All About Primary 4 (2018 – 2019)
Location in West Linton Primary School – Room 12
Our P.E. specialist is Mr Davidson and we will have P.E. with him on Mondays. Our Music Specialist is Mrs Inglis and we will have music with her on Tuesdays. Our Art specialist is Mrs Clifford and we will have art with her on a four week rotation which takes place on Mondays.
In Primary 4 we dedicated valuable time during our Establishment Phase investigating the UN Rights of the Child. We used this to discuss what we feel is most important to us a class and as a stimulus for devising our class charter.
Our Class Charter
In Primary 4 we promise to:
- We will be unique and amazing
- We will be honest and kind
- We will learn from our mistakes
- We will help and respect others
- We will think positively
- We will never give up
- We will laugh daily
- We will be the best we can be
At West Linton Primary School we have engaged with ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ and are providing experiences and opportunities for your child to become a successful learner, confident individual, effective contributor and a responsible citizen. At the individual parental consultations in November and March, and through written reports and PLPs, we will give you an indication of the progress your child is making.
Language and Literacy
Our aims are that children enjoy reading and develop skills which help them to get the most out of the texts they read. Children will work individually and in groups and will be encouraged to read a variety of genres to develop their reading skills. They will also be working on literacy across many areas of the curriculum and encouraged to read in a real life context wherever possible.
We will be developing skills in:
- Using strategies such as scanning or highlighting text to extract relevant information.
- Share their thoughts about characters and setting and relate it to their own experiences
- Undertake group roles: the predictor, the summariser, the questioner and the clarifier
- Using a variety of non-fiction – atlases, newspapers, encyclopedia etc.
- Taking information and presenting it in different ways
- Using the library independently.
Enjoyment and Choice, Tools for Reading
- Identifying main ideas and supporting details.
- Respond to different kinds of questions about the text
- Building appreciation of character, style, atmosphere, plot.
We will use the following resources:
- Text Books
- Group sets of Non-Fiction related to Social Studies topics.
- Newspapers, posters, information leaflets, timetables etc.
Children should be encouraged to read daily. You can encourage them by:
- Ensuring they read daily – switch off the T.V.
- Talking to them about what they’re reading – books, newspapers, magazines, comics and recipes.
- Taking them to the library or bookshop to choose books.
- Carve time out of the busy day and dedicate it to reading, both together and model an enjoyment for reading.
We try to set writing tasks related to current reading, topics being studied, or events happening in school or at home. Whenever possible we try to give the children an audience for their writing, e.g. they might write a letter to thank a visitor who’s come to talk to them, or write a book review for others to read.
Children will be working on:
- Planning, drafting, editing writing in a variety of forms – letters, poems, stories, reports, posters, instructions, book reviews etc.
- Developing an ability to organize and present ideas coherently
- Beginning to use varied sentence structure; writing in paragraphs.
- Punctuating sentences accurately using commas and question marks.
- Spelling most commonly used words properly.
- Conveying their thoughts or feelings.
- Cursive handwriting skills
- Sharing learning intentions and success criteria.
You can help your child by encouraging them to write – letters, lists, and stories. Occasionally they will be asked to plan, draft or edit a piece of work at home. At school they may be give ‘talk tasks’ to help prepare the children for their class activities. It would be hugely beneficial if you would engage your child in discussion about these.
We will be teaching spelling as a whole school approach which includes using Phonics International resources. Spelling words will be introduced on a Monday and taught throughout the week using a variety of methods. The main method being used is pupils learning to spell by segmenting words into phonemes and grapheme marking these words using a sound chart to support them.
All children will learn a range of strategies to embed the spelling rules and patterns. The emphasis is on children being active in their learning!
Each week every child will have a set number of spelling words to learn. Most of these will be based on the sound or spelling pattern we are focusing on in school and three will be ‘common words’. The pupils will be given a spelling challenge on a Friday to assess how well they know their spelling words and allow the teacher to provide further support if necessary. At home the children are encouraged to follow active learning strategies previously carried out in school and they can also use ICT to enhance their learning.
Mathematics and Numeracy
The children will be actively engaged in mathematical activities, again whenever possible learning in a real life context. Most children will be working on Second Level Numeracy in:
- Number / Money / Measurement
- Shape / Position / Movement
- Information Handling
- Problem Solving
Children who succeed at maths are usually the ones who enjoy it most, so remember – maths is fun! You can practise number bonds, tables, mental arithmetic and practical tasks – try to keep it fun and as a shared activity. Once children have a good understanding of numbers and counting they can start to use maths to solve practical problems – and apply their thinking to the real world!
Make it a challenge – for example:
- how many ways can you make 50
- puzzle sheets involving numbers
- practical work involving measuring
- drawing shapes / patterns
Social Studies, Science, Technologies and Interdisciplinary Learning
We will be developing skills in:
- Knowledge and Understanding
- Collecting Evidence
- Recording and Presenting
- Interpreting and evaluating
Health and Wellbeing (including PE)
We will be ensuring that the children have a good understanding of the importance of keeping healthy emotionally, physically and socially and can identify ways of doing this. This will be embedded into the curriculum throughout the year.
Our gym days will be a Wednesday with Mr Davidson and a Thursday with Mrs Motley.
Religious and Moral Education
The three main areas of study throughout primary school are: Christianity; World Religions; Development of beliefs and values.
Children will be encouraged to develop skills in art and craft, music, dance and drama. You can also encourage development in these areas at home.
We believe that a successful home/ school partnership is the key to your child’s enjoyment of and success in school. A supportive, encouraging approach ensures that your child learns to enjoy learning!
I look forward to working with you and having a super year in Primary 4.
“Tell me and I forget.
Teach me and I remember.
Involve me and I learn.”