Primary 3/4 (2016-17)

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World of Work Week 24th – 28th April

We have been really enjoying listening to our visitors and finding out about the skills and qualifications needed for various different careers. P3 have enjoyed talks from a nurse, vet and hairdresser while P4 have had talks from an archivist, a soldier and a scientist. P4 have also attended the career fairs in the gym hall to find out about other jobs. These have included the police, a paramedic, a chef and a farmer.

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On Thursday 27th April we had CPR training with Save A Life Scotland. We brought in our teddies to practise our new skills on!

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Term 4 April – June

We have lots planned for the final term!

Interdisciplinary Learning – This term we will be learning all about ‘The Vikings’. The children have been consulted about what they already know and what they would like to find out about and do during the topic. The children will be involved in lots of different learning opportunities although the main focus will be on Social Studies, Technologies and Literacy and English.

Social Studies – We are going to focus on People, Past Events and Societies while we undertake our Viking topic. The children will find out why the Vikings left their own homes to come to different countries. We will also discuss why people currently move – relating this to topical news e.g. refugees. They will be able to locate the Scandinavian countries and plot the journeys undertaken by the Vikings to the United Kingdom. They will also find out more about the boats used for these voyages and how they were constructed/navigated. They will discuss current transport to Scandinavian countries and then consider how different it was to travel in Viking times working in small groups to plan provisions needed for a journey.

Technologies – The children will be using the internet to find out more about life in Viking times. They will  learn how to weave and will make their own wall hangings. They will also use small sticks to investigate wattle and daub houses. They will invent their own Viking board game using stones.The children will also investigate floating and sinking, constructing boats from plasticene of various different shapes and attempting to make their boats more stable.

Literacy and English – The children will be consulting a variety of texts to find out more about Viking life and we will particularly be focusing on skimming, selecting and then paraphrasing what they have read. They will research different aspects of Viking lives – food, homes, work and clothes. We also hope to communicate with a Danish child to tell them about life in Scotland and ask them about life in modern day Denmark. We will find out about Scottish words which have come from the Norse language. The children will also write about a Viking Raid.

Expressive Arts – In Art and Design we will develop our skills and techniques in collage and sculpture. Lots of our Dance, Drama and Music work will be linked to our Viking topic e.g. singing Viking songs and re-enacting Viking sagas.

French – The children will develop their knowledge of colours. We will also introduce the use of French-English dictionaries to help us as we learn food vocabulary.

Numeracy and Mathematics – This term we will be working on multiplication and division. P3 will be learning 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 times tables and P4 will be developing quick recall of all the times tables. Both mental strategies and written skills will be taught as the children apply their knowledge when solving multiplication and division calculations. The children will also work on angles and grid references.

Looking for right angles in the playground.

Looking for right angles in the playground.

R.M.E. –  This term we will investigate the ‘special books’ of Christianity, Judaism and Islam (The Bible, The Talmud and The Qu’ran). The children will have the opportunity to hear and discuss significant stories from each book and will discuss some of the values promoted by the stories.

Science – This term we will find out more about the lifecycles of various different plants and animals. This will lead us on to work about genetics and inherited and non-inherited characteristics.

Health and Wellbeing – In P.E. we will participate in athletics lessons as we prepare for Sports Day and we will also develop our gymnastics skills. The children will learn about the dangers of tobacco and how smoking can affect our bodies, undertake sex education lessons and participate in our ‘World of Work’ week.

Term 3 January – March

You are invited to our class assembly on Friday 17th February at 9.20am. We hope you can come!

Interdisciplinary Learning – Our main learning this term will be based around our charity Enterprise topic which is to plan and organise a second hand book fair for the rest of the school. This will be held on World Book Day in March, the profits of which will be donated to the Blythswood educational charity. Skills in Numeracy and Mathematics and Literacy and English will be further developed as we embark on this. The children have already sent out a letter asking for book donations and are looking forward to a visit from a local bookseller to help us think about the skills we will need. The children will organise themselves into groups to prepare for the event e.g. finance, publicity, organisation of books etc. The children are relishing the challenge!

We are all ready for our book fair to open!

We are all ready for our book fair to open!

Social Studies – For our Scottish focus we will find out more about Robert Burns and how we celebrate his work at this time of year. We will look at the history behind some traditional Scottish poems and songs and also find out about some famous Scottish landmarks.

Science – We will find out about different kinds of electricity and the ways in which we use electricity in our daily lives. Safety when using electricity will be discussed before the children begin investigating circuits, conductors and insulators. The children will also work on the topic of natural and man-made materials. They will investigate various objects, identify the material they are made from and discuss the properties of those different materials.

We had fun finding out about electricity.

We had fun finding out about electricity.

R.M.E. – This term we will focus on the topic of thankfulness. As Easter approaches, the children will have the opportunity to explore the story and find out why it is so important to Christians. They will also find out how Easter is celebrated around the world.

Technologies – The children will be involved in our internet safety programme this term. They will also develop problem solving strategies, navigation, co-ordination and coding skills.

Expressive Arts – Much of our work in Dance, Drama and Music this term will focus on the various performances we are involved in – the Scottish Celebration, our class assembly and ‘The Button Box’ show for the official school opening. In Art and Design we will develop our skills and techniques in drawing, painting and using clay.

Scottish Celebration

Scottish Celebration

Our 'Space' assembly

Our ‘Space’ assembly

'The Button Box' performance

‘The Button Box’ performance

Literacy and English – The children will continue their work in their reading and spelling groups this term. Writing activities planned include writing interesting character descriptions, non-chronological reports, formal letters and how to write a catchy poem or song. The children will also be involved in various reading, writing, talking and listening tasks related to our Enterprise topic. Talking and listening skills will also be developed as we prepare for our class assembly.

French – The children will learn how to tell o’clock times in French. They will also learn and use vocabulary related to clothes and parts of the body.

Numeracy and Mathematics – This term, we will work on addition and subtraction, using both mental and written methods to calculate answers to sums. The children will also work with money and develop their finance skills. They will be taught how to calculate total amounts of money using notes and coins and how to give the correct change. This will be particularly helpful in preparation for our book fair!

Health and Wellbeing – In P.E. we will develop our ball skills and techniques in a variety of team games including hockey and basketball. Self-esteem and resilience will be introduced to the children and substance misuse (drugs education) will also be tackled. The children will also enjoy their termly visit to the woods.

We made fairy doors from clay in class and took them to the woods!

We made fairy doors from clay in class and took them to the woods!

Term 2 October – December

We have a very busy and exciting term ahead!

Interdisciplinary Learning – This term we are going to be working on the topic of ‘Space’ which will focus mainly on the curricular areas of Science, Social Studies and Expressive Arts. We have planned a visit to ‘Dynamic Earth’ in Edinburgh on Thursday 8th December where the children will have the opportunity to take part in a ‘Destination Space’ workshop. They will discover how astronauts get up into space with a bit of rocket science, learn about living and working in space, how the human body is affected by space and how the astronauts use robots and other technology to help them with their work. It sounds fun and we are all really looking forward to this!

We had a great time finding out about how astronauts live and work in space at Dynamic Earth.

We had a great time finding out about how astronauts live and work in space at Dynamic Earth.

Astronauts need to do important experiments while in space!

Astronauts need to do important experiments while in space!

Using robot technology to rescue an astronaut!

Using robot technology to rescue an astronaut.

Astronauts need to eat a balanced diet in space

Astronauts need to eat a balanced diet in space.

Using resistance bands to see what exercise is like for astronauts in space.

Using resistance bands to see what exercise is like for astronauts in space.

Science – We will investigate the Earth, the sun and the moon. We will find out how Earth orbits the sun and how the moon orbits Earth and how their patterns of movement and changes over time relate to the length of a day, month and year. We will also investigate the force of gravity through a series of experiments and the children will have the opportunity to predict and discuss the results.

Social Studies – We will find out about Neil Armstrong and what it was like for him to travel to the moon. We will also look into the role of current astronauts such as Tim Peake and the work he did on board the International Space Station.

Expressive Arts – The children will be asked to design and create a space related model as their homework project this term. In class we will also carry out space related art activities. In dance we will take part in lessons related to a ‘journey through space’ and in drama we will explore different drama techniques such as improvisation and mime through the context of space. As part of our work in music we will listen to ‘The Planets’ by the composer Gustav Holst.

Space projects

Space projects

Space projects

Space projects

Space projects

Space projects

Literacy and English This term we will look at non-fiction books related to our topic and use the contents page, index and glossary to help us find information. We will also continue working on reading and spelling in our groups. The children will work on a ‘Big Writing’ adventure and will write newspaper reports, sets of instructions and letters. Our grammar and punctuation work will be linked to these writing lessons and will cover tenses, verbs and direct speech. In our talking and listening work, the children will have the opportunity to take part in space related topic discussions and present their homework task to the rest of the class.

French – We will be working on weather vocabulary this term and how to say the days of the week, months of the year and when our birthdays are. We will also find out how Christmas is celebrated in France.

Numeracy and Mathematics – We are all going to be working on time this term. P3 will be introduced to quarter to and quarter past times on both analogue and digital clocks. P4 will work on telling the time to 5 minute intervals on both analogue and digital clocks. P3 will also work on estimating and rounding while the P4 children work on times tables. We will continue work on developing our mental maths strategies and problem solving skills.

Health and Wellbeing – The children have already enjoyed a ‘creative’ afternoon in the woods this term. We will take part in various activities during Health Week/Anti-Bullying Week and we will also look at the characteristics of a growth mindset. In P.E. we will learn how to play benchball and take part in social dance as we prepare for our Christmas parties.

Party time!

Party time!

R.M.E. – We will find out why the Bible is a special book for Christians. We will explore some stories from the Bible and some of the messages contained within these e.g. trust and forgiveness. The Christmas story will be a focus as the P3 children perform in this year’s nativity.

Technologies –  In I.C.T.  the children will use ‘Glow’ to learn how to send an email. They will use the internet to search for and research information related to our space topic. In other Technologies work, the children will create movable and 3D Christmas decorations.

Getting creative in the woods!

Getting creative in the woods!

 

Term 1 August – October

Literacy and English – We are going to be reading ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson and completing a book study on this text. Reading skills such as predicting, skimming, connecting and summarising will be taught. The children will be encouraged to read a variety of non-fiction books on Scottish wildlife and they will work together to create their own books and wildlife fact sheets. The children will also write imaginative stories related to our book study and complete personal writing about themselves as we get to know each other. In talking and listening lessons we will focus on body language, delivery and content. The children will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills as they present a ‘talk’ based on their homework project on Scottish wildlife.

French – We will be having short conversations in French including greetings, names, ages and where we live. The children will also order their lunch in French every day!

Numeracy and Mathematics – We will be working on developing mental maths strategies this term using our numeracy maps and flashcards. In number, we will work on place value and estimating and rounding. We will learn about the properties of 2D shapes and 3D objects and will create tiling patterns with different shapes. We will also work on our problem solving skills.

We enjoyed making tiling patterns with shapes

We enjoyed making tiling patterns with shapes

Health and Wellbeing – We will be learning how to manage our feelings and emotions in school and the differences between aggressive, cool and weak responses. In P.E. we will be taking part in team games and developing our ball skills.

Expressive Arts – In Art we will focus on completing observational drawings using buildings in our local environment as a stimulus. The children will create their own rhythmic dance sequences using balls, hoops and ribbons. They will participate in drama games and role play scenarios and use percussion instruments to explore loud/soft and high/low sounds in music.

Creating dance sequences in the gym hall

Creating dance sequences in the gym hall

Observational drawings of the school building

Observational drawings of the school building

R.M.E. – The children will develop their understanding of the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah.

Technologies – In I.C.T. the children will investigate and create their own databases, electronic drawings and powerpoints. The children will also be involved in paper technology tasks linked to our topic.

We made 'moving' owls as part of our work in Technologies

We made ‘moving’ owls as part of our work in Technologies

Social Studies – As part of our work on Scottish wildlife, we will think about how humans can preserve the habitats the animals live in and also how our climate affects the plants and animals which live here. We will look at Scottish athletes who are taking part in the Olympics/Paralympic games and discuss the reasons for their success.

Sciences – The children will find out about the characteristics of living things. They will also investigate lifecycles, food chains and habitats.

Interdisciplinary Learning – The main curricular areas we will focus on this term will be Literacy and English, Social Studies and Sciences as we carry out work on our book study/Scottish wildlife topic. We also plan to visit the forest as part of our work in this area.

Looking for living things in the woods

Looking for living things in the woods

We are going to be very busy!