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Primary 4 Newsletter

Your teacher is Mrs. Douglas

Welcome back to Primary 4. Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a peaceful Christmas and I wish everyone all the best for 2017. We have a very busy term ahead of us. There is going to be lots of new and exciting learning happening in primary 4.

NEWS UPDATE Staffing There are no changes to staffing for the term ahead. Mr. Ward is our P.E. specialist. Days for P.E. are Wednesday and Friday. Shorts/jogging bottoms, a change of t-shirt and gym shoes are needed for these lessons. Please keep your kit in a bag on your peg in school. Our music specialist teacher is Mrs. Middleton and our lesson will be on a Thursday. We have other teachers in school to assist with learning. Miss Rae and Mrs. Clarke may be working in class or with individuals or groups as part of our work to raise attainment for pupils.

D.E.A.R. Daily reading session, building up to 15 minutes, is an opportunity for Drop Everything And Read. Reading materials can be borrowed from the class/school library or can be brought from home. First Ministers Reading Challenge Your child is encouraged to read independently during DEAR and at home. They are asked to complete a short book report as part of this challenge and as a record of the books they read. Outdoor Learning Outdoor learning is an important part of learning. Lessons and tasks take place outside as and when possible/appropriate. Please ensure your child has a waterproof jacket each day to participate fully in activities.

Lunch Arrangements Primary 4 are 3rd lunch for this term. Homework Beginning 9th January 2017.

Class Events:

25th January Scot’s Poetry Competition

28th February - 3rd March Book Fair

March School Trip


OUR LEARNING THIS TERM I.D.L. Our topic this term is the very exciting MINIBEASTS. There will be lots of amazing things to learn, do and make relating to this theme. Numeracy Some of the areas we will be tackling this term are times tables, telling time, shape, using money and transferring our basic skills to solve a variety of problem solving tasks. We will also be using symmetry to link to our I.D.L. topic. Language and Literacy Reading - As a school, we are moving away from weekly reading practice and preparation as pupil skills develop and improve. To support this, we will be using some new resources this term: Reading Comprehension, Bug Club and Book Detectives. Some reading tasks will be sent as homework over the course of the term. Our class reader is ‘Emily’s Legs’ by Dick King-Smith to link with our I.D.L. topic. Writing - We will continue to improve our writing using VCOP. Our focus this term will be on introducing speech marks and paragraphs as well as continuing to write ‘Super Sentences’ incorporating all VCOP elements. Listening and Talking – Primary 4 will be developing skills for listening and talking. We will be encouraged to participate in discussions following the rules of good listening and talking. We will all be learning and performing the Scots poem ‘The Sair Finger’ by Walter Wingate for the competition to be held later on this month. MLPS – We will be using the days of the week and months of the year in French to date our work. We will be introducing new vocabulary to support our IDL topic. Health and Wellbeing – We will use our class charter and continue to explore and develop a positive mindset for learning and life. In P.E. we will develop skills within racquet sports initially. Social Subjects – We will be exploring our school environment and trying to find ways to make improvements to try to encourage more wildlife into our playground area. Sciences – We will be conducting many experiments as the basis for our minibeasts topic. We will be doing lots of outdoor learning in our wildlife garden too. Technologies – We will have the opportunity to create annotated diagrams of a ‘newly discovered’ minibeast as well as make a 3D model. We will be using a variety of websites to research information for our I.D.L. topic as well as supporting other learning in class. Expressive Arts – Our Art and design tasks will all be based around our I.D.L. topic. We will be learning lots of songs related to our minibeasts topic. R.M.E. – This term our focus will be on the saints – St. Serf, St. Andrew and St. Columba. We will be exploring some Scottish values as well as the Easter story.

Contact Information

Email: st.serfs@edu.clacks.gov.uk

Phone 01259 722950


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