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Primary five curriculum overview


P5 Numeracy is through 5 main areas of;

  • Number

  • Measure

  • Shape and Space

  • Handling Data and

  • Processes.


  • Add Understand Place Value within 1000/ 10000, representing whole numbers in terms of units or tens or hundreds or a combination of any of these, and approximating to the nearest 10 or 100

  • Use simple fraction machines to reinforce known addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.

  • Develop recall of times tables.

  • Read, write simple fraction notation.

  • Consolidation of written addition and subtraction calculation to within 999 / 9999 (term 3).

  • Use multiplication methods to multiply a two digit number by 2,3,4 or 5.

  • Deduce relevant division facts from 2,3,4,5 10 multiplication facts.

  • Appreciate equivalence of fractions where numerator is one.

  • Share a set of objects to develop an understanding of fractions of quantities.

  • Use knowledge of 4 operations to calculate the input where the output is given in simple function machines.


  • Length – estimate, measure and record lengths in cm and or m and cm. know which unit of measurement to use in different situations. Perimeters of shapes. Measure in mm.

  • Area – appreciate conservation of area. Find areas of shape by counting squares (whole and half)

  • Time – recognise 5 min intervals on the clock face. Measure short times using analogue and digital clocks. Know important dates on the calendar. Appreciate and use relationship between hours and minutes. Perform simple calculations by counting on time.

  • Volume- know the equivalents of 1 litre, ½ l, ¼ l and ¾ l and 1/10 l. Use these to explore containers of different sizes.

  • Measure – scales and problems

  • Weights –Estimate , measure and record weights using kg and gwith a variety of weighing devices.

Shape and Space

  • Co-ordinates – understand use of co-ordinates in the first quadrant.. plot positions fromgiven co-ordinates. Identify co-ordinate given points.

  • Symmetry – draw lines of symmetry on 2d shapes.

  • 3D shapes -

  • Angles – can make identify angles as being either smaller than or larger than a right angle. Use terms acute and obtuse.

  • Know and use four compass directions NSEW

  • Construct and explore nets of other prisms.

Handling Data

  • Handling Data – Constructing, using and interpreting simple bar graphs.

  • Grouped Tallies. Tables and Averages. Probability- discussions about events that are ‘likely’, ‘certain’ , ‘not likely’ , ‘very likely’ to happen.


  • Gather information for an activity, with help from the teacher . Record results, initially in a given format. Discuss their work.

  • Within a group be able to gather information for an activity. Recognise general patterns and relationships, and make predictions about them.


Work in the above areas will be suitably differentiated to meet the individual needs of all children in Primary 5.Some children will be offered Numeracy/Literacy support and others have access to extension  activities.



Literacy is Primary 5 is taught following the guidelines from The NI Curriculum. Literacy is predominantly taught through these three areas:

  • Reading

  • Writing

  • Talking and Listening


•             Ability to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding

•             To use a full range of reading cues to self-monitor their reading and self-correct their own mistakes

•             To understand the sound and spelling system and use this to read and spell accurately

•             To have an interest in words and word meanings, and to increase their vocabulary banks

•             To know, understand and be able to write in a range of genres in fiction and poetry, and understand and be familiar with some of the ways that narratives are structured through basic literary ideas of setting, character and plot

•             To plan, draft, revise and edit their own writing

•             To be interested in books, read with enjoyment and evaluate and justify preferences

•             To develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness through reading and writing

•             To develop talking and listening skills through verbal recounts, ‘show and tell’ sessions, various discussions and reports.


  • 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.


The World Around Us

  • Ancient Egypt

  • Titanic

  • Electricity/STEM Projects


ICT is cross curricular and children will develop their ICT skills via the five E's; Explore , Express, Exchange, Evaluate and Exhibit. Children will also have access to Mathletics , which can also be accessed from home.

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding

 In this subject we will be trying to develop children’s personal, emotional, social and health needs and prepare them to contribute to their communities in ways that make a positive and lasting impact. There are two important strands in this subject:

Personal Understanding and Health

•             Myself and my attributes

•             I have feelings

•             Stay safe and Healthy


Finally Religion is taught through the Alive 05 programme, and often this complements discussions from PDMU lessons. Children will be given the opportunity to speak openly about their feelings, interests and concerns during these lessons.




• Dance






•Theme related art

•3D work

•Charcoal, paint & pencil work




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



Homework should take approximately one hour at most .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.



•Please bring correct dinner money in on a Monday morning- £2.50 per day £12.50 per week. Please do not pay for dinners more than a week in advance

• Please label uniform and PE uniform

•PE Day – P5: Monday P5 A Swimming Wednesday P5B swimming Thursday

•Healthy Break Monday – Friday