LUDGVAN SCHOOL NEWSLETTER 10.07.20
LUDGVAN SCHOOL NEWSLETTER 10.07.20
A word from the Principal...
As we race towards the end of the school year, we are reacting to yet more Government guidance
on how we should be opening in September. There will be a number of changes in September and
I have detailed these in a letter to you today. All of the changes made are done so to ensure your
children’s safety and in line with Government guidance.
It is usually at this time of year that we are preparing our entries for the Ludgvan Horticultural
Show. However, due to the pandemic, this show has been moved to an online platform with the
opportunity to submit online entries. Your child’s teacher may have already encouraged participation
through Seesaw, but it would be lovely to see as many children from Ludgvan School getting
involved as possible and supporting a fantastic community event. More information can be found
Next week is our final full week and will be the last week of teachers setting home learning that
needs to be submitted. If you have loaned a school Chromebook during this lockdown period, can
you please return it to school and ensure it is handed to a member of staff.
As always, if there is anything we can support you with or you have any questions, please do not
hesitate to get in touch.
Mr Adam Anderson
This week in Early Years we have been learning all about lighthouses. The children
enjoyed listening to the story of The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch and finding
out how Mr and Mrs Gringling came up with different plans to stop the seagulls
from eating the lunch. They had some very creative ideas of their own!
They worked incredibly hard drawing their own story maps and wrote a shopping
list for ingredients to make their favourite sandwich. We used the internet
to research all about lighthouses and then had a go at making our own lighthouses
using a selection of different resources.
Just before lockdown each child planted a sunflower seed. They then took them
home to look after and I can’t believe how well the children have cared for
This week Year 1 have been enjoying lots of pirate adventures! They have
been solving pirate riddles, writing messages to put in bottles and even making
their own treasure maps! We have been so impressed with all of their brilliant
ideas - especially when naming different places on their treasure maps.
As well as all of this, they have still managed to find time to learn about place
value in maths and complete lots of phonic challenges. Well done Year 1 - keep
up your hard work!
This week Year 2 have been following a learning theme about Pirates. The
children have been creating their own pirate treasure maps, messages in bottles
and creating wanted posters for Captain Blackbeard. They have also been
writing their own pirate rules for onboard their pirate ships and have been writing
their own pirate stories after looking at two favourite texts. Alongside this
the children have done a super job revising written methods for calculations in
maths, as well as being introduced to the 6 timetable! Well done Year 2, keep
up the good work.
Year 3 have taken part in various activities involving several foundation subjects this
week. We have recorded ourselves greeting people in French, counted to ten and also
asked how others were feeling. A few members also completed observational drawings,
focusing on detail, shading and pencil contour. For geography, class 3 have looked at
the 7 continents, their positioning on a world map and also have explored capital cities
within Europe. Several members have been practising their research skills to find out
some information about one particular continent of their choice and have managed to
find some great facts all by themselves.
Year 4 have been busy this week exploring our topic with a focus on coasts this
week. They’ve learnt about different coastal habitats, including reefs, mangroves
and rock pools, and created some amazing posters and presentations.
Year 4 all had a go at origami sea animals this week, they were quite tricky but
really fun! Whilst learning about erosion some of the children went to see erosion
first hand, taking pictures and creating videos to talk about the process.
Outside of the tasks set, the children have continued to share pictures of what
they have been getting up to. This week, Poppy made sausage rolls to send to
her Papa, wonderful!
This week Class 5 have completed their stories from different cultures, there were
many important moral messages included in them such as acceptance and standing
up for your beliefs. There were stories from the Indigenous Australian people about
joining the Southern and Eastern Crocodiles together after being separated for so
long; Eastern Africa from a small village in Somalia about a lion born with red eye and
who was not accepted but still gained strength and resilience regardless; Leprechaun
stories from Ireland to help them get through the ‘Great Hunger’, ‘An Gorta Mor’ and
so many more. It was also great to see work completed about Cornish mining history;
learning about the terrible conditions the adults and children had to deal with. In
maths they have been learning about transformation and reading different types of
graphs. There has been a lot of creativity this week from the children, they have been
designing and painting rocks for the ‘new rock river’ at school. The children have also
been taking creative photographs which are at the standard of a professional for the
Ludgvan Horticultural Society Competition.
This week Year 6 have been writing their own Hope for the Future poems!
These have been sent to a poetry competition hosted by a Cornish poet. It has
been created to celebrate the re-opening of the Edge of the Word Bookshop.
The title was set by the competition hosts, but the children have written their
poems about whatever they interpreted ‘Hope for the Future’ to be. We’ve had
some fantastic poems about unpolluted seas; helping endangered animals and
no more deforestation, to name a few. We’ve also been being very creative
with activities such as helping Mr Richards build a new chicken coop and contributing
to the rock river by painting our own rocks.
In class this Friday we watched Boris Johnson’s speech to the school Year 6
leavers. He spoke about the fact that we’ve lost the last few months of our
school and thanked us on behalf of all the hundreds of thousands of lives
we’ve saved. He also spoke about how - because of this crisis - we now have
a chance to rebuild this country bigger and stronger and how we will be a big
part of that as the next generation. He explained how the skills we’ve learnt in
lockdown - strength, resilience, determination, empathy, patience and self-discipline
- will be a key part in our new future. He also quoted Winston Churchill
in saying ‘Keep picking yourself up, keep trying again and never, never give
up!’ This week Year 6 newsletter has been written by: Harlyn Sykes (Head girl)
and Isaac Hutchings (Head boy).