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Have Class Ten got what it takes to be an explorer?

Class Ten began their training at 0930hrs @Bosvigo Basecamp. After being allocated their groups: Cook, Columbus, Earhart and Marco Polo they got stuck into gaining an understanding of what explorers eat whilst on an expedition by making some no-bake flapjacks – everyone decided at this point they’d definitely like to be an explorer! However, the next activity put a few candidates off the idea of trekking through Antarctica – the blubber glove experiment. This was an opportunity for the children to investigate how long they could keep their hand in ice cold water for with and without a layer of fat (margarine) covering it. Most discovered that the seals had got it right and that blubber was indeed a good insulator. The children then took part in some sledge pulling exercise, by lugging heavy tyres up and down the playground. After recording everyone’s resting and active pulse rates, we found out that most children were indeed fit enough to become an explorer but a few didn’t like the idea of pulling a sledge for hours, days, weeks and months! The final test was looking at how tricky it was to get in and out of many sleeping bags in a pair of very thick gloves. Well done Team Ten – you were great!

The Cornish Caretakers

Last Thursday, Year 4 visited The Royal Cornwall Museum for a special showing of The Cornish Caretakers.

The tale followed two caretakers of a museum that was being forced to close. Throughout the performance, boxes were opened and the stories of Cornish men and women unraveled.

We heard about their discoveries and triumphs such as Bob Fitzimmons, a boxer…

…and Mary Bryant, a convict…

…plus many more incredible Cornish men and women!

The children were literally sat on the edge of their seat and came away laughing and chatting about all the characters.

Truro’s Remarkable River

Class 6’s rainy river walk!

On Thursday the 29th of June, Class 6 went on a river walk from Bosvigo School.  We first walked out of the school gates  past the launderette and saw a dead bird!  We then walked all the way to waterfall gardens in front of Victoria Gardens and tested an orange to measure the speed of the river flow.  It went quite far but stopped in the middle of the Leats by a pipe.  We saw a female duck which was sitting on 9 little ducklings.  We wandered off with our adults to explore…

It was raining as we walked up to the cathedral to have a snack and a drink.  Next, we strolled down to the mysterious Tardis looking building which had a mini lamp saying police on the top of it.  We went down to a part of Truro River where an elephant was once bathing in.  Then, we saw two swans which seemed to be following us all the way to Furniss Island.  On Furniss Island there was a plant growing called fennel. S ome people tried it and it tasted like liquorice! We walked down to the subway and started howling because of the echo.

We were now half way to Sunny Corner. Eventually, we arrived at the meandering river which had red and green flags to show the depth of the water.  On the way there, we saw a wrecked ship which had capsized!  We finally had lunch on some rocks in Malpas Park.  It had stopped raining at last. Hooray! We played on the sea saw, swings, zip wire and climbing frame. We were surprised to discover a mini beach at Sunny Corner and there were a lot of tiny, baby crabs. On the way back we passed a tidal gate which stops Truro from flooding, some rusted cars on a scrap heap and a cormorant and egret. Surprisingly, the two swans were waiting to swim back with us!

We now know loads about the River Allen, the River Tinny and especially the River Kenwyn.

William and Liam

Class 8’s sunshine stroll!

Last week, Class 8 walked all the way to sunny corner following Truro river. It was a lovely sunny day, perfect for our river walk.

First of all , we walked through Victoria gardens following one of the tributaries whilst spotting a duck when behind them there was some cute, baby ducklings! We measured the depth of each of the tributaries and the river checking how deep the water was.

Next, we had a lovely ten minute snack on the benches chatting and looking at the glistening river. We walked past the sign for Furniss Island and walked down the side of the road on the way to the roundabout.

After that we walked past BBC radio Cornwall next to the road all the way to Malpas park and had our lunch. After lunch, half of the class played football and the scores were 30-14 to Remaeus’ team whilst half the class played on the climbing equipment.

Then, we walked around to sunny corner and sketched the river and the hills in the background. Eventually , we packed up our stuff and started to walk back to school the way we came.

By: Milly & Elsie ( Class 8 )


Class 7’s wet and windy walk!

On Friday 30th June, Class 7 took a wet, windy walk from Bosvigo school all the way to Malpas. First, we walked down to Victoria Gardens where we saw the River Kenwyn. This split into two making the River Allen along the Leats. We also saw some adorable ducklings that were having a little bathe with their mum! We stood on the bridge by the tributary and dropped in an orange to measure the speed of the river. Finley and Torrunn measured 10 metres so we knew where to stop the timer. It took 12 seconds to flow 10 metres!

After that we followed the River Allen through the town to the Cathedral. Quietly, we crept inside to view a painting of Cornwall which showed us all the Rivers and Churches. Outside, we had a sneaky selfie before we had a quick, soggy snack.

Next, we continued to follow the River Allen to Furniss Island were we went under the subway. We continued down Malpas road looking at all the boats in the river. Some were even underwater!

Sunny corner which we renamed soggy corner had a nice shelter where we could eat our lunch. After, lunch we walked back to Malpas park to catch a lift home on the minibuses as we were too wet and cold!

By Alfie, Aoife and Oliver.

Daya’s amazing visit!

Last week, Class 6, 7 and 8 met an Indian Sikh who was called Daya. She came to live in the UK when she was five, and has lived in Cornwall ever since. First, she told us about herself and her family, and how Sikhs get their names. She said that they never cut their hair because they believe that hair is a gift from God.

Next, we took our shoes off and dressed up in Indian clothes called shalwar kameeze. There were skirts, trousers, T- shirts down to our ankles, scarfs and they were all sorts of bright colours and designs. After that, we learnt two dances: the Indian disco dance and Indian ballet which were much calmer! Seffie said, “It was fun but a little bit embarrassing!”

Daya explained that Sikhs don’t go to church. Instead, they have a gurdwara where they meet, eat, pray and sing. Sikhs believe that everyone is equal so they cook a free meal for others every day. Martha said, “We loved learning about a new religion.”

Seffie and Martha W