Constantine Cornwall

Constantine School fully open again

What a strange year it has been so far for us all in schools, especially when we have spent most of the first term in lockdown. We have been open for the children of Key Workers and this was quite challenging as we had children in school and at home to educate. The learning curve for staff, children and parents was steep with getting to grips with different learning platforms mid lockdown, but we are delighted with how successful it was.

Now we are fully open again we are so happy to be back together where we all belong. Our school has come alive again and we’d love to bottle the excitement, enthusiasm and smiles we have been seeing every day since welcoming everyone back.

We are really hoping to see restrictions ease further as we move into the summer term. We’d love to be able to go on our camps, have our sports day, Tolmen Centre performances, and be able to look forward to the all the other long standing Constantine School traditions that occur at this time of year.

Science Week
Our whole school enjoyed National Engineering and Science Week and this year’s focus was on ‘Space’. If you have been checking out our Twitter feed (@ConstantineSch2) then you will have seen some of the fun investigating and learning we took part in. The quality of what was investigated, discussed and also produced was really impressive.

Here are a few images to let you in on the fun:

  • We have been investigating ways to transport tourists into space, help them travel on the Moon and also get back to Earth after their visit.
  • Immersed in STEM challenges to find a way to bring space tourists safely home. We used our learning powers of collaboration and questioning to design an experiment.
  • A fabulous day learning about the Earth, Sun and Moon. The children worked in small groups to use circular/ spherical objects to represent their ideas of the relative sizes of the Earth, moon and Sun. Afterwards we learned that the Sun is so huge that it could fit 1.3 million Earths inside it!

We are very excited to have recently heard that our school, along with all other schools in Kernow Learning Academy Trust, will become part of the Ogden Trust Partner- ship. This is a
charitable Trust to promote physics and science in primary schools and we can’t wait to get stuck in. This means funding, training, resources and exciting opportunities for us all over the next 4 years! We promise to share more about this journey with you as we go along.

International Women’s Day
The children enjoyed celebrating this special day and we read and heard about many inspirational women in the wider world and also those in our own lives.

Chateez
To help the children communicate and develop their skills in understanding their own and others feelings, all staff have undertaken Youth Sport Trust Chateez training. This added to our Trauma Informed and PACE (playful, listening, curious, empathetic) approach’s we already use.

The initiative behind this uses emojis for children to help them explain their thoughts in whole class, group or 1:1 situations. This has worked really well so far and has been enlightening also as some children don’t understand some feelings and may have never experienced them. Some have been able to tell us they are hungry and we have been able to provide extra fruit at break-times or even breakfast if it’s been a rushed morning at home. The children love the emojis and many games are played in PSHE using these cards also.

We also have friends in the village who would like us to become more involved in the Plastics Project and as a school we will certainly be wanting to get stuck in. This is being led by Vera an ex-pupil and Christo (Max and Ella’s dad). It’s great to have so many exciting projects and community links to look forward to.

Constantine School Local Advisory Board (Governors)
Our LAB are seeking a further member to join our team. If you would to become involved and feel you can offer our village school some of your time then do get in touch with our Chair of Governors Mrs Jude Carroll via school 01326340554. We are seeking parent and community representatives and we are always looking out for ways to continue and make further positive links with our community.