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St Josephs Tyrella

What's the focus this Term ?

Welcome to our P4/5 Page. A big welcome back and let’s have a look at what we are doing this half term.

September / October


This half term in literacy lessons we will be reading stories with familiar themes. We will be using the beach and the farm as our settings for stories. The children will be developing story openings which capture interest. 
To add extra dept to our stories we will be introducing speech and speech marks.
We shall be looking at verbs , powerful verbs and verb tenses. We will use Stiles, the wordwall site and many other resources to explore all areas of verbs in a fun and meaningful way. Verbs will also feed into our spellings this term with learning the spelling rules for adding ing. We will revise phonics and look at some initial sound blends. 
Primary 4 pupils will explore what makes a sentence ? Looking at punctuation such as full stops explanation marks and question marks.

Our novel for this term will be the fantastic “George’s Marvellous Medicine” We will complete a character study of the wretched grandma.


in numeracy we will have a look at place value and develop our understanding of this very important element of mathematics . As well as simple subtraction and addition the children will have the opportunity to revise the skills they learnt last year by using apps such as “The Daily 10” and “Hit the Button” We will be looking at 2D shapes and using the language of lines! Perpendicular and parallel, which is which ? 
In this term there is also time for time! As we explore the minute in Primary 5. 
Pictograms will be the focus in Data Handling lessons.

And with a sprinkling of money thrown in…. This term has something for everyone!


The focus of WAU for this term is WW2, with a deep dive into life as an evacuee. We will be looking at our sense of place by studying in brief Europe. The science topic of light will be linked to this topic through “Black outs and build blinds” How does light travel and what can it travel through.


Colour Chaos….exploring colours through various artists.


Tin whistle every Wednesday.


swimming for Primary 5 every Thursday.





This term in literacy we will be focusing on writing and understanding fables. The pupils will be using the topic of fables to develop their grammar skills, in particular using speech marks. 

In other areas we will be developing our procedural writing skill. We will be continuing to develop our writing skills using the Just2Easy platform. 

Word work. Spelling words with silent letters. Spelling words by adding a Y

This term our class novel is Ted Hughes’ “The Iron Man”

We also will be linking our literacy to ICT by using stop motion animation to bring our fables to life.


In number lessons the main focus has been developing skills in Division. We have used several applications to enhance the ability to recall number facts more quickly. 

We have continued to work on our MULTIPLICATION skills.

The children will also recognise simple fractions.

The development of data handling skills has been developed through creating pictograms and block graphs. These lessons have been aided by resources on the Just2Easy platform.


The pupils will be exploring the Viking world and our links to the Viking World. We will be going on a trip to the Down Museum. We will learn how to write in Runes and make a Viking Neckless.


Shared Ed
 Pupils are involved in the “Beach programme” the pupils will be taking part in several online lessons with their buddies in N.P.S 


Keeping fit and healthy is so important. This term we will be taking part in GAA coaching on a Friday and small sided games on a Wednesday.




This term in literacy lessons we are continuing to develop or narrative story writing skills. Our focus is on the build up of the story and trying to create interest and tension. We have also been looking at how to use speech successfully in story writing.

At a word level, we have been looking at prepositions and contractions. We have also been developing our ability to use apostrophes correctly and we have become quite the apostrophe detectives. 
We are reading Non fiction books about the Egyptians and we are writing Mini fact files on a whole range of subjects and topics.


The class Novel this term is Esoi trot 


Mental Maths

Times tables linked to Division. Number bonds to 100. (P4 with a multiple of 5) Addition of 2 , 2 digit numbers with bridging. Various mental maths games including “The daily 10” and J2Easy Blast. Squishy boxes and wipe out.


Fractions, linking fractions to division and finding a fraction of a number. P5 equivalent fractions. 


Weight - introducing the half kilogram. Estimate and measure the weight of objects using pan balances.

Shape and Space

The compass and directions.

Data Handling.

Reading information of bar charts.


This half term and next we will be studying the Egyptians and the importance of the River Nile. We will also be focusing on our Eco School Work, taking part in assemblies, workshops and creating posters to promote the work that the KS2 children are undertaking in our pursuit of obtaining the “Green Flag” we will be completing surveys into the wildlife around the school and creating “bug hotels” to increase the variety of bugs we have in the school grounds.


Useful websites for home learning

Below is a list of useful websites that you can access from home to help your child. Find many more by following this link

Phonics play

PhonicsPlay is currently letting everyone sign on for free. Username: march20 password: home. Great to learn or revise sounds. 


Twinkl are also offering free access with the code CVDTWINKLHELPS. Twinkl offers resources for all subjects from P1-7.

Khan Academy
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives…/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
Educational online games

DK Find Out…
Activities and quizzes




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