P4A – Mr Harper


Friday 3rd April:

Happy Friday everyone!

It’s the last day of this term. I’m so proud of all the determination and perseverance I’ve seen from everyone in Primary 4. You’ve all made terrific progress with your learning this term and you should be very proud of yourselves.

If you’re looking for some fun activities during the holidays here’s the poster that P4 made a couple of weeks ago. Maybe there’s something on there you’d like to try. There’s another great poster on the P3/4 blog as well so have a look at that one too for even more brilliant ideas! Mrs MacLennan has also created another tinfoil person video, to see what we’re doing next with the tinfoil people watch the video on the P3/4 blog.

If you’d like a new challenge, why not try and break a world record!? On the Guiness World Record’s Kids there is a list of records you can safely try at home. See what your best time or score is and over the holidays try to get better and better, who knows maybe you’ll break the world record!

We’re back from the Easter holidays on Tuesday 21st of April. I’ll have a new blog post up then and we’ll have a new home learning grid with lots of great activities. Relax and enjoy your time off and I’ll look forward to hearing from you all after the holidays!

The answer to yesterday’s riddle was incorrectly!

No riddle today but I’ll have a new riddle for you after the holidays.

Have a brilliant holiday.

Mr Harper

Thursday 2nd April:

Bonjour Primary 4! Ça va bien? I can see that lots of people have been exploring Education City. There’s a brilliant selection of learning games on there, and it works on PCs, phones and tablets. To find new games first press on subjects then choose literacy, numeracy or science. Once you’ve chosen your subject press on First with three stars. This is about the right level for Primary 4.

I’ve chosen a new selection of games for P4 which you’ll find under classwork when you first log in. See how many you can complete! If you’ve forgotten or lost your log in details I can email them over to you so just let me know if you need some help.

I hope everyone is staying active during your home learning. If you’ve not tried a Cosmic Yoga yet, why not give one a go today? Here’s a Minecraft yoga adventure, there’s a great selection of other cosmic yoga activities so have an explore on their Youtube channel and find one you like!

The answer to yesterdays riddle was silence!

Here’s today’s riddle: Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

Have a lovely day.

Mr Harper

Wednesday 1st April:

Good morning! It’s Wednesday!

Good morning! It’s Wednesday! I was so pleased to see so many people putting in a lot of effort into the subtraction Sumdog challenge, very well done. Our new challenge today is all about money, some of the questions will be a little bit trickier than last time but I’m sure you’ll all do great!

We should have been holding our own Viking museum this week so instead we’ll need to look at other Viking artefacts. The Jorvik Viking Centre in York is a really interesting place to visit and at the moment we can only do that virtually. On their website, they have a section called ‘Shaking hands with the past’ when they look at Viking artefacts and see what they can learn about what life was actually like for a Viking.


The first video is all about a Viking sock…I hope it doesn’t smell!

Once you have watched some clips, why don’t see what else you can find on the website. On the ‘Discover from home’ section there are lots of ideas of things you can download or make. You might make a poster about an object or make up a story about the Viking that the sock above belonged to! I’m going to learn about Viking musical instruments.

Here’s an absolutely fantastic lion that someone from P4 sent in. I was very impressived by all the creative details they added to their lion. If you’ve got a piece of work you’re proud of then send it over to lewis.harper@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk.

The answer to yesterday’s riddle is the letter C!

Here’s today’s riddle: What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?

Have a great day!

Mr Harper

Tuesday 31st March:

Good morning everyone. Well done for the fantastic start lots of people have made on our subtraction Sumdog challenge, you’ve still got until Wednesday morning so keep up all your hard work!

If you haven’t already, today is a great day to start a new spelling pattern. How did you get on with last week’s pattern? To get started with the new pattern you could try a bit of look, say, cover, write, check. After that why don’t you choose one of your favourite spelling activities, it could be word detective, spelling star jumps, spelling flowers or any spelling activity you can think of. Practising a little bit of spelling each day will help a lot with learning your new patterns.

Recently we’ve created some fantastic art work in Primary 4, why not try a little bit of drawing this afternoon? Here’s a fun video which shows you how to draw a tiger cub. Try following the video step by step, you can always pause it while you draw each part of the tiger. If you want to turn your cub into a lion, then leave out the stripes and give your lion a spikey mane! Give it a try and see how you get on, once you’ve drawn the cub you could put them into a comic book, write a story about them or draw a tropical rainforest all around the tiger.

Mrs Harper and I gave it a try ourselves. Whose do you think is the best?

You could also pop along to Edinburgh Zoo and watch the tigers on their TIGER CAM! https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/tiger-cam/ You can watch tigers, pandas, koalas, penguins and rockhopper penguins. Maybe you can find some other animals to draw too!

The answer to yesterday’s riddle is a river!

Here’s today’s riddle: Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?

Keep up the great work!

Mr Harper

Monday 30th March:

Good morning P4!

I hope you’ve all had a nice restful weekend. How are you getting on with your reading books? I hope you’re enjoying them and that you’ve completed some of the tasks from your reading task mat.

If you’d like to have someone read a story to you then have a look on stories.audible.com. There’s a fantastic selection of stories and they’re all free. The best section for Primary 4’s to look under is the Elementary stories. My recommendations would be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Quest for the Diamond Sword (A Minecraft adventure) or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. There are loads of great stories to explore so why not find your own favourite? Once you’ve listened to some of a story you could try to imagine what one of the important parts of the book would look like and draw or paint a picture of it.

Your new Sumdog challenge starts today and will finish on Wednesday morning. This challenge is all about subtraction, give it your best shot!

The answer to Friday’s riddle is they all do! February is the only month that has exactly 28 days (if it’s not a leap year) but every month has 28 days in them because all the others have 30 or 31 which is more than 28.

Here’s today’s riddle: What has a mouth but cannot chew?

Have a great day!

Mr Harper

Friday 27th March:

Happy Friday Primary 4!

We’re almost finished our first week of home learning, and it’s only a week to go until the Easter holidays. Fantastic work on the addition, subtraction and money Sumdog challenge. I can see lots of you have been working hard on your maths. Today’s challenge is all about multiplication. It will last until Monday morning, just in case you wanted to do a little extra maths over the weekend.

How are you getting on with your new spelling pattern? Everyone has been working extra hard on their spelling in P4 recently and I’m sure you’ll all be keeping it up at home! If you’ve not already then you could choose one of your favourite spelling activities and give it a go with your new spelling words. Maybe someone at home will be able to quiz you on your spelling pattern and you can see how much progress you’ve made this week. Don’t worry if you find your new spelling pattern tricky, this week’s learning has been a new experience for everyone. Remeber it’s not about doing anything perfectly, just aim to improve on your last attempt!

The answer to yesterday’s riddle is a mirror!

Here’s today’s riddle: Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many have 28?

Have a brilliant weekend and I’ll have another post here on Monday morning.

Mr Harper

Thursday 26th March:

Good morning Primary 4! By now you should have completed a mixture of tasks from the learning pack, I’m looking forward to hearing all about it when we get back to school! If you’ve got a piece of work you’re particularly proud of why not take a picture and email it over to me at lewis.harper@carrickknowe.edin.sch.uk. If you’ve got some recycling at home you could try and design and build your Viking longship today and send over a picture! Here are some examples to give you some ideas.

The answer to yesterday’s riddle was the letter E. Each letter in the riddle is the first letter of a number One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight (the letter E). Excellent work if you solved this one!

Here’s today’s riddle: I make two people out of one. What am I?

Have a lovely day.

Mr Harper

Wednesday 25th March:

Good morning Primary 4! I hope you’re enjoying Joe Wick’s P.E lessons each morning, they are a great way to stay fit and active. Well done to everyone who took on the Sumdog fractions challenge, I’m so impressed by all of your hard work. Today’s challenge is all about addition, subtraction and money. This is a great chance to show off your fantastic maths skills, best of luck everyone! Don’t worry if you find it tricky, remember our mistakes help us learn.

We often start our Wednesday morning with circle time and a chat to talk about how we are feeling. How are you feeling this morning? Remember, there is no wrong way to feel. Keep talking to someone at home about how you feel. Today we have no ‘Star Pupil of the Week’, we are ALL the star! In your pack you’ll find a sheet like this-

What are you proud of? Instead of going round the circle saying “one thing I like about” someone else, this time you have to add your own name! Add two things that you are proud of. It might be progress you’ve made at school, learning to swim a length or how you show kindness. I am very proud of you and know that there are lots of things you could say!

The answer to yesterday’s riddle was a stamp! Well done if you got it.

Here’s today’s riddle: What letter comes next: O T T F F S S ? This is a tricky one so I’ll give you clue – numbers.

Keep smiling

Mr Harper

Tuesday 24th March:

Good morning everyone! By now we should have all made a wee start on our learning packs. If you’ve not already then today is a great day to start your new reading books. The new reading books are some of my favourite stories, I hope you enjoy them. Maybe someone at home would like to have a story read to them, I’ve been reading to my dog Buster today.


The answer to yesterday’s riddle was a table!

Here’s today’s riddle: What goes around the world without leaving its corner?

Have a great day!

Mr Harper

Monday 23rd March:

Good morning Primary 4!

I hope you’re all well and that you enjoy starting your home learning today. Your pack has a great variety of learning activities for you to work through. I’ll continue to send you all new activities and challenges too.

Remember that, as well as all the great activities in your pack, there will also be a new Sumdog challenge every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Today’s challenge is all about fractions, give it your best try! Each challenge lasts until the next one begins. I’m looking forward to seeing how you all get on. 🙂

Just like a normal day at school, you should be taking on a mixture of activities. Joe Wicks will be teaching a fun live 30 minute PE lesson on youtube every weekday at 9am, this is a brilliant way to start your day! https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

Here’s today’s riddle, I’ll post the answer tomorrow!

What has legs but cannot walk?

Mr Harper