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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 6

Welcome to the P6 class page!

Welcome back!! We know the start of the year can be nerve-wracking, particularly given the current circumstances, but rest assured that we are excited about getting to know you all and we are here to help you in whatever way we can. We hope everyone enjoys their year and learns plenty along the way.

This page will give you an idea of what we’ll be getting up to in P6. Click on the P6 Photo Gallery for a taste of what we’ve been learning!

There are two P6 classes in the 2020/2021 year. The P6 teachers are Mrs McKeegan (P6SM) and Mr Fisher (P6JF).



What should your child bring with them on the first day of school? (Please note these items will remain in school)

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) - no gel pens please
  • A 12 pack of colouring pencils
  • Healthy break and a packed lunch
  • PE kit consisting of a pair of trainers and jogging bottoms/leggings - this remains in school.


For the first few or two, there will be no homework sent home. More details will follow.


What your child will learn during:



Due to the long break from school, we appreciate that some of the children may find it difficult settling back into the new 'normal' routine. We therefore plan to give the children lots of opportunities to talk about their thoughts, feelings and emotions relating to their experiences over the past 5 months. As part of this Action Mental Health will be running workshops entitled 'Healthy Me'. More information will follow.


In the first half term of P6 we intend to cover Place Value, Mental Maths strategies, basic adding and subtraction, common fractions and Problem Solving. The pupils will be expected to know up to 5 digits and should become confident rounding, manipulating and working with large numbers. We will study, practice and discuss lots of different strategies to assist the children with mental arithmetic. It's always useful for the pupils to talk about their method of working out a calculation as it helps to develop their own understanding. Fractions is a fundamental area within the P6 maths curriculum and we like to cover this thoroughly early on in the year. It is an area we will revisit consistently throughout the year.


Pupils in P6 will cover many different aspects of English within Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening.

Comprehension work allows us to improve our understanding of the things we read.  In our comprehension work we will be learning how to clarify - or work out what unfamiliar words or phrases mean - in our reading books, library books and in other pieces of text we read in school.  We will also be learning how to summarise pieces of text so that we capture the main idea. 

Grammar activities will include reinforcing their knowledge of alphabetical order, different types of nouns and verbs.

Within Creative Writing this half term we will be writing of a piece called 'My Favourite' which gives the children the opportunity to write about something they love doing. We will also be writing postcards and learning about the style and format of limericks, among other things.


Our theme for the first term is 'Unsinkable'. This proves to be a real favourite for both staff and pupils as the majority of the theme focuses round learning about the Titanic. We will study the planning, designing, building and setting sail of the famous local ship. The children will use a range of resources to assist with their learning including a large range of information books and websites located in a specially designed Fronter room.


Please remember the best way to contact Mr Fisher or Mrs McKeegan is by using the following email addresses:

P6JF -

P6SM -


We look forward to getting to know you and your child better over the year. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any worries, questions or concerns.


Mrs McKeegan and Mr Fisher




Latest Photographs



25th Sep 2020
Congrats to Lewis on his super start to P6. He is a great boy who is a pleasure to...
25th Sep 2020
Alex is a great student. He is always keen to help others and does so with lots of patience...
23rd Sep 2020
Today we had our first session with Patricia, our new Jigsaw worker. She is going...
23rd Sep 2020
It's been a great few weeks in Primary 6 and the children have all been settling...