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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
Smartie Tubes: Please return all Smartie tubes by Wed 16th Oct.Smartie Party Fun day (non-uniform) is Fri 18th. | Parent/Teacher interviews: W/B Mon 21st Oct – SCHOOL CLOSES at 1.00pm for NURSERY and P1-P7 at 1.30pm for this week.   | Milk money (£7.14) must be paid Mon 21st Oct | Breakfast Club Open Morning Nursery & P1 parents are invited to join us in the Breakfast club. Come enjoy some delicious food to start off the day with your child!Fri 25th Oct 8:00 - 8:30Cost: 70p
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Year 3

Welcome to Primary 3

We hope both you and your child have had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. Each term we will publish information and pictures on our class page, so do remember to have a look on a regular basis. It’s a good way of keeping in touch with what your child is doing, learning and perhaps needing to bring in for their themes.

We also welcome our new team members Mrs. McBurney (P3K) and Miss. Bailey (P3M).

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

  • Pencil case
  • 2 sharpened pencils
  • 1 Pritt stick (white)
  • 1 rubber
  • 1 sharpener


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

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Number facts(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 his/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
  • Try not to ask the tables in order
  • Ask some ‘quick fire’ questions


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

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

Shared Education

During term 1 we join with P3 St. Brigid's PS to learn more about our World Around Us themes. We will visit each other's school to participate in lots of fun activities such as activity based learning, art and PDMU lessons. The provisional dates of our visits are as follows:

  • Tuesday 24th September (All About Me)
  • Tuesday 8th October (Archimboldo Art)
  • Tuesday 15th October (Activity Based Learning)
  • Tuesday 22nd October (Healthy Homes)
  • Tuesday 5th November (Portglenone Forest)
  • Tuesday 19th November (Differences Help Us Learn)
  • Wednesday 11th December (P3 Nativity in Ballykeel PS)
  • Nativity in St. Brigid’s PS - To be confirmed

World Around Us Theme: HOME SWEET HOME

During the first term we study the theme ‘Home Sweet Home’ and this includes many exciting things to do and see. We learn about how houses are built and 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.

If you have anything at home that links in any way with these, please feel free to send them in with your child.

We will partner with our St. Brigid's friends to engage in activities linked with this theme. Look out for all the pics in the photo gallery!!


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



Latest Photographs



11th Oct 2019
We had a visit from St Brigid's P3 on Tuesday. We all brought in lots of fruit and...
8th Oct 2019
The children were introduced the works of a famous Italian artist called Guiseppe...
1st Oct 2019
We did our first problem solving lesson today. We had to design a street following...
1st Oct 2019
We visited our friends in St Brigid's today-it was so good to see them again.We talked...