Welcome to Primary 4 Be Happy, Be yourself, Belong
Learning about birds
We have loved learning all about birds in our new topic. We had a look around our school grounds and looked at our human impact on birds. We found that there are still some bird's nests in PIPs! We have also been working on a STEM project all about nests. We gathered natural materials from around the school grounds and worked in pairs to complete the challenge. We cannot wait to see if they will hold up against the big bad wind of Portadown!
Learning about birds
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
We got a bus to take us to Oxford Island. We learned all about the local birds. We especially liked hearing about the birds of prey. We walked to a hide and looked (with our binoculars) for cormorants, herons and the Great Crested Grebe. During our woodland walk we tried to feed the sparrows. We saw lots of bluebells and heard that they are protected and there are fines for picking them! We had lunch together with the other P4 class and then we headed back to school on the bus. We were so lucky with the weather too! What a brilliant trip!
WORLD BOOK DAY!
We love books! Today we celebrated world book day and came into school dressed as a character from a David Walliams book. Janet from the library services came and shared some stories with us. We loved seeing P4DH share their assembly all about books. P3 Mrs Curran's class and our class shared stories together too! What a brilliant and busy day!
World Maths Day!
We had so much fun celebrating World Maths Day! We took part in the Maths Hunt in the playground and we played Numeracy games with our friends in P4DH.
Today we went to visit St. Teresa's Primary School for our Shared Education day. We had so much fun playing games, sketching and sharing Our Rights Respecting Ethos with St. Teresa's boys and girls. We focused on Culture and discussed how every child has the right to their own culture and religion. We brought in objects and shared these special things with our class and our new friends at St. Teresa's. We had a wonderful time learning together.
Our new topic World War Two
Our new topic, WW2, got some budding P4 AM/LMCF historians producing some brilliant research! Thank you to all those families who have been supporting our research by sending in photographs and artefacts from the era. If you think you could help us in any way do not hesitate to talk to Mrs Maginnes or Miss Mc Farlane. We loved our trip to the Palace Stables. It was so interesting finding out all about the air raids and what life would have been like on rations. We decided that we were actually really lucky to be living in Portadown in 2018- even if we do get the odd storm or snow day!
Happy New Year everyone!
As part of our settling down to a new year we set aside time to set our own targets and goals for this term! We looked at last terms targets and discussed what we needed to do this term. We loved sharing our success with each other and found it useful to see that everyone has something they need to work at.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
We made stars for our Christmas tree.
We drew pictures of our friends on our stars and wrote why they make us feel special.
We are learning to divide....
We are learning how to divide. We worked with a partner to share out cubes in different ways. We were able to write sums using the dividing sign to correspond with our practical work.
We have been looking at Primary and Secondary colours. We learnt how to make secondary colours using only the Primary colours- BLUE, RED, YELLOW. We were inspired by the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We learnt that Kandinsky was a Russian painter who some consider to be one of the first abstract artists. We listened to the music from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake to inspire our colour mixing and painting. What do you think of our paintings?
World Around Us- Sound
We have LOVED learning about our new topic - SOUND! We really enjoyed using tuning forks and drums to look at how vibrations cause sound. We went on a sound walk around school to measure how noisy our school is. Not surprisingly the nosiest place in our school was the Playground! We thought it would be Nursery or Primary 7 - but nursery were too busy enjoying their lunches and Primary 7 were absorbed in their reading books. We cannot wait to see where our new topic takes us. If you have an instrument you would like to share with us please come and speak to Mrs Maginnes or Miss Mc Farlane. Primary 4 love making lots of different SOUNDS!
What is sound?
World Around Us- Where we live - Portadown
We have been looking at different industries in our area. We made a timeline of the history of Irwin's Bakery. We organised ourselves into chronological order. Didn't we do a great job?
Our class really enjoyed learning about Irwin's so we decided to sample their famous bread during our numeracy lesson! We were learning all about Fractions and how they have to be equal parts of a whole. Fractions are DELICIOUS!
In Primary Four we like to practice our numeracy skills by playing numeracy games. We enjoy working together and have lots of fun testing each other on our maths facts. Look at our great learning in numeracy so far!
Where we live
In September our new topic is 'Where we live'. We have been looking at the layout, position and landmarks in Portadown by using maps, photographs and books. We will be finding out all about the history of Portadown. During Geography, we really enjoyed looking at maps of Portadown and comparing the 1908 map to the more recent 2003 map. We have been looking at landmarks in Portadown and we began sketching some of these in our Art lessons. Have a look at our learning below-
Primary 4 Class Charter
We are a Rights Respecting School. This means that we learn about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In P4 we talked about our rights and responsibilities and worked together to build this Charter.