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Year 5

Welcome to the Primary 5 News Page.

Welcome to the P5 class news page. The teachers this year are Mrs Allen, Mrs McKelvey and Mrs Esler. Each class has an assistant, Mrs Elder in P5MA and Miss Bamber in P5BE.


November-December 2018

This half-term we will be working on the P4/P5 Christmas Carol Service in December, please take a note of the date from the Bugle and plan to attend.


To commence our new half term we have a trip to hear the Ulster Orchestra play 'Stories through music' where we will discover how classical music can tell us a story and evoke different emotions and feelings.

Within Grammar this half term we will continue to focus on the parts of a sentence.  Commencing the term by looking at verbs in the past and present tense, including irregular verbs.  Pupils will them progress to looking at adverbs and applying these to our writing. We will also focus on nouns and plural nouns, learning about the different plural endings. Towards the end of the term we will look at collective nouns.

Children will be focusing on starting to use lowercase cursive handwriting in their books and homework books.  Please make every effort to support your child in learning to form letters neatly and correctly at home.  

In comprehension children will continue to focus on the development of specific skills and strategies to support them in their reading. This half term the focus skill will be predicting whilst also embedding the skills of summarising and inferring from last half-term. Children will also have a reading book or novel each week to read and discuss at home. Please take time to discuss your child's book, the narrative and the characters with them as your read together.

Related to our WAU theme, within creative writing we will be writing Mesolithic Menus.  We will also be pretending to open a Stone Age restaurant and creating persuasive invitations to invite people to come along.


As with last half term the embedding of number facts and times tables is key.  Pupils will be learning the 8, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.  Each week they will have their speed tables game at the back of homework diaries. Please take time to play this with your child as it makes a big difference to how well they retain tables.

In class will be focusing on length and measuring to the nearest millimetre with accuracy. Children will also be carrying out investigations to measure curved lines and larger distances. They will explore which method and unit is most appropriate.

Within Data Handling pupils will explore different ways of recording and displaying data they have collected from around the school. They will be learning how to tally and recording this on bar graphs, pictograms and Carroll diagrams.

We will continue to develop our focus on problem solving skills this term, learning how to solve one and two step problems using function machines. Children will develop their knowledge and application of maths language and be able to recognise the different ways to can say add, subtract and multiply.

Children will also be exploring the properties of 3D shapes this half-term, describing these practically and also carrying out investigations into the nets of 3D shapes.



Throughout the second half of this term we are continuing to look at the WAU theme 'Prove it.' We will be discovering what hunter gathers ate and where they went to find their food. We will also be looking at Stone Age homes and hopefully building one of our won in the school grounds.  Within Art we will be exploring the history of Stone Age artwork in caves and what these paintings depicted. We will be having a go at creating stone age paints from natural materials and creating our own stone age artwork. Over the coming weeks we will continue to read our class novel Stig of the Dump and draw parallels between his life and our learning about the Stone Age.


September- October 2018


In the first half-term of P5 we will begin focussing on various aspects of grammar, including  nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs; and working on alphabetical ordering. 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.

The children will be focussing on developing joined handwriting in the lower case, and will be beginning to use it in all their written work after Halloween. We will continue to look at this through handwriting lessons.

We will continue to develop comprehension skills in P5 and will develop some new methods, such as reciprocal reading. These new methods added to the traditional forms, will help the children to understand what they are reading, and develop skills of inference. It is important that the children keep reading and, when possible, are questioned at home on what they have read to confirm understanding.

We will also continue to develop creative writing skills. 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 recounts, reports, imaginative writing and poems.


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 homework.

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.

This half-term we will also be looking at reading, writing and saying numbers; and continuing formal addition and subtraction with larger numbers.

World Around Us:

Our World Around Us theme for this 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.

Making friends with St. Brigid's

We are looking forward to partnering up with St. Brigid's again this year to participate in many fun activities together.  There are many exciting plans in place so keep an eye on this page to see what they include.


What should your child bring with them each day to school?

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) no gel pens please.
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Homework diary, reading book and all homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break/canteen money and packed lunch/dinner money (and a bottle of water if they want)
  • Any notes that were sent home for signing.
  • P.E Kit (this is kept in school and taken home every half term to be washed)


Homework is very important to your child as it helps to reinforce their learning. The homework given will cover what was done in class or what was covered earlier on in the week. Each night, your child will have reading, spellings, mental maths and then one written homework on Monday- Wednesday. In P5 the written homework alternates between Numeracy and Literacy from week to week (e.g. Week 1 – Numeracy, Literacy, Numeracy; Week 2 – Literacy, Numeracy, Literacy and so on). There is no written homework on a Thursday night so that pupils can revise their spellings and tables/mental maths for the weekly Friday test.

Help with homework

Here are a number of ways in which you can help your child with their homework:

  • Listen to them read/ask them some questions about their reading book
  • Ask them their spellings
  • Go through their maths facts
  • Ask them some questions about what they learned today
  • Check that their homework is completed and signed - please sign your child's spelling book, homework diary and written homework book.


Mrs Allen, Mrs McKelvey & Mrs Esler




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Mrs Gregg with her super assistant, Charlie from P1KM


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