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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
Book fair & MacMillan Coffee Morning: Thurs 26th Sept. Notes will be sent home soon with info! | P1 finish school at 12.30 (16th Sept - 27th Sept) | P1 Pyjama Party-Mon 30th Sept | SCHOOL CLOSED for staff training on Fri 20th Sept | P4-P7 Clubs start W/B Mon 16th Sept
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Year 1

Welcome to P1!

Our teachers are Miss McGlaughlin and Mrs Cumberland.

Our classroom assistants are Mrs McQuillan and Mrs Ewart.

Important Dates:

  • 28th August – 13th September:From the beginning of term until Friday 13th September children finish school at 12.00 noon, and do not have packed lunch / school dinner.
  • 16th September – 27th September:From Monday 16th September until Friday 27th September children finish school at 12.30pm, and have their packed lunch / school dinner taken in school before home time.
  • 30th September onwards: From Monday 30th September onwards children stay until 2.00pm, and have their packed lunch / school dinner taken as normal.
  • 'Getting to know you' interviews 28th-30th August
  • School closed Friday 20th September
  • Pyjama Party for P1 30th September
  • School Photographer 7th October
  • Flu Vaccine 10th October
  • Parent Teacher Interview Week 21st-25th October
  • Last day of term 25th October
  • New term begins 4th November

 

September - October

Our focus for this half term is settling the children into their new school routines and laying the foundations for their learning.

It is important that your child comes to school well-prepared each day.

 

Please ensure your child has the following items with them every day:

- School bag

- Break time snack  - One item only. (Healthy eating policy - no cereal bars or chocolate yogurts allowed)

- Lunch box or dinner money (money is only collected on a Monday)

- Coat

- Notes folder. Please remove all notes you have read.

- Homework Folder and books

Remember to keep an eye on the information windows of our classroom and your child’s note folder as we aim to keep you informed about what’s going on.

 

Please ensure your child has brought in:

- a glue stick

- a box of tissues and a bottle of anti-bacterial handgel (for use without water)

- school fund (£5 per child / £8 per family)

- P.E. shoes in a P.E. bag

 

Homework:

Home Learning books will be given out every Monday and collected on a Thursday morning and please remember that homeworks must be signed!

 

We love Literacy!

We are learning to hold our pencils correctly – with froggy fingers!! Please ask us about this if you’re unsure. We have been practising writing our names, please make sure you practise this regularly at home!

As we prepare to start reading books after the Halloween Holidays, now is a perfect time to enjoy reading some stories together at home. Help your child develop a love of reading by taking time to talk about what’s happening, the characters and what might happen next…

 

Mad About Maths!

We are learning all of the colours to prepare us for sorting and pattern work.

Between now and half term, we will be learning the numbers 1-5. We should be able to recognise these numerals, count up to 5 objects and write the numbers. The following rhymes may help your child learn to form the numbers correctly…

1 – start at the top and down we run, that’s the way we make a 1

2 – round and back on a railway track, two, two, two

3 – round a tree and round a tree, that’s the way we make a 3

4 – down and over and down some more, that’s the way we make a 4

 5 – down and around and a flag on high, that’s the way we make a 5

 

A Time to Rhyme

In our theme we are learning familiar nursery rhymes. These will help us learn about many aspects of Literacy, life in the past and our world.

The nursery rhymes we will learn are:

- Baa Baa Black Sheep

- Hickory Dickory Dock

- Wee Willie Winkie

- Humpty Dumpty

- Incy Wincy Spider

- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

- Hey Diddle Diddle

Don’t forget to bring in any nursery rhyme related items you may have at home e.g. dressing up, books, CDs, posters, DVDs

 

Our Friends in St. Brigid's PS!

We are happy to announce that we have been able to secure enough funding this year to continue our Faces and Spaces programme with St. Brigid’s PS, Ballymena. We will be meeting with them for different activities throughout the year. Dates for trips will be confirmed.

 

The trips will be free of charge and we will be going by bus to St. Brigid’s for some activities and some activities will be held in Ballykeel PS.

Children should wear their school uniform for each activity, bring their snack with them as usual and they will return to school in time for their lunch each time.

We are very excited about this project and would ask you, as the first educators of your children, for your support in this initiative.

 

The P1 dates with St Brigid's PS:

 8th October, 12th November, 11th February, 6th March, 12th May

 

Thank you for your ongoing support with your child's education.

 

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News

13th Sep 2019
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9th Sep 2019
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5th Sep 2019
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4th Sep 2019
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