Primary 4, Miss Stewart
Class Update

Primary 4 have settled in well to term 2 and have been hard at work since the Christmas holidays. We have enjoyed beginning our new topic all about Scotland and enjoyed taking part in the schools Robert Burns celebration.  We learned the poem ‘Willie Wastle’ by Robert Burns and performed this to the school with our actions.  We have also been enjoying having the STEM workshop every Tuesday morning. So far, we have been learning about clouds and have made clouds in a jar and also looked at engineering skills to work with others to design and build our own bridge. We are also still working hard to earn house points and are working towards achieving our Gold Awards.


This term we will be reading a variety of novels and books including ‘The Greatest Dog in the World’ and Oxford Reading Tree.  Through reading these books, we will be developing our knowledge of a variety of reading strategies including inferring, comparing and comprehension skills.  We will be finishing off our class novel of ‘Kid Normal’ by Greg James and Chris Smith.

This term for writing we will be developing our knowledge of critical writing.  By using the Talk for Writing programme, we will be exploring report writing and persuasive writing. We will also be developing our knowledge of spelling strategies by using the NLC Spelling Scheme where we will use a variety of strategies such as ‘The 5 Fingered Approach’ and ‘Elkonin Boxes’.  In Grammar we will be developing our knowledge adjectives, contractions and speech marks.

Talking and Listening
In Talking and Listening we will be working on our listening skills.  We will be listening to and following instructions as well as giving our own instructions to a partner.  We will also be developing our presentation skills by speaking to an audience. We will be presenting our research about a Scottish city to our class, giving a solo talk about a famous Scottish person and also doing our class assembly al about Scotland to the school.


Number, Money and Measure
This term we will be continuing to develop our addition and subtraction skills using both mental and written methods.  We have also been practising our times tables.  This term we have also been learning to tell the time using analogue and digital clocks. Later this term we will be learning to measure weight and length.  We will continue to use Big Maths to practise our mental maths skills. We have also been using Sumdog to support us with our Maths learning.

Shape, Position and Movement
This term we are learning to use grid references and co-ordinates.  

Information Handling
We will be exploring bar charts, Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams.  We will look at reading information from a table as well as creating our own.

Learning Across the Curriculum

We have begun our new class topic all about ‘Scotland’.  We began our topic by discussing what we already knew about Scotland and what we wanted to learn.  We have been looking at Scotland on world maps and maps of the UK.  We have been using maps to find and name the different Scottish cities.  We used the internet to research a city and then made a PowerPoint about that city which we presented to the class. We have also been learning about the Scottish flag and the story of St. Andrew.  We have also been learning about Robert Burns and enjoyed learning about his life, learning one of his poems and exploring other Scottish words as part of the school’s Burns Day celebration.  We are looking forward to learning more about Scottish landmarks and famous Scottish people.

Additional Information

PE days are Wednesday and Thursday and Outdoor Learning is on Friday. Please ensure your child has a suitable PE kit and weather appropriate clothing including a waterproof jacket and suitable shoes for these activities. Please make sure all of your child’s items of clothing and their belongings have their name clearly labelled on each item.
Fruit breaks will continue on a daily basis, please encourage your child to bring a piece of fruit to participate. Plain water in a suitable bottle is permitted within the classroom however, please note, fizzy drinks, diluting juice and flavoured waters are not encouraged.
We have class representatives for a range of committees throughout the school. These include Pupil Council, Health, Eco, Rights, Social Enterprise and Charities.
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