We are about to start our final 6 weeks of Year 4 – and what an eventful year it has been. I hope everyone has been encouraged by how much they have achieved, despite the obstacles we faced. Our recent class tests saw some amazing results, of which you should be extremely proud. The effort and application of the children has been amazing and both myself and Mrs Bailey have been extremely proud of them.
Below you will see some pictures of their Viking longboats, collaged cupcake stands and the fabulous artwork for the stamp competition – I am sure we must have a winner from our class. There are also some pictures of our tennis tournament and the Frisbee activity we took part in.
I have attached the termly newsletter, homework grid, spellings for the term plus the statutory words for Years 3 & 4. Please take a look at these. We will be looking at some of these during the next 6 weeks but it would be useful if you could practise at home in order to give your child the best preparation for Year 5.
As usual, please feel free to speak to me if there is anything you are concerned about. Or, you can make an appointment via the school office.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone refreshed,
It has been an extremely busy and enjoyable few weeks back to school. The children are now used to their daily routing and are making good progress with their learning.
We have been looking at the value compassion this term and the children have needed to show compassion towards each other during these unusual times (pic 1). As part of our PSHE curriculum, we have considered how we need to prioritise spending – what things are essential and what are treats. We will be looking at how taxes impact on our income and learn the importance of being thoughtful when considering how to spend their (or your!) money (pics 2,3).
Our topic this term has been Vikings and the children are amazing at remembering dates and facts linked to Vikings. Why not test their knowledge? We have made Viking shields, using collage – the technique we are learning in art – and hope to make Viking longboats over the next few weeks (pics 4,5,6). Leo made an amazing Viking longboat, complete with oars, out of air-dry clay as a homework task and has done a fantastic job (pic 7). Well done Leo!
You can see from some of the pictures how the children are developing their collage technique. Starting with different methods to cover squares, we moved on to cupcakes and will be making an entire cake stand by the end of this term. I’m sure they will look delicious (pics 8-15).
Every Friday morning, we are having cricket coaching on the field. This has been great fun and the children are taking part in lots of games to advance different skill sets. A huge thank you to Tom for making these sessions so enjoyable and inclusive (pics 16,17).
Next term, we will be having swimming lessons as part of our P.E. curriculum and a letter will go out in the next few weeks.
I look forward to seeing the children on Tuesday, 4th May.
SUMMER TERM 2021:
It is the start of the Summer term and I hope all the Year 4 children come back refreshed and ready to learn – it will be lovely welcoming all those smiling faces.
There are many activities planned for this term, particularly regarding sport. We have tennis, cricket, taster sessions for football, American football, Ultimate Frisbee – all culminating with our annual tennis tournament and our overnight camp!
I have attached a link to this terms newsletter and homework grid, however there are a few things I would like to emphasise.
When we have P.E. the children still need to come to school in their sports P.E. kit, remembering that it can still be chilly so a hoody or jumper might be useful.
P.E. days are changing each week – this is because we are having sessions on alternate weeks for tennis and athletics. I have listed the dates on the newsletter and will remind the children the day before. So, on Mondays and Wednesdays you must check to ensure whether it is P.E. for that week.
P.E. will continue EVERY FRIDAY – so that is one day that remains the same.
SPELLINGS/ READING/ TIMES TABLES:
We will look at the weeks spellings each Monday but the children will need to practise these at home. There will be a test prior to half-term.
Reading is essential to improve and enhance all aspects of their lives – not just fir education but for rounded individuals, Non-fiction books are of great benefit, magazines and newspapers also, so it would be great to encourage these alongside fiction books. I will bring in the local Chronicle & Echo newspaper each week for the children to read.
Times tables are critical and this knowledge is a life skill – practise little and often being the key.
Can you ensure your child has a water bottle every day.
This will be on zoom, as it was during the Autumn term, and will be the week commencing 24th May.
As usual, myself or Mrs Bailey will be available most mornings and after school, however, if you wish to speak to us more privately you must make an appointment via the school office.
We look forward to welcoming Year 4 on Monday, 12th April.
Mrs Jacobs & Mrs Bailey
Friday, 5th March 2021
We are all really excited to be welcoming all of our Year 4 children back to school on Monday! It’s been wonderful seeing you all on zoom but will be so much better in the classroom.
Remember to come in your PE kits on Monday. I have detailed PE below for the next 3 weeks until the Easter break
W/C 8th March – P.E. on Monday & Friday
W/C 15th & 22nd March – P.E. on Wednesday & Friday
I will let you know the new dates after the Easter break
Below are some pictures of activities we have been doing this week:
Wednesday, 3rd March 2021
Some photos of our Pocket Park walk last Friday.
Also, I have been sent some creative face sculptures from the children working from home, using a variety of resources.
Friday, 26th February 2021
What an exciting zoom session we had this morning. The children chose to take part in an online scavenger hunt – with Mrs Bailey and myself thinking of a variety of unusual objects for them to retrieve. They were much better than we anticipated, so we had to extend the challenge to include things like finding a tie and doing it up on screen! Amazing job done by so many of them – they are Secondary School ready!
Thank goodness we are now entering our final week of online learning. We are so excited to see you in the classroom instead of on a computer screen.
Below is a timetable for next week. It is World Book Day on Thursday, so try to complete of the activities on the sheet attached to the Read…read…read document. You can still dress up, even if you are at home, and the challenge is to select a word to incorporate into your outfit. So, for example, if you dress up as Harry Potter you might have the word ‘intelligent’ somewhere on your outfit; if you are Hermione you might choose the word ‘compassionate’. Ensure you know the correct spelling and meaning for the word you have chosen.
Enjoy your weekend
Monday, 22nd February 2021
I hope you are all feeling refreshed and ready for the second half of the Spring term. We are all expectant regarding Boris Johnson’s announcement, due later today, and I sincerely hope we have some good news to share.
The timetable and documents are detailed below and we will follow the same format for this term as we did last term. There is also a newsletter, containing an overview of this term, plus the homework grid. For those of you who usually collect a work pack from school, this will be available from midday today.
There is not a booklet to print for literacy as I am going to revisit certain grammar knowledge that would have been covered previously but may need a little revision. While there is a worksheet for each day, it is not necessary to print this off. I will try to go through some of the questions as a class during zoom, while the remaining answers could be written on paper. Hopefully, this will help to eliminate some of the unwanted printing and wasting ink.
Please continue to send any work, or general queries, to:
I will endeavour to answer within 24hrs of your message.
I look forward to seeing all those smiling faces at 9.30 🙂
Thursday, 11th February 2021
Tomorrow is the last day before we break for a half-term. I would like to thank all those children who have attended the zooms each day and the parents for their continued support and encouragement. It is not easy being in front of a screen at home, with no partner share time, so I am grateful to so many of you for braving my questioning and tolerating the occasional technical glitch.
Below are a few of the pictures I have been sent, as well as some taken of activities we have been doing in school. They include the Roman shields; Roman lamps and Kandinsky art – made by the key worker children in school; Roman games and some poetry. We had a number of poems read beautifully over zoom this morning and it was lovely for the children to share their work with each other.
There won’t be any work set for next week, other than to rest, get some fresh air and have fun!
I have posted some card games that you can play with your families – the links below are to videos showing how to play the game, the rules and the scoring – just in case your time needs filling! There are also links to the ‘bottlemoments’ activity suggested on last weeks newsletter.
Please continue to keep me updated using my email below – it can be used to send in work or ask any questions.
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Thursday, 4th February 2021
A new week of a new month – can you all spell this month of February? It’s a tricky one!
I have received some lovely pictures of Roman shields and have also been updated with Project Conquer tasks – I’m extremely glad to see so many of you helping your parents with the washing and cleaning. Another popular task is to make something following a recipe – you can see below some of the delicious food that has been made. Tasks 2,3,10 and 13 are ones that can definitely be completed during Lockdown and I’m sure parents will appreciate the help.
I was delighted to hear that Boris is still maintaining his belief that all children will be in school from 8th March. Not too long to wait and myself and Mrs Bailey are counting the sleeps! I have included writing a Lockdown Poem as a challenge for next week – I have written one for you all, have a look. Also, it is Mental Health Awareness Day next Friday 12th – the last day of term – so there are a number of activities that you can choose from to complete. I have put the PowerPoint with the activities under Friday’s work on the timetable, however, you could complete these at any point during the week if you have a spare minute. On the sheet are pictures that I associate with being happy – so if you are making a collage it might give you some ideas on what sorts of things you might consider.
The links for next week are underneath the pictures below.
Mental Health Awareness Activities
Friday, 29th January 2021
A huge thank you to everyone for being so amazing on the Zoom lessons and responding so positively to all my questions. It really does make a big difference to myself and Mrs Bailey, to be able to see your faces, and actually talk to you about the activities you have been doing – whether it be work or play.
Below is Emma’s finished Kandinsky artwork – I hope to have some more to show you from the children in school next week when they have been completed.
Our Kahoot this week was a little closer to call – with a few more names appearing on the leader board. Well done to everyone who took part and I hope you were able to see whether you had improved on last week’s score. Remember – it is just for fun and I will try to include a variety of topics in my questions.
Also, try to achieve some of the Project Conquer tasks and email me your picture so I can mark them on my chart.
I am looking forward to ‘Bring Your Pet to Zoom’ session on Monday morning at 9.15am – either in the flesh or a photo/picture of your pet. Don’t forget to have some facts about your pet, or virtual pet for those without a pet, such as the type of food it eats and how often?; how much exercise do you give it?; how often do you groom or clean your pet?
Next week’s timetable and links are below – please let me know if you have any interesting suggestions for afternoon lessons in the final week of this half term. We are supposed to have snow tomorrow so build a snowpet and send me your pictures!
Stay safe and be happy 🙂
Thursday, 28th January 2021
A creation by Zac and a budding artist at work. I look forward to seeing the finished piece Emma.
Wednesday, 27th January 2021
Yesterday, we had an art project looking at the work of Kandinsky. Below are some pictures that I have been sent of their work.
I also have a rather entertaining fact file about teeth – have a read!
Remember to challenge me on Times Tables Rock Stars.
Tuesday 26th January 2021
Thought I would add some of the pictures I have received of the children showing some activities they have been completing at home.
Friday, 22nd January 2021
The end of another week and the sun is shining – hopefully a sign of better times to come.
I have been sent some great pictures, which I will try to upload later, showing various activities children have been completing at home. Watch this page!
We had a Kahoot in our session today – 20 questions on a variety of topics including work we have covered in class plus a number of general knowledge questions. Shout out to Zac – who came 1st , Caius – who came 2nd and George Goddard who came 3rd. Great scores. A huge well done to everyone who took part – I was impressed by how sensible everyone was with their choice of names.
The Kahoot was suggested by Luke, a wonderful idea where we recapped our knowledge and had fun at the same time. Your suggestion is much appreciated, Luke, thank you.
Remember to message me if you have any ideas that we could incorporate into our plans for the week.
Below are the links for next weeks lesson. I have also included a link to the powerpoint we looked at today, in case anyone would like to recap this before attempting the questions. On the timetable you will find some information relating to the extra maths links for next week.
Have a lovely weekend, get out into the fresh air and I will see everyone on Monday at 9.30am
On the timetable are a number of hyperlinks to video clips with detail of the task
A great way of accessing reading ebooks and audio books is via the library you can sign up or if you are already a member log in via BorrowBox please see the link below
8th January, 2021
What an amazing week we have had! After our disappointment at not seeing children return to the classroom, it was fantastic to see so many of you participate in our Zoom meetings. While it is a different way of learning, we are still able to share our ideas, celebrate our successes and give each other a wave. There have been a few modifications along the way, as I’m sure you would expect, but generally things went as planned.
One of the changes for next week is the start time for our maths zoom. From Monday, 11th January we will start our maths zoom at 09:30 – 15minutes earlier than previously. This is to allow for an altered break time for our key worker children. The literacy zoom will remain at the start time of 11:00 . Also, as stated in the newsletter, you are not obliged to send your child’s work for me to view. While I am happy to view and comment on any piece of work completed, I do not want this task to become too onerous for you. However, if there are queries or uncertainties with the work, or if you would like to share a piece of work of which your child is particularly proud, please do send it in.
I must say I have received some wonderful pieces of work, completed to a very high standard. Where suggestions have been made, children have taken these on board and amended their work. This will help to embed their learning and limit the chance of repeating mistakes. A huge thank you to parents and other adults or siblings who are helping the children in this task – it is appreciated.
I have listed the work for next week below – in the same format as this week. I am aware that some of you have already completed a Star Reader test this year (Monday afternoon task) so you could use this time to enjoy a good book – or newspaper article. I have amended the time of the maths lesson so that it shows the new time of 09:30 on the timetable. I have also included separate links with the answers to the maths worksheets. If you are unsure of how to complete a task, it can sometimes help to look at the answer and work backwards.
The literacy will be using the same Aliens booklet – I have reposted it so you don’t have to keep looking back.
Afternoon topic work is detailed on the timetable, along with the spellings for the week and links to on-line video clips.
Please continue to email me at the address below. I will endeavour to reply the same day, although sometimes it may be a little later than planned.
Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.
Morning task link:
5th January, 2021
After a busy Monday, we were all surprised and disappointed to learn we will not be welcoming you back into school this half term. However, there will still be an opportunity to see and speak to us each day, via our Zoom link lessons.
I have put together a timetable, detailed below, which has information about our learning plans.
Morning Task 09:00-09:45
Break 10:45 – 11:00
Literacy 11:00 – 12:00
Lunch 13:00 – 14:00
Afternoon tasks 14:00 – 15:00
The timetable will detail which links to open, all of which are listed at the end of this message. The morning tasks are on the first slide and the afternoon tasks on the following slides.
A link has been sent to parents, via email, which enables you to join our Zoom meetings each day. There will be one for maths and one for literacy – both Zooms are accessed using the same link and password.
During these sessions we will introduce and explain the task – then direct you to the independent learning.
The documents below will be needed in order to access the information during the lesson.
If you are unable to print documents, please still attend the zoom as you should be able to work from the powerpoint using just pen and paper.
If it appears confusing, please be patient as I am sure we can establish a routine that will benefit your child in their learning journey.
I will be available to answer emails, each afternoon, at email@example.com
I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 09:45
December 30th, 2020
I sincerely hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to 2021 with a positive outlook and enthusiasm for what the future may hold.
May I take this opportunity to thank parents and children for the gifts and cards that myself and Mrs Bailey received – we were extremely touched by your generosity.
I have put next term’s newsletter, homework grid and spellings on this page for you to view. A reminder that, while the homework is voluntary, I would encourage regular reading and times tables practise as this will be invaluable to learning and understanding across all subjects. Also, there will not be a weekly spelling test. Instead, one end of term spelling test will be taken which consists of 10 spellings, selected from the entire list.
When term starts, if you need to give me a message you can do this via your child’s reading diary. Please remind your child to hand me their diary when they arrive at school. Additionally, myself and Mrs Bailey are available most mornings for a brief discussion or, if required, an appointment can be made for a longer meeting by contacting the school office.
Have a wonderful New Year celebration, stay safe and I look forward to welcoming your children back into school next week.
Monday, 9th November 2020
We have returned to school with a busy schedule ahead. Whilst times are uncertain, it is reassuring to know that Cogenhoe School is open to all pupils and we have a full schedule of learning activities planned for the children.
Below is this terms Newsletter, a homework grid and spellings. The spelling sheet can also be found in your child’s reading diary. Spelling patterns will continue to be learnt each week, with meanings of each word discussed, for a test at the end of term. As with last term, there will be one spelling test, comprising 10 spellings, chosen from the list of 60.
Remember, our Project Conquer Challenge is underway. There are 15 challenges and you can email me any photos or videos of your child achieving each task. Alternatively, you can record their success in their reading diary. I have already received some lovely pictures of baking and kite flying – a real pleasure to see.
I am available most days, after school, if you need to speak to me or you can make an appointment via the school office.
Monday 14th September 2020
It is hard to believe we have been back at school for over a week already. What a lot has been going on!
The class are adjusting well to the new rules about who they can play with at break times whilst also remembering to use hand sanitizer on entering the classroom.Well done everyone!
We have had lots to remember and I am extremely pleased at how well the whole class has responded, engaging in the work and applying themselves, showing us all how resilient they can be.
We were fortunate to have an art session on Monday to launch our Project Conquer initiative. This gave the children the opportunity to work with different materials to design and create their own shoe. You can see how they got on in the picture gallery. Project Conquer has been designed to give the pupils some non-academic targets to achieve throughout their time at Cogenhoe School. Each year group has 15 steps to achieve and these are detailed in the brochure which the children should have brought home today.
Another exciting addition to our curriculum is the introduction of a dance class, with each year group given the chance to work with a specialist teacher for one of their weekly P.E. sessions, for a 6 week block. Year 4 are the lucky ones and we have been allocated the first 6 week session, which commenced last Friday afternoon – see the pictures in the gallery.
As always, I am available to speak to after school or via an appointment with the school office.
Keep up the good work Year 4
Welcome to Year 4!
I hope you are all as excited as I am to start our new school year. While there may be a few changes to adjust to, Mrs Bailey and I are confident we will all be able to have fun and learn with the same enthusiasm as we have done previously.
Below is some information you may find useful. If you need to speak to me I will be available most days before school or, if required, you can make an appointment via the school office.