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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 5

Welcome to the Primary 5 News Page.

Welcome to the P5 class news page. The teachers this year are Mrs Allen, Mrs Ritchie and Miss Hill. Each class has assistants; Miss McPeake and Mrs McCullough in P5AR and Mrs Backus in P5DH.

May- June 2021


We will continue to develop our Reciprocal Reading skills, focusing on bringing the four skills together. In grammar we will continue to develop our use of spoken and written grammar. This will include homophones, prefixes and revision of other grammar topics. We are also working hard on trying to edit our own writing.

In Creative writing we are working on instructional writing. The children will be learning about the key features and will be writing some instructions of their own, involving a science experiment. The children thoroughly enjoy using Accelerated Reader and this has been reflected in their scores. We will continue to encourage the children to read and take an interest in books. We continue to use Accelerated Reader to develop our skills and our interest in reading.

As regards handwriting, we are continuing to make good progress. This term we will concentrate on remembering our initial and final flick ups at the beginning and end of words.


This term we will also be working on decimals, negative numbers, angles, time and probability. Please continue to help consolidate the children’s knowledge in these areas.

With the progress in tables and the use of multiplication the children will be able to explore how to solve problems for all four functions, with the emphasis being on recognising key vocabulary in questions and subsequently being able to carry out the correct calculations. Please continue to revise times table facts and mental sums with your child as this will make a great impact on their work and will benefit them for moving into Primary 6.

World Around Us:

We will be continuing our theme of ‘Blow Yer Top.’  We will learn all about the layers of the Earth, how volcanoes are formed and the movement of tectonic plates. We will move on to looking at the cross-section of a volcano and how volcanoes erupt. The children will be carrying out a science experiment on creating a volcanic eruption and this will be linked to our creative writing. The children will also be researching the advantages and disadvantages of living near volcanoes. 

November- December 2020


This term in P5 we will focus on various aspects of grammar including verbs (present and past tense) and adverbs.  We will also be using our knowledge on tenses, punctuation marks and grammar to be able to spot mistakes and fix them correctly through ‘Improving Together’ and editing passages. It is important that the children can recognise where types of punctuation are needed and are able to insert them into sentences or a passage.

Spelling will continue to be taught using our new spelling scheme with a focus sound of the week. Please reinforce the Look/Say/Cover/Write/Check method when helping your child learn his or her spellings.

The children will continue to learn joined handwriting this year. we have just completed lower case letters and are working this half term at using these to form words. We are also commencing using joined handwriting in our class written work and spellings.  

Comprehension will continue to be a focus this year with particular emphasis this term on predicting and questioning skills. Participation in the accelerated reader programme added to guided reading groups children will continue to build on the skills they need to understand what they are reading. It is important that the children keep reading and, when possible, are questioned at home on what they have read to confirm understanding.

Creative Writing: The children will build upon their skills of adding detail, writing in full sentences and using the correct punctuation and grammar. The children will use the skills they have gained through grammar and reading to write a variety of compositions. These will include poetry related to our emotions and senses and some Christmas themed story writing. 


The greatest area of focus throughout P5 is in confirming and developing knowledge and speed of recall of number bonds and times tables. These are vital to the children's progression in numeracy as these skills are needed so regularly, in a variety of topics. It is important that the children not only complete their mental activities every night but also revise tables on a regular basis, even when not set for home work.

With the progress in tables and the use of multiplication the children will be able to explore how to solve problems for all four functions, with the emphasis being on recognising key vocabulary in questions and subsequently being able to carry out the correct calculations.

Within other aspects of Numeracy this half term pupils will be working on reading and recording coordinates and measuring length in centimetres and millimetres. 

World Around Us:

Our World Around Us theme for this half term is ‘Prove It.' In this theme, we will explore the meaning of evidence and how it is used to prove something. We will complete many exciting activities, looking at different pieces of evidence and what the proof is. The use of evidence will be linked to Mesolithic times and how evidence has been used to show how they lived. We will explore the Mesolithic way of life, looking at what they ate, where they lived and other aspects of their life. We will study caves and the designs in these and then the children will complete their very own cave man paintings.


 Mrs Allen, Mrs McKelvey and Miss Hill.




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