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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 and Mrs McKelvey in P5MA, and Mrs Esler in P5BE. We also have a Classroom Assistant, Mrs Blaney in P5BE.

March-April 2020

We hope you all had a lovely half term break.

Literacy:

We are continuing to develop our Reciprocal Reading skills, focusing specifically on clarifying skills and examining similarities and differences between texts. In grammar we will continue to develop our use of spoken and written grammar. This will include apostrophes for possession and contraction, homophones and the use of direct and reported speech. We are also working hard on trying to edit our own writing. In Creative writing we will be writing simile Spring poems, and exploring the genre of explanation - we will eventually write our own explanation of the The Water Cycle. We continue to use Accelerated Reader to develop our skills and our interest in reading. With regards to 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.

Numeracy:

This term we are learning about division. Please continue to reinforce to your child the importance of learning their multiplication and division tables. We will then move on to fractions, decimals and negative numbers. In measures we will learn about perimeter. In shape can space we will focus on 3D shapes and their nets.

World Around Us:

We are continuing our 'On Our Doorstep' theme. Within this we are developing our map work skills and incorporating art as we learn about local landmarks. We will also learn about the Water Cycle and link this to our explanation writing.

Links With St Brigid’s PS:

We will be meeting up twice this term with our friends from St Brigid's, and are looking forward to our drawing session with local artist Paul Bell.

 

January- February 2020

We hope you all had a restful and peaceful holiday!

English:

We will continue to display our knowledge of these features in written work, including 'Improving Together' passages, where the children will have to correct mistakes that they see within the writing. 

The children are making good progress in their use of joined handwriting and it is making a great difference to the neatness of their written work. We will continue to look at this through handwriting lessons. Please support the teachers by ensuring that the high standard of handwriting and presentation is maintained in their homework.

 As we have progressed through reading skills and comprehension work there have been pleasing developments.  In the next term we hope to build upon these and introduce more work on inference and reciprocal reading skills, as well as traditional methods of comprehension. 

Accelerated Reader is being used frequently and the benefits to the children in P5 are obvious. Please encourage your child to keep reading their book and, when possible, question them on what they have read to confirm their understanding.

The children have produced some lovely pieces of creative writing this year and are developing their ability to present work appropriately and use the correct language for the type of writing that they are completing. As we continue to improve our grammar, this should be reflected in the children's writing where they will produce play scripts, presentations, poems and story writing.

Numeracy:

It remains vitally important that the children continue to learn and revise times tables facts.  This will have a great impact on their progress in a wide range of numeracy topics. It continues to be 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.  Added to this the children will look more closely at fractions, angles and decimals and a variety of problem solving activities.

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.

World Around Us:

 Our World Around Us theme for this term is 'On Our Doorstep'.  This will allow the children to gain a better understanding of their place in the world.  We will look at how the world is broken into continents, then countries and finally take a closer look at Northern Ireland and the surrounding Ballymena area.  A number of activities will be completed with St. Brigid's including learning about the 7 Towers of Ballymena, church visits and learning to draw with local artist Paul Bell.

 

November - December 2019

 

Literacy:

We will continue to focus on various aspects of grammar, including verbs 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; and apply this to our everyday work by encouraging the children to self-check written work.

All P5-P7 children will be trialling a new spelling scheme this term, and there will be a greater emphasis in class on looking at word meanings and thinking about the sounds/patterns within our weekly spellings. The children will be using a new spelling workbook and the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method to help them learn their spellings. 

The children are making good progress in their use of joined handwriting and by the end of this term we will be completing all written work in joined writing.

In comprehension we will be focussing on adding more detail to our answers and answering in full sentences. It is important that the children keep reading and, when possible, are questioned at home on what they have read to confirm understanding. Please keep encouraging the reading of AR books at home and in school.

In creative writing lessons the children will continue adding detail, writing in full sentences and using the correct punctuation and grammar. We will apply certain skills learnt in grammar or features of a particular style of writing to our pieces of work. These will include poems and a Mesolithic Menu.

 

Numeracy:

By Christmas we hope most children will have a good knowledge and speed of recall of number bonds and times tables up to 12x tables. These are vital to the children's progression in numeracy as these skills are needed so regularly, in a variety of topics. In number work we will be further developing our decomposition and multiplication skills in particular. We will also continue to develop our problem solving skills with a particular emphasis on number.

In other areas of maths we will be focussing on measuring lengths and completing a practical investigation about jumping. We will also look at some data handling and 3D shape, and complete some problem solving activities linked to these areas.

 

World Around Us:

Our World Around Us theme for this term continues to be ‘Prove It.' We will continue to 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. We will also create a Mesolithic Menu, and use our ICT skills to research information and design an invitation to the opening of our Stone Age Restaurant.

 

Working With St. Brigid's PS:

This term P5BE will continue their 'Shared Future, Shared Goals' programme will our friends from P5CC in St Brigid's PS. These sessions take place on Thursday afternoons in Ballymena North Centre.

 

Other events:

This term we will also be looking at Anti-Bullying, and enjoying lots of fun activities in the run up to Christmas. Although we are not involved in the Christmas Carol Service, we will get to enjoy watching all the various Nativities that take place in school, and will  be attending the Carol Service on Thursday 19th December. P5MA will also continue to develop Fundamental Movement Skills with Ben (IFA) on Mondays.

 

September - October 2019

Literacy:

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.

 

Numeracy:

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

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

 

 

 

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