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LAST DAY OF TERM Wed 20th Dec @ 12 noon sharp | Important Dates for December! Read below for details. | Milk Money for 5th Jan-9th Feb £5.67 paid by 15th Dec.
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Year 4

Welcome to Primary 4 

There are two P4 classes in Ballykeel Primary in 2016/2017 year.  The P4 teachers are Mrs. J Thompson and Mrs R. McKelvey.

We hope your child enjoys their year in Primary 4 and makes the most of all the wonderful learning opportunities on offer, both during and after school.  Each term we will post pictures of daily classroom life and also special events and trips we’ve taken part in.

November - December Half Term 

This is a busy half term for P4 as we are working alongside P5 to lead the Christmas Carol Service in Ballykeel Presbyterian Church on Friday 15th December. Why not come along and join us as we celebrate Christmas time together. 

Some of the other things we will be learning are;


We've lots more to learn before Christmas in numeracy. We will be learning to round to the nearest 10, how to carry out calculations using function machines and also beginning to learn our 2 times tables. We will also be developing our problem solving skills through a variety of problem based number lessons.  We will explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and be able to talk about their sides, edges and corners. Just before the holidays we will be learning about symmetry and creating some symmetrical Christmas artwork. 


This half term we will be working on our instruction writing skills by writing a recipe to make pancakes.  We will learn how to use bossy verbs, commas in a list and time language to make our writing really good. In comprehension we will also be working on retelling and summarising skills. Within grammar we will be learning about plural endings e.g es, ies and ves.  We will try to apply these new skills to our writing. 

World Around Us 

 We will continue with our theme 'hey, hey, look at me' this half term. We'll discover how our organs help our bodies work, the role of our skeleton and the importance of a balanced diet. Through the use of Fronter in ICT we will pack a healthy lunch box and research facts about our bodies. 


September - October Half Term 

This half-term is all about settling into the new routines of Primary 4.  We have lots of exciting new opportunities now that we stay to 3pm.  In the afternoons P4 will be learning to play the recorder and have the opportunity to stay for a huge variety of after school clubs e.g football, cooking crew, fitness frenzy and hockey. 

Below are some the things we will be learning about in class;


This term we will be consolidating our quick recall of number facts in number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 and also our ability to double and half numbers. We will be exploring how to order and sequence numbers, add and subtract tens and units. We will also be learning how to tally when our birthdays are and display it in a bar graph. We will be learning about the months of the year and how to record dates on a calendar. 


Just like last year we will continue to have nightly spelling and reading homework which reflect the phonics sounds we are working on in class. We will be working on developing our comprehension skills in summarising and finding the main idea of a story. Linked to our theme in WAU we will be writing all about ourselves and also writing a creative story pretending we are a superhero! 


This term's theme is called 'Hey, hey look at me!' throughout this half term we will be focusing on ourselves, our talents, the events of our lives and how our lives compare to children's around the world. We will also discover our senses and how we take care of our bodies.  We will enjoy making links to our work in ICT, story writing and many other areas of our learning. 


What your child should bring each day

  • 2-3 Sharpened pencils
  • A sharpener
  • A rubber
  • A ruler
  • A Pritt Stick
  • A PE Kit to keep in school ( T-shirt, shorts and gym shoes.)
  • It is important that your child comes to school prepared with the correct equipment for all the planned activities for each day.

Homework routines

Homework is an important part of your child’s development and is a great way for you to encourage and support them in reinforcing what they are learning in school. It is important to make sure our homework diaries are kept up to date. This helps us remember what we have to do each night at home. Learning to rule and write in these books neatly is a big focus in term 1.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights children have:

  • Spellings  (Write out our spellings neatly and learn them. Our writing has to be PERFECT! Make sure your letters are the correct size and have a flick)
  • Tables
  • Reading
  • Written Maths, English or World Around Us homework
  • Take time each evening to help your child complete their homework carefully.  Make sure they have somewhere quiet to work and a pencil, rubber and ruler to complete written work. After written tasks, spellings and tables are completed please ensure that they all are signed by a responsible adult.   

Tips for learning spellings and tables

  • Ask your child to write down the words as you call them out.
  • Get your child to write them out 3-4 times without looking at their book to make sure they know them well.
  • Play quick fire games together in the car or whilst walking to school.


It is important to practise reading aloud and silently. In Primary 4 we are really focusing on fluency and expression however we also place a huge emphasis on reading for understanding.  After your child has read a few pages, stop and ask them questions like these- 

  • Where did the characters go on their magic adventure? 
  • How do you think Biff felt when she met…? 
  • Why do you think Kipper was angry when…?
  • Can you find me the sentence on page 8 that tells me what happened to the car?
  • Who was your favourite character in this reading book and why?
  • Have you ever had an experience like this one?


Whilst these are all simple things, they will make all the difference to your child’s learning.   We thank you for your support in this.

Don’t forget to sign all home works and check that your child is learning his/her tables every night!


Making friends in St Brigid’s.

This year we will be working closely with St. Brigid’s Primary School P4 class.  We will be meeting up several times this year to explore our WAU theme together through a range of lessons, visitors and trips. We are really looking forward to it.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Thompson and Mrs McKelvey


Below are some links to online games that will support your child’s learning this term;


Latest Photographs

Having fun with our Maths Wraps!
Having fun with our Maths Wraps!
Great work Nicole!
Great work Nicole!
Kiana in full concentration!
Kiana in full concentration!
Good work Zac!
Good work Zac!
Our x2 racers: Winner Kiana, better luck next time Jamie!
Our x2 racers: Winner Kiana, better luck next time Jamie!


7th Dec 2017
P4 have been learning about our skeleton and the organs that make our bodies work....
5th Dec 2017
P4 have been reinforcing their x2 tables using Maths Wraps and they love them!! We've...
5th Dec 2017
Rachel Shepherd from Scripture Union was taking our assembly. She gave us all a free...
29th Nov 2017
This term we have been making many different tasty treats that the children can try...