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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Mrs Young Additional Support

April – June 2021
It is lovely to have all the children back in school and we are really looking forward to this summer term.
Everyone has settled back into the school routine and they are really enjoying being with their friends again. This is so important for their mental health so we will be using the Take 5 aspects of connect, keep learning, take notice, give and be active to support their well being too.
The children will also be taking part in the Helping Hands program with Lori who is a Jigsaw worker with Barnardos.
Our topic this term for World Around Us is “By Land, By Sea, By Air”.
This is always an interesting theme which the children enjoy with lots of practical activities including art and craft. We will be exploring our local seashore, examining different types of sea creatures, plants and shells. We will also be thinking about holidays in the past and comparing them to the types of holidays the children experience today. We will also be learning about transport and road safety.
In Literacy we will be learning about rhyming words, commas, adverbs, speech bubbles and speech marks. We will also be revising a lot of the work already covered within phonics and grammar. We will also be helping the children to be more independent in their work as preparation for Primary 4.
In Numeracy children will continue working on number skills and will learn about tens and units. We will continue working with money and learn to give change. We will also be using lots of practical activities to learn about measurements including weight and capacity. There will also be a lot of work within mental maths so we will be continuing to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Homework will include spellings, tables and reading and it is so important to work on this at home every evening. Thank you for all of your support with this.
Fingers crossed the weather will be good this term and we can spend some time outside enjoying the sunshine!

Mrs Young


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





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