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P4B Reflective Friday 22.2.19

Hope you all had a lovely holiday, here is what we have learned this week

Maths

This week we learned how to use exchanging within our algorithm sum. It was a challenge but we have certainly got the hang of it now. It would be used for sums where the top number is smaller than the bottom. For example   24                                                                                                                                                                     – 08

We finished our time focus by looking at estimation where we made an educated guess about how long certain activities take and then we tested the estimate using a stopwatch with our learning partners.

We practised our beat thats using the flashcard games on the I PADS this week and I have attached them for you to practice at home.

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Things to do at home –

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

This has an explanation of exchanging, however it is an American clip so some of the language they use is slightly different, for example re grouping instead of exchanging.

Literacy

We learned a new spelling rule for ph words when it sounds like an f. Here are this weeks words to practice.

graph  phone

photo  photograph

dolphin  phrase

sphere  orphan

alphabet  elephant

Things to do at home –

I have attached a link to spelling city where you can create a free account and input the spelling words and the children can practice using games.

https://www.spellingcity.com/

Other areas

We have learned about the work of Charles Rennie Macintosh and recreated his famous rose stained glass window. It lead to a fantastic discussion all about the different jobs that people have and what skills we need in them. The children were amazed that he was an architect, artist, furniture and jewellery designer.

Have a great weekend

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P4B Reflective Friday 8.2.19

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

This week we started learning about the strategies of subtraction, we began with the best ways to get the answer in our heads. To do this we played subtraction bingo. We then looked at how to transfer this knowledge to simple sums using our algorithm method.

We haven’t had time to revise our beat thats this week so here they are for you to practice at home.

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Things to do at home –

https://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/a/subtract_mentally_2_digit.php

This has an explanation of some of the mental strategies we will be using

Literacy

We linked a lot of our literacy work this week to Chinese New Year, the children developed their note taking skills and did a comprehension exercise all about how it is celebrated. We also did a research task about the country of China using the IPADS, finding out about things like famous landmarks and all the languages spoken there.

We made a poster about how to use the internet safely using the message of SMART, it would be great if the children could remember and explain to you what this means.

Things to do at home –

This is the video about internet safety we based our poster on.

Other areas

We have had a great week learning more about science and different types of power. First of all we were very lucky to have Generation Science in the school and they gave us a great workshop called Power to the People which the children loved. Then today we made our own circuits using batteries, bulbs, switches, buzzers and fans, at the end some tables worked together and created a super circuit.

Have a great holiday

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P4B Reflective Friday 1.2.19

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

This week we have focused  again on our addition skills, we have done a lot of work on the strategies we can use to make adding in our head easier. We had fun playing a game called guess my number on the topmarks website.  We created  ‘How to’ videos on the IPADS to show our understanding of the algorithm method. They were fantastic and the children were able to explain the steps of the sum with great detail.

We also looked at the importance of timetables and linked it to our previous work on time. This was a tricky concept for the children and many of them were keen to look at bus and train timetables at home.

I have also attached a copy of our levels  on beat thats for you to practice at home.

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Things to do at home –

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=bingoaddition

https://www.lothianbuses.com/

Literacy

In reading we are continuing to focus on comprehension and understanding. The class used their reading books to complete another visualiser.

In writing we looked back at our descriptive pieces on a winters scene. We self assessed against the success criteria identifying something that we were happy with and something that needed a bit more work. We then up levelled the writing and wrote a final copy. These are wonderful and look great on the wall. It makes you cold just reading them.

In spelling this week we re visited some of our previous tricky words.

Things to do at home –

Here is a copy of the visualiser if you wanted to do one as part of you reading homework.

visualiser

Other areas

It was our second week of swimming and the children are loving it, our instructors have been ever so impressed with our effort and determination. They have commented on how respectful and well mannered we are. Well done P4!

We researched about viking food with our learning  partner and used this to create our own Viking menu. Lots of smoked fish and salted meats as well as fresh fruit and Norse oatcakes were some of the things we chose. We practised our note taking skills as part of the learning came from a powerpoint.

Have a great weekend

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P4B Reflective Friday 25.1.19

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

This week we have focused on our addition skills, we have done a lot of work on the strategies we can use to make adding in our head easier. We had fun playing a game called addition bingo on the topmarks website. The children have worked so hard on using the algorithm sum for column addition, this was a brand new concept for them and we have already moved on to bridging 10 and carrying. Well done P4! We are in the process of creating ‘How to’ videos on the IPADS to show our understanding.

I have also attached a copy of our levels  on beat thats for you to practice at home.

Big_Maths-Beat-That_P2

Big_Maths-Beat-That_P3

Big_Maths-Beat-That_P4   

Things to do at home –

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=bingoaddition

Literacy

In reading we are focusing on comprehension and understanding. The class used their reading books to complete a brand new task called the visualiser. We thought of an important event in the story and illustrated what we thought it looked like and then wrote a paragraph describing it.

In spelling this week we had fun creating our own wordsearches with our words.  We learned all about the rule for adding a tch to the end of words.

fetch                      ditch

patch                    witch

stretch                  Scotch

snatched             scratched

catching               pitching

Things to do at home –

Here is a copy of the visualiser if you wanted to do one as part of you reading homework.

visualiser

Other areas

We have started to learn the skills of gymnastics in PE, we had fun on Monday creating a 4 step gymnastic sequence which took in elements of balance, strength and creativity.

We researched about viking gods and goddesses and with a partner created an information sheet about ones of our choice. This helped us to improve our note taking skills as part of the learning came from a powerpoint.

Have a great weekend

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P4B Reflective Friday 16.11.18

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

This week we have focussed on using analogue clocks to tell the time, revising oclock and moving on to half past, quarter to and quarter past. We had fun playing a game called stop the clock on the topmarks website. It would be great for the children to practice using this at home.

I have attached a copy of our levels  on beat thats for you to practice at home.

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Literacy

We looked at punctuation this week concentrating on how we can use question and exclamation marks appropriatley, We did lots of practice and investigated using our ERIC books, seeing how many question and exclamation marks we could find. We then used them in sentences and even for jokes.

In spelling this week we had fun creating our own wacky paragraphs with our words.  We are able to sound these words out, here they are,

first                thirst

girl                 squirm

burst              turnip

Thursday       curl

disturb           church

Other areas

The exciting news is that after working together in mixed class groups  using the outcomes we have to cover in P4, it was decided after a vote between Vikings and Romans, that our new topic would be Vikings. We  begun this week by working on a KWHL grid to find out,

K – What we know already

W – What we would like to know

We carried on developing our skills using powerpoint by creating one showing our understanding of our last topic on living things. This was a great way to display our learning.

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P4B Reflective Friday 9.11.18

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

We are going to begin our new topic of time in maths next week. So we worked on a KWHL grid to find out,

K – What we know already

W – What we would like to know

H – How we think we would like to learn about it

We had some great ideas and my favourite part was the childrens knowledge of time devices. One child said when they want to find out the time the just ask Alexa.

We also carried on with our beat thats, the children chose how they would like to practice, with some using flashcards on the IPADS and others using whiteboards and testing eachother. I have attached a copy of our levels for you to practice at home.

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Literacy

We continued to use our description skills to write a paragrah about our favourite place. We added another focus this week which was using amazing openers to interest the reader. We did lots of practice and investigated using our ERIC books, seeing how many amazing openers we could find.

In spelling this week we had fun creating our own wordsearches with our words.  Here they are

yard             shark

artist           alarm

carve            cork

forty            orbit

horse          inform

Other areas

We carried on looking at the skills of shading in art, last week we looked at crosshatching and this week we learned all about stippling. This is where you use lots of little dots to create areas of light and dark. We used our own self portraits to do this.

We used all the skills we have developed in basketball and had a games lesson. It was fantastic to see the children thinking about how to move the ball quickly and find space on the court.

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P4B Reflective Friday 12.10.18

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

We learned how to round a number to the nearest 10 this week, we created our own success criteria which were.

I can round up if the units are above 5

I can round down if the units are below 5

I can round up if the unit is 5

We also carried on with our beat thats, we now have children on level 2 and 3. I have attached a copy of both levels for you to practice at home.

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Literacy

We used our developing skills in description to write a paragrah about a creepy doorway. We were able to use some fantatstic WOW words and when reading them I could really imagine what the doorway looked like. Well done

In spelling this week we carried on with adding on ed to the end of words. We had words where we had to drop the ‘e’ on the end of the root word and then add ‘ed’. Here they are

cropped            prodded

crushed            slammed

scrubbed          scared

dived                stroked

joked                 muted

 

Hope you all have a great holiday week

P4B

P4B Reflective Friday 5.10.18

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

We have been creating our own true or false statements using greater or less than and becoming experts in using the symbols < >.

We also worked on creating new ways to get to an answer in addition. We have really enjoyed trying to come up with strategies that we can explain to others.

Literacy

We read information about looking after a bird and used our comprehension skills to identify the important bits and then used this to create our own information sheet.

In spelling this week we looked at adding on ed to the end of words. It was great to see that the rules that we have already learned to do with root words and long and short vowel sounds still help us. We practiced using an activity called code words. Here are the words.

clamped               gasped

granted              stranded

murdered            fainted

enjoyed                haunted

explained             leaked

Other areas

In French we have been learning how to greet one another, we can now say hello and and how we are feeling and also what is your name. This week we moved on to numbers so we can ask someones age. Its great fun all learning together.

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P4B Reflective Friday 28.9.18

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

We have continued with developing our understanding of bigger numbers, looking at thousands and tens of thousands. We also investigated using symbols in maths. We concentrated on meaning of greater and less than and did lots of examples using the < > symbols.

This week we began our own survey, by creating a question with five answers that we would use show our understanding of collecting and using information.

Literacy

In writing we created a detailed description using the character Hagrid. We used our understanding of WOW words to think about how we could make our descriptions better.

In spelling this week we looked back over the past three weeks of  rules. It was great to see how much we remembered. We had great discussions about the meaning of a root word and long and short vowel sounds and how they can change the rule.

Other areas

In PE this week we carried on developing our skills in basketball. Our focus on dribbling allowed us to work in pairs. We learned how to shoot the basketball which was quite tricky.

In topic we used our learning about the characteristics of living things and explored our playground looking for evidence of things we could describe as living. We took the IPADS out to take photographs.

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P4B Reflective Friday 21.9.18

Here is what we have learned this week

Maths

We have worked hard with our understanding of bigger numbers, looking at thousands and tens of thousands. We have been writing these using digits and words. We have also focused on adding on 10 and 100 to numbers.

Our first bar charts look great, we concentrated on presentation making sure we always use a ruler and that we have a title and sub headings for each axis. Well done P4.

Literacy

In writing we started learning about how to use WOW words to make a boring sentence better. We all had to edit and improve two sentences about our summer.

In spelling this week we carried on using words that end in ‘ing’. We learned about words that finish with an ‘e’. When you add ‘ing’ you have to get drop the ‘e’.          For example hope – hoping.

Other areas

In our new topic we learned about what makes something living. What are the characteristics it needs. We found out more about a good way to remember these. It is MRS NERG, this week we found out the MRS stands for – M – Movement – R- Respiration – S – Sensitivity.

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