P4A

 

Winter Term

What a busy first term we had! We are now feeling winter (and Christmas!) quickly approaching. Below is our term ahead letter to keep you up to date.  We have also included some photos from our school trip last term and our fantastic friendship assembly.

 

Term Ahead

Dear Parent/Carer,
It’s the build up to Christmas and we’ve got lots of exciting things planned for the short days and long nights ahead.

In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some useful information:

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be continuing to take part in the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and will be looking at non-fiction texts and trying to distinguish between facts and opinions. We will also be learning how to read with expression

In writing, our focus will be on writing news reports, posters and adverts. Grammar and punctuation will be taught alongside writing. We will be using VCOP and Big Writing to help us to use connectives when writing sentences.

Spelling will concentrate on words ending –ary, double consonants, contractions and the words ending with –est.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In numeracy, we will be looking at our times tables. We will be identifying patterns in various ways and will be trying to recognise how knowing one times table helps us to also know others. For example, the 6 times table is just double the three times table.

We will be continuing the use of SEAL to help improve our understanding of numbers and the number system.

In Maths we will be learning about the points of the compass and beginning to learn about angles. We will use the Beebots and ICT to support our learning.

Learning Across the Curriculum

In RME we will be learning about Christianity in the build up to Christmas. In particular we will be hearing some religious stories, and learning about festivals and customs.

Our topic focus will be Scottish Inventors, which will be a cross curricular study.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about friendship and what it means to be a friend. We will be doing an assembly to the school to share what we have learnt.

In Science we are thinking about electricity and light with a direct link to the inventions and discoveries that Scottish people have made involving these. We are planning a trip to the National Museum of Scotland to support us with our topic.

Admin

P.E: will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure children have their kit with them on those days to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons.

Music: will take place on Wednesdays.

Home Learning: Homework will be given out each week on Monday and should be completed for Thursday.

Visits: We like to discuss the World of Work whenever we can. If you would like to come and tell us about what you do, let me know.

Clothing: Please can you make sure that ALL of your children’s clothes are clearly named. There is a box of unlabelled P4A clothes in class – please ask if you would like to check if anything belongs to your child.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am usually available at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Gillies
P4A Class Teacher

Class Trip

We went on a trip to Old Edinburgh on a Harry Potter trail. J.K. Rowling lived and wrote some of her first book in Edinburgh so we visited some of the locations in which she drew inspiration for her Harry Potter stories. We also visited Greyfriar’s Kirkyard and some of the spooky closes around the Royal Mile to get some inspiration for our ghost story writing!

 

P4 Assembly

Last Wednesday Primary 4 performed to the rest of the school during our assembly. We decided as a year group that we wanted to make it about friendship. Together we baked a friendship cake, sang songs about friendship and there were even some drama performances with tips on how to be a good friend. Well done Primary 4!

Autumn Term

Welcome back to school! I hope that you had a wonderful summer holiday. Below is our term ahead letter with details about what the children will be learning about this term.

Literacy and English

In reading, we will be concentrating on using questioning to help our understanding of a text.

In writing, our focus will be on writing letters, instructions and personal accounts. Grammar and punctuation will be taught alongside writing. We will be using VCOP and Big Writing to help us to use connectives when writing sentences.

Spelling will concentrate on learning plurals, e.g. -ies, -ves; soft c/g including words with a ‘magic e’ and spelling words containing ow, ou, aw and ew.

Numeracy and Mathematics

Our focus in Maths this term is number processes and Information Handling.

In numeracy, we will be studying place value, addition and subtraction. Lessons will include mental maths practice and opportunities for answering worded questions, in addition to straightforward computations.

We will be continuing the use of SEAL to help improve our understanding of numbers.

In Information Handling we will be gathering data and displaying information in different ways.

Learning Across the Curriculum

In RME we will be learning about Sikhism, in particular, religious stories, festivals and customs.

Our topic focus will be ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which will be a cross curricular study.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about resilience: what it means to be resilient and how we can show resilience. We will also be thinking about our emotions and their impact on ourselves and others.

In Science we are thinking about our senses and how they help us as well as their limitations.

We are planning a variety of trips to help us in our learning. We love to have help from parents and carers. If you are able to accompany us, please let us know.

Admin

P.E: Will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure children have their kit with them on those days to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons.

Music: will take place on Wednesdays.

Home Learning: Homework will be given out on a Monday and should be brought back to school on a Thursday.

Visits: We like to discuss the World of Work whenever we can. If you would be willing to come and tell us about what you do, please let me know.

Clothing: Please can you make sure that ALL of your children’s clothes are clearly named. At the end of each year, our Lost Property box is overflowing with unclaimed things; make sure that none of them are yours!

Homework this year will be handed out on a Tuesday and should be handed in the next Monday. There is a home learning wall with several tasks across the curriculum, spelling homework and maths activities.

Below are just some of the pictures of what we have been learning about so far…

We have been learning about information handling as part of our topic maths. We collected a variety of objects from the school garden and recorded our information in a tally chart.

Our topic this term is based on the story of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. We have enjoyed exploring the story across all areas of the curriculum from Snape’s potion class problem solving in numeracy, to researching what kind of owl we wanted to buy from Eyelops Owl Emporium in Diagon Alley.

 

Term Ahead: April-June 2017                       Primary 4

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable break. I hope that you all had a lovely Easter.

In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some useful information.

Literacy and English

 

In reading, we will be focusing on the features of a range of texts, comparing and contrasting texts and the reliability of sources. Non-fiction texts will also be a focus.

 

In writing, our focus will be on writing personal accounts and newspaper articles which will link to our social studies work.   We will also be writing our own non-fictional texts.

 

Grammar and punctuation will look at pronouns and using commas in a list.

 

Spelling will concentrate on spellings and meanings of prefixes as well as the spelling of common words.

Numeracy and Mathematics

 

In Maths we will continue to focus on time, (including timetables) fractions, money and finance. We will also continue to use ‘Big Maths’ speed tests which focus on adding numbers within 20 and using the multiplication tables to the 10 times table against time. The resource can be accessed by googling ‘Big Maths Beat That Tests’ online. Alternatively, if you want to send in a memory stick I can give you all the ‘Big Maths’ resources we are using in class.

 

The children all have access to Sumdog and challenges and competitions will be set for them. It is helpful if they can have access to the website at home throughout the week.

 

Learning Across the Curriculum

 

Health and Well-Being will focus on substance misuse, relationships and transition and how these can affect our personal well-being.

 

Drama will be used to support our topic work on ‘Edinburgh Time Machine’.

 

French will focus on family and clothes and we will be weaving during Art lessons. In ICT we will be learning about the features of computers, search tools and Internet safety.

 

 

 

 

 

Admin

 

P.E: will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure children have their kit with them to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons.

Music: will continue to take place on Thursdays. Visits: We hope to have a trip to support our topic work

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Clare Younger

Class Teacher

Parents, would you like to be part of our topic?

We recognise that parents/carers often have expertise or knowledge that they could contribute to make our topic more interesting.

Our topic this term is ‘Edinburgh Time Machine’ which will focus on Edinburgh in years gone by. If you feel that you have any contacts, skills, knowledge or unusual resources you could contribute to give the pupils an experience that they would not otherwise have, we would very much appreciate your getting in touch.  

Clare Younger and Cath Galloway

 

Book Launch

The pupils and I were delighted with the turn out at the book launch.  All pupils had worked hard to design and prepare the afternoon.  They enjoyed hearing the positive feedback from all who attended.  The books were such a success that one of the P1 teachers heard about them and invited the pupils to read them to their class.  This showed the pupils value in their work and they had the opprtunity to develop their questioning skills as they worked with the P1s exploring the books.

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