Primary 5 Fact- file
We are in P5, which is the beginning of Key Stage Two. Expectations are high, and we all endeavour to do our best at all times.
Areas of Learning are as follows:
Language and Literacy
Numeracy and Mathematics
The World Around Us (Science, History and Geography)
The Arts (Music, Drama, Art)
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
Cross-Curricular Skills are:
Using ICT (Information and Communications Technology)
Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision Making
Working With Others
2. The School Day
Doors open at 8.45am. We enter school through the P2/5 door. It is not necessary for our parents to accompany us to the classroom. We are permitted to use the front door when it is raining, and we should be settled in the classroom when the 9 o’clock bell rings, in time for registration. (We wouldn’t want to miss Mental Maths now, would we!)
NB. Parents are reminded that they are not to drive into the school grounds.
All items of clothing should be labelled with our names. We require a change of clothes for P.E.- either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday. We also require a change of footwear if we wish to play on the school pitch.
Homework is set on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. There are two Maths and two English related homework activities. During the week, we also receive reading and tables homeworks. Spellings are set on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving Thursday free for revision of the week’s spellings. We also complete Spelling Activities in our Spelling Workbooks on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Homework should take no longer than an hour in total. Parents sign all written homework and our reading diaries. Accuracy, neatness and presentation are important in all of our homework activities.
We are given daily tests in Mental Maths, Tables and Spellings; a weekly test in Tables and Spellings; a half-termly test in Tables and Spellings; a termly test in Mental Maths, Comprehension and Grammar and Punctuation. Writing is assessed continually throughout the year. Handwriting is assessed in a Monthly Handwriting Competition. Maths and World Around Us are tested at the end of each topic.
Standardised Tests: September: NRIT
April/May: PiE (Progress in English) and PiM (Progress in Maths)
There are two parental consultations: October and February.
There is one written report: June.
Dinner money is collected on a Monday: £2.20 per day, £11.00 per week.
Savings are collected on a Tuesday.
Money should be brought to school in a labelled envelope or in a purse/ wallet.
Most items are provided in school, but we also need a pencil, sharpener, rubber and an A4 Ringbinder. (We may bring our own colouring pencils or felt tip pens.)
We continue to develop the joined style of writing taught in school and use pencil. We may be asked to use pen later in the year, preferably black.
Children’s behaviour must conform to the school’s Discipline Policy. Parents are expected to support the school in this matter. A Behaviour Book is used in each class to record each child’s behaviour. Three entries into the Class Behaviour Book in the same week leads to a detention, which parents will be informed of. We have a Classroom Charter in our class- this is very important, and lists all of the rules that we think are important.
11. Concerns About Your Child
Parents- If you wish to discuss something with Mrs Vaughan about your child, please contact Mrs Hylands or myself so that we can arrange a suitable time. It is also helpful if you could inform Mrs V. of the reason for your concern, prior to the meeting.
12. Healthy Breaks
We continue to bring a healthy snack to school. We bring bottled still water to drink during class time.
14. Class Assemblies
Class Assemblies are held during Term 3. We have great fun preparing for them. Parents are welcome to attend these.
16. Library Books
All children have a Class Library Book.
We go to Waves in Lurgan for 12 swimming lessons. These begin in December- hooray!
There will be a number of trips organised for the class during the year (Hooray again!) These will be noted on Class Newsletters, which will be sent home each half-term.