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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 4

April - June 2022

Welcome back to the final term of Primary 4. It has been a productive year so far. The summer term will be busy for the children due to having summer exams and class tests, but we hope to make it as fun as possible! Keep an eye out for dates for Sport’s Day and other fun family events taking place. Please remember to keep in touch with us on Seesaw and take time to read the important information on messages sent home. Below is an outline of the work being covered this term.

World Around Us

This term our theme is 'Let's Set Sail'.

  • Local and global geography – looking at maps showing oceans and continents of the world.
  • Science experiments relating to floating and sinking.
  • Art & technology project to design and build a boat.
  • Famous explorers and pirates in history.
  • PDMU lessons on being safe in the sun and beach safety.
  • An online session with our Shared Education partner school St. Brigid's.

Numeracy

  • We will learn 3x and 4x tables while reinforcing previous multiplication facts.
  • We will be revising work on1/2 and 1/4 within fractions.
  • We will be discovering the most common units of standard measure - the litre and the kilogram and doing lots of practical measuring.
  • We will be exploring data handing through bar graphs and Pirate Venn diagrams.
  • We will learn how to read and plot simple coordinates on a grid.

Literacy

  • We will continue working on neat handwriting and presentation skills. We will be getting our cursive writing ready for the step into P5.
  • We will be learning about explanation writing to explain how we designed and created our own vehicle.
  • Within grammar we will be revising correct use of punctuation, using apostrophes appropriately, speech marks in a sentence and prefixes and suffixes.
  • Within comprehension we will focus on predicting and questioning skills.
  • We will continue to work hard on our weekly phonics sounds to improve our spelling.

Below are some links to online games that will support your child's learning this term;

www.ictgames.co.uk

www.timestables.co.uk

www.topmarks.co.uk

www.educationcity.com

All of the above will keep us busy right up to our summer holidays! Thank you for your ongoing support each term!

Miss Kane and Mrs. McKeegan

 

March-April 2022

This half-term we are continuing to work on our theme 'Through the eyes of a child.'

Within World Around Us lessons we will be continuing to explore life on the home front during WW2. We will be looking at rationing, evacuees and packing our own evacuee suitcases. The children will do some exciting art projects based on different aspects of the war e.g. the Blitz. We will also do some basic map skills in order to identify the location of countries where various key events took place.

Numeracy

  • We will continue to work on 2x,10x and 5x tables.
  • We will be learning to give directions using compass points and coordinates.
  • The children will combine their Numeracy and ICT skills in order to do some digital coding.
  • We will be ordering numbers up to 1000.
  • We will begin work on fractions of a whole- thinking about 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3.
  • Within time we will learn to read and record o'clock, half past, quarter hour times and 5 minute intervals.
  • We will learn the difference between digital and analogue clocks and how to read and record both.

Literacy

  • We will continue working on neat handwriting and presentation skills. We have also now started cursive writing.
  • We will have an extended focus within writing on play scripts and diary entries. Through hot seating, freeze frames and role play we will plan for and write a diary entry and a play script about being an evacuee with a host family.
  • Within grammar we will be looking at adverbs and adjectives and how these can be used to improve our writing and our stage directions within our scripts.
  • Within comprehension we will focus on finding the main idea, fact or opinion and expressing points of view.
  • We will continue to work hard on our weekly phonics sounds to improve our spelling.

Below are some links to online games that will support your child's learning this term;

www.ictgames.co.uk

www.topmarks.co.uk

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/numeracy.htm

www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/moonmaths.swf

http://www.familylearning.org.uk/place_value_games.html

 

All of the above will keep us busy right up to our Easter holidays! Thank you for your ongoing support each term!

Miss Kane and Mrs. McKeegan

 

 

January - February

Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break. This will be another busy term with our new WAU theme 'Through the Eyes of A Child'. 

This is a fun and interesting theme for term 2. P4 will be learning about children in different countries; their language, culture and homes. We will have the opportunity to do some research on the Ipads and in the library. We will be able to write poems and creative stories about how other children’s lives compare to a typical child from Ballymena!

We will also learn about children in World War 2 and how they were affected by the war. We will think especially about evacuee children and their experiences during the war.

Numeracy

  • We will learn x2, x5 and x10 tables along with revision of number facts up to 20.
  • We will improve our subtraction skills with exchanging up to 100.
  • Develop problem solving skills through practical investigations and solving word problems.
  • Money – learning about coins and working out how much change is needed from £1 and progressing to £5
  • Learn how to tell the time, using half past, quarter past and quarter to.

Below are some links to online games that will support your child's learning this term:

www.ictgames.co.uk

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/numeracy.htm

www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/moonmaths.swf

 http://www.familylearning.org.uk/place_value_games.html

Literacy 

  • We will continue working on neat handwriting and presentation skills. We will also begin cursive writing.
  • We will explore a range of writing forms including – recount, letter writing and poetry.
  • We will improve our use of Grammar- full stops, capital letters, alphabetical ordering, adjectives, adverbs, nouns and verbs.
  • We will become familiar with reading and writing in the past and future tenses.
  • We will learn the definition of adverbs and learn to incorporate them into our written work.
  • Learn some tricky words (there, they’re, their, two, to, too, we, we’re,)
  • Begin to read with more confidence and expression.
  • In Comprehension activities we will focus on specific skills to improve our ability to answer with the correct information and in full sentences.
  • We will work on spelling correctly and accurately.

Thank you for your ongoing support each term. Happy New Year!

Miss Kane and Miss McCormick

 

November - December

Hopefully everyone had a lovely half-term break and the children are ready for another busy few weeks in P4. This will be a fun-filled and festive time in school as we are on the countdown to Christmas. Below are some of the things that the children will be learning throughout this half-term. 

Numeracy

  • We will continue to revise and learn number facts up to 20.
  • We will improve our subtraction skills with exchanging up to 100.
  • Develop problem solving skills through practical investigations and solving word problems.
  • Using Function Machines, we will calculate the input and output using a range of mathematical processes.

Literacy 

  • Just like last term we will continue to have nightly spelling and reading homework which reflect the phonics sounds we are working on in class.
  • We will be working on developing our comprehension skills; finding relevant information in a passage to answer a question.
  • Becoming more familiar with AR, taking a quiz every week and reaching our individual targets.
  • We will concentrate on reading with good expression.

WAU 

This term's theme is called 'Hey, hey look at me!' throughout this half term we will continue to learn new facts about our bodies. We will make non-fiction booklets about our major organs.

Using Newsdesk and the library books to research, we will investigate foods which are healthy and the effect of an unhealthy diet on our body. The children will take part in practical investigations e.g. the effect of exercise on the body and how the body digests food.

Miss Kane and Miss McCormick 

 

September - October Half Term 

Welcome to Primary 4, we hope your child enjoys their year and makes the most of all the wonderful learning opportunities on offer, both during and after school. Each term we will post pictures of daily classroom life and also special events and trips we’ve taken part in.

What your child should have in school:

  • 2-3 Sharpened pencils
  • A sharpener
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A Pritt Stick
  • A PE Kit to keep in school (T-shirt, shorts/jogging bottoms and trainers.)
  • A healthy break, a drink and a packed lunch

It is important that your child comes to school prepared with the correct equipment.

Homework routines

Homework is an important part of your child’s development and is a great way for you to encourage and support them in reinforcing what they are learning in school. It is important to make sure homework diaries (yellow folders) are kept up to date when they are sent home. This helps us remember what we have to do each night at home.

Throughout the year on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night children will have:

  • Spellings (Write out our spellings neatly and learn them. Our writing has to be PERFECT! Make sure your letters are the correct size and have a flick)
  • Tables
  • Reading
  • Take time each evening to help your child complete their homework carefully. Make sure they have somewhere quiet to work and a pencil, rubber and ruler to complete written work. After written tasks, spellings and tables are completed please ensure that they all are signed by a responsible adult.

Monday and Wednesday: One written Maths, English or World Around Us homework  

Tips for learning spellings and tables

  • Ask your child to write down the words as you call them out.
  • Get your child to write them out 3-4 times without looking at their book to make sure they know them well.
  • Play quick fire games together in the car or whilst walking to school. 

Reading

It is important to practise reading aloud and silently. In Primary 4 we are really focusing on fluency and expression however we also place a huge emphasis on reading for understanding. After your child has read a few pages, stop and ask them questions like these- 

  • Where did the characters go on their magic adventure? 
  • How do you think Biff felt when she met…? 
  • Why do you think Kipper was angry when…?
  • Can you find me the sentence on page 8 that tells me what happened to the car?
  • Who was your favourite character in this reading book and why?
  • Have you ever had an experience like this one?

Whilst these are all simple things, they will make all the difference to your child’s learning. We thank you for your support in this.

Don’t forget to sign all home works and check that your child is learning his/her tables every night!

Below are some links to online games that will support your child’s learning this term;

www.ictgames.co.uk

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/

www.amblesideprimary.com/ambleweb/numeracy.htm

www.primaryresources.co.uk/online/moonmaths.swf

 http://www.familylearning.org.uk/place_value_games.html

Here are some of the things we will be learning about in class during Term 1;

Numeracy

This term we will be consolidating our quick recall of number facts in number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and also our ability to double and half numbers. We will be exploring how to order and sequence numbers, add and subtract tens and units. We will also be learning how to tally when our birthdays are and display it in a bar graph. We will be learning about the months of the year and how to record dates on a calendar. 

Literacy 

Just like last year we will continue to have nightly spelling and reading homework which reflect the phonics sounds we are working on in class. We will be working on developing our comprehension skills in summarising and finding the main idea of a story. Linked to our theme in WAU we will be writing all about ourselves and also writing a creative story pretending we are a superhero! 

WAU 

This term's theme is called 'Hey, hey look at me!' throughout this half term we will be focusing on ourselves, our talents, the events of our lives and how our lives compare to children's around the world. We will also discover our senses and how we take care of our bodies. We will enjoy making links to our work in ICT, story writing and many other areas of our learning. 

Miss Kane and Miss McCormick

 

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