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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 McKelvey and Mrs McMullan. Each class has assistants; Mrs Calderwood in P5MA and Mrs McBurney in P5LM.

April-June 2022

It is hard to believe we are in our final term of Primary 5!!

Literacy:

In the final term of P5, we will continue to develop our use of spoken and written grammar. This will include the use of direct and reported speech, connectives, homophones and prefixes, as well as general revision. 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. 

In Creative writing we will be looking at instructional writing. The children will be learning about the key features and will be writing some instructions of their own, involving a science experiment linked to our WAU topic.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 stories and poems as well as instructions.

The children are continuing to make good progress in their use of joined handwriting. We will keep focusing on this during our handwriting lessons and in particular letters that are commonly causing mistakes. Please support the teachers by ensuring that the high standard of handwriting and presentation is maintained in their homeworks.

As we have progressed through reading skills and comprehension work there have been pleasing developments.  In our final term, we are going to build on the children’s comprehensions and reciprocal reading skills. One of the main comprehension skills that we will work on is the children’s inference skills. Along with this we will use traditional methods of comprehension. The Accelerated Reader programme is being used every day and the benefits to the children in P5 are obvious. It is important that the children keep reading and, when possible, are questioned at home on what they have read to confirm understanding.

 

Numeracy:

Please continue to revise times table facts and number bonds with your child as this will make a great impact on their work and will help them in other areas of numeracy.

Added to this, we will be working on 3D shapes, area and perimeter, money, time, weight and probability.

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 ‘Blow Yer Top.’  This theme will help the children’s understanding of volcanoes and how to deal with anger. They will learn 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. They will develop their ICT skills by creating a PowerPoint in this area.

This term the children will be completing their end of year exams in May. Please revise any topics that your child has learnt this year.

March-April 2022

Welcome back after half-term.

English:

We are continuing to develop our Reciprocal Reading skills, focusing specifically on similarities and differences, as well as revisiting claryifying. In grammar we will continue to develop our use of spoken and written grammar. This will include apostrophes for possession and contraction, homophones, similes 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 continue to do some poetry appreciation, as well as writing our owm poems. We continue to use Accelerated Reader to develop our skills and our interest in reading. We have seen very pleasing results already: the number of children passing tests has skyrocketed. 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 and revisit difficult letters.

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 weight (kilograms and grams) and cubic volume. In shape can space we will focus on 3D shapes and their nets. In Data Handling we will look at tables and revise Carroll diagrams and pictograms.

World Around Us:

We are continuing our 'On Our Doorstep' theme. Within this we are developing our map work skills. This term we will learn about the Seven towers of Ballymena and explore a few landmarks of Northern Ireland.

January- February 2022

We hope you all had a restful and peaceful Christmas holiday!

English:

We will continue to work in our editing skills, using  'Improving Together' passages, where the children will have to correct punctuation or grammatical mistakes that they see within the writing. In grammar we will look at the gender and plural of nouns.

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 homeworks.

 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 books 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 formal multiplication and division, 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. We will learn about the geography of Northern Ireland: counties, main towns or cities, mountains and rivers. We will do some research on Ballymena, and find out about the Seven Towers! 

 

November- December 2021

Literacy:

Until Christmas we will focus on various aspects of grammar, such as verbs, past tense, conjugation and past participle, as well as adverbs. We will also be using our knowledge on tenses, punctuation marks and grammar 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. 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 and we will focus on difficult letters, joins and capital letters.

Comprehension will continue to be a literacy focus and some new methods, such as the accelerated reader programme, 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.

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 recounts, reports, imaginative writing and poems.

Numeracy:

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.

From now until Christmas, we will revise our X6 and X7 tables and learn our X8 to X12 tables.

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.

We will also learn how to measure in cm and m and how to convert from one unit to another. We will look at data handling and learn about pictograms, Venn and Carroll diagrams, bar graphs and block graphs.

World Around Us:

Our World Around Us theme continues to be  the Stone Age. We will continue to explore the Mesolithic way of life, looking at what Stone Age people  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.

 

August - October 2021

 

Literacy:

In the first term of P5 we will focus on various aspects of grammar, including alphabetical order, nouns, adjectives, 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 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. 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, focusing on lower case letters first.

Comprehension will continue to be a focus this year and some new methods, such as the accelerated reader programme, 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.

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 recounts, reports, imaginative writing and poems.

Numeracy:

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.

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.

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
  • All homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break and a bottle of water if they want
  • P.E - A pair of dark jogging bottoms and trainers/gutties (this is kept in school and taken home every half term to be washed)

Homework

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 and Wednesday. Children will be required to revise spellings and tables for the 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 written homework.

 

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