P4 blog 17/11/17

Class Blog

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

Class Blog
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.

P4 blog 29/9/17

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This week was WOW week therefore we have been completing all our tasks in our WOW jotters. This week in numeracy we consolidated our understanding of place value by completing a check-up. We also did rounding in maths to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand. This was a fun lesson as the class was split into different stations. We had a mixture of games, worksheets and ICT to help us with our understanding of rounding. In art, we went outside and collected lots of different leaves. We then brought them inside and decorated them using oil pastels. We then flattened the leaves and put them on the display in our classroom. Our display looks beautiful and has a real autumn feel. In spelling we got our new ‘ee’ sound. We were finding out different words that had the ‘ee’ sound in it and the different ways the sound can be written. In writing we wrote about our hobbies. Ashley said that his hobbies were den building and swimming. Iona said her hobbies were gymnastics and singing. It was very exciting finding out what everyone’s different hobbies were. In PE with Miss Tariq we continued doing football. This week we focused on our dribbling skills. It was very funny as we even tried to dribble the ball with our foreheads! We also started our new topic Scotland. We found Scotland on Google Earth and explored the different parts of Scotland using the laptops. We then created our own map of Scotland. We can’t wait to do some more of this topic as we are finding it very interesting. This week we also had a few birthdays. Miss Tariq just wanted to say a big thank you to all the boys and girls for their beautiful cards and gifts!

P4 blog 22/9/17

Hello and welcome to our weekly blog! This week has been a very short week as it was the September weekend. We had a great time relaxing and doing lots of fun things at home. This week in numeracy we started to use different mental strategies for addition. We were using numicon to help us with our adding and this was really fun and helpful. Some of us even added more than two numbers together and instead, added four or five numbers together! This was challenging as we had to do it in our heads but we figured out the easiest way of adding and used this to help us reach the answer. In literacy this week we were continuing to build our knowledge on VCOP. We have been learning about more WOW words which we could use to make our writing more interesting to read. We were continuing the story of The Doomed Voyage. This was about a ship which was sinking. It was interesting to hear the way different people continued the story. Some of us had a very happy ending whereas some others decided to leave it on a cliff hanger. In art we created 3D boats out of paper for our Linlithgow High Street display. This was very fun! We are all very sad that our Linlithgow topic has come to an end. We created leaflets about Linlithgow High Street which will give people information about the history of Linlithgow, attractions in Linlithgow and some of us even drew a map of Linlithgow!

P4 blog 15/9/17

Hello and welcome to P4 class blog. Wow, what a busy week it has been. In numeracy this week we have been learning all about estimating numbers. We were learning why we might estimate numbers. It was fun as we looked at empty number lines and tried to guess where each number was. Some of us were very good with our estimating and were almost accurate in our guesses. In literacy we were writing some spooky ghost stories…it is Halloween soon after all! We continued the story in the same style as the writer and used our knowledge of VCOP to make our wring even better and more interesting! In art we stuck with the autumn/ Halloween theme and created some lovely autumn pumpkins. We shaded them in using different colours we thought were autumn colours. They are now in the classroom on display and they look GREAT! We also went on our trip to the Linlithgow High Street and the Annet museum. We first of all just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in organising the trip and the helpers who came along. We had so much fun! We learned all about how Linlithgow has changed over the years! It was very interesting finding out what different buildings used to be such as the Tesco used to be a bomb factory! We also found it very cool and interesting that many things were produced in Linlithgow such as glue, whisky and different medicines. We also found out that different buildings have plaques on them. Some of us haven’t noticed them before therefore we thought this was very fascinating that so many buildings had these. Next week is our long September weekend. We are very excited to be off Monday and Tuesday!
VLG launch assembly on Friday
September Weekend

P4 blog 8/9/17

Hello and a very warm welcome to our P4 class blog. This week in numeracy we have been learning to write numerals in words. Some of us found it very tricky to spell words such as hundreds and thousands. We were also arranging numbers in order from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. We managed to arrange numbers up to a thousand (some of us even 100 000)!! In literacy we have been focusing on the ‘ae’ phoneme this week. To help us remember our spelling words we created a poem using them, a TV advert using them and a letter to a superhero! In literacy with Mrs Cameron we learned about VCOP. We now know that V stands for vocabulary, C stands for connectives, O stands for openers and P stands for punctuation. This will help us make our writing more exciting. We did drama to do with Georges Marvellous Medicine. It was very fun because we felt like we were actually one of the characters! Lisa, Hanna, Izzy, Katie and Niamh made very good grannies! We all went to the NSPCC assembly. We learned about how to keep safe. We also gained a deeper understanding about who we can talk to help us when we don’t feel safe. In RME we were learning about different stories in Christianity and Judaism. We spoke about the importance of values and how this is portrayed in the stories through compassion and honesty.
Finally a big thank you to all the parents who made it to Meet the Teacher.
Next week we can’t wait for our trip to Annet house!