Primary 4

Primary 4

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Primary 4 with Miss Cruickshank. I am looking forward to working with your children this year.


I would like to provide you with information about Primary 4.


Our Class Charter

As part of our first topic Rights Respecting Schools all children were involved in creating our Classroom Charter. Children worked in groups and as a class to identify issues that were important to us. Our charter will be displayed in the school corridor, the school website and in our classroom.


PE Days


PE sessions this year will be on a Wednesday and Thursday.  This term we will be concentrating on fitness, ball skills and traditional Scottish dance.


Please ensure your child has a PE kit consisting of shorts, t-shirt, socks and appropriate foot wear.  Long hair should be tied up and no jewellery worn on PE days. 



Your child will be taught many new spelling patterns over the year and homework will reinforce this.  Please encourage your child to use full stops, capital letters and ensure handwriting is neat. Children will be provided with a grid of suggested activities they can complete at home. These tasks can be completed verbally or in their jotters in preparation for their spelling test on a Friday.


Maths homework will be issued relating to concepts that are being covered in class.


Homework will be issued on a Monday and collected on a Friday.


Things to bring to class

It would be helpful if you could provide the following equipment for your child:

2 sharp pencils

1 rubber

Colouring pencils

1 ruler

1 glue stick

Thank you for your support with this. 


Term One in Primary 4

In order to involve you as much as possible in your child’s learning I have listed the areas of the curriculum we will cover this term.






Children will be given a list of new words on a Monday and will be asked to complete a range of both written and verbal activities in order to learn them ready for a test on Friday. They will also have the opportunity to practice these words in class throughout the week with a range of interactive spelling activities.



This term children will be undertaking a novel study, Matilda by Roald Dahl. Children will be looking at different aspects of the novel such as the characters and the reasons for their actions and the setting and its influence on the story.




Children will have the opportunity to complete pieces of personal, imaginative and functional writing this term with a focus upon imaginative writing. During writing lessons there will be opportunities to self and peer-assess work to allow children to identify aspects of great writing as well as areas for development.  We are concentrating on improving the use of VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation) in our writing. Writing lessons will also be related to our novel study. Children will have the chance to write from the point of view of the characters from the book as well as put their own twist on the story.



This year we will be learning French in the form of structured lessons as well as through daily class routines – our focus this term will be introducing ourselves and giving details about our lives and looking at a French town. We will also revise the alphabet, numbers from 0 to 20 and how to ask someone’s age and where they live.



Pupils will enjoy an active approach to their maths this year.  To compliment their written work, pupils will participate in a variety of games and activities to reinforce recently taught concepts.


Numbers to 10 000

Children will become familiar with numbers to and beyond 1000 and will become familiar with the following:

·      Place value of three and four digit numbers

·      Ordering and comparing three and four-digit numbers

·      Multiples of 10 and 100

·      Rounding to the nearest ten and hundred

·      Recognising and using symbols to compare numbers and complete statements




Children will be learning how to compare a variety of 2D and 3D shapes and discuss their properties.  We will also be looking at symmetry.


Social Studies

In term 1 our topic is Rights and Responsibilities.  We will learn how to identify the difference between needs and wants and how this varies across the world and will explore the importance of different charitable organisations and their impact. We will also be relating this work to Matilda and examining if the characters' rights are being met.



P4 will be learning about living and non living things in term 1.  They will be discussing how we know whether something is living or non living and identifying them in our world.  





Primary 4 will be working to enhance their ICT skills this term by using a number of different programmes. They will be creating a word document to explain how they would react in an emergency situation. They will be looking at ways they can make this more eye catching such as adding graphics and changing the colour of the font. They will also be finding out how to make a poster relating to their rights that will showcase their ICT skills.




Primary 4 will be covering miracles as their RME topic this term. They will be learning what a miracle is and discovering different religious beliefs and their opinions on miracles. They will also be taking part in various debates where they will be able to put across their views on whether miracles exist or not.