I hope you enjoyed the summer holidays and that your child has been looking forward to P4. The children are already settling in to the routines of Primary 4 and we are looking forward to a busy but enjoyable year ahead. After a year teaching in Azerbaijan, I am delighted to join the fantastic team at Pennyland (although the weather is taking some getting used to!).
In the first week the children took part in a range of getting to know you activities and we have started to discuss our topic for this term, Ancient Greece and the Olympics. We also had fun taking class, house and group photos. We discussed class rules, and class behaviour policy, and the children have responded well to this.
Some Curricular Information
The Highland Literacy Strategy will form the basis of our language work this year.
The Nelson series will form the basis for the spelling, along side the most frequently used words.
We will continue using the Big Writing approach in order to continue to raise standards.
The children are also happy to be continuing with their Accelerated Reading, which gives the children a chance to have that important time to read for enjoyment. Reading will take place on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in school. We are looking to kit out our reading corner in class so if you have any cushions or beanbags you could donate it would be much appreciated.
There will be plenty of opportunity to talk and listen, and improve on these skills, during circle time, drama and targeted lessons.
The children have a fantastic opportunity this term to either consolidate or learn Signed Supported Support. This will take place on a Thursday afternoon.
The Highland Numeracy Strategy will form the basis of our numeracy this year.
This term we will work on the following:
Consolidation of number bonds within 20
number sequencing, counting to 1000, comparing and ordering, even and odd numbers, number names
Addition and subtraction within 100/1000
Focus on multiplication (times tables)
Our topic this year is Ancient Greece and the Olympics, and through this we will cover: Technologies, Social Studies, Expressive Arts and RME, alongside literacy, numeracy and HWB in context.
This term we will focus on Living Things and the Processes of Life
Health and Wellbeing
In Term 1 children will learn about mental, social, emotional and physical wellbeing, for example, friendships and bullying.
PE will take place on a Friday morning, and both P4 classes will come together for this. Please remember that no jewellery is allowed and long hair must be tied back. Weather permitting, we will also walk a mile on a Tuesday morning.
We are also learning about how to stay fit and healthy so please give you child some fruit to bring as a snack on a Friday if possible, as Friday is being renamed ‘Fruity Friday’ this term!
Children are welcome to bring in a water bottle for use in the classroom. I would recommend that this has a sports cap to avoid any spillages. Please ensure it is just plain water and not flavoured or diluting juice.
Modern and Foreign Languages
The children will continue to learn French and this will be integrated as much as possible into daily activities.
Homework will generally consist of spelling, maths, reading and Accelerated Reading. Accelerated Reading is for enjoyment and the children can earn certificates for achieving success in online quizzes. Please encourage them to read as much as possible at home.
Homework tasks will be explained on a Monday and completed homework should be returned to school no later than Friday. I hope that this will encourage the children to balance their school work with extra-curricular activities and help busy family lives. We continue to encourage the children to self-assess and check over their own work thoroughly before asking an adult to check it, especially in writing and spelling tasks. Please sign any completed homework and return by the Friday.
Ms Hood will take the class for a small slot on a Monday morning and on a Wednesday. If you have any worries or concerns then please do not hesitate to pop a note in your child’s reading record or make an appointment to see me. I hope you can all make it along to the Curricular Information evening on Thursday the 25th August from 6-7pm, where you will get a chance to meet me.
Than you in advance for your support this year,