P4A – Mrs MacLennan


Tuesday 9th March

Virtual Zoo Trips and World Book Day!

We are almost at the end of home learning and we are upping the pace ready for the return to school on Monday 15th March. We have made a whole load of virtual visits to Edinburgh Zoo We chose an animal to study and get to know really well.

We became authors and wrote non-fiction books full of facts about our animals… their appearance, what they eat, their natural habitat and where they are on the endangered species list. We also included a map so we could find our animals at Edinburgh Zoo.

We had a front cover, contents page, LOADS of information and then a glossary. What brilliant authors we are!

We imagined what it would be like to be our animal and wrote all about a ‘day in the life of’….

We wrote acrostic poems about our animals.

World Book Day

P4A have really enjoyed reading, reading and reading some more on Thursday and we also enjoyed dressing up as a character from a book! It was quite tricky to tell who was who during our class meeting!

and of course HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our winners…

Friday 19th February:

We’re back! I know from our catch up meetings that we enjoyed our holiday, even though we couldn’t really go anywhere. P4A kept themselves busy doing all sorts of things from building snowmen and igloos to staying in the warm indoors and improving our art skills. I am very impressed!

This week we have been learning about symmetry in maths and have been very creative with our names and stuff we found around the house.

This week has been our whole school Digital Safety week and we have talked, shared and thought about how we can keep ourselves safe when we go online. There are many good things about going online, including our catch up meetings, but we need to be aware of the bad stuff too so we know what to do if something happens that isn’t ok. We came up with loads of ideas about how to stay safe and advice we’d give to others going online. Well done team!

Keep being awesome P4 and I’ll see you all in our catch-up meetings. Get your jokes ready! Have a lovely weekend.

Thursday 4th February:

This week in P4 we have been birdwatchers! We have read, researched and learned about all types of birds, looked out into our gardens and observed the birds, made bird feeders, created posters and leaflets, made models of moving birds and drawn them! WOW, what a brilliant week we’ve had!

My first set of magical moments are art and design ones. I was totally gobsmacked at how well you followed the tutorial to draw such brilliant robins. I am so impressed!

Some of you decided to make the moving birds instead. The challenge was to only use one sheet of paper. There were lots of instructions to follow but I loved seeing your very successful moving birds. I found some very noisy birds in school this week…

Our literacy tasks involved us reading for information about a chosen bird and then presenting it on a poster or a leaflet. These magical literacy moments show we can use the skills we learned last week to present newly learned facts and information.

We are magical mathematicians and have been focussing on division this week. We are definitely becoming multiplication and division experts!

WINNERS! Drumroll please….

The winner of the December Art Competition, as we already know, was Ethan P. Here is his awesome piece of winter themed art. The winner of the January art competition was Lakshana. I hope that 2021 is a cheerful as her piece of art! Well done to both of you!

Tomorrow is no screen day and I hope you have a super day without a screen. We are off school for a week and a day but I am very much looking forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday, 16th February in our class catch ups. I’m going to read a joke book over the holiday!! 🙂

Keep colourful Team P4!

Friday 29th January:

We have had a very full week of learning and I’m so impressed and proud of you all. Our Literacy focus has been reading for information and then presenting it on a poster. Here are some magical ones!

In maths, we are becoming times table superstars. Lots of fun was had using household objects to show the multiplication sums we were doing.

On Monday we remembered the life of Robert Burns. Some of us got into the spirit of the day.

I received a HUGE amount of recordings of poems but we can only have one winner. It was very difficult to choose, as everyone had done such a super job in learning and reciting their poem. The P4A runner-up was Benjamin and the winner was Lucy. Keep an eye out for Lucy in the assembly, as you might hear her do an excellent job reciting ‘Ma dentist’.

Look out for next week’s blog for the announcement of Tom’s Art Competition winners!

Keep being brilliant, my favourite Primary 4. I enjoyed meeting all your fluffy and furry friends in our ‘Bring your pet to school day’. I look forward to our class catch up meetings next week….we’ll leave the creatures alone this time! 😁

Friday 22nd January:

Well done Team 4A, I am so proud of all of you and the way you are working, living and laughing through lockdown. This week, on our catch up we have drawn monsters, tested our memory, laughed at each other’s jokes and seen lots of awesome work.

Our literacy focus has been comic strips. We started by creating characters and drawing in a cartoon style. I love the very imaginative characters that you all created!

I have many magical moments that I could share but here is a selection of onomatopoeia action words and cartoon strips, with all the features we learned about. This work is so impressive!

Our STEM challenge was to build the perfect room and everyone got really creative.

All I can say is…I’m moving in!

Finally, we thought about those people that we have an ‘invisible string’ connection with and listened to some music from Scotland, creating our Top 5. Violet shared her Top 6 and I think I could sing along to quite a lot of her family’s choices!

Well done P4A, keep being awesome and the wonderful people that you are and I’ll see you next week. I’m off to dance to ‘Donald where’s yer trousers!’

Friday 15th January:

Well everyone, the A in P4A most definitely stands for AWESOME this week!

Well done to all of Team P4 and that includes the grown ups too! We have managed to log in, download, upload, print, make technology work, draw, build, write, read, laugh and learn. Well done to all of us.

There have been many magical moments in Week 1.

We’ve had some awesome artwork.

We had more marvellous maths.

Lots of lovely literacy.

Lastly, we had all sorts of super STEM!

I have loved seeing your smiling faces on the class catch up. This week you have all been able to log in, turn your cameras off and on, mute and unmute yourself and share with the class. You were not able to do that last week! I am so impressed by everyones’s perseverance, however, I think we can all agree that my jokes have been the best so far!

Keep being brilliant P4A. I am looking forward to many more magical moments with you.

Monday 21st December:

Christmas Trees and Party Fun!

Christmas Trees

Following on from learning about the history of the Christmas tree we used our knowledge to paint and to be poets. Inspired by the long and short poems of Michael Rosen, we wrote poems about a cold winters day outside and Christmas trees. Miss Hussain helped us to use the feelings and colours in our brilliant poetry to paint a winter scene. 5 have been entered into the December art competition and we look forward to finding out the winner. However, we are all very proud of our poems and art. We hope you like them.

Party Time!

P4A looking very smart before the party madness began!

We had a Harry Potter themed party where we played pin the snitch on Snape, musical chess and Hogwarts themed corners amongst other things. There were lots of crazy dance moves, tasty snacks and lots and lots of laughter. What an excellent way to end our final full week of term.

I’m sure, after the brilliant term that we’ve had, that we are all definitely on the good list! 🎅🏽❄️🎄

Monday 7th December:

We’re having a Hogwarts Christmas!

If you are walking past our class please do peek in an see our amazing Hogwarts House banners as we worked really well in our houses to make them. They are two sided so there are photos of both sides below. We really hope you like them.

We have been learning about the history behind the tradition of having Christmas trees in homes and decided to decorate our classroom door with a tree. However, as we’re in Hogwarts we thought we’d make all of our decorations linked to Harry Potter. The end result is gorgeous! Well done Team P4A!

Monday 23rd November:

P4A does Book Week!

We’re on our way to Hogwarts!

We are reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This week we received our letters to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which were brought to us by owl post.

We visited Diagon Alley for broomsticks, robes, wands and all that we needed to be pupils at Hogwarts. We boarded the train at Platform 9 3/4 and when we arrived at Hogwarts we were sorted into Houses.

Our first lessons have included trying to use our wands, frog racing and flying lessons!

Next up is potions, I wonder what will happen!

Friday 20th November:

Book Day!

We had a brilliant time being book characters on Friday to finish off Book Week Scotland. Everyone looked awesome!

We had animals, goodies and baddies, two Iron Men, lots of different characters and even some from Harry Potter! At one point the Iron Man lost his head but he did find it later and even managed to find a good book to read! Well done team!

Monday 16th November:

P4A Goes Old School!

We’ve gone old school for our PE lessons recently. Firstly, we tried some hopscotch, which was harder that we thought it would be! We looked at different layouts and then planned and drew our own with chalk. Did you play hopscotch when you were wee? Maybe P4 could challenge you to a game!

This week we tried some skipping, first with a rope of our own and then in groups with one long rope. We had to get the timing right to know when to jump! Mrs Mac even gave a rhyme to say when jumping which involved us turning round and touching the ground. It was hard! Our final challenge was to try ‘jumping in’ when the rope was turning. We laughed a great deal and lots of us managed to do it! More practise required!

Tuesday 27th October:

The Space Bat Angel Dragon!

We worked brilliantly in groups to build the space bat angel dragon from our class novel The Iron Man. We read the description in the text and they tried to recreate the dragon in our groups.

Here is our finished dragon!

He’s quite big. In the story he is as big as Australia, so we decided to scale him down a bit! Do have a peek in the door if you’ve not seen him yet…if you dare!

Inspired by the dragon, we have been trying to improve our art skills. Firstly, we looked at snake and reptile eyes and tried to draw and colour our own ones. Then we made our own dragon eye out of clay. Our final task was to paint them. It was tricky to use the clay and clay tools. We had to be very careful when painting them too. We did an awesome job though, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Friday 2nd October:

Maths Week in P4A

We took part in the Maths Week Maths hunt around the grounds. Thankfully the rain had stopped by then! You can see our two winning teams celebrating here. 😀

This week we’ve been doing loads of maths and lots of counting using number lines, hoops and spots.

We were given a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) challenge linked to our class novel The Iron Man. Our challenge was to recreate the pit that the farmers trapped the Iron Man in. It had to be at least three times the height of him. We made small Iron Men from Lego and went to the allotment to dig! Luckily this was at the start of the week when the sun was shining. Who knew that maths could be so much fun!

Well done to all those who took part in the SumDog whole school challenge. We came fourth, well done team!

Friday 2nd October:


The Iron Man has been put together! We drew what we thought he’d look like with all his body parts together.

Here he is, keeping guard on our classroom. Visitors beware!

Another strange creature has appeared in the novel. I wonder what the Iron Man will make of the Space Bat Angel Dragon? Here are our drawn dragon predictions.

Friday 11th September:

The Iron Man is coming…

We are really enjoying the novel The Iron Man and this week we were given a STEM challenge to try to build him! Each group were in charge of designing and creating a section of the Iron Man’s body. We discussed, drew plans, tried different resources, changed plans and then started building. We did all of this and were very careful to only use our own resources!
Here we are in action…

Our teamwork skills were superb and we really helped each other out. We are very proud of all that we designed and made in the time slot. Here are our final body bits…

We build the head.

We build the torso.

We built the arms and hands. The fingers were tricky!

We built the legs and feet.

In chapter one, the Iron Man tumbles off the cliff and his body breaks into pieces. Just like in the story, he needs to be put together again. Keep an eye out at the windows next to our classroom door and you might be able to see if we can build him!

Monday 7th September:

We are back and have been busy!

P4A have been back in school for a few weeks and we are doing an excellent job at remembering all of our new rules and procedures. We have been very busy getting to know each other and have written, drawn, and chatted all about ourselves. It has been lovely to talk, share and giggle together!

The pupils voted and chose a rainbow as out theme for our class charter. A very happy afternoon was spent drawing round our hands and then cutting them out…again and again! I think that you will agree that all our effort was certainly worth it.

We have been very busy both inside and outside the classroom. P4A are reading the book ‘The Battle of Bubble and Squeak’. Our Fun Friday Golden Time Challenge was to create a home for Bubble and Squeak, who are gerbils. We worked together in small groups, designing and creating little homes, using only the things we could find lying around.

Our main reading focus has been the novel ‘The Iron Man’. We are loving this book! In the book, the Iron Man eats anything metal he can get his giant hands on, including a barbed wire fence which he eats like it was spaghetti! Inspired by this, we wrote a poems about what the Iron Man might eat. We wrote our poems in the style of the story of the ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Mrs McMorris did some art with us and here are our impressive pieces of art and poems.

This week we’re going to build a giant Iron Man so watch this space!

Tuesday 11th August:

Welcome to Primary 4!

You will now know that our classroom has moved. This is brilliant for us because we get the biggest and best rooms in the school. Also we get to use the short ‘Blue Route’ when going home! Mrs Bennett and I were in school today, with all the other teachers putting the finishing touches to our rooms and getting ready to see you all this week. We are so looking forward to seeing you in class on Wednesday (children with surnames A-L), Thursday (children with surnames M-Z) and all of you, together on Friday.

To get into Primary 4A we are going to come in the classroom door inside the red, yellow and blue fence (next to the boat).

You will see from the photos that our rooms look quite different to when you were in Primary 1!

See you soon!

Thursday 25th June:

Welcome to P4A!