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Primary 4

 

Welcome back to the Autumn Term. I hope you all had a lovely holiday with your family! The children have worked very hard in learning and adapting to new class routines and expectations and will now be ready to engage in the new challenges our new block of learning will provide.

I want to thank you for all the support you gave your child  last Term and your trip contributions for our day at The Crannog. The children and adults had a super day, learning a lot about Scotland 2,500 years ago!  We will be sharing what we learned about Iron Age Scotland in our Shared learning with you on Thursday 1st December.

Here are some dates for you to note in your diary:

Thursday 27th October the children will be visiting Quarrymill (RSPB: giving nature a home) for the day to discover the hidden gems in our natural world. There will be further visits to Quarrymill in your child’s Primary 4 year: Thursday 10th November to explore more of our natural world; Thursday 11th May to explore ways to conserve our natural world, and lastly; a date for you to keep free to come along with us to Quarrymill on Thursday 8th June where the children get the opportunity to share with you all the exciting learning they have been doing. Here’s hoping the sun will be shining on the 8th June for you to explore our magical outdoor world alongside with your child! Lastly, the children in visiting Quarrymill will also be learning about an influential Scot called John Muir the founder of wild places or designated national parks adopted throughout the world today!

Thursday 1st December the children will present to you and invite you in to enjoy the Café 4 You experience as part of Primary 4’s on-going Enterprise Context. The class did a ballot on the names they had come up with for our French Café and Café 4 You came out as the lucky business name for our class Café. The café branding and trademark has been passed to say we can operate the café under this name! You will also be treated to our Iron Age learning, after your café experience, as the children become your guides and teachers on what life was like for an Iron Age Scot in Perthshire two and a half thousand years ago!

The children enjoyed their visit to Letham Centre’s Outdoor Bowling Green. They had wonderful instructors who shared their enthusiasm and skills with them, and they noted that there were quite a few children who were natural bowlers – perhaps future representatives for Scotland!  We will be meeting up with David Bain, Jack and Stuart from Bowls Scotland again in April 2017 to build on our Outdoor Bowling experiences. You might like to come along and join us in April when the Outdoor Bowls season starts again.  There are photos and a reflective piece of writing completed by your child on their Outdoor Bowls experience in their Learning Profile for you to see! 

The children will continue to build on their business/enterprise skills in learning how a café business works: e.g. the roles involved, team work, What does profit & loss mean? How much revenue do we have? What are our expenses? What is a budget? How do we plan for and organise an activity to fundraise in meeting our financial target?  The week beginning 24th October the children will be involved in developing a focus target plan to ‘Wash Staff Cars’. They had their first successful fundraising event in September, raising £17.01 in our muffin making adventure! Well done children! We have on our class wall our ‘thermometer graph’ plotting our fundraising successes!  In building business skills the children will be interviewing you on your opinion on pocket money. The key idea to this interview is that money needs to be earned in order to have it to spend!

In learning about what happened in the past the children will be exploring what kind of ‘historical evidence’ we have available in telling the life story of Iron Age Scotland. They will be archaeologists in carrying out ‘source analyses’ of objects in building their understanding of history and how it fits in a timeline.  In developing their understanding of how do we remember things which happened a long time ago the children will be detectives in exploring his/her own experiences: special wedding, birthday, holiday when they were younger, discuss different kinds of ways we remember e.g. photographs, speaking to someone who was there – witness, letters, diary, clips, drawings, special item.  As part of their home learning they will construct his/her own memory box, which could include photographs and trinkets of importance – maybe their favourite toy from when they were a baby, a souvenir from a holiday or a gift from a special family member. The Iron Age context allows the children to explore the technology of the time too: making his/her own house/Crannog, clay pot, rope, dyeing using berries, jewellery and lots more you will see when you come and visit our shared learning experience on 1st December!

In our maths learning we will continue to build knowledge & understanding in applying money in giving change, applying greater than/less than/equal to (<,>,=), what is the difference using +/-  concepts when investigating number, profit or loss problem solving senarios linked to our Enterprise/Café context. Children will apply ‘rounding numbers’ in helping make a rough estimate and using their understanding of number calculations to check the actual cost.  The children will continue to build their understanding of place value and apply their knowledge in constructing a time-line for our Iron Age Scotland context: applying concepts decade, century, B.C., A.D., millennium.  Also the children will revisit time: analogue/digital, 12 hour  intervals. We will be investigating ‘area’ in constructing an archaeological dig using measure and coordinates to locate historical evidence.

This block, our reading focus is to continue involving the children in exploring and developing their knowledge and understanding of the strategies they use when tackling unknown text using Pause, Prompt & Praise (PPP). The children will make a leaflet for you in explaining this approach. They will apply this knowledge in helping a Primary 2 buddy with their reading. We are lucky to have children who participated in the Parent Focus Group who have already been little teachers on what & how to apply the PPP when tackling unknown words in a story. The class are looking forward to sharing this with you.

Please remember if you are unsure about anything, please phone to make an appointment or send in a wee note so we can arrange to meet up. I am always happy to help!

Miss K McGilp

 

 

Welcome back to the new 2016-17 session. I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday with your family! The children are working hard at learning new Primary 4 routines and expectations.  This is just a wee introduction to what is happening in your child’s class this block.

Here are some dates for you to note in your diary.

  • P.E. is on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Please remember on Tuesdays your child comes to school dressed in their P.E. – joggers/shorts/tee shirt and appropriate shoes for gym. Please help your child remember to have their school uniform in their bag to change into after P.E.
  • Music is on Thursdays
  • Three times a week the children will be participating in the mile run to improve stamina, fitness and health. They are striving to be the best they can be in building their fitness and stamina

Here are some other dates to note in your diary:

Your child is lucky to have the opportunity to visit, learn and participate in the game of Lawn Bowling at the Letham Bowling Club on Wednesday 7th September and Wednesday 14th September in the mornings.  Photographs may be taken for the local paper and bowling website so please inform the school if you do not wish your child to have their photo taken.

The children are getting the opportunity to visit the big Potato bus that is coming to our school playground on Tuesday 30th August & Thursday 1st September to explore and learn more about where our food grows and comes from. The children will be excited to share their experience with you! This will be a link they explored when visiting Rosemount Farm way back now in Primary 1!

Another important date for you to note is our wonderful visit to The Scottish Crannog Centre at Aberfeldy on Wednesday 5th October during the school day. This leads us on to our main context for this block. The children will be writing you a letter home to give you key information about the trip.

The children are learning how to run a business and raise funds to help with the costs of the bus and the entry to the Crannog. Our main focus will be setting up a French café and in addition to this, the children are keen to come up with other ideas to raise money for our trip.  We will let you know soon what this entails!  

In our maths learning we are linking our setting up of a business with understanding and developing our knowledge of using money and in making sense of what is a profit and a loss.

This block, our reading focus is involving the children in exploring and developing their knowledge and understanding in the form of a letter to you on the strategies they use when tackling unknown text and the kind of questions needed in reading longer texts. We are lucky to have children who participated in the Parent Focus Group who have already been little teachers on how to apply the 5 finger rule in choosing a book. The class are looking forward to sharing this with you.

 Please remember if you are unsure about anything, please phone to make an appointment or send in a wee note so we can arrange to meet up. I am always happy to help.

Miss McGilp