P4A – Mr Harper


Friday 29th May:

Happy Friday Primary 4. I hope you’ve all had a nice week and that you’ve managed to get some home learning done. Here’s Miss Chuwen with a fantastic French lesson!

Bonjour mes amis! For the next few weeks I will be with you for French Fridays! Since the weather is so beautiful, this week we are going to look at ‘le temps’ which means ‘the weather’ in French.

To start, have a go at thinking of as many different types of weather that you can (do this part in English). You can time yourself to make it even more of a challenge!

Next, try and use the poster below to work out what each phrase means.

Il neige
Il pleut
Il fait beau
Il fait orageux
Il y a des nuages

Next, have a look at the video below. It includes the phrases above but also has some other weather phrases too. Have a go at practising how to say each weather type.

Now you have had a chance to practise saying the weather in French, have a go at seeing what you can remember! You can choose from the activities below. The links for each activity are underneath however you are more than welcome to make your own!

I hope you have lots of fun learning how to say the weather in French. I also hope the weather stays ‘il fait du soleil’ and ‘il fait chaud’ so we can spend more time outside!

As always, if you have any questions, want to send me pictures of activities you’ve tried or want to say bonjour, please email at nicolle.chuwen@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk

à bientôt,

Mademoiselle Chuwen

Mr Harper here again, here is Aarush’s amazing story about a yeti called Bob. Have a read of this great story and see what you think!

Did you get an answer for yesterday’s riddle? Tomorrow I am surely here, yesterday I am found as well. Today I am gone. What am I?

The answer is the letter R.

Here’s today’s riddle: You can see it everyday, but cannot touch it. What is it?

Our learning grid for next week is part of a special school-wide focus week all about health. There’s a fantastic variety of activities on your grid, we’ve taken off the days of the week for this special grid so it’s up to you which activities you would like to try and when you would like to try them. There won’t be a reading task mat for next week but please keep going with all your reading. There will still be a new Sumdog challenge on Monday and Wednesday next week. Next week’s learning grid will be with you before 6pm on Sunday. Look out for me creating a PE workout routine, Miss Chuwen cooking, more kitchen disco dancing from Mrs MacLennan and the cats and Sports Day next Friday!

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday morning.

Mr Harper

Thursday 28th May:

Good morning everyone. I’ve really enjoyed speaking to your parents this week and hearing all about how you’re keeping busy during lockdown. Very well done for all the hard work you’re putting into your home learning!

Internet Safety

Today’s activity is all about keeping ourselves safe online. Lots of us are spending more time online recently and it’s important to remember how we keep ourselves safe.

Here’s two of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe online.

  1. If anything happens online that you don’t like, makes you feel sad or uncomfortable. Then stop what you’re doing and tell an adult you trust. That way the adult can help you sort out the problem.
  2. Make sure that you don’t ever tell anyone online any personal information. Personal information is information about you, like where you live or go to school, or how old your are, or your full name. When we’re online it’s best not to share any personal information unless you’re chatting or playing with someone you know and trust in real life. Remember even when we’re online people we don’t know in real life are strangers.

Your task for today is to chat to one of your parents or carers about how to stay safe online. Tell them about what you think you need to do to keep yourself safe online and ask them what other things you can do to stay safe online.

Once you’ve had a good chat about internet safety you might want to create a poster or a leaflet with your top tips for internet safety. Think about what you think the most important tips are for staying safe online. Try to make your leaflet or poster colourful and eye-catching, you might want to use bubble writing on your poster.

It’s up to you how to set out your poster or leaflet, you might want a big title at the top and a little bit of writing further down or maybe you’ll put bubble writing all over the poster! The important thing is that the poster or leaflet has your top tips for internet safety on it. I’m looking forward to seeing all your designs.

I’ve had some incredible Creative Creatures sent in to me, I’ve been very impressed by everyone’s amazing art work and descriptions.

Here’s Lucy’s Pegadeer. Half pegasus and half deer!

Dylan W created Dino the Dragon. Here’s his amazing picture and description.

Dino comes from a far away place called Mordor,

He flys in the sky with his mighty wings,

He breathes fire from his mouth,

And shoots bolts of lightning from his horn.

He is rainbow colored with a long tail.

Dino is a nice dragon who likes to eat Skittles,

He really likes the rainbow flavoured ones

Here is Curtis’ fearsome Bonstrosomus!

And here is Logan G’s very nicely drawn dragon.

Did you figure out the answer to yesterday’s riddle? What 7 letter word is spelled the same way backwards and forwards? Here’s a clue, think about a fast car.

The answer was racecar! It’s spelt exactly same forwards and backwards. Very well done if you got this one.

Here’s today’s riddle: Tomorrow I am surely here, yesterday I am found as well. Today I am gone. What am I?

Have a lovely day.

Mr Harper

Wednesday 27th May:

Good morning Primary 4! It looks like it’s going to be another nice sunny day today, I hope you’ll spend at least a little time outside enjoying the weather.

Wellbeing Wednesday

How are you all feeling today? It is hard sometimes to feel ok when lockdown feels like it has been going on forever. I have this beautiful book that I like. It is called ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and Horse’ and is written by Charlie Mackesy. Inside are some lovely illustrations. One that I really like is below, the horse tells the boy to look beyond the dark clouds and to see that the blue sky never leaves.

Today, on Wellbeing Wednesday, we’re going to look for the blue sky. We’re going think about what we’re looking forward to.

When lockdown is over, what are you looking forward to the most? Here’s what the members of Mrs MacLennan’s Family are looking forward to.

We also asked Mrs McCormack what she was most looking forward to. Here is her list

  • Cuddling her great-grand daughter
  • Have Golden Time outside with P3/4, P4, Mrs Mac and Mr Harper
  • Going out for a nice lunch with her daughter
  • Getting a good haircut!

Here is my list of things I’m looking forward to

  • Seeing my Mum and Dad and sitting in their garden in the sun
  • Being back at school and seeing Primary 4 again!
  • Going to a football match
  • Taking Buster on walks to some interesting further away places

Today, your task is to think about what you’d like do, write your list down and then to put these things into your Lockdown Time Capsule. We will be able to visit places and people soon. In the meantime, we’ll just have to look forward to them. You’re all doing so well P4 and remember that the blue sky is always there!

Did you figure out the answer to yesterday’s riddle? I have no feet, no hands, no wings, but I climb to the sky. What am I?

The answer is smoke! Well done if you figured it out or if you came up with another good answer.

Here’s today’s riddle: What 7 letter word is spelled the same way backwards and forwards? Here’s a clue, think about a fast car.

Have a lovely day.

Mr Harper

Tuesday 26th May:

Good morning P4! How did you get on with the place value activity yesterday? If you’d like to do a little more place value work then here’s a fun game you can play.


I’ve had a very important delivery for Primary 4! It’s another letter from Moana. She seems very impressed with all your wonderful writing. Read her reply just below.

What’s outside? What’s your view?

Today, we’re going to go or look outside for inspiration for the characters that we created yesterday. Where might your character live? Where could it go on adventures?

First, you’ll need to create a frame a bit like one you’d put round a painting or a photograph. This example uses an empty Rice Krispie box for the frame. Start by drawing the shape of the frame on the inside of the box and then cut it out. Be careful cutting the middle bit! There are two different sized frames here but you only need to make one. Once you’ve followed these steps you’ve made your frame viewer!

Next, your task is to look through your viewer and to find a view that you’d like to draw. You might zoom in really close to the plants in a plant pot or look at the view from your bedroom window. Here are some examples.

You might decide that your character is really small and to them the dandelion clock is like an umbrella. Maybe the bird table isn’t a bird table after all, it is really a rocket for your creature to escape in!

Once you’ve chosen your view then you’re on to the final part, the drawing. To keep your frame in place when you’re drawing it might be easier to stick your frame to the window or to lean it in position. Look carefully at the size, shape and position of all the things in your frame. You could draw what you see and then colour it in or go straight into painting it. It is up to you.

I really look forward to seeing the results of your outdoor art challenge. Happy sketching! 🎨

Here is Harry Ga’s incredible alphabet poem!

Did you get an answer for yesterday’s riddle? I have two hands but I cannot scratch myself. What am I?

The answer is a clock!

Here’s today’s riddle: I have no feet, no hands, no wings, but I climb to the sky. What am I?

Have a great day.

Mr Harper

Monday 25th May:

Good morning Primary 4! I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend. This week I’ll be chatting with all the parents and carers to tell them about all the brilliant things you were doing in school before the lockdown and hear a bit more about how you’re getting on with your home learning.

You should now have your new learning grid for this week. For spelling today you can choose which activity you would like to work on, if you haven’t already then you might want to give Sumdog spelling a try. There’s a brand new Sumdog maths challenge as well, it’s all about place value this time.

Art and Design – Creative Creatures

For this week’s art project we are going to create our own creatures! We’re going to start by thinking about our favourite animals and mythical creatures. Mythical creatures are things like dragons, unicorns, mermaids, griffins. There are lots of different mythical creatures. When you think about your favourite animals and creatures, what do you like about them? What makes them stand out? You might want to do a bit of research online to look at pictures of some of your favourite animals and creatures.

Once you’ve chosen some animals and creatures you’re going to pick different parts of each animal and draw them all together as your own brand new creative creature! So your creature might have the body of a tiger, eagle’s wings and the head of a dragon, it’s completely up to you!

If you’re not sure where to start, watch this video which shows you how to draw a dragon. You could use the dragon as the starting point of your own creature.

Here’s some creative creatures that pupils made last year. Maybe these will give you some ideas.

Once you’ve finished drawing your creature you need to name it! You can name it whatever you would like. After you’ve named your creature you might want to describe it a little bit. You could write a few sentences explaining more about what the creature is like or maybe you would like to write a poem about your creature instead!

This creature is called Angry Animal and here’s a poem about him.

He is really friendly and will protect you.
He has a bull’s head and a giraffe’s neck with a lion’s body.
He has ears that spray steam.
His name is Angry Animal.
He lives next to a volcano called Mount Steamey.
Flying fish and jelly fish live there too.
He has really shiny eyes.
His favourite food is grass and his favourite drink is water.
He loves to go to the river so he can get some water.

In our writing this week we’re starting to plan our own imaginative stories, you might want to put your creative creature in your imaginative story.

Good luck with this week’s art project, I’m excited to see what sort of creatures you all create!

Did you figure out the answer to Friday’s riddle? What can point in every direction but can’t reach the destination by itself?

The answer is your finger!

Here’s today’s riddle: I have two hands but I cannot scratch myself. What am I?

Have a great start to the week.

Mr Harper