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LUDGVAN SCHOOL NEWSLETTER <strong>11.10.19</strong><br />


NEWSLETTER <strong>11.10.19</strong><br />

LUDGVAN SCHOOL NEWSLETTER<strong>11.10.19</strong><br />

Artwork courtesy of Y6

A word from the Principal...<br />

Welcome,<br />

Another busy couple of weeks have gone by and we are almost at the first half term of the year.<br />

Earlier this week, we held our parent tour for parents who have children starting school in September.<br />

Even though that date has passed, if you know of anyone who may be interested in applying<br />

for a place at Ludgvan, please ask them to contact us and we will happily welcome them for a tour<br />

and to answer any questions they have.<br />

I mentioned in our last newsletter that we welcomed leaders from Leading Edge to our school and<br />

that I would feedback to you the outcomes. Everyone left with a really positive impression of the<br />

school and commented about the progress made recently. ‘Theories of Action’ have been collaboratively<br />

produced and these outline the good practice that they saw and the impact it had. These are<br />

expressed in ‘if’ and ‘then’ statements below:<br />

1. If there are a wide variety of thoughtful display techniques used including:<br />

- Open questions<br />

- Working walls<br />

- Subject specific language<br />

- Photographs<br />

- Personalisation<br />

- Celebration<br />

- Values<br />

- Roles and responsibilities<br />

then work is valued, learning is scaffolded, learning becomes self-directed and all take pride in their<br />

environment.<br />

2. If teachers organise resources in a purposeful way, such as:<br />

- ‘Teacher on the desk’: word mats, accessible resource trays, key words, range of equipment,<br />

- ‘Teacher on the wall’: visual timetables, roles and responsibilities, Prompts and examples of<br />

scaffolding, learning intentions<br />

- ‘Teacher in the book’: feedback, highlighting, success criteria, scaffolding<br />

then positive learning habits are developed which put the children in the centre of their learning.

A word from the Principal...<br />

3. When music is used to create a mood in the learning environment (whether motivating, calm or<br />

energising) then behaviour for learning is excellent and transitions are smooth.<br />

4. If teachers create a structure in books following clear learning protocols and templates that<br />

plan for personalisation, then all are confident in assessing learning, all needs are met and teacher<br />

workload is reduced.<br />

5. If the expectation of relationships are high and affirmative, then the environment is calm, safe,<br />

comfortable and there is mutual respect for all.<br />

6. If technical language is systematically used by teachers and children to extend vocabulary in collaborative<br />

discussion, then understanding is deepened and they develop subject expertise.<br />

7. If children are encouraged to be curious through provocative essential questions and rich experiences,<br />

including the use of experts and visits, then students are engaged, challenged and can<br />

remember more and learn effectively.<br />

8. If the curriculum is planned to include the community at local, national or global levels the learning<br />

becomes authentic, relevant meaningful to students.<br />

9. If additional adults work in partnership with the teacher and are ‘the eyes and ears’ of where<br />

there are gaps in understanding, then individual needs will be met and student progress is accelerated.<br />

10. If a positive reading culture is encouraged by adults as role models, use of themed books and<br />

clear organisation, then reading is valued, enjoyed and pupils are better able to connect the curriculum<br />

and their understanding.<br />

As you can see, these are incredibly positive and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of<br />

our class-based staff for opening their doors to visitors and providing such a wonderful climate of<br />

learning for our children.<br />

Kind regards,<br />

Adam Anderson<br />

Principal<br />

Ludgvan School

Broad and balanced...<br />

EYFS<br />

The children in Early Years have been<br />

enjoying lots of learning in their Science<br />

lessons which have all been<br />

about the human body, bones and<br />

teeth. They have drawn around themselves<br />

and labelled their body parts,<br />

discovered the shapes and sizes of our<br />

bones and how they vary across the<br />

body, and created lots of artistic body<br />

representations using a variety of materials.<br />

Today they found a very small<br />

note left for them by the tooth fairy!<br />

She taught them all about their teeth<br />

and how to look after them. They<br />

were very excited as she also let them<br />

take home a toothbrush, toothpaste<br />

and sticker too!

Broad and balanced...<br />

Y1<br />

Class 1 enjoyed a trip to the farm. While<br />

we were there we picked lots of blackberries<br />

which will be made into jam. It was<br />

a very wet day but this did not stop us<br />

enjoying the outdoors. We even went for<br />

a paddle before returning to school! The<br />

trip helped us to understand how we can<br />

eat healthy food which also benefits the<br />

environment. These blackberries did not<br />

have any chemicals sprayed onto them<br />

and they did not come wrapped in plastic!<br />

Y1<br />

Class 1 have been learning the story of<br />

Somebody Swallowed Stanley. Stanley is<br />

a plastic bag who gets swept into the sea.<br />

Yesterday the children got an opportunity<br />

to dress up as Stanley and sit in the<br />

hot seat while other children asked them<br />

questions about Stanley’s adventures.

Broad and balanced...<br />

Y2<br />

Year 2 went on a trip to the Minack<br />

Theatre. Whilst at the theatre the<br />

children had exclusive access to backstage<br />

and got to see how everything<br />

worked and where the actors and actresses<br />

get ready and where they wait<br />

before going on stage. The children<br />

then took part in some drama and<br />

role play activities before splitting into<br />

groups to create a short play about<br />

plastic pollution. The children then all<br />

got to perform their scene on the famous<br />

Minack stage! We had a brilliant<br />

morning and were smiling from beginning<br />

to end!<br />

Y2<br />

In Science, Year 2 have been learning<br />

about things that are living, dead and<br />

have never been alive. They wanted<br />

to see what they could find in the<br />

school playgrounds. They were excited<br />

to find lots of living things such as<br />

trees, slugs, woodlice and birds. They<br />

discovered lots of dead things such as<br />

leaves, fallen blackberries and twigs.<br />

However, they were disappointed with<br />

the amount of ‘never alive’ items that<br />

they had found such as crisp packets,<br />

plastic straws and biscuit wrappers.<br />

The children made the decision to do<br />

something about it in order to protect<br />

the wildlife around the area. They collected<br />

some bags and picked up all of<br />

the rubbish, put it together and looked<br />

at what had been collected and then<br />

made some posters about the importance<br />

of looking after our playground<br />

and wildlife to go around the school<br />

and raise awareness. Well done Year<br />


Broad and balanced...<br />

Y3<br />

Class 3 have been exploring using<br />

plastic pollution related vocabulary to<br />

create an acrostic poem. Here are 3<br />

examples of the children’s work and<br />

I’m sure you’ll agree that the importance<br />

of our habits are highlighted<br />

by these wonderful poems. Well done<br />

class 3!<br />

Y4<br />

We are working hard on our beeswax<br />

wraps and have now completed our<br />

fabric printing testing. We have some<br />

amazing designs and can’t wait to<br />

work on the next part of our project.

Broad and balanced...<br />

Y5<br />

This term in RE Class 5 have been<br />

studying Sikhism. They have learnt<br />

about the 5 Ks (these are 5 things a<br />

Sikh will wear or have on them). The<br />

Gurdwara is the Sikh place of worship.<br />

The Guru Granth Sahib is the Sikh<br />

Holy Book and how they treat it. Did<br />

you know these facts? Ask your child<br />

see if they remember.<br />

They have produced pieces of collage<br />

art based on Sikhism.<br />

Y6<br />

Plastic Pollution Art:<br />

As a part of our topic, Year 6 looked<br />

into different art techniques such as<br />

collaging, water colours and oil pastels.<br />

Part of the class then created<br />

pieces of art based around a sea creature.<br />

They used pastels for the sea<br />

animal and water colours to create a<br />

water effect around it. The other part<br />

of the class looked at Hokusai’s ‘The<br />

Great Wave’ painting and had a go at<br />

recreating it using oil pastels. They<br />

then adapted this to create a message<br />

about plastic pollution by adding<br />

tissue paper to represent plastics in<br />

the sea. They all created some very<br />

eye-catching and inspiring pieces of<br />


What’s been going on...<br />

Congratulations...<br />

Well done to our most recent winners of Star of the Week and Times Table Rockstars.<br />

Stars of the week<br />

Y1: Miaya and Jack<br />

Y2: Amelia and Tyler<br />

Y3: Hary and Tamlin<br />

Y4: Levan and Esme<br />

Y5: Josh and Jamie<br />

Y6: William and Jack<br />

Times Table Rockstars<br />

Pen Licences

What’s been going on...<br />

Other news...<br />

Cake Sale for Carol’s Memorial Garden and Bench<br />

You will be aware that Mrs Gee passed away over the summer holidays. After being<br />

such a valued member of staff for many years, we will be creating a quiet, peaceful<br />

garden in her memory. We will be raising funds for this by holding a cake sale on<br />

Thursday 31st October. You will able to come along, buy some cake and have a complimentary<br />

tea or coffee from 2:30pm. There will also be a raffle where you can win a<br />

celebration cake of your choice made by @littleaimeecakes. We look forward to seeing<br />

you there.<br />

Community Centre at the End of the Day<br />

Thank you to those parents using the community centre at the end of the day. If you<br />

wait for your child in the community centre car park, can you please get out of the<br />

car so that our staff member can identify you. I know it’s not perfect if it’s raining, but<br />

it is hard to identify parents through a windscreen from a distance. As safeguarding<br />

your children is our priority, we will not be allowing children to leave unless we can<br />

clearly see their responsible adult. Thank you.<br />

Healthy Lunchboxes<br />

If your child has a packed lunch at dinner time, please be mindful of the contents. A<br />

healthy and balanced lunch gives your child the best chance of remaining focussed<br />

and energised through the afternoon. Please see the picture below for what a healthy<br />

lunch might contain and some ideas you may not have thought of.<br />

According to NHS choices a balanced lunchbox should contain:<br />

• Starchy foods like bread, rice, potatoes or pasta<br />

• Protein foods like meat, fish, eggs or beans<br />

• A dairy item, like cheese or yogurt<br />

• Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit

Dates What’s Congratulations... for been the going year... on...<br />

Term Date Event<br />

15-17 Oct<br />

21 st -25 th October<br />

28 th October<br />

Parents Evenings<br />

Half term<br />

Inset Day<br />

Autumn<br />

Term<br />

9 th Dec EYFS Nativity<br />

11 th Dec<br />

Tuesday 17 th December 6pm Ludgvan<br />

Church<br />

Christmas Dinner<br />

Christingle KS1<br />

Spring<br />

Term<br />

Thursday 19 th December 6pm Ludgvan<br />

Church<br />

Friday 20 th 1pm/1:15pm -<br />

Monday 6 th January<br />

17 th – 21 st February<br />

4 th March<br />

9 th March<br />

Christingle KS2<br />

Break up for Christmas<br />

Return to school<br />

Half Term<br />

Parent Consultation Day<br />

Inset Day<br />

18 th March EYFS High Tea<br />

Friday 27 th March<br />

Break up for Easter<br />

Summer<br />

Term<br />

Tuesday 14 th April<br />

Return to School<br />

1 st June<br />

Inset Day<br />

25 th – 29 th May<br />

Half Term<br />

30 th June<br />

Sports Day<br />

13 th July KS1 Summer Show<br />

14 th July<br />

Y3 and Y4 Summer<br />

Show<br />

15 th July<br />

Y5 and Y6 Summer<br />

Show<br />

Thursday 23rd July<br />

Break up for Summer


FUN DAY!<br />

On Friday 25 th October at Ludgvan Lions,<br />

Penzance, from 11am – 3pm<br />

(registration from 10.30am)<br />

Ages 5-14 year olds, only £10 per child.<br />

Please bring football kit, boots, packed<br />

lunch and drinks.<br />

To book, ring or text Scott Goodchild with<br />

your Child’s Name and Age to 07763171524.

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