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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Mrs Young Additional Support

November to December

It is hard to believe it is that time of year already! All the boys and girls have been working hard over the last few weeks and have really settled into their routines.

Although this might not be the run up to Christmas we usually have there will still be plenty of opportunities for fun, festive activities in class.

Topic – Our topic of Home Sweet Home will continue and we will be looking at castles as examples of homes from long ago. The pupils love looking at the castles and using their imagination to think about what it would be like to live in one.

Numeracy – This term we will continue working on our tables, mental maths and number bonds along with other key areas.

Problem Solving : the children will be thinking about ways to solve various problems involving patterns, maps or money.

Time: we will be revising o’clock and half past times before looking at a quarter past and quarter to in the future.

Shape: we will be looking at common 2D shapes and learning how to recognise them and their properties.

Literacy – Work on phonics and spellings will continue as usual throughout this term.

Writing: our writing will focus on expressing imagination through creative writing.

Grammar: we will continue our work on nouns and adjectives while also learning all about alphabetical order and dictionaries.

Homework – a lot of the areas mentioned above will feature in the homework each week and your support with this is vital.

Spellings and tables should be learnt every night and reading should be completed each day too. Literacy homework will continue on Monday nights and numeracy on a Wednesday.

Homework is not just about the work that is sent home, there are lots of ways you can help your child.

  • What about talking about the time when you are getting ready in the morning?
  • Think about the shape of things you have at home-plates, books etc, you could turn it into a shape hunt!
  • Talk about the coins you use when you’re at the shop, do they know what each coin is?
  • Think of ways to describe things you see outside.

Is it also good to look at the school website together to talk about what the children have been learning and to see photos of them in action. There will be links to some of the games and activities we have been using in class so you could even play them together at home. Don’t forget to look at the P3 class page as there will be lots more information and photos there.

September 2020

Welcome back P3s. 

It is lovely to see all the children back in school and we are all well settled back into the routine of school already.

This term we will be looking at the theme of Home sweet home and there will be lots of opportunities for learning through numeracy, literacy and World Around Us. 

In numeracy the children will be learning to order sizes of houses from smallest to largest and be able to identify odd and even numbers. Does your house have an odd or even number? Mrs Young's house number is an odd number. Can you guess the number? 

We will also be practising our number bonds from 1-10 and using number lines to help add on 1,2 etc. 

In P3 the children will be using different coins ( up to 20p) to make different amounts. You can help your child by practising counting up different amounts or asking your child to make eg. 17p. I'm sure there are lots of coppers lying around the house which you could use!

In literacy, the children will be writing about their houses, listing the materials needed to build a house and they will produce acrostic poems too. Talk to your child about the different types of houses they can find on the way home from school- detached, bungalow, flat, terraced etc. 

Each night your child will have reading- please use the record book to comment on how they did at home. It's important that they read regularly in order to build confidence and fluency. 

I hope you enjoy looking at the photos and remember to check Miss Kane's page too for lots more ideas and photographs.

Mrs Young





Latest Photographs



4th Dec 2020
The P3s have been working very hard at their spellings and tables this week. Jensen...
4th Dec 2020
1st Dec 2020
The children have been using coins to buy items to decorate our class Christmas tree....
27th Nov 2020
The children were busy practising for their Friday Test and they have all been working...