Cober Class had a wonderful launch day for their topic on Natural Disasters. First of all they learnt about how to survive an earthquake disaster with firsthand experience from our teaching assistant who had learnt how to survive earthquakes in Turkey. Then we simulated an earthquake disaster on the streets. Their outfits were great – a mix of injured persons and emergency services. Have a look below:
Then we thought about what we would need to do if we set up an emergency disaster centre at school and used Truro class as guineapigs!
Cober Class Autumn Term Welcome Letter
A very warm welcome back to school. We hope you have all had a fabulous break and are raring to go for the new term. Please see below for details of the autumn curriculum and key information.
The Cober Team
May I take this opportunity to welcome our new team for this academic year: myself Sarah Scott and Mary Yucel our talented TA who also has an important counselling role with Tregolls children. Andy Watts, our recently qualified teacher (originally at RNAS Culdrose) will also be teaching on Thursday mornings.
Project and Science
Our new project will be about the fascinating subject of natural disasters – a suggestion which after a wide ranging discussion of subjects, was met with great enthusiasm when announced. Are we safe? Is our big question.
We are going to kick off our project next Friday by learning how to cope in a disaster when an earthquake hits the school. We will create a disaster centre to care for the affected residents.
Other areas of learning within this project will cover volcanoes, tsunamis, floods and hurricanes using world maps to locate the ring of fire. We will create earthquake proof houses and of course real volcanoes!
In science, we will be focussing on states of matter and how physical changes occur. This may involve some messy homelearning – please forgive me!!
Literacy and Numeracy
Following our Disasters theme, we will be starting off literacy with newspaper reports about an earthquake disaster, a diary about the story of Pompeii and an action packed thriller based on a tsunami.
Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts and x tables, the mastery of maths involving place value, and the four operations using our new scheme Maths No Problem
MFL – French, RE and Music
In French, Cober Class will be taught by a French speaking member of staff with support from myself, continuing their learning from last year. In RE, we will be focusing on Jesus and his life. We will also look at special events for Christians such as baptism, weddings and certain festivals and in music, we will be learning to compose different kinds of music and how to write music informally and with proper notation.
PE days and kit
During the Autumn term Cober class will be having PE on Tuesdays and children will need their PE kit which is as follows (named please – and jumpers and poloshirts!!):
Boys – Blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt
Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt
Footwear – PE pumps or trainers.
Swimming will be on Wednesdays for Y4. They will need a swimming costume for girls and trunks for boys. They will also need their own towel and every child will need a swimming hat as this is the swimming baths policy. (letter to follow)
As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 4 should be spending 45 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of home learning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set home learning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece.
The children will also be required to learn all of their multiplication facts up to the 12x table. They will be tested weekly on them and so, please support them by writing up tricky facts around the house for them to view regularly. There will also be a national test for Y4 on their tables this year.
In addition to the weekly literacy and numeracy piece, the children should be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their homeschool reading records.
Thanks for your support with this; we cannot overemphasize the importance of learning away from school – it will support your child in making great progress this year.
Open door policy
As you will be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore myself or Mrs Yucel should always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have. Building up good communication links is going to be crucial for your child’s year to be a success.
Our ultimate aim in Cober Class is for your child to enjoy coming to school and for them to achieve more than their potential!
The Year 4 Team.