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Big dino dig

Tamar Class has had a dino-tastic two weeks, all culminating in a big dig down on Porth Beach.

The children kicked off the trip by digging for fossils, bones and dinosaur remains like Mary Anning, a famous paleontologist!

Inspired by their findings, Tamar class then made sand sculptures of dinosaurs.

The trip was topped off by an unexpected pre-historic visitor… Tamar class were amazed to see a T-Rex striding towards them! He said hello and shared a story with the children about life as a dinosaur millions of years ago. What an amazing surprise!

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SNOW!

There were lots of excited faces when the children arrived at the academy to find (real) snow!

They were keen to get outside and explore. The children of Joshua class and Tamar class loved hearing the crunch as they walked across the field.

Joshua class were particularly amazed at all the pieces of snow they found on the play equipment. They made mini snowmen and threw a few snowballs over the fence!

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Bug hunting brigade

Today Joshua class went on a big adventure at the Orchard. They learnt about different sorts of bug – that insects have six legs and arachnids have eight. They talked about what a predator is and what is a habitat, before searching under bushes and logs for all sorts of bugs.

Joshua class really enjoyed discovering different varieties and sharing their discoveries with friends, while trying hard to describe what they had found.

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Space launch

Newquay Primary Academy is lucky to have fabulous parents, friends and family that support us. One of these parents, Sarah, attended the first ever UK satellite launch in Newquay on Monday evening.

As Joshua class’s current topic is space, Sarah kindly shared a selection of videos and pictures with the children from the launch.

Thank you so much Sarah – the children loved hearing all about it.

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Eating like astronauts

Joshua class has been learning about how astronauts eat in low gravity.

They watched astronauts eating on the ISS and discussed how liquid would be drunk through a straw. They then decided to make some vegetable soup outside to drink like astronauts. The children carefully peeled the vegetable and chopped them up. Then tasted the soup when it was ready.

Delicious!

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Spring term P.E.

Joshua class started off their new P.E. topic ‘Hands and Eyes’ full of enthusiasm! This topic will focus on developing their hand-eye coordination.

‘Look-Run-Avoid’ is Tamar Class’s P.E. topic for this half-term. The children will be applying their fundamental movement skills (agility, balance and coordination) in small sided games. 

What a brilliant start! Well done everyone.

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To infinity and beyond…

Joshua class have had an interstellar start to the Spring term. The children have been learning about the ISS (International Space Station) and playing in their own in class.

They have learnt about gravity and what the planets look like in our solar system. The children have made space passports so they can enter the dark space pod and explore with torches. They have weighed moon rocks to find out which is the heaviest and made play dough comets with icy tails.

Some of the children had a competition to see who could throw their comet the furthest.

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Dino discovery

Tamar class had a surprise when they returned to school after the Christmas break – they came into the classroom to find footprints. Who did they belong to? Where had they come from?

The pupils then found a letter hidden in the classroom from Dino Mama. She had lost her eggs and needed help finding them. We explored the orchard, the sports fields and the playground. The children were amazed to find the eggs tucked away in the shed. They brought them inside to keep them safe and warm until they hatch.

In the afternoon, Tamar Class chipped away at frozen dinosaur eggs to discover what dinosaur was living inside. The children learnt that dinosaurs are pre historic reptiles that lived over 65 million years ago. They looked at all the different types of dinosaurs they had found in the frozen eggs to see if they could predict what type of dinosaur Dino Mama could be.

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Merry Christmas!

What a fantastic last day of the Autumn Term!

Tamar Class enjoyed a Christmas party. They played pass the parcel, musical chairs, musical bumps, musical statues and pin the nose on Rudolph! The party was topped off with a party food picnic.

Meanwhile Joshua Class had a Christmas miracle!

This afternoon Joshua class drew pictures of what Christmas means to them. Trees, Father Christmas, stars, reindeers, presents and snow men to name but a few ideas!

They then all talked about weather at winter and wished really, really hard. Suddenly, something wonderful happened… Joshua class made it snow!!!

Mr Hayes and all the team at Newquay Primary Academy would like to wish all our pupils, parents and academy friends and family a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year 🎅🎄⭐️

We look forward to welcoming the pupils back into school on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

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Feeling festive

On Friday, Joshua Class continued their learning about winter by going on a walk through the orchard. The pupils explored the orchard to see what signs of winter they could find. The crunchy white grass and bare trees were sure signs that winter is here. Everyone then enjoyed a story outside on a beautiful winters day.

Meanwhile, back in Tamar Class, the children continued their learning about how Christians celebrate Christmas. They discussed Christmas traditions such as decorations in the home, sending cards and presents, attending church to sing carols and hymns and performing a nativity at school. Tamar Class has been busy making their own Christmas cards, decorations and presents.

In the words of Bing Crosby… “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” 🎅🎄