P4 Bimonthly Newsletter: Swimming, Outdoor Learning, Topic and Volunteers


The children really enjoyed their first trip to the swimming pool today.

They were placed in groups and got to grips with the routines. We had some winners for fastest changed at the end of the session and the medals and points went to Liam, Conor and Blair. Well done boys!

Please remember that the children need a snack and a packed lunch on a Tuesday.

You may have more children asking for goggles now swimming has started, they are welcome to bring them but they are not compulsory.

Please ensure children with long hair have it tied back. I do have a pack of emergency baubles to give away if needed (I promise they don’t get re- used!) But it saves me pennies of they remember in the morning.

Outdoor Learning

The children had a great time with myself and Mr Fallon from the outdoor education team last week. We are still awaiting some Annual Data Check forms to be returned and as soon as these are all in I can put the photos on the website.

We have just hears that the Parent Council have funded us over £300 to buy some outdoor learning equipment, so… watch this space!


Our new topic Weather, Climate and the Continents begins this week and we will be taking part in science experiments as part of this.


If there are any of you that would like to come to class to help out either in the morning or afternoon regularly of otherwise please let me know. I am always happy to have a few extra pairs of hands and some more heads in the classroom.

Primary 4 Homework 12.09.17

Reading Homework Only.

I began a bit of spelling assessment this week and am currently looking at the groups that the children are in and the sounds they are learning. So I appreciate your patience over spelling homework until after the holiday.

I had intended to put out some alternative spelling words this week for the class to do but as the September weekend is upcoming I changed my mind.

Therefore, there is only reading homework for the children to do this week.

The children will have a note of this in their reading records. Some children had to bring home a paper-book mark with their pages/ chapters for reading as they have already lost their reading records, please check at home for these.

P3 Homework Week Beginning 11th September

Primary 3 Homework – Week Beginning 11th September

Thanks again for continued support with home learning.

Please do feel free to write comments in jotters about how your children have been finding the work.

Best wishes,

Mr Buchan




For a few more weeks we are going to maintain our focus on the basics of number order and addition / subtraction. Please could I therefore ask you to keep on playing  +1 / -1 ,  +2 / -2  and  +10 / -10.

  • Can you get faster?
  • How many in a row can you get right?

(For a reminder of how to play, please see last week’s homework sheet on the school website.)

We have also been thinking about how numbers are made up of hundreds, tens and units. A helpful game online for revising this would be:


You might even want to have a go with thousands!



Hearing children read out loud is very valuable. Even ten minutes on this each evening will boost skills and confidence.

Pages to read from class books will continue to be marked. As we try to read lots during the day, however, it may be that the children are finishing these books in school. If that happens, it is still great to hear pages from them read out loud.

We would also encourage children to read their own books at home. To keep a record of this, new Personal Reading Logs have been enclosed this week for the coming term.



Please could everyone practise these words:

feet                  free

green               sleep

three                said

she                  had

children            they

A great method is to look, say, cover, write and then check each word. This is how we will practise in class. Please try to practise each word twice in this way.

Try to make up a sentence that uses three of the words from this week’s list. Don’t forget capital letters and full stops!