The following are some areas of Literacy that we cover each week in Primary Four.
The activities mentioned are either attached as downloadable/research documents (big pics) or have been sent home in booklet form (small pics).
Please resist the temptation to work ahead of what is recommended each week as, if we return to school before the end of June, we will try to pick up from the point we have covered on this site. If you find that your child copes particularly well with any task, please avail of the extension activities in the P4 'Other Resources' folder or the links at the bottom of the main Home School page to extend their learning and practise skills in different ways.
L. Neill and R. Millar
Throughout this time away from school, your child should be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books. You may have access to a good selection of books at home and should you require more books, you can download the Libby library app with which to avail of many online and audio books which may be of interest to your child.
This service is free of charge, all you need is the number from your library card.
Newsdesk (updated daily)
The children love accessing this kid-friendly resource in school to keep up to date with things that are happening around the world and research particular topics of interest.
*Use your c2k username and password to log in through the MySchool link on the home page. (check homework diaries for details)
*If you can't access this or are having problems logging on, please contact us and we can reset passwords for this term.
As a parent, you can sign up for access to over 100 free online books.
Revision Week (Book 4)
There is no new spelling list for this week but instead we are going to take a week to revise the spellings that have been covered in the Phonics Homework Book 4.
Spellings to practise should be taken from it and also from any tricky spellings that were incorrect in Friday Check-Ups.
The document below may be useful for ideas of how to write the words in different ways, which can help with longer term retention.
There are no new daily spelling activities contained in the Phonics Classwork Book 4.
As this is a revision week you might like to ask your child to do the following:
Monday - read through Spelling and Friday Check-Up Books. Note down any words that have been tricky.
Tuesday - devise their own 'See-it-Right' activity by creating 4 spelling options and pictures to illustrate.
Wednesday - devise their own Scaffolded Text activity which contains any of their tricky words.
Thursday - write their own sentences using a few spelling words from each week.
Friday - test spellings from each of the 5 weeks and from each of the columns for your child.
As a guide perhaps ask:
10-15 col 1 words (2/3 from each week) or more if your child learns only col 1.
10-15 col 2 words (2/3 from each week) or more if your child learns only col 1 & 2.
10-15 col 3 words (2/3 from each week)
*Between 30-50 spellings should give you a good overview of your child's retention of words and phonic representations from Book 4 before we move to Book 5 next week.*
High Frequency Words (Mon-Thur)
These are contained within the Read, Write & Spell Booklet.
Mon - school/home (pg 29)
Tue - revision page (pg 30)
Wed - first/last (pg 31)
Thur - than/that (pg 32)
Take care to read and follow all the instructions on the page.
Daily Grammar (revision - daily)
These activities are contained within the Daily Grammar Activity Book 2.
This week complete Day 117 - 120
Handwriting (Mon and Fri)
These are contained within the Third & Fourth Join Booklet
Pg 43 - break letters
Pg 44 - break letters
Take care to trace the letters carefully, with a sharp pencil!
Use the lines to size your letters correctly.
Look at your finished work...is it like the writing/joins in the book?
You can do it!
These activities are contained within the P4 Comprehension Activities Booklet
Unit 5: 'Lion and the Mouse'
Read the passage slowly, a couple of times.
(If you are finding the text difficult, it is ok for an adult to read it with you!)
Remember to read the questions very carefully and then answer them on the sheet.
Try, where possible, to answer in full sentences.
Check for Capital Letters (CL), Full Stops (FS), Spelling (Sp) and of course correct responses!
Spelling Work (Tues)
This week is a revision week when we are revisiting all of the spellings from Book 4.
These activities are taken from the Nelson Spelling Book and the children are familiar with the format.
The Check-Up units are a little different to usual ones but they should be able to work them out!
They should complete into their Classwork Literacy Books.
Weekly Grammar (new learning - Wed)
*Personal and Possessive Pronouns*
Personal pronouns are used in place of a noun (name of person, place or thing).
Possessive pronouns tell us who/what owns something.
Look at the PowerPoint below and then complete the worksheets.
You can either print them out or write the answers into your Literacy Classwork book, if that's easier.
There are two work sheets this week.
If you have time, do both, but if not you could just do Task 1 of the first sheet and Task 2 of the second sheet.
Spring Poem Update!
We know that some of you got on very well with writing your Spring poems last week as we have been sent some super ones to read. Well done to all who had a go and we will be putting them on the individual class pages of the website for others to enjoy. Thank you!
This week's comprehension is a fine example of a traditional story which also has a lesson/moral behind it that we can learn from. You will have been read theses sorts of stories from a very young age, long before you could read them for yourselves. Many have been passed down through many generations and centuries and some have had details changed slightly each time it has been retold.
Your task this week is to research traditional stories that you know and maybe others that are new to you. You are then going to plan:
- to retell a story with your own original twist or
- you can create a new story from scratch
Think about the details that makes a traditional story.
Think about the language, the theme, the characters, the plot, the setting, the title etc.
There are some resources below which should help you get started.
Begin by looking at the PowerPoint.
Then look at the examples of traditional stories. (You don't have to complete the comprehension activities!)
These might refresh your memory if it's been a wee while since you such a story!
Please take your time this week to thoroughly prepare, get lots of ideas and make your plan before writing your actual story next week.