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Head's Blog   Another great week.

Posted 17/05/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Busy week for all

It’s hard to believe that there are only 4 more days until half term! The last few weeks have been so busy with learning, trips, events and so much more that we have blinked and missed it! We break up next Thursday as the 24th is a staff training day. We have lots to get through before then though so please stay posted through the blog and website!

Year 6 had a fantastic "Breakfast week" this week. They enjoyed delicious bacon and egg sandwiches cooked by Lisa - and completed some tests as well. We were, as always, blown away by their hard work, dedication and resilience for the SATs and each and every one of them gave 100% all week. We could not be more proud of them and they can now relax, ready for their final few weeks at Darite. They celebrated today by destroying their practice papers outside and using them to toast marshmallows. They folded their paper into various shapes and said a little personal goodbye before burning them. The children were thankful for all their hard work to prepare for the SATS! Miss Edwards said that the group were wonderful and it was lovely to hear their reflections on the work that they had put in and improvements they had made. Well done Year 6!

Thank-you also to those of you who were able to attend the reading breakfast in aid of the Book Trust. The donations helped us raise a fantastic amount of money to give to this worthy cause. It is a real bonus for the children to have an audience for their reading, and being able to raise money as well is a bonus. The children joined in with PJ day fantastically - even though some of the pyjamas were a bit warm! 

Have a fantastic weekend. 


Class 3  

Posted 24/04/2024
by Charlotte Godby

Mini Police

Class 3 pupils have taken part in the Mini Police programme with its focus on crime prevention including internet safety, anti-social behaviour, road safety and environmental activities. The class have been very engaged and demonstrated their curiosity through asking interesting questions and sharing their views and ideas.
The class are currently creating internet safety posters to share their learning with the whole school and our wider community. 


Head's Blog   Lego Finals

Posted 22/04/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Virtual Pros on Tour!

What an amazing weekend the “Darite Virtual Pros” had at the National Finals in Harrogate. The team have had an amazing journey in this competition and performed under huge pressure on the day.

The team had qualified by winning the Champion’s Award in the Cornwall regional heat. They joined 73 of the best teams from across the country to compete in the robot game and present their innovation project. They were cheered on from a distance by well-wishers who were watching the livestream all day – catch up with the day here.

We arrived early on Saturday to set up our pit area and quickly attracted a crowd to try the quizzes and collect stickers. The opening ceremony was a wonderful and lively event with the hosts (Maddie Moate and Nicola Hume) getting the teams energized and ready to compete.

The children first presented their innovation project to the judges. They did this fantastically and, even though the adults were not allowed in the room, they did not let it phase them (their singing was heard in other halls). Feedback from the judges included the way they loved the fact that the team wanted to share their home county with the world and that it was good to see the improvements in the building of the robot.

This was followed over the day by 3 robot game matches. The team progressively improved their scores, ending with a high score of 290 points! All this under the watchful eyes of the judges, other competitors and cameras. The four coders kept their cool and did brilliantly. Our second match was also streamed live and close – scan to 3:04:48 to see the match and expert commentary from our team! We were hugely proud that their score put them in 22nd place out of 74 teams! Such an amazing achievement for our small school.

In between matches, the team loved looking at the different exhibits from sponsors, building with bricks and taking part in competitions. They had a fantastic day – even a fire alarm couldn’t dampen their enthusiasm!

Darite were up against 73 other teams including private schools, secondary schools, grammar schools and computing clubs. To achieve 22nd place in the coding is a testament to the children at Darite. The whole team represented the school amazingly and were even nominated for an award from other teams for their attitude and kindness. 

Some of the team were in a reflective mood: “It was such a good day!” “Being with the team and having fun was great!” were just two of the comments from a very tired team!The event was sponsored by the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The head of sponsorship had heard about Darite and made a point of coming to talk to us. She was so impressed with our story that they filmed an intervied with the whole team so that we could share the journey from Darite to Harrogate!

We can’t wait to take part in the next season. Thank-you to all the people who sponsored the team which made the trip possible and to Miss Bawden and Mrs Saberton for giving up their time to drive and cheer the children on.


Class 2   Enquiry Summer 1

Posted 17/04/2024
by Carmel Alberts

Welcome back to Summer 1, this term our enquiry question leads on from our previous work on Brazil. We will be finding out 'What the relationship is between the Rainforest and Climate Change'.

It has been great to welcome the children back and hear what they've been up to in the holidays. 

We have a really exciting summer term planned, keep up to date with the events on our class page and under the events tab for diary dates.

Attached below is the homework grid, enquiry grid and spellings.


Class 3   Summer 1

Posted 15/04/2024
by Charlotte Godby

Welcome back for the Summer Term!

We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are as excited as we are for the term ahead. 

Our enquiry question for our work in the wider curriculum this half term is "how sustainable is the UK's economic activity?" An overview of the areas of learning for this half term can be found below along with the homework menu and spelling packs for this half term.

Important Dates for the term ahead:

  • PE will continue to be on Monday afternoons and pupils are asked to wear their kits into school. 
  • The Mini-Police Team will be in and working with Class 3 Monday 22nd May - Thursday 25th May. 
  • SATs week for the year 6 pupils starts on Monday 13th May and pupils will be invited into school for breakfast Monday to Thursday. 
  • Class 3 Wild Tribe Day will be on Monday 20th May (weather permitting) and PE will go ahead as normal on this day. 


Head's Blog   Update 22.3.24

Posted 22/03/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Another fun-packed week.

It’s been another busy week at Darite. After the activity of last week, we have certainly continued in that theme! We raised an amazing £99.17p for Comic Relief from our non-uniform and cake sale. Thank you so much for all your support with supporting the charity. Darite is an amazing place to be a part of.Thank-you to those parents and carers who were able to make an appointment for our parents evenings this week. It is great to have some time dedicated to celebrating the successes of the children at Darite and being able to answer any questions you may have. Remember, you do not need to wait for these times if you have questions. Contact Mrs Norris in the office if you would like to talk to a teacher. 

We had our assembly about guide dogs on Wednesday and we must thank everyone who made the assembly so memorable. It was great to see how interested the children were about the amount of work that goes into training a new guide dog.

Balanceability was a great success on Thursday with the children in Class 1 speeding around. Thanks also to Mrs Nash for taking her time to teach the children. By the smiles on their faces, they had great fun along with learning new skills.

Miss Bawden took 5 children from Class 2 and 3 to Looe Primary Academy to take part in the first Bridge Schools Alternative Sports Day. They competed against children from all 14 schools in the trust and had a great time taking part in events like fencing and segway! Thank-you to Looe for hosting and all of the coaches for their time. Looking at the photos, they had a great time. They conducted themselves wonderfully and we are very proud of them.

Class 2 and 3 finished the week with a workshop from the Minack theatre. This was to celebrate Shakespeare week. They were visited by actors who worked with them to look at characters and plots of the plays and finished with a performance of their own piece of drama. Thank-you to the Minack for taking the time to work with our children. They had a great time.

Don't forget that Wednesday sees our final event of the turm with our Easter picnic and baking competition. We will have a wide range of activities to take part in along with the judging of the Easter themed baking and bonnet competition. Entries for both can be brought in at the start of Wednesday. All are welcome.

The First Lego League team would like to thank all of you who have made suggestions on how we can raise money to get the team to the national finals in Harrogate. As you will have seen from the letter that I sent on their behalf yesterday, we are looking for sponsors to help fund transport and accommodation in Yorkshire. To help with this, we have setup a Go Fund Me page that anyone can login to and donate any amount, large or small to help hit our target and allow the team to compete. The link for this is here

Have a fantastic weekend. 

have a fantastic weekend. 


Head's Blog   Lego Champions!

Posted 15/03/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Lego Champions!

On Thursday, Miss Bawden and I had the pleasure of taking 9 children to RNAS Culdrose for the second day of the regional tournament of the First Lego League. You may, like me, have seen footage of day one on the BBC news on Wednesday and anticipation (and nerves) was high. The team -The Darite Virtual Pros - were up against 30 other teams on Thursday, and a total of 60 other teams over the two days, which included secondaries as well as primary aged pupils!

The competition was composed of two parts over the day; a presentation on a theme and coding a Lego robot to perform precise tasks. During both of these challenges, they were judged on their attitude, professionalism, teamwork and graciousness towards each other and the other teams.

Innovation Project

This year’s theme was "Masterpiece". The teams had to prepare a presentation on a project that they had been working on, detailing how they would use technology to bring a passion of theirs to a wider audience. the Darite team used all their diplomacy to decide to base their project on using 360-degree video to film their passion of cycling and then link it to the use of virtual reality to allow disabled people, the elderly and people who are unable to ride or have a bike to experience their love of the sport. They wrote letters to international companies for their help and support and worked hard to adapt and innovate their ideas. The judges were impressed with the project (and the song) along with their use of help beyond the school.

Robot Game

The second aspect of the competition was the “Robot Game”. This was a coding competition - the participants had to build and code a robot from a set number of Lego pieces to move around a mat, interacting with Lego obstacles in complex ways to score points. The children had all shown incredible amounts of dedication, voluntarily coming in for extra practise sessions before school, at lunchtimes and after school. The team were assigned the first slot of the day and there was an assembled crowd of judges, military personnel and other schools to watch the team try and score as many points as they could in the best of 3, two-and-a -half minute rounds. The children worked amazingly as a team to run the codes and adapt their robot on the fly. Their highest score was a huge 335 points. Tension was high across the day as the team (and teachers) watched the other scores come in but, in the end, no-one was able to top their score and, for the second year in a row, Darite were awarded the trophy for the “Robot Performance”!

Tension was high in the presentations at the end of the day. With such a high score in the coding, the team were in with a shot at winning the day. Everything was crossed as the final award approached. To the children's delight, their names were called to be awarded the Champion's Award for the highest overall score for the day. By winning the day, the team have brought home another trophy but more importantly, have earned a place to compete at the national finals in Harrogate, against all the other regional winners from across the whole of the UK.

We were so proud of their achievements, conduct and teamwork during the day. We can’t wait to see how they get on against the other regional winners in April.


Head's Blog   Weekly update

Posted 15/03/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Superb Week

What an amazing week we’ve had! There is so much to tell you about this week that I am gong to publish this blog in two parts! Children in Class 2 and 3 have been cycling superstars this week during their bikeability sessions. Mrs Nash – our teacher- was very pleased with their effort and skills. Class 1 are looking forward to their sessions last week. Well done to all the children who took part.

Year 5 had a superb afternoon on Wednesday at the Junior Life-Skills roadshow. This is an opportunity for children all over the local area to get together and meet different organisations who will help them learn skills to improve their safety, understanding and much more. They learned CPR, how to remain safe online, at the beach and on the railway and learned more about public transport and electrical safety. They had an amazing time and would like to thank all the professionals for their time. Alongside this we had a fantastic day today celebrating Comic Relief. Thank-you to Mrs Richardson-Calladine for giving up her time to come along and support. 

Thank you so much to all of you who found time to send cakes into school for our sale. We raised a fantastic amount of money for the very worthwhile charity. I will certainly be tuning in tonight to have a laugh and support the work that Comic Relief do in this country as well as around the world.

Good luck to the children taking part in the Landrake run today. I hope you don't get stuck in the mud! Congratulations also to one of our Year 4 pupils who has qualified for the regional finals! 

Have a great weekend. 

Mr Whipps


Head's Blog   What a week!

Posted 07/03/2024
by Thomas Whipps

What a week!

We have had an amazing week this week at Darite. You may have seen some of the things we’ve been up to on our Facebook page. We are trying to keep this updated to share with you the things that make Darite special. To help share the learning at Darite, we have also sent home family log-ins for Seesaw. More details are included in the letter that has also gone home today and we do hope that you give the learning a “Like”. If you have any questions about seesaw or the learning, please talk to class teachers rather than through seesaw as this is a learning platform.

Over the last 4 weeks, Class 3 have taken part in the “Start Small Dream Big Eden Packed Lunch” project. They have been learning about sustainability, healthy eating and how a few healthy choices can make a big difference. The children had to submit a design for a packed lunch that was not only good for the body, but good for the planet. They (and we) were delighted to be awarded the “Healthiest and Tastiest” award at the ceremony on Wednesday. They were up against 15 other schools and worked really hard to submit a winning design. They were also nominated in 4 other categories. Congratulations to Year 5 and 6 for their winning design. The entry can be seen here.

We had two trips this week too! Eden played another role this week as Class 3 visited to learn more about climate change and how they can have a positive change on the planet. They walked round all three biomes to collect evidence of climate change and will use this in school to plan for the future and support fighting climate change. They were a credit to the school. Class 2 and Year 2 had a fantastic day at Cabilla on Wednesday. They learnt all about the temperate rainforest and the habitats that are found there. They saw a beaver lodge (although no beavers sadly) but they had an amazing time. Thank-you to the adult helpers who gave up their time to help the trip take place.

Yesterday’s reading breakfast was a triumph. It was amazing to see so many parents, carers and relatives who were able to make it to school. Reading is such an important skill and events like this really raise the profile of reading in school. The children love reading to each other but having parents in adds another level of enjoyment. Thank you to those of you who were able to come and we will run these again through the year. This was part of World Book Day and the children looked great in pyjamas (and no-one fell asleep). The children also did some learning based on this by joining in with live lessons and other reading based fun. Thank-you to Lisa in the kitchen for providing such a fantastic breakfast too!

To cap it all, we had our first “Break the Rules” day organised by the school council. There certainly were some wacky hairstyles and brightly painted nails! We raised a superb £66! The money raised will be used to support learning at Darite. Thank-you to everyone who supported with the day. As you can see, it’s been really busy at Darite this week with lots more to come before Easter!

Have a great weekend. Mr Whipps


Class 3   Class trip to support our enquiry question.

Posted 05/03/2024
by Charlotte Godby

The Eden Project and Climate Change 

Class 3 set off to the Eden Project this morning with the challenge of answering the following three questions:
1. What is Climate Change?
2. How is Climate Change affecting the world today?
3. What next?
We have gathered the information we need, started to answer these questions and consider our role in the question, "what next?"


Class 3   Book Trust Represents

Posted 02/03/2024
by Charlotte Godby

An exciting delivery for our enthusiastic readers!

Just when we thought we couldn't be more excited about the live author event with Joseph Coelho, Jasmine Richards and Sabine Adeyinka who answered our questions, gave a shout out to the school and recommended books for us to read THEN The Book Trust sent copies of their books to pupils at Darite!

Pupils across class 2 and 3 were delighted to receive a book to keep and Class 1 received a wonderful book of poetry by Coelho!

With all this reading excitement, we cannot wait for World Book on Thursday 7th March to further share our love of reading. 


Class 3   Spring 2

Posted 02/03/2024
by Charlotte Godby

What is Climate Change?

Class 3 have started their new learning enquiry with enthusiasm. We have started learning about Climate Change, the causes and consequences. Our trip to the Eden Project this half term will help us answer many of the questions that are likely to arise through our enquiry.

Below is our enquiry web for this half term, along with digital copies of the the spelling booklets all groups have brought home. 

As always, we will continue to update with our learning on this page. 


Head's Blog  

Posted 01/03/2024
by Thomas Whipps

A fun packed week!

It’s been another wonderful week at Darite. The children have been working hard in all their lessons and have bee proudly showing me what they have been doing. Next week we will also be sending home codes for you to share the learning that the children have been doing on our seesaw platform. The children are looking forward to sharing what they have been doing with you all.

This week, KS2 childre were all given two books that were donated from The Book Trust Presents as a thank-you for taking part in their live event. The children were delighted by the stories. 

We have continued our series of special assemblies this week with the East Cornwall Search and Rescue team coming in on Wednesday to talk to the children about their role in keeping people safe when out walking. It was a fascinating glimpse into a job that many of the children were unaware of and we are really grateful to the team for giving up their time to share with us.

“Toasty Thursday” was a great success yesterday, with lots of children bringing in their 25p and enjoyed to warm snack. To quote one child “That was so nice, I’m going to bring in 50p next week to get two pieces!” Those children who won star of the week were also treated to a luxury hot chocolate during this time. It did look very tasty and is a reward we will be continuing. "Toasty Thursday" will continue to raise some money for both school and charities that are close to the children’s heart. The first charity who will benefit will be the Search and Rescue Team.

There are lots of things upcoming in the next week or so and I wanted to remind you of what is happening. Next Tuesday, Class 3 will be visiting Eden as part of their wider curriculum enquiry.  On Wednesday, Class 2 and Year 2 are visiting Cabilla as part of the prize for winning the “Re-wilding” competition last year. Thursday is World Book Day and we are again holding our very popular reading breakfast. Please come in from 8.50 until 9.45 to share a favourite book, piece of toast (or breakfast muffin from Lisa our cook) with the children.

Finally, Friday sees the first “Break the rules day” organised by the school council. The children are able to “break” up to 4 rules from the list selected by the school council for 50p per rule. More details will go out early next week but the children are looking forward to it.

As you can see, there is lots to look forward to as always at Darite. Thank-you for your continued support. Have a fantastic weekend.


Class 1   Spring 2 enquiry question and homework menu

Posted 23/02/2024
by Vicky Lake


Class 2   Enquiry Spring 2

Posted 23/02/2024
by Carmel Alberts

Welcome back to Spring 2! This term our enquiry question is 'What are the features of Brazil?' We will embark on an exciting journey to explore the vibrant tapestry of Brazil and its rich features. We will delve into the enchanting landscapes, diverse cultures, and fascinating traditions that make Brazil truly unique.
We have visitors joining us from The Blue Cross, East Cornwall Search and Rescue this term and lots of exciting days planned including a trip to a natural ecosystem in Cornwall, World Book Day and Break the rules day!!
Wild Tribe will run as three sessions this term on the 1st, 8th and 15th of March.
We are looking forward to immersing ourselves in this captivating topic of learning and discovery together, please keep checking the website to see the children's exciting work!
Homework, Literacy Learning Journey and the Topic Web for Brazil have all been added to the website so please have a look if you want to know what your child is learning.


Head's Blog   Half Term

Posted 08/02/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Fond goodbyes

In the blink of an eye this half term has come to an end. It has been a whistle-stop half term but with so much crammed in, a very memorable one.

We capped it off with a visit from the Liskeard Fire Station who came to talk to children about fire safety and even brought an appliance to show. Thank you very much to the team for taking time out to come and see us.

The end of term is always a chance to rest and relax with family. This half term however is bittersweet as we bit a very fond farewell to Mrs Evett and Mrs Thomas, both of whom are leaving Darite for new adventures. Mrs Evett has been at Darite for 5 years now and has been a fantastic administrator, always happy to help with a smile. If she doesn’t know the answer to something, it’s not worth knowing! Mrs Thomas has been a wonderful teacher and mentor to the children and I know that they have become the amazing learners they are in no small part because of her. We will miss both of them a lot and, wherever they end up, we hope they will remember the smiling faces of the children at Darite. I am sure that you will join with us in wishing them luck in the next steps of their journeys.

To end on a happier note, this week we held an interview process to find a replacement for Mrs Evett as administrator. It was a tough process but I am delighted to let you know that we have appointed Mrs S Norris as our new administrator. She has already been into the school to meet the staff and children and is really looking forward to starting at school after half term. With the departure of Mrs Evett, we are re-advertising the post for our Breakfast Club supervisor. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the Darite team and make sure that all children are able to start the day well. If you are interested in the position or have any questions, please let the office know and we will arrange a time to talk about what the job entails.

We are looking forward to seeing the children again on the 19th February but in the meantime, I hope you have a relaxing half term holiday. Thank-you again for your continued support of the school.


Class 3  

Posted 30/01/2024
by Charlotte Godby

Special Delivery in Storytelling Week!

As mentioned in a previous post, Class 3 asked questions to the authors Joseph Coelho, Sabine Adeyinka and Jasmine Richards in a Book Trust Represents event last week. The book  recommendations these authors shared with Class 3, along with some books by these authors themselves, have started to arrive in our Reading Corner. We have a class eager to start reading these brilliant looking books and we will share our own reviews and recommendations shortly.


Head's Blog   Weekly Update

Posted 26/01/2024
by Thomas Whipps

Another busy week!

It’s been another busy week at Darite. We welcomed Kernow King and the Cornish Caretakers in on Monday to talk about Cornish mining heritage. Class 2 were lucky enough to have a workshop with the team and then there was a show that the children really enjoyed! Thank-you to the Cornish Caretakers for coming in to see us. 

Wednesday saw Class 3 joining with other schools from all over the country to enjoy a virtual session from Book Trust Represents called, “Bookmaker Like You” with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, Sabine Adeyinka and Jasmine Richards. ‘Bookmaker Like You’ highlights the artistry of book creatives from under-represented communities and backgrounds. After the session, several pupils expressed a wish to write, create writer’s notebooks and to enter writing competitions . They were really inspired! The class found out about writers, publishers and editors working to ensure children of all ages can see themselves represented in books. This prompted a rich discussion in class about why representation is important and book recommendations. To the delight of the class, the school received a shout out from the authors as the questions submitted by the class, were answered! The class asked the three writers what their book recommendations would be for our age group and their recommendations will be headed to our reading corner along with some books from Coelho, Adeyinka and Richards.

Not to be left out, Class 1 very proudly showed me their learning in maths and English this week. It is always fantastic to see the pride that the youngest children in school take in their work and their progress is fantastic to see.

We only have two weeks left of this half term before the break. There is a lot going on at Darite, so please keep checking back for updates and news.


Class 3   Book Trust Represents

Posted 24/01/2024
by Charlotte Godby

Bookmakers Like You!

Class 3 joined with other schools from all over the country to enjoy a virtual session from Book Trust Represents called, “Bookmaker Like You” with Waterstones Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, Sabine Adeyinka and Jasmine Richards. ‘Bookmaker Like You’ highlights the artistry of book creatives from under-represented communities and backgrounds.

After the session, several pupils expressed a wish to write, create writer’s notebooks and to enter writing competitions – more information to follow! The class found out about writers, publishers and editors working to ensure children of all ages can see themselves represented in books. This prompted a rich discussion in class about why representation is important and book recommendations.

To the delight of the class, the school received a shout out from the authors as the questions submitted by the class, were answered! The class asked the three writers what their book recommendations would be for our age group and their recommendations will be headed to our reading corner along with some books from Coelho, Adeyinka and Richards.


Class 3   The Cornish Caretakers

Posted 22/01/2024
by Charlotte Godby

An exciting start to the week!

Class 3 were lucky enough to join in with Class 2 today and watch a very animated and energised performance by the Cornish Caretakers. 

Edward Rowe - who you might know as The Kernow King - has developed an immersive learning experience called the Cornish Caretakers where he and his colleagues explore different characters from Cornish history and culture as part of an interactive performance which our key stage two pupils loved! The highly informative performance showcased the significant individuals of the past and present who have shaped Cornish mining or are influencing its future.

Thank you to the Cornish Caretakers for such an exciting start to the week!


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