We have two trips planed so far for term 4. Here are the dates. If any of you are available to come along then please let me know.

16th May – Walk along the canal (more information to follow soon)

6th June – Visit to Falkirk Wheel and The Kelpies (more information to follow)


The first week of term 4 has been a busy  and successful one.

This week we have been using the ipads to research Canals. We worked in pairs gather  information and present a poster to the class. We had to go to room 12 to do it, because our room has weak/no connectivity. Everyone did very well. In maths this week we have been learning about different units of measurement.


Here is our display all about our book study”Paddington”. We learned all about how people are different and unique. We also learned all about refugees and evacuees by making text to world links.




A Few Pictures of our French town . If you couldn’t make it on the open day please arrange a time to come in a and see it.










Our World Book Day Fun

Here are some fantastic photographs that Mrs Barclay took at PE. We loved gymnastics with P7!

P4 term 3 blog overview – Please click here to access our overview for term 3. 

Do you have any spare boxes?

As part of our IDL Topic this term, we are teaming up with Mrs Prentice’s class and creating our own French town. We have already designed our characters and given then French names. We are now thinking about building our town. If anyone has any spare cadboard boxes at home (shoe boxes or larger) and any kitchen roll tubes, we would be delighted if you would be willing to donate them to the builders of our town. We have already learned the French names of some of the rooms in our house

Happy New Year and welcome back to P4.

Thank you to everyone who has been engaging with our class dojo app. We have had a great response with over 80% of the parents in our class using the app to keep up to date with our day to day work, communicate with Miss MacDonald and keep track of our school day. This has seemed to be a very link between home and school and it will continue this term. If you haven’t already signed up and would like to, please let me know. I will post our overview for this term, next week on both our school blog and class dojo story page. Parents evenings will be at the end of the month so I can catch up with everyone then. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and are settled back into routine.

Homework for Thursday 21st December

In class we have been learning about Christianity and Christmas. Christmas is a special time of year where everyone is encouraged to be:

  • Kind
  • Loving
  • Giving
  • Caring

These are some values (like our school values) that we have been learning about.


 Think about a way that people show these values at Christmas time. Research using the internet or by speaking to people and type a post about what you find out on our class blog, on the school website. You may use videos, writing, pictures etc.


You can choose what you want to do this task about but if you are stuck, here are some ideas:

  • Food banks that help people at Christmas
  • Local Charites that help people at Christmas
  • MFR Christmas Appeal
  • The Giving Tree in Eastgate Centre
  • The Salvation Army
  • Social Bite
  • Edinburgh Sleep Out
  • A local Church
  • Community Support
  • Volunteers
  • Personal Experiences.


Some of you have asked about resources you can use at home to support revision of maths. Here are a few ideas. I hope they are helpful :
Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.

Maths 4 Mums and Dads explains some of the milestones children make between the ages of 3-and-11-years-old.



Nrich. A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of children in first level (P2-4) should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of children in (p5-7) or those requiring a challenge2should select ‘stage 2’.

Here is a list of maths websites that your children may enjoy:



Please click on the link below to access our learning overview for term two:

P4 term 2 blog overview





Don’t forget our open morning is tomorrow (03/10/17) at 11:00 – 11:45. You are welcome to come along and look and discuss your child’s writing! Hope to see you there! 


Pupil Representatives! 

Our P4 pupil representatives are as follows: 

Eco Committee – Savannah – Louise Johnson 
Junior Road Safety Officer – Finn Munro 
Health Promoter – Cian McAllister 
Uni Kid – Lilly Fergusson 
Pupil Council – Lyla Bain and Kian Calder 

Our Pupil Council Reps have made a great start, they have attended 3 meetings and and represented P4’s thoughts and opinions on  what is good about Lochardil Primary and what could be improved, what makes a good teacher and what makes a good pupil. Keep up the great work you two!


P4 have been learning about the skeleton. Today, we went outside to build skeletons using items we had found in the playground!

I think you will agree that they did a great job!

Miss Ross

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Pointillism in Primary 4!

Over the past couple of weeks primary 4 have been learning about Pointillism and George Seurat, the famous artist responsible for the artistic technique. We have been learning about his method of using small dots of pure colour to create an image. First of all, the class drew a simple landscape and added dots of colour using felt pens.

Today, some of the class finished their landscapes and were able to move on to using paints to re-create Seurat’s famous painting “The Eiffel Tower.” The class were only allowed red, blue and yellow paint as Seurat only used pure colours. This meant primary 4 had to mix their own colours if they wanted, green, purple, orange or brown! Challenging at first but we got the hang of it!




Happy Thursday everyone! Please find below a link to our learning overview for term 1.

P4Learning Overview Term 1 2017-18

Welcome to P4! I hope you all had a wonderful Summer break and are excited about being back at school in your new class. We are going to work hard, learn new things and of course have lots of fun along the way!

This week we created “encouragement bunting” to display in our classroom. The class came up with encouraging statements that they thought would make someone feel better if they were feeling down or finding something difficult. We are pleased with the results, they really brighten up the room! Here are some examples…




We have also written letters to our future selves. The class thought about what they would like to improve on this year and what they would like to learn. They wrote letters to themselves that they will open at the end of P4! Everyone wrote a lovely letter with ambitious yet achievable goals! Well done everyone!



23 thoughts on “P4

  1. Lexie Smith

    Researching my task I found lots of great ways to help being kind at Christmas.
    One was Crisis, and in Scotland they provide education,training and support for Homeless people from their Edinburgh Centre.
    For as little as £26.08 donation you can give so much help to a Homeless person providing them with a hot delicious Christmas meal as well safe centres & access to Crisis year round training. I found this so lovely to be helping keep a Homeless person warm & cared for at Christmas time & throughout the year.

  2. Finn Munro

    MFR Mission Christmas

    MFR run an appeal at Christmas time to collect gifts for children in the local area who would otherwise wake up on Christmas morning with no presents to open.

    1 in 4 local children live in poverty and this year MFR have received over 4000 gift requests.

    These requests can be made by people such as teachers, social workers or other charitable organisations.

    Gifts can be donated at various places across the area with many businesses setting up collection boxes in their premises. MFR asks that anyone who can afford to, buys one extra present when they are doing their Christmas shopping so that these children can have a great Christmas aswell.

  3. Finn wilson

    We paid £5 to a homeless charity called social bite. This will pay for a Christmas dinner for a homeless person in Scotland.this is a good idea because they won’t have money to pay for it and they would not have a cooker or a house. Finn wilson

  4. Thomas

    The Giving Tree in the Eastgate Centre is organised by The Order of St John. It is for people in Inverness to buy a gift for children who don’t get many presents for Christmas . Last year over 3,000 presents were donated which I think is great!

  5. Josselyn Tanico

    This year my family are going to sponsor 2 guide dog puppies (Buddy & Berry) for our friends Jack & Emmy – their dad won’t let them have a real dog so we are showing love and kindness by giving them this gift.
    It takes 2 years to fully train a guide dog puppy and costs from £1 a week.
    A guide dog can give freedom and independence to someone with sight loss.

  6. James Conn

    In The Eastgate Shopping Centre they have a giving tree, you go to the tree and choose a card and inside is a persons name who doesn’t get a lot of Christmas presents, you go and buy a present for them and wrap it up, then hand it back to the man who runs the place to give to the person named in the card so they can get a present for Christmas. I think it is very nice because they would get a present and have a happy Christmas like everyone else. They received over 1400 gifts this year.

  7. George Matheson P4

    The Salvation Army

    Some of the values shown by the Salavation army are compassion,respect,caring,giving and kindness.
    The Salvation Army is part of the Christian Church. At Christmas they help people in need, some exampes are;
    1) Visiting Elderly people who would be alone on Christmas day.
    2) Having Christmas lunches for people who have nobody to spend the day with.
    3)delivering hot food, sleeping bags and small gifts like socks to homeless people.
    4) giving shelter to the homeless.
    5) delivering parcels to people in need.
    6) delivering Christmas boxes to prisoners and ther familys as a message of goodwill and hope.

  8. Daniel Finnigan

    The MFR Mission Christmas appeal collects money and gifts from local people. They give these to local children who won’t get anything for Christmas. Last year 5100 local children got presents for Christmas because of the appeal. This year MFR wants to help more children. All you need to do is buy a gift and take it to a drop off point near you, or you can donate £5 from your phone or online. You can give £5 for a teddy bear,£20 for a board game or £50 for a bike. Why not do this and give a child a Happy Christmas!

  9. Matilda

    By Matilda

    TFX is a club. We do singing, theatre and jazz dance. At TFX we recorded a CD of Christmas Songs. All the money that TFX raised by selling it, was sent to MFR Cash For Kids: http://www.tfxperform.com/christmas-cd

    MFR Mission Christmas Cash For Kids raise money for children without money, and give presents to children who can’t afford Christmas presents: https://www.facebook.com/MFRCFK/

    Lots of people raise money at Christmas, to give to people to help them have a nice Christmas.

  10. Layla Nixon

    Inverness giving tree

    The giving tree is a charity that gives Christmas gifts to children who’s families can’t afford to buy them gifts. We can’t have children waking up on Christmas morning with no presents.
    The giving tree is in the eastgate centre in Inverness. People go in and pick an envelope, it tells you how old the child is and if they are a girl or a boy. You buy them a gift and hand it in to the managers office.
    It’s nice to be kind so everyone is happy and Christmas is a time to be happy.

    Have a good Christmas everyone from Layla

  11. Lilly Fergusson


    The Blyhswood Shoe Box Appeal helps lots and lots of people from countries all over the world.

    It is a very good charity and helps people at Christmas time. Last year Blythswood sent 181,000 boxes!

    This year the Christian charity celebrates the 20th anniversary of it’s Shoe Box Appeal, here are some of the countries the boxes are sent to; Albania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, Kosovo, Moldova and Pakistan.

    Here are some things that you can in the shoe boxes; toothbrush, toothpaste, hat, gloves, scarf, toys, sweets, shampoo, shower gel, pens and rubbers.

  12. Calum Douglas

    The giving tree is a place that you can give a Christmas present to people that can’t afford anything. You can make their Christmas very special and them very happy because they may never get a present. How it works is you get a card and it tells you if it is a boy or a girl and how old they are and you get them a present .

  13. Kyla

    They are asking for food donations because the food bank’s covert was bare.
    Some people will have nothing without the help of the food bank; they put together more than 120 bundles of Christmas food.
    After the volunteers released the video, the people of Heywood donated a huge amount of food, more than they ever had before.
    The children, which parents can’t afford a lot for Christmas, will now wake up on Christmas day with presents all thanks for the toy appeal of the food banks charity.

  14. Jack Mackay


    Blythswood shoe box appeal started in 1993 and is one of the kind ways Blythswood care encourage people to help others at Christmas time.
    You have to fill a shoe box with items suggested by Blythswood and they then send the boxes to all ages of people in various countries including Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Pakistan, Romania and the Ukraine, who without this would not receive anything for Christmas.

    The link below shows a video of the appeal

    In 2016 they sent 121,474 shoeboxes out, I think this is amazing and a great idea.

  15. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    Wow! That is lots that they do to help! Well done finding out all this information and for helping your mum donate all the gifts . Miss M

  16. Cian McAllister

    MFR Cash For Kids Christmas Appeal

    1 in 4 children are living in poverty. This means no money for Christmas presents. MFR ask people to buy an extra present that can be given to a local kid who may not get any presents on Christmas Day. These kids range from babies to 18 years old. In 2016 MFR helped make Christmas special for 5,100 local kids. This year they hope to help even more! My mum went with her work to MFR to help pick and pack presents. If it wasn’t for this charity then some children would not get any presents on Christmas Day.

  17. Kian

    In Morrisons they do lots to help people. They have a toy appeal box for people to donate toys to MFR for poor on Christmas. They also give vouchers to Ness Bank Church for the Minister to buy things for the Christmas lunch they have for lonley and homeless people. Also they let the rotary club come into store and collect food items for homeless people. They also have a pets donation bank for munlochy animal home for animals with no homes.

  18. Owen McGonigal

    In 2016 MFR raised over £407,000 in gifts and cash and made Christmas different over 5,100 local children. They particularly struggle to find presents for teenage boys, as the most common donations are toys and girly stuff. If you cant buy a gift, you can donate money instead through a text. MFR has a 100 drop off points.
    I have emailed MFR for more info.

  19. Mrs Rodgers Post author

    This is a great thing! You’re right, it does show kindness. Can you find out some more about it? See if you can do some research and tell us some interesting things about the MFR Christmas appeal. For example when did it first start ? How many people did they help last year? Where do you donate the gifts to? How do the gifts get delivered to the people?

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