Primary 4 topic homework

indiaP4 Homework – Autumn Term

Homework to go out Friday 31stth October 2014

The 1st task is due in on Friday 7th November 2014
The 2nd task is due in on Friday 14thNovember 2014
The 3rd task is due in on Friday 21st November 2014
The 4th task is due in on Friday 28th November 2014
The 5th task (Maths) is due in on 5th December 2014 (worksheet to follow)

·         Try out some Indian food and write at least 5 sentences. Tell us what you tried and what it was like.


·         You can make some Indian food.  Write and tell us in your own words how you made it and what it was like.

·         Add up the total cost of the food you tried.

Research an endangered animal that lives in India. Include a picture or drawing and at least 5 facts about your animal. Be prepared to make a presentation in class.
A Day in India – imagine spending a day in India, city or rural. What would you see, hear, taste, smell and touch.

Make an Indian flag using fabric, coloured paper (from a magazine), or any other medium. Your flag should measure no more than 31cm by 21cm.
Find out about a charity that helps people in India.

Eg Water Aid, Red Cross, Oxfam.  Make a poster to tell us what work the charity does and how it helps people.  This may take more than one night so add up the total time you spent making it.


Suggested websites:

National Geographic

India for kids


Dunbar Basics Bank

We received a lovely message from Dunbar Basics Bank today:

This week saw us receive an remarkable amount of donations – 306kg in total. I am always amazed at the community’s generosity as we sort through all these donations.

Special thanks to Dunbar Primary School. They had a special Harvest Assembly at the John Muir Campus which raised 183kg of food. It is particularly rewarding to see young people getting involved in giving in this way. The school is also having another food collection at their Assembly on Friday so watch this space for further news of their efforts!

All Items in bold are low in stock:

Feminine hygiene items
Deodorant (female)

Dried Rice
Tinned Chilli Con Carne
Washing up Liquid
Toilet Rolls
Pull up nappies

Thanks for your support,

Dunbar Basics Bank

John Muir Campus Harvest Assembly

Nursery pupils joined P1 – P3 for the Harvest Assembly today.

Take a look at Daisy the scarecrow below!  It was made by Woodlands & Haven nursery rooms.  Two girls from the Eco Group are shown putting her in place for the assembly.

Nursery Assembly 2 Nursery Assembly

Thank you for your kind food donations so far.  Another Harvest Assembly will take place on Friday 31st October at Lochend Campus.  If you would like to donate an item of food to the Dunbar Basic Bank, please send it in with your child to either campus this week.

We have listed below some of the foods that are in high demand, although any donation of dried or tinned food will be greatly received:

Tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, biscuits, breakfast cereals and tinned meats.

Thank you!

Children in Need 2014@ Dunbar Primary


14th November is Children in Need Day

 The theme for this year is …

                                             Be a Hero!

   Pupils can dress up as any hero they wish….

A Superhero…. A hero or heroine from a book or story… a sporting hero or someone they admire.

£1 donation

There are some ideas and printables on the BBC Children in Need Website

Milk and Cookies Day

We received this letter today from Lorriane Faulds at East Lothian Council. The children at Dunbar Primary participated in this event prior to the October holidays.

Dear all

I am writing to thank you all for the fantastic effort made to raise money for the STV Appeal raising money for good causes in every local authority in Scotland including our own. Money sent in to Facilities Management to bank came to the total of £1947.50 and I know that a couple of schools banked their money independently so I expect we have raised just over £2000. Sincerely Well Done to all took part and to all the parents and children who bought cookies and milkshakes.

Lorraine Faulds

Senior Officer

Facilities Management

1st Floor

John Muir House


EH41 3HA

Winter Menu

The Autumn/Winter menu will be available from Monday 27

October 2014 until Friday 24th April 2015.

The new menu is on a 3-weekly cycle with a choice of seasonal dishes.

The Summer menu starts on Monday 27th April 2015.


The menu contains dishes that are firm favourites with children and suit the autumn/winter season. The price remains at £1.90 for a 2-course primary school meal (soup & main course or main course & dessert) with bread, salad and a cold drink. Given all the positive changes that we continue to make, we hope that you agree this is excellent value for both.



Message from NHS Lothian

There will be a final opportunity for Dunbar Primary School children to be vaccinated against flu on Friday 24 October 2014 between 12.15 and 4pm at the John Muir Campus, Dunbar Primary School. This will be a drop in service and we urge that you take this final opportunity to bring your child for this vaccination.

Vaccination Programme Manager. NHS Lothian.

Dunbar Reads Aloud October Update


Dear Parents

I am writing to thank you all for working with us to develop your child’s reading aloud skills. Some parents are still unsure as to why we have specifically focused on this skill in reading this session, especially for our older pupils. I want to give you some of the reasons why it is so important that you support your son or daughter in this project.
Here are 7 reasons why you should listen to your child reading – whatever their age! (and why you should still read to them!).. 1. Beginning readers profit from reading aloud to someone who can provide them with daily, gentle, constructive feedback, positive encouragement and praise.

2. Whilst your son or daughter might have a reading age of 10 or 13 years – what is their vocabulary age? Reading aloud expands children’s vocabulary and teaches children how to pronounce new words.

3. To enhance fluency – practice of reading out loud common words and trying new words out again and again improves their fluency.

4. Reading aloud and being read to builds children’s attention spans and helps them to hone their listening skills.

5. Children who read aloud regularly develop an understanding of what they are reading – reading aloud means they have to make sense of the words, sentence structure and grammar used as they process the text.

6. To help those learning or struggling to develop their reading skills – by rehearsing their readings through repeated practice, readers improve their accuracy and word recognition abilities (Morado, Koenig, & Wilson 1999). 7. To share skills with others. Once children learn how to read aloud expressively, they often become so excited that they want to read aloud more often and in more varied situations. Moreover, because they have mastered new skills, children who often felt like failures as readers will shine with new excitement as they realise and share their newly built reading expertise with others (Stayter & Allington 1991). But… please don’t stop reading to your child, evidence shows:

Children who are read to when they are young start collecting reading experiences that can lead to insight, reflection and empathy. Research shows that children who read regularly know more about life, love, courage and conflict. Moreover, they are better at self-reflection than children who rarely read. (Van Peperstraten, 2011).

Finally, can I ask that everyone sends in their ‘Dunbar Reads Aloud Bronze Award Bookmark’ at the end of this reading session on Friday 14th November. Please make sure your son or daughters name is on the bookmark as we will be holding another Prize Draw when every pupil will have the chance to win one of our fabulous prizes – fiction books, non-fiction books, comics, magazines or book tokens. A reminder – pupils must have 30 stars completed – you still have time together to hear them reading aloud and send in the bookmark!

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald


Helen Gillanders
Head Teacher