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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 an assistant, Miss McPeake in P5AR and Mrs Backus in P5DH.


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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