Welcome to Primary 4!
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Adding 'ed' to verbs
Have a look at our videos to see the spelling rules we learnt.
This week we were working on making connections between different myths. We read a myth called 'Thunder and Lightening' along with a myth called 'The Sun and the Moon'. We then worked together in groups to compare and contrast the two stories. First we matched up sentences from the two stories. We then used a Venn diagram to sort the sentences based on whether they showed similarities or differences in the myths. This helped us to develop our comprehension skills.
This week we had great fun learning about pentagons, hexagons, octagons and nonagons. We made these 2-D shapes out of playdough, gems and sticks. We also played shape snakes and ladders and another game called shape slap.
We made our very own salt dough candle holders to us help us remember that Diwali is the festival of light. This was a bit messy but lots of fun.
We have been learning about symmetry in Primary 4. We first looked at lines of symmetry in 2-D shapes. We experimented folding 2-D shapes to find the line of symmetry. We then played some games on the interactive whiteboard to help us learn how to create a symmetrical pattern. We put our new knowledge into practice and created symmetrical patterns on T-shirts.
Rounding in Primary 4
We have been learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10. We learnt a rhyme to help us remember the rules. We then played some games with our partners to help us practice our new skills. After we finished playing the games we took turns to stand up in front of the class and explain which numbers we rounded up and which numbers we rounded down. We used our maths language to help us explain what we had learnt.
Measuring in P.4.
We have been developing our measuring skills in P.4. and we have been using metre rulers and 30 cm rulers to help us measure different objects around the room. We worked in groups and recorded our answers on our whiteboards. We also had to use our problem solving skills to find the distance round a ball and a cylinder. In our groups we came up with the idea of using string to measure around the curved objects and then measuring the length of the string using the metre ruler. We loved this lesson and had great fun working together in groups.
This week we made pirate hats. As a class we then wrote the instructons to help other people who do not know how to make a hat. We used imperative verbs, time connectives, diagrams, numbered points, subtitles and a title to help us make sure our instructions were clear and easy to read. We also worked together to make a display of the key features of instruction texts. This will help us remember what we need to include when we do our independent instruction writing. Have a look at our pictures see our work. Try and follow our class instruction to make your very own pirate hat.
Fun in Maths
In maths this week we have been working on adding two multiples of ten to make a 3-digit number. We have been carrying out addition sentences such as 60+80. We used partitioning along with our number bonds to 10 to help us make one of the numbers into 100 and then we added on what was left over. This helped us to add big numbers really fast. We used cubes to help us visualise what was happening. Then we played games with spinners to help us practice our skills. Ask us about it and we will tell you all about what we learnt.
This week was Anti-Bullying Week. The focus this year was on showing respect to others. Primary 4 talked about how even though we are all different, we are all unique and special. We talked about the different ways we could show respect to others. We also talked about what sort of words could hurt other people’s feelings. We wrote these words on pieces of paper and threw theses hurtful words in the bin. We made a display to remind us to always show kindness and respect to others.
Our focus for this half term is instructional writing. This week we started to look at all the different types of instruction texts. Miss Cunningham gave us instructions on how to draw a stick man. They were very bad and hard to follow. Every stickman turned out different. Then Miss Cunningham gave us really clear instructions on how to draw the stick man. She included diagrams too. These instructions were much easier to follow and they helped us to understand the importance of giving clear instructions. We then got a chance to look at instructions on how to make a windmill. We worked with our partners to find the key features of instructional texts. We found bossy verbs, adjectives, diagrams, time connectives and numbered sentences.
We have been brushing up on our mental maths strategies. We partitioned numbers and used the ‘Make A Ten’ strategy to help us add numbers together quickly. In the beginning we used counters and tens frames. This helped us to build up an image in our minds of what was happening so that when we don’t have counters to help us we can visualise what we are doing in our minds to help us carry out the calculation. Have a look at our pictures to see what we have been up to.
Primary 4 have been working on dividing numbers by 2. We started learning about division by splitting packets of sweets equally between all the people at our tables. We then used playdough to make different shapes and split them into equally into two groups. We also learnt about dividing through using cubes. We had a lot of fun and we even got to eat the sweets at the end.
This week was Maths Week. We had a lot of fun doing maths activities. We played maths games in our class and then on Friday we were invited to the Primary 7 classroom to play games that the P.7. pupils made for us. The games were amazing and they helped us to practise all the skills we have learned so far this year. The P.7. pupils were so helpful, and they even gave us awards. We had great fun and would like to thank the P.7. boys and girls for all the effort they put in.
Thank you to Liam and Charlie who kindly brought in an abandoned wasps' nest for the class to see. This was really exciting and interesting.
Primary 4 have been learning the names for lots of different 3-D shapes. We have learnt about cubes, cuboids, spheres, triangular prisms and cones. We played shape bingo which was great fun. We also searched in the shape bag to try and pull out right shape without looking.
Habitats around our school
As part of our topic WAU topic, Houses, Homes and Habitats, we explored the habitats around our school. We found lots of minibeasts who live in different places around our school. We talked about how they are all adapted to live in different environments. We used a tally chart to record the number of creatures we found each habitat. We had really good fun.
We looked at some materials that insects use to make their habitats. We explored the lines, shapes, colours, patterns and textures of leaves and twigs. We discussed what we could see with our friends and then created some leaf rubbings.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day was on Wednesday 10th October. We all dressed in purple to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health. In class we talked about how to deal with our emotions. We also made a worry box. This will help us to deal with our emotions as we can write down what we are feeling and put it into the box. We also played a game which helped us to talk about our emotions.
Conor Sloan very kindly brought some conkers into school to show the class. We put these conkers to good use and used them to play a fun time game.
We have been looking at how to subtract two digit numbers using vertical subtraction. We started by using cubes to help us understand the concepts. We then we moved on to writing the sums down. We hope to learn lots more next week.
Roald Dahl Day
All the children celebrated Roald Dahl Day by dressing up as characters from Roald Dahl’s books. The children were very creative and spent a lot of time making their costumes and coming up with imaginative ideas. Well done!
What Roald Dahl characters can you find in our class?
Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead!
Primary 4 have been learning about the structure of a story using a story mountain. We read a story called ‘Tiger Dead! Tiger Dead!’ and in groups we picked out which part of the story was the introduction, build up, problem, resolution and ending. Then we had fun acting out the story using our story mountains to help us make sure we didn’t leave any parts of the story.
The WAU topic in Primary 4 this term is Houses, Homes and Habitats and already we have covered a lot of work.
We went on a walk around the local area to find out about the features of the houses. We also looked at different materials and talked about what they are used for in a house. We learnt about bricks, insulation, pipes, PVC, wood, wires and sandpaper. We even got to feel the materials! It was great fun. We then talked about the properties of the materials. We worked in groups to identify if the materials were smooth, rough, hard, soft, opaque or transparent.
In Primary 4 we have been learning how to spell numbers up to 999. We had some very hands on active lessons to help us learn. We played some number- word matching games. We used hula-hoops and beanbags into make numbers up to 999 and then we tried writing the numbers in words. We also played donkey and tried to guess the word that was being spelt. We even played a number board game. Well done to all the primary 4 boys and girls who worked really hard.
Quick recall of addition facts to 20.
Primary 4 have been developing their addition skills this week. We have been playing lots of games to help us add numbers up to 20 really fast. We played an archery game, a ball game, a shooting game and snap. We even played a game called Funky Mummy on the interactive whiteboard. We had great fun.
On Wednesday 26th of September we celebrated European Day of Languages. Italy was the chosen country for our class. We all dressed up in green, white and red just like the Italian flag! We had an Italian food tasting session and we learnt how to say to say hello in Italian. We also learnt about the festival called Carnevale di Venezia, which is world famous for its elaborate masks. We got a chance to make our own masks too.
What's The Time Primary 4?