What we are learning in Term 1 in our Primary 5/6 Class

What we are learning in Term 1 in our Primary 5/6 Class


Dear Parents,

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

Firstly I would like to introduce myself as your child’s class teacher for this year. My name Mrs Greer and I am looking forward to working with the Primary  5/6 pupils, many of whom I have worked with in previous years.

I would like to provide you with some important information regarding the start-up of the class:

Our Class Charter


As part of our first topic relating to Rights Respecting Schools all pupils made up rules on behaviour expected and we wrote our class charter. This charter will be displayed in the school corridor, classroom and on our class website.


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.  Also as we start our Christmas rehearsals in November, it would be really helpful if your child could bring an outdoor PE kit as we will need to do PE outside as the hall will be in use.  Thank you for your support with this.


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. 


This will also be issued on a Monday but sometimes throughout the week and the pages to be read will be written on a reading marker.

·   Primary five and six children will have class novels throughout the year. 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. Please sign their marker to show that they have read set homework.


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 One 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 a short two week “Rights Respecting Schools’ topic where the children will together decide on class  and wet weather charters. There will be a practise of the fire drill and the children will be learning how to keep themselves safe around roads and strangers. We will learn how to save lives by using the Heartstart dummies to practice CPR and abdomional thrusts. We will learn how to put someone into the recovery position and how to deal with serious bleeding, choking and even a suspected heart attack!

The rest of the term will be spent on a “People in Society” topic called ‘Current News’ where we look at the different types of Media, the job roles within this and we will discuss current news articles and how they impact on us. We will be looking at Article 12, 28 and 29 of the UN Convention as they tie in perfectly with this topic.  We will be involved in many activities such as creating a news bulletin, designing a logo for a television station, note taking, drama, surveying and gathering data about what people watch on television. We will look at charitable events in the news such as the Macmillan Coffee morning.  As a class we have decided to host the ‘MacMillan Coffee Morning’, and we are going to make Christmas cards and crackers for the homeless to help ‘Glasgow City Mission’ at Christmas.  Both of these events will provide us with many reporting opportunities and we may even have time to create a newspaper detailing our journey.

During World of Work week we have got a visitor coming in to speak to us.  We have Mrs Neil from ‘Glasgow City Mission’.  I’m sure we will gain a lot of insight into how much the homeless appreciate someone thinking about them especially at Christmas.  We are also hoping to get a real life news presenter in to talk to us about their job as well as a newspaper editor.  More details to follow. This topic sounds very exciting with lots of opportunities for real life learning skills. 


This term we will concentrate on imaginative and functional writing. We will focus on our punctuation, openers, connectives and ambitious vocabulary (VCOP).  We will up level our sentences to make them more interesting. In imaginative writing we will be adding extra detail to liven up and enhance our stories. We will focus on using good VCOP to make our writing better and we can do this through peer and self assessment.  Each child will have their own personal writing targets related to Ros Wilson


·   Primary 5 will look at Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs and adjectives), Common and Proper Nouns, Verbs (doing and being), Subjects and Verbs, Singular and Plural, Exclamation Marks and Verb tenses (past and present).


·   Primary 6 will look at Parts of Speech (nouns, verbs and adjectives), Types of sentence, Verb Tenses, Auxiliary Verbs, Adjectives (comparatives and superlatives), Adverbs (of manner, time and place) and Direct Speech.



Primary 5

We will look at number patterns, place value, rounding and ordering numbers within hundreds of thousands. Then we will look at multiplication and division of tables 2-10 and multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. We will also be working on 3D shape and reading and writing time. Children will be supported or extended as required.

Primary 6

We will look at number patterns and sequences, place value to millions, rounding and ordering numbers large numbers up to 6 or 7 digits.  We will add and subtract mentally using 2 digit numbers and we will use the written formal method for 3 and 4 digit numbers.  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 co-ordinates, looking at 3D shape properties and nets, identifying angle types, working out missing angles and using compass points for 3 figure bearings.

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In ICT we will be focusing on extending 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 graphics, text, sound, video and background colour/patterns.


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 a presentation/pamphlet or film about current news. We will be able to describe how lifestyle can impact on the environment and suggest ways to improve sustainability.


In science we are looking at Planet Earth through the topic of ‘Harry Jotter’ and discussing food security.  We will then look at Forces, Electricity and Waves through the topics of ‘Stranded in Time’ and ‘Secret Life of Energy 2’


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 current news stories and discussing them. We will relate this to Christian morals. We will look at Global issues and discuss the inequalities that exist within the world.


Expressive Arts:



In Music the children will have the chance to concentrate on composing melodies, rhythms and playing percussion alongside tunefully. We will also be singing a round in three parts, discussing how the mood of music makes us feel and how music can create an effect.  We will also be learning all of our Christmas Show songs and singing them confidently.  Lots to look forward to...


In Art this term will be looking at the work of Georges Seurat and using his technique of pointillism to express ourselves through art. We will be experimenting with mixing paint to produce a variety of colours and use these in our art work as well as focusing on drawing, using pencil, pen and charcoal. We are starting our artist skills off by designing a work of art which is centred around Clober Primary Schools Vision, using the words ‘Aspire, Respect, Enjoy and Achieve’ to inspire our designs. Look out for some of these in the school foyer.



In PE the children will be working on fitness and improving their stamina. Children will have PE on a Tuesday with myself and on a Thursday with Ms Barratt, our visiting specialist. After October we will focus on ball skills (bench ball and basketball) and dancing.


In Drama the children will have the opportunity to express themselves by using facial expressions and clear mime. They will take on a role, work well with a partner and express themselves in their body movements showing dramatic tension. Our first topic leads itself to role play scenarios related to the current news.


This year we will make things to sell at the Christmas and Summer fayres but we will also be organising the Macmillan Coffee Morning and providing Christmas crackers and cards for the homeless.


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