Curriculum

Milngavie Primary School
Welcome to Primary 4
2015-2016
 

Meet the Teachers

Mrs Drummond and Mrs Wilkinson and Miss Hill are the teachers of Primary 4.
Mrs Wilkinson is  in room 6.

Mrs Drummond and Miss Hill  are in room 7.

A Curriculum for Excellence

A variety of curricular areas will be taught in Primary 4 including:

· Literacy

· Numeracy

· Science

· Technologies

· Social Subjects

· Expressive Arts

· Health and Well-being

· Religious and Moral Education

Throughout teaching and learning we will also build on opportunities for enterprise and citizenship. Interdisciplinary learning will also ensure learning in different areas will be linked.

We aim to ensure that your child feels valued and develops as a successful learner, responsible citizen, effective contributor and confident individual.

For further information on Curriculum for Excellence, browse Milngavie Primary’s website – www.milngavie.e-dunbarton.sch.uk
Literacy - First Level (P2 – P4)

Reading - We continue to work through the Oxford Reading Tree programme in Primary 4. The emphasis is on comprehension skills, vocabulary work, predicating and inference skills as well as oral reading.

Throughout the year, the class will be presented with different genres.

Active Language also plays a big part in Primary 4’s language programme. The children will participate in group activities to further develop their literacy/spelling skills.

Personal reading will also be encouraged throughout the year.

WritingWe continue to use the ‘Write to theTop’ scheme to improve and develop writing skills. Your child will be encouraged to use VCOP to develop their writing.

V- Vocabulary C- Connectives

O- Openers P-Punctuation

 

In primary 4 we will be using Nelson Spelling and will encourage the children to use the Look, Say, Cover , Write and Check method of spelling.

The children will continue to follow the Nelson Handwriting scheme. Joined up handwriting will be further developed.

Nelson Grammar will be used as a basis for grammar work in Primary 4. The children will study nouns, adjectives, verbs, plurals, similes and more.

 
Numeracy
Primary 4 topics include:

· Numbers to 10,000

· Addition/subtraction to 1000

· Multiplication/division

· Simple/equivalent fractions

· Money – change from £1, £5 and £10

· Time – calendar dates, am/pm, minutes to and past the hour

· 2D/3D shapes

· Line symmetry

· Grid reference and co-ordinates

· Comparing and ordering angles

· Tally marks, bar charts and pictograms

 

Children in Primary 4 will take part in interactive maths activities to further enhance their knowledge and understanding of key numeracy topics.

 
Interdisciplinary Learning
 

This year, Primary 4 will study the following topics:

 
 
 
Primary 4
Term 1
 
Glasgow
(Buildings and Landmarks)
Term 2

 

Rights of the Child
(Enterprise)
Term 3
 
The Romans
Term 4
 
 
 
 
 
Assessment
 

Assessment is an integral part of Curriculum for Excellence. It helps us to determine your child’s progress and achievements as they develop the knowledge and skills for learning and for life.

 

We use a variety of different assessment techniques to assess and record the progression of your child’s learning. We can then support that learning by identifying your child’s next steps.

 
 
Learning Journeys
 

Primary 4 will keep learning journeys documenting their academic achievements. We would also like to include achievements from outside of school (clubs, hobbies etc) Evidence of this could be provided via note, certificate, trophy or photograph.

 
 
 
Homework
 

Each week your child will get a range of homework tasks.

 

Tasks may include: - reading + literacy activities, numeracy tasks, spelling + sentences and topic related activities. Times tables and reading for pleasure should also form part of your child’s homework.

 
 
General Homework Tips

For Parents/Carers

· As a guideline, it is recommended that your child spends approximately 15-20 minutes on homework per night.

· Agree with your child a suitable time for homework, taking into account, age, the need for playtime, relaxation and family time.

· Be positive

· When your child asks for help, try to provide guidance, not answers.

 

For Children

· Always switch off the television.

· Sit at a table where there is plenty of light.

· Use a sharp pencil to write clearly.

· Follow any instructions carefully.

· Use the handwriting lines in your jotter to help control the size of letters.

· Try to use joined up handwriting when completing written tasks.

· Once finished, take a few minutes to check your work.

· Remember to pack your homework in your bag and sharpen your pencils for school tomorrow.

 

Most ImportantlyDon’t worry about homework – if in doubt come in and speak to Mrs McElney or Mrs MacAskill.

 
 
Useful websites to try together
www.ictgames.com (fun numeracy site pitched at different levels)
www.primarygames.com (more maths games)
www.multiplication.com
www.teachingtables.co.uk
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/flash.aspx?f=hitthebuttonv11 (fun competitive times tables game)

www.booktrust.org.uk (includes recommended reads)

www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
www.literacytrust.org.uk
www.clubs-kids.scholastic.co.uk
www.oxfordowl.co.uk
www.oswego.org/games
www.nrichmaths.org
www.crickweb.co.uk

www.studyladder.co.uk (Includes tasks set by class teacher)

Handy Equipment
2 sharp pencils
30cm ruler
15cm ruler
Rubber
Glue stick
Thin black felt tipped pen
Scissors
Sharpener
Colouring pens/pencils
Painting shirt / t-shirt
 
Please ensure that all clothing is named.
Thank you.
 
Keeping in touch
Check out the website for examples of classwork and news.
www.milngavie.e-dunbarton.sch.uk

If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Drummond, Miss Hill or Mrs Wilkinson