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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 6

Welcome to the P6 class page!

Welcome back!! We hope you have all enjoyed your break over the summer months and are looking forward to your time in Primary 6. We know the start of the year can be nerve-wracking, but rest assure 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 2018/2019 year. The P6 teachers are Mrs McKeegan (P6SM) and Mr Fisher (P6JF).


Welcome back - we hope you all had a fantastic time over the Christmas holidays!


Throughout the term, we will be meeting up with our friends from St Brigid's to work together on our new World Around Us topic, 'Lighten Up'.  Over the coming weeks we will be exploring everything light-related: transparent, translucent and opaque materials, sources and reflectors of light, researching the history of the light bulb, and even making our own mini rainbows! Mr Fisher’s class will also be participating in the Peace Players programme with St Brigid's at the Leisure Centre for 6 weeks to learn basketball and teamwork skills.


In English, we will continue to learn important comprehension skills through Reciprocal Reading and Accelerated Reader as well as through traditional forms. In doing so, we will improve and develop our clarifying, questioning, summarising and predicting skills. We will also continue to learn about grammar and punctuation, especially verbs, adverbs, commas, apostrophes and speech marks. We will use what we are learning to help us improve different forms of writing throughout the new term. Recount writing is our focus for this term, where the children will learn about how to retell events in a clear and structured manner. 


We have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and Shape and Space will continue to be a focus in the new term as we explore of this aspect of maths. In addition we will be learning all about angles in the world around us and practising our protractor skills.  We will be learning about decimal numbers, fractions and percentages and how the three are linked, as well as continuing to develop confidence in tables and mental maths, which we can use in real life. We will also be focusing on developing our problem solving strategies and skills. We have been having fun in P6 taking part in problem solving investigations using the four mathematical operations, coordinates, algebra and knowledge about cubes (and their nets) to help us with our investigations and we will continue to develop these skills this term.



The boys and girls in P6 have been working extremely hard in the first few months of Primary 6 and it’s hard to believe that Christmas will soon be upon us. The children are taking the Carol Service at the end of term and we will be spending time rehearsing songs and lines, apologies for the constant singing you will have to listen to at home!

Please read below to find out what else we will be doing on the run up to Christmas.

Language and Literacy

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. This will link in with our new spelling format as we continue to encourage the children to learn the meaning of their spellings as well as how to spell them. Comprehension work allows us to improve our understanding of the things we read. 

In grammar work, we will be focusing on the adjectives, verbs and adverbs we use in everyday speech and using these to make our writing more interesting. We’ll be learning how to correct common grammar and punctuation errors within pieces of writing. In creative writing, we will be planning and creating our very own Jack and the Beanstalk comic strip, combining our summarising and drawing skills to full effect! We will also continue the fairy tale theme as the class work on their own Christmas fairy tale!

Mathematics and Numeracy

In P6, the number focus will be fractions. We will solve problems involving equivalent fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will be simplifying fractions and using the highest common factor to help us order and compare fractions. Using our multiplication and division skills, we will also calculate fractions of numbers.

Times Tables

Having begun work on division and fractions it has become apparent that many children are still struggling with quick recall of times tables facts. Therefore, we will be having a times tables blitz over the next few weeks. Parents could help by going over tables with your child, a little every day. This could be orally or an app on your phone or tablet. It really makes a huge difference to their confidence and ability in maths.

World Around Us

Having learned about the planning, building and setting sail of the Titanic, we will be learning about some of the passengers and crew members who were aboard. We will be finding out their stories and sharing these ‘in character’ – with some shocking revelations to be made! We will then focus on the events that took place on night of the sinking, investigate the phenomenon of icebergs, and research the different perspectives relating to who was to blame for the sinking of this great ship. Our P6 trip will be to the Titanic Centre in Belfast, which we are all really looking forward to!




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.

The main Creative Writing area covered this half term will be the writing of a Podcast called 'My Favourite'. 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. We hope to organise a trip to the Titanic Visitor's Centre before the Christmas break.



What should your child bring with them each day to school?

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) - no gel pens please
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Homework diary, reading book and any other homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break / canteen money and a packed lunch / dinner money
  • Any notes that have been sent home, returned and signed
  • PE kit - this remains in school and is sent home every half term to be washed


Homework is an important part of your child's development and helps to reinforce the learning that has taken place during the school day.

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday nights the children will have:

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Tables or mental maths related to the current topic

Written Homeworks will be given on a Monday & Wednesday nights. These will be either Literacy or Maths. There is no written homework on a Tuesday and Thursday night so that pupils can revise their spellings and tables/mental maths for the weekly Friday test.

Help with Homework

Helping your child with their homework will help motivate and encourage them to continue to work at their best.  Here are a number of ways in which you can help your child with their homework:

  • Listen to them read / ask them some questions about their reading book
  • Ask them their spellings
  • Go through their maths facts/tables
  • Ask them some questions about what they learned today
  • Check that their homework is completed and signed.
  • Please sign or initial your child’s spelling book, homework diary and written homework book.

If you feel your child has found their homework a little tricky or requires a little extra help from the class teacher, please put a note in the homework diary for us to check the next day.

Whilst these are simple things, they will make all the difference to your child’s learning.


Mrs McKeegan and Mr Fisher




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