Primary 4 learning so far!

We have really enjoyed learning in primary 4 so far! In literacy, we have written poems and have also learned about persuasive language. After watching Inside Out, we wrote a poem about an emotion, such as, happy, fear, embarrassed. In our poems, we used our senses to describe what we thought this emotion would look, taste, smell, feel and sound like. They are fantastic! 

We also wrote some interesting simile poems about ourselves called This Is Me. We used similes to describe our personality, what we look like and our hobbies and interests. e.g.  I have bright, green eyes like green, sparkling emeralds in a dark cave, I am creative like a 5-year-old with all the art supplies you can think of. 

We discussed what it means to persuade someone. During the discussion, someone in the class mentioned sea pollution so in pairs, we decided to create persuasive posters to encourage people to look after our planet and to show how plastic affects our ocean. We made sure to include eye-catching, colourful pictures and lots of different, interesting facts in them. 

We have been doing an exciting thing called Accelerated Reader where we earn points by reading books and doing quizzes on them. 

To begin, we took a Star Reading quiz to determine our level and point target. There are different certificates you can achieve when you reach your point target like Ready Reader and Independent Reader. We then made monster book marks because we wanted them for our silent reading books and also made one to take home!  

In maths, we have been playing a game called SPLAT. Splat it is a maths game where you have to count the number of dots that you can see. Then, there are one or more splats which cover some of the dots. We have to work out how many are under the splats and the possible combinations to equal the total. We have been using Top Marks to complete different number challenges. We also enjoyed sorting information using a Venn diagram. They are two circles which overlap so you can sort information into different categories. We made our own choosing two categories, such as, yellow and round! 

It is Black History month, so we have been learning about black people who have made an impact in society. We learned about Martin Luther King Jr and listened to a bit of his famous speech ‘I Have A Dream’. We then used Book Creator on the iPads to write our own speech about what we want to happen for everyone to have a better future.  

We have been learning about Judaism and that they worship in the Synagogue which is like a school. We learned that they have a Torah scroll instead of a Bible and we loved making our own!  

Microsoft Teams is something we have been learning to use at home and in school – we love it because we can use it to find games and messages from the teacher! 

We are really enjoying school and are having fun!  

Happy holidays! 

P7 Learning grid WB 22nd June 2020

Here is the last ever grid at St.John’s RC Primary School for all of our fantastic P7’s! Work through the grid at your own pace and upload your work to one drive.

On Tuesday evening, we will be celebrating our Leaver’s mass from 6.45pm. All of the finer details are available on both Teams and Learning journals.

On Wednesday between 1-2pm, we will be collecting in textbooks and iPads. We will also be handing out jotters and any left over belongings.

On Friday between 11-12am, we will be handing out yearbooks and end of term gifts.

We hope to see you there,
Miss Miller, Miss McLaren and Mrs Pacitti

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Advice for Reluctant Readers?

by Mrs Mitchell, Support for Learning.

A parent asked this week how to encourage her son to read more. It’s hard at home when they don’t HAVE to read, but you WANT them to!

If your child is struggling to engage with reading just now, follow their interests! It doesn’t matter if it seems too easy, as long as they’re getting enjoyment from reading.

In our house we get a comic every week, and both kids love it. The Beano, for younger children. For older ones, The Phoenix is fab, if a subscription is something you want.

Other books popular with boys (but not exclusively for boys!) are the 13 Story Tree House series, Captain Underpants, or Tom Gates books that you can buy as a set. Not overly wordy, but fun! If your kids are into football, Tom Palmer writes very accessible books.

Graphic Novels – We use Graphic novels with our readers who are overwhelmed by huge novels. They have more reading in them than comics, and feel more grown-up. Here’s a selection.

Try e-books. Reading online is not always suited to some kids, as they don’t enjoy reading off a screen, but Oxford Owl has a range of online books to choose from, often with a wee quiz at the end. You can register for free as a parent, then browse! Start easy and work your way up the levels. If more than 4 or 5 words on each page are too tricky, go down a level.

Set a time each day to read, say 15-20 minutes, straight after breakfast, so they know it’s limited (if they’re not keen), and once it’s done, it’s done. Maybe ask your child where they like to read, and make it comfy and cosy, with a hot chocolate and a biscuit – anything that reinforces the fact that it IS a nice activity!

Read to them – I think we stop doing that with our children too soon. Something that might be beyond them at the moment, but a reminder that reading is an activity adults enjoy too (not a punishment), and something you can enjoy together. Try the Hobbit, a Harry Potter, or a book you think they’d enjoy that’s a bit tricky just now.

Happy reading!