P5B

P1000698Writing Project and Book Launch

In the final week before Christmas, the two P5 classes held a book launch to celebrate the end of their writing project. This was in celebration of the effort they had put into writing their own books. Each book contained three stories, a ‘blurb’, a dedication and an ‘about the author’ section. Pupils also designed their individual book covers. They then sold their books – and raised the grand total of £194!

On the last day of term, parents were invited into school to hear readings from the books, ask questions and attend a book signing session. They also enjoyed tea and coffee accompanied by mince meat pies made by the children.

As a result of the money raised, we have been able to buy ten sets of ten books, all of which are sequels to the books the children’s reading groups were reading at the time of the book launch. Pupils will now have a chance to read these books, either in their reading groups or as part of their reading for pleasure choices.

The pictures below show the children writing their stories by hand and then dictating them onto an iPad.

 

 

Term Ahead: January-April 2018 Primary 5B

Dear Parent/Carer,

Term three already!

In the boxes below I have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some other useful information.

Literacy and English

 

In reading, we will be concentrating on the main ideas of a text, understanding the purpose of different texts and expanding our vocabulary.

 

In writing, our focus will be on poetry.

 

Spelling will concentrate on learning spellings of comparative and superlative adjectives e.g. heavy, heavier, heaviest.

 

In grammar, we will be learning to use prefixes and suffixes to create adjectives e.g. uncomfortable, powerless etc.

 

Numeracy and Mathematics

 

Our focus in Numeracy this term is patterns in number (e.g. times tables) and using function machines.

 

We will continue to develop mental maths strategies; particularly consolidating our knowledge of the times tables.

 

There will also be a focus on problem solving skills. The skills we will be particularly focusing on are: making a list/table and trial and error.

 

By the end of P5 children will be expected to have secure knowledge of the multiplication tables and related division facts. Could we please ask that this is something you practise with your child at home on an ongoing and regular basis?

Learning Across the Curriculum

 

In RME we will be learning about customs and traditions of different religions.

 

Our topic focus will be Light and Shadow/Puppet theatre, which will be a cross curricular study.

 

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about heathy diets and hoping to keep a food diary. We hope to have our own Burns supper and to celebrate shrove Tuesday.

 

Admin

 

P.E: will take place on Thursday with Mr Smith and Fridays with the class teacher. Please make sure that your child has a gym kit with them on those days so that they can fully participate in all activities.

 

Music: will take place on Thursdays.

 

Home Learning: Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and should be brought back to school on a Monday.

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am usually available at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,

Cath Galloway

Term Ahead: October – December 2017 Primary 5

Dear Parent/Carer,

Term two already! We have a really busy term ahead, with the Carol Concert and Christmas Fair to prepare for. Swimming continues for P5b and we are hoping to organise some Rugby Taster sessions. In the boxes below we have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some other useful information.

Literacy and English

 

In reading, we will be concentrating on aspects of characterisation, structure and setting.

We will also be looking at figurative and descriptive language.

We will be focusing on CAFÉ

·         Comprehension

·         Accuracy

·         Fluency

·         Expanding vocabulary

We are encouraging the children to become fully involved with the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

 

In writing, our focus will be on imaginative stories and posters.

 

Spelling will concentrate on learning common suffixes and prefixes.

 

Numeracy and Mathematics

 

Our focus in Numeracy this term is fractions.

Lessons will include mental maths practice and opportunities for answering worded questions, in addition to straightforward computations.

We will also be looking at properties of 2D and 3D shape and compass points.

We will also be learning problem solving strategies: Work Backwards and Look for a Pattern

We are continuing to work on fast and accurate recall of the multiplication tables. An increasing number of children know the table facts, however quite a few children still need to focus on the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables. Without this knowledge they will find the upcoming fraction work extremely challenging. Could we please ask that this is something you practise with your child at home on an ongoing and regular basis?

Learning Across the Curriculum

 

In RME we will be learning about Christian festivals.

 

Our topic focus will be science based. Focusing on the changing states of materials.

 

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about individuality, relationships, safe travel and personal hygiene.

 

Admin

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure children have their kit with them on those days to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons. There will be no Friday PE for the class which is going swimming.

 

Music: will take place on  Wednesdays for P5B.

 

Home Learning: Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and should be brought back to school on a Monday.

 

Swimming: P5B will have swimming lessons on Thursday mornings from 2/11/17 – 11/1/18

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are usually available at the end of the day.

Yours sincerely,

Cath Galloway

Term Ahead: August-October 2017 Primary 5
Dear Parent/Carer,
Welcome to P5. It’s so nice to see the children back at school and ready to face the term ahead.
In the boxes below we have provided details of what the children will be learning over this term and some other useful information.
Literacy and English.

In reading, we will be concentrating on characterisation, setting and using questioning to help understanding of a text.

In writing, our focus will be on writing letters, and imaginative stories about superheroes and introducing paragraphs. Grammar and punctuation will be taught alongside writing and will focus on using nouns, pronouns, dictionary and thesaurus skills.

Spelling will concentrate on learning common words linked to days of the week, months of the year etc. and words containing silent letters.
Numeracy and Mathematics

Our focus in Numeracy this term is place value (what a number is worth) and fractions.

Lessons will include mental maths practice and opportunities for answering worded questions, in addition to straightforward computations.

We will also be learning problem solving strategies: guess, check, improve and draw a diagram.

By the end of P5 children will be expected to have secure knowledge of the multiplication tables. Could we please ask that this is something you practise with your child at home on an ongoing and regular basis
Learning Across the Curriculum

In RME we will be learning about Christianity and the significance of Bible stories.

Our topic focus will be ‘Eco- systems and habitats’, which will be a cross curricular study.

In Health and Wellbeing, we will be learning about expressing our feelings and identifying activities which improve my feelings. We will also be looking at friendships and emotions and their impact on ourselves and others. We will also be learning about the people we can approach for help.

We have already visited the Book Festival and are hoping to visit the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. Admin

P.E: will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure children have their kit with them on those days to ensure they get the full benefit of lessons. There will be no Friday PE for the class which is going swimming.

Music: will take place on  Wednesdays.

Home Learning: Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and should be brought back to school on a Monday.

Swimming: We will have swimming lessons from 2/11/17- 11/1/18
If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are usually available at the end of the day.
Yours sincerely,
Cath Galloway

 

P5B enjoyed learning about superheroes at the Edinburgh Book Festival. The author, Neil Cameron, explained how he creates characters for his books. We have now been using his methods to create our own superheroes during writing lessons.

We also enjoyed the open morning when our parents came into class to find out about our approach to learning about Place Value. We used AifL strategies to make sure that all our parents joined in the lesson fully. I hope they enjoyed being here as much as we enjoyed having them in class with us!

 

 

 

 

                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

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