St. Charles' Primary School, Harvester Avenue, Newton, Cambuslang, G72 7ZU  t. 0141 641 1483  f.  0141 641 9320  e.
Primary 5/6
Miss McLaughlin and Mrs Hurley


This term the class have been working on place value. We have been learning to order and identify the value of numbers up to hundreds of thousands and millions.

 We have also been developing our mental addition skills, focusing on doubling numbers and adding larger numbers together. The children have then been using addition strategies to calculate 3 digit equations. 

The children have also been practising their times tables up to 12 and taking part in the weekly Time Table Challenge. 


We have been working very hard in our writing, creating multiple imaginative and descriptive pieces such as diary extracts, character descriptions, short stories and narrative poems. The children have been focusing on using WOW words and descriptive phrases in their writing. We have also written an instructional piece of writing and a newspaper article, focusing on the structure and format of these. 

We have been focusing on key reading strategies this term such as predicting, summarising, visualising, clarifying and self-questioning. The children have also been developing their comprehension by reading short stories and answering literal and evaluative questions. We have been practising our reading in the class through personal and group reading. 


Our topic this term has been Habitats. The children have been studying different features of the habitats; Artic, Rainforest, Desert and Under the Sea. 

We have studied the layers of the Rainforest and the animals that live there. We even had a class debate on deforestation and voted on whether we should protect the Rainforest or not. 

For Under the Sea we have studied and created food chains for a variety of animals. After discussing different animals found in the sea we have created Puffer fish artwork. We have also studied the layers of the sea and the different animals found there. 

The children have studied animals that live in the desert and learned about how animals have adapted to the desert lifestyle. 

In the artic we have looked at the wildlife that lives there and the cold climate that exists. We will be looking at freezing and melting and the impact of Global Warming on the Artic. 

The whole class have been working very hard in collaborative groups for a specific habitat. They have been researching key features about their habitat and recording facts, diagrams and images on a ‘Big Book’ which they will then be showing and explaining to the class. 

The pupils have also undertaken personal projects at home, creating magnificent models of animals and habitats, PowerPoints, board games and fact files.