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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 Mrs Henry/Mrs Ritchie.

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.

What your child should bring on the first 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.)
  • A healthy break, a drink and a packed lunch

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

November – December


  • 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.


  • 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.
  • We will begin reading Accelerated Reading books, taking a quiz every week and reaching our individual targets.
  • We will concentrate on reading with good expression.
  • In Creative Writing we will develop our ability to use descriptive language and express ourselves through poetry and story writing.


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. We will learn about the Healthy Food Plate and illustrate the food that goes into each category. The children will also learn how to find their own pulse and will carry out an experiment to see the effect of exercise on their heart rate.


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 are kept up to date when they are sent home. 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.

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.


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!

Mrs Thompson and Mrs Henry

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


Latest Photographs



14th Jan 2021
Can you spot any of your friends working hard?
7th Jan 2021
Here are some lovely photos of a few Primary Fours working hard at home.
18th Dec 2020
Megan has been kind, helpful and cheerful all week , a great girl.