It has been a very exciting week in Primary 4. If you look in the “Residential news” section of this blog then you will see several updates about the visit to Auchengillan that some primary 4 children attended on Monday and Tuesday. A great time was had by all and there were a few sleepy faces in school yesterday morning – and that was just the teachers!
The children who did not go to Auchengillan had a fun time back in school learning more about caterpillars and butterflies before our real caterpillars arrive in class in a few weeks time! They also had the opportunity to explore the International Space Station and the solar system through using Google Expeditions on the iPads. Some children also created fabulous mini beasts out of clay. Sounds like a fabulous couple of days!
This week we have begun working on the 7 times table in class. The children have picked this up quickly and they are using concrete materials, number lines and known multiplication facts to help them develop their understandings of this tricky times table!
Today in class we had the opportunity to design and create our very own mini beasts using our knowledge of common insects characteristics and defenses. The children designed their insects in their topic jotters before using different shapes, sizes and colours of paper to create a collage of their mini beast in the style of the artist Matisse. These are looking fabulous so far and we look forward to putting the finished products up on the wall for all to see!
A quick reminder that there will be no school next Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th May due to the May bank holiday. All children will resume on Wednesday 8th May.
Thank you for all support. Have a lovely long weekend.
Miss Clark and Miss Donaldson
It was lovely to welcome the children back to school on Tuesday and hear all of their holiday news. We hope you all had a fun and relaxing Easter break.
This week we have begun work on our new topic of Mini beasts. The children are very enthusiastic about this topic so far and have lots of ideas about how to make this topic very exciting! We started by working with a partner on writing down what we already know about mini beasts, what we want to learn and how we want to learn. Then we worked with a partner to research a particular mini beast in detail. The children wrote notes under the following 4 sub headings: habitat, defences, diet and characteristics. The children used fact files, the internet search engine kiddle.co and non-fiction books to research their mini beast. Next week we will begin writing a report about our mini beasts using the notes we have taken.
Next Monday some of the children will be heading on their adventure to Auchengillan. The children are all very excited! Please remember to hand in any medication your child will need during the overnight stay to the school before the end of the week if necessary. Arrival times on Tuesday will be communicated by GroupCall so please make sure the school has your up-to-date contact information. Thank you.
The children who will remain at school will have an exciting couple of days exploring our topic in more detail, completing art activities, going outside for PE and working on the school show. We look forward to being back together again on Wednesday to share all of our news.
In maths this week we have been learning the 9 times table. We have been using a song to help us learn all the stations of the 9 x table. Here is the link if the children would like to listen to it at home: 9 x table song The children in P4C have even created a dance to go with the song! Please ask your child to show you it 🙂
Thank you for your support. Have a lovely weekend when it comes.
Miss Clark & Miss Donaldson
Primary 4 have been working so hard this week. We have began our spelling and phonic work daily and homework was given out on Monday that is due in for Friday. The children should complete LCWC (Look, Cover, Write, Check) twice and then complete a spelling activity.
The children have also been given log in details for studyladder. The children should attempt to log in this week and complete at least 1 activity before Friday. If you have any trouble logging in then please let us know.
IMPORTANT – You should have received a letter this week explaining about a change of date to the Auchengillan Residential. The new dates of the trip are Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April. If you have any queries then please speak to the school office.
In numeracy the children have been learning to round numbers to the nearest 10. We began by rounding tens and units and we are now beginning to round hundreds numbers to the nearest 10 too! Please ask your child about what they have been learning.
Our Viking Topic is now in full swing! The children have learned about the countries that Vikings came from (Denmark, Norway and Sweden) and found them in an Atlas. They have also drawn their own Vikings and painted them as part of a display for our wall. We are hoping to arrange for some visitors to come to school to tell us more about Vikings – watch this space for more details!
PE days: Tuesday (outdoor) Thursday (indoor)
Spelling & Maths homework due: Friday
Reading (book of your child’s choice): At least 10 pages by Friday
Sounds of the week:
Badgers group: gn
Foxes/Hedgehog group: kn
Thank you for all your support. Have a great week!
Miss Clark & Miss Donaldson
Last night we went to an inflatable games barn. We did sumo wrestling, tug of war and The battle zone (see pictures below)
We also went to the tuck shop and bought (annoying) toys that make lots of sound. We then had supper and went to bed.
This morning we have woken up to sunshine. We had coco pops and hot filled rolls. Then we packed our bags and stripped our beds.
We are about to go off and do laser tag, archery and crate climbing. We are excited about the amazing activities today!
From the Primary 4s
We have had a fantastic start to our day. We have been grass sledging, water walking, team building and go karting. It has been breezy and is now sunny.
The dorms are huge and amazing. We are all happy with the rooms.
Dinner was amazing. Everyone is speechless because the dinner was so good. The best bit was the chocolate cake and cream.
We are now on the grass playing games before we do our night activities. This is the view
We will let you know more details tomorrow!
Thanks for reading,
Amber, Rosie, Anya, Holly and Lilly
Wowee, what a brilliant week for us to be going to Auchengillan! The sun is shining and it looks like it will be a great two days!
We have been busy whilst the others are away planning Day for Change. This is a UNICEF charity occasion which Primary 4 are in charge of leading.
We had lots of ideas of what we could change for the day and have decided on “Opposites Day” which will take place on the 16th June.
We will be gathering spare change in the bottles in the classroom and hope to have enough coins gathered to spell out “Day for Change,” in our new hall. More information will follow.
CATERPILLAR UPDATE: Our caterpillars have transformed into chrysalis and are now hanging upside down in our net, ready for the big transformation.
Please bring in show costumes.
Summer Fair is on 3rd June. Please get in touch with Parent Council if you are able to help out at all.
Homework Due Friday 2nd:
Maths – New activities uploaded to Studyladder to work on at your discretion. We are now measuring length and capacity.
Well done to the P4s who were at Auchengillan last week. Their behaviour was great and they all took part in the activities enthusiastically. Have a look at Miss Smith’s P4 blog for some photos of the trip.
The P3s are now really looking forward to their overnight trip to Lowport next week.
We also really enjoyed our trip to Dynamic Earth this week. Unfortunately our bus got caught up in bad traffic on our way there but the boys’ and girls’ behaviour was fantastic with no complaints on the journey. We learned lots more about the rainforests and also had a tour around Dynamic Earth.
Some of the class are taking part in a schools gymnastics competition on Thursday and we all wish them luck. I’m sure they’ll have a great time and do brilliantly.
New reading homework sheets have been attached in homework jotters. These include weekly reading pages as well as tasks to be completed once a fortnight. Please have a look at these as they started this week.
Next week’s homework will be Spelling, reading and maths.
Remember indoor PE is now on a Monday and outdoor PE on a Thursday (weather permitting) so please make sure your child has appropriate kit on these days.
Your child should have brought home a letter last week informing you of the change of teacher in class. As of May 24th Mrs Gilmour and Mrs Harris will be teaching P4/3 when I go off on maternity leave.
The boys and girls in P4 and 5 have all been working hard and rehearsing for our school show. We’re sure it’s going to be great and can’t wait to see the final result.
Have a good weekend
What a busy week it has been, getting into our new topics and recovering from the fantastic Auchengillan!
The children were excellent and their behaviour and manners were commented on by everyone, from the kitchen staff to the outdoor staff as well as the administration staff so a big well done to everyone who came.
We got very muddy on the last day as it had been raining prior to our visit. We had a very quick change before heading onto the bus to go home. See below for a few sneaky pics! We have made a video of all of the photos taken by staff which the children will see very soon.
Whilst we were away at Auchengillan, the people who stayed with Mrs Wallace did a fantastic job of organising Primary 4’s event, ‘Day for Change.’ This will take place on the 6th of May whereby children can mark the event by getting dressed in their pyjamas and slippers to come to school. If they wish they can bring in a donation of change, as much or as little as they want.
It has been a busy week for our staff and colleagues this week in Bulgaria too! I hope you have all been catching up with their activities on the F.L.A.G Blog page. In class we have been reading it every morning and discussing similarities and differences as well as talking about their experiences.
Look out for our newsletter for this term. It highlights up and coming events, current topics as well as reminders. We will be welcoming a few new visitors to our class next week as well as part of our Science topic, Mini-beasts. Caterpillars and worms will be making their way into their enclosures at some point for us to observe over the next few weeks.
This week we sent off letters to members of our community to invite them in to chat about their role in our community. We sent ten letters to various people the children considered to be important in our community and have one visit booked in for next week already! Fingers crossed more people reply to make our learning all the more interesting and relevant.
Please sign homework diaries
Indoor PE kit – Monday
Outdoor PE kit – Tuesday
6th May – Day for Change
Due: Friday 29th April
Red – Ch 3 and 4
Blue – p.21 – 32
green – p.15 – 27
- Corresponding activities (first one to be completed by next Friday 29th as they have two weeks to complete an activity.)
- Miss Smith’s Maths Class – Multiplication / division sheet.
What an exciting week we’ve had this week!
On Tuesday we had a visitor called Callum from a company called Cool Creatures. He came into class with some animals for us to meet. They were all animals from rainforest climates and it really helped us to kick off this term’s topic in a fun and exciting way.
We met a tortoise, two giant millipedes, two armadillos, a tarantula and a python called Bob.
On Tuesday of next week(the 19th) we are going to Dynamic Earth to learn more about the rainforests. A letter was sent home about this earlier in the week. Please can you ensure that this is returned to school before Tuesday and that children bring a packed lunch with them that day. We are all looking forward to our trip.
Some of the Primary 4’s also headed off to Auchengillan for their overnight trip yesterday with Miss Smith. We hope they are having lots of fun and that the weather stays good for them.
Those of us still in school have been busy planning Day for Change which is an event that will be taking place in 3 weeks time.
We also went outside to have a look at the construction of our new gym hall. We’re very excited about all the progress that’s been made and can’t wait until it’s finished.
A slight change has had to be made to our timetable. Indoor PE will remain on a Monday but, as of next week, outdoor PE has been moved to a Thursday and will be on a Thursday until the end of term. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit on these days.
Have a great weekend.
This is just a quick reminder for children in Primary 4 going to Auchengillan tomorrow.
The bus will leave from the school car park at approximately 9:30am. We will return to school at approximately 3:00pm on Friday 15th.
Please remember the children need a packed lunch for Thursday and if school meals are provided by the school for your child, these will be here ready.
An evening meal on Thursday and breakfast and lunch on Friday will be provided by the centre.
Please ensure names are put on all clothing. Things you should bring include:
- jumpers / sweaters
- old joggers / trousers (if possible no jeans)
- old training shoes (2 pairs if possible)
- indoor shoes or slippers
- outdoor shoes / boots
- warm waterproof jacket and trousers if you have them
- gloves and hat
- toiletries including toothbrush and toothpaste
- bin bag for dirty / wet clothing
No electronics should be brought with the children. Cameras are permitted should they wish to bring them. No money is required as it was included in the price of the trip and children will be given their money to spend at the shop when required.
Some of the activities we will be doing include; grass sledging, water walkers, laser tag, inflatable assault course among other things.
Miss Smith, Mrs Tully, Mrs Dudgeon and Mrs Scott are looking forward to sharing the Auchengillan experience and all of the fun we are going to have there 🙂