

We are the Year 5 and Year 6 class at St Buryan Academy.  There are 26 children in our class and our teachers are Mrs Rendle, Mrs Wilson and Mr McDonald.  Mrs Rendle teaches us on Monday and Tuesday, Mrs Wilson teaches us on a Wednesday and Thursday, and Mr McDonald teaches us on a Friday.
We are also supported by our fantastic teaching assistant Mrs Butterfield every morning.
Practical Bit: Please remember your named water bottle and a healthy snack each day. P.E. will still be on a Monday and Wednesday 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.

Summer Term 2021

Welcome back to the final term of the year! And what a year it has been. We sincerely hope that you are all well and coping ok in these turbulent times.

Our topic for this term is A Child’s War which will focus primarily on WW2 and we will be asking the key question; How does war affect children differently? We will be looking at the perspective of children in Germany, Jewish children and those in Britain, during WW2. We will be reading some brilliant whole class texts too to help immerse the children in our topic and we will be working with Pk Porthcurno. Other highlights of this term; monthly forest school sessions, activities week (replacing the usual Isles of Scilly Camp), Minack Theatre trip and the leavers service. We would really like to make sure that our Year 6s end their primary school life with a great term and get the send off they deserve and that the Year 5s end the year feeling confident, happy and excited to return in September.


Spring Term 2
Welcome back to school everyone and a huge congratulations for making it through the last couple of months of home schooling. We have been thoroughly impressed with the hard work and diligence you have shown completing your daily tasks and we have loved seeing your work. The creative tasks and Non-Screen Day activities produced some particularly high quality, unique and inspired outcomes.
For the remainder of this term we will be focusing on the well-being of our pupils, taking our time to observe and evaluate pupil's individual needs and fostering a love of learning. We will be looking to inspirational figures contemporary and throughout history to give us guidance, hope and remind us that we can all fly high.
We will be completing our guided reading text Holes, which we were so pleased that the children enjoyed during lockdown. We have a great English film based topic to take us up to Easter and we will be recapping some of the key concepts and fundamentals in Maths. We will also be in charge of the development of the new garden space in the field, an exciting project which we are so pleased that Year 5 and 6 will be able to put their stamp on and leave a lasting mark on St Buryan Academy forever!
Autumn 2: Frozen Kingdoms
Our Topic this half term is ‘Frozen Kingdoms' and we shall be exploring to the coldest ends of the Earth visiting both polar regions, looking at their characteristics and features. We will also be looking at a real life polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and considering the way the indigenous Inuit people lived and their art work. In Science we will be using polar animals to consider how animals are classified and adapted to their environment as well as exploring the properties of materials starting with ice! Our class book this half term will be 'The Wolf Wilder' which we hope the children will enjoy just as much as the last one. We are really hoping to be starting our monthly Forest School sessions in November... please look out for further information on this.
Autumn Term 2020
We hope that you had a great Summer holidays. Keep checking here for updates on the Porthcurno timetable, classroom routines and other useful information about the new term.
Our topic for the first half term is Pharaohs. Let’s travel back 5000 years, to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and ancient artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods. Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part. Become an apprentice and work for Ramose, the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife. Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt. Who knows what treasures you will find?
Our Teachers
Home Learning Week Beginning 28.9.2020
Times Tables Challenge - each week we will be in competition with Nanjizal class to be the Times Tables Champions.  We will focus on a different table each week that will be tested on a Monday.  The questions will be in a random order and will require rapid recall.  This week will will focus on the 5 times table.  Good Luck!
Spellings - please login to Spelling Shed to find this weeks spellings.  These will be tested on Friday so please practice for 5 minutes every day!
Reading - don't forget to complete your reading activity for this week.
Forest School Photos
Home Learning
We will set home learning each Monday to be handed in on the following Friday.  This half term we will have a focus on key skills including reading, spelling and times tables.
Each week we will ask the children to complete a reading task based on their school reading book.  Spellings will be set via Spelling Shed which all children will be able to access from home.  They can practice the spellings through the games on the site as well as a more traditional method of writing them.  
We will be introducing a new and exciting times tables challenge with a bit of healthy competition between Porthcurno and Nanjizal - watch this space for further detils.  In the mean time don't forget to use Times Tables Rock Stars!
Reading Challenge
Reading brings about so many great benefits to children, and being inspired by a great story is also very enjoyable. Whether your child is looking for inspiration because it feels like they've read every book on the shelf or they are a reluctant reader, this list should help to find a great new book to read! Why not try and see how many you can read before you leave St Buryan Academy? Quick, quick, time is ticking!
100 books to read before you leave school.