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Some of our themes and topics in Primary 5

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Welcome to P5A!
Mrs McNeill's Class

Primary 5A 2015-16

Here are some of the topics and themes that will be covered in Primary 5 this year.

The World Around Us

Mighty Me

Mesolithic and Neolithic Man in Ireland

The Ancient Egyptians

  • The name and function of the major organs of our body.
  • The 5 senses
  • We carry out practical investigations about the Senses:
  • The Big Taste Test
  • The Big Smelling Taste
  • “What’s in the bag?”
  • Names and location of the main bones within out skeleton
  • Their roles as Hunters and Gatherers.
  • The importance of stone (flint) in their lives.
  • How flint was used.
  • How homes were built.
  • The development of farming.
  • Burial tombs
  • New Grange


  • Introduction  to the Ancient Egyptians
  • The importance of the Nile.
  • Land of the Pharaohs, gods and River Nile.
  • Egyptian way of life & traditions
  • Clothes
  • Homes
  • Egyptian Myths & Legends – Tutankhamun
  • Deaths & Burials
  • Mummies



Some concepts in Numeracy and Literacy can be tricky for many pupils. Additional support and practice may be needed at home with these.

· Addition and Subtraction: with exchange up to Th H T U
· Multiplication Facts: Times Tables up to x 10 table. Multiplying TU by a single number.
· Division: is the reverse of multiplication: 2x5=10 10 ./. 2=5
· Time: matching digital with analogue time (9:15 is the same as quarter past 9)
· Money: adding and calculating change up to £5:00 and then £10:00
· Fractions: how to calculate a proportion of an amount. ( ½ ¼ 1/10 1/5 1/3 1/8)
· Decimals: introducing simple tenths as 0.1 up to 1.0 etc
· Check over their work for COPS ! (Capital letters/ Words omitted/ Punctuation Spellings )
· Writing answers using a full sentence.
· Being able to identify different parts of language e.g. Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Adverbs.
· Begin to write in varied styles e.g. story retelling through play scripts.
· Children in Primary 5 will be improving their ICT skills throughout the year by learning to:
· Make posters/ Power point presentations by inserting clipart, text, Word art and graphics from Google images into a Word Document.

· How to exchange ideas using the safe ICT environment of the Learning N.I. website.

Some great websites could be used at home to consolidate what the children have being learning in school:

· Topmarks (Numeracy and Literacy games)  especially the game Hit The Button

  • · Starfall ( Phonics work/ Literacy)
  • · Woodlands Maths Zone


  • IPads: there are now three iPads to be used by the pupils in each year group.
    We will be using various apps to develop our multi-media skills to make poster, our own books and talking stories.
    The apps that we like to use are called:
    Pic collage
    Book Creator
    abc spelling 1-5

Operation Maths

10 minute tables


Sonic Pics

All of the pupils agree that they are learning lots and having great fun at the same time during PE. In our second term we will be taking part in Swimming Lessons in the Andersonstown Leisure Centre. The children will work with very experienced staff members to develop their confidence in water and their proficiency in the water.

We will be able to develop our creative and musical skills by using the percussion instruments and learning varies songs in the Music Room for one lesson per week.

We will be able to use and learn to play the African Drums.   The school now have more than 20 drums and all of the children love to make as much noise on them as possible. 

The children in Primary 5 will be following the Alive O programme for this year group. In previous years the children have really enjoyed reading and learning about stories from the Old Testament using a children’s bible.
We are also following the RSE programme, as set out by the Down and Connor Diocese, throughout the school this year. The programme is linked with our work in PDMU themes covered in primary 5. (Personal Development and Mutual Understanding)
The main focus of the programme is to gain a greater understanding of our own emotional and physical development and how to foster an atmosphere and climate where each child can make responsible and well informed decisions.
I will keep you updated about other appropriate websites and relevant topics to discuss and possibly do some research about throughout the year.

I hope your children have a fun and enjoyable year in Primary 5A
Mrs McNeill




There's lots of practical work going on in P5A

Have you seen the Kids’ Zone? Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.