Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) 2020/21

Year 5 children have really valued and enjoyed the Mini Police sessions which have been taking place over the past 6 weeks run by local Police Office, Matthew Young. They created some excellent posters and drama pieces about online safety and anti-social behaviour (topics the children chose). At the end of the project, they shared their work with each other and got to try out real life kit as well as meeting our own local PCSO - Kevin. The experience has been invaluable.
Today some children in Year 4 were lucky enough to go to Tamar Trails with a professional actor called Edward Rowe (also known as Kernow King) and his film crew. The children had the chance to act, film and direct scenes that will be used for the Cornish Mining Heritage website in the coming weeks. It was a fantastic experience and all the children made Tavistock Primary School very proud.
Class 10 and 11 enjoyed their final Garden Day in Year 4. The children did lots of fun activities including some science based work related to their current topic on animals and their habitats. The children worked through a series of activities linked to adaptation which adapted their sight, hands and finger grips. They then had to complete tasks and work out how best to do this by changing methods that they would usually use. We also played team building games and a soggy game of rounders! Overall it was a fun filled educational day.
Our annual key stage 2 sports day, sadly a bit quieter this year without parents, well done to the overall winners, Red house.
Year 6 have been learning about electricity in their Science this half term. We have learnt all about atoms, protons and electrons and how the electrons move to create electricity. This afternoon, we created a charge on our rulers by transferring the electrons using friction - you can see how the tissue paper is attracted to the ruler. It was great fun and took a lot of energy!
The Year 4 children carried out a practical experiment in their science lesson this week to deepen their knowledge of the digestive system and how the process works. Children used bags as stomachs, tights for intestines and digested the food by hand. It was a messy, memorable and meaningful lesson that gave the children a better insight to what happens inside out bodies when we eat food! 
Year 6 had a creative (messy!) afternoon and morning creating their rooms for The Borrowers.  We have been inspired by Mary Norton's classic which is one of the Year 6 Books for Life.
Recently in Geography lessons Year 4 have been learning about rivers and how they are formed. Children have learnt the key vocabulary of the different parts of a river and this week were able to make their own! Using an aluminium tray, some foil and some soil, children built their our own rivers making sure to include parts they had covered in the lessons. These included a source, a meander, some streams, a river mouth and an estuary alongside others. Children were also able to test their rivers with water and some of our riverbanks were low enough to create a floodplain!
Children in Year 4 were so grateful to Helen France (Community Champion at Morrsions Tavistock) for their eggcellent surprise! Each child received an easter egg for taking part in the Pen Pal Project. This gave them an opportunity to write letters to people who have been alone and isolating since the March lockdown last year and the response towards this has been overwhelmingly positive. 
Y6 spent a day learning all about one of Shakespeare's most infamous plays, 'Macbeth'. We learnt the story and then took turns in acting out Act1 Scene 1 with the three witches. We also found out about William Shakespeare himself and what going to the theatre used to be like.
Year 4 had a lovely garden day on Today. Pupils toasted marshmallows and had hot chocolate by the fire, created symmetrical designs using natural resources and explored non newtonian fluid. All of these activities were linked to our foundation subjects including history and science which helped to develop our understanding of the Year 4 curriculum.
Children in year 4 have been thinking about what they are grateful for and what gives them joy. To celebrate this they have created a class display which will be an on going project leading up to Christmas. They started this on Thanksgiving day in America, a holiday that they have also discussed in class.
Year 6 had a lovely garden day focusing on the 'Green Man'. They carried out a range of activities such as a scavenger hunt; a trip to the park to collect leaves to build a collaborative Green Man piece on the field; Green Man poetry which is hung in the environmental garden and clay faces sculpted on the trees.

Year 3 had a wonderful day during their Garden Day last week. They completed an Autumn scavenger hunt whilst in the Meadows and completed leaf rubbings and leaf art from the leaves that were collected. Then to finish the day they built dens and had hot chocolate.
Year 6 enjoyed the Autumnal sunshine yesterday during their garden day. After gathering a list of sounds along with the sights of Autumn in the park, they created a collaborative piece on the playground. The afternoon was spent enjoying a range of team building activities.
Year 5 enjoyed a week of Bikeability lessons, it was great to see those children unable to ride a bike learn so quickly and for those already able to ride, learn how to ride safely on the road.
Year 5 and 6 managed to avoid the rain this afternoon and were able to carry out their cross-country event. All of the children participated with great enthusiasm running a total of 1.5 miles each! Well done to all of the children for clapping and supporting their peers.
Year 3 Garden Day adventures!
Year 6 created Christmas jellyfish this morning. They used their stitching skills to ensure the jellyfish were correctly held together. 
Everyone did extremely well with such a fiddly task! 
As part of their science work children in Year 4 held a science fair this week. This gave pupils the chance to bring in experiments from home to highlight their understanding of solids, liquids and gases. The experiments ranged from different resources to different mediums and we all learned a lot. Well done Year 4!
The Year 4 children were lucky enough to have an animal encounters session today as part of their science lesson. They learnt all about different types of animals, their habitats and how they adapt to their surroundings. All the children had many questions, learnt a lot and even got to hold the animals- It was great fun!