P4A

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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Term Ahead: January-March 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 Christmas and wish you best wishes for this year.

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 characterisations and setting through studying play scripts.

 

In writing, we will start the term creating our own version of a popular Fairy Tale, using Scots’ language. We will create our own book of this version, focusing on the features of fiction books. Then our focus will move onto writing play scripts again using Scots’ Language. This will link to drama where we will be acting out our play scripts for a younger audience.

 

Grammar and punctuation will focus on: using pronouns

Common/proper nouns, alphabetical order, revise writing questions using question marks

 

Spelling will concentrate on: contractions (e.g. don’t), comparative and superlative adjectives (e.g. big, bigger, biggest), homophones (e.g. eight/ate) and ‘ur’ sounds)

 

Numeracy and Mathematics

 

Our focus in numeracy this term is addition and subtraction. E.g. using a 100-square to work out, calculations, using an empty number line, partitioning numbers to add and subtract, using number bonds, adding multiples of 10 together using number bonds.

 

In maths, we will be focusing on 2 and 3 D shape e.g. looking at sides and angles, direction (e.g. compass points) and angles.

 

 

Learning Across the Curriculum

 

In Science we will be learning about the human body with a focus on the major organs and how to keep these healthy.

 

We will link our Health and Well-Being to our topic work, focussing on risks and safety.

 

In RME we will be studying the key figures, stories and beliefs of Buddhism.

 

 

 

 

Admin

 

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

Music: will continue to take place on Thursdays.

Scots’ Night: will take place on the 1st February.

Visits and Events: This term we have already had an ‘Oor Rabbie’ performance. We will also have a Safer Internet Day on 7th February and the Book Fair will arrive on 20th February.

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

Yours sincerely,

Clare Younger

Class Teacher

Please see back for information regarding planning the next Science topic ‘The Human Body – Body Systems’

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 ‘The Body’. 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 you getting in touch.

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We all enjoyed Oor Rabbie’s entertaining performance!

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This is one of inventions we made to help the Mars Rover land safely

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We discovered that materials with air cushioning best protected the egg

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Term Ahead: October – December 2016
Primary 4
Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome back to school after what I hope was an enjoyable break. This term will be full and exciting as we head towards Christmas!
Literacy and English

In reading we will be taking part in the First Minister’s reading challenge, which involves a focus on reading for pleasure. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyGh64L_foI

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We will also be concentrating on decoding and summarising texts.

In writing, our focus will be on writing imaginative stories. Grammar and punctuation will be taught alongside writing and will focus on structuring and punctuating sentences.

Spelling will concentrate on learning the spellings of common words, including contractions.
Numeracy and Mathematics

Our focus in Maths this term is addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. Lessons will continue to include mental maths practice and opportunities for answering worded questions, in addition to straightforward computations.

Children will also be encouraged to think more deeply about their understanding of mathematical concepts by using higher order thinking skills.
Learning Across the Curriculum

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

Our topic focus will be electricity, light and sound.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about emotions and their impact on ourselves and others. We will also be learning about friendships and working co-operatively and talking about bullying.

We enjoyed performing our assembly on Guy Fawkes.

We have already had a dance workshop and are looking forward to our Christmas Carol concert and Christmas outing.

Admin

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

Swimming: will take place on Thursdays. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit and a packed lunch.

Music: will take place on Thursdays.

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

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,
Clare Younger
Class Teacher

We have discussed as a class how we will approach the First Minister’s reading challenge. We are going to create display called ‘Reading Rocks’, where we will post short book reviews to share our reading and encourage others. We have some more fun ideas that we will explore throughout the term.

reading-rocks-picThe pupils wanted to share with you our class jobs list and emotions board as they all take great pride in carrying out their jobs and like sharing about how they feel.

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Term Ahead: August-October 2016

Primary 4A

Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to P4A. The children are now well settled in and we are enjoying working together.

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 concentrating on using questioning to help understanding of a text.

In writing, our focus will be on writing instructions and persuasive posters and leaflets. Grammar and punctuation will be taught alongside writing and will focus on using conjunctions, verb tenses and sentence structures.

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.

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 ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, which will be a cross curricular study.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about friendships and emotions and their impact on ourselves and others. We will also be learning about Food and Nutrition, with a particular focus on health and the consumer.

We have already visited the Book Festival.

Admin

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

(Swimming for P4A will start in November.)

Music: will take place on Thursdays.

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

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,

Clare Younger

Class Teacher

We have all set ourselves learning targets for this term and made a fantastic learning tree.  We will check in on our targets throughout the term to make sure we meet them.

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We have been learning and practising the skills of how to be good listeners.  So far we have worked on the first two skills, looking at the person who is talking and sitting still.

You can ask us why it is important to be good listeners and how to become better listeners.

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Here is how we have planned for what we would like to learn about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Do you want to know how chocolate is made? Just ask us and we can tell you all about it from the cocoa bean to the wrapped bar in the shop.

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