P5 – P7

P6 and P7

In Numeracy we have been working on place value, rounding and problem-solving during numeracy. We have been interpreting graphs and collecting data to create our own graphs, we particularly enjoyed taste testing to gather information about healthy snacks!

During Literacy we have been learning about non-chronological report writing. We have researched, planned and are in the process of writing reports about the cardiovascular system.

As part of our topic ‘Mighty Me’ P6&P7 have been learning about looking after our bodies physically and mentally. During PDMU we have been discussing the positive benefits of being part of clubs and teams. We will we trying out lots of taster sessions from local clubs over the coming weeks. We were delighted to welcome Emma from Glens United FC, Lee from the Music Yard and Gareth from Glens of Antrim Jujitsu for fun filled taster sessions and we still have a few more visitors to come!

We are learning about the organs of the body and the different systems in the body as part of our topic ‘Mighty Me’. During ICT we used an app to explore a 3d model of the body organs and where there are located in the body.

Past News

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In Literacy we have been focusing on persuasive writing. The children have had lots of opportunities to explore this area of writing. They been learning about the features of persuasive writing, writing persuasive letters, and using advertising techniques to create their own adverts. Lots of impressive work going on, well done!

In Numeracy the children have been learning how to play a new game called ‘Times tables speed game’ during mental maths. The game aims to increase speed of times tables recall. It can get quite competitive! We have started learning about handling data and designed and created our own tables to collect data about how everyone at Carnlough CIPS travels to school. Then we displayed the data using bar graphs. We are continuing to develop our learning by using and interpreting data from a variety of tables, charts and graphs now.

At the start of February, it was Children’s Mental Health week and we were lucky to have Chris visit school to talk to us about becoming a ‘Take 5 school’. The children are working hard to develop their ideas and will soon be able to share and incorporate their ideas with the rest of the school.

During this week we also took part in an online workshop provided by ‘HIP Psychology’ along with a number of other schools. There was great discussion around the topics and it was a great interactive opportunity to explore the following three areas: ‘Growing through setbacks, growing our emotions, and growing together’.

On ‘Safer Internet Day’ the children explored how to keep safe when playing online games.

We have now finished our ‘Peaceplayers’ sessions with Adam and Amy. The children really enjoyed developing their basketball skills, communicating via

video with other children from a local Primary School, and learning about important topics such as:

· Identity

· Diversity

· Similarities and differences

· Prejudice

Although Peaceplayers has finished, we won’t be sitting still for too long as we have started PE sessions with not one, but two other outside agencies! Last week we welcomed Robert back to coach multi-skills on Tuesday, and then Andy from the IFA on Friday. The boys and girls took part enthusiastically and enjoyed their PE sessions, although hopefully next time Robert is back the weather will be a little better and we won’t get totally soaked!!

We have had a busy February in KS2! Well done everyone, keep up the hard work!

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The Key Stage Two class was lucky to have student teacher Miss McKillop for a few weeks during March. Miss McKillop is a bit of a ‘scientist’ at Stranmillis University and she passed on some of her knowledge and skills to the class during experiments they did together. A massive thank you from the children for all her hard work, planning and preparation.

At the start of March, the whole school celebrated ‘World Book Day’ by dressing up and taking part in many fun and enjoyable activities. Well done to P5/6/7 – there were some fantastic outfits!

We have also had other visitors into the KS2 classroom recently which is so wonderful to see. Cathy from the Dogs Trust talked to us about how to stay safe around dogs and even the adults learnt something new from her! HIP Psychology visited our class and delivered two very informative sessions. Finally, the Northern Ireland Fire Service came to talk to P5/6/7 about fire safety and the importance of having working smoke alarms in our houses. Great discussions from everyone and some wonderful questions asked too!

In Numeracy this month our learning focus has been on using fractions and symmetry. P5 worked with Miss McKillop to learn all about fractions, while P6 and 7 have become experts at simplifying fractions. The children designed and created their own fraction grid and then worked out the fraction for each colour they used. What a lovely display we have been able to put up in the classroom using them! During numeracy tasks all of the class have been developing their knowledge of line symmetry and P6 and P7 have also been learning about rotational symmetry.

In Literacy we have been learning about the skills of ‘inferring’ and ‘justifying’ and used different texts to develop these comprehension skills. Did you know that ‘inferring’ is also known as ‘reading between the lines’? Our focus for writing is narrative writing and we have discussed lots of different genres of narrative writing e.g. fantasy, adventure, fairy-tale and mystery. We are looking forward to reading everyone’s finished adventure story soon!

We continue our PE lessons with Robert for Multi-skills every other Tuesday and Andy from IFA every Friday morning.

Well done everyone!

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P5,6&7 are focusing on persuasive writing. We looked at a variety of persuasive texts and the techniques that are used to capture our attention. We have enjoyed using our persuasive writing skills in real life contexts including planning and preparation for World Book Day celebrations. What can we convince Miss Mulholland to let us do as part of our celebrations?!

We have started our new topic Pharaohs. We will be exploring Ancient Egypt, taking on the role of Egyptologists to find out more about life at that time. We have already explored pictures that were discovered from Ancient Egyptian tombs and found lots of information about Egyptian beliefs and practices. We used a map to locate Egypt and we will be comparing and contrasting life in Egypt compared it to where we live.

Mrs O’Reilly was super impressed at the fantastic P5’s and their work on division using the bus stop method. P6 and P7 have also been using their quick recall of multiplication facts to solve division calculations. We are using our theme of Ancient Egypt to work on 3D shape as there are some very famous examples in Egypt!

We are loving our Peaceplayer sessions where we are learning not only about ourselves and others, our identities, our similarities and differences but also basketball skills. We have enjoyed twinning virtually with our partner school St. John’s. Great way to start the week!

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In Literacy P5, 6 &7 have been developing skills and understanding in instructional writing. We have been identifying what features are needed for a good set of instructions, following instructions, writing our own instructions and editing them to make improvements. We combined our Literacy and Maths skills to weigh and measure ingredients to make our own Fairtrade treats, then we wrote instructions for these.

In Art we have been exploring and learning techniques when using clay. During theme ‘Fair Enough’ we designed, edited and made our own Fairtrade logos. We will also be using the clay skills to create a little Christmas gift for some lucky parents/grandparents.

In Numeracy we have been focusing on multiplication. We have been working on using written methods for multiplication. We have been working hard to have a quick recall of our times tables – remember to keep revising them!

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P5,6 &7 have been enjoying reading The Boy at the Back of the Class. During PDMU we discussed what Ahmet had experienced as a refugee child and the difficulties he faces. During art we have been exploring and developing our techniques with charcoal. We used charcoal to sketch eyes and discussed what Ahmet may have seen through his eyes as a refugee.

During Maths Week we had great fun carrying out measure activities using the book The Snail and the Whale. We estimated the size of a snail and a whale, measured their actual size using the most appropriate equipment and marked this area out in the playground then we made a snail to actual size and compared it with the whale shape we measured out. In Numeracy we have been working on addition and subtraction using decomposition and applying these methods during problem solving activities.

In Literacy we wrote some fantastic non chronological reports and applying our skills from ICT lessons P7 created power point presentations with a range of effects using the information from their reports.

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This half term P5,6&7 will be developing our report writing skills. We have already identified the features, language styles, explored tone and fact verses opinion. We will be planning and writing our own reports.

In Numeracy we have been working on place value to millions and hundreds of millions. We looked at why we need to learn about place value and when we use it in everyday life. Did you know that there is a 1million pound bank note? Its known as ‘Titan’ but it is not in circulation. We have also been developing our mental maths strategies and working on choosing the most efficient method when calculating.

Our new topic is ‘Fair Enough?’ We have been exploring Fairtrade products and how this impacts people. We will be looking at where in the world are most used products come from.

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P5,6&7 have been extremely interested in our new topic ‘Journeys’. So far we have been exploring the journey of water (The Water Cycle) rivers and volcanoes.  We have learned about the different types of volcanoes, how they are formed, where they are found and what happens when they erupt. We were glad to find out that Mount Slemish is the remains of an extinct volcano and is not active!

We are using our knowledge about volcanoes to write an explanation text in Literacy.

Over the past few weeks P5,6,& 7 have had great fun while developing our PE skills with Robert from the MEAactive programme. We focused on developing our communication when working as a team.

During Numeracy we have been developing our knowledge and understanding of decimals. We have been ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying and solving problems through a variety of fun activities and games. Why should you not argue with a decimal? Because decimals always have a point.

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P5,6&7 are loving being back in our classroom together this half term! In Maths we have been learning about fractions. We learnt how to calculate fractions of amounts. We used objects and chose the correct equipment to help us investigate and explain our thinking for different problems. Then we applied our learning when we went to the beach to calculate fractions of capacity.

During Literacy we have been focusing on using apostrophes correctly. We used various objects to demonstrate when the apostrophe is needed for ownership (singular and plural). We learnt rules for showing possession with irregular plural nouns. Then we made our own charts explaining how and when to use apostrophes.

In PDMU we have been discussing worries we might have. We explored what is in our control and what is not in our control. We then came up with techniques and practical method that we can apply if we have any worries.

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What a busy and fun filled December P5,6&7 have had. In Maths we have been exploring lines of symmetry and rotational symmetry. We thought about symmetry in our everyday lives and how it is used in Art and nature. We had a look to see what symmetrical objects/shapes we could find around us and created some symmetrical Christmas designs.

We combined our Literacy and Art & Design skills when we wrote instructions for some of our festive crafts that we made. We identified what features are needed for a good set of instructions and then created instructions for making a paper snowflake. We tested out our instructions and edited them to make improvements. We think they were brrr-illiant

During our WW2 theme we have been reading ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll. We have been developing our inference skills by inferring characters’ feelings and thoughts from their speech and actions. In Art we sketched a lighthouse scene and will use different techniques with water colour paints to create an atmospheric scene.


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This half term p5,6&7 have been thoroughly enjoying our WW2 theme. Coming up to remembrance day we created a class poppy collage with our ‘hopes for the future’ while remember events from the past. During art we have been using the medium of oil pastels. We used these to create backgrounds for our WW2 ‘Blitz’ silhouettes. We will be learning more about the ‘Belfast Blitz’ and how ww2 effect Northern Ireland.

We had fantastic fun during maths week designing, making and measuring the distance our ‘spitfires’ managed to fly! We recorded this information and calculated their speed. We also designed and measured ‘Victory Gardens’ in the school playground. In Maths this ½ term be will be focusing on multiplication, calculating perimeter and symmetry.

The boys and girls produced some very informative and unbiased newspaper recounts about the start of WW2 and news recounts about evacuation. This ½ term we will be developing our instructional writing skills.

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This half term P5B,6&7 will be developing their recount writing skills. We will be focusing on newspaper recounts. We have already identified the features, language styles, explored tone and bias in newspaper stories. We will be taking on the role of a journalist, so watch out for a Carnlough CIPS special edition! 

In Numeracy we are working hard on out Mental Maths to develop our recall of times tables and divisions facts. We have played a variety of fun and interactive games to strengthen our recall speed and accuracy– ask your child what their favourite game is and get them to teach you it.

We are very intrigued by our new topic ‘Fallen Fields’. We are particularly interested to find out about evacuees and the roles men and women had during the war. If anyone has any family members or friends who have any stories or memories from the war, we would love to hear these!


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In P5,6&7 we are thoroughly enjoying our new theme ‘Victorians’. We discovered what life was like for Victorian children at school, home, play and work. We compared this to life today. We are glad we were not born in the Victorian era, children had it tough! We are looking forward to learning about inventions during the Victorian era.

Last week we welcomed Brian and Darren, firemen from Carnlough Fire station. They talked to us about fire safety, what to do in the event of a fire and even gave us some careers advice! It was a very interesting and informative visit.

In Mathematics we have been focusing on ‘time’. P5 have been telling the time using analogue clocks – focusing on ‘past’ and ‘to’, P6 have been looking at recording the time in different ways and solving time related problems and P7 have been calculating durations of time using the 12 and 24-hour clock.


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P5,6&7 are focusing on persuasive writing. We looked at a variety of persuasive advertisements identifying the techniques that are used to capture our attention and how we emotionally connect to some of them. We were particularly interested in the ‘ran tang’ advert. This has inspired us to create our own pieces of persuasive writing, posters and short videos on the effects of unsustainable palm oil and deforestation.

We are starting our new topic about the Victorians. We will be exploring what school life and home life was like for poor/rich Victorians and comparing this to today.

In Numeracy we have been learning about 3D shapes. We have been investigating the nets and properties of a variety of 3D shapes and constructed different types of prisms.

In Art we have been exploring Batik (an ancient art decorating cloth, it has been practiced for 2,000 years in southeast Asia) We have sketched our own designs inspired by the Batik designs and are exploring the best medium for drawing/painting onto cloth. Keep an eye out in our classroom for some new wall hangings!


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P5,6&7 have been focusing on instructional writing. We have been identifying the features, discussing what makes a good set of instructions and focusing on how to edit and make improvements. We made some Christmas decorations following basic instructions then created a set of improved instructions. In our theme we have been looking at the bones in the body and creating our own skeletons. We have discussed the importance of bones, their purpose and the names of different bones in the body. In PDMU we create our own version of the famous ‘I have a dream’ by Martin Luther King. The children came up with some very mature, kind and inspiring dreams! We delivered a very successful assembly about our Religious Diversity project and received lovely feedback from all who attended. As a treat for all our hard work during our project we went to Twilight Coffee house for a hot chocolate and bun!


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P5,6&7 have been on all our religious diversity trips and are looking forward to sharing what we have learned at our celebration assembly! We are developing our knowledge and understanding about children’s rights during our theme. We discussed how we have the right to be safe from harm (Article 19) we also used our Article 12 rights to have a say about our views and what changes should happen regarding bullying. In Numeracy P5/6 have been working on addition and subtraction using written methods and applying this when problem solving. P7 having been working on fractions. They have been converting improper fractions and mixed numbers, finding equivalent fractions and finding fractions of amounts when solving problems. Did you know 3 out of 2 people have trouble with fractions?!


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P5,6&7 have been taking part in a religious diversity project, funded by the IEF. In this project we have been exploring the similarities and differences between different religions. We have visited various churches, explored the different buildings and met church leaders. We are very excited to visit the synagogue and mosque in Belfast. During our theme we have explored people who inspire us and have changed the world for the better. We were particularly interested in Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. We will be writing biographies about these people during Literacy. During our theme we have been discussing and identifying what we can do to keep us healthy both physically and mentally.


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P5, 6 &7 have a busy half term ahead of us! We have started our new topic ‘Mighty Me’. We will be exploring identity, roles and responsibilities, children’s rights and the body. We have been working on developing their knowledge of place value. We have enjoyed playing numeracy games that involve reading, writing, ordering and partitioning numbers up to hundreds of millions. In literacy we have been creating mind maps and writing about our identity. During P.E we are developing our games and gymnastic skills. We have been working on improving and adapting different balances.


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P5,6 &7 have a busy and exciting last half term ahead of us. We have our Shared Education celebration day on Monday 13th May and we are starting our ‘Roald Dahl’ themed CSI project that will conclude with a day at St. Killian’s College on Monday 10th June.

We have been working hard on perfecting our use of punctuation. We have been using speech marks in our writing and looking at direct and reported speech. P5 have been using apostrophes to show possession and P6&7 have been working on plural possession.

We developed our Geography and mapping skills during the World Around Us. Using an atlas, we located the 32 counties in Ireland and the provinces. We then looked at the areas most affected during the Irish famine.

This half term P5,6&7 have started swimming. We have some very exciting lessons ahead of us. We will be learning lifesaving skills and learning how to play water polo, as well as developing our swimming techniques.

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P5,6 & 7 have been developing our poetry skills during Literacy. We have explored various types of poems and looked at different poetic techniques. We have written our own Kennings, acrostic and emotion poems. We are currently working on a narrative poem based on our class novel ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’.

In Numeracy we have been working on fractions. P5 have been identifying fractions of shapes, ordering fractions and finding fractions of amounts. P6 have been finding equivalent fractions, investigating mixed numbers and finding fractions of money and weight. P7 have been converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, adding, taking away and multiplying fractions.

We had another very enjoyable and successful meet with our Shared Education Partner Schools. We went on a scavenger hunt to Glenarm forest and developed our football, tag rugby and gymnastic skills! All the children showed excellent teamwork, cooperation and sportsmanship.

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P5,6 &7 have been learning all about earthquakes during our theme ‘Famine’. We have carried out research to help us understand what an earthquake is, what causes it and the effects it has. We are going to make our own ‘wave box’ to see how earthquake waves can travel through a variety of materials.

We have been developing our Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities during Literacy and Drama. We were given a scenario where we had been affected by famine, we then had to justify our decisions, making links between cause and effect, then suggest possible solutions.

In Numeracy we have been working on angles. We met the ‘Angle Family’ to help us remember the special features of the different angles. We have been measuring angles, drawing angles, looking at angles in the environment around us and calculating the missing angles of a triangle.

We had another very enjoyable and successful meet with our Shared Education Partner Schools. We carried out STEM, ICT and Literacy activities based on the book ‘Charlotte’s Web’. During the Stem activities we investigated ‘Why a spider doesn’t stick to its own web’ and ‘How a fly eats prey bigger than it’.

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P5,6&7 have started our new topic ‘Famine’. We have been exploring the causes of famine and the impact famine has on a country. We are looking at the Irish famine and modern day famine. We are thoroughly enjoying reading ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ as part of the famine topic. We will be exploring the characters’ traits and characteristics during drama. We are developing our painting skills by drawing and painting the landscapes from descriptions in the book.

In Literacy we are writing explanation texts in relation to causes of famine. We have been working on the different uses of an apostrophe. We became teachers for a lesson and devised rules to explain to each other how to use an apostrophe.

In Numeracy we have been working on division. We have been solving problems involving division and division of decimals. In P.E we have been developing our ball control skills and ball techniques. We have been putting our new skills to good use at break and lunch times playing hockey.

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P5,6 & 7 have been learning about angles. We have been measuring angles in our surroundings and calculating missing angles in various types of triangles. We have also been working on division of decimals.

We are really enjoying our new theme ‘Impact’. We have been looking at our impact on the world and discussing how we could reduce our carbon footprint. We had a great time at Shared Education. We took part in a variety of P.E activities, were we developed our skills in team games, fundamental skills and invasion games.



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In P5,6 &7 we have started our new theme ‘Eco Warriors’. We have been looking at different ecosystems and different regions in the world. We are then going to compare and contrast rain forests, deserts and polar regions. We have been describing characters and setting in Literacy for our story writing.

P7 took part in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s schools’ engagement programme. We got to listen to a very informative and interesting presentation from a football player about breaking down barriers through sport and finished the day off by joining in with a performance from the band Beyond Skin! We are looking forward to our upcoming Shared Education days.



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P5,6 &7 have started the new year off with some resolutions. The children had some very mature and responsible ideas (some even included keeping their bedroom tidy!) We have been continuing with multiplication and will be focusing on division in the coming weeks. We have set ourselves a target to improve our recall of times table facts, it is important children revise every night. We are looking forward to starting our new theme ‘Eco Warriors’.



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P5,6 &7 have been working on instructional writing. We have been focusing on editing and improving our writing.

We are currently editing instructions for making a space rocket. In theme we designed and made a rocket that launches into the sky! We investigated chemical reactions to make this happen. In Mathematics we have been leaning about symmetry and rotational symmetry.

We will be making some symmetrical Christmas decorations.


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P5, 6 & 7 are designing and building our own space rockets! We will be exploring chemical reactions in order to launch them as far in the air as possible. We have been working on our Mental Maths.

P5 have been impressing Mrs O’Reilly by how quickly they can multiply decimals.

We have edited our ‘Planet’ reports and will have them up on display for parents to read.

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P5,6 & 7 have had a super-galactic September. We are thoroughly enjoying our Space theme!

So far we have been exploring the planets and the stars. The children were very keen to find out what it would be like to do normal everyday activities in space without gravity. We are beginning to write a report on the planets.

We have taken steps to setting up a garden area, we have planted peas and rocket which we will transfer outside when the garden is ready.

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P5, 6 & 7 have been working hard during November. We have been working on long multiplication and focusing on improving our Mental Maths.

We have finished our William Morris inspired artwork and will now use this to print our own Christmas cards.

We have been busy with Shared Education. We went to Seaview and took part in ICT activities. We researched an explorer from the Victorian era and an explorer from today. Then we compared and contrasted them and presented this in a PowerPoint presentation to the partner schools.

We attended the production of ‘Grease’ at Dunclug Collage.  We had a lovely morning out and even got some tips for our own upcoming Christmas concert!

Mrs O’Reilly would like to thank all the children and their parents for their kind and generous donations for Children in Need. All the children and staff had great fun while raising money for such a worthy cause.

P5,6 & 7 have had another busy month. We have been working on addition and subtraction up to the millions involving problem solving. We had great fun during maths week investigating measure. We made bar graphs, combined bar graphs and scatter graphs.

We have been continuing our theme ‘Thinking through the Past’. We have looked at Victorian artist William Morris and are in the middle of designing printed cards based on his style. We have finished our diary entries – all children produced a fantastic piece of writing!