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  • Hello P4 pupils, Week Beginning: 8th June 2020

    We hope you enjoyed our first virtual Sports Day on Friday. Well done to everyone who took part and shared

    their achievements with us. This week, we are going to further explore the weather topic, you will be

    encouraged to think about the importance of sleep and we will revisit our previous learning on contractions.

    There is also a new spelling pattern. These tasks can be spread out throughout the week, depending on what

    works for you and your family.

    Please keep uploading your photos and comments on our class Twitter page @craigypsp4. You can also

    email me at if you would like to send me your work, or ask any questions

    about your learning. Have a lovely week and remember to stay safe!

    Mrs Davis and Ms Hunter

    Health and Wellbeing Topic/Other Curricular Areas P.E.: Roller Ball Challenge Equipment: socks in a ball, 1 pair of trainers, 2 toilet rolls,

    a ball and a timer

    Place the two toilet rolls the length of three trainers

    apart. This marks your goal. Holding your socks, take five

    big steps away from the goal line and place your socks

    on the floor on the fifth step. You have 30 seconds to roll

    a ball and try to score a goal. Once you have rolled a

    ball, collect it and return to your roll line (socks) and roll

    again. Remember to practise throughout the week to

    achieve the best possible result.

    Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of Sleep Sleep helps our body and brain develop and grow. It

    also allows our body to rest for the next day. Most

    children between 5 and 12 need 10 - 11 hours of sleep

    each night.

    Your brain needs sleep so you can: • remember what you learn

    • pay attention and concentrate

    • solve problems and think of new ideas.

    Your body needs sleep so:

    • your muscles, bones and skin can grow

    • it can heal injuries

    • your body can stay healthy and fight sickness.

    Task 1: Keep a sleep diary for a week. You can use the

    template provided.

    Most people have trouble sleeping once in a while.

    Some things can keep you from getting a good night’s

    sleep but there are lots of things you can do to help

    yourself sleep well.

    Task 2: Create a ‘Sleep Tips’ poster suggesting things you

    can do to help get a good night’s sleep. Remember to

    include a title and present your ideas in a clear way. It is

    also important to make your poster attractive to the

    readers so try to include some images too.

    Sleep Tip example: Have a bedtime routine. Do the

    same relaxing things before bed each night e.g. reading

    or listening to quiet music.

    Science: Weather Weather is the day to day conditions of a place. By

    knowing what weather to expect each day, we can make

    the most of our time. The science of weather is called

    meteorology. Weather reporters get their information from

    weather scientists called meteorologists. These scientists

    predict what the weather will be like over the next few

    days by observing weather in the past and present. These

    predictions are called forecasts. There are 5 types of

    weather – sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy and stormy.

    Task 1: There are many reasons to record the weather, not

    only in our environment but across the world. Can you think

    of some reasons? Discuss your ideas with an adult at home

    and write them in your jotter e.g. It is useful to know when

    a bad storm is coming so that people can get to safety.

    We use different types of instruments to measure the

    weather e.g. a thermometer (temperature), a barometer

    (air pressure), a rain gauge (precipitation), radar shows

    where and how much rain is falling, etc.

    Task 2: Rain Gauge

    Over the course of a week you will observe and record the

    amount of rainfall. To measure rainfall, make a rain gauge,

    place it in a set location (e.g. a windowsill) and leave it

    there all day. Try to collect the data at the same time each


    Equipment: a plastic bottle, marker pen, ruler, scissors/knife

    This link offers step by step instructions how to make a rain

    gauge. Remember to ask an adult for help when cutting

    the plastic bottle. If you cannot access this link, use the

    information attached.

    Day of the week Rainfall (cm)






    Which day of the week had the most/least rainfall?

    What is the difference between the day with the most and

    the day with the least rainfall?

  • Literacy and English Numeracy and Maths Spelling: Focus spelling pattern – ir One of the ways of spelling the /er/ sound is using the

    letters ir. Choose mild, medium or hot spelling words from

    the grid attached. Use the list you feel the most confident

    with. As you go through the list, say each word aloud and

    listen to the vowel sound. Make sure you know what the

    words mean.

    Task 1: Write each word 3 times using the LSCWC (look, say,

    cover, write and check) strategy.

    Task 2: Make your own word search for someone at home

    to solve. You can draw your own grid using a ruler or you

    can use the template provided.

    Task 3: Use magazines or newspapers to cut out the letters

    you will need to spell 5 of your most tricky spelling words.

    Stick them into your jotter.

    Task 4: Make a secret code by drawing a

    picture for each letter of your spelling word.

    Task 5: After you have completed all the spelling

    activities ask someone at home to test you.


    Task 1: Read the First News article ‘Bull’s Bum Causes

    Blackout’ and complete the activity.

    Task 2: Listen to The Highland Falcon Thief chapter 8.

    Grammar: Contractions

    At school we have used apostrophes for contractions.

    When something contracts, it gets smaller. Contractions

    are made by combining two words and shortening them

    into one. They are used in lots of informal writings e.g. text

    messages, but in formal writing you would usually not use

    any contractions at all. This is because contractions create

    a casual tone.

    do not = don’t have not = haven’t was not = wasn’t

    Can you see how contractions always feature an

    apostrophe? The apostrophe shows that one or more

    letters were removed.

    Contractions can be made in two different ways:

    verb (doing word) + not do not = don’t

    pronoun (replaces noun) + verb he is = he’s

    This week we are going to focus on verb + not.

    Task 1: Pick a page from your reading book and identify

    all the contractions you can find. List them in your jotter

    and write their expanded form. You can set out your work

    like this:

    Contraction Expanded Form

    don’t do not

    Task 2: Complete the activity below. Choose between

    ‘Match the Contraction’ or ‘Fill in the Contraction’.

    Warm-up game: Number of the Day This is an interactive activity. Follow the link below and select

    the level that is most appropriate to you:

    Task: Choose a 2-, 3-, 4- or even 5-digit number and

    complete the questions. You can check your answers at the

    end. Please try to do one number each day.

    Number: Countdown Challenge

    Task: The challenge is to use each of the five numbers once

    and the four operations (addition, subtraction,

    multiplication and division) to make the total. You might

    want to start with the ‘mild’ challenge and work your way

    through the other challenges.

    Here is an example: 5, 2, 6, 2, 4 Total: 10

    5 x 2 = 10 + 6 = 16 – 2 = 14 – 4 = 10

    Mild: 8, 2, 4, 3, 2 Total: 20

    Medium: 2, 9, 7, 6, 4 Total: 53

    Hot: 8, 25, 7, 2, 5 Total: 15

    Here is a link to a Countdown Solver, however you should

    only use it after trying to find the solution yourself. Once you

    have entered inputs, click ‘solve’ and then ‘trickshot’.

    Be a teacher: Units of Time Task: If you find a mistake, correct it by writing a new

    statement next to it. Use >, < or =.

    12 months > 1 year 2 years = 22 months 1 week < 8 days

    5 weeks > 1 month 1 year < 365 days 1 day > 24 hours

    1 week = 7 days 1 hour > 60 minutes 15 days < 2 weeks

    2 weeks > fortnight 20 months = 2 years ½ day = 12 hours

    1 month < 27 days 2 days = 48 hours 1 year = 52 weeks

    Money: Giving change

    We are learning to work out change using addition and

    subtraction strategies.