What Primary 5/6 are learning in Term 3

What Primary 5/6 are learning in Term 3


Dear Parents,

Welcome to Clober Primary 5/6.   We are all glad to be back to school after a great Easter holiday and are ready for the challenges that lay ahead in Term 3


Just a reminder of our PE days


PE sessions for Primary 5/6 will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please ensure your child has black shorts, a white t-shirt, socks and appropriate footwear. Trainers are better than gym shoes as they are more secure for gym.  Hair should be tied up and no jewellery worn on gym days. Sports day will take place this term which will be great fun and a date will be set nearer the time.


Things to bring to class

It would be helpful if you could provide the following equipment for your child:

2 sharp pencils

1 rubber

1short/long ruler

Colouring pens/pencils (sharp ready to be used)

A glue stick (e.g. pritt stick)

Please check each week that your child still has this equipment.




Spelling Homework


This will be given out on a Monday with a sheet at the front of the jotter explaining the spelling activities to be completed each night.   This means that your child can plan their homework around their extracurricular activities. Homework should be handed in on a Friday to be marked, but research will be handed in on a Monday to ensure enough time has been given to complete the task.  Please practise spelling words each night to ensure an excellent spelling result on a Friday.




This will be issued each Monday to be completed by Friday and it will vary depending on what your child is focusing on each week in class. 


Primary five and six children will have group novels this term. They will work as a class, in groups, pairs and individually, on reciprocal reading tasks and activities but I would also expect them to have their own novel for enjoyment. They can read this from home or the school library.  They will complete a book review on completion of their novels. This term we upload the results of the First Minister’s Reading Challenge and we will be collecting in the reading diaries. We will be recording children in each class who have read the most books, the widest variety of genre and we will also do an evaluation of the whole process to see if this has impacted positively on their enjoyment and commitment to reading.


Research/Current Affairs


In addition to this, Research will be issued as and when required.  Primary 5 and 6 children will complete current affairs each week when there is no research issued.  Current affairs homework and research should be completed in their separate ‘Research Jotter’. 


Term Three in Primary 5/6

In order to involve you as much as possible in your child’s learning I have listed the areas of the curriculum we will cover in this term.


Social Studies:


We will begin with our People and Place topic of ‘Scotland and the Arctic’ which will run until June where we will be involved in a lot of interesting activities. We will compare Scotland directly with the Arctic, looking at habitat, climate, housing and animal life. We will tie this topic into our Science topic of Changes where we will look at materials best suited to different climates, the impact of weather systems on living things in both countries, the culture, value and customs of the Inuit people.



Finance Week

During this week we will learn more about money.  We will look at catalogues, menus, brochures, etc, to plan out a new bedroom, meal or day trip within a given budget.  We will have to make realistic choices and justify them.



This term we will work on imaginative writing project to tie in with our Social Studies Topic. We will also continue to keep our skills fresh in author’s craft, functional and personal writing weekly. We will continue to work on our punctuation, openers and ambitious vocabulary (VCOP) but our main focus will be to try to use more complex connectives within sentences. We will continue to use our own personal writing targets related to Ros Wilson



Primary 5 will look at prepositions, adjectives, opposite verbs, apostrophes, subject and predicate, direct speech and positive and negative sentences.


Primary 6 will look at paragraphs, sentences, prepositions, clauses, indirect speech and verbs.




Primary 5

We will look at multiplication and division using formal methods and the grid method.  We will look at fractions, equivalence, comparing and ordering simple fractions and the role of the numerator and denominator, improper and mixed fractions and percentages.  We will look at mathematical pattern that use equal steps going up or down.


Primary 6

We will look at multiplication and division. We will look at fractions, equivalence, comparing and ordering simple fractions and the role of the numerator and denominator, improper and mixed fractions, decimals and percentages.  We will look at simple equations and algebra.

Primary 5 and 6

We will do mental maths daily, improving our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.  Please practise times tables using ‘Hit the button’ to improve speed and accuracy. 


We will also be working with measure. We will calculate length in centimetres, millimetres, calculate distance in metres/kilometres, calculate the area and perimeter of 2D shapes, weigh items and read the scale to the nearest gram or kilogram.

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In ICT we will continue to extend and build on our word processing skills by using more text handling features, opening and closing a document, inserting a text box, a picture, a table etc. We will create a document using and manipulating a wide range of graphic material. We will create a presentation incorporating a gif.  We will work on digital comic strips.


In technology we will be using Crystal ICT throughout the year.  This can be accessed from home also using the link below;


Username – Clober

Password – school

We will also use a variety of technologies to construct homes suitable for a variety of climates using appropriate materials.


We will continue to use ICT to support our maths work especially our tables and fractions.


In science we are looking at Changes through the topic of ‘Archie the Architect investigates materials’ and electricity through the topics of ‘Stranded in Time!’ and ‘The Secret Life of Energy!’  We will also continue to work alongside Coventry University using the resource, ‘Terrific Scientific’


In mapping we will be using the ‘Digimap for Schools’ resource to identify and locate places and environments using maps.  We will become map detectives identifying landscape features and characteristics.



We will be looking at festivals and celebrations through a variety of religions.


Expressive Arts:



In Music the children will learn new song and play percussion instruments alongside. They will discuss the pitch, rhythm and mood. Lots to look forward to...


In Art this term will be looking at the work of William Hogarth and will use his technique of hatching to create a picture showing a variety of texture, tone and shape. We will use fine line to add detail tied around our topic and creats 3D homes from the Arctic using a variety of materials.  We will use paint and brushstrokes to show depth and colour in looking at animal coats, fur and colouring (camouflage).



In PE the children will be working on


Athletics - 6 weeks,

Orienteering – 1 week,

Racquet sports – 4 weeks



In Drama the children will use cooperation, simple clear instructions and mime, sequencing and facial expressions, to recreate a variety of scenarios.


This year we will make things to sell at the Christmas and Summer fayres.  This term we will go on our school trip which has yet to be finalised and we will let you know as soon as a date has been set. Primary 6 will take part in ‘Going for Gold’ alongside Douglas Academy.


There are many other activities your child will be involved in, too many to list, but hopefully you will hear of these from your child! Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss any of the above and I will be happy to help.

With best wishes,

Mrs Greer