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P3, P5, P6 Literacy Support

Welcome to the Primary 3, Primary 5 and Primary 6 Literacy Support Section! 

This year I have the privilege of offering Literacy Support for pupils in P3, P5 and P6 in our school.  This focussed support aims to provide additional Literacy support for pupils with a specific focus upon their reading, spelling and grammar skills.  Pupils engage in daily small group support sessions during Literacy time with 8 pupils in each group.  The small group setting helps pupils to build their confidence, love and enjoyment of literacy.

We hope you enjoy reading through what we're getting up to :)

Please keep checking the website and the photo gallery to see the fun children will be having during Literacy Support sessions.

Children are reminded to come prepared to class with all relevant books and a pencil case. A clear plastic folder can be purchased from the office for £1. Below is a list of items to bring to class:

  • English homework book
  • Daily Test book
  • Spelling book
  • Pencil case
  • Diary
  • Jotter
  • Glasses (if worn)
  • Reading book

Homework Each night your child will receive reading and spellings (High frequency words apply to P3 children and should be practised every night). Written English homework is sent home once/twice a week as it alternates. All written homework books have a guide attached in the front cover. When checking over please ensure your child adheres to the instructions. On returning homework please sign. Thursday night children are to revise over their spellings for the week to prepare for their Friday test. Please ensure that your child reads every night at home and learns spellings thoroughly

May/June

Primary 3
In Primary 3 children will be focusing on the following areas:

Reading –Your child will read every day. Please encourage your child to pay attention to the punctuation marks when reading to help them develop fluency. Expression is also important when reading too so this should be encouraged. Keep reminding your child to use the variety of cues they have been taught if they encounter an unfamiliar word. Over the summer please continue to read to and read with your child. Practising reading over the summer will help your children to build confidence when reading and will also help them to develop fluency and expression which will be beneficial for the move into Primary 4 in September.

High frequency words – Children have been working very hard to learn their high frequency words and are making great progress, with most children having learned the first 100 high frequency words and are now onto learning the next set. Please continue to practise the words every night and remember the more you practise the words with your child the quicker they will be able to recall them. Over the summer please keep going over all the words learned to keep them ‘fresh’ with your child.

Phonics – children will continue to focus on Jolly Phonics sounds each week and will complete a weekly Jolly Phonics lesson relating to their new sound. Remember to ask your child what the new sound is each week and encourage them to show you the action associated with the sound they have learned as this will help them recall the sound the letters make.

Spelling – most children will continue to learn 4 letter words. The format of spellings will remain the same with children receiving high frequency words on a Wednesday night to learn how to spell. Some of the children were delighted in term 2 to receive Mrs Sheeran’s 4 in a row prize. Encourage your child to blend and segment the words to be able to spell them.

Comprehension – children will work on inference skills during comprehension lessons. They will be required to give a full sentence answer to questions but must provide proof as to how or why they have given the answer they did. They will be taught to use the word ‘because’ to link the first part of their answer to their evidence. Children will also complete multiple style choice comprehensions in class where they are provided with 3 answers and they must select the most suitable answer.

Creative writing – children will become familiar with postcard messages and after looking at the messages on some postcards they will realise that the language is quite informal and short. Children will write their own message on a postcard they design about a holiday they are on. Time permitting they will also look at brochures and discuss the language contained in them and how it is factual, descriptive and persuasive. Children will keep this in mind when designing their own brochure to encourage someone to visit Northern Ireland.

Grammar and punctuation – children will learn about speech marks and why they are used. They will also learn about speech bubbles and how when a speech bubble is used speech marks are not required. It is hoped children will create a comic strip using speech bubbles to let the reader know what each character is saying. We will also focus on punctuating sentences correctly using capital letters, full stops and question marks.

Children have been working very hard on their handwriting and I would ask you would keep encouraging neat handwriting where letters are properly formed and of a uniform size please. Forming letters correctly now will make the transition into P4 much easier.

Primary 5
In Primary 5 children will be focusing on the following areas:

Reading – When reading children will continue to focus on adhering to punctuation marks. When they see a full stop they should take a longer pause, a comma requires a shorter pause and an exclamation marks generally shows excitement or that someone is giving an order so it is also important to develop expression too. Children should continue to read every night. If they encounter a word they are unfamiliar with encourage children to use their phonetic skills to decode the unknown word. Over the summer months children would also benefit from continuing to read to enable them to build confidence, fluency and expression.

Spelling – In spelling children will continue to focus on a particular sound each week and the variations of letter patterns which make up the sound. Please continue to ensure spellings are learned on a daily basis and are revised on a Thursday night for the Friday test.

Comprehension – This term in comprehension lessons children will use the passage to find answers to questions. They will provide 3 full sentence answers using evidence from the text to support their answers. Children will be encouraged to underline key words in questions to help them find key information from the passage to answer the questions. During reading sessions we will also discuss what has happened in the passage we have read to ensure comprehension and understanding.

Creative writing – The focus now is on instructional writing. Children will become familiar with instructional writing and where instructions can be found (recipes, DIY manuals, game instructions, science experiments, packaging instructions, craft instructions, video tutorials and directions). They will be given a recipe and a checklist and will be asked to find and highlight various features associated with instructional writing. This will help children to become familiar with features that are required in a piece of instructional writing and it will be the WAGOLL (What a good one looks like). Children will then be given some instructions which are not so good – WABOLL (What a bad one looks like) and they will assess it against the same checklist to discover many features required in instructional writing are missing. As a group children will suggest how the instructions could be improved. Once how to make a sandwich has been demonstrated to children the children will put all the knowledge they have gathered on instructional writing together to write a set of instructions for making a sandwich. Primary 5 will need to be clear with their instructions as Primary 4 are going to test out their instructions. Children will then watch 2 science experiments carefully and will have to write up a set of instructions for one of the science experiments. They will create a first draft which will be peer assessed using a checklist and then they will be required to write out a second draft, taking on any feedback received during the peer assessment stage. The final instructions will then be typed up and published on the school website.

Grammar and punctuation – In grammar and punctuation lessons children will revise the use of a comma in lists, time connectives and verbs. When addressing verbs we will focus specifically on imperative (‘bossy’) verbs. Imperative verbs are words that tell people what to do (click, cook, open, mix, fold etc). They are used a lot with instructions. Children will be provided with the opportunity to become ‘bossy’ to help improve instructions by ensuring the imperative verbs are at the beginning of each instruction. Time connectives are useful with instructions as they indicate the order the instructions should be carried out in. These grammar elements are all areas children need to be familiar with in order to incorporate it into their creative writing on instructions. As well as focusing on grammar areas needed for writing instructions children will become familiar with conjunctions and will be able to use them to join sentences together. This term children will also complete improving together/proof reading activities to correct spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes in pieces of work. Children will be encouraged to check the accuracy of their own work too for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes.

Handwriting – Primary 5 have worked very hard to improve their joined handwriting. They will continue to practise their handwriting on a daily basis and should ensure letters have lead ins, flicks and that letters are a consistent height. Children must ensure that what they are taught during handwriting lessons is transferred into their classwork.

Primary 6
In Primary 6 children will be focussing on the following areas:

Reading – please continue to listen to your child read every night. Encourage your child as he/she reads to take time to respond to the punctuation marks. When they see a full stop they should take a longer pause, a comma requires a shorter pause, an exclamation mark generally shows excitement or that someone is giving an order so it is also important to develop expression too. Continue to sound out tricky words and clarify the meaning of unknown words. Over the summer I would encourage children to read to help them increase their confidence when reading and also to help develop fluency and expression.

Spelling – In spelling children will continue to focus on a particular sound each week and the variations of letter patterns which make up the sound. Please continue to ensure spellings are learned on a daily basis and are revised on a Thursday night for the Friday test.

Comprehension – Comprehension activities will require children to provide full sentence answers to questions. Children will also be encouraged to refer back to the text to find answers to questions rather than relying on memorizing what they read.

Creative writing – Children will complete pieces of creative writing which relate to their WAU theme of ‘Ancient Egypt’. Children will be encouraged to ensure they use capital letters and punctuation marks accurately in their work. They will also be reminded that using verbs, adverbs, adjectives and similes in their work will help to make it more interesting for the reader.

Grammar and punctuation – During grammar and punctuation lessons children will learn about apostrophes. Children have already used apostrophes to contract words but now they will concentrate on being able to use them to show possession. Primary 6 will practise using apostrophes so as they are able to use them accurately as apostrophes can be used to show one person owns something but they are also used to show that more than one person owns something. Primary 6 will learn that we use apostrophe s with nouns like children or people, which are already plural. It may all sound a bit confusing at the minute but with practice and careful thought it will all become easier. Children will also learn about speech marks and how they are used when someone is speaking. They will be provided with lots of examples to punctuate accurately. The key things to remember are that the spoken words go inside the speech marks, a comma is used to separate the spoken words from the rest of the sentence, the first spoken word begins with a capital letter and the closing set of speech marks goes after the punctuation mark. Primary 6 will be encouraged to check the accuracy of their work too for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. They will complete improving together and proof reading activities whereby they identify mistakes in a passage and are required to correct them.

Handwriting – children have worked hard to improve their joined handwriting and should continue to ensure they form neat and consistently sized letters in a cursive style. It is important the children ensure there are leads ins and flicks on letters.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all Primary 3, Primary 5 and Primary 6 parents for your support in helping your child with reading, homework and also when learning spellings and high frequency words. A home school partnership is vital.

I wish everyone a well deserved rest over the summer.

April - May

Term 3
Welcome back to school everyone. I hope you all had a good rest over Easter as we have a very busy term ahead of us before we finish school for the summer.


Primary 3
In Primary 3 children will be focusing on the following areas:


Reading – As in term 2 your child will read every day. Please encourage your child to pay attention to the punctuation marks when reading to help them develop fluency. Expression is also important when reading too so this should be encouraged. Keep reminding your child to use the variety of cues they have been taught if they encounter an unfamiliar word.


High frequency words – Children will continue to become familiar with their high frequency words. Keep practising them every night. Your child should not only be able to read the word but should have quick recall of it when they look at it. Please play the high frequency word snakes and ladder games your child has been provided with as it has been tailored specifically for each child with the words they are unfamiliar with and will be a fun way to help your child learn his/her words.


Phonics – children will continue to focus on Jolly Phonics sounds each week and will complete a weekly Jolly Phonics lesson relating to their new sound. Remember to ask your child what the new sound is each week and encourage them to show you the action associated with the sound they have learned as this will help them recall the sound the letters make.


Spelling – most children will continue to learn 4 letter words. The format of spellings will remain the same as term 2 with children receiving high frequency words on a Wednesday night to learn how to spell. Some of the children were delighted in term 2 to receive Mrs Sheeran’s 4 in a row prize. Encourage your child to blend and segment the words to be able to spell them.


Comprehension – children will continue to work on their prediction skills during comprehension lessons. They will look for clues in pictures on the front cover of a book to help them decide if a book is fiction or non fiction. They will become familiar with the index and contents page in non fiction books and will learn the purpose of both features. Children will also complete multiple style choice comprehensions in class where they are provided with 3 answers and they must select the most suitable answer.


Creative writing – children will discuss signs of Spring. They will become familiar with an acrostic poem and will then write an acrostic poem about Spring.


Grammar and punctuation – children will focus on plurals and using ‘a’ and ‘an’ this term in grammar lessons. They will understand the meaning of the term ‘plural’ and will be able to give examples of plurals. They will be given picture cards and will be required to sort them into singular and plural categories. When addressing ‘a’ and ‘an’ children will revise and recall letters of the alphabet known as vowels. They will learn that ‘an’ is put infront of a word beginning with a vowel and ‘a’ is used on the other occasions. Children will enjoying playing a sorting game and will then put their knowledge into practice when completing written activities on both plurals and using ‘a’ and ‘an’. We will also focus on punctuating sentences correctly using capital letters, full stops and question marks.


As well as completing all this P3 will revise for their PTE which they will complete in May.


Children have been working very hard on their handwriting and I would ask you would keep encouraging neat handwriting where letters are properly formed and of a uniform size please. Forming letters correctly now will make the transition into P4 much easier.

Primary 5
In Primary 5 children will be focusing on the following areas:


Reading – When reading children will continue to focus on adhering to punctuation marks. When they see a full stop they should take a longer pause, a comma requires a shorter pause and an exclamation marks generally shows excitement or that someone is giving an order so it is also important to develop expression too. Children should continue to read every night. If they encounter a word they are unfamiliar with encourage children to use their phonetic skills to tackle reading the words.

Spelling – In spelling children will continue to focus on a particular sound each week and the variations of letter patterns which make up the sound. Please continue to ensure spellings are learned on a daily basis and are revised on a Thursday night for the Friday test.

Comprehension – This term in comprehension lessons children will use the passage to find answers to questions. They will provide 3 full sentence answers using evidence from the text to support their answers. During reading sessions we will also discuss what has happened in the passage we have read to ensure comprehension and understanding.

Creative writing –During creative writing lessons children will focus on Spring. They will discuss adjectives and similes which describe Spring. Children will then use the adjectives and similes to create a poem about Spring.

Grammar and punctuation – In grammar and punctuation lessons children will be very busy. They will learn about similes and will become familiar with some of the more common similes. They will also focus on the use of the apostrophe to show ownership for singular and plural nouns. Children will also revise verbs in the past tense. During this term children will also be encouraged to check the accuracy of their work for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. They will complete improving together/proof reading activities to correct spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes in pieces of work. They will also learn how to join simple sentences together using conjunctions.

Handwriting – Children will be encouraged to form neat and consistently sized letters in all pieces of their work, including homework. They will focus on practising specific letters which they are experiencing difficulty with when joining letter. Children should ensure letters have lead ins and flicks. If children are completing their homework and forget what a letter should look like in cursive style there is a copy of each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) stapled into the back of their Literacy Homework books. Please ensure they make reference to this.

As well as completing all this P5 will revise for their PTE which they will complete in May.

Primary 6
In term 3 Primary 6 children will be encouraged to become more independent in their learning, in preparation for moving into Primary 7. Children will be focusing on the following areas:


Reading – please continue to listen to your child read every night. Encourage your child as he/she reads to take time to respond to the punctuation marks. When they see a full stop they should take a longer pause, a comma requires a shorter pause, an exclamation marks generally shows excitement or that someone is giving an order so it is also important to develop expression too. Continue to sound out tricky words and clarify the meaning of unknown words.


Spelling – In spelling children will continue to focus on a particular sound each week and the variations of letter patterns which make up the sound. Please continue to ensure spellings are learned on a daily basis and are revised on a Thursday night for the Friday test.


Comprehension – As in term 2, comprehension skills will require children to provide full sentence answers when responding to questions. In term 3 children will focus on making judgements and drawing conclusions based on facts and details provided in the text.


Creative writing – Children will continue to write a biography for Thomas Edison from term 2. They have now gathered all their research and facts and are in the process of writing the first draft of their biographies. They will then redraft their work to produce their final biography on Thomas Edison. The children will include all the necessary features required in a biography: names, dates, events, family details, occupation, interesting facts etc. They will also be encouraged to make their writing as interesting as possible by using different sentence starters, time connectives, conjunctions and ‘good’ vocabulary. Once all biographies are finished and time permitting it is hoped children will have the opportunity to present their biographies to their peers.


Grammar and punctuation – During grammar and punctuation lessons children will learn about contractions. They will understand what contractions are and how they are formed. Children will understand that the apostrophe takes the place of missing letters in words that are contracted. They will also learn about homophones – words that sound the same but have a different spelling and meaning. Children should be able to use homophones correctly in their work. Primary 6 will also be encouraged to check the accuracy of their work for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. They will complete proof reading activities whereby they identify mistakes in a passage and are required to correct them.


Handwriting – children should continue to form neat and consistently sized letters in a cursive style. It is important the children ensure there are leads ins and flicks on letters. In class children are encouraged to produce work they are proud of. Mrs Sheeran and Mr Fisher have even given out golden balls to children whose handwriting is pleasing. If children are completing their homework and forget what a letter should look like in cursive style there is a copy of each letter of the alphabet (upper and lower case) stapled into the back of their Literacy Homework books. Please ensure they make reference to this.

As well as completing all this P6 will revise for their PTE which they will complete in May.

Feb – March

Welcome back to school. I hope you enjoyed half term and are well rested as we have a busy few weeks before Easter.


Primary 3

In Primary 3 children will be focussing on the following main areas:


Reading – Children will read every day and will be encouraged to develop expression to make what they are reading sounds interesting. Please encourage your child to read and also read to your child. There will be words your child will not know in their reading books so please encourage them to sound the word out, using their phonic skills to blend and segment the word, to look at the picture cues or to read on in the sentence leaving the word out and then coming back to it.


High frequency words – Children will be revising the high frequency words they already know and will be learning the ones they are unfamiliar with. This task will be broken down for the children into chunks to make it easier. Please look at children’s reading record books as there will be a note inside at the beginning of the week regarding the words to focus on. Inside reading folders will also be a note providing some ideas of games or activities that you could do with your child to help them learn their high frequency words. Please practise the words every night as children will be tested on them regularly and hopefully the results will show an improvement.


Phonics – children will continue to learn new sounds and revise over other sounds they have already learned using the Jolly Phonics programme. In Primary 3 Literacy Support sessions children will be especially focussing on 3 important diagraphs – ‘sh’, ‘ch’ and ‘th’. Why not ask your child to read and write words containing the diagraphs.


Spelling – Most children will continue to learn 4 letter words for spelling. Encourage children to use their blending and segmenting skills when spelling as this will help them hear the sounds to be able to spell the words. Children’s words on a Wednesday night are important spellings too, as they are the high frequency words they will encounter most often that they need to be able to spell. Keep revising on a Thursday night for the Friday test. Don’t forget about 4 in a row.


Comprehension – During comprehension lessons children will use their prediction skills. They will realise that some actions have outcomes that can be anticipated. Children will be encouraged to look for clues from images and text to suggest what might happen next. At home before reading with your child take time to look at the front cover of a book (the pictures and title) and ask your child to predict what the book might be about. Ask them to explain their predictions. Also stop at appropriate points during the story and ask children to make predictions. Children will be encouraged when answering comprehension questions to provide full sentence answers and they will also become familiar with multiple choice style questions.


Creative writing – In Primary 3 the creative writing genre is Persuasive writing. Children will be familiarised with the content of a letter and will become a knight for a day, having to use all of their prior learning and knowledge of persuasive writing, to write a letter to a king, listing reasons why the King should give them a job in his castle.


Grammar and punctuation – Children will continue to complete Jolly Grammar activities. They will be focussing on questions and will be introduced to the 5 main question words (known as the 5 ‘W’ words - Who, what, why, where and when). Children will take part in drama activities such as hot seating where questions will be asked and answers will be provided. The difference between questions and statements/sentences will be addressed and children will punctuate questions correctly using the important question mark. Encourage your child to ask lots of questions.


Children will be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work. Therefore neat handwriting and letters which are the appropriate height are important.

 

Primary 5

In Primary 5 children will be focussing on the following main areas:


Reading – Children will continue to work on their reading skills. They will be encouraged when reading in class to read accurately and fluently and to respond to the punctuation marks appropriately. For example, when they see a full stop it is necessary to take a longer pause whereas a comma means a shorter pause is necessary. If children encounter a word they do not know the meaning of ask your child to look it up in the dictionary and tell you what it means. This will help them to grow a wider vocabulary which will be useful in their writing.


Spelling – Spellings will contain variations for a particular sound each week e.g. variations for the ‘oa’ sound are: ‘oa’, ‘ow’, ‘o_e’, ‘o’, ‘oe’, ‘ou’ and ‘ough’. Children will work on spelling activities in class to help reinforce the different sound variations in their spellings. The activities will include sorting spellings by the sound they contain, having a go at spelling the words and then some dictation sentences. Children’s work in class will be followed up at home with a written homework whereby they have to obtain the meaning of some of their spelling words and record it and then write an interesting sentence containing the word. Please ensure your child learns his/her spellings every night and revises them on a Thursday for a Friday test. Remember 4 in a row! Other spelling strategies will be encouraged too to help children spell unfamiliar words such as breaking the word into syllables, looking for smaller words within bigger words and drawing on what they already know. If there is a word they don’t know how to spell, but there is a similar word they can spell, then they should be able to use this strategy to spell the unfamiliar word.


Comprehension – Children will work on summarising a story, highlighting the main points that need to be included in their summaries. In written comprehension work children will be encouraged to give a full sentence response and will be asked to use evidence from the text to support their answers.


Creative writing –Children will be preparing interview questions to ask local sports stars.  Children will understand the purpose of an interview and what makes a 'good' question (open ended question) as opposed to a 'bad' question (closed question).  We will identify open ended questions versus closed questions and then will try to write open ended questions to ask the sports stars.  


Grammar and punctuation – Children will continue to work on plural endings identifying and using different endings for nouns in writing. Once they have learned the spelling rules the word endings will be easy. Practice makes perfect. In Primary 5 children will be encouraged to become more independent during grammar lessons and should check their work for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Simple things like looking to make sure a sentence begins with a capital letter, has a punctuation mark at the end and that it makes sense all help to improve the quality of a piece of work. Remember to use the checklist you have been provided with Primary 5 for both classwork and homework.  We will complete some proof reading and editing activities during class too.  Primary 5 will complete activities involving commas.  They will learn how commas are used between items in a list.


Handwriting – Everyone in school is working hard at producing the best handwriting they can and Primary 5 children are no exception. Children should put a great amount of time and effort into their handwriting to produce a neat, cursive handwriting style in classwork and homework. Remember Primary 5, handwriting is one way to add marbles to the Primary 5 jar (Marbles in a jar is a reward strategy being used during Literacy Support sessions. Your child will be able to tell you more about the strategy).

 

Primary 6

In Primary 6 children will be focussing on the following main areas:

Reading – Reading is very important. Please take the time to listen to your child read every night. As your child reads encourage him/her to take time to respond to the punctuation marks carefully and properly, adding expression to their reading to make it interesting. Persuade and encourage children to clarify the meaning of words they don’t know by using a dictionary. Remember to ask children to predict what might happen next and to begin to draw conclusions from what they have read.


Spelling – Spellings will contain variations for a particular sound each week, e.g. variations for the ‘oa’ sound are: ‘oa’, ‘ow’, ‘o_e’, ‘o’, ‘oe’, ‘ou’ and ‘ough’. Children will work on spelling activities in class to help reinforce the different sound variations in their spellings. The activities will include sorting spellings by the sound they contain, having a go at spelling the words and then some dictation sentences. Children’s work in class will be followed up at home with a written homework whereby they have to obtain the meaning of some of their spelling words and record it and then write an interesting sentence containing the word. Please ensure your child learns his/her spellings every night and revises them on Thursday for a Friday test. Remember 4 in a row! Other spelling strategies will be encouraged too to help children spell unfamiliar words such as breaking the word into syllables, looking for smaller words within bigger words and drawing on what they already know. If there is a word they don’t know how to spell, but there is a similar word they can spell, then they should be able to use this strategy to spell the unfamiliar word.


Comprehension – Children will continue to work on comprehension skills and will develop their inferring and summarising skills. It will be important for children to select evidence from the text to support their answers and to provide full sentence answers.


Creative writing – Primary 6 will be focussing on ‘Recount writing’, in particular biographies. They will discover what the prefix ‘bio’ means and will use a dictionary to find words containing ‘bio’. They will look at a biography of the famous author Roald Dahl and will become familiar with the features of a biography. There will be lots of discussion work to start with. Children will also interview a peer and gather facts to enable them to write a short biography. Children will be provided with a biography for Mother Teresa and will discuss and annotate what makes it such a good example of a biography (names, dates, significant events, family, occupation and interesting facts are all contained in a biography). You may hear children talking about a WAGOLL (What a good one looks like). Ask them about it. Children will also use their research skills to obtain facts and make notes about a famous individual (identity to be revealed later). They will then use the facts and notes they have gathered to write a biography.


Grammar and punctuation – Children will be encouraged to check all pieces of work for spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. Proof reading and editing work is an important skill. To complement the recount writing theme children will address connectives in grammar work. They will discuss what connectives are, why they are used and where and how to use them effectively. Children will identify connectives and use suitable connectives to improve their writing


Handwriting – At home encourage children to form neat and consistently sized letters in cursive writing when completing homework as we will be focussing on this in class when presenting our work. Our aim is to present neat and tidy work we can be proud of.

 

Jan - Feb

P5: 

Throughout this term P5 we will be continuing to focus on our plurals work.  Plurals have lots of different endings so it is really important for us to keep working hard on them.

We will be continuing to look at some of our Reciprocal Reading Skills and moving onto Summarising, a tricky skill but we are all up for the challenge. We're looking forward to improving our understanding of reading through this important skill.

We are also finishing off our restaurant  adverts that we planned before Christmas. We've enjoyed being little designers and can't wait to get our ads produced on the computer! Through this we will be developing our presentation skils, our grammar and proof reading skills - we don't want any pesky grammar gremlins in our work!

 

P6:

This term we will be developing our understanding of past and present tense, in relation to verbs.  Knowing the difference between tenses is so important for our writing so we will be working very hard on recognising the different endings and changes we need to make to words.

We will be working on developing our skills of Questioning within our reading, not forgetting to keep improving our skills of Clarifying and Summarising either. These skills are so important and ones that we use all the time as try help us to understand what we read much better.

We are looking forward to putting our verb work into practice through writing a Verb Poem!  It will be a good opportunity for us to develop our knowledge and understanding further.  We will be looking at poems in a little more detail and drawing for our experiences of poetry from last term as well. 

 

P7:

This term we are continuing to develop our VCOP skills. We have enjoyed learning about and using beginning to put these skills into practice last term but we want to take them to be next level. We will be proof reading passages for mistakes, making sentences sound much better with better vocabulary (adjectives and adverbs) and developing our understanding of punctuation marks.

We will be drawing on our VCOP skills to help us write a Crime Report as part of our writing focus this term. We're looking forward to looking at the different details needed for a piece of report writing and then producing our own.  If you need us we'll be in the Dectectives room getting to work on our evidence!

We will also be developing our reading skills by learning how to Summarise, another skill we will need for our report writing. Spotting all the important details is so important, so we will be discussing, highlighting, comparing and contrasting evidence in a passage to see what is most useful for our reports and for our reading too!

 

 

Term 1

Primary 5 throughout this term we will focus on our grammar topic nouns; being able to recognise a noun and identify what it is. The class will take part in practical activities, interactive displays as well as written work to help them grasp this topic. Nouns will be covered in depth moving on to look at common and proper nouns and then collective nouns. Homework will reinforce what has been taught in class. Spellings for the group will include revision of our phonics patterns and sight words. They will also be given the opportunity to revise these in class through games, interactive and i-pads. Each morning the Primary 5 class look over sight words and will repeat, in the hope they will recognise these words again.  Handwriting; the children are expected to join writing in class and home, they have each been given a poster of joint writing to help at home and school. Please ensure homeworks are completed in joint writing and to make sure their writing is neat and presentable. Keep reading with your child each night and to reinforce the importance of doing so.

Primary 6 Throughout this term we will focus on grammar, comprehension, Reciprocal Reading.  Handwriting and the presentation of our work is still very important and must be maintained at home and school. Grammar we are currently learning about nouns; recognising, identifying and using them, common and proper nouns and then reviewing collective nouns. Homeworks will reinforce topics covered in class. Comprehension and reading skills are practiced each week, we are currently focusing on developing a growing vocabulary of phrases and words which can be recognised and to clarify words unfamiliar to them.

Primary 7  It's all about VCOP!! We've been working hard on our writing skills learning about the acronym VCOP and what each letter stands for.  Through this we've been covering nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in grammar focusing on; identification, common/proper, collective and gender etc. We cover these through practical, interactive and written activities, hoping to develop our knowledge and to put into practice. Comprehension activities and reading activities each week. Reciprocal Reading we will look at Clarifying words from the story/ text and what we think they mean. We have been discussing in class about our hopes and fears for the coming year. Looking at possible solutions to overcome fears we may have.

Miss S.  Galloway

 

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