Last post before Stirling!
Please phone on Monday if you have any concerns or questions. Please be there on time on Tuesday, (leaving at 8 but come 10 minutes early please) as a late departure will impact on the timings of the day. Thank you!
We were playing a new fractions bingo game this week. Here’s Chloe having a go.
The children are writing a wonderful play for you to see next term. They have very good ideas…if slightly bonkers, but you are definitely going to love it! Here are some of our wee writers at work:
A GREAT TIME HAD BY ALL ON RED NOSE DAY!
Thank you so much for all the red food we were scoffing for our BIG RED FEAST! The children were like a flock of vultures…..it didn’t last long.
I will be sending information regarding the Stirling trip soon as to the adults who are coming with us. We have been waiting to see how many people are willing to come with us and have been overwhelmed by the response! Thank you so much for your kind offers of help. We were thinking of taking everyone who volunteered but there are too many so we are sadly going to have to pick names out of a hat to make it completely fair. Thank you for your patience with this.
What a busy week for Primary 4!
Check out our wonderful new displays……. What a lot of hard work but they look GREAT!
We were busy with a couple of fun events……Science Week organised by our fabulous Miss Butler and parent’s open afternoon.
We had two visitors for Science Week; Mrs Knight came in and told us about the importance of saving water. James was a super helper AND he knew all the answers! The children learned about the Water Cycle, they saturated cotton wool clouds, filtered very dirty water until it was clear and brushed teeth with the tap on…..just to see how much water this wastes.
We also had a visitor from the University of the Highlands and Islands. Mairi showed us the relative distance of the planets from the sun. Each square of toilet paper represents an incredible 60 million km. We were astonished by how far away Pluto and the big gas planets are compared to the 4 rocky planets nearest the sun. Mars is only 4 sheets away! We’re only 3. Pluto is 100!!!!!
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Elle had to brush her teeth
We had a visitor from the University of the Highlands and Islands. Mairi showed us the relative distance of the planets from the sun. Each square of toilet paper represents an incredible 60 million km. We were astonished by how far away Pluto and the big gas planets are compared to the 4 rocky planets nearest the sun. Mars is only 4 sheets away! We’re only 3. Pluto is 100!!!!!We had a lot of fun with books on World Book Day. The children went to different classes to do book inspired activities. In our class we had a special visitor who was VERY Scary. We thought she had eaten Mrs Prentice….but she was only interested in FUR! She called the children brats, then said that she LOVED children……………………..but she couldn’t eat a whole one! What a revolting specimen!
The children drew some pictures of her….
There were lots of lovely costumes. Thank you so much for all your effort.
Finishing Off Week!
This week was such a short one that we have devoted it to finishing off things and doing the various class jobs that I should have done a while ago! We were looking at:
Internet safety game for parents Open Afternoon (Thursday 16th March 1:30 – 2:15)
A new emotional check-in (they’ve based it on pigs…..don’t ask)
A countdown to Stirling
The Wallace Monument is now awaiting its most enthusiastic climbers ever, so that means we are booked up with everyone.
It’s looking like the bus will be 75% funded by the Scottish Government and Stirling Castle is free for April for schools, so it might not be quite as expensive as we thought it was going to be. Information letter to follow soon
Stirling castle is booked and the Ballinluig Motorgrill has been warned! Look out Stirling….Here we come! 4th April so put it in your diary, more info to come soon.
We were transported to China this week thanks to our lovely p6/7 class. They showed us all they had learned about their topic. Very interesting.
Have a fabulous and restful few days off p4!
We were visited this week by a very special visitor. Not a person but a rather fabulous and somewhat unbelievable artifact………..William Wallace’s sword!
A massive thank you to the Cornishes who have made such a huge (literally!) effort for us by making our beautiful replica. Mackenzie was a really good ‘Guardian of the Sword!’ He made sure everyone was sensible when they were handling it AND he put the ball on the tip. You could definitely have someone’s ee oot with that! Great job Mackenzie.
Well we’re going for it!
Thanks to such a positive response from all our lovely parents, we’re going for a bonkers trip to Stirling and back in the same day. Woo hoo! Everyone seemed keen for the children to go, so we are currently reaching unheard of levels of hysteria in primary 4! I will send home details as soon as I’ve worked it all out, but thank you for your enthusiasm.
This week we have started looking at data handling and information display in maths.
We decided that RAW data is just too slow to work with when you’re trying to find something out.
It took 37seconds to answer the question, ‘How many children in primary 4 wear a size 13 shoe?’ when we had our statistics in a big blob mixed up all together.
When we put it in a table and sorted it out……1 second only! The homework should reflect what we were up to in class so if you have any queries, if it doesn’t make sense, just phone or drop me a line! Thanks.
We are also working on very intricate Illuminated Letters in art. It requires great concentration!
Mums are going to like this week’s writing task! Read on…
The children were looking at what metaphors are, and how they really improve your writing. Francesca Simon uses them to great effect when she writes about Horrid Henry transforming into a savage beast when he attacks poor Perfect Peter!
We thought of our mums, and we thought of what we would describe them as if they were an actual object. The children made up the list:
Line 1 – Weather
Line 2 – Dog
Line 3 – sweetie
Line 4 – clothes/accessories
Line 5 – weapon
We’ll be doing one for William Wallace, but in the meantime I thought you’d like to read some of the children’s practice poems about their mums, very sweet!
Mia Haywood wrote:
My mummy is a shiny sun
My mummy is a fluffy chihuahua
My mummy is soft cotton candy
My mummy is a flowery top
My mummy is a shiny sword
Ruairidh’s first line really made me smile!
She is a big thunder cloud but with rainbows instead of lightning
She is a big fluffy labrador with a waggy tail
She is a fizzy cherry Haribo dipped in dark chocolate
She is a patchy pair of fluffy socks
She is a dagger with a sugary poison
Jayden wrote a lovely poem about her mum,
She is a beatiful sunny day at the beach that doesnt give you sunburn
She is a beautiful,protective and shiny Doberman that won’t let you get hurt
She is a peice of warm,mouthwatering and sweet chewing gum
She is a beatiful,sparkly and bedazzled T-shirt
She is a shiny sword that has no marks or scratches at all
A lovely one from Toryn
She is a hot sunny day at the seaside with a bright sun
She is a joyful and mad black labrador
She is a double dip with lots of fizz
She is a big fluffy dressing gown with a unicorn head on the top
She is a masive grenade with an enormous explosion
Elle’s mum is very special too!
My mum is the shining sun that shares the sky with the clouds
She is a spaniel as soft as feathers
She is a fizzy loveheart
My mum is a pink diamond dress in the light
My mum is a crystal sword in action
Michael M has some super images!
She is a shining sun in a lovely warm pool with gleaming water
My mum is a fluffy labrador with loads of energy
She is a smooth, crunchy chocolate bar with lots of different flavours
She is a relaxed sparkly jumper with a nice feeling on the inside
She is a colourful sword with a beaming sight with loads of jewellery on the sword
Emma really feels protected!
My mum is a sunny day on the water with the sound of rain
She is a big, fluffy husky that snuggles in bed
Mum is a lollypop that is fizzy and sweet
My mum is a pair of beautiful slippers and a lovely housecoat
She is an epic bow and arrow that helps me and that shoots baddies so they don’t hurt me!
Finlay’s mum will be so pleased with his lovely poem
She is a sunny day in summer
She is a dalmatian puppy all spotty and bouncy
She is a big squashy marshmallow
My mum is a long dress all floaty
She is a long spear aiming
Finally we have Kirsty’s gorgeous poem
She is a beautiful day of sunflowers
My mum is a collie dog
She is a fizzpop
She is a pair of highish heels
She is a bow and arrow
I particularly love the ‘highish’ heels Kirsty, you made me laugh!
Welcome to Term 3 – The Biggie!
New project: The Scottish Wars of Independence (you may have guessed from the spelling words!)
Term 3 in primary 4 should be very exciting for all concerned. My big hope is to take the children for a day trip to Stirling. It would be a long but worthwhile experience and a great field trip for our project. The Bannockburn Experience is fantastic (although we’re on the waiting list as a school as they’re full for the whole of 2017!) and I definitely would like to climb up the Wallace Tower with the children. We are going to be learning all about that era of Scottish history in class so anyone with any resources or particular expertise, please feel free to let me know.
Apologies for the blogging not being possible last week. I think it was blocked as we were receiving a huge amount of spam.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR WHAT”S HAPPENING IN THE NEXT EXCITING TERM (‘M WORKING ON IT!)……..IN THE MEANTIME THE CHILDREN HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF PLANNING TO DO ON THE BLOG.They will have to scroll al the way to the bottom of our blog page to leave their comments. They have been asked to write two sentences: one saying a resolution for school work/behaviour; one about a resolution in any other area of their life. We talked about what a resolution was, but you may need to go over it again with them. Thanks!
Have a look at all our fun Christmas activities and have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year! See you in 2017
We had a fabulous Christmas party. Thank you sooooooo much for all the lovely food. We had enough for nibbles the next day too!
Our volcano exploded BIG TIME!!!!!!
Huge thanks once again to our helper today at the CCC. We all really enjoyed the Out of the Box show.
A very strange person came to our class! He/she/it is from the mystical world of QUESTOR. I’ll let the children tell you about it but it’s all very strange………….Actually it’s maths problem solving within an imaginary context.
Tidy up time for the class, and sad to say our worlds have gone! But we are still going to explode the volcano!
Can you believe that the children made these with chalk and a stencil?. They look so professional! Great job.
We had a race with our neighbours in primary 5 to see who could make the longest and the prettiest paper chain. The best bit was measuring them out. It was very good for learning cooperation as the teams who were the most organised were definitely quicker!
Please let me know via your child. Thanks!It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
We have had fun making Christmas snowflakes;
How do you like our portraits?
Our project corners are slowly taking shape!
…but how Ava and Mia got mermaids past me for ‘accurate’ and meticulously researched animal and plant life in the ocean, I will never know….
Sorry for break in weekly blog, Mrs Prentice had the lurgy last Friday and has managed to pass it on to Mrs Anfield this Friday….just in time for the weekend! She’s delighted!
THIS week we had great excitement on Friday with a Murder Mystery!
(It was supposed to be for Book Week last week but Mrs Prentice wasn’t here)
The children had to solve seven clues of various types, find the animals hidden round the school reading books, solve the anagram and find the culprit. Much to our surprise it was Mr Grant (the giant) who killed Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk. And he looks like butter wouldn’t melt……
Here are some pictures of the event. Get the children to explain the clues. They were very good detectives!
We got the culprit though and DI Inglis arrested him. He was quoted as saying, “It’s a fair cop guv!” in a very suspect cockney accent.
Primary 4 will be walking down to Eden Court on Wednesday so please have them come dressed suitably for the weather. It is due to be very cold and could be rainy. Remember a snack and juice too. Thanks
At the start of the week we were using OS maps to find random places. It took a wee while for someone in the class to eventually find the place and not all the groups succeeded. By the end of our coordinates week, the children were finding the places on the map within a few seconds using the grid references!
We have taken quite a wee while to do them, but I’m sure you’ll like the portraits the children have done of themselves. It was a multi-staged process and we have used mixed media, but they have really looked hard at where features appear on the face, and how to draw them. The hands are a special feature and were really fun/messy to do! I’m sure you’ll enjoy looking at them at our doors open morning on December 8th.
We have been working on our various climactic regions and have got the back drop for all the 4 areas. Watch this space…….
Under the Sea
Fun SCIENCE with Miss Butler
The children have been investigating magnetism this term and have been looking into magnetic fields. They carried out some cool experiments using magnets and iron filings. Kai showed me what they had done.
The children have decided on their new group names and what positive characteristics their group stands for. So we have…..
This week we wrote instructions for carving our pumpkin but the pumpkin started to rot and smell BIG TIME so no picture as it went in the bin pronto pronto! But here are some of the children’s work. We tried to make the page as much like the page from a ‘How to….’ book as we could, and looked at lots of instruction pages and what they had in common.
We made a large picture of Inverness with fireworks in anticipation of a weekend of fun!
We have been looking at all the tables in class and have finished studying them, right up to the 9s! Now all we need is practice, practice and more practie!!
I’ve asked for the 6 times table to be learnt this week and will do the same with the 7x, 8x and 9x over the course of the next few weeks. Anything you can think of to help them to learn them is good.
Our open morning session is on the 7th December from 11am – 11:45am.
How lovely to see primary 4 again after the holidays. Thought I would put a few pieces of information about this term on our blog just to keep everyone informed and hopefully up to date.
We were delighted to take part in a wonderful workshop by balletLoren. I think the children were pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was. Nothing up on point or any twirling involved at all…
We are going to taking part in a school run competition to design a bookmark in conjunction with our Book Fair. I will be setting it as part of our homework for next week. ( due in 2/11/16 )
On the 23rd November we will be walking down to Eden Court to see a film during Film Week. There will be information to follow but just a wee heads up as we need adult helpers and you may have to get time off work. We will need your help all morning.
For our project this term we will be transforming the classroom into the 4 corners of the earth……..nothing if not ambitious!
The children have been put into working groups and have decided on which kind of diverse region of earth they are going to investigate. As well as this they are going to make a board game that uses magnets (our science project this term with Miss Butler) to show what they have learned about their chosen area.
They have already had some super ideas about things to put into their corners; tents, waterfalls, caves, dinosaurs, volcanoes. Each child will be working on only one area.
The 4 areas they are going to investigate are:
The children will learn how to cooperate in a group situation; how to negotiate and organise; learn from their mistakes and of course, be imaginative! Any contributions or ideas for this are, as always, most welcome.
Here’s to a happy and productive term. Remember I’m usually in school till 5ish each day, and just after 8 in the morning. Any concerns or worries you have I’m always happy to help if I can in any way so feel free to pop by!
Have a fantastic break boys and girls, and come back refreshed and eager to learn. Don’t forget to learn your 7times table whenever you get a spare moment.
PUPIL OF THE MONTH!
Ciara MacKenzie for beginning to get SUPER CONFIDENT with her reading skills. One of the best in her group now. Great work Ciara!
Primary 4 have had a week of both hard work and a lot of fun too.
Separated at Birth!
If you want to know what these lovely images are all about read on……………
A BIG thank you to Mr Loughren, Mr Barrie, Mr Stirling and Mr Crawford for engaging so brilliantly with our project…..I think there’s definitely a Robot Wars team there!
On Tuesday we spray painted our robots!
NB>They have invaded the landing on our stairs so please approach with caution!
On Wednesday Mr Loughren brought his wonderful radio gear in to let us have a go!
Michael L has learned the Morse Code and could tell us what each letter was when we used the morse code machines.
He learned the whole alphabet more quickly than his dad!!!
Fabulous Newspaper articles from our Star Writers.
Elle made a very neat job of her newspaper
An Alien from another Galaxy came to Lochardil on Thursday (no …not Mr Grant…)
A HUGE thank you to Mr Barrie for bringing in his friend DAVE the Dalek. We had a real ball trying out all the genius little features. Very enterprising use of all shapes and sizes of junk!
We started naming all sorts of 2D shapes last week and are now looking at where you find these shapes on 3D shapes.
MORE Shape Shenanigans!!!
The children were investigating which shapes will roll and HOW they will roll, as well as which ones stack, how many edges faces and vertices (corners to you and I!) they all have…….
We were also continuing our quest for tables glory with the 4 and 6 times tables. Please take the time to work with your child on these as they are attempting to, ‘Beat the Teacher’ and so far only that pesky Michael Miller has beaten me!!!
LOTS of repitition parrot fashion BUT very important to mix them up too as you can see the children doing here. They put up random fingers and the other child has to try to stick to the rhythm of the tables chant whilst jumping about the tables…..not literally!
A short but satisfying week for the p4 stars.
In French we played a colour game that got a wee bit competative and that had a few interruptions from unwanted guests!
We were completely changing tack this week in maths as we were looking at the properties of some exciting 2D shapes. The children learned all about squares and rectangles, and their squashed cousins the rhombus and the parallelogram. Then they were looking at other quadrilaterals such as the trapezium and the kite (also the dead parrot one……………the polygon!!). They made some cool pictures.
We also did some reading altogether as a whole class! This was challenging at first but everyone really improved when we tried it again. The trick is to really concentrate and keep your finger on the word we’re on. Mrs Prentice could pounce on you to read any minute! Well done to the wonderful confident readers, and the super-brave not so confident readers who had their hands up eagerly in the air to have a go!!!! You all made me very proud!
Some VERY strange sights in Primary 4!
We started robots this week but Mrs Prentice was so busy with the stanley knife that she totally forgot to take photos, however, maybe it would spoil the surprise!
Abigail Barrie won the Pupil of the Month as she has managed to fit seemlessly into our class. She is hard working and enthusiastic too….just like the rest of them!
Star Writers this week were Toryn Eaglesham, (for really fabulous punctuation and spelling) Elle Matheson, (‘He stomped through the door like an elephant. Right! he said. He walked up to Norbert while he was doing his maths and dropped some snails on his desk with shells as brown as dirt.’) Jayden Jacks (‘He had holes in his trousers so you could see his hairy belly button’) and Mackenzie Cornish (‘In the doorway stood a man with hair like a pigs tail and staring eyes!’)
Having fun at netball
We were experimenting with colour mixing. We used red and yellow to make orange, and blue and yellow to make green. We then painted these montbretia (crocosmia) paintings.
What a busy week we’ve had!
The children have been working on sums from the board, as well as from a text book. This is all new for some and they have done really well. We will be moving on to looking at how to set out simple multiplication sums next week.
Maths homework is always one week behind the actual work done in class. This means if they want to be ultra keen and do the homework as soon as they get it, the child SHOULD be completely familiar with the work.
We were working with 2B pencils in art to see what effects they could produce. We used a picture of a tree to practise line and form using a soft pencil and a hard pencil.
These 3 did a really good job!
Chloe did a wonderful job.
Very careful listening and concentration from all!
We have enjoyed designing robots this week. Can you please give the children any interesting robot type junk. We’re hoping to start building next week! Good stuff!
Here’s to another busy week!
Up to our EYEBALLS in hard work!
This week we have been doing proper nouns in language and adding with a carry figure in maths. Some children have even been subtracting exchanging a ten for units! Scary stuff!!
I’ve started reading groups but books won’t be coming home for most children in primary 4. We work on the readers in class, on the assumption that we will be giving children, with your encouragement, more time to read for pleasure at home. If it’s anything like my house it is a struggle wrestling the pad from my son’s grasp, but every little helps!
In writing we have started a story about a Nightmare Teacher! A lovely description of a ‘Horrible Teacher’ from Ava Inglis:
‘In the doorway stood the worst teacher….Miss Hater. On her nose were boogers green as grass. Her shoes were as sharp as daggers. Her hair was platinum and greasy! She had a scar on her left eye.’
What an interesting first week. It’s always fun getting to know a new class and what a super class this is!
As many of you will know, I’ve been in the upper school for a number of years and have always had a ball, but this week has reminded me of all the fun to be had with the primary four age group; where the older children would shake their heads and roll their eyes if I start to dance/fake opera sing etc, the wonderful younger ones will happily join in! Very liberating….
Myself and our lovely Mrs Lin Anfield are going to be working together with others to make this year as fun and challenging as we can.
‘I can describe an electrical circuit as a continuous loop of conducting materials. I can combine simple components in a series circuit to make a game or model.‘ SCN 1-09a (Education Scotland:Curriculum for Excellence)
The class decided that a topic focus would be to make robots like they have in the fabulous BBC show ‘Robot Wars.’
Myself and Mrs Anfield have been big fans of the show (verging on geeks) for many years and we are excited to challenge the children to make their robots as cool as they can. How will they incorporate electric circuits into their design?
We won’t be actually fighting with the robots but it would be good to have some kind of a competitive forum….I’m sure they’ll come up with something! We will make the actual models in class in groups, so please don’t panic that this is homework! Unless you want to of course, then I’m sure we’d love to see what you and your child come up with. Please feel free to see me if you have any specialist skills you can help us with.
We are delighted that Mrs Sam Butler will be coming in to do science with the children every week too.
Homework will be given out on a Thursday. I will give the children a maths task and a spelling task with related follow up language activity. These should be returned by the Wednesday of the following week.
Most weeks will include some kind of ‘other’ homework, very often topic or writing related. These tasks will vary as to when they are to be submitted but I will try to put them on the blog if I can.
Our writing task each week, will often have a little piece of preparation from home. This could be a discussion with you, bringing in a related item or making a list of ideas-sometimes on the blog.
I will show the children how to use the I blog but if connection or anything is an issue, they can do it on a piece of paper, as long as it is signed by a parent or carer.
P.E. will be on Monday with me, as well as Tuesday and Wednesday with Miss Lorna Munro from the IRA.
Our Global Citizenship continues with the Right of the Month looking at poverty.
Please remember that I’m here almost every day after school, or feel free to phone with any questions or concerns.