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Learning and Working Together “The quality of education provided by this school is outstanding” January 2014 ETI

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Year 4 - Mrs Nixon/Mrs Davidson

COVID-19 letter to P4 parents

Thank you to our World War 2 evacuee children. Your costumes are amazing. We hope you have a good time in the country and come back soon! 

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This poem was written by Louise Gribbons who teaches English in Hunterhouse College. I read it to the pupils who were in school today and think you will find it useful at home as you try to explain to children why school had to close this week.  Mrs Davidson 

 

“The Time We Spring-Cleaned the World”

 

The world it got so busy, 

There were people all around.

They left their germs behind them;

In the air and on the ground.

 

These germs grew bigger and stronger.

They wanted to come and stay.

They didn’t want to hurt anyone – 

They just really wanted to play.

 

Sometimes they tried to hold your hand,

Or tickled your throat or your nose.

They could make you cough and sneeze

And make your cheeks red as a rose.

 

And so these germs took over.

They started to make people ill,

And with every cough we coughed

More and more germs would spill.

 

All the queens and kings had a meeting.

“It’s time to clean the world up!” they said.

And so they had to close all the fun stuff,

Just so the germs wouldn’t spread.

 

We couldn’t go to cinemas

Or restaurants for our tea.

There was no football or parties,

The world got as quiet as can be.

The kids stopped going to school.

The mums and dads went to work less.

Then a great, big, giant, scrubbing brush

Cleaned the sky and the sea and the mess!

 

Dads started teaching the sums,

Big brothers played with us more,

Mums were in charge of homework

And we read and played jigsaws galore!

 

The whole world was washing their hands

And building super toilet roll forts!

Outside was quiet and peaceful,

Now home was the place for all sports.

 

So we played in the world that was home

And our days filled up with fun and love,

And the germs they grew smaller and smaller

And the sun watched from up above.

 

Then one morning the sun woke up early,

She smiled and stretched her beams wide.

The world had been fully spring-cleaned,

It was time to go back outside!

 

We opened our doors oh so slowly

And breathed in the clean and fresh air.

We promised that forever and always

Of this beautiful world we’d take care.

 

 

😀Bored and need something new and fun to do? 😀
Look online at Art Hub for Kids (You Tube)

You will be shown step by step how to draw lots of fun things.
Get your pencils, felt tips and some drawing paper handy.  

Have fun! 

Tune in every day to ‘The World of David Walliams’ to hear him read from one of his books. New stories daily at 11am 😀

Tune in every day to ‘The World of David Walliams’ to hear him read from one of his books. New stories daily at 11am 😀 1

Something to keep you busy

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Happy Mother’s Day! Mums, please look at the last piece of writing in your child’s writing book. You will find something lovely 😍😍😍

One lucky mum is going to read all of this, but who will it be? 

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Activity Based Learning

The first session of Activity Based Learning for our WEATHER topic was great fun. Mrs Davidson was very impressed with the weather forecasters and hopes that everyone will keep on watching the weather forecast at home. You could print out a UK map at home, draw on your own symbols and present the weather to your family. This display went up on Friday after our ABL session. Well done to everyone.

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Look at these cycling medals. Well done! We are very proud of you. Keep cycling  🚴‍♀️ 
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World Book Day

It’s pyjama time in P4! Time to cuddle up with our favourite books.

 

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Our World Book celebrations continued on Friday when we went to Banbridge Library along with our friends from St Mary’s P.S. We heard some fantastic stories from around the world, had a fun race to fold some material and made bookmarks. Thanks to Banbridge Library for looking after us so well. 
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Picture 2 Working as a team to fold some material..
Picture 3 The girls were good at folding too.
Picture 4 Good listening to fantastic stories and poems
Picture 5 Making bookmarks
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Celebrating Chinese New Year in Abercorn 
We had a special P4 ‘Chinese Day’ to celebrate everything we have learned about Chinese New Year. Lots of children dressed up in red and some wore special costumes. We had a great day! 
Four students from Confucius Institute (Ulster University) came to assembly and helped us celebrate their culture through dance. Can u spot the difference in these two pictures?
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This costume was great fun! Well done! 
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The Chinese students helped P4 with some special activities. Miss Wang showed us how to use chopsticks. 
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Everyone got their name written in Mandarin.
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There was also ink printing and craft.
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We continued to celebrate Chinese Day in our classroom by trying some noodles and prawn crackers. 

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Happy Chinese New Year.

Did you know that it is The Year of the Rat?

Ask a P4 to tell you how the years of the chinese calendar are represented by twelve animals. In Activity Based Learning we have been making these special animals from Lego, doing some chinese writing, making Chinese banners, building jigsaws of the world, puzzling over tangrams and running our own Chinese restaurant! We love it! 

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Scientific Sue comes to Abercorn 👩🏼‍🔬

Picture 1 Making lanterns
Picture 2 Making lanterns
Picture 3 Very busy painting some characters
Picture 4 Looking very pleased with themselves!
Picture 5 Wow! The world is a big place.
Picture 6 The restaurant is ready 🍜🍚
Picture 7 Learning to use chopsticks
Picture 8 Making chinese writing look easy
Picture 9 A lego pig from the zodiac story🐖
Picture 10 Working on some colourful Chinese banners
Picture 11 A snake from the zodiac story 🐍
Picture 12 A job well done
Picture 13 Well done girls. You did it👍
Picture 14 A pig from the zodiac story 🐖
Picture 15 Lovely Chinese banners.
Picture 16 Working on some lanterns.
Picture 17 These tangrams were tricky. Great work girls
Picture 18 A pig, a rabbit and a snake from Lego 🐖🐇🐍
Picture 19 A splendid Lego rooster 🐓
Picture 20 A close up of the Lego rooster
Picture 21 Anyone want to order some noodles?
Picture 22 Three very happy friends
Picture 23 Look at the dragon balloon the restaurant

In P4 we are developing a positive growth mind set

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🧦🧦We celebrated Anti-Bullying week by wearing odd socks. We are all different but need to remember to respect each other .🧦🧦

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 Shared Education 

We really enjoyed our first session of shared education with St.Mary’s. We had so much fun playing games and getting to know each other !

School in the Past

In Term 1B we will be learning all about how children used to be taught in school. We will gather some information from friends and family about their experiences in school. We will learn all about Abercorn Primary School in the past. We enjoyed a special visit from past principal Mr. Livingstone who told us what it was like to be a pupil here fifty years ago. 

 

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Activity Based Learning helps us learn more about ‘School in the Past’. 

P4 are currently enjoying board games like Snakes and Ladders, Ludo, Dominos and the most popular one is the card game ‘Donkey’- but no one wants to be left holding the donkey! The drama corner is great fun where the children take turns to be the teacher (from the past) and teach their ‘class’ using a blackboard, slates, chalk and even the dunce’s hat. P4 have been patiently experimenting with copybook writing and enjoying time to research for facts from the ‘School in the Past’ topic books. ABL time also gives an opportunity to add a few more rows of stitches to our bookmarks. 

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Picture 2 Everyone has started to make a bookmark.
Picture 3 Sewing was tricky at first but we are doing well
Picture 4 Years ago there was no school uniform.
Picture 5 All photos were black and white only.
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🍂 AUTUMN 🍁

Our WAU topic in Term 1A was Autumn. We have learned about what happens during this season eg. leaves have changed colour and farmers have been busy harvesting crops. We have looked at the two types of trees - deciduous and evergreen, and identified trees from the shapes of their leaves. We completed lovely autumn art activities and enjoyed our autumn walk.

Solitude Park looks beautiful in autumn

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  ➕➖NUMERACY➗✖️

                                                                             Scarecrow Maths

We had to work with a partner to choose how to dress our scarecrow. We had to be careful because we could only spend a certain amount of money. Then we had to work out our change. We had great fun! 

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                               Uniform Maths
We enjoyed a maths task about school uniform. We were given a price sheet and worked with a partner to find out how much money it would cost to buy school uniforms for boys and girls.

Experimenting with symmetry

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LITERACY ✏️

Reading is really important in P4.  We enjoy fiction and non-fiction books.  Recently we got some new ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ books and they are very popular! Books by Roald Dahl are also in demand and the class loved having ‘The Twits’ read to them. 

 

We visited Banbridge Library three times this term where we got to meet the staff and were shown how everything works in the library.  Lots of the class are library members already and got to choose some new library books. There was also an ICT session and the children were told about using the library computers and how to access E-books at home. 

P4s love to read. At the moment we are enjoying all kinds of books!

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