On Friday 29th June, the year 5 girls and year 6 boys and girls swimming teams went to Carn Brea to compete in the Cornwall School Games following their recent success at the Penwith Swimming Gala. Only the top teams from all over Cornwall are invited to the event needing to qualify by being 1st or 2nd in their area’s trails. After an opening ceremony and being kitted out with Penwith team t-shirts, the SIJS swim teams headed to poolside where the excitement was high and the competition was fierce. Each child swam an individual race (either, front crawl, breaststroke, backstroke or butterfly) as well as swimming in a team relay race. Points were awarded for both individual races and relay events. All of the children swam incredibly and gave their absolute all in every single race, which was reflected in the strong set of finishes each team achieved. While all the points were calculated the team waited nervously to find out if we had placed in the top 3 teams in the whole of Cornwall. The results were outstanding; Year 5 girls won gold, and both year 6 girls and boys won bronze. The level of commitment and drive all of these young swimmers demonstrated was superb and on behalf of all of St Ives Junior School, I would like to say how immensely proud of them we are.
The Year 6 pupils, who did not go to London, had a fun-filled three days getting creative in the school’s DT room. We started by making our own tie dye T-shirts, which I think you would agree were a huge success! It was then time to get our chef aprons on to make chocolate balls and pizzas completely from scratch. The young chefs tried stuffed crusts, calzone and even banana as a topping on their pizza (it’s delicious)! On the final day, we decided to get some fresh air and exercise by taking a scenic walk to Clodgy, past Man’s Head and onwards to Porthmeor beach. Once there, we played many fun team games and even had a sand sculpture competition. The pupils’ team spirit and support towards each other was fantastic during all of the activities!
Arriving at School early Tuesday morning (4:30am!), 46 excited children boarded the coach and headed for London. After seven hours filled with top trumps and bad jokes, we arrived at the first stop: the London Eye. To begin with, we enjoyed a roller-coaster 4D cinema experience of London before embarking on three pods. Soon after, we travelled back in time to learn about our Earth’s history at the Natural History Museum before heading to Planet Hollywood for a lively, dance filled, star studded evening meal.
The following day we were expertly guided around London by Sara Colclough from The Blue Badge Tours. We learnt many fascinating things, including the story about Polly the pub parrot, the smallest tea shop in London and seeing many of London’s famous landmarks.
We then ventured to Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum, where we bumped into celebrity greats from Usain Bolt to The Beatles to a recently added Harry and Meghan! From then on, it was show time in the West End with a matinee performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, followed by an evening with Mr Schneebly and his ‘School of Rock’. Tired yet inspired and enthused, we headed back to the hotel buzzing and ready for a good night’s sleep.
The final day was spent at the Science Museum where we got the opportunity to immerse ourselves and apply our learning in science to practical experiments. It was then time to sit back and relax for another 7 hours on the bus to end what was a brilliant, memorable experience for all involved.
As part of their Survival EPIC theme, Year 6 have been looking at Darwin’s sketches and putting their own skills to the test by drawing birds in the same style. Here are just a few of the amazing results!
They have also been looking at inventing creatures by combining two existing animals. Check out some of these examples:
This week, year 6 pupils travelled to Lanhydrock House to delve into a Victorian past, exploring every nook and cranny of the country house. We uncovered many fascinating stories, facts and histories of the house, including the lives of the children, adults and servants. We learnt about the origins of the house, the great fire that nearly destroyed it and how it was remodelled to great cost. In the afternoon, we were able to explore the grounds of the house, including their stunning gardens before returning home to SIJS. All pupils showed terrific curiosity throughout the day, asking questions and even listening to Mrs B play the piano! We hope that the photo gallery gives you a flavour of just what an exciting day we all had.
On Wednesday 20th September the year 6 classes travelled back in time to the Victorian era. The day began with prayers and a rendition of the national anthem. Children were reminded that they should refrain from asking questions, teachers should be called Miss or Sir and they should stand each time an adult enters the classroom.
Throughout the day the children had lessons in scripture, recitation, handwriting, needlework, observational drawing and sporting drills.
Well done all for joining in wholeheartedly with this immersive experience. What a fantastic way to start our Victorian learning!
Year 5 and 6 pupils enjoyed perfect Porthmeor surf conditions this week. Glorious sunshine, offshore winds and clean waves gave pupils the opportunity to experience the thrill of surfing. Pupils showed great water safety awareness, huge resilience and a high level of skill. Pupils caught waves, riding prone, on their knees or standing and spectacular wipeouts were a regular occurrence!
We hope that the photo gallery gives you an idea of just what a great learning experience was had by all.
A huge thanks, once again, to St Ives Surf School!
The year 6 staycationers enjoyed an action packed 3 days! A trip to the woods gave pupils an opportunity to work together as a team to build a shelter using just a rope and a sheet of tarpaulin. They managed to create a fantastic shelter which was put to the test when the heavens opened! The rest of our time was spent making leaf compasses, climbing trees, playing on rope swings and exploring: all in the spirit of the Curiosity Challenge.
The following day pupils researched, designed and made tie-dye t-shirts and bags with lots of creativity and some super outcomes. A wheels afternoon followed with pupils creating various courses for each other to try out in between practising their skateboarding and scooting skills.
Sticking with the tie-dye theme pupils decided to end their activities with baking rainbow cakes on which they then took to Gwel an Mor in the afternoon. The cakes were delicious and gave all involved the energy boost they needed to tackle the challenges of the climbing walls. We hope you enjoy the photos.