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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 4

Welcome to Primary 4 

There are two P4 classes in Ballykeel Primary in 2018/2019 year.  The P4 teachers are Mrs. J Thompson and Miss C. McConnell.

We hope your child enjoys their year in Primary 4 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.


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

Within WAU lessons we will be continuing to explore life on the home front during WW2 looking at rationing, evacuees and packing our own evacuee suitcases. We even have an exciting visit from a real WW2 home in our assembly hall.


  • We will continue to work on 2x,10x and 5x tables.
  • We will be learning to give directions using compass point and coordinates.
  • 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.


  • 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. Through hot seating, freeze frames and role play we will plan for and write play scripts 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;

What your child should bring each day

  • 2-3 Sharpened pencils
  • A sharpener
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A Pritt Stick
  • A PE Kit to keep in school ( T-shirt, shorts and gym shoes.)
  • It is important that your child comes to school prepared with the correct equipment for all the planned activities for each day.

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 our homework diaries are kept up to date. This helps us remember what we have to do each night at home. Learning to rule and write in these books neatly is a big focus in term 1.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights children 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
  • Written Maths, English or World Around Us homework
  • 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.   

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.


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!


Making friends in St Brigid’s.

This year we will be working closely with St. Brigid’s Primary School P4 class.  We will be meeting up several times this year to explore our WAU theme together through a range of lessons, visitors and trips. We are really looking forward to it.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Thompson and Miss McConnell


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


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