P4A Blog Week Ending 22.11.19

P4A Blog Week Ending 22.11.19

 

Literacy and English

In literacy we have been learning to write explanations about how things happen or work. We learned about the water cycle and how the process is shown in order and that there is often technical words used in explanation writing such as evaporation.

In grammar we learned when to use verbs which are doing or action words. WE learned that imperative verbs are bossy verbs that tell you what to do in a command style. E.g. shut the door, put the eggs in. For spelling this week, we were learning to spell words that start with ‘un’ or end in ‘d’. We had some ERIC time (Everyone Reading in Class) to enjoy reading of our choice. We are continuing to focus on non-fiction books for home reading this week.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been practising our mental maths strategies every day. This week we were learning how to use ‘doubles and near doubles’. We have been playing lots of active games to practice. e.g. dominoes, racing board games counting in doubles, using 100, 10 and 1 wooden cubes to practise with our partners. We are now able to use a range of strategies and are getting to know which strategy is the quickest to use depending on the calculation.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

P4A and Ms McAlpine

P4A Blog Week Ending 8.11.19

P4A Blog Week Ending 8.11.19

 

Literacy and English

In literacy we have been learning to write in the discussion writing genre about a boy and an ant. We learned how to find arguments for and against whether the boy should stand on the ant and give our opinion of which side we agreed with. Before writing we had discussions around whether the boy had the right to act on his more powerful position and whether the ant had feelings.

We did a short read on Monday to fill in the gaps of a story with a word that would make sense. In handwriting we were practising forming the letter ‘i’ correctly. In grammar we learned when to use ‘ier’ and ‘iest’ at the end e.g. happier and ‘happiest’. For spelling this week, we were learning to spell words that have a double letter in the middle and had ‘ed’ at the end and also words that start with ‘re’. We had some ERIC time (Everyone Reading in Class) to enjoy reading of our choice. Our focus for home reading this week has been on non-fiction books.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been practising our mental maths strategies. This week our focus has been on partitioning numbers to help us add them mentally. We learned that we should put the largest number first and then partition the second number so that we can add on the tens and then the units. We also learned more vocabulary to help us to understand what kind of calculation we were being asked to work out.

Learning across the Curriculum

The Primary 7’s taught us a French lesson to help us to know our colours and numbers better. We have been playing lots of instruments in music with Ms Bain. In Health and wellbeing we have been learning about the different food groups and what proportion we should have of each group to stay healthy. We also talked about food groups that people may not be able to eat or chose not to eat and discussed the reasons. We are still enjoying our book study of Aesop’s fables and finding out the morals in the story.

P4A and Ms McAlpine

P4A Blog Week Ending 1.11.19

P4A Blog Week Ending 1.11.19

Literacy and English

In literacy we have been learning how to use the ‘discussion’ writing genre. We used a story about a lion and a snail from our book study, Aesop’s Fables to discuss arguments for and against the lion winning the race. We also had morning starter discussions on whether we should wear school uniform, if it was better to be an adult or a child, should we be allowed to bring mobile phones to school and should sweets be allowed in school.

In handwriting we were practising forming the letter ‘s’ correctly. We learned to use a different ‘s’ so that we could use it in joined up writing. We also learned how to make words plural using ‘s’, ‘es’ or changing the’ y’ to an ‘I’ and adding ‘es’.

For spelling this week, we were learning to spell words that have a double letter in the middle and words that start with ‘al’. We learned that the ‘al’ can sound different depending on whether there is a vowel or a consonant after it.

We had some ERIC time (Everyone Reading in Class) to enjoy reading of our choice.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been focusing on addition and subtraction, using number talks and addition games including snakes and ladders, bingo, and addition dice. We have also been practising mental maths. This week we learned that the Commutative Law means we can add in any order. In subtraction the first number stays same order but we can add the others in any order. We learned that there are lots of words that mean add e.g. sum, altogether, total and plus.

Learning across the Curriculum

In P.E. we continued to develop our skills in Short Tennis. We had an assembly on Monday about our new behaviour policy. We now have no traffic lights showing in the class but Ms McAlpine will still record. Instead of golden time we will be having play learning. Our focus this term is construction and we used our construction activities in class to create models and drawings together. In health and wellbeing we talked about friendships and shared our experiences and lots of strategies to help each other. We continued our focus on healthy eating. Zara made her own powerpoint at home about healthy eating and presented it to the class! Well done Zara!

P4A and Ms McAlpine

P4A Blog Week Ending 25.10.19

Hope you had a lovely holiday!

Literacy and English

In literacy we have started a book study on Aesop’s Fables. These are short stories that have a moral or a meaning. They often involve animals, such as The Hare and the Tortoise, or The Grasshopper and the Ant. This term, discussion writing will be one of our focus genres. These stories will help us to discuss what the meaning is and what we think about what happened in the fables.

In punctuation and grammar we were learning how to use speech marks. We learned that speech marks should go round all the words said including any punctuation.

For spelling this week, we were learning to spell words that we had tried to use in our writing, which we had copied onto a card to practice.

We had some ERIC time (Everyone Reading in Class) to enjoy reading of our choice.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been focusing on addition and subtraction, using number talks and various addition games. We have also been practising mental maths.

Learning across the Curriculum

In P.E. we started learning Short Tennis. We found it similar to badminton but easier with a ball than a shuttlecock. We impressed ourselves at how quickly our skills progressed as we practised counting how many times we could bounce the ball off our rackets, against the wall and to each other. Some of us are aiming to beat Andy Murray! We will be learning the rules of tennis, how to improve our skills, learning to be competitive, work well with others and give positive feedback. We already knew some technical language of tennis e.g. ‘volley’.

In health and wellbeing we have started to learn about simple nutritional needs at different stages of life. We discussed which foods were healthy and which were unhealthy and what foods were needed for various ages. We sorted food into different food groups and studied a food plate to see what proportion of each food group we should be eating.

P4A and Ms McAlpine

P4A Blog Week Ending 27.9.19

P4A Blog Week Ending 27.9.19

 

Literacy and English

In reading we read our books to Ms McAlpine and discussed our reading comprehensions with each other. We had some ERIC time (Everyone Reading in Class) to enjoy reading of our choice.

We also read a passage about India including what people ate and where they worked and answered questions in our jotter. We practised the letter ‘y’ in handwriting and tried lots of spelling activities to learn our words.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and also adding tens and hundreds. We practised reading data from bar graphs on Sumdog. We have also been learning more about different strategies that we can use to help us with number talks.by writing how we worked out the answers to questions on a post-it, then comparing to the post-its of strategies that others had used.

Learning across the Curriculum

In Health and Wellbeing we learned about different emotions and played a board game where we discussed the emotion we landed on. We enjoyed making fantastic Indian music with Ms Bain.

Achievements

Well done to CA for receiving a kindness certificate at assembly for always being helpful.

Coming Up

  • Wednesday – Parents Evening 4.30-7.30pm
  • Thursday – Parents Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Have a good weekend!

P4A and Ms McAlpine

P4A Blog Week Ending 13.9.19

 

P4A have had a busy week and are ready for a rest over the September holiday weekend!

Literacy and English

In reading we have been keen to read more of our books as we can’t wait to find out what happens next! We have been answering questions to show that we understand what the story is about and explore the language used in the books.  In writing this week, we have been learning to write a recount of a story called ‘A pair of Twins’. We enjoyed this story, however this was a tricky story to rewrite as there were lots of unfamiliar Indian words.

In punctuation we were revising when to use capital letters, full stop and question marks. In handwriting, we practised joining ascenders like an ‘a’ to an ‘l’.  We learned that ‘al’ could be used as a prefix at the beginning of words to change a word like ‘most’ to ‘almost’ or as a suffix at the end to change a word like ‘norm’ to ‘normal’.In spelling we were learning to spell words that had the ‘ear’ sound like ‘learn ’or ‘ck’ sound like ‘stuck’. We practised lots of activities in class to help us to learn our spelling words.

Numeracy and Mathematics

In Numeracy and Mathematics we have been revising place value, making sure that we line up the units, tens, hundreds and thousands correctly. We have also been learning to compare and order numbers to list in order of the largest or smallest.

We practised symmetry with mirrors to make sure that our symmetry patterns were exactly symmetrical and have been looking out for symmetry in everyday objects. We have also been practising mental maths.

Learning Across the Curriculum

Our focus in P.E this week has been to develop our balance and control of the shuttlecock in badminton. We practised lunges around the room with the shuttlecock on our heads as a warm up and practised quickly changing directions. We took turns to throw the shuttlecock and pass it back using our rackets. We have also been practising team skills.

We have been comparing the climate in India to Scotland and have taken the temperature each day for both. It was double as warm in India! In expressive arts we have been making Indian elephants, showing the colours and patterns used vibrantly in India. We have also enjoyed music with Ms Bain. We have been learning lots about Judaism in RME with Mrs Begarnie.

Achievements

  • AC – Assembly certificate for a fantastic start to Springfield and for sharing his ideas. We love having you at our school!
  • EC and CC – Well done for getting the most dojos to be the pupils of the week!
  • Marshmallows Table – Well done for being the group with the most points.
  • Well done to everyone that took part in Pedal for Scotland. Fantastic achievement!
  • Thanks for sending in photos of personal achievements. They are displayed on the achievement wall outside Mr Wells’ and Mrs Hocknall’s offices for us all to be proud of you!

Coming Up

  • 9.19 – Holiday
  • 9.19 – Holiday
  • 9.19 – Liaise with Leadership 4-5pm (P3 classroom)
  • 9.19 – Parent Council AGM 7-8pm (library)
  • 9.19 – Monitoring and Tracking of Wellbeing 6-7pm (hall)
  • 9.19 – European Day of Languages
  • 3.19 – Parents Evening 4.30-7.30pm
  • 3.19 – Parents Evening 3.30-6.30pm

Have a relaxing and restful long weekend!

P4A and Ms McAlpine

 

P4A’S WEEK 6.9.19

This week in Maths we did place value and symmetry.

In literacy this week we did reading in our reading groups. We looked at capital letters and we had a look at where we are supposed to place them. We also wrote a story of an Indian person.

In Health and Wellbeing we did getting to know each other better using a bingo question sheet.

In P.E. we did badminton and team sports

In art we made our Christmas card in September!

On Friday we all had our house assembly. We had to go in one house at a time to vote for our vice and house captain.

This blog was made by Mairi, Sammy & Ruth

 

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P4A’S GREAT WEEK!

This week in Maths we did a check-up so Ms McAlpine knows how we are doing in maths and some of it was easy and some of it was hard. (hard hard!)

In literacy this week we learned that alliteration is when the first letter of each word starts with the same letter like Sneaky Sammy snake slithered. We had fun making up our own alliteration phrases.

In Health and Wellbeing we talked and asked question about each other.

In P.E. we did team games like Marco polo and it was fun!

The SSPCA came in on Monday to talk about the work they do looking after animals and our responsibilities.

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