Cober Class

Primary Engineer – Cornwall Celebration Event at RNAS Culdrose

We were delighted to be able to take 4 teams to the above event, to showcase their amazing cars shown below alongside a number of other schools.  The children in Helford, Camel and Cober, class along with their teaching staff, Sam (an engineer from Culdrose) and Barry (an engineer from BT) worked so hard on their projects with great resilience and determination.

The children in Y2 , made push along cars which had to be launched down a ramp with the distance measured. They were also linked to a theme and ours were all about catching rabbits! They looked excellent, complete with nets and camouflage, and flame thrusters!  They were interviewed by the judges (officers at Culdrose) who asked some quite in depth questions.  Well done Camel team who could talk about thrust and had some idea of aerodynamics but not quite the word! They do now.  They were delighted when they won runner up for best themed car (Helford), and overall best communicators (Camel).  Well done!

 

The children in Y4 made motorised vehicles which were incredibly tricky!!!  They had had to saw wooden components, create electrical circuits with gears and most importantly make them go in a straight line – and I mean straight, with the wheels on the line forwards and backwards for approximately 2-3 metres.  They also were tested up a ramp at different inclines.  Tom, Wojciech, Callum and Tjay did brillliantly.  We believe Tom and Wojciech’s got up the steepest ramp and Callum and Tjay scored full marks in the straight line test.  They were also interviewed by the judges in some detail but held their own against other schools who were represented by Y6 pupils.

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All the children received certificates and had a wonderful time.  I am sure we will be back again next year.

Geevor Tin Mine.

Last week we travelled to the end of Cornwall – nearly!  It was a long journey but totally worth it to get some hands on experience of what it was like to be a miner.  Our two guides were excellent and gave us a guided tour around the site, all wearing hard hats.

The teaching staff got excited when all the children were put into the lift to go down for a day’s shift, but it wasn’t working!  They all had a go at using a hammer and chisel to make holes in the rocks, and also used some very heavy sledgehammers to smash smaller rocks (the job for the bal maidens). Eddy, a former miner, showed us how incredibly loud the drills were, and we also found out that they were really heavy too!

After finding a beautiful picnic spot, we went into the mill to see how the tin ore is separated out.  However, the fact that a frog was living in there proved a highlight of the day!  From here we went on to panning for crystals which the children absolutely loved, they would have stayed there all day but it was time for  a visit down Wheal Mexico which gave the children a very real experience of how cramped, dark and damp a mine was.  Would they be able to live underground? Probably yes, but not more than an hour was their answer.

Launch Day for Cornwall project.

Today was just so full of learning and fun, everything Cober Class wanted!  First of all we admired our outfits which ranged from miners, fishermen, rugby players, pirates and a Cornish man! Then we learnt so much from Clint who visited us from Geevor Tin mine.  We learnt that children as young as 3 worked at the mine, and as young as 6 under the ground!  Also, that the Poldark actors had to have their make up redone when Clint pointed out that they wouldn’t have black faces as tin ore is red!  Have a look at the photos below:

And then, to keep everybody happy – we drew sketches of engine houses, painted an engine house for our classroom, made cream teas with Veronica (thank you!) and played Minecraft!!!  Something for everyone today!

 

Cober Class Summer Term Welcome Letter

A very warm welcome back to the Summer Term.  Please see below for details of the summer 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 and Jacky Thorning – our wonderfully talented TAs, Jess Batten (Y6 teacher) will be teaching on Wednesday mornings and Andy Watts from the Troops to Teach, will be teaching too.  Quite a team – all with many talents!

Project and Science

Our new project which covers many of the ideas that the children wanted most to learn about is ‘Could you survive underground?’ We will begin with a launch day next Monday 23rd dressed as miners (or something Cornish related) as already notified before Easter.  We will be learning all about our rich mining history with the help of Clint from Geevor mine, and will be visiting there early in May (letter to follow). We will also be making cream teas so you are very welcome to join us after school to try a sample.

Other areas of learning within this project will be linked to our wonderful county, its geography, history, food, folklore, tourism and conservation work.

Science will link in with our project, learning about materials and changing state, the water cycle and finally classification of animals. We will also be taking part in the Primary Engineer project final competition in July.

Literacy and Numeracy

Following our Cornish theme, we will be learning about Cornish folklore and also creating brochures to keep our beaches clean and plastic free.

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts and x tables, the mastery of maths including decimals, fractions, geometry and problem solving  using our new scheme Maths No Problem.

French, RE and PE

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

In RE we will continue to learn about the Sikh faith and then aspects of religion in Cornwall.PE will focus on athletics and net games.    PE will still be on Tuesday 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.

                 

 

Our belated World Book Day.  Amazing costumes for our book – Alice in Wonderland.  We had a great time putting on a play for our parents.

 

SNOW!!!!!  This was soooooo COOL!!!!

 

Open afternoon…

Quite a challenge for both Cober Class and their parents.  We were just starting a new science unit on electricity, so the children were challenged to make a light bulb light up with only a battery and two crocodile clips.  (It is actually quite tricky!)  We learnt so much, for instance it needed to touch metal, the battery had two ends – and that mattered, and it needed to go in a circle – hence the word circuit.  

The children were very resilient and wouldn’t give up trying.  They used their 4B’s getting ideas from each other and being independent.

 

On Friday we had a wonderful learning experience with Daya, all about the religion of Sikhism.  First we talked about what culture means and then we dressed up.  The children looked very authentic.

We then learnt about going to the Gurdwara – the Sikh’s holy temple.  We were taught how to touch our head to the floor and bow to the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh’s holy book).  We couldn’t wear our shoes and the boys had to sit separately from the girls.  Cober class were very respectful.

After this, Daya taught us some Bhangra dancing and classical dancing.  The children really enjoyed it.  I think we’ll be doing some more of this before the end of tem.

And finally, some very tasty Indian cooking.  Everybody was involved making chapatis and of course eating it afterwards!  Thank you Daya, we learnt so much from you today.

 

 

 

And here’s a quick view of our very ‘cool’ music lessons this term.  We are learning the ancient form of Japanese Taiko drumming – very good for getting rid of stress, but maybe not so good for headaches.  But we love it!!!

What is cool?  Launch day.

Cober Class had a thoroughly enjoyable day last week dressing up as Antarctic explorers, polar animals or members of the fated Titanic’s maiden voyage.  This was all to do with our new project based around the question: ‘What is cool?’

First of all, Adrian became the intrepid explorer Robert Falcon Scott and really brought alive the hardships of living at the South Pole and the race to be there first.  The children were fascinated by the story and are continuing to learn more in class this week.  At one point we even pretended to be in a tent listening to a blizzard howling around us and other polar animals making very strange noises.

 

The children loved playing a game racing to the South Pole collecting cards of different animals and other objects to help them get there such as a compass and a tent.

Captain Edward John Smith joined us for the afternoon and told us the amazing story of Titanic’s maiden voyage.  The children had numerous questions for him and put him to the test.  Watch this space for a future episode of Mastermind with Zack Lawrence – he knows it all!!!  He also made a wonderful model of the boat as did Callum, and then Callum, Jordan and Ajay made a lego model too.

 

 

Spring Term 2018

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 wonderfully talented TA who will also be working with the AFA children again this year, Jess Batten (Y6 teacher) will also be teaching on Friday mornings and Mary Mawonera will join us as a TA too.

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 so will be joined by an intrepid Antarctic explorer tomorrow as well as Captain Smith from the Titanic – children may dress appropriately, tiaras and snowboarding gear are equally welcome!

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. We will also be learning how to play Japanese Taiko drums.  Wow!!

Science will link in with our project, learning about polar regions, materials and changing state, the water cycle and electricity.

Literacy and Numeracy

Following our cool theme, we will be creating information books about polar regions, and a newspaper report about the Titanic as well as writing a cultural story and instructions for our DT.

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts and x tables, the mastery of maths involving multiplication and division, data handling and fractions  using our new scheme Maths No Problem.

French, RE and PE

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

In RE we will be learning about the Sikh faith including a visit from Daya.

PE will focus on gymnastics and bhangra dancing.  PE will be on Tuesday 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.

Homelearning 

 Children in year 4 should be spending about 45 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, I will try to make these two pieces of home learning reinforce skills being taught that week in class and it would really help if you could motivate them and support them with this.

In Y4 the children will also need 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.

And finally, the children should ideally be reading for 15 minutes every day. Please question your child on what they have read and then sign their homeschool reading records. This is so essential for their future learning.

Home learning will usually be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays.

Thanks for your support with this; we cannot overemphasize the importance of learning away from school – it will support your child in continuing to make 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 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.

 

Authentic Outcome for Sir Francis Drake – hero or pirate?

Today, Cober Class were delighted when Seth Hall, the Learning and Community Engagement Officer from the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth, came to hear our debate about whether Sir Francis Drake was a hero or a pirate.  It followed on from a fabulous visit to the museum earlier in the term when Seth had really engaged the children learning about the Tudors and life on board ship.

     

First of all he was treated to a rendition of our Talk the Text poem – Percy the Pirate (listen to the video). Then he was entertained by details of pirate punishments with some very graphic drawings.

The children proceeded to debate on how the world viewed him now and what he had been involved in i.e slavery and piracy.  They also considered that his Queen had actually directed him to win over some of the Spanish treasure, so was it his fault? 

On the other hand, he was a great sailor, had circumnavigated the world and had masterminded some very cunning battle plans when the Spanish Armada tried to invade England.

        

Seth listened carefully and was very impressed by how they were discussing both sides of the argument and were using evidence to support their views.  Overall we decided he was a hero but what do you think?

Cober Class presented Seth with a folder of their learning from the project including some wonderful artwork.  See it here shortly…

 

Cober Class had a wonderful educational visit to the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth.  Their education officer, Seth, gave them a super introduction to the life of Sir Francis Drake and what it would have been like to be a sailor at sea including a close encounter with a ship’s rat!!  They looked at ancient maps, smelt the kind of spices that the early explorers found, tried on authentic clothing and made decisions about what they would take on board ship as essential items.

Then of course we had to look around all the museum exhibits especially the tattoo exhibition.  The children also loved the exhibition of rescue boats and Callum discovered the replica of the Titanic lifeboat being built for the next exhibition. We learnt so much.  Thank you to everyone at the museum.

What a surprise Cober Class had on Thursday when they were visited by Truro Fencing School.  All part of a day’s work for busy pirates, but much harder than it looks on Pirates of the Caribbean!

First of all they had to work out how to walk forwards and backwards – this took a long time!!  But then we were ready for wearing ‘the gear’.  Much amusement was had trying to get into it but we got there in the end and had the joy of being given our very own sabre to hold.  To be honest I couldn’t believe they were given them – wasn’t it a bit dangerous?!!!  The children absolutely loved it and are now asking for an after school fencing club.  Watch this space…..

 

Cober Class had a fantastic launch day for their project linked to pirates… ‘Sir Francis Drake – hero or pirate?’

They looked excellent in their outfits and were amazed when Blackbeard himself arrived through the door.  Activities involved creating pirate maps, going on a treasure hunt, playing pirate top trumps and then meeting Sir Francis Drake himself.

We are yet to decide if we think he is a pirate….

Cober Class Autumn Term Welcome Letter

A very warm welcome back to our new look Tregolls 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 Ms. Scott and Mrs Barnett our wonderfully talented TA who will also be working with the AFA children again this year. Miss Batten will also be teaching on Friday mornings.

Project and Science
Our new project will be about the fascinating world of Pirates – a suggestion which came from many of the children and was met with great enthusiasm when announced. Of course we will spend plenty of time on the gory details of life at sea, walking the plank and eating salted meat but we will also go into the history of pirates and decide whether Sir Francis Drake was a pirate or a hero?

We are going to kick off our project on Friday by starting to create a pirate ship in the classroom and to learn various useful skills like reading maps and tying knots and hunting for treasure – children can dress up as pirates – a stripy shirt and jeans would be fine (apologies if you did not receive the letter at the end of the summer warning you of this!). We will also be visiting the Maritime Museum for an inspiring Tudor workshop a bit later this half term – details to follow.

Other areas of learning within this project will be the creation of a pirate game in ICT and learning how to create a musical composition. We will spend some time studying world maps and the journeys taken by Drake.

In science, we will be focusing on Teeth and digestion – possibly scurvy! And also the topic of Sound.

Literacy and Numeracy
Following our Pirate theme, we will be starting off literacy with some pirate poetry and then learning A Pirate Adventure! This will be a talk the text unit, so expect to hear your children reciting it. Other genres covered will be historical stories, diaries and newspaper reports.
Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts and x tables, the mastery of maths involving place value, the four operations, fractions and decimals using our new scheme Maths No Problem, and problem solving for our Friday Discovery maths lessons.

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.

In music, we will be learning about the Spanish opera Carmen and hope to share our ideas with you towards the end of November.
PE days and kit
During the Autumn term Cober class will be having swimming lessons on Wednesdays (letter to follow). We may have some time for additional PE so it would be good if PE kit was brought in, just in case, 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.

Further information will be included on the class letter your child will bring home.

We are sure your child will have a super year in Year 4.