Welcome to Mr Cunningham's class
The children have settled into their new classes brilliantly. They are all making new friends and working hard as they begin their "special year."
A few important dates for your diaries:
The children will make their First Holy Communion on Saturday 14th May 2016 at 11am in St Agnes' church.
There will be a First Holy Communion Talk, for parents, on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 7:30pm in the school assembly hall.
Parent teacher meetings will take place early November and I look forward to meeting you all to discuss the work the children have, and will, be doing in Primary 4.
Homework is given Mon – Thurs.
Miss P. Rooney, Miss C. O’Brien, Mrs Thompson & Mr. N. Cunningham
(Primary 4 teachers)
It should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.
It will usually include spellings.
Reading homework is given on a Monday and a Wednesday
Spelling is taught within the class and sent home for consolidation. We follow the ‘Have a Go’ approach. Children are asked to sound out words, break them into chunks and see if they ‘look right’. At home, children are asked to Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check their spellings (LSCWC).
We encourage children to read for at least ten minutes per night. They receive a reading book every Monday, which has already been discussed within class. They visit the school library once a week to choose a book.
Our PE day is Friday and our class time is from 10.40-11.25.
As part of our approach to healthy living, P.4 pupils are asked to change for PE.
Our class will wear their uniform to school and change in class before going to PE.
We encourage a healthy approach to mid-morning snack. Pupils bring in their own snack which should consist of a piece of fruit or plain biscuit and water or milk to drink.
A practical approach to the teaching of Maths topics is adopted. They include adding and subtracting tens/units and hundreds/tens/units; counting to 1000; early multiplication and division; money to £10;
time (12 hr clock); fractions (1/2, ¼); shape and space; symmetry and data handling.
As part of the new Revised Curriculum, History, Geography and Science merge into a new area called ‘The World Around Us’. Key topics include Time to Move :how we move - our bodies and how to be healthy; movement of time – days/months/seasons, now and then; how things move- forces and energy, migration).
Life during World War II; Countries involved, Rationing, Evacuation, Materials and Recycling; Mapwork.
Birds and Beasts: Animals and Mythical Creatures/Legends.
Music is to be taught in the music cubical at the back of the school. The children will become familiar with different instruments, including African Drums.
I hope your children have a fun and enjoyable year in P4C.