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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
Smartie Tubes: Please return all Smartie tubes by Wed 16th Oct.Smartie Party Fun day (non-uniform) is Fri 18th. | Parent/Teacher interviews: W/B Mon 21st Oct – SCHOOL CLOSES at 1.00pm for NURSERY and P1-P7 at 1.30pm for this week.   | Milk money (£7.14) must be paid Mon 21st Oct | Breakfast Club Open Morning Nursery & P1 parents are invited to join us in the Breakfast club. Come enjoy some delicious food to start off the day with your child!Fri 25th Oct 8:00 - 8:30Cost: 70p
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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 and Mrs McKelvey/Miss Mullan in P5MA, and Mrs Esler in P5BE. We also have a Classroom Assistant, Mrs Blaney in P5BE.

We look forward to meeting our parents at our 'Meet The Teacher' event on Wednesday 4th September, 1.15pm - please remember ALL P5 pupils will go home at 2pm on this day.


September - October 2019


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 of 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 develop this through twice-weekly 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 at the beginning of 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 proof is. The use of evidence will be linked to Mesolithic times and how evidence has been used to show us how people lived then. 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 for after Christmas, 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 for 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 (Literacy) and Wednesday (Numeracy). On a Tuesday night we would encourage you to do some extra reading with your child, and on Thursday night pupils should 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 over their maths facts/tables
  • 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, Miss Mullan & Mrs Esler




Latest Photographs



14th Oct 2019
Today we finished the maths investigations we started on Friday. Using the geoboards...
11th Oct 2019
P5 have been learning about quadrilaterals. They had to use their knowledge to find...
8th Oct 2019
For the last 4 weeks we have been lucky to have had Jess and Simon from C4C in during...
7th Oct 2019
On Friday it was our turn to use the equipment in the hall,set up as part of Apparatus...