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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, Mrs Ritchie and Miss McConnell.

January- February 2018

We hope you all had a restful and peaceful holiday!

English:

In the second term of P5 we will continue to develop our use of spoken and written grammar. This will include apostrophes for possession and contraction, homophones, verb tenses and the use of direct and reported speech.  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 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 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 planning a new game, a visit to Slemish and meeting and interviewing local sport stars.

Making friends with St. Brigids

We are looking forward to partnering up with St. Brigids again this year to participate in many fun activities together. There are many exciting plans in place so keep an eye on this page to see what they include.

Below is the list of dates in which we will be partnering up with St. Brigid's:

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 or Tuesday 30th January 2018

Thursday 8th February 2018

Tuesday 6th March 2018                                                                                                                                                                    

Tuesday 13th March or Thursday 15th March

 

September- December 2017

English:

In the first term of P5 we will focus on various aspects of grammar, including  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.

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.

Comprehension continues to be a focus this year and some new methods, such as reciprocal reading and accelerated reader, added to the traditional forms, have helped 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.

Our whole school focus is on creative writing this year. 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.

Making friends with St. Brigids

We are looking forward to partnering up with St. Brigids again this year to participate in many fun activities together.  There are many exciting plans in place 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 my packed lunch/ dinner money ( and a bottle of water if they want)
  • Any notes that were taken home signed.
  • P.E Kit ( 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- Wednesday. In P5 the written homework alternates between Numeracy and Literacy from week to week (e.g. Week 1 – Numeracy, Literacy, Numeracy ; Week 2 – Literacy, Numeracy, Literacy and so on). There is no written homework on a Thursday night so that pupils can 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 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 spelling book, homework diary and written homework book.

 

 

Miss McConnell, Mrs Ritchie and Mrs Allen

 

 

 

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