Cober (2015/16)

Cober Class 2015-2016

Summer Term 2016 

Project Outcome 

This week we have concluded our heroes topic. We spent the day fundraising for Guide dog trust and we had a visit from a very lovely guide dog called Jackie. We held a cake sale at our school and we got sponsored for our sensory challenges. All together, Cober class have raised a fantastic £160.61 Well done!

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Trumpet concert 

Over the last two terms, we have been learning how to play trumpets and trombones. We are now able to read and follow music and play our instruments to a backing track. We have performed in a concert to an audience of our family and friends. Thank you very much for everyone who came to support us.

If your children want to continue with trumpet sessions, please ask me for a letter.

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We are Meteorologists 

Today we completed our ICT project, focusing on weather and data. We have use the schools new weather station to collect data and presented it in a range of ways. Today we drew all of our learning together and presented a weather forecast to our class.

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Peace Day 

Today we learnt about the Syrian crisis and what life is like for refugees. We heard different stories about children being forced away from their homes because of war. We were able to find out how they were feeling as they became refugees and as they started their new lives in a different country.

Cober class then wrote some very emotive diary entries, where they were able to sympathies well with children who are in this situation. The children have produced some lovely writing with brilliant descriptive language. Cober class were then very pleased to be able to share this with their family members who visited us in the afternoon.

Thank you very much to everybody who popped in this afternoon – the children thoroughly enjoyed sharing their learning with you.

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Peer Reflection 

In Literacy, we are writing recount about a day in the life of a super hero. This morning, Cober class have been doing some fantastic peer reflection on each others introductions.  The children give their learning partners a piece of warm feedback to celebrate what they have done well and a suggestion, where they can tell each other how to improve their learning. They then edit and improve their first drafts to get the best outcomes possible. We have found out that Authors can sometimes redraft their writing up to 13 times before they publish a book – Resilience is key for this.

Here is Kyles introduction after he has edited and improved it using the suggestions that Kisha, Kyra and Jayden gave him…

Last Sunday, I (a 9 year old boy from Penryn) woke up with the blinding sun shining straight at my eyes through a gap in the curtains. I casually strolled to the bathroom to splash my face with water. Shocked, amazed, stunned, I looked into the mirror to see that I had warped into the superhero Quicksilver. I was so excited that I felt like I had guzzled fizzy drinks and was jumping into space. I was speechless. If the sun didn’t  shine in my eyes, if I hadn’t of woken up, if I didn’t look into the mirror, I would never have known that I was quicksilver. Why was this happening to me?

 

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Science week 

This week Cober class have been learning about electricity. We have made our own electrical circuits and investigated materials to see if they are electrical conductors or insulators.

The children were then set the challenge of making their own switch to put into the circuit. They used their brilliant problem solving skills and great team work, to create switches to turn on and off the light in their circuit.

Ask your children about the atoms of an electrical conductor.

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Cober class take Barcelona 

I would just like to say how proud I am of the 8 members of Cober class who spent the last week in Spain . They went with the year 5 and 6’s and they completely stepped up to the plate and demonstrated their maturity and great behavior as well as the older children. At only 8 and 9 years old, this is a brilliant achievement and I know these children (along with the rest of Cober class) will make brilliant role models for the younger children as they reach the top of key stage 2. Here are a few pictures of Cober class enjoying their Spanish trip.

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Art workshop

To kick start our art week, we visited Truro library for an art workshop.

We explored how we can use props to make our stories come to life. We designed and created  our own shadow puppets, to make our super hero stories even more exciting.

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Fire station Visit 

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Grandparent Reading Afternoon

The children in Cober class loved reading to their Grandparents this afternoon.

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Paramedic Visit 

Today Cober class had a visit from another hero, a paramedic.

They learnt what they would need to do in the case of an emergency. They practiced how to put people into the recovery position and how to do CPR safely.

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Fire Service visit

This week we had a visit from a team of fire fighters. They taught us about how to prevent fires at home and what to do in the case of an emergency. We very much look forward to meeting them again when we visit the fire station.

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What a busy first week back at school! 

This week Cober class have been extremely busy with lots of visitors.

First we had a fantastic visit from local author, Luke Temple. He told us lots about his new books and some of us got to act as characters in front of the whole school. He also did a book signing in the school library!

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Tyla-Jane (this weeks star of the week) arranged for her hero to visit the school. Tyla’s hero is her godfather, Lance Sergeant Richard Chapman. He taught us about what is takes to be a hero and how he had decided that he wanted to be a soldier from such a young age.

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We began our new R.E topic about Sikhism with a fantastic visit from Daya. She taught us about the values and traditions of Sikhism. We were able to try on traditional Indian outfits and take part in role plays. Daya taught us some traditional Indian dances and how to write our names in Punjabi. We also got to make and try some Indian food and we ate this on the floor using our hands, like a traditional Indian banquet. We would like to thank Daya for such a fantastic morning.

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Launch day

To launch our new project we all dressed as somebody who we thought classed as a hero. The children made a fantastic effort and we had a class full of fire fighters, nurses, doctors, astronauts and even a guide dog!

 

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Cober Class Summer Letter

Dear parents / carers

Welcome back from what we hope was a lovely Easter break. Please see the below details of the summer curriculum and key information for Cober class.

Project learning

Our new Project for the Summer term is all about real life heroes. This was chosen after consulting with the children, where they decided what they would like to learn about. Our key question for the term is ‘Which hero would you be?’ Throughout the term we will have a variety of visitors who will teach us about what it takes to be a hero. This will link in with all of our literacy learning. We will be learning how to write persuasive texts to promote safety, recounts of an event, disaster stories and diary entries. Our learning of heroes will also be focused on within our discovery Maths lessons, with a variety of challenges which will enhance their use of the four operations.

MFL and RE

Cober Class will continue learning French this term where they will continue to record their learning by undertaking writing activities. In RE, we will be learning about Sikhism and the beliefs and traditions of this religion.

PE days and kit

This term we have a specialist teacher for our P.E sessions. This will focus on basketball and team work skills. As we are having a specialist teacher the day we will be doing P.E will now change to a Wednesday. Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labeled in a PE bag each week.

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us.

Homelearning Requirements Reminder

As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 4 should be spending 40 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of homelearning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece. Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays. Please ensure you sign your child’s diary when they read at home.  At Tregolls we operate an open door policy. We would like to hear about any issues or concerns you may have with your child’s education as soon as possible so please do not hesitate to talk to me or to another member of the team.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Whitehouse

Project plan

Summer long term plan edited

Summer overview – medium term plan

 

 

Spring Term 2016

World Book Day 

Today in Cober class, we have spent the day entering the world of George’s Marvelous Medicine! We have read extracts from the book, making sure we read with great expression. Then we visited Truro Library, where we learnt more interesting facts about Dahl and heard more from his popular stories. The children all wrote brilliant diary entries from the point of view of a character – some children even had the chance to read these aloud to the whole School! This great day was topped off by some marvelous medicine making, we mixed up some store cupboard staples to recreate the gruesome concoction. It was safe to say that we were left with a rather smelly classroom after his activity.

All of the children made a fantastic effort to dress up as their favourite Roald Dahl characters, so thank you very much to all of the adults at home!

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Truro Cathedral 

Today we have visited Truro Cathedral, where we learnt about how the cathedral first came to Cornwall. We were able to take part in role play, where we acted as different people who work in the cathedral. Finally we took part in a hunt around the cathedral to find the different places of worship.

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Trumpets and Trombones 

Cober class have began their Trumpet and Trombone lessons, which will continue throughout the term. As of next week, the children will be able to take their instruments home to practice.

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Dinosaur Visit 

Today we had a visit from a baby Allosaurus called Jake and a 7 year old T-Rex called Millie. We were able to meet and stroke these dinosaurs, whilst we learnt lots of information about when and how they lived.

Here are some images of Cober Class meeting the Dinosaurs…

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Launch Day

Cober class visited the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay for the launch day of the new project, Land, Sea and Sky.

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Our tour guide guided us through the aquarium, where we learnt lots about the habitats and survival techniques of sea creatures. Throughout the tour we asked lots of brilliant questions, which the experts were able to answer for us. After the guided tour, we had a shark workshop where we were able to find out even more about this animal. We also got to examine shark artifacts and we even saw a tooth of the extinct Megalodon!

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Billy Branston

Today we had a visit from the Billy Branston team!

We took part in different activities to learn all about how potatoes are grown and the journey they take before making it to the supermarkets. We also learnt about what makes a healthy diet, and each planned our own healthy meal. The children were surprised to find out that the Potatoes which have defects do not get thrown away, but are used for animal food and even used to generate electricity!

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Potato sorting

Potato sorting

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Cober Class Spring Letter

A very warm welcome back to Tregolls. We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas holiday and are looking forward to the Spring term. Please see below details of the Spring curriculum and key information.

IPC Curriculum and Science

Our new Project for the Spring term is ‘Land, Sea and Sky’. This was chosen after consulting with the children, where they decided what they would like to learn about. The children were particularly interested in learning about the sea and sea creatures. Therefore this is the first main focus of the term. On Wednesday 6th January we will be visiting the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay where we will be taking part in the shark workshop (Expect a separate letter with further details of this).

Other areas of learning within this unit will include habitats, food chains, beach safety and the importance of keeping our beaches clean.

Overall there will be a large emphasis on Science within the project work, with our main scientific focus being living things and their habitats.

Literacy and Numeracy

The literacy throughout this term will again link with the main project, we will be creating stories set in imaginary worlds with a Lost city of Atlantis theme. We will be persuasive writing to demonstrate the importance of recycling and not littering on the beach. This will then feed into writing stories which raise issues and dilemmas.

The numeracy focus will be to continue the improvements of our written methods for the four operations (Addition, Subtraction, Division and Multiplication). We will also be focusing on problem solving including the use of fractions and algebra.

MFL – French and RE

Cober Class will continue learning French this term where they will now begin to record their learning by undertaking writing activities. This will ultimately improve their knowledge and abilities in the language.

In RE, we will be developing a further understanding of Cornwall as a place of Christianity.

PE days and kit

This term we have a specialist Dance teacher for our P.E sessions. This will focus on street dance with a link to the project work throughout. As we are having a specialist teacher the day we will be doing P.E will now change to a Thursday. Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labeled in a PE bag each week.

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us.

Homelearning Requirements Reminder

As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 4 should be spending 40 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of homelearning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece.

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. This will need to be completed daily as we will be completing a daily reading chart in school each morning. Children who choose not to read each day will forfeit their breaktime.

Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays. New spelling log books will go home on Mondays with their specific words being tested on the Friday.

Children have the responsibility to complete their homelearning, and so, if it is late, they will forfeit part of their lunchtime. Please support your child in keeping their homelearning books neat and tidy. 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.

Yours sincerely,

The Year 4 Team.

Below are the plans for the Spring term

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Spring overiview – medium term plan

Autumn Term 2015

Dining room helpers of the Term

Cober class are very proud of Charlie and Harry for being awarded the Dining room helpers of the term. These boys are polite and helpful every day and this award is truly deserved, Well Done!

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Merry Christmas Cober class

This week we have been very lucky to have some special guests come and visit us at school.

The children were all able to meet 2 reindeer, Olaf and of coarse Santa Himself!

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Pop-up museum

On Monday, Cober class joined forces with Truro class to exhibit their fantastic learning. The historical museum displayed Truro’s Iron age project learning along with our Ancient Egypt Learning. We were lucky enough to use the gallery space at the Inner Tide Cafe, in the center of Truro. Meaning members of the public were able to come and see our learning.  Poppy and Kisha were our fantastic tour guides for the evening and did a great job. As did all of the other children, who bought along their families and became their own personal tour guides. This Museum was a brilliant end to our first project and the children should all be extremely proud of their efforts!

A huge thank you goes out to all at Inner Tide Cafe for a brilliant evening.

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Our helpful tour guides

Our helpful tour guides

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Egyptian Creations

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We have finally completed our Mummy and Sarcophagus! All members of Cober class worked together to create a life sized Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus to keep our Mummy in. It is decorated using our artwork including hieroglyphics and wall paintings. For a closer look head down to the Inner Tide Cafe on Monday 30th November at 3:30, as this will be the main feature at our pop up exhibition which is open to the public. We will be sharing our learning from the term and showcasing some of our Egyptian creations.

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Science 

We have started our new topic in Science, focusing on states of matter. Aiden became our scientist for the day and shared all of his amazing knowledge and exciting facts  with the class. We are looking forward to learning more about this topic through our scientific investigations.

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Launch Day

To launch our new Ancient Egyptian project we spent the day in school as archaeologists. We explored an Egyptian tomb where we discovered artifacts and a Mummy. We learnt about the role of an archaeologist and did an archaeological dig to uncover facts about the Ancient Egyptians.

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Visit to the Royal Cornwall Museum

We visited the Royal Cornwall Museum to begin our learning about the Ancient Egyptians. During the visit the children were able to; take part in a role play for the traditional death ceremony, explore and handle artifacts from Ancient Egypt and even see a real mummified body.

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Please see below a copy of our Curriculum Autumn Term letter – all children should receive a copy of this on Monday 7th September

Cober Class Autumn Term Welcome Letter

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

Our team and teaching days

May I take this opportunity to welcome our new team for this academic year: Myself, Miss. Whitehouse, class teacher; Mr. Middlemore – teaching Tuesday afternoon for P.E and ICT; Mrs. Rowe teaching Friday afternoons for Music and R.E and Mrs. Penfold, who will be supporting our learning throughout the week.  

IPC Curriculum and Science

Our new topic will be entitled, ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures’  The amazing change this year is that the children, before we broke up, contributed towards which areas within this unit they were specifically interested in. Therefore, we will be having launch day to introduce the new topic at the beginning of next week on Monday 14th September (you should have received a letter before the summer break with details). Furthermore, a trip to Truro Museum is being organised for Tuesday 15th September, where the children will attend an interactive workshop focusing on the Ancient Egyptians.

Other areas of learning within this unit will include archaeology, pyramid building, creating artifacts and gaining a deeper understanding of what life was like for ancient Egyptians.

In Science we will be looking at animals including humans, this will focus on the digestive system, teeth and food chains. We will also be undertaking a number of investigations throughout the term linking to our topic.  

Literacy and Numeracy

The literacy throughout this term will link with the main topic, we will be creating our own stories with historical settings which we will then turn into play scripts which will be performed at the end of the term (More information will be provided nearer to the time).

Numeracy will be focused on improving the speed and recall of number facts, the mastery of problems involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and problem solving activities related to our topic for our Friday Discovery Maths lessons. 

MFL – French and RE

Cober Class will be learning French this year during their lessons this half term – they will learn to introduce themselves, greet others and say how they are. They will begin to respond to and ask questions about name and age.

In RE, we will be developing a further understanding of Jesus and different Christian beliefs.

PE days and kit

We will be starting with football in the autumn term with our main PE day on Tuesdays. We will be using the two 3G pitches for PE this term and as it is football, please allow your child to bring in football socks and shinpads if they have them. They may also wear football trainers for this lesson.  

Please ensure that the children have all of their kit clearly labeled in a PE bag each week. If the children do not have their PE kit, they will be asked to forfeit a breaktime the next day – we would like the children to be looking smart for each lesson. Thank you for your support with this. The kit requirements are:

Boys – Blue short and a Tregolls t-shirt

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

Footwear – As previously stated or PE plimsols.

As the weather will grow colder, please ensure that your child has a school jumper to wear for outdoor PE.

If you have any issues with the PE kit please pop in and speak to us.

Homelearning Requirements

As per the Home Learning Policy, children in year 4 should be spending 40 minutes on their literacy and numeracy pieces each week. Where possible, these two pieces of homelearning will reinforce skills being taught that week in class. The children will be set homelearning which challenges them and tests their resilience. Please support your child by offering tips and advice for each piece.

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. This will need to be completed daily as we will be completing a daily reading chart in school each morning. Children who choose not to read each day will forfeit their breaktime.   

Homelearning will be given out on Thursdays and collected in on Mondays. New spelling log books will go home on Mondays with their specific words being tested on the Friday.

 

Children have the responsibility to complete their homelearning, and so, if it is late, they will forfeit part of their lunchtime. Please support your child in keeping their homelearning books neat and tidy. 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 should be aware by now we operate an open door policy at Tregolls, and therefore I will 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!

Yours sincerely,

The Year 4 Team.

Please open the attachments below to view the autumn term term overviews

Autumn overiview – medium term plan 1