Cober Class

Shelterbox Visit

This week, Cober Class were really pleased to be offered to visit Shelterbox and find out about their fantastic support for disaster areas.  We learnt about the types of disasters that they helped with and what support was most important in the early days.  Did you know they even have different kits for different climates?

I was proud to hear Cober Class remembering much of what we had learnt in the Autumn Term when we learnt about natural disasters.  They loved trying to pack the boxes with the right equipment and learnt (too late for most of them) that the tent goes in last, as it is the first thing that the people need when they arrive!

Don’t forget it is free to visit the Shelterbox Centre in Truro – well worth a visit in the holidays…

 

 

Daya’s Visit

A visit by Daya is always enjoyed by our children and this time was no different.  Today we were learning about the religion of Sikhism and the children were fascinated to learn about Daya’s own culture and traditions.

First we all dressed the part for a visit to the Gurdwara where we learnt how to pray to the holy book (the Guru Granth Sahib) and to sit in separate places for boys and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this we learnt some bhangra dancing which the class were excellent at performing.  Please see our facebook pages to see videos of this.

 

 

 

 

 

And after learning how to write our names, we then went onto making chapatis and eating some traditional indian food, which all the children tried – some were surprised that they liked it too!  It was delicious.  Thanks for a lovely day as always Daya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cober Summer Term Launch Day.

Cober had a super launch day on our new project ‘Is the Pharaoh’s curse true?’  Take a look at some of the amazing costumes…the mummies were especially realistic!

First of all Adrian did a presentation acting as Howard Carter and his discovery of Tut’s tomb.  Then he went on to show us some archaeological skills that we could use to discover our own buried artefacts.  (The classroom did look a bit like a beach afterwards – sorry Donna!)

Then we learnt all about hieroglyphics and how to write secret messages. And finally, we used all of our skills to play an Egyptian game.  We learnt so much, thank you Adrian aka Howard Carter.

Cober Class Summer Term Welcome Letter

A very warm welcome back to Tregolls. We hope you have all had a lovely Easter break and are raring to go for the new term. Please see below for details of the summer curriculum and key information.

The Cober Team

May I take this opportunity to welcome our team for the term: Myself, Ms. Scott and Mrs Barnett our very experienced TA

IPC Curriculum and Science

Our new project will be about the fascinating world o

f the Ancient Egyptians – a suggestion which came from several of the children and was met with great enthusiasm when announced.  Of course we will spend plenty of time on the gory details of mummification but we will find out just how clever they were too.

We are going to kick off our project by attempting to create our own pyramid in the classroom and will have a special launch day this Friday where – if they wish – children can dress up as anything Egyptian – gods, pharaohs, archaeologists…  We will also be visiting the Royal Cornwall Museum for an inspiring Egyptian workshop a bit later this half term – details to follow.

Other areas of learning within this project will be the creation of an Egyptian game in ICT and learning how to create a webpage. We will also be learning about rivers and how they can enrich the community

In science, we will be focusing on Sound and also on the Human Digestive system which should fit in well with mummification.

Literacy and Numeracy

Following our Egyptian theme, we will be starting off literacy with an historical tale based on Egypt.  This will be a talk the text unit, so expect to hear your children reciting it. Other genres covered will be persuasive writing and playscripts.

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts, the mastery of problems involving the four operations, space, shape and measure.

MFL – French, RE and Music

In French we will continue getting up to scratch on lots of every day French vocabulary.

In RE, we will be focusing on Sikhism, with a visit from Daya to enhance our understanding and in music, we will be having whole class taiko drumming lessons

PE days and kit

Our sports coach, Mrs Butterly, will be teaching athletics and racquet sports in the summer term with our main PE day on Wednesday. Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labelled in a PE bag each week.

Boys – Blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear – PE pumps or trainers.

On PE days it would be easiest if children did not wear ear rings/watches to school.  They will also need to have their hair tied back thank you.

Open door policy

As you will be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore myself or Mrs Barnett should always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have. Building up good communication links is always crucial for your child’s year to be a success.

We are looking forward to an exciting term to finish  Year 4.

Have a good summer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cober Class have a second launch day.

Last week, quite appropriately with our topic ‘What is Cool?’ and the weather too, we started to look at the Antarctic and had a fascinating morning learning all about Scott of the Antarctic.  We learnt all about the hardships of living in cold climates and the tragedy of his fateful journey.

The class also learnt about the types of animals that would live in the Antarctic and could identify the sounds they made.  They had a treasure hunt around school based on the South Pole expedition and really loved playing a board game all on the same theme. And finally, there was an incredibly noisy game of bingo where the children amazed us with all the facts they had remembered related to numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Launch Day at Falmouth Maritime Museum

On Wednesday, Cober Class had a great experience visiting the Maritime Museum and especially their Titanic Stories exhibition linking in with our project this term – ‘What is cool?’

First we had free time to visit the exhibition and other areas.  The children were really interested in the exhibition and spotted many amazing and awful facts.  Dylan pointed out that most of the posters were wrong showing 4 smoking funnels – as one was just to look nice!  They were fascinated by the visual display of the numbers of lives lost and saved. Most of them had a chance to try on the life saving vests – which didn’t look very efficient!

After this, everyone had time to go to the Look Out post, where they could use maps and telescopes to identify places and boats.  Then, 155+ steps down the spiral staircase later, we were down in the depths.  Again, the class loved the tiny limpets and little fish under the water. There was just so much to see – from the Life boat rescue exhibits to the learning exhibits and games which they all loved.

In the afternoon, we were entertained by Captain Smith from the Titanic, who gave us a wonderful talk about the Titanic.  We learnt so many interesting facts.  Did you know that the Titanic had been on fire when they left England?  Cober Class do. Some of the children got to dress up and act out the last moments leading to the fateful disaster.

We ended our day by learning how to make rope with Seth the Museum’s Formal Learning Manager and the results were pretty impressive.  Finally, we had a go at sailing boats on the pool.  What a great day.  Our children were so well behaved and interacted very politely with other young families who were visiting.  Well done Cober Class.

Cober Class Spring Term Welcome Letter

A very warm welcome back and a Happy New Year!  Please see below for details of the spring curriculum and key information.

The Cober Team

May I take this opportunity to introduce our team for the rest of this year: myself Sarah Scott, Nicole Barnett our TA, and Mrs Butterly our PE teacher.

Project and Science

Our new project, which covers many of the ideas that the children wanted most to learn about, is ‘What is cool?’ We will begin by learning about polar climates and animals and the demise of the Titanic.

As you will know from the letter before Christmas, we will be going to the Maritime Museum this Wednesday. We are asking for £4 contribution.  Children will need a packed lunch and a couple of drinks please.  School uniform to be worn.

We will have a ‘dress up’ day towards the end of January as our second launch day – details to be confirmed.

Other areas of learning within this project will be the investigation of some cool games, cool graffiti drawing and an amazing Primary Engineering project to create a car which drives uphill.

Science will link in with our project, learning about polar regions and animal classification, and electricity to support our DT project.  We will also be visiting Penair for an amazing science lesson again.

Literacy and Numeracy

Following our cool theme, we will be creating information books about polar regions, and a diary about Scott of the Antarctic, a historical story based on the Titanic, as well as explanations on our DT project.

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts, the mastery of maths involving multiplication and division, data handling and fractions  using our scheme Maths No Problem- with a big push on times tables for our end of term competition.

French, RE and PE

In French, Cober Class will be taught by a French speaking member of staff with support from Mrs Barnett, continuing their learning from last term.

In RE we will be learning about Christianity in Cornwall and the New Testament in Cornish.

PE will focus on gymnastics and dance.  PE will be on Wednesday normally (but Thursday this week) and children will need their PE kit which is as follows (named please):

Boys – Blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Girls – Leggings or blue shorts and a Tregolls t-shirt

Footwear – PE pumps or trainers.

Open door policy

 As you will be aware by now, we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore myself or Mrs Barnett should always be on hand before or after school to discuss any issues you may have, or make an appointment through the office. Building up good communication links is 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!

Many thanks and a Happy New Year!!

The Year 4 Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

Homelearning Requirements

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!

Many thanks

The Year 4 Team.

Autumn term letter 2018 cober