Block 2 Class Information
Teacher(s) : Mr Elliott
Mrs Monaghan will be teaching Art and Design on a Wednesday morning and Mrs Mackenzie will be teaching Music and Drama on a Thursday afternoon.
Welcome to Primary 4 with Mr Elliott! Please feel free to check back to this page for updates of what is happening throughout the term.
PE days :
Our P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday mornings (9:00 – 9:45am). * Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing with them for these days with their kit named. If the weather is favourable on these days we may head outdoors for our PE times, so ensure that something warm is in their kit bags just in case.
*This Block Primary 4 are extremely fortunate to be taking part in a series of Dance Workshops for the BBC 10 Pieces Project. This is an exciting opportunity for pupil and will be led by a team of people from the 10 Pieces program.
These workshops will be held on Tuesday 2:00pm – 3:00pm starting from the 21st January for 9 weeks. A celebration event will be held on 25th March in Park Mains High School.
Important Dates :
NSPCC Workshop: Wednesday 29th Jan
Holiday: Friday 7th – Wednesday 12th February
Return to School: Thursday 13th February
Check back for further dates later in the year 🙂
We copy out our homework diaries on a Monday for the week ahead. This skill helps us to become more organised as the year goes on and as we begin our journey through to the upper school. Spelling and Reading homeworks are given on a Monday and Maths homework is given on a Tuesday. These are to be returned on a Thursday and Friday respectively. Please take time to read your child’s diary with them through the week and to sign it on a Friday. Spelling and Maths homework should also be signed.
Literacy and Modern Languages:
Throughout our Literacy work this term we will be following Jolly Grammar 3. Through the program we will be developing our understanding of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs along with other important aspects of grammar. You can help to reinforce your child’s understanding of these aspects when reading with them at home and noting them in their reading book.
We are also developing our skills of Reading and responding to texts and questions, linking in with our Reading skills. We use a Guided Reading approach for our reading as this gives us opportunities to develop our reading for meaning skills along with questioning and information gathering.
In our Writing we are developing our knowledge of Letter and Diary writing linking to our Science Topic of Water and our Technologies Topic of Robots. We will be looking at developing our creative writing and applying our understanding of grammar skills to our writing. We have our Big Write every Tuesday and alongside a particular writing genre we will be focussing on developing our VCOP skills and applying these to our written work.
This Block we will be using the popular novel ‘The Creakers’ to conduct a book study. We will be looking more in depth at the language used by the author, how characters and setting is described and other aspects of writing. We are really excited to get started!
Numeracy and Mathematics :
In our Numeracy and Mathematics we are currently developing our knowledge of place value and rounding, before moving on to developing our skills of addition and subtraction. We will however be using these skills through our SEAL(TEAM) Maths programme and our Number Talks to make sure we don’t get too rusty using them! On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we have our TEAM based maths where we take part in active maths stations and activities. During this time we also develop our number skills and mental calculations in Number Talks and small groups.
Health and Wellbeing :
In our Health and Wellbeing we are developing our awareness of our feelings through the PATHS Primary 4 programme, looking at the range of comfortable and uncomfortable feelings we have. We will be continuing to have Pupil of the Week and also taking part in some Growth Mindset activities as well.
Broad General Education :
Our current Technologies Topic is Robots. We have developed a list of questions that we would like to research throughout our studies. We are looking forward to finding out more about how robots are made, what they are used for and when they were first used in the world. We’ve heard that a Robot has been made by an inventor from Iceland that looks quite like a human and is being used to help people around the world to conduct some more Robotics research!
How Can You Help at Home? :
Take time to listen to your child read each evening and ask them questions on their book. This will develop a love for reading and encourage them to use the skills we are developing in school at home.
Spend some time recalling number bonds and table facts with your child too as this develop their mental maths agility as well.
Class Gallery :
Keep your eyes peeled for our super work coming throughout the year!