07-09.09.2022 Team Building Days
Despite the rain, children had such a brilliant time with their friends at their ‘Team Building’ days.
Children had the opportunity to bodyboard, have a go at archery, develop their survival skills and play team building games.
They have truly displayed all our core values of aspiration, achievement, courage, responsibility, friendship and teamwork and all children were our ‘Stars of the Week’!
"I enjoyed the litter picking as we showed teamwork and responsibility to help the public and the environment." - Paige, Year 6
"At the beach, when I first got on the paddleboard, I was scared at first but I showed courage." - Archie, Year 4
"I felt really courageous to go on the paddleboard for the first time." - Lois, Year 3
"I really enjoyed the archery because we used friendship and we were taking turns." Tianna, Year 5
"In archery, I helped my friends get the arrows ready for shooting." - Elia, Reception
"It was difficult at first, but we showed aspiration, by being resilient and not giving up." - Quinn, Year 4
"I loved playing with my friends in the sea." - Dakota, Year 3
"In survival skills, we had to be responsible, because we were given a flint and steel to make fire." - Poppy, Year 4
"I was good at the treasure hunt with my team, because I ran to my friends." - Brody, Reception
"I loved archery, because even if you scored a 6, you still achieved!" - Freddie, Year 6
"We were responsible for cleaning the beach and we showed teamwork by working together." - Izzy, Year 4
"I overcame my fear to go on the paddleboard by using courage." - Alice, Year 3
"Picking up litter to save sea animals and their environment was a good thing - it made me feel proud." - Flo, Year 4
12.07.2022 Take One Picture Exhibition
Today was a very occasion at St Dennis Primary Academy, as it saw the hall being transformed into an art gallery for our ‘Take One Picture’ exhibition based on the painting Navigators’ Tracks and Discoveries of the World, by Kristjana S Williams.
Children were immensely proud to see their learning exhibited and they spoke with such passion and knowledge when curating their work to the many visitors we had throughout the whole day.
It was a real showcase of their research, art and design skills and musical achievement, with performances from our Rocksteady bands, choir and brass band.
Thank you to all of you who came and supported this.
06.07.22 Healthy Tuck Shop
As part of 'Healthy Week', our lunch provider Chartwells offered to hold a healthy tuck shop during playtime. The Year 6 children took on the roles of organising the event and helping to prepare the food. There were smoothies, fruit salad pots, fruit juice and plenty of items of fruit to try. It was a huge success! They really enjoyed the colourful treats, with many children asking if this was going to be a regular occurrence!
05.07.2022 Kingfisher Project Success
Year 5 Godh Classwere invited to take part in the Kingfisher Project. We visited Ennis Barton Farm at Indian Queens and undertook a range of activities which taught the children about the different plants and animals that can be found on the farm in a range of habitats. Activities included stream dipping, learning about the digestion of a cow, looking at a range of moths, owl pellets, the life cycle of a dragonfly and investigating how soil is enhanced by the earthworms.
When we came back to school, we investigated these areas further and children produced some amazing work based on their research. We took this work along to a presentation with some other local schools and children were asked questions by the judges to see what they had learnt from both the field work and their work in class.
We were so delighted to find out that we had won the Kingfisher award and were presented with this beautiful trophy of a kingfisher!
Well done to all of the children in Godh Class who worked so hard on this project and thank you to the parents and craers who brought them along to the presentation evening.
04.07.22 Pedrevan Class Visit to Mevagissey
On Monday, the Year 6 children had a geography fieldtrip to the fishing village of Mevagissey, to find out why fishing is so important to the community. They started with a visit to the aquarium where they were met by the Harbour Master and held a Q and A session. They then walked to the opposite side of the quay and spent the next hour in the Mevagissey Museum, talking with volunteers and finding out about the history of the village.
After an interesting lunch break (plagued by 'Steven' the seagul) the children headed out onto the sea, courtesy of the 'Isla Mei' and 'Dilligence', for a coastal cruise. They were lucky enough not only to experience very calm waters, but also a trio of dophins, who happened to be feeding in the bay!
The end of the day was sealed with a delicious cornish ice cream!
The children will be creating leaflets on their return to school, showcasing all the learning from the visit.
28.06.2022 Lowarn Class Visit to the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre
On Tuesday, Year 4 went to the Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre to find out about how waste is turned into energy. We had a fantastic time and learned much about how the local area is key in dealing with the waste produced by Cornwall. The children enjoyed seeing 'the claw' mixing the waste.
23.6.22 Brogh Class Visit to Kerriers Solar Farm
Day 1 - Visiting the solar farm
As part of Year 3's geography topic, we were lucky enough to go and visit Kerriers Solar Farm and learn all about how solar energy is used. The children explored the landscape that surrounds the solar farm and were able to see how wildlife can still thrive next to the 42,500 solar panels.
All the children found the size and scale of the farm amazing and enjoyed learning about the different wildlife living nearby.
Day 2 - Solar Powered Toy Workshop
Two weeks after our visit to the solar farm, Louise from Earth Energy Education came to school to help us build solar panelled toys. The children were able to experiment with current solar panelled toys and were able to see how the sun can affect how they work. Others were able to use sunlight to power motors and buzzers within their own circuits.
After break the children began to build their own toys using recycled materials. Children worked in small groups to make working toys and really enjoyed seeing how they can use the sun to power their toys.
13.06.22 - 15.06.22 Pedrevan Class Residential to London
In the early hours of Monday morning, the Year 6 children and staff set off on their eagerly awaited trip to London! There were a few tears and fond farewells as a crowd of parents came to see them off on their travels.
A quick lunch stop along the way, before arriving at the first destination - The Natural History Museum'. There were some great links made to prior learning, with a statue of Charles Darwin being spotted, an earthquake encounter to experience and an array of bird bones on display that made someone remember our class novel study text 'Skellig'.
For our evening meal, we headed to 'The Jungle Cafe', where the children were treated to a totally tropical experience. They dined beneath twisted vines and waterfalls, with the occassional rumble of thunder being heard or the growling of tigers!
Our coach driver was a great source of knowledge about the best sight seeing opportunities and so we were able to be dropped right in the heart of London for an early evening stroll.
Day two, saw everyone up for an early start as we needed to catch the 'Thames River Crusie'. The weather was glorious as we drifted down the Thames and listened to our knowledgeable (and very witty) tour guide as he pointed out the landmarks and gave a brief history of the buildings and bridges.
We disembarked the boat and took a short walk to 'The London Eye'. The views were spectacular and the children could see for miles in every direction!
Dinner that evening was courtesy of Pizza Express. All of the walking had certainly created an appetite and the children happily ate their way through dough balls, pizzas and chocolate fudge cake!
As the night drew to a close, we headed to the Apollo Theatre, Victoria to see 'Wicked', a devilishly clever spin on the story of The Wizard of Oz. The children were spellbound as the show started and the full force of a live orchestra, stage lighting and effects were felt! A brilliant end to day 2.
Day 3, saw us pack up our hotel rooms and head straight to walk in the footsteps of Harry Potter and explore the wonders of the wizarding world at the 'Warner Bros Studio Tour'. This event had been all the children had talked about the previous day, and it did not disappoint! From the moment the children stepped into the great hall, they were mesmerized! Commanding broom sticks, playing in a quiditch match and exploring the Hogwarts Express were just some of the highlights!
27.05.2022 Jubilee celebrations
The sun was out for our Jubilee Street Party at lunchtime and the children (and staff) looked fabulous in their red, white and blue outfits today!
During the afternoon all children were visited in their classrooms and presented with commemorative coins from Julia Clarke (Parish Council) and Lisa Hammer (Imerys) to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
26.05.2022 - Visit from Paul Maskell
Years 5 and 6 had a special visit from local man, Paul Maskell - an ultra-runner based in Cornwall. A well-known figure in the South West running community, Paul has competed in a range of long-distance running event and represents Great Britain in the 24hour World Championships. He popped into school to show off some of his medals and to answer questions that the children had prepared. The children left school feeling very inspired by his determination and courage, to complete the gruelling challenges he sets himself.
Adisson was lucky enough to be picked as the winner for a special GB training vest! Well done to her.
23.05.2022 Sort Class - Visit to The Eden Project
Year 1 had a great trip to the Eden project. They looked at seeds from all around the world and used their senses to describe them. They explored butter beans by using cocktail sticks to open them up and see what was inside. They also found out about what seeds and plants need to grow. They loved exploring the rainforest dome and had a look to see if they could find any of the seeds that had grown. Their favourite was the cacao bean because it makes chocolate!
25.05.2022 Godh Class - Visit to Ennis Barton Farm
Year 5 had an amazing afternoon on Wednesday when they visited Ennis Barton Farm to undertake fieldwork and find out more about the way in which the farm and farmers are helping to sustain wildlife. They looked at food chains, animal habitats, the importance of soil and loads more! They learnt so much and will use this to produce a presentation for the Kingfisher Award.
23.05.2022 Kroenek Class - Visit to Bodmin Airfield
Kroenek visited Bodmin Airfield to learn about aircraft. The children sat in the planes, operated the controls, listened to pilots on the radio and watched aircraft take off and land. Thank you to Bodmin Airfield for a fantastic day!
20.05.2022 Oula Class - Visit from Tesco
This term, Nursery been learning about different types of transport and their similarities and differences. Tesco were very kind and brought in one of their delivery vans for them to lexplore. Children had a good look around the van and found that it had wheels, windows and lights just like all the other vehicles they had learnt about. They opened the sliding door to see where all the food goes. There was even a fridge and a freezer in the van. They had great fun exploring the van and even sat in the driver's seat!
18.05.2022 Junior Life Skills
Year 5 had a really informative and important day on Wednesday when they went to St Austell Fire Station for Junior Life Skills. They learnt so many skills like how to do CPR, about railway and internet safety, how to issue a parking ticket and so much more!
We were delighted to receive this email about our children on this visit. ‘I have been at the Junior Life Skills event today in St Austell and can’t speak highly enough about the interaction and general manners of the St Dennis Primary Academy students.'
28.04.2022 RNLI Visit
We were lucky enough to have a visit from two lifeguards as part of an RNLI assembly all about beach safety.
The Key Stage 2 children listened perfectly, as they were given clear instructions about how to stay safe on the beach and even had a go at a real-life rescue! St Dennis Primary Academy 'lifeguards' Connie and Maria were fabulous and saved the day!
06.04.2022 Gwiwer's visit to the Screech Owl Sanctuary
On Wednesday 6th April, Year 2 visited the Screech Owl Sanctuary to support their learning about habitats in science. The children had a wonderful time, a real 'hands on' experience. They could hold the owls and feed other animals including alpacas and emus. Furthermore, they also learnt about conserving these animals' natural habitats. It was so interesting learning from animal experts. The day really sparked the children's curiosity to find out more about these amazing creatures.
28.03.22 - 06.04.22 Mini Police Programme
Over the course of two weeks, Year 6 took part in the ‘Mini Police Programme’. They were supported by two local police officers, Toby and Phil, to learn about policing issues such as ASB, peer group pressure and online safety. They then had time to plan a community action project and c
28.03.2022 Lowarn's visit to Bodmin Jail
Lowarn class had a brilliant visit to Bodmin Jail to support their learning of this half term's topic 'Should all crimes be punished?'
They went on an amazing guided tour through the 'Dark Walk' taking a journey back in time to learn about some of Cornwall's infamous prisoners and their crimes.
They got a first hand look at some of the cells and what life would have been like behind bars in the Georgian and Victorian times.
It was fascinating to learn about how prisoners were treated and some of the punishments they would have been subjected to.
18.03.2022 Red Nose Day 2022
Today was Red Nose Day! We had so much fun in our joke competitions! You can see the winners on our Video Resouce Centre here https://st-dennis-primary-academy.primarysite.media/media/red-nose-day-joke-competition-winners.
We have also learnt about the incredible work this charity does and how vital our fundraising is to support this.
Thank you for all your generous donations!
14.03.2022 Family Nest Therapy CIC - Equine Therapy
On Monday, we had a lovely visit from Family Nest Therapy CIC, who brought in three Shetland ponies for us to spend time with.
We learnt about the ponies, groomed them, stroked them, lead them and the ponies even had a little race! The children really enjoyed the experience. We are looking forward to further sessions for some children.
Check out their Facebook page as they also run Saturday morning pony clubs, as well as other sessions.
08.03.2022 Community Tree Planting
Pedrevan Class had an amazing day out at Lower Penrose Veor Farm. The purpose was to help re-instate a traditional Cornish hedge, which would have last been seen on the farm in 1906! The children didn't let the weather dampen their spirits, and they really worked hard to plant their trees. They were given a target of 50 trees, but with their teamwork and determination, they managed to plant an impressive 183 trees!
07.03.2022 - 11.03.2022 Book Week
We held an incredible Book Week which culminated with children (and staff) looking spectacular in their book character inspired costumes!
The aims of the week were
For children to be read to regularly
For children to have access to a range of books from the ‘5 Plagues of Reading’ spine
For children to choose what they want to read
For children to have trusted adults and peers, sharing and recommending books
For children to have an enjoyable reading experience
For children to have a designated time to read
Classes filled the week with exciting events such as launching the new Spring Book bingo, a ‘Ready, Steady, Read’ sponsored event, different reading challenges every day in school to win Golden Tickets, virtual author events, storytelling workshops and children using their detective skills to try to work out who the masked readers were!
There were many prizes awarded in the form of books and one lucky child even won a kindle. The 'Ready, Steady, Read' had a target of £300 but the children totally exceeded that with an amazing £1565.70 raised. With the help of our local Usborne Partner, the school will be able to choose new books to the value of £2504!
Pedrevan Class had a special visitor at the start of their new topic all about Egypt! There was something fishy going on when their 'Stunning Start', to launch the new topic with a real-life experience, involved some sardines!
Mrs Nash's Dad came in to assist the children with the process of mummification. The children watched as the innards were removed from 'the bodies' before the children were given the smelly job of washing and drying out their fish.
They needed to completely wash and dry out each fish carefully, before placing them in salt to help them dry out even further.
They will be left for the next 4 weeks before they are re-salted (if needed) and then wrapped up in linen. The class will then take part in a burying ritual where their fish will be laid to rest in the school grounds.
Mrs Nash is hoping to excavate some fish that were mummified over 6 years ago, so that the children can see first-hand how they have (hopefully) remained preserved. She just needs to locate them first!
16.02.2022 Visit from King Henry VIII
For our 'Fabulous Finish' in Year 3, we had the opportunity to meet King Henry VIII. He discussed his life with us and the tales of his six wives. We were tasked with putting together a Tudor timeline in the order of his wives and what had happened to them. He was able to show us amazing Tudor games such as the ball in the cup and Tudor Top Trumps. We took part in a Tudor trail to find clues to help fill in the information and a guess an object from the Tudor era. The children thoroughly enjoyed getting 'hands o'n with their learning and found that this was a great way to end the topic!
Thank you King Henry VIII!
16.02.2022 Visit from Mr Grinling
Today we had a visit from Mr Grinling, the main character from the story 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'.
Mr Grinling retold the story using props, he then told us about a time that he lost his key to his lighthouse! He set us lots of great activities. We played lighthouse lotto where we had to find the pictures to match the pictures on our boards. We searched for the stamps that linked to the story and we had six to collect. We were also shown a working lighthouse, with a moving basket on a pulley and a real light!
We really enjoyed making Mr Grinling a mustard sandwich, but we are unsure whether he liked it!
04.02.2022 NSPCC Number Day
This year, St Dennis Primary Academy joined schools across the UK for a mega maths day!
Number Day was packed full of maths activities and games, whilst we raised money to support services such as Childline.
Children came to school dressed up in anything maths or number related, for a donation to raise money for the NSPCC and we raised an incredible £225.50.
We created a display in hall to help us remember how much fun we had!
13.01.2022 Rocksteady Music School
Children across the school had a go at feeling what it might be like to be in a rock band and absolutely loved it!
15.12.2021 Father Christmas in his Grotto!
Father Christmas came to visit! Children made their way through the magical winter wonderland to his grotto. They were all delighted as they left with a Christmas book to take home and enjoy over the holiday!
10.12.2021 West End in Schools - 'The Night Before Christmas' drama workshops
On Friday, the theatre company 'West End in Schools' visited and ran drama workshops for all children across the school based on the poem 'The Night Before Christmas'. All children were really excited to be involved in this, as this poem was a text in their Christmas Book Bingo! A real treat!
08.12.2021 Visit to St Denys Church for 'The Festival of Christmas Trees'
Years 1 to 6 walked to St Denys Church to view 'The Festival of Christmas Trees'. Older children walked with our younger children and it was so lovely to see our school value of friendship in action.
There were 23 trees in all and children were amazed at what they saw. It was magical and a really festive way to start our Christmas lunch day!
19.11.2021 Anti-Bullying Week
Anti-Bullying Week was full of fantastic discussions, activities and thought provoking moments. A display has been created to celebrate children's learning. We think you will agree that the children produced some wonderful work!
15.11.2021 Odd Socks Day
Today was the launch of Anti-Bullying week, so everyone took part in Odd Socks Day. There were striped socks, spotty socks, superhero socks and even Christmas socks to be seen! This special day highlighted that we are all different and special in our own ways and sparked some important conversations about being unique and untied. It was also great fun to spot all of the colourful socks that everyone wore!
Children sent BBC Radio Cornwall their thoughts ahead of the G7 Summit earlier this year and two of our children have had their thoughts projected onto the BBC Scotland building during COP26.
Rachael’s quote appears at about 45 minutes, 30 seconds and Declan’s quote appears at about 52 minutes, 40 seconds alongside around 100 quotes from young people across the UK!
11.11.2021 Remembrance Day
Pedrevan Class paid their respects today inside the school grounds at the memorial dedicated to those who served in World War 2. Amelia played 'The Last Post' as the children started their two minutes silence. Year 6 were very mature and thoughtful. Children across the school observed a two minute silence at 11 o'clock in their classrooms and learnt about Remembrance Day in assembly today. Click the link below to view this.
05.11.2021 Children in Need - The Big Fancy Dress Singalong
The day Pudsey came to visit St Dennis Primary Academy
We joined in with BBC Local Radio's Big Fancy Dress Singalong live on air! BBC Radio Cornwall and BBC Spotlight came to record us all, dressed in spots from head-to-toe, singing and dancing along to 'By Your Side' by Calvin Harris and Tom Grennan, all in aid of raising money for children's mental health charities.
08/09/10.09.2021 Team Building Days
This academic year started with 3 team building activities for children from Reception to Year 6. It was the perfect way to learn about and revisit our core values of aspiration, courage, achievement, responsibility, teamwork and friendship.
Activities included a climbing wall, archery, survival skills and team building games.