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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.

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.


  • We will continue to revise and learn x2, x5 and x10 tables along with 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;


  • We will continue working on neat handwriting and presentation skills. We have also now started 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.


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;


Latest Photographs



22nd Jan 2020
This week we made a tasty dinner-Fully Loaded Baked Potatoes. Not only did we cook...
22nd Jan 2020
Today in assembly some Primary fours were presented with certificates for AR. These...
17th Jan 2020
Today we enjoyed researching WW2 on Newsdesk. We read an article about life during...
15th Jan 2020
We are starting the new theme of 'Through the eyes of the child' this term. This...