Primary 4 News

Welcome to Milepost 2!

 

Please check this news page regularly for reminders, updates, news and photos about our learning journey. 

Try using these prompts with your child to find out more about the learning below: 'Tell me...',  'Show me...', 'Talk to me about...'.  


Week Beginning 16th October

posted 15 Oct 2017, 22:32 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 15 Oct 2017, 22:33 ]

This week's learning...

Literacy: 
Big Question: What makes a non-chronological reports interesting for their reader?
To know the structure of a non-chronological report.
To be able to "box-up" a non-chronological report based on structure. 
To be able to innovate a known non-chronological report plan.
To be able to write the introduction and first paragraph of a non-chronological report.

Maths:
To be able to calculate mathematical statements for multiplication using facts that they know, for two-digit numbers multiplied by one digit, using mental strategies. 
To be able to calculate mathematical statements for multiplication using facts that they know, for two-digit numbers multiplied by one digit, using written strategies. 

IPC:
HISTORY.
To be able to gather information using simple sources.
To be able to give some reasons for particular changes.
Reflection Week.

Personal Qualities - Enquiry, communication, international mindedness.
UN Goals - Good health and well-being.

Spelling - Test on Tuesday 17th October. New words coming home 'words with y endings'.

Mental Maths Test on Wednesday 18th October. See your child's multiplication sheet for their focus for this week.
 
Whole School Exit Point - Wednesday 18th October afternoon. 

P4 Trip to Hokkaido Cafe - Friday 20th October lunchtime. Permission slips due to be returned by Tuesday 17th (tomorrow). Thanks for those who already have. This trip will take place over lunchtime. Children will need their morning snack as usual but no lunch (Olympia children) and will not return home for lunch (Zima children).


Our class parent, Sonal has arranged some parents to read with individual readers during the school day. I believe this starts tomorrow morning. Thanks in advance to everyone who has volunteered their time...a great support. If anyone is keen to get involved with this...please get in touch with Sonal.  

Literacy WOW Starter ...Non-chronological Reports!

posted 9 Oct 2017, 20:54 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 20:54 ]

We had lots of fun during our literacy wow on Monday morning. Our base-text is all about sharks. We watched some non-narrative video clips all about weird and wonderful sea creatures before having a go at making some of our own. We thought about what someone would like to know about our creature and created a fact file all about it. Some seriously weird creations, which I think would fit in well with the other marine life at the bottom of the ocean.


Week Beginning 9th October

posted 9 Oct 2017, 13:48 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 9 Oct 2017, 13:48 ]

What a start to the week...it was our WOW Starter first thing introducing our new text type...non-chronological reports. P4 watched some informative short video clips all about the weird and wonderful creatures of the deep sea...something still very much unexplored. They created their own very strange creatures and created fact files...great fun reading them all! Watch this space...photos coming soon!

This week we will be....

Literacy: 
Big Question: What makes a non-chronological reports interesting for their reader?
To be able to retell the base text (a non-chronological report about sharks)
To know the features of a non-chronological report.
To be able to identify generaliser words and connectives that add on information. 
To be able to identify interesting adverbs. 

Maths:
To be able to recognise 3D shapes and describe them.
To be able to recognise 3D shapes in different orientations. 

IPC:
HISTORY.
To be able to gather information using simple sources.
To be able to give some reasons for particular changes.

Personal Qualities - Enquiry, communication, international mindedness.
UN Goals - Clean water and sanitation, Good health and well-being.

Spelling - Test on Tuesday 10th October. New words coming home will continue of the same pattern 'words with le, el, al and il endings'.
Mental Maths Test on Wednesday 11th October. See your child's multiplication sheet for their focus for this week. 

Thank you to our lovely class representative Sonal for starting to organise some adult helpers for hearing individual readers...look forward to seeing some of you next week.


Happy birthday!

posted 8 Oct 2017, 15:11 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 8 Oct 2017, 15:11 ]

Celebrating another birthday with our classmates! Upside down again...still figuring that out! Strangely, it seems to just be the birthday ones...

Week Beginning 2nd October

posted 3 Oct 2017, 04:41 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 3 Oct 2017, 04:41 ]

This week's learning focuses...

Literacy:
Big Question: How creative can we make our invented stories, keeping the finding tale structure?
To be able to explore ideas for a finding tale collaboratively through drama.
To be able to plan a finding tale using own ideas.
To be able to write a finding tale of personal choice.

Maths:
Big Question: In what different ways can we describe shapes?
To be able to identify horizontal and vertical lines.
To be able to identify pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines.
To be able to draw 2D shapes.
To be able to make 3D shapes using modelling materials.


IPC: History.
Big Question: Have people always eaten similar foods?

Personal Qualities - Enquiry, Communication.
UN Goals - Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-being.

To be able to gather information from simple sources.

Tuesday 3rd October - Spelling test on 'silent b and k' words. New spellings coming home for next week. 
Wednesday 4th October - Multiplication tables test. Check your child's home-learning pack for their focus (either x3, x4 or x8).

Week Beginning 25th September

posted 24 Sep 2017, 23:11 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 24 Sep 2017, 23:11 ]

Another busy start to our week with innovating the 'build-ups' of our finding tales, learning how to subtract using written methods and finding out more about where our food comes from...and it's only Monday!

This week's learning focuses...

Literacy:
How could you innovate our finding tale to make it different?
To be able to write the problem of a finding tale.
To be able to write the resolution and ending of a finding tale. 

Maths:
Big Question: What strategies could you use to solve a subtraction calculation?
To be able to subtract numbers using formal written methods (including columnar subtraction).
To be able to estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check. 


IPC: Geography & Science
Big Question: Where in the world does your food come from?

Personal Qualities - Respect and Enquiry.
UN Goals - Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-being.

To be able to use secondary sources to obtain geographical information. 
To know about the effect of diet on the human body.
To be able to carry out simple investigations. 
To be able to predict an outcome of an investigation.

Tuesday 26th Sept - Spelling test on 'soft c' words. New spellings coming home for next week. 
Wednesday 27th Sept - Multiplication tables test. Check your child's home-learning pack for their focus (either x3 or x4).


Quiz, Quiz, Trade!

posted 24 Sep 2017, 22:57 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 25 Sep 2017, 20:57 ]

P4 used their collaborative learning tool Quiz, Quiz, Trade this morning as they coached each other to use different written strategies for subtracting numbers. What a supportive lot they are! Lots of kind and encouraging words and great sharing of learning.



Our Big Question - Where does the food on our plates come from?

posted 21 Sep 2017, 23:00 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 26 Sep 2017, 18:31 ]

We have made an excellent start at exploring our question this week. Thank you for all the packaging...we have investigated where all P4s food from home is coming from and so far it looks like...from all over the world! We have bought all sorts of food from Kenyan avocados to Iranian chocolates! Today P4 also used a new online tool called Map Chart, to locate all these countries around the world and record their learning using a digital means. Next week we shall explore our question further by researching (using some video links we used this week) where different foods come from and how they make it onto our plates. An interesting discussion during meal times at home too...


Week Beginning 18th September

posted 17 Sep 2017, 19:51 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 17 Sep 2017, 19:52 ]

Thank you to everyone who has brought in empty food packaging ahead of our IPC 'What's On The Menu?' unit. If you have any clean packaging at home, please do still send it in tomorrow as we will be looking at these labels during our first IPC session this week. 

English:
BIG QUESTION - What different ways could you innovate the story of The Magic Brush?
This week we will begin innovating the story of The Magic Brush with our own ideas. Today the P4 discussed what we could change in this story to make it different and we have started making some plans of our own...lots of imaginative ideas from magic mirrors to magic light-bulbs! Hopefully we will be ready to begin writing our innovations towards the end of this week. 

To know the structure of a finding story.
To be able to plan an innovation using the skill of substitution or addition. 
To be able to write the opening of a finding story with a focus on setting. 


Maths: 
BIG QUESTION - How could we approach the problems given?
To be able to solve number and practical problems involving place value - continued from last week. 
Reflection on Place Value learning.
To be able to add numbers with up to three-digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition. 
To be able to estimate the answer to a calculation. 


IPC:
BIG QUESTION - Where in the world does your food come from?
Geography - To know how the nature of particular localities affects the lives of people.
To be able to use secondary sources to obtain geographical information.
To be able to communicate their geographical knowledge and understanding to ask and answer questions about geographical and environmental features. 
 
Personal Qualities Focus: Enquiry, Respect, International Mindedness
UN Goals Focus: Zero Hunger, Life Below Water, Life On Land.

Tuesday 19th - Spelling test 'al' words.
Wednesday 20th - Multiplication facts test - multiples of 3 and associated division facts. 


MP2 Entry Point - What's On The Menu

posted 14 Sep 2017, 21:53 by Primary 4 Teacher   [ updated 14 Sep 2017, 21:53 ]

A few snaps from our MP2 Entry Point to our new unit 'What's On The Menu'. The P4 and 5 children took part in a Pancake Kitchen - prepping, cooking, serving and eating pancakes to each other. Some services ran smoother than others but every one was a learning experience. We needed to use our Personal Qualities of Cooperation and Communication throughout the activity. Well done MP2!

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