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Welcome to Primary 4.  We’ve had a busy start to the new term and the children have now settled back into school life. We have established our class rules, routines and responsibilities and are learning to work together as a team! 

Miss Kirkland

Topic

Our Social Studies topic this term is The Romans.    The children have been learning all about this fascinating, ancient civilisation and are enjoying using non-fiction books and ICT to research roman society and the roman empire.  This research will be used to support them when they come to write their own Non-Fiction Report on this topic.  At home, they are currently working on a 4-week project to design a functional and wearable roman style helmet, which we hope to present at our fore coming assembly. Over the next few weeks, we will begin rehearsing for this and we look forward to seeing parents and carers on Friday, 11th October at 9:30am for our class assembly. 

To support our class learning, you might want to discuss this topic with your child, rehearse your child’s script with them every day and perhaps visit the library to look at books or use the internet to research The Romans.

Language

We have been learning new Reading Strategies whilst reading our class novel, The Butterfly Lion by Michael Murpurgo.   These new strategies such as inferring, using our prior knowledge to make connections and visualising are taught to support the children’s comprehension of more sophisticated texts. The teacher leads the learning by reading aloud to the whole class, whilst also incorporating these new strategies into the story.  This helps promote discussion, questioning and understanding.  Your child will soon receive a reading book home when our class novel is completed and they have been put into their reading ability groups. 
During writing, the children have been working on the presentation of their work, laying out their writing neatly in their jotters, using headings and sub-headings and underlining neatly with a ruler.  I would be grateful if this could also be encouraged within their homework jotters.  We have started to look at joined script as the children are keen to improve their handwriting and at Primary 4 stage, the children should now be learning to join their handwriting. The children will shortly begin to work on the North Lanarkshire phoneme and spelling programme and most are given one phoneme with all representations as well as a list of common words to practise over a 4-week period. All spelling homework activities are linked to this unless clearly stated otherwise in their literacy homework jotter.    

Maths

We have been revising Place Value or digits within a number from 0-1000 as well as practising our times tables. The class are also working on strategies to improve their mental maths such as doubling and halving, counting on and counting back.  The children will also explore problem solving involving measurements, including length, weight and volume.


Science

The children will be taking part in some fun science experiments and activities to learn more about their 5 senses.

Health and wellbeing

During PE the children will take part in team games, gymnastic and fitness.  Most PE sessions are taught by Miss McIntosh. 

RME

Our RME topic this term will be places of worship.  We’ll learn about the church, mosque and synogue and their important features. 

ICT/Technology

The children have been researching The Romans and have already worked with a partner to create their own information PowerPoint on this topic.  Soon they will be also be using the RM Maths app to practise a variety a maths concepts.  

Additional Information

The children have PE on a Monday and Wednesday.  Please ensure your child is provided with shorts and a t-shirt or school polo-shirt on these days.  The children are encouraged to drink plain water only throughout the day.  Please provide your child with a water bottle each day.  Homework is issued on a Monday and should be returned fully completed on Friday. Remember homework should last around 20-30 minutes each evening in Primary 4. Please remember to check and sign the homework diary daily and homework folders should still be brought to school every day. 
Please ensure that all items of clothing, including shoes are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.  This makes things easier to find should something go missing. 
We encourage the children to bring a healthy snack every Friday – This is called Fresh Fruit Friday and we’d be grateful for your support with this. 
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