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Home learning 14.5.18

 

Spelling

Here are this week’s spelling words. This week we are focussing on the ‘ge’ sound as in ‘germ’. Remember to practise because you will be tested on Friday!

Whales

  • gentle
  • gently
  • general
  • genius
  • genuine
  • germ
  • don’t
  • can’t

 

Sharks

 

  • gentle
  • gently
  • general
  • genius
  • genuine
  • germ
  • don’t
  • can’t
  • geography
  • gemstone
  • germinate
  • generous

 

 

Maths

Please continue to practise your learn its at home, as well as the times table you are working on in class. You can use Education City to help you.

 

Context

Choose a sea creature which you are particularly interested in and do some research on it at home. Create a presentation based on your chosen sea creature to present to the class. You can present it in a number of ways:

  • Create a colourful poster to show the class
  • Create a powerpoint and bring it into school on a memory stick (or email it to me at gw14fortuneadam@glow.sch.uk)
  • Prepare prompt cards and deliver a talk without pictures.

This must be completed for Wednesday 30th of May, as the presentations will be given on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week. Also, be prepared to answer questions from your classmates!

For those people who are working on a poster, I can hand out large sheets of paper for you to work on at home.

This is not an optional task – it must be completed.

 

Home learning 9.5.18

 

Spelling

Here are this week’s spelling words. This week we are focussing on the ‘ge’ sound as in ‘large’. Remember to practise because you will be tested on Friday!

Whales

  • large
  • range
  • lounge
  • emerge
  • change
  • arrange
  • could
  • said

 

Sharks

 

  • large
  • range
  • lounge
  • emerge
  • change
  • arrange
  • advantage
  • postage
  • challenge
  • lozenge
  • could
  • said

 

Maths

Please continue to practise your learn its at home, as well as the times table you are working on in class. You can use Education City to help you.

 

Context

Choose a sea creature which you are particularly interested in and do some research on it at home. Create a presentation based on your chosen sea creature to present to the class. You can present it in any way you want to. Here are some ideas:

  • Create a colourful poster to show the class
  • Create a powerpoint and bring it into school on a memory stick (or email it to me at gw14fortuneadam@glow.sch.uk)
  • Prepare prompt cards and deliver a talk without pictures.

This must be completed for Wednesday 30th of May, as the presentations will be given on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of that week. Also, be prepared to answer questions from your classmates!

This is not an optional task – it must be completed! If anyone has any questions about the task, please just ask!

 

 Home learning 1/5/18

Spelling

 

This week we are looking at the ‘cy’ sound as in ‘cycle’ and ‘spicy’.

 

Sharks:

  • cycle
  • Cyclops
  • lacy
  • spicy
  • fancy
  • bicycle
  • numeracy
  • literacy
  • policy
  • secrecy
  • about
  • little

 

Crocodiles:

  • cycle
  • lacy
  • spicy
  • fancy
  • numeracy
  • about
  • little

 

Maths

Please practise your times tables at home. You can use education city to help you.

The blue group and orange group are working on the 3x table.

The pink group are working on the 4x table.

I am also changing the way we practise our learn its. I have sent home a sheet with different steps on them. Please practise these at home to beat your beat that score from last week.

 

Context

What are some typical sea creatures you would find in a cold water habitat like the Arctic Ocean? Can you find out some facts about them?

  • 23.4.18 - Home learning

Spelling

This week's spelling words are focusing on the 'ci' sound as in 'city' and 'circle'.

Please practise at home to try and equal or beat your score from last week!

  • city
  • circus
  • decide
  • cinema
  • Cinderella
  • citizen
  • circular
  • circle
  • circumstance
  • citrus
  • asked
  • called

 

 Maths

This week we are looking at data handling. Complete a quick survey about people's favourite sea creature. Why not ask parents/carers, grandparents, friends, even people who work in tesco or asda what their favourite sea creature is?!  Present your data in either a tally chart or a bar graph and bring it in to school to show me.

Context

This week we will be finding out about Orcas, or to give them their more famous name, Killer Whales. Try to find out:

  • The unusual place where Orcas have been found very recently.
  • Why Killer Whales are not actually whales at all.

18.4.18 - Home Learning

 

Spelling

This week's spelling words are focusing on the 'ce' sound as is 'cellar' and 'ice'.

 

Words to practise this week:

  • cellar
  • ice
  • certain
  • cedar
  • cent
  • December
  • century
  • percent
  • centre
  • twice
  • precipice

Context

 We are beginning a new context - Sea Creatures. We are all very excited to begin this topic. Why not see if you can find out some interesting facts about a sea creature that you don't know much about?

 

19.3.18 -Home Learning

This week’s spelling words are focusing on the ‘y’ as in ‘shy’ phoneme sound.

Words to practise this week:

  • cry
  • my
  • why
  • fly
  • by
  • shy
  • try
  • fry
  • dry
  • buy
  • looked
  • children

Numeracy:

This week we are continuing to look at formal written division (short division). Write out a few problems for someone at home and try to teach them our method for working out division problems.

You can find a helpful learn screen on education city here. https://ec1.educationcity.com/content/index/32961/6/2/6 

Reading

This week, like last week, I will set aside some time for those of you who want to come in to do a quick talk on your favourite book from home for the class. Please bring it in to show us it. If you would like to do a talk, these are some things to help you with it.

  • What is the story about?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • Which characters are good and which are bad?
  • Which character is your favourite? Why did you choose them?
  • Give the book a rating out of 5 stars. Why did you choose this rating?
  • If you were going to give the book a new title, what would you call it? Why did you choose this title?
  • If you could add in a new character, what would their name be and how could you describe them?

Context:

Find your favourite European flag by searching online and draw it on a piece of paper. If we get enough coming in, we will make a lovely colourful display in class!

12.3.18 -Home Learning

This week’s spelling words are focussing on the ‘y’ as in ‘yellow’ phoneme sound.

Words to practise this week:

  • yes
  • yak
  • yet
  • yellow
  • yell
  • yesterday
  • yourself
  • year
  • yawned
  • young

Numeracy:

This week we are looking to improve our speed with multiplication and division facts. Go on to education city and open some of the times table challenges for the table you are working on.

https://ec1.educationcity.com/

Continue to practice your Learn It Facts

Reading

This week, I will set aside some time for those of you who want to come in to do a quick talk on your favourite book from home for the class. Please bring it in to show us it. If you would like to do a talk, these are some things to help you with it.

  • What is the story about?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • Which characters are good and which are bad?
  • Which character is your favourite? Why did you choose them?
  • Give the book a rating out of 5 stars. Why did you choose this rating?
  • If you were going to give the book a new title, what would you call it? Why did you choose this title?
  • If you could add in a new character, what would their name be and how could you describe them?

Context:

Using an atlas or by searching online, draw the outline of your favourite country in Europe, and fill it with some interesting facts about that country.

5.3.18- Home Learning

Spelling

This week’s spelling words are:

  • house
  • expense
  • tense
  • reverse
  • increased
  • rinse
  • hoarse
  • collapse
  • promise
  • impulse

Numeracy:

Please continue to access Education City for homework activities and challenges at https://ec1.educationcity.com/ . If your child does not have a log in at home, please notify me and I will send one home.

Assembly

P4 and P4/5 are doing our joint assembly on Friday afternoon and it would be wonderful to see you there. You can help out preparations by going over your child’s lines with them, and by helping them learn our song. Lines and lyrics have been sent home, and our song is to the tune of ‘Flower of Scotland’.

22.1.18- Home Learning

Numeracy:

Use your Education City logins to access the games on the homework section. Think about whether you feel you need to practise adding, subtracting or tables and choose one of those games.

I have added challenges for the 4x table to go along with the challenges already there for the 2x,3x and 5x table.

Extra challenge – make up a times table quiz for someone at home.

Literacy:

Read aloud for 10 minutes every day.

This week we are learning to spell words with the ‘er’ and ‘ar’ spelling.

There will be a wee test on Friday so make sure that you’re practising!

Words to learn:

 

fence

dance

prince

force

voice

choice

chance

bounce

once

prance

 

Context:

Find the capital city of a European country and find out some facts about it. Would you like to visit it? Why/why not?

 

16.1.18

Home Learning 16th January 2018

 Numeracy:

Use your Education City logins to access the games on the homework section. Think about whether you feel you need to practise adding, subtracting or tables and choose one of those games.

You can also practise on the Space Invaders game which is good fun and great practise! https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/playgame/289

Literacy:

Read aloud for 10 minutes every day.

This week we are learning to spell words with the ‘er’ and ‘ar’ spelling.

There will be a wee test on Friday so make sure that you’re practising!

Words to learn:

‘er’:

verb

sister

kerb

mixer

performer

‘ar’:

park

argue

cart

shark

sparkling

Context:

Research your European country you are working on for your travel pack. Find out three fun facts!

 

14.12.17 Class Blog

Literacy

We have been continuing our focus on imaginative writing for big write. We are also beginning to introduce strategies for self-assessing our work and will continue to develop our approach to this valuable skill after the holidays.

We have also been continuing with our class novel, ‘Cosmic’, and have been looking at tricky words, making predictions and making inferences based upon the texts. In January, I will be looking at targeting daily reading practise at individuals who I feel are in need of it.

P4 have also been continuing with our weekly handwriting focus, which the whole class seems to really enjoy. It is a calm time where we can quietly focus and concentrate on the task in front of us while enjoying some peaceful background music.

ChloeI have been getting better at writing longer stories.

AliaI have been working hard to finish stories when we have been doing Pobbles.

Isac ­– I have been enjoying handwriting time.

Maths

In Big Maths, we have introduced CLIC challenges which show gaps in learning. Since beginning this weekly assessment, we have covered strategies for subtraction, sequencing, fact families, and regular tables practise. This has run alongside our regular number of the day practise.

AdamI have liked learning how to do division.

AidenI have liked getting more tricky sums than usual.

Emma SI’ve enjoyed getting good at the 10 times table.

Health and Wellbeing

P4 have continued to enjoy social snack and daily teacher led outdoor activities. We have also been exploring the school’s approach to self-regulation by putting our own P4 slant on things by talking about ‘bossing ourselves’.

AimeeI love social snack because we get healthy food (yummy!)

Maddison -  I like social snack because it is healthy. You get fruit and sometimes veg.

Topic

Mrs. Mollison from P4/5 and I have continued team teaching our space topic, and have swapped over our groups, meaning that those who were previously learning about the solar system have been looking at the history of space exploration, and vice versa. We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about space and will aim to wrap this topic up in January.

EmilyI liked putting the planets in order.

HayleyI learned that the sun is the closest star to the Earth.

Dilara I’ve enjoyed finding out facts about the planets and the sun.

Other points

Some parents have been asking about homework – I will be issuing something a bit more regularly in January. In the meantime, your children have been issued with new studyladder logins and I have set activities to be completed which can be found under the ‘curriculum work’ section of the menu once your child logs in. In the meantime please continue your child to read at home.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy holiday and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school on the 8th of January.

Mr. Fortune

 

24.11.17

 First of all, can I just say what a pleasure it is to be teaching P4 at Letham. I have had a brilliant and busy first few weeks getting to know everyone in class and in the school.

In literacy, we have been looking at developing close reading skills, examining space based texts for answers. We have also been answering questions on texts where the answers might not be right in front of us. For this, we have been using an online resource called ‘Pobble’ which has brilliant pictures and story starters to get us thinking about things like how characters might be feeling, predicting what might happen next and relating the story to our own real life experiences.

We have enjoyed writing extended pieces in Big Write, including ‘The Alien Teacher’, ‘My Day in Space’ and ‘The Flying Saucer’.

P4 have started a shared class novel with P4/5 called ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Bryce, and we have also introduced a ‘word of the day’ challenge to help increase our vocabularies.

Amy – I really enjoyed writing my Flying Saucer story in Big Write.

Aiden – I like working through Pobbles on a Monday afternoon.

Miriam – I’ve been finding out about new words like ‘dunk’ in word of the day.

In numeracy, we have continued working on essential skills such as doubling, halving, partitioning to mentally calculate answers and rounding to the nearest 10 or 100. This is on top of practising our learn its in class. Practise at home with an adult or on Sumdog and StudyLadder will help us get faster with our table facts.

Kayleigh – I’ve been working hard to get quicker at my 10x table.

Maddison – I’ve liked doing the 3x table but I really want to learn to 12x table soon!

Eiledh – I’ve enjoyed doing the 5x table and I’m looking forward to moving up on my next step.

We have vastly enjoyed learning about space for our topic. We are doing some shared learning with P4/5 and are coming to the end of the first half of this – half of P4 have been going to Mrs Mollison for two sessions a week with half of P4/5 coming to P4. As of next week we will be swapping groups over. My group have enjoyed learning about the history of space travel, focussing on the pioneers of space travel, the equipment needed for being in space, how rockets work and also looking at some space themed abstract art.

Emily – I learned about the first people in space like Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tershkova and Neil Armstrong.

Amy – I learned that the moon orbits around the Earth at the same time that the Earth orbits around the sun.

Chloe – I liked learning about all the names of the planets and the order that they are in.

In Health and Wellbeing, P4 have been looking closely at being ‘ready’ or ‘not ready’ to learn, as well as what makes a ‘big’ or ‘little’ deal, and if something is a ‘little’ deal, what can be done to fix it. This is as part of our ongoing work on self-regulation and building resilience. We have been filling in grids first thing in the morning, after break and after lunch that show if we are either ‘ready’ or ‘not ready’ to learn.

Matthew – I like doing the grids to show that I’m ready to learn.

Leigh – I keep healthy by doing the daily mile.

Aimee – Social snack time is awesome!

Outside of class time, some members of the class have been excelling themselves musically at my Glee club and in preparations for the Letham Christmas Lights switch on event on the 7th of December. We are very lucky to have so many musically talented children at Letham and I am very lucky to have some of them in my own class. J

If any parents are on twitter, you can follow me on @adamteaches for information on learning in class, school and the wider community.

Please bear in mind that Parent Contact Appointment letters are due in on Monday the 27th of November, with Parent Contact taking place the following Monday (the 4th of December). I look forward to seeing you then.

 Mr. Fortune

 26.9.17

Home Learning 25th September 2017

Numeracy:

See Learn Its Challenge Pack sent home on Wed 27th Sept.

Literacy:

Read aloud for 10 minutes every day.

This week we are learning to spell words with the ‘ow’ spelling which make an ‘ow’ or ‘oa’ sound .

Here are word lists to practice using the active spelling strategies on the Home Learning tab of the website:

owl                 howl                       crown

bow                down                      frown

cow                town                       towel

now                gown                      trowel

how               drown                      shown

wow               brown                     shadow

Context:

Research Hermes. Find out three fun facts!

18.9.17

This week we celebrated Maths Week Scotland! We have been consolidating our number learning with a Number of the Day and carrying out investigations into measure.

Home Learning 11th September 2017

Numeracy:

  1. Practice the spellings of the number names:

one   two   three   four   five six seven eight nine ten

eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen

eighteen nineteen twenty

  1. Learn my even numbers off by heart (numbers with a 0, 2, 4 6 or 8 in the units)
  2. Practice addition and subtraction facts on Sumdog (email Miss Oliver if you need a login reminder)

 Literacy:

Read aloud for 10 minutes every day.

This week we are learning to spell words with the ‘ou’ sound.

Here are word lists to practice:

out                                  south                           mound

our                                  cloud                           bound

ouch                               proud                           fountain

shout                             sound                            loud

pouch                            found                            crouch

mouth                            hound                          mountain

 Please use the active spelling activities suggested in the home learning tab to support!

 

11.9.17

We said a sad farewell to Miss Nicoll on Friday and hope she enjoys her new job in Greece. We will be keeping in touch with her and her new class via email. Miss Oliver, DHT, is looking forward to teaching P4 over the next few weeks. Please get in touch if you have any questions!