p4b long a sound

pain pains paint pained painful painkiller
chain chains chained chaining chainsaw chainmail
train trains trainer trained trainees retrain
pay pays paying payback payday overpayment
stay stays stayed staying overstay outstayed
play plays playing played playful playhouse
eight eighteen eighty eighty-eight eighty-one eighty-three
neigh neighs neighed neighing neighbour neighbourhood

River tweed trip

We had a great time collecting and identifying invertebrates on Wednesday with Patrick from the Tweed Foundation.  We were able to use the nets to collect samples and keys to identify what we had found.  We can’t wait to go back next week!

p4b long a sound

late later latest lately translate translating
ate date mate skater celebrate cellmate
bake bakes baked bakers baking bakery
fade fades faded fading fadedness unfaded
rate rates rated rating narrated celebrate
name names named naming nametag nickname
shape shapes shaper shaped shaping shapeless
make makes maker making troublemaker peacemaker

P4A Science experiment

We have been learning about microorganisms. This week we did an experiment with yeast. Here is the information if you want to do the experiment at home.


  • Small bottle (with lid)
  • 10g fresh or dried yeast
  • 30ml warm water
  • 10g sugar
  • Thermometer
  • Balloon


Yeast is a living organism that needs food (carbohydrate) and oxygen to respire. This can be demonstrated using simple materials.

  1. Warm the water to around 38°C (check with a thermometer).
  2. Pour the water into the bottle.
  3. Add the yeast and sugar.
  4. Secure the lid and shake the bottle to mix the contents.
  5. Remove the lid and stretch a balloon over the neck of the bottle.
  6. Put this in a warm place.
  7. Observe the bottle over the next hour. The balloon should slowly inflate.

P4b potion recipe

Our primary four fabulous fantasy potion



10 magical purple bananas

1kg of yeast

Donald Trump’s hair

The wag of a fluffy dog’s tail

A blob of shimmery toothpaste

A chip from Oor Wullies bucket

15 gold teeth

A squidge of hand sanitizer

A giant, beautiful orange caterpillar


  1. Mash the bananas and put in a large pot.
  2. Pour in the yeast.
  3. Steal Trumps hair and sprinkle it into the pot.
  4. Persuade a dog to wag its tail beside the pot.
  5. Mix the toothpaste, Oor Wullies bucket and the teeth and add them to the pot.
  6. Squidge the hand sanitizer onto the caterpillar and put it in the mixture.
  7. Heat for an hour and stir it well. Let it cool before serving.

Can you create your own potion recipe? What ingredients will you need? What will your potion do?

P4b short vowel revision words

pan pans panda panned pandemic pantomime
pen pens penned pencil penny independent
head heads beheading beheaded headmaster headache
pin pins pinning pinned pinafore opinion
pot pots potting potty pottery crackpot
call calls caller called calling recall
pun puns punch punnet punish punishment
come coming comedy become becoming comedian

P4b short u sound

sun sunny sunset sunrise sunglasses sunlight
fun funny funfair funnier funniest fundraiser
chug chugs chugging chugged chugging chugged
bud buds buddy budding budded rosebud
shut shuts shutting shutter shuttle shuttlecock
hunt hunts hunting hunted hunter hunters
some something someone somebody somehow somewhere
come comes coming comet comedian unbecoming