P4 blog 9/2/18

This week has been a very busy week. Mrs Fan visited our class and was teaching us all about China. She was very impressed with what we already knew about Chinese New Year. We even learned the name of some animals in Chinese!!!
This week in numeracy we have been looking at the partitioning way of multiplying numbers. Some of us have been learning strategies such as halving and doubling numbers to make the multiplication number easier to work with. Some of us are becoming very fast at recalling our tables to 10!
In literacy this week we did a lesson on Vision Off Sound On. We listened to the clip without watching it and used our imagination and we took notes on the sound to draw and write what we though was happening. At the end we finally watched the clip and it was very funny. Some of our own drawings were very similar to the clip! We also created humorous comic strips in writing. We were inspired by the work of Oor Wullie.
In health and wellbeing we were learning about trusted adults. We discussed which adults we can take medicine from safely. We then read out a number of scenarios which discussed things we should do to ensure we are being safe with medicines. In groups we had to discuss the most appropriate actions we should take if we were in the scenario.
We are very excited to have a long weekend this weekend! Only a week left until our class assembly!

P4 blog 2/2/18

Hello and welcome back to our weekly blog.
This week our focus phoneme was ‘ow’ words. We had lots of fun writing our spelling words with icing on biscuits, rice and on the laptops. Also, in literacy we were discussing Scots language and ‘Oor Wullie’. Next week we will be writing a story using different Scots language.
In numeracy this week we have been doing multiplication. Some of us have learned how to multiply a double digit number with another double digit number! We were very impressed.
In art this week we were inspired by the work of Georgia O Keefe. We used oil pastels and fresh flowers to create our own still life masterpiece! They were very bright and beautiful.
In PE this week we continued our Athletics block. We practised running at different speeds. We were very inspired by people who are able to run marathons!

P4 blog 12/1/18

Hello and a massive Happy New year from p4. We hope you have had a lovely festive period. This was our first week back at school and it has been very busy!
This week in numeracy we have been doing lots of revision on topics we have previously been learning about through ICT, play and games. We have also been revising lots of subtraction for our upcoming assessment.
In literacy this week we wrote an imaginative story. We had the opportunity to write about ANYTHING. Our main focus of the story was to use as many VCOP targets as we could. We have definitely realised that p4 are getting very good at including VCOP in our writing.
We have also been practising lots of poems and songs for our Burns celebration which will take place at the West Port Hotel. We have been trying really hard to make ourselves sound very Scottish and use lots of expression when reciting the poems and song.
In art we created flip charts. Under each flap we wrote a New Year resolution for this year. We really hope we are able to stick to these resolutions and we have a fantastic year! Only two terms left! WOW!

P4 blog 15/12/17

Hello and welcome back to our p4 weekly blog
We can’t quite believe this is our second last blog before the Christmas holidays! We have had a wonderful and busy week so far!
This week it was the Nativity on Wednesday! Choir, brass and strings did fantastic! Can’t forget p1 either, they did great! Well done to everyone who helped organise it because primary 4 really enjoyed it.
We also had our last session with NYCOS. It was a wonderful 12 week experience and we have learned a lot. We are all very proud of what we have achieved in the 12 weeks and some of us are really interested in doing the out of school sessions too.
In literacy, we have been finishing of our Christmas story books we are creating for the primary one class. We look forward to reading them next week to them. We have used our own imagination to come up with some weird but wonderful ideas!
On Thursday morning we had our movie morning with Mrs Livingston. We watched Despicable me 3! It was so much fun!!!
Next week is our Christmas party on Wednesday and we can’t quite contain our excitement!!

P4 blog 17/11/17

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Hello and welcome back to our weekly blog.
In numeracy this week, we have been learning to subtract. We were learning the different mental strategies you can use when you are subtracting such as bridging and partitioning. We also learned about the different words associated with subtraction such as take away, minus, the difference between and subtract.
In literacy this week, we learned our new sound which is the ‘oo’. We then practiced our spelling words using the different strategies.
In art this week we designed Christmas baubles for a completion for Tesco. We used glitter, pens, pipe cleaners and tinsel to make them wonderful and Christmassy!!! The class looked like it had been hit by a glitter tornado.
We also created a mood board for Poppy Scotland. We had to draw a space for a good place to remember people who fought in the war.
In our Ancient Greece topic we learned about the Battle of the Marathon. We know that it is one of the most important battles that have taken place in History! We also learned about the Gods and Goddess. We chose one God or Goddess and researched facts about them. We then displayed our knowledge on a poster.
Next week is Road Safety week!

P4 blog 10/11/17

Welcome back to our weekly blog.
This week in numeracy we completed an addition assessment. We used our knowledge of the different strategies we have been learning and used them to get the answers in our test. We were very pleased with our results. During improvement time we will go over the questions we found challenging and hopefully gain a better understanding of them.
In literacy this week our new spelling sound is ‘oe’. We found out the different ways the sound can be written then categorised the words under the different headings. We were writing spooky stories during writing. Some of us had a very spooky and creepy imagination. The most important thing was that we were using VCOP and we are definitely getting much better at using it in our writing.
In IDL we were learning about the Ancient Greeks. We were learning about Ancient Greek democracy and comparing it to the UK. We also found out that the Olympics were first held in Ancient Greece in a place called Olympia. We looked at the different pottery that was used in Ancient Greece and learned that different stories were told through the art. We even created our own vases with the different sports on them.
We also went to the rugby club for the second time. We played tag rugby and had a really good time. P4 are very competitive! We were exhausted by the end of it.

P4 blog 3/11/17

Hello and welcome back to our p4 weekly blog.
This week in IDL we started our new topic Ancient Greece. About 2,500 years ago, Greece was one of the most important places in the ancient world. The Greeks were great thinkers, warriors, writers, actors, athletes, artists, architects and politicians. We created a timeline and placed key events which took place in Ancient Greece in chronological order. We look forward to researching and finding out more information about the Ancient Greeks.
In numeracy this week we have been using different strategies in addition. We discussed lots of different ways you can add numbers together. It is very interesting hearing other people’s strategies and how different they all are.
In literacy this week we wrote a story using a picture as a stimulus. The picture had two boys in it holding a flame. The flame switches off and the boys enter another world. We then had to write about where they ended up. We had some weird and wonderful ideas such as a world where trees were made out of broccoli. We have definitely established p4 have a wild but wonderful imagination. Our spelling sound this week is ‘oe’. We have been discussing different ways you can spell this sound and words which have this sound in it.
We also began our rugby block on Thursday. It was very fun but exhausting. Some of us have great techniques and skills. We look forward to learning more skills over the next few weeks.

P4 blog 27/10/17

Hello and welcome back to our weekly blog. This was our first week back after the October break and we cannot wait to have another successful term. In literacy this week we have been focusing on the ‘ie’ sound. We found lots of words with this sound it and figured out the different ways we could write the sound in the words. We also have started doing the First Minister reading challenge. There are an incredible amount of readers in p4! Every time we read a book we need to discuss it with Miss Tariq and then put a tally on the board. It has only been a week and so far the class altogether have already read over 20 books!! WOW!! We have been super motivated and will continue reading more so we can do the best we can in this challenge. This week we also found out we are doing science this term. Our topic is electricity. We cannot wait to be scientists and do lots of investigating over the next few weeks. On Wednesday we completed a money sense workshop. A volunteer from RBS joined primary four for the whole morning. We discussed together why it is important to be sensible with money and different ways we can budget our money. Our challenge during the workshop was to plan a party by budgeting efficiently. We then presented our party ideas and costs to the rest of the class. We had great time and found this activity very exciting and challenging. We also finished our Scotland topic by creating PowerPoints on the laptop. We typed up all our knowledge about what we have learned about Scotland and researched some more exciting facts to include in our presentations. We will present this to the rest of the class on Friday. Next Thursday will be our first time attending Rugby at Linlithgow Academy for the next 5 weeks. We are really looking forward to this.

P4 blog 13/10/17

Hello and welcome back to our weekly blog. This week in literacy one of the things we have been learning about is moving images. In moving images we closed our eyes and listened to the video clip. We spoke about what we thought we could hear and how the sounds made us feel. We then wrote down all the sounds and drew what we think was happening. Some of us had a fantastic imagination. Iona thought the main character was a troll. Nolah though the clip was something from Mr Bean. However, when we finally watched it, it was actually about a baboon on the moon. Jenna said this was a very fun lesson because we got to watch the funny clip and we let our imaginations run wild!!! In numeracy this week we have been doing mental strategies in addition. We have also started doing number talks at the beginning of the lesson. We are really enjoying doing this. We have been learning how to do addition questions in our head. We discussed the different ways we can calculate the answers in our head and shared our strategies with the rest of the class. In art with Mrs Cameron we created Scottish thistles out of paper. We then made tartan out of paper on a blank piece of paper. We stuck the thistle on to the tartan and we created some masterpieces. Some of us were very proud of the way our thistles turned out but some of us found it very tricky to create. We were pleased with the end result. During topic we created a map of Scotland jigsaw puzzle. This was very fun. We now have a better understanding of where exactly places are located in Scotland. We also got into groups and completed a quiz on Scotland. The fantastic four who were Izzy Andrew, Iona and Angus were the winners and received a whopping 5 pom poms for their table. It was also parents evening this week. At the beginning we felt very nervous about it. However, once it was over we were happy that we got some good reports. So far P4 are having a great year. We are now exhausted and are very excited for the October break!

P4 blog 6/10/17

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Hello and welcome back to our weekly blog. We have had a busy week this week. In numeracy we have been learning to use a range of mental strategies we can use to help us add. Some of us found it very interesting listening to each other talk about the methods others used. In PE this week we have continued doing football. We were learning how to pass the ball with accuracy. Some of us were beginning to get really good at this and were very good at controlling the ball. In health and wellbeing we were discussing who our role models were and what makes a good role model. Some of us said our brothers and sisters were our role models whereas others suggested people such as Barak Obama and Ariana Grande were their role models. We learned that role models are people who set good examples and are people we admire. We have also been learning more about our Scotland topic. We now know that Ben Nevis is the largest mountain in Scotland. Some of us have actually climbed that! We also learned that River Tay is the largest river in Scotland. We also created posters about the famous landmarks which are in Scotland. We used ICT to help us research lots of facts on the landmarks. Some of the famous landmarks include Edinburgh Castle, Arthurs Seat, Loch Ness and Wallace’s Monument. This week in writing we created a simile poem. A simile is when something is being compared using the words ‘like’ or ‘as ’. Some of these were fantastic and we were remembering to use a lot of adjectives in our writing.