## P4B Snow Day Activity

Hello P4B,

We’ve learned lots about 3D shape this year so here is the challenge…

What 3D objects can you build in the snow?

How big can you make them?

What features can you include?

Upload a photo if you can so we can see what shapes you have managed to build!

I hope you are enjoying the snow and keeping cosy (both inside and outside!).

Mrs Fraser

## Snow Day Challenges

How many of these activities can you complete before coming back to school?

Have you managed to complete some of them already?

Can you take a picture to show us what you have been doing?

## Welcome to P4A

We have had a really busy start to the year.

In Maths we have been adding ten and multiples of 10. We have also been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. We have played lots of games to help us learn.

We have been writing diary entries and creating eye catching posters to advertise castles and houses in East Lothian for tourists.

In Social Subjects we have been learning about East Lothian. We have been finding out what jobs people did in the coal mines. If we were alive in the 1800s we would not be at school but would probably be trappers in a mine. We are all looking forward to our trip to the Mining Museum next week.

## P4B

P4B Blog by Kayla and Fraser

This term we have been learning about lots of different things. In Topic we have been learning all about East Lothian, it’s history, heritage and archaeology. Some jobs they did in the past here are mining, fishing and farming. For our school trip we went to the National Mining Museum. We found it really interesting and had lots of fun. In Maths we have been learning all about Fractions. We have been playing games with our fractions rods , comparing them and working out what fraction our partners are thinking of. In Art we have been looking at Zentangle patterns and have created some stunning art work. In English we have been learning to write interesting stories and information texts. We have discovered that using synonyms and technical vocabulary makes our writing more interesting for our readers.

## P4A

P4A has had a busy couple of weeks since the February break. We have been practicing working as a good team in our co-operative learning groups, and thinking about how we can show respect to each other. We have been writing leaflets about healthy eating and we made our own challenges for keeping healthy.  We put these on our Respect posters, because it is also important for us to show self-respect by looking after ourselves.  In RME we have been looking at Bible stories (Jonah and the Whale, The Good Samaritan) and thinking about how love was shown in the stories.

An important skill we have been practicing this term is to tell the time in digital and analogue and usage our skills to plan our day. We have filled in our own timelines and we even discovered that we could change our shoes in less than one minute!

In spelling, we have been practicing using pronouns (words that replace nouns), which will improve our writing. In Art we have been illustrators like Quentin Blake this week, drawing pictures of faces to show different expressions.

On the 2nd of March it was World Book Day and we dressed up as book characters and discussed our favourite books.  Don’t forget to spend your World Book Day token!

We’ve also been learning about East Lothian and it was very interesting to look at old maps of Tranent to see how it has changed over the years. We will be learning even more about our local landscape over the next few weeks.

By Iona, Sammy, Jessica, Ruth, Mia, Ethan and Jay

Message from Mrs Atkinson: this was my last week in P4A.  Thank you very much for having me in your class – I have enjoyed seeing all the learning that has been going on!  I hope you enjoy the rest of primary 4!

## Happy New Year!

This week we have been learning how to write story openers. We used connectives, exciting adjectives and powerful verbs.  We wrote the story about a picture of a girl under water.  We will post some of them next week.

In Maths, we have been learning to work out equivalent fractions. Equivalent fractions are 2 fractions that have different denominators but are same fraction.

In PE we have been doing gymnastics. We have been learning how to balance on our joints.  It is not that easy because we have to stay still for 5 seconds without falling over.

In Music we have been learning how to play the recorder. It is fun to learn but it is really hard.

We have been going to swimming lessons at the Loch Centre every Friday. We have been playing games in the pool.  Today we were playing tunnel tig.  We had to use our swimming skills and had to hold our breath to swim under water.

We hope you will have a great 2017

Iona and Joshua

## P3/4 December Update

It has been a very busy term for P3/4!  We have been learning all about Electricity with Miss Smith and Miss Innes has been doing some experiments with us which has been very exciting!  We now know how dangerous electricity can be and how to stay safe when we are around it inside and outdoors.  If you need any advice, just ask us because we’re experts!  At the end of our topic, Miss Smith challenged us to design a Christmas decoration that lights up.  We had some great ideas and had to make sure that we drew a circuit for inside with a light bulb and a switch so that it would work.

We were very excited to have Freddie the Teddy to stay with us for 2 weeks as a reward for being the class with the least number of children late into school.  He got to sit pride of place at the front of the classroom.

Also this term the Primary 4’s went out of school to plant bulbs at APOGI Park.  There are lots of stories to be heard about the town that we live in and lots of them are hidden in the cairns at APOGI Park.  We had great fun jumping on the mud to make sure the bulbs were nice and safe under the ground and are are looking forward to seeing the carpet of flowers that will be there next year.

It is almost time for all of the Christmas fun to start.  We have been practising hard for our Carol Concerts and are looking forward to our parties.  There was an extra surprise on Monday though when an elf arrived in P3/4!  Georgie came to ask us for some help so we have been made honorary elves, just for this year.  We’re not sure Georgie is working very hard though as we came in this morning and he was playing Connect 4 with Oli from next door.  Santa did warn us that he was a bit mischievous!

Hopefully he’ll tell Santa about all of the great things we’ve been doing and he’ll keep us on the nice list.

## P4B

November has been a busy month for 4B. In English have been learning how to design information posters and list poems. By exploring the features of poems we have discovered that we need to carefully choose the words we use to create the best effect. Consequently we have been learning about synonyms and how to use a Thesaurus. In Maths and Numeracy we have been looking at the skills for multiplication and making links with our times tables. We have also been looking at money, finding out how to calculate amounts and work out change. This term we have looked at Pointillism in Art and have created pictures using felt pens and paint. We have recreated Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “Winter” using paint and cotton buds. Our topic this term is Electricity and Energy. We have been busy carrying out experiments and have discovered how to make a simple circuit and which materials make the best conductors and insulators. As you can see we have been hard at work learning and we are now beginning to look towards the Christmas holidays when it will be time for a well earned rest!

## Electricity Topic

This term P3/4 will be learning about electricity.  Today we thought about what life would be like without electricity and I challenged the children to spend at least an hour over the next week electricity free.  So no TV, tablets, games consoles or phones!  We came up with lots of ideas of what we could do instead e.g. playing outside with friends, doing arts and crafts, reading or playing board games.  I wonder how many will manage!

Also linked to our topic is the optional homework.  Scottish Power have an excellent website called Powerwise that we are using to help us learn about electricity in class, but it also has missions to complete. The children get 5 Dojos for each mission they complete.

The link to the homework sheet is below.  Good luck!

topic-homework