Dunbarney Primary School

Primary School

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Welcome to Primary 4


     Mrs Campbell 



The topic this term is Bridges 




14/5/19: Rory and Kas chatted today about what P4 have been learning about recently. Their topic is Bridges, and they each have a project to make either a scrapbook, a model or a Power-point about bridges, including some factual information. Rory is doing his about Tower Bridge in London, while Kas has chosen the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The children have until the end of May to complete their project. They have also been building up mini bridges from cardboard in class too, working collaboratively.



Kas was explaining how suspension bridges work, and even drew a sketch to explain what he meant while he was talking:

In Art, the class made backgrounds of sunsets over the sea last week, and this week have been adding in black paper to make bridges, using pen for the fine wires.

In Maths, P4 have been working on decimal places, and have learned the 8 times table. In Big Write the children recently practised their letter writing skills. In PE the children have been dong athletics with Mrs Hunter. Mrs Campbell recently organised a skills day, where adults from different professions came in to talk to children about their jobs. P4 are currently writing thank you letters to the people who gave up their time to come and share their knowledge with the school.



26/3/19: Hayden and Jemma talked today about what P4 have been learning recently. As part of their Vikings topic, the children made models of longhouses from cardboard, leaves, sticks and twigs, as well as Viking jewellery from cardboard, string, tin foil and pens. In their Big Write they have described a Viking longhouse, as well as working on their grammar, handwriting and comprehension. In Maths they continue to do their Learn Its, CLICs and Safe tests, and have also been doing Maths Masterclasses at lunchtimes. Mrs Cochrane has entered some of their artwork into a national art competition about fire and sparks too.

In PE the children have been playing basketball, and have had the opportunity to try tennis lessons from members of  the Bridge of Earn tennis Club. Jemma thought, "It was really fun".


5/3/19: Cooper and Erin chatted today about what Primary 4 have been learning recently. As part of their Viking topic, the children have learned how to write their names in Viking runes. They have designed and decorated their own Viking shields with Mrs Cochrane, and have also created a huge Viking longboat ,full of Vikings, for the classroom wall.


The class book at the moment is How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell. In Big Write, the children have been doing imaginative writing. They have been choosing a setting, writing their story out in their jotters and then going to the computers to type up the story. This helps the children's ICT skills too. In Music, the children have been making music about the seasons. They also have relaxation sessions after lunch each day, to calm everyone down after the lunch hour, and they lie down for a short while and listen to relaxing music. This helps the children to get ready to learn again. In Art, the children have been using the skills they have learned already to create a spring skyline, using watercolours and thick paint. In PE the children have been doing gymnastics, and using the bars to improve their swinging and climbing skills. They have been doing their Daily Mile, and also have started doing Tennis lessons with Bridge of Earn Tennis Club, either in the hall or at the tennis courts, depending on the weather. Today was Pancake Day, so the children were making pancakes in class, weighing, measuring and cooking. What did we learn? Well, you can't make a pancake without breaking a few eggs! They were delicious!




5/2/19: P4 had a visit from the police recently, who told them about the equipment they use and their daily jobs. We even got to go in the police car!







29/1/19: Struan and Innes were chatting today about what Primary 4 have been learning in the last couple of weeks. The class have been studying degrees and rotation, using compasses and Beebots , as well as learning the 4 times table. As part of their Viking topic, they have drawn a portrait of a Viking in charcoal, during Mrs Cochrane's art classes, as well as learning about Up Helly Aa, which has been taking place in Shetland this week.

Their homework was to watch the news to learn more about it. Innes  learned that real Vikings didn't have horns on their helmets: that was an idea which came much later from an opera (Wagner's Ring Cycle).

In Big Write, the children have been doing imaginative writing, and they have also written the story of Jesus in the Temple. During this writing the children have made up their own success criteria for the pieces of work, so that they are really thinking about where they need to improve. They have also been drawing Robins with Mrs Cochrane in Art.

In PE, the class have been doing gymnastics, and continuing their Marathon Challenge during the Daily Mile. The boys thought the class was up to about 19 miles now! In ICT the children are now able to log on to Sumdog, and in class each week they look at one particular right from the UNCRC. The children are also doing "ERIC" - Everyone Reading in Class", after break each day.


17/1/19: P4 were doing Imaginative Writing today for their baseline assessment. Look what they found in the school garden to inspire their stories!!!


15/1/19: Mrs Campbell is still always looking for parents and carers to come into school to talk about their job to the P4 class, as part of the learning about the world of work. Please let Mrs C know if you would be available at any time during the school week.






18/12/18: Ava and Isla spoke today about their learning in the last few weeks. As part of their water topic they carried out science experiments with Lego. This was their "Hoover Dam" project, where each group had to try and construct a dam made from Lego, which would hold back water. Some dams worked and some didn't!




The class have been learning about the Water Cycle, and have been writing about why the sea is salty in their Big Write on a Thursday.

In Music, the children have been working on different beats and rhythms, while in Maths they have been learning about time. In PE, the class have been improving their stamina, as well as learning Scottish Dancing. Art has had a Christmas theme recently, with the whole class making an advent calendar with Mrs Cochrane. They have also made portraits of snowmen, using glittery paint.


30/11/18: Happy St Andrew's Day from Primary 4!


23/11/18: As part of their Water topic, P4 carried out some fantastic experiments in class to learn about density, using sugar solution and dyes.




20/11/18: Sam J. and Amy chatted today about what P4 have been learning in class recently. As part of their Water topic they have been carrying out science experiments on floating and sinking, estimating whether different matter would float or sink before the experiment started. They have also been carrying out some experiments looking at how water is absorbed by plants.  They spoke about recording experiments and making predictions. The children also enjoyed the "walking water" experiment where they made a bridge of kitchen roll between 4 different containers of dyed water. The children learned that the kitchen roll absorbed the dye, which travelled up the kitchen roll until it stopped at the top.




The children wrote poems about water, and they have also created pictures in Art, using water colours and Sharpies, and graduating from wavy to straight lines from top to bottom of the page, and darker to lighter colours. Other art projects have included drawing Autumn leaves, poppies and also 3D houses. 

In Maths the children have been doing their Learn Its, Clics and Safes, which they take home to practise and do the real test on a Friday. The children also do the Chilli Challenges - where they get to pick the hardness of a maths challenge - one chilli is the easiest, two chillies are medium, and three chillies are the hardest challenges. Sam and Amy both said they like to pick the hardest challenges! Great ambition!

In French, P4 have been learning colours and numbers 1-20. Sam's dad came in to make a video to send back to Sam's old school in France.


In the Daily Mile, the children are doing a Marathon Challenge, adding up the miles they have completed until they get to the Marathon distance of 26 miles. So far, the class have done nearly 10 miles.  In PE, the class have been working on flexibility and speed, as well as trying out hockey.


7/11/18: This week, Mrs Davidson, came into  P4 to talk to the class about being a Social Worker. This is all part of developing skills for life, learning and work. The class also carried out science experiments on floating, sinking and density. 





 There was also a Diwali day last week, where the children made Mendhi, Rangoli patterns, and did drama with the story of Rama and Sita.


 2/11/18: Primary 4 were awarded the Class of the Month cup this month. Hooray!


2/10/18: Lucas and Jaxon talked about the many things which P4 have been doing this term. They went on a trip to New Milne Farm and also to Stewart Tower dairy (where they were given the delicious ice cream to try), as part of their farming topic. At New Milne they saw cows, sheep, chicks and bigger chickens.

The class also hosted a Macmillan event on 28th September. Not only did parents and carers come in to bake with the children, but lots of parents and carers also sent in baking to sell on the day at a sharing assembly for parents. We raised £140 for MacMillan Cancer. Thank you to all who supported this event.


Local artist Alison Price came into class to work with us and showed us how to use different materials, including ink, feathers and branches to create little booklets which are going to be made into a story.



In Maths the class have been doing Chilli Challenges along with time, addition, multiplication, subtraction and Daily 10, in which you get a limited time with 10 sums to answer. They have also been doing well in their Learn Its, CLICs and Safe Tests. They have enjoyed learning how to sew and in Art have worked on sketching, perspectives and Highland cows.


Welcome to the class page for Primary 4. Important things to know for this year are:

  • Homework is given out on Monday, to be in on Thursday.
  • Art with Mrs Cochrane is on Monday. Please can all children bring in a large old shirt to use as a painting apron, which will be kept at school all year? This will help prevent uniforms becoming messy.
  • Music with Miss Anderson is on a Tuesday
  • P.E. takes place with Mrs Campbell on a Tuesday and Mrs Hunter on a Wednesday. Please make sure that, wherever possible, all children have trainers in school every day for the Daily Mile.
  • Water bottles should be brought to school every day, and should contain only water, not juice or fizzy drinks. They can be refilled at school throughout the day.
  • Fruit should be the snack provided every Friday, as the children eat their fruit together in the classroom before break on Fruity Friday.
  • Our topic this term is Farming.


Here is our planning wall, which Mrs Campbell showed to parents on Meet the Teacher night.  If any parents can volunteer in the class, at any time, please contact the school by whatever means they choose to say whenever suits them. All help will be gratefully received.


Here is our Class Charter, which we worked together on, to pick the Rights from UNCRC which we felt were most relevant to us.


 We have been working in partnership with parents already this term. On Friday afternoons we do sewing in the class, and we have had parents and grandparents in helping with that.



We have also worked really hard (with some help from Harry's dad) to dig over the raised beds in the school garden, to plant new crops. This is also a project which will need parental help along the way.