~ Primary 7  

Mr. Hall & Mr. Clyde

Mr Clyde 
Principal Release P6&7
Mr Hall 
Principal & P6&7 Teacher 
Mrs Capper 
Classroom Assistant 
P7 Autumn Newsletter

Important Information

– Swimming-each Tuesday at Cascades, Portadown
– PE-Monday

Please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled and encourage your child to take responsibility for bringing their own kits on the correct day!

Homework 

• Spellings-8 to 10 spellings will be set on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. They will be tested in class the next day
• Friday Test-any 20 of the week’s spellings will be tested along with a Folens mental-maths test
• Number facts-to be learned each night given
• Written homeworks-Literacy will be set each Monday and Wednesday and Numeracy will be set each Tuesday and Thursday. All written homeworks must be signed.
• Reading-please discuss your child’s reading and sign their reading record book
• Homework vouchers will be given out when pupils have reached 200 points

Rugby World Cup 2019

The Rugby World Cup begins on Friday 20th September and ends with the final on Saturday 2nd November. 20 teams will battle-it-out in Japan, the host nation. During this term pupils will complete a Rugby World Cup project in conjunction with the Belfast Telegraph and link areas of the Rugby World Cup with numeracy and problem-solving.

• Complete a Rugby World Cup booklet
• Receive a copy of the Belfast Telegraph each week
• Research one of the competing nations
• Design their own rugby shirt
• Take part in a Q and A session with Paddy Johns (former Ireland Rugby International)
• Complete cross-curricular activities

Numeracy  

• Place value to millions
• Place value to 3 decimal places
• Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, 10000
• Rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000, whole number, decimal places
• Use of 4 number operations to 3 decimal places
• Relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages
• Function machines
• Multiples, factors, prime numbers, square numbers, cube numbers, triangular numbers
• Negative numbers
• Estimating and approximating involving rounding
• Problem-solving linked to ‘Money-Wise’

Data Handling  

  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Tallying
  • Bar graphs with a key
  • Line/trend graphs
  • Travel graphs
  • Compound graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Link pie charts with bar graphs
  • Calculate mean, mode, median and range in data
  • Probability
  • Spreadsheets linked to ‘Money-Wise’

Tables

• Multiplication and division by 2-12

Mental Maths

• IZAK 9 weekly challenges
• Daily number facts

Literacy

Reading and Writing-read and discuss within guided reading groups. A range of texts will cover-

  • Classic fiction/non-fiction
  • Non-chronological reports
  • Poetry (alliteration, assonance, rhyme, rhythm, simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia)
  • Recounts
  • Newspaper reports
  • Biography and autobiography

Pupils will be asked to plan and compose individual written work on reports, poetry, recounts, biography and autobiography.

Grammar/Punctuation

  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, common nouns, proper nouns, collective nouns, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, active and passive verbs, apostrophes for possession and contraction, capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, colons, semi-colons, speech marks
  • Correct use of to/too/too, where/were/wear, is/are, there/their
  • Homophones

World Around Us  

Victorians

  • Queen Victoria (timeline of main events during her reign)
  • Children in Victorian Times
  • Factories
  • The Great Famine (visit to Ulster American Folk Park)
  • Inventions
  • William Morris Art

Impact

  • Explore rainforests, polar lands, deserts (location, climate, animals, plants, people, famous explorers) and consider man’s impact on each biome
  • Rainforest art
  • Electricity (including building circuits with switches)
  • Energy Resources (renewable, non-renewable)

Money-Wise

  • Money Sources (where does money come from at home/school, use of money at home/school)
  • School Money Waste
  • Money and me (pocket money)
  • Classroom budgeting
  • Managing our money
  • Money-Saving tips
  • Money Diary
  • Spending, Saving or Sharing our Money
  • Money Promises
  • Comparing Prices at home and away (exchange)
  • Comparing prices in the past
  • Currency
  • Plan and host a coffee morning for charity

Put Your Thinking Caps On

Change Your Mindset

P7 class present cheque to Air Ambulance NI

On Thursday 14th November Colleen Milligan, fundraiser manager, visited Richmount PS to chat to the P7 class about the work of the Air Ambulance NI and receive the donation from their recent coffee morning held in school. Pupils were given the opportunity to ask her questions and find out what their £730 raised would be used for. The class would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all their sponsors, supporters, suppliers and pupils for their generosity.

Weekly IZAK 9 P7 Challenge

Each week in class Mr Clyde introduces an IZAK 9 Challenge to P7 involving mental mathematics, logical thinking, communication and team work in order to achieve success. The class use a series of cubes to solve a problem given by Abacus and Helix online. A record of points is banked each week and the winning team will receive a prize each term.

Neolithic

P7 pupils have been involved in a project organised by the Richmount Rural Community Association. This project is based on the “Giants’ Graves”, Neolithic burial chambers which were originally sited at Ballinteggart House close to Portadown. Within the project the pupils have been constructing a Neolithic round house from hazel rods. The practical workshops have been taken by Stephen Mackey a sculpture and fine art specialist.

IZAK 9 ‘The Great Wall’

Mr Clyde introduced ‘The Great Wall’ IZAK 9 challenge to the class and in their teams they had to build a wall of 27 cubes linking their knowledge of fractions and percentages. The group which completed the task in the fastest time was Erin, Abbie.

Neolithic Round House

The P7 class were busy on Wednesday 4th December assembling the framework for the roof of the Neolithic Round House being constructed in our school grounds. We discovered some budding future joiners and engineers in the process!

Victorian Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The P7 class have been learning about Bridge Design and the work of the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In class we had to design and build a bridge in groups to withstand a certain weight when tested. We had great fun testing out our bridges!

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