Richmount Primary School  
105 Moy Road - Portadown - BT62 1QP l Tel: 02838 357929 

Primary 4 & 5 

Mr Clyde  
Mrs Kimber  
Mrs Wilson 
Classroom Asst 
Our P4/5 Class Welcome Board. Each pupil drew a caricature of themselves and wrote a personal profile. 
The children loved drawing Mr Clyde, Mrs Kimber and Mrs Wilson for our Welcome Board! They were urged to be kind to us!! 

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In P4/5 this term we are learning: 

Decimals to tenths (P5 only)- link to decimals and fractions (tenths) 
Fractions – P4: identify numerator and denominator, halves, quarters, fractions of shapes 
- P5: read fractions, write fractions, order fractions, equivalent fractions, find fractions of quantities, 
Subtraction with Decomposition – P4: HTU - HTU -P5: ThHTU - ThHTU 
Fractions - Recognise fractions of shapes and numbers, use of fractions in problem solving activities. 
Length, Area and Perimeter – Using rulers and other equipment to measure length, finding area and perimeter by counting squares and using equations. 
Weight and Capacity – measuring in g, kg and unit conversion, measuring in ml, l and unit conversion, reading scales and jug levels and relevant problem solving. 
Time – Digital, Analogue, Digital, Elapsed Time, Minutes to Hours Conversion 
Tables- P4 – x2,3,4,5,10 P5 - Multiply & Divide by 2-12 
Heinemann Active Maths – Problem solving 
Chloe working hard  
Other Important Information 
Student Teacher – Miss Gamble (Final year Stranmillis student) will be teaching in P4/5 from Monday 5th February until Easter. Mr Clyde/Mrs Kimber will still be in school each day as normal. 
Maternity Cover- Mrs Kimber is hoping to be in school until 23rd March and will start her maternity leave from that date. Mr Caddell will be covering the maternity leave for the rest of the academic year. 
School Library Books – Our class will be given the opportunity to borrow books from the school library each Thursday afternoon. Please make sure they are well kept and returned each week. 
PE- This will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. 
If a pupil forgets their kit they will sit at the back of another class and complete work while PE takes place. 
Our Goals-in PDMU we discussed what a goal is 
and set 2 goals for the year ahead 
Personal Development and Mutual Understanding 
Friendships – with Miss Gamble 
Circle Time: Class discussions about thoughts and feelings using ‘emotions puppets’ in a way that respects other members of the class. 
James F standing beside the VERY tall maize stems he brought into class for our display. 
As part of our Farming/Food topic Mr Clyde helped the pupils plant carrots, spring onions and radishes which we will watch grow over the next weeks and months. 
Mrs Wilson helped the pupils plant cress seeds in class. We will leave them on a sunny window-sill to germinate. 

Mr Hammy Loney visited P4/5 at the start of December to talk to us about apple farming. He told us what jobs he does during the year, the role of bees in pollination of the fruit trees, how to look after his orchards and the storing of the apples to prevent decay. Pupils were given samples of different apple juices he produces and looked out for his vintage truck on the bottle labels. The pupils all listened intently and were rewarded with apple creams and apple tart at the end of the session. Mr Clyde and Mrs Wilson had great big smiles on their faces! 

Grammar – Types of nouns, verb tenses, paragraphs, using commas, singular and plural, homophones, exclamation marks, question marks and commas 
Novel Study – Continued work on Charlotte’s Web 
Winter on the Farm – Winter poetry, changes on the farm in winter 
Fantasy Texts- with Miss Gamble 
Reading and Writing-P4&5 will read and discuss their reading within their guided reading groups three times a week. Children are to take the time between guided reading sessions to consolidate reading already set. 
Comprehension texts will also cover a range of genre. Children will experience a variety of writing tasks and will be encouraged to revise and edit their work so that it is the best they can produce. 
Spelling – Spelling activities from the Complete Spelling Scheme and Jollyphonics 
Kaitlyn working in literacy  
Max and Alana working hard in class. 
Mrs Wilson working with a group in literacy. 
Mr Clyde reading with a group of P4 pupils 


Clay hedgehogs, woollen hedgehogs, 3D leaves, Eatwell plate, wooden spoon scarecrows, apple printing, design and build tractor to test for speed and friction, farm scenes, design own farm packaging. 
Nasi creating her ‘Eatwell Plate’  
Spellings – Red group will be set 8-10 spellings and Black group, 4-6 spellings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. They will be tested the next day in class. 
Friday Test – Each Friday all of the week’s spellings will be tested in class along with mental maths/tables from the week. 
Tables/Number Facts – Learn throughout the week in preparation for Friday test. 
Literacy Homework – A literacy homework will be set each Tuesday night. (All written homeworks must be signed) 
Numeracy Homework – A Numeracy homework will be set each Monday and Wednesday night. . (All written homeworks must be signed) 
Reading – Please discuss your child’s reading with him/her and sign their reading record book. 
Homework passes will be given out when a pupil 
achieves a full row of stars on their individual star 
chart. The homework pass must be stuck in the book 
to replace where the homework should have been. 
Spelling Activities – completed in the morning from Monday- Thursday. Any incomplete spelling activities will be sent home to be completed as homework on Thursday evening for Friday morning. 
We love playing Unihock 
in PE! 
PE- This will be on a Monday and Thursday. 
Please ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled and encourage your child to take responsibility for bringing their own kits on the correct day. It is recommended that your child brings a bottle of water on these days too. If a pupil forgets their kit they will sit at the back of another class and complete work while PE takes place. 
Chris from ‘Fit Kidz’ coaches P4/5 to give them the opportunity to experience different sports and allow them to work on their fitness levels. Each week pupils will participate in football, rugby, volleyball, netball, basketball, American football, cardiac and circuit exercises and boxing. The pupils really enjoyed week 1 and worked hard for 3 minutes at each exercise station. There were lots of red faces at the end of PE! 
Our topic in term 2 is Materials and Textiles so we looked at how absorbent different materials were to decide on the best material to use for making a rain coat. 
Pupils investigated plastic, cotton, tinfoil, paper towel and card and compared the results before making a decision. Mr Clyde and Miss Gamble ensured pupils did not get too wet during the investigation! 


Term 2 - Materials, Textiles and Fashion 
Materials, Textiles and Fashion: 
Materials and Textiles – Investigating types of materials and where they are used, classifying textiles, tracking a textile from raw material to product, textile industries in Northern Ireland, advantages and disadvantages of textiles, investigating textile properties using experiments, designing a fair test 
Fashion – Clothes around the world, clothing through the ages, fashion in the 1900s, considering how textiles can be combined to make clothing, creating advertisements for a new clothing product, clothes in the shops, design and create an outfit 
Educational Visits – Linen Museum, Lisburn 
Visitors – Robert Davison (working in a clothes shop, buying for a shop to sell and measuring to fit) 

Technology - Term 1 

In P4/5 we have been very busy in Technology designing and building our model tractors from junk materials. Each pair was given the task of using a range of materials to plan and build a model tractor which will be tested for speed and durability on our class ramp in science. We have been learning all about tractors in the World Around Us with Mr Clyde including makes and models, design, uses, safety and the 3 point linkage system still in use today invented by Harry Ferguson. 
Sarah-Jayne planning her farm design. 
Thomas and Harry reading about ‘Jobs on a Farm’…and dreaming of one day owning their own farm! 

World Around Us - Term 2 
As part of our World Around Us topic of Farming, P4-5 pupils have been looking at the journey of a carrot from field to table. Mr Clyde brought different types of carrots into school from the farm shop, greengrocers and supermarket and the class helped Mrs Wilson make delicious carrot and coriander and carrot and parsnip soup. The pupils all worked really hard and the soup was delicious! Some budding chefs in our midst we think! 

We wrote Autumn Poems in class after going on an Autumn walk. We thought about what we could see, hear, touch and smell. After editing we word-processed our poems. 
Our class have been busy bringing in lots of items for our class Autumn/Nature table. 
We wrote a whole-class poem about Autumn after exploring our ideas together. 
Percy the Pheasant keeps an eye that all the children in P4/5 are working hard!! 
Asda Visit 

P4/5 visited by 2 goats! 
As part of our farming topic Oliver’s mum brought to school 2 pet pygmy goats called Ralph and Margaret. The breed originated in Africa and Oliver has owned them for around a year. P4/5 were very excited to have 2 extra pupils in school and spent time brushing their coats and feeding them meal, bread and biscuits. 

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