Primary 6

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Literacy - Spelling

In primary 6 we are continuing with our NFER spelling programme to develop spelling ability.  Children will be encouraged to use a variety of active spelling tasks to learn the spelling of new words and should continue to Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check each word.

Handwriting - Nelson handwriting

The children will revise and cover the following handwriting skills; upper and lower case letters, joined handwriting, sloped handwriting and patterns for pencil control.  The children will be given the opportunity to develop their handwriting across the curriculum for example in language, topic and RE work.


The children will continue to develop grammatical skills through grammar focused activities and lessons and throughout their writing.  Grammar lessons are often active and include child led activities through the use of ICT.  Children will also be consistently reminded that grammar is a transferable skill which must be utilised throughout all of their work.


The children will be developing their ability to use sophisticated language, make use of similes/metaphors, use various conjunctions, use interesting openers, various punctuation, varied sentence structures and correct paragraphing.  Children will also learn about presenting written work in the correct format and style, for example, formal letter, report, imaginative story etc. In term one the children used their writing skills to create a report about ‘My Planet’ which links with their media studies topic ‘Free Willy’ and a book review in the lead up to ‘Book Week’. In term two the development of writing skills focused on Christmas writing – ‘It’s a Baby!’  

The children will continue to develop their writing skills in term three within the context of the ‘Joyning the Learning’ topic, Mary Queen of Scots.  The topic provides the children with many and various opportunities for writing, for example, they will write a letter from Mary Queen of Scots, a news paper report, diary extracts and lots more. 


Primary 6 will develop their reading skills primarily through the Ginn Reading Programme and Reciprocal reading.   Reciprocal reading is an innovative approach to the teaching and learning of the wide variety of reading skills.  It provides the children with opportunities to thoroughly explore and examine texts within a collaborative group setting.  Collaborative working groups further enhance the children’s learning through the sharing of ideas, knowledge and understanding.  Texts used for reciprocal reading are varied and can often link with topic work.  The texts may also include words and phrases that are unfamiliar to the children in order to develop their vocabulary and expand their knowledge. 


Primary 6 are working through the SHM maths programme.  Over the course of the year the children will be learning about number, measurement and shape position and movement.

At every possible and appropriate opportunity children will learn through active and purposeful experiences which may include working collaboratively using  interactive maths games, number fans, whiteboards, loop cards, PC maths games such as Education City, Nintendo DS and Glow.

Children will also reach a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts through experiential learning, for example, by using catalogues, car sales magazines, real train/bus timetables, property sales magazines and holiday brochures.  The use of these resources enables children to use their learning in real life contexts which helps them to understand the use and purpose of what they are learning.


In term one P6 will take part in the media studies topic of ‘Free Willy’.  This topic provides the children with the opportunity to examine the characters in a film and to investigate the use of camera angle, lighting and sound.

In term two P6 will learn about the four climate zones and explore how different countries cope with their prevailing climate zone within the ‘Coping with Climate’ topic. 

The main focus during the month of December will be Christmas, the Nativity and Christmas writing.

The Joyning the Learning topic – ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ will begin in term three and will provide the children with a wide range of learning opportunities across the curriculum.  Children will learn all about the life story of Mary Queen of Scots and what life was like for the people of different classes during the Tudor times.  Primary 6 will also enjoy a visit to the Provands Lordship in Glasgow.

Religious Education

Throughout the course of P6 the children will continue their faith journey through a variety of experiences and teaching and learning strategies.  Class discussions and collaborative working groups will be used as a means to explore individual ideas, morals, values and beliefs.  


Homework will now be given out on a daily basis and must be handed in the following day unless otherwise stipulated. 

  • Monday:  Spelling 
  • Tuesday:  Language/Topic
  • Wednesday:  Maths
  • Thursday:  Revision of spelling and maths

Friday test jotters will be sent home on a Monday.  These must be signed and returned to school on the Tuesday.

Please remember to check and sign the homework diary on a daily basis and continue to use as a means of communication.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated and I look forward to seeing you at the Joyning the Learning evening.

Mrs McLoone