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P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 11.11.19

It has been a very busy week of learning in P4J!

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about the column strategy for addition, and the jump strategy along a number line.

We have been practicing our number bonds to 100 and doubling numbers. We have explaining our strategies for these skills.

We have been recalling addition facts quickly and accurately.

We have been continuing our learning about symmetry, with Miss Houliston.

Literacy

We have started our new class novel – The Legend of Spud Murphy. We really enjoyed reading Chapter 1 together and found it very funny! We have been using our reading and writing skills to write in character.  We found details and evidence in the text to help us write from the perspective of the main character.

We have ben practising answering our reading comprehension question in full sentences, by using part of the question in our answer.

Spelling– Words with  ‘ir’ and ‘ur‘.

We have been exploring  words that can be made using these root words.

first thirst thirsty girl birthday third Thursday nurse curve purple

squirrel confirm squirt thirteen circus circle surprise return disturb Church

HWB

This week was Anti-Bullying Week and we started our new resilience topic – Be Kind To Others. We became ‘bucket fillers’ and used kind words and phrases to describe our classmates. We wrote thank you cards to others who have shown us kindness and created ‘secret missions of kindness’ for others to carry out.

IDL

We used our observation and writing skills to measure and record the weather in the playground this week. We used thermometers, wind vanes and rainfall gauges to measure and record the weather. We also used the vocabulary that we have been learning, along with our knowledge of weather forecasts, to describe the weather.

We really enjoyed our visit from the RSPB this week. We developed our cooperation, observation and our knowledge of trees, leaves and seeds in the woodland area of our playground. We are looking forward to the RSPB returning to our class in a few weeks. Here are some pictures from our outdoor learning:

Home learning:

  • Assigned reading books.
  • Adding two items together using the column method and discussing carrying a number. Check your answer using the number line method.
  • Discussing jigsaw numbers e.g. change from £1 for a 37p sweet.

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 4.11.19

**Next Week**

P4J and P4W will be part of a visit to the school by the RSPB on Wednesday morning. This will introduce the class to our next topic – Living Things.

Please check Parent Pay to give consent for your child to attend, along with payment for the visit.

As the visit will be primarily outside, please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for cold and/or wet weather.

Many thanks!

 

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about the grid strategy for addition, and the jump strategy along a number line.  Next week we will investigate the column method for addition and continue to practice our addition using number line jumps.

We have been practicing our number bonds to 100 and doubling numbers. We will continue to practice these skills next week.

We have been continuing our learning about symmetry, with Miss Houliston.

Literacy

We completed and published the descriptive writing of our playground in Autumn, in a final copy. We used lots interesting adjectives, powerful verbs and elements of VCOP in our writing – it was fantastic!

Next week, we will be starting our new class novel.

Spelling Words

We have been practicing using ar and or.

Spicy

sharp harm chart shark march cork forty horse

Hot

alarm orbit inform scorch force torch starving barge

tricky words – only, little.

IDL

We have been developing our knowledge of weather and forecasting with our learning partners. We were able to recognise and discuss different weather symbols which are used in weather forecasting. We then applied this knowledge on to weather maps of different countries around the world, including France, Japan, India and Serbia!

We have been developing our ball skills and playing bench ball. We have really enjoyed working as a team and will continue to practice our teamwork and communication skills.

Home learning:

  • Looking at and discussing weather forecasts.
  • Assigned reading books.
  • Looking for lines of symmetry in different shapes and designs that you see.
  • Adding two items together using the grid method or number line jump strategy.
  • Discussing jigsaw numbers e.g. change from £1 for a 37p sweet.

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 28.10.19

It has been a busy week of learning in P4J!

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about the diamond strategy for addition using 2 and 3 digit numbers.  We have been recalling addition facts quickly and accurately, and discussing strategies for doing so.

We have been identifying and making lines of symmetry in 2D shapes. Thank you for sharing our learning with us on Friday morning.

Literacy

This week, we have continued to look at our descriptive writing of our playground in Autumn. We completed our first draft and have highlighted ways to improve our writing in our final draft of our writing.

Through our science topic, we have been developing our note taking skills whilst researching extreme weather events.

With Miss Houliston, we have been learning about the correct use of there, their and they’re.

Spelling Words

We have been practicing the short vowel sound ‘o’ immediately before l is made by using ‘a’. We have been adding ed and ing suffixes to these root words.

talk walk chalk salt halt scald

We have also been learning to spell words linked to our science topic.

weather seasons cloud drought forecast temperature degrees hurricane tornado measure rainfall.

IDL

We have been developing our knowledge of weather in our cooperative learning teams. Using laptops we were researching about extreme weather events and we will continue this learning next week.

RME

We have been learning about The Good Samaritan story from the Bible.

 

We attended our first Learning Teams meeting this week and we are looking forward to making changes to our school and community!

Home learning:

  • Looking at and discussing weather forecasts.
  • Assigned reading books.
  • Looking for lines of symmetry in different shapes and designs that you see.
  • Adding two items together using the diamond method.

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 21.10.19

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about the diamond strategy for addition using 2 digit numbers. We have been recalling addition facts quickly and accurately, and discussing strategies for doing so.

Literacy

This week, we were out in the wooded area of our playground, using our senses to describe setting.  We have started planning a descriptive writing text using our notes from our outdoor learning and we will be using this to help us write next week.

Spelling Words

We have been practicing ‘everyday’ words including the correct use of their, there, they’re.

Health and Wellbeing

We have been learning about the importance of a ‘growth mindset’ in our learning and discussing how we can use this in our own learning to have a positive perspective when we find work challenging.

Home learning:

  • Looking at and discussing weather forecasts.
  • Assigned reading books.

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 7.10.19

It has been a busy week of learning in P4J!

A reminder to please bring your Learning Stories back to class after the October break.

Maths and Numeracy

We have been talking about the position of digits in a number and knowing the value of each, counting on and back from a given number, adding and subtracting in multiples of 10, 100 and 1000, rounding  2, 3 and 4- digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100, identifying numbers that round to a given multiple of 100, and estimating answers by rounding to the nearest 10.

We have been practicing quick and accurate recall of addition facts and 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Literacy

Reading books have not gone home this week.

We have been learning to use there, their and they’re correctly with Miss Houliston.

We have been developing our reading skills using our class novel ‘Storm’ with a focus on developing vocabulary and finding details and evidence in the text. We have been developing our writing skills by using adjectives to describe setting, characters and moods.

Spelling Words

We have been learning to add the ‘ed’ suffix to a root word. Rule- double the final consonant in the root word before adding ed to keep the vowel short.

Spicy – popped, stopped, dropped, cropped, mopped, sobbed, rubbed, mapped, chopped, snapped.

Hot –  prodded, plodded, slammed, scrubbed, dragged, wrapped, scrubbed, controlled, permitted, regretted, admitted.

Tricky words – where, were.

Religious and Moral Education

We have been learning about Christian Bible Stories. We were learning about the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son this week.

IDL

This week, we have been learning about the water cycle. We worked with our learning partners to create water cycles in bags and observed what happened over the following day. We used new vocabulary such as condensation, evaporation and precipitation to describe what happened in the bag.

 

Home learning:

  • You will need a dice. Player 1 has the numbers 100, 300 and 400. Player 2 has 200, 400, 600. Roll the dice to form a 3- digit number and round it. The player with that multiple of 100 scores a point. The winner is the first player to reach 8.
  • look for ‘ed’ words in the books you are reading at home. Make a list of the ones that follow this rule.
  • Counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 10 and 100.

Have a lovely October break!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 30.9.19

Another busy week in P4J!

Please bring your Learning Stories back to class next week.

We would also like to request glass jars from home to help us with a science experiment for our topic – weather in Scotland. Thank you! 

Maths and Numeracy

We have been applying our skills for rounding whole numbers this week. We have been using our rounding skills to estimate the answers to calculations, using subtraction and addition. Next week, we will continue to practice this skill and revise our knowledge and skills from place value, rounding and estimating.

We have been practising and applying our skills for chance and probability with Miss Houliston. We can use these skills to say how likely an event is to happen. Our next maths topic will be looking at symmetry. 

We have been learning quick and accurate recall of addition facts and 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Literacy

We have been learning about Modal Verbs with Miss Houliston such as will, would, could and should. 

We have been looking at our class novel Storm, to identify ‘powerful verbs’. We discussed that a verb is a ‘doing’ word and we highlighted verbs from Storm which were very powerful to the reader. We then wrote our own sentences using powerful verbs to apply our knowledge. We wrote some super sentences!

Spelling Words

We have been learning to add the ‘ed’ suffix to a root word.

Spicy – helped , thanked, jumped, haunted, enjoyed, planted, painted, wanted, reached, granted

Hot – murdered, explained, haunted, gasped, fainted, stranded, clamped, tramped, happened, received  

Tricky words – people, water.

Health and Wellbeing

In P.E, we have been applying all of our dodging, coordination, teamwork, throwing and catching skills to play 3 v 3 tag rugby games. We have really enjoyed playing together and have demonstrated some excellent teamwork! We will finish our learning about tag rugby skills next week.

As part of our whole school resilience programme, we have been discussing what we are grateful for. In our classroom, we have an ‘appreciation station’ where we can write down what we are grateful for, throughout our day.

IDL

This week, we have been discussing weather in Scotland. As a class, we have been discussing what we know about weather, what we would like to find out about weather, and how we can find out about it.

Mrs Ritchie gave a fantastic talk to P4J and P4W about weather and the water cycle and we had lots of questions. We will be investigating weather and the water cycle in the coming weeks.

Home learning:

  • Practise adding multiples of 10 together. e.g. 40 + 10, 60 + 30, etc.
  • Try this game to practise rounding to the nearest 10 and 100: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/rocket-rounding  You can also practice counting in multiples of 10 and 100.
  • Try this game to practise chance and probability skills: http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L118/index.html# 
  • Practise your spelling words using your favourite coloured pens.
  • Read your set reading books and traffic light your reading record sheets. Write down any tricky words to share with your reading group next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 23.9.19

Maths and Numeracy

We have been practising our skills for rounding whole numbers this week. We have been rounding whole numbers to 10 and to 100. Some of us have found rounding to 100 quite tricky! 

Next week, we will be using these skills to estimate a number.

We have been practising and applying our skills for chance and probability with Miss Houliston. We can use these skills to say how likely an event is to happen.

We have been learning quick and accurate recall of addition facts and 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

Literacy

We have been learning about Modal Verbs with Miss Houliston such as will, would, could and should. 

We have been developing our skills to write about characters’ thoughts and feelings, through our class novel ‘Storm’. We have also been identifying powerful words from ‘Storm’ which we could use in our own writing.

This week we tried ‘Slow Writing’ to encourage us to add VCOP into each of our sentences. We re-wrote the last chapter of ‘Storm’ to give the novel a different ending.

Spelling Words

We have been learning to drop the ‘e’ from our root word, before adding the suffix ‘ing’. e.g. share become sharing.

Spicy

liking

sharing

driving

using

writing

coming

choking

having

giving

leaving

Hot

excluding

requiring

refusing

hoping

changing

managing

noticing

exciting

fascinating

judging

Health and Wellbeing

In P.E, we have been developing our throwing and catching skills with a rugby ball. We have continued to develop our ‘movers and thinkers’ skills. We have been working with a partner to mirror each others movements. We are developing our coordination and thinking skills.

This week we have been finishing our learning about SHANARRI. We are been creating a tree for our class wall that shows all of the elements of SHANARRI (Safe, Healthy, Achieving, Nurtured, Active, Respected, Responsible, Included).

IDL

This week, we went out into our playground and carried out a scavenger hunt about Scotland. We worked in partners to find all of the answers hidden in the playground and matched the answers to the questions. We worked really well together, showing fantastic teamwork skills, and we had lots of fun!

Home learning:

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 16.9.19

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about rounding whole numbers this week. We have been rounding whole numbers to 10 and we have started rounding numbers to 100. Some of us have found this quite tricky! We will be practicing this skill, next week.

Try this game to practice this skill: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/rocket-rounding

Literacy

We have been looking at what makes a good piece of writing. We have identified Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP) as the 4 main attributes to focus on. This week we looked at a piece of writing and highlighted VCOP in the paragraph. We then continued the story, focussing on adding VCOP in to our writing. We wrote some fantastic descriptions!

We are continuing with our class novel ‘Storm’. We have been discussing how to put ourselves in the role of a character to help us understand their feelings, thoughts and actions. We have been focusing on the main character – Annie and her meeting with the horseman in our story!

Reading books have gone home this week.

Spelling Words

We have been practising everyday words.

Health and Wellbeing

On Thursday we were continuing to develop our ‘movers and thinkers’ skills. We have been working with a partner to develop matching footwork sequences, using our coordination, listening and teamwork skills.

This week we have been learning to ‘Look on the Bright Side’! Some of our classmates have shared their super memory boxes with us. We have also been learning to appreciate all the things that we are grateful for.

IDL

We have been developing our knowledge of Scotland and developing our cooperative learning skills. We have been working cooperatively to create posters about the cities in Scotland.

Have a lovely weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 13.9.19

We have had another busy week in P4J!

Maths and Numeracy

We have been learning about place value this week. We have been using the symbols < > = to describe the relationships between numbers. We have also looked at expanding a 4-digit number (e.g. 4958 = 4000 + 900 + 50 + 8) and drawing a number using dienes materials.

Try this game to practice this skill: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/place-value-basketball

We have been learning to use the vocabulary of probability and chance with Miss Houliston. We have been saying whether something is certain, likely, even chance, unlikely or impossible to happen.

Literacy

We have been looking at what makes a good piece of writing. We have identified Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP) as the 4 main attributes to focus on. This week we were able to think of lots of different kinds of punctuation that we can use in our writing. We will be working on VCOP throughout the year.

We are continuing with our class novel ‘Storm’. We have been discussing how to put ourselves in the role of a character to help us understand their feelings, thoughts and actions. We have been focusing on the main character – Annie.

Spelling Words

Spicy

running

swimming

hopping

rubbing

stopping

digging

stepping

skipping

getting

Hot

wrapping

trimming

dragging

plotting

splitting

scrapping

strumming

quitting

forgetting

planning

In spelling, we have been learning about doubling the final consonant of a root word before adding ‘ing’.  We have been testing ourselves in our morning spelling challenges to work out whether to double the final consonant or not. This can be a bit tricky!

Home Learning- write the words using your favourite pens.

Health and Wellbeing

We will be having PE twice a week – on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

On a Monday we are learning the skills for rugby and this week we have focused on our coordination and movement as a team.

On a Thursday we are developing our ‘movers and thinkers’ skills. We have been working with a partner to develop matching footwork sequences.

We are learning about the wellbeing indicators ‘SHANARRI’ with Miss Houliston (https://www.gov.scot/policies/girfec/wellbeing-indicators-shanarri/) and we have been using our ‘Appreciation Station’ in class to write down what we are grateful for.

French

We are learning to say the date in French, using our knowledge of days of the week, numbers and months of year.

IDL

We have been developing our knowledge of Scotland, developing mapping skills and developing our cooperative learning skills.

Have a good weekend!

P4J Jumping Jigglypuffs w/c 2.9.19

It has been a busy week of learning in Primary 4J.

Literacy

Developing our vocabulary.

Exploring characters in our class novel – Storm.

Looking for clues in a text.

Developing our descriptive writing skills.

Developing our reading and comprehension skills.

Spelling

This week’s spelling rule is adding ing.

Spicy Spelling Words

wanting

toasting

editing

flying

sounding

thinking

throwing

walking

stealing

drawing

Hot Spelling Words

knowing

learning

soaking

catching

shocking

explaining

expecting

happening

thrilling

searching

Numeracy

We are developing our understanding of whole numbers.

Writing numbers in words and digits.

Comparing and ordering numbers.

Using symbols < > = to compare numbers.

Counting on from a number.

Using the vocabulary of chance and probability.

Using strategies to help us make quick and accurate calculations.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (doubles / number bonds)

IDL

Exploring maps of Scotland.

Health and Wellbeing

Skills required for team games.

Developing the use of our class charter.

Developing resilience – look on the bright side.