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P4G Reflective Friday Week Beginning 25th March

Here’s what we’ve been up to in P4G this week:

Literacy

  • We wrote a diary entry as if we were Matilda thinking about descriptions, feelings and the key features of a diary.
  • In Handwriting we rewrote a tongue twister using our best cursive writing.
  • We finished reading our class novel, Matilda.  In Reading, we completed a comprehension all about Roald Dahl.
  • Using a conversation from Matilda we correctly punctuated some direct speech.
  • We worked on our amazing openers.
  • Our spelling pattern was the ea spelling that says ‘e’; for example, bread.

Home Learning Activities

  • Why not make your own word search using this week’s spellings?  Show someone at home how to do pyramid writing with your words.

week 19 ea words

  • Write a diary entry from a character in your own reading book.
  • Practise your cursive writing by writing a story.

 

Maths and Numeracy

  • We continued to work on fractions.  This week we looked at halves, quarters and a range of other simple fractions.
  • We worked on our beat-thats and times tables.
  • In Shape we looked at 2-d shapes and the angles within them.

Home Learning Activities

 

Other Areas

  • We completed our work on mission 2 of Titanic and shared our information in groups.
  • Our Drama was based on recreating a scene from Matilda.
  • We have continued to collect for the foodbank and started to organise the food ready for collection next week: thank you SO MUCH for all the generous donations.
  • We went swimming.
  • In PE we worked on our creative, teamwork and responsibility skills to make up new games and show them to each other.

Home Learning Activities

  • Continue with your health passports.
  • Make up a quiz with the things you now know about Titanic.
  • Can you make up your own active game using what you have at home/in the garden?

 

Great Big School Clean Up

Dear Parents/carers

You will hopefully have seen in the last Homelink newsletter that our Parent Council have organised a Great Big School Clean Up on Saturday 30th March between 2-4pm as part of the Great British Spring Clean 2019. This is a UK wide mass-action environmental campaign to cut litter and improve public places but it also coincides with the Green Buckstone recycling programme which aims to save ‘hard to recycle’ items from landfill.

The school playground will be open at the main entrance from 2pm on Saturday 30th March for as many volunteers as are able to donate 10 minutes, 1 hour or more of time to help clear the playground and surrounding areas of litter that has escaped the various refuse bins around the school. City of Edinburgh Council will be arriving that afternoon to deliver litter picking kit and will be removing waste from the school after the litter pick is over at 4pm. Our local councillors are also planning to attend and members of the Parent Council will be present to co-ordinate this project. This is an excellent opportunity to help improve the environment on our doorstep so we hope to see you there.

Please bring with you protective gloves if at all possible (some will be provided by the council), refreshments and perhaps some hand sanitiser! Children must not be unaccompanied and will remain the responsibility of their parent/carer at all times.

P4G Reflective Friday Week Beginning 18th March

What a busy week of learning in P4G!

Literacy

  • We worked on our new spelling pattern, which was words containing the aw sound.  Please see the list below.
  • Using an extract from Matilda, we visualised what we could see, drew a detailed picture of it and labelled it.  
  • We highlighted where the missing speech marks should be in an extract from Matilda.
  • We worked on a comprehension activity linked to Titanic.

Home Learning Activities

  • Use the spelling list below to help learn your aw words.  You could put them in alphabetical order.  Can you add four extra aw words to the list.  Can you write a sentence including all of the tricky words to, too and two, used correctly?
  • Could you find a really descriptive passage from a book at home and create your own, labelled visualisation?

Week 18 spelling words

Numeracy and Maths

  • We continued to work on our times tables: revision of 2, 5 and 10 and getting super speedy at 3 and 4.  (Some of us are also working on our own personal learning story times tables too!)
  • We discussed what division means and worked on making fact families for our times tables.
  • In fractions, we moved onto revising quarters.  We can work out a quarter of a number by halving, then halving again OR by dividing by 4.
  • In our learning on shape we continued to look at the properties of 3-d shapes.

Home Learning Activities

  • Use the beat that sheets below to get accurate and faster at the beat-thats you are working on.  Don’t forget the sums you’ve worked on in the past though- you need to keep practising ALL of your sums!

Beat thats 2, 5, 10 x tables

Beat that 1

Beat that 2

Beat that 3

  • Find a group of objects.  Can you divide them in half?  Can you divide the same group into quarters?  Do you notice anything?  Can all groups of objects be divided into halves?  Can all groups be divided into quarters?
  • Show someone at home how to make a fact family using this sum: 3×5=15
  • Where can you spot the different 3-d shapes you have been learning about around your home/garden/in the local area?

Other Areas

  • This has been a SUPER exciting week in P4G!  
  • We got our second secret Titanic Mission and now our classroom has been transformed! 
  • The P4s have been getting organised for our charity event, collecting for Edinburgh Food Project.  We created posters for around the school and presented a Powerpoint in assembly.  Thank you for all your support with this so far, keep bringing collections in until the deadline on 29th March!
  • In PE we worked on circuits.
  • We enjoyed our swimming on Thursday.
  • We met our new teacher, Mr Couper who will be working with us after Easter on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Home Learning Activities

  • Find out even more facts and information about the Titanic.
  • Draw and label your own picture of the Titanic.
  • Find our more about our charity the Edinburgh Food Project.
  • Keep up the good work on your Health Passport.

 

 

P4G Wednesday 20th March: Secret Mission

Today we received a TOP SECRET MISSION into our classroom.  To be successful with this mission, it may get messy! Please can all children from P4G come to school dressed in clothes for painting on Wednesday 20th March. (No uniform required, just clothes that can get painty/gluey!)

Many thanks,

Mrs Tweedie and Mrs Graham

P4 Food Bank Charity Collection

Primary Four are organising a food bank collection for the Edinburgh Food Project, who support families who are struggling to provide food for their families. We are looking for donations from the whole school to support this amazing charity. We require all donations to be in school by Friday 29th March.

 Here is a list of the products that are currently required by the food bank:

Urgently Needed: Instant coffee (jars), cold meat (tins), fruit juice (long-life), tea bags (packs of 40s), tinned fish, sugar

Low On Stock: Rice (500g bags), tinned fruit, toilet roll, tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, tinned rice pudding, pasta sauces (jars), tinned custard, tinned tomatoes, jam.

We can also donate hygiene items such as: deodorant, shampoo, shaving foam & toilet roll.

 ****Please do not send fresh items as refrigeration is not available.****

Please send your donations to school with your child and ask them to pass them on to Primary Four.  Your donations will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks is advance,

P4 Team

 

P4B Reflective Friday Week Beginning 11th March

Literacy:

  • We used interesting openers to improve sentences.
  • We completed a comprehension activity about The Titanic.
  • Our spelling pattern this week was au.
  • In Writing, we wrote about our weekends.

Ideas for Home Learning:

  • Here are the spelling words; you could play a game of hangman using these words.

week 17 au words

  • Find some sentences in a reading book and improve the openers.

 

Maths and Numeracy:

  • We have been working on a variety of fractions including halves, quarters and thirds.
  • We have been practising our times tables each day.
  • We have looked at properties of 2-d shapes.

Ideas for Home Learning:

Practise your halves, quarters and times tables.  You could use Hit the Button to help you get faster.  Remember to practise your tables both in and out of order!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Have a go at this game to look at properties of shapes.

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3usa/flash/index.html?goLesson=14

 

Other Areas:

  • Some students from Heriot Watt University came to talk to us about Science and we did an experiment using oil, water, food dye and some fruit to learn about density.
  • We celebrated Comic Relief- do you want hear our joke?

“What do you call a nose with no body?”

“Nobody knows (nose)!”

  • In PE we started badminton skills.
  • We continued our research into the parts of a ship and the Titanic.

Ideas for Home Learning:

  • Continue your research into ships and the Titanic.
  • Continue to work on your goals for Getting Active.
  • Think about your own learning story targets and work on these.

P4G Reflective Friday Week Beginning 11th March

Another busy week in P4G.

Literacy:

  • We used interesting openers to improve sentences.
  • We completed a comprehension activity about The Titanic.
  • Our spelling pattern this week was au.
  • In Writing, we talked about different styles of letter writing and wrote letters to Eoin Colfer the author of Spud Murphy.
  • In Reading, if we finish early we have started to choose reading challenges.
  • We are learning to use speech marks correctly.

Ideas for Home Learning:

  • Here are the spelling words; you could play a game of hangman using these words.

week 17 au words

  • Write a letter to an author of your choice- why not try to find where to send it and see if you get a response?
  • Look for speech marks in a book at home.  Have they followed our star steps? (A new line for each new speaker; punctuation inside the final speech mark).

 

Maths and Numeracy:

  • We are starting to learn about fractions and have been revising halves.
  • We have been practising our times tables.  Please focus on revising 2, 5 and 10 and learning the 3 and 4 times tables.  We challenged ourselves to complete as much of a times tables grid as possible in 5 minutes.
  • We sorted 3-d shapes into a Venn Diagram.

Ideas for Home Learning:

Practise your halves and times tables.  You could use Hit the Button to help you get faster.  Remember to practise your tables both in and out of order!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Have a go at sorting shapes based on their properties into this Venn Diagram.

http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ShapeSorter/

 

Other Areas:

  • Some students from Heriot Watt University came to talk to us about Science and we did an experiment using oil, water, food dye and some fruit to learn about density.
  • We went swimming!
  • We celebrated Comic Relief- do you want hear our joke? 

What do you call a nose with no body?”

“Nobody knows (nose)!”

  • We have created Health Passports for Getting Active.
  • We had parents’ evening.
  • In PE we started badminton skills.
  • We have been introduced to our charity, supporting Edinburgh Food Project.

Ideas for Home Learning:

  • Continue to work on your goals for Getting Actives so that you can add stamps to your passport.
  • Think about your own learning story targets and work on these.
  • Talk to someone at home about the work of Edinburgh Food Project.

https://edinburghnw.foodbank.org.uk/

P4G Reflective Friday Week Beginning 4th March

Literacy

  • We finished our 500 word challenge to write a space story.  We designed our own front covers and blurbs for our stories.
  • Our spelling pattern was oi/oy words.  See the link below.
  • We finished writing our poetry using cursive writing.

Ideas for home learning:

Spelling words

Week 16 oyoi

  • How many oi/oy words can you find in a reading book/newspaper/magazine?
  • Write a poem about going to space.
  • Write a summary of your school reading from the week.

 

Maths/Numeracy

  • We looked at 3-d shapes and described its properties using the correct vocabulary: for example, vertices, edges and faces.
  • In subtraction we finished off our learning using column sums and applying them to problem solving situations, including an assessment to see how we are getting on.
  • We practised our beat-that (takeaways).

Ideas for home learning:

  • Play this game to practise your column subtraction

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3us/flash/lessonLauncher.html?lesson=lessons/07/m3_07_00_x.swf

  • Here is a game about 2-d and 3-d shapes and their properties

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/me3usa/flash/index.html?goLesson=14

  • Practise your beat-that sums and times tables.  Focus on 2, 5 and 10- you should be experts at these by now, and the 3 and 4.  If you already know all of these tables choose a different table to learn.

Beat that 1

Beat that 2

Beat that 3

Beat thats- take aways

 

Other Areas

  • We received a letter (Secret Mission) asking us to research the Titanic and bring it back to life! We found out information about lots of different aspects of the Titanic using IPADs and books.
  • For our learning on Resilience we made posters all about Getting Active.  We hope you are enjoying your 30-day challenges at home.
  • We went to the Book Fair this week and enjoyed World Book Day- we liked to drop everything and read (DEAR) during the day.
  • In PE we worked on stretching and running.

 

Ideas for home learning:

  • Do some extra research into the Titanic.  What can you find out to add to our learning in class?
  • Get Active! Think of all the ideas we came up with in class.

P4G Reflective Friday Week Beginning 25th February

Literacy:

  • We have begun our space stories for the whole school Buckstone Writing Competition, which we will finish next week.  Wish us luck!
  • In Writing, we finished our science reports about the electricity experiments we carried out.
  • We worked on using interesting openers.
  • In Reading we were summarising the section of book we had read, using words and pictures.
  • We practised our cursive  writing by writing out poetry.

Ideas for home learning:

As we have been working on our summarising skills can you write/draw a summary of the pages you were set for your reading homework last week?

Can you record what you do at the weekend as a diary entry?

Maths and Numeracy:

  • We did a 3-d shape hunt around the classroom and area.
  • We filled in a multiplication grid to show which tables we know and which ones we still need to work on.
  • In maths we used Hit the Button and Subtraction Grids to practise our quick subtraction skills.  This was to help us when we moved on to subtraction with exchange (stealing!)  Some of us found it a bit tricky!
  • We worked on our take away beat thats.

Ideas for home learning:

Play this game to help with your subtraction skills.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=subtraction grids

Watch this video to help you to understand the formal subtraction method we have been working on.  (Some of the words may be a bit different as it is an American clip, but the ideas are the same!)

https://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/arith-review-add-subtract/modal/v/basic-regrouping-or-borrowing-when-subtracting-three-digit-numbers

Can you answer these subtractions using the formal (column sun) method?

85-8, 72-7, 93-65, 64-28, 125-18, 254-126, 2345-1237.  Try 305-218.  What makes this one even trickier?

Here is a multiplication grid- how much of it can you fill in? Can you work on the tables you are not sure of: especially the 2, 5, 10 and the 3 and 4 x tables.

multiplication grid

Other Areas:

  • In Art we made cat pictures by Paul Klee using pencils and pens.  We were working on using line.
  • In Drama, we used our acting skills to act out scenes from our class novel Matilda.  They were really funny!
  • In PE we used the large equipment to practise our gymnastics skills and we worked on sequences of movements working as a group.

Ideas for home learning:

Find out a bit more about the artist Paul Klee.  Here is a link below:

https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/paul-klee-1417

Work on your Get Active 30 day challenge as a family.

Maybe you could get some ideas from this website:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/sports-and-activities