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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 3

November/December: Christmas is coming!!!!

This year it looks like we are going to have a very different run up to Christmas. There will be no Nativity performances however we are determined that the spirit of Christmas will be very much alive in our classrooms. We have already begun to plan some fun, festive activities for the children to enjoy. Keep an eye on the website for lots of lovely pictures of our Christmas capers!

World Around Us

This term we continue with our theme on Home Sweet Home and for the next few weeks we will study homes from long ago. This will involve looking at features of a castle and what it was like to live in a castle. On the run up to Christmas it is also a time to be thankful for everything we have. In PDMU we will discuss homelessness both in our own country and the wider world. We will also look at the work of 'Operation Christmas Child' and will support this cause by participating in the online shoe box appeal.


Problem Solving - The children will continue to investigate how they might solve problems with money, number, map skills and pattern. This will incorporate a lot of fun activities whilst making maths relevant and meaningful to the children.

Keep learning table facts at home with your child as this will help them develop their mental maths skills and work with number bonds.

Time: Revise over o'clock and half past times with your child. In class we will introduce quarter past the hour and eventually quarter to the hour.

Shape: The children will revise the most common 2D shapes and be able to recognise the shapes by name and their properties.


Phonics - Continue to learn the weekly sounds for Friday tests and encourage improved spelling and writing in class.

Writing - We are encouraging the children to use and develop their imagination to write creative stories and to use their knowledge of grammar to add more detail and description.

Grammar - We will continue to revise nouns and adjectives before the end of the term. The children will also learn how to put words in alphabetical order and use a children's dictionary...a good idea for a Christmas pressie!  


Take 5:

Connect - The children will learn to recognise similarities and differences with their peers and learn to show respect and empathy for others in our world (homelessness/operation Christmas child)

Take Notice - Take notice of seasonal changes (Autumn to Winter), the feelings of others and those less fortunate than us. 

Keep Learning - Learning new skills e.g. art and craft activities and PE activities

Give - Learning the importance of giving our time, love and money to others and how in turn this is more rewarding for us.

Be Active - Lots of fun activities in PE with Coaching for Christ and Ben from IFA.


Welcome to Primary 3

It’s been such a long time since your child has been in school. We know that they will be looking forward to seeing their friends again. We will be doing lots of activities which will help your child settle back into routine again. We will regularly publish information and pictures on our class page, so remember to keep looking out for these updates. It’s a good way of keeping in touch with your child’s learning and progress.

We also welcome our new team members Miss. Parker (P3CM) and Mrs. Wilson (P3LK)

Please ensure that your child has everything they need for their school day.

  • Healthy break and lunch in a wipeable and reusable lunch bag/box (name on the bag/box)
  • 2 sharpened HB pencils
  • 1 Pritt stick (white)
  • 1 rubber
  • 1 sharpener
  • Pencil case
  • A 12 pack of colouring pencils



On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights the children will have:

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Tables

Written Homeworks:

Monday: Literacy homework (game or written activity)

Wednesday: Numeracy homework (game or written activity)

Thursday: Make a special effort to revise tables and spellings for the Friday Test the next day.

We thought you might appreciate these Homework Hints.


Your child will need:

  • A quiet place
  • A flat surface
  • A sharp pencil, a rubber
  • Time-don’t leave homework until it’s late

Once your child has completed his/her homework, please make sure you sign it.

Tips for learning spellings

  1. Look at the words
  2. Say them
  3. Cover them
  4. Write them
  5. Check them

Have your child spend some time learning spellings for him/herself. Teach them to use these steps.

Ask your child to write down the words as you call them out.

Make sure they have completed the spellings section in their Homework Diaries.

Learning Tables

  • Have your child say or write tables at least 3 times
  • Jumble up the order of the tables
  • Ask some ‘quick fire’ questions to develop good mental maths skills



It is important to practise reading aloud. Choose a few pages to read aloud, focusing on fluency and expression.

Discuss what your child has read and sign the reading log book.

World Around Us Theme 1: HOME SWEET HOME

During the first term we study the theme ‘Home Sweet Home’. We learn about how houses are built, what materials are used. We discuss together what makes a house a home and this leads us nicely in to talking as a group about our families, our special memories, our family celebrations in our homes. Having thought about how much we all have, we then focus on those who do not have the same as us-homelessness, homes around the world, and these help us empathise with others. Our creative ‘juices’ start flowing when we dream up our little magical, mythical homes and recreate these in clay.


These are the areas that we will be covering up to Christmas:

Number –

  • Add numbers mentally and in written form up to 20.
  • Make and learn number bonds to 20.
  • Recognise coins up to 20p.

Measures –

  • Be able to use language to describe, compare and order length of various objects.
  • Know the days of the week and their sequence.

Shape –

  • Recognise and name common 2-D shapes
  • Be able to describe 2-D shapes according to their properties e.g. 4 corners, straight sides and number of sides.

Data Handling –

  • We will be recording results using a Venn diagrams and Pictograms.


Reading –

  • Use visual clues to find information.
  • Be able to recognise words and use Jolly Phonics for unfamiliar words.
  • Talk about what they have read and answer questions.

Writing –

  • Talk about what they are going to write.
  • Write words using Jolly Phonics.
  • Encourage good punctuation when writing sentences and stories i.e. capital letters and full stops.
  • Ensure handwriting is neat and tidy.

Thank-you for your support and co-operation this year!

Mrs. Montgomery and Miss. Kane






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