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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 2021/2022 year. The P6 teachers are Mrs Thompson (P6JDT) and Mr Fisher (P6JF).

Our classroom assistants are Mrs Backus, Miss McPeake and Miss Campbell.


What should your child bring with them on the first day of 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.


Our homework routine is now well established and will remain the same as pre-Covid. Instead of a homework diary we will issue a weekly homework planning sheet. 

Please remember you can contact the teachers at any time using the Seesaw app. We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible. 

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 Thompson and Mr Fisher




What your child will learn during:



In the first half term of P6 we intend to cover Place Value, Mental Maths strategies, basic adding and subtraction, 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. 


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.





Latest Photographs



10th Sep 2021
Jasmine is our role model of the week for being well behaved and always following...
10th Sep 2021
Our role model of the week in P6JF is Mason. Mason is a great role model - he is...
9th Sep 2021
Alex brought in “Spirit of the Titanic”. This book was recommended on...
9th Sep 2021
We enjoyed completing the summer reading challenge. Eva brought in her medal and...