P4 blog 17/6/16

Hello and welcome to our class blog. We only have a week and a half to go. YEH!!!!. It might be close to the end of term but we have still been very busy. We have managed to finish our lighthouses. All our groups made a fantastic working lighthouse. All the lights could go off and on. We named them and then placed them somewhere on the Scottish coast. We found it quite tricky to solve the problems; we had to rethink some of our ideas, discuss them with our groups and try different strategies and see which one worked the best. One group could not get their circuit to work so they had to try lots of different things until they finally worked out that one of the wires was broken.
All of us have made healthy wholemeal bread dough and taken it home to cook and learned about how wheat is grown, cleaned and then made into flour. We have learned that you need to weigh out all of the ingredients and that it can change the dough if you get the amounts wrong. Also that yeast helps to make air inside the bread. It was interesting to learn that one way of checking to see if wheat is ready to be harvested is to bite into one of the grains but you had to make sure you did not break your teeth! If it crunched it was ready to harvest. It was also very interesting to find out all the processes and technology involved in making lots of flour. In maths we have been doing co-ordinates and used Education City to look at the x and y axis and plot different areas on a grid. Finally we met our new teacher Ms Paton, we are all amazingly excited to move into primary 5.
Next Week’s Highlights
Monday-Reports out
Tuesday- Fencing lesson
Thursday- P7 Graduation
Thursday- Tesco Visit/Peel Picnic
Thursday-Parent Helpers Tea

P4 blog 9/6/16

Hello and welcome to our class blog. We have been making working lighthouses in our technology topic; we have been looking at the Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch. The lighthouses were made of Pringles tubes. Our challenge was to make the light in the lighthouse work and be able to switch it off and on. The tricky bit was trying to get the wires through the tubes. In maths we have been doing equivalent fractions. Mrs Henderson and Ronin showed us what it meant. We matched lots of fractions to see which ones were equal. We went to a book fair and we listened to a funny person she is called Anna Wilson. We found it funny when she was in a queue and she wanted to talk to Roald Dahl and she wanted to go under and through people’s legs. Also she had a cat that peed in a sugar bowl and all of the sugar dissolved in the warm pee. When her dad came down for breakfast and saw the bowl full of pee he said, “That is fascinating!” We enjoyed writing the letters to our new teacher and we tried to use lots of interesting VCOP. We are all excited about when we will be meeting our new teacher. In PE we did Rounders with Mrs Henderson and skipping and a mini Olympics with Mrs Cameron. Most of us enjoyed it!
Next Week’s Highlights
Tuesday- Marches
Wednesday- Visit from SSPCA
Wednesday- Meet the new teacher
Friday-P1 Assembly
Friday- Last VLG

P4 blog 2/6/16

Hello and welcome to our class blog.
In IDL we have been doing “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. We also found out facts about lighthouses in Scotland and some people brought in lighthouses they had made at home. Mrs Henderson thought they were brilliant. This week is a Week of Work week we have been using our WOW jotters for everything. In music we have been doing a banana song. We used different instruments and marched round the school. We were playing to the rhythm of the music. It was really FUN!!! In literacy we have been writing letters to each over about adding amputee football to the Paralympics. We had to use persuasive language. We also have been doing literature circles and we all enjoyed doing our roles. Next week is the last week of literature circles.
In handwriting we have been joining our “ai” and “alp”. In numeracy some of us discovered equivalent fractions by accident. Mrs Henderson says we will be doing this next week. We have been learning about kosher food. We used the Old Testament and a flow chart to work it out. In PE we have been doing Rounders. We have been learning about fair rules. We have now finished Birth Care and Growth, we found it interesting and it is good to know what you had to do to look after a baby. We hope you have a good week.
From Ronin, Gregor, Lewis, Suzie and Orla
Next Week’s Highlights
Monday-Book Festival Visit
Friday- Assembly

P4 blog 26/5/16

Hello and welcome to our class blog.
We have done a competition in the class on colouring in the Paralympics mascot called Tom.
We used this to design our own Badminton mascot and had to write a story about their personality. We have been using persuasive language to write a letter. We had a class debate on the subject so we had ideas on what we could write about. It was interesting because everyone had different ideas and we had to think about what it would be like to have a disability. We have been singing food songs in music and had to fit musical instruments into the rhythm. We have been revising VCOP language and how we can add adverbs and adjectives. We know an adverb describes a verb and often ends in –ly.
In maths we have been exploring decimals and fractions and made designs that had different lines of symmetry. We used computer games and shapes and rulers to do this.
In PE we have moved to outdoor games like softball and Rounders. Some of us are looking forward to improving our batting and bowling skills and improving our speed of running.
We hope you have enjoyed our blog. See you next week
Callum, Isla, Holly, Nuala and Kit
Next Week’s Highlights
WOW jotters (Week of Work)
P2/1 Assembly

P4 blog 13/5/16

Hello and welcome to P4’s class blog. This week we had our sports day and we all thought it was very successful. Lots of us had a lot of fun some of us liked the obstacle course and others liked the quiz. There were 12 activities and it all went well and we practised lots of different skills !!! We also learnt about working in teams to win. In hand writing we have been learning the FU join. It was a wee bit tricky but most of us found it easy. This week we have learned about the Paralympics and made fact posters and Power Points. We researched on the internet, some of us used Junior Encyclopaedia Britannica, we wrote down facts and made a plan and then used the plan to make our poster or Power Point. Some people gave their group members separate jobs to do depending on what they liked doing or a special skill they had. In maths we have been learning more about division. Some of us used a short technique to find out the answers. It was tricky at first but we all helped each other and we are getting better now. Literature circles has been interesting because we get to interact with lots of different people and share our ideas and thought about the book. We think we are doing really well at it. We all really enjoyed sharing our baby pictures and toys during Birth care and Growth. It was fun seeing what everyone looked like when they were a baby.
We hope you enjoyed seeing our sports day. At least the sun was shining.
Millie, Alice, Tara, Kyran and Matthew
Next Week Highlights
Tuesday & Thursday Better Movers and Thinkers
Tuesday After School handball
Friday P3 Assembly

P4 blog 29/4/16

Hello and welcome to our P4 class blog.
We have been looking at different division strategies mainly chunking. This means breaking a number down into smaller chunks and dividing these chunks. Most of us found it quite difficult at the start but after a little bit more explanation, experience and thinking we are feeling a little bit more confident. Some of us have also looked at fractions and division.
In our science work we had to use all of our knowledge and learning about electricity to solve the puzzle of making a quiz board. What was interesting was that we used tin foil as a wire because it conducted electricity and we used masking tape as an insulator because it did not let electricity flow through it.
We have started literature circles, we all like discussing our reading books and our homework tasks. We are thinking about how we can respond positively to other people’s ideas
In PE we have being playing football, we learned new skills and did long and short passing of the ball.
We had great fun doing punctuation dramas; it was a fun way to learn about speech marks. It was good sharing our ideas and knowledge.
Have a good holiday weekend see you Wednesday.
Next Week’s Highlights
No homework because of the holiday weekend.
In-service on Tuesday the 3rd May
VLG Friday the 6th May.
Remember Sports day the 12th of May

P4 blog 21/4/16

Hello and welcome to P4’s class blog. We have just started football in P.E. We have been practising dribbling, passing and taking the ball off people, this is called intercepting the ball.
It was fun because we had to work in pairs and get the ball of each other.
What we have enjoyed most was Mrs Johnston’s sport games, all the activities were fun and interesting to do. Mrs Johnston is also doing the London marathon; we sponsored her fundraising for bowel cancer. We wish her good luck on Sunday.
What we were most pleased about was our story planners and stories for the young writer’s competition. We had to use quite a lot of wow words and tried our best to use commas.
We all enjoyed doing electricity as our shared finish. We sent Morse code messages using a paper clip switch and a light bulb. It was fun because we got to share our learning with our parents and we could send random messages. We also liked it because it inspired some of us to think about how electricity works to send messages.
Hope you enjoyed our Blog
Finlay, Stuart, Katie, Sam and Erin
Next Week’s Highlights
25th April Education Scotland Visit
2nd May Holiday Weekend
3rd May In-service

P4 blog 24/3/16

Hello and welcome to our last P4 class blog of this term.
We are going to let you know about some of our highlights of this term.
We all enjoyed world book day because we all like dressing down for school and dressing up as our favourite book characters. It is also good fun seeing everybody’s costumes.
We all remember coming back in the bucketing rain from our performance at the Burn links lunch. We were absolutely soaked through to our skin. Memorable and fun!!!
We were all surprised at how well we did in the sponsored silence. We really enjoyed doing our detailed drawings and some of us could actually hear ourselves think in the silence. We all drew great apples and enjoyed eating them as well. When we painted apples at another time we found it quite tricky to mix the paint.
We have all been having a great time exploring balances and rolls in gymnastics, we also loved playing on the big bars and jumping on the spring boards. Swinging on the ropes was the most memorable for some of us.
We thought our assembly would have been fun to watch. We were all pleased with our caterpillar design and fruit creations. Our pronunciation was pretty good we think. We certainly worked very hard on it. We hope you all loved it too.
We discover how to change the pitch of a sound and that sound was air vibrating. We used straws to make a pitched kazoo. In science we have recently been exploring electricity. We have found out that electricity is a flow of electrons and it can make a light bulb go on. Two batteries also make a light bulb brighter. We are excited to know that we will be doing a little more on electricity next term.
We all hope you have a great Spring holiday.

P4 blog 10/3/16

Hello and welcome to our P4 class blog.
We have been doing Gymnastics. We have been exploring balancing and rolling. We have been doing tricky balances.
In fair-trade we have been learning all about fair-trade sugar. In Malawi we found out that sugar has changed the life of a village. They now have electrical power, a water pump and a shop. They did not to have any of that before Fairtrade. Sugar is big business because we found out that most of the food we eat contains different amounts of sugar except some foods like olives.
In maths we have been making 3D and 2D shapes and then we tried to name them. 2D and 3D means 2 dimensional flat lined drawing and 3D means 3 dimensional, length, width and height. We made shapes like cubes, square based pyramid and ones with hexagonal faces.
On Wednesday we had an author’s visit. He is called David MacPhail, he wrote “Thorfinn the Nicest Viking”. We found it really funny when he gave us the Viking names; Lewis was “Leaf the Granny Wrestler”
One thing that we enjoyed most was learning about electricity and when it first came to earth .We figured out there is a lot of different ways to make electricity. There are still lots of places in the world with no electricity.
Our assembly was about the Hungry Caterpillar and most of us remembered our lines. We all really enjoyed it and were proud of learning and saying our lines in French. Our parents thought that it was very good. Hope you have a good week.
From Lewis, Ronin, Suzie and Orla.
Next Week’s Highlights
Class talks
P3/2 assembly

P4 blog 4/3/16

Hello and welcome to our P4 class blog.
In maths we have been working hard on times tables and different strategies. We know about distributive law, box multiplication and doubling and halving. We are learning how to use them. It can be quite tricky but we have been working hard.
We had lots of different book characters on Thursday. It was fun seeing all our friends dressed up.
We have spent a lot of the week doing our assembly. The pronunciation was very hard at first but we got better as the week went on. We have all learned about days, weeks, months, seasons, fruit and numbers. Our favourite songs were the alphabet song and the days of the week song. We hope you enjoyed our assembly we had lots of fun making it and performing it.
Have a good week from
From Primary 4