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St. Mary's P.S. Draperstown

“Learning, Caring and Sharing Together”

P.5 Mrs Barton

P.5 Curriculum:Parent Information


As part of their homework, the pupils are asked to take their workbooks home to show and talk about the work completed in class. This is a good opportunity to encourage your child with positive comments, either verbal or written. I like parents to sign the books to show they have seen them!

Monday – Thursday : On-going spellings skills and tables 


Monday:       Reading & Spellings

                       Grammar / Punctuation Activity

                      Written/learning Numeracy / Mental Arithmetic

                      Times tables


Tuesday:      Reading & Spellings

                     Literacy Activity

                      Written/learning Numeracy / Mental Arithmetic

                      Times tables


Wednesday: Written/learning Numeracy / Mental Arithmetic

                      Reading & Spellings



Thursday:   Reading

                    Written/learning Numeracy / Mental Arithmetic

                          Tables and spellings for Friday Assessment



Other on-going activities include:

  • Preparation for class assemblies and presentations
  • Researching ‘World Around  Us’ Topics
  • ICT word processing /researc

Science Week!

Birds and Flight

We have just completed our topic on Birds and Flight. In our school garden we have several bird boxes. The box in the photographs is the one that the bluetits nested in last year, so we are hopeful that it will be used again this season.

We put little pieces of coloured wool into the surrounding hedges in the hope that the birds will incorporate these into their nests! This year we have a special solar powered camera in the box, linked to the LCD monitor in school.  


News Flash!


The blue tits have returned! They have been very busy building their nest this week. Today some of us were lucky enough to see the nesting pair in together. It's our very own Spring Watch in St. Mary's!


We need you to help us by collecting as many different plastic tops as you can find. As you can see from our pictures below, we have been busy already, but there are too many spaces.......and a fence around the other side!

Our 'bottle top' mural is progressing well, but we still need more plastic bottle tops. Keep collecting!

Paintings Inspired by

 Our Beautiful Surroundings

St. Mary's School Garden During the Summer Holidays

We were able to freeze some of the fruit, picked during the holidays enabling P5 to experiment with making some delicious redcurrant jelly. As the results were so good, we have enlisted the help of the canteen staff to help with more preserving!

We are still collecting jam jars, so if you have any at home, we would be happy to recycle them.



More Cooking!

P.5 have been busy harvesting the last produce from the school garden. Many pupils claim to have eaten Brussels sprouts for the first time today! They shared them with P6, as they were responsible for planting them last year. The canteen staff were only too happy to accept a box of prepared sprouts to cook for tomorrow's dinner.


Operation Christmas Child


This year our school filled 174 shoeboxes, even more than last year, with our class filling 32! The people of Kosovo don't even know that they are getting these yet, but they will be very happy. The children in Kosovo are poor because of the war in their country.

At home we made 4 shoeboxes. I put in a teddy, tooth brush and toothpaste, soap, sweets, gloves, cards to play with and some bracelets. This will help lots of these children to have smiles on their faces on Christmas day.

By Shannon

We labelled the shoeboxes for a boy or a girls and put the sticker on to say what age the box would be suitable for. The lady who came said that we were the best school for giving shoeboxes. Ms Coyle was so pleased we made 174, thats 21 more than last year. A lot a children who dont get as much as we do will be happy. I made a shoebox and put in soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and toys. We should not put in things that involve fighting because there has been a lot of violence in their country and it is better to make them happy.