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Primary six curriculum overview

AN OUTLINE OF THE PRIMARY 6 CURRICULUM

 

MATHS

Maths is taught using a combination of oral, practical and written activities. Below is a list of topics which will be covered throughout the coming year.

NUMBER

  • Revision and consolidation of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Read, write & order to 1,000,000.
  • Rounding off to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and estimating.
  • Fractions, decimal, percentages and the link between them.
  •  Knowledge of mathematical language e.g. doubling, halving, equivalences, square, prime, cube, factor, multiple.
  • Number patterns and sequences
  • Four rules of number and the links between them.
  • Square & triangular numbers, simple function machines.
  •  Problem Solving
  • Calculator work
  •  Movement with programmable devices: Scratchand Logo

MEASURES

  • Length, weight, volume/capacity, time, area, temperature, estimation.
  • Knowledge of measure language e.g. metre, gram, litre & ability to choose appropriate measuring language.
  • Relationship between units e.g. 125cm = 1m 25cm = 1.25m.
  • Temperature & negative numbers.
  • Area of squares, rectangles and triangles.
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids.
  •  Perimeter of single shapes and composite shapes.
  •  Scale in maps and drawings.
  • 12 hour clock/24 hour clock & timetables. Duration of time.

SHAPES & SPACE

  • Recognition of common 2D shapes/regular & irregular.
  • Angles/compass points/clockwise/anti clockwise. Bearings. Line Symmetry & Rotational Symmetry. Reflection along vertical, horizontal and oblique lines.
  • 3D shapes and their properties. Nets of 3D shapes.
  • Knowledge of mathematical language e.g. vertical, horizontal, perpendicular, parallel, acute angles, obtuse angles & reflex angles.
  • Co-ordinates in two quadrants.

HANDLING DATA

  • Interpret & construct graphs, tables & diagrams.
  • Probability.
  •  Use a data base
  • Interrogate a database. Carry out searches under two or more criteria.
  •  Mean/average, mode, median.
  • Decision trees.
  •  Spreadsheets.

 

ENGLISH

The teaching of English extends across the whole range of the curriculum, but is generally divided into the areas outlined below.

READING

Reading will be taught using a variety of approaches – including guided and shared reading. The children have lots of opportunities to read across the whole range of curriculum subjects. There will also be opportunities for research and project work. The children will develop reading fluency, understanding, expression and vocabulary. As well as individualised reading from the class library, the children will have access to many other texts and novels.

Accelerated  reading programme

Through the accelerated reading programme and are children tested to identify their reading age and provided with suitable reading materials. The children can acquire points for each book read by completing the online computer test. These points can then be traded for prizes. It has proven to be a wonderful source of motivation for all the children.

WRITING

The children will be given opportunities for many different forms of writing. We will vary the purpose and audience for the children’s writing. The children will be exposed to a variety of forms of writing: narrative, poetry, procedural, recount, descriptive, personal, report and creative writing in the form of poems and stories.

Children will be expected to present work neatly and clearly at all times.

GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION AND PHONICS

We will reinforce commonly used words and forms of writing. We will use a combination of different tools including:

  • The complete spelling programme
  • Grammar and Punctuation books (Collins)
  • A way with words
  • Junior English

The use of the dictionary and the thesaurus is encouraged at all times.

TALKING AND LISTENING

The children will have the opportunities to talk in pairs, groups, to whole class and as individuals. Activities include: discussions – and establishing rules for discussion/turn taking, talking about personal experiences; enjoying drama through topics in Religion and English; asking and answering questions and following instructions, taking part in debates and presentations.

 

THE WORLD AROUND US

  • The human bod
  • Christmas around the world
  • The Vikings
  • Natural Disasters
  •  The Environment –Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

RELIGION

• School and Year Group Masses

• Assembly

• Alive-O

INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

  • Animation
  •  Presentation
  •  Moving Images
  • Researching
  •  Programming

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Gymnastics
  •  Dance
  • Games
  • Swimming
  • Athletics

ARTWORK

  • Theme related art
  • 3D work
  • Charcoal, paint & pencil work
  • Clay
  •  Appreciation of famous artist’s work

MUSIC

Developing: listening, performing and composing skills.

  • Listening to short extracts of music
  •  Listening to sounds made by classroom instruments
  •  Perform a variety of songs and hymns
  • Compose their own music

PDMU

Primary children will follow the Helping Hands and Living. Learning. Together programmes

 

PRIMARY SIX HOMEWORK

Homework should take approximately one hour at most with an additional 30 minutes for reading/mental maths/spellings. If your child is still struggling to finish his/her homework after that period of time please sign the work and send it in.

Homework presentation should be of a high standard and should be signed by a parent.

Housekeeping:

  • Please bring correct dinner money in on a Monday morning- £2.40 per day £12.00 per week. Please do not pay for dinners more than a week in advance
  •  Please label uniform and PE uniform
  • PE Day – P6a: Wednesday, P6b: Tuesday.
  • Healthy Break Monday – Friday
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