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Year 7

Welcome to our P7 page!!

There are two P7 classes in Ballykeel Primary in 2018/2017 year.  The P7 teachers are Mrs Gregg (P7SG) and Mr Hughes (P7JH). In P7 we also have a Classroom Assistant, Mrs McKay(P7SG).

We hope that this page will give you a flavour of life in P7.

We're sure that you can't believe that your child is about to begin their final year at Ballykeel Primary School.  Over the course of the year they will participate in lots of activities and routines to develop an independence for their own learning and preparations for school.  We trust that you would also encourage greater responsibility at home too.

November-December

This term will be a busy one for some of our children as they prepare to sit Transfer Tests. We wish them all the best in this and are proud of how hard they have worked, no matter what happens. All our local secondary and grammar schools will have Open Mornings/Nights in January so please keep an eye on this page for dates and for links to the criteria for each school as it is published.

Woodhall Residential Permission slips have gone home, please return deposits by Friday 30th November, if your child wishes to go. This is a great trip and we would recommend it to all pupils.

Topics this term:

We are finding out more about Space this term, from planets and stars to the space race and moon landings.  If you have anything at home related to our topic, please send it in with your child for our display.

We will continue using VCOP strategies to improve our writing, and will produce a Blog post and some Winter poetry. In maths we will be looking at problem solving strategies and applying these to solve number and weight problems. We will also be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages.

Post-Primary Admissions

After Christmas, your child will bring home a post-primary admission form. This form should be completed at home and returned to school.

For more information on the transfer process, click here to visit the Education Authority’s Website.  Entrance Criteria for the schools can also be found on this website.

 

OPEN NIGHTS

Dunclug College

Wed 9 Jan 2019 at 7.30pm & Thu 10 Jan 2019 at 7.30pm

Ballymena Academy

To be confirmed

Cambridge House Grammar School

Sat 19 Jan 2019, 9.30am – 1pm

Cullybackey College

Mon 21 Jan 2019 at 7.30pm

Tue 22 Jan 2019 at 7.30pm

Slemish Integrated College

Wed 23 Jan 2019 at 7.00pm

Thu 24 Jan 2019 at 7.00pm

August - October

This term will be a busy one for some of our children as they will sit their Transfer Test during Term 1.  All our local secondary and grammar schools will have Open Mornings/Nights in January so please keep an eye on this page for dates and for links to the criteria for each schools as it is published.  It's important that you plan to attend these open nights as it will give your child an idea of what goes on in these various schools!

Topics this term:

The P7s will be boldly going where no one has gone before!  We will be finding out about Space this term, from planets and stars to the space race and moon landings.  If you have anything at home related to our topic, please send it in with your child for our display.

We will be introducing VCOP (Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers & Punctuation) strategies to improve our writing. During creative writing we will be looking at structuring paragraphs with the aim of composing a piece of recount writing based on our topic.  We will also write shorter pieces, including poetry, to help us to draft, edit and improve with increasing independence.  In maths we will be looking at Place Value, revision of basic maths facts and operations, mental maths strategies and Problem Solving Strategies to help with a Shape & a Height Investigation.  

Please take time to revise table facts and number bonds with your child, to help benefit their number recall. 

Our ICT task this term will be based on computer programming, where the children will write procedures to draw shapes using Logo.  

 

What should your child have with them each day?

Your child should come fully prepared for all school activities each day.  As a P7 pupil it is important that they begin to take responsibility for organising themselves on a daily basis.  The following is an “essentials” list of the things they need and require every day:

  • 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

Homework is an important part of your child’s development and helps to reinforce the learning that has taken place during the school day.  Each night your child will receive reading, spellings and mental maths / table facts.  Along with this, your child will also receive a written homework two nights a week.  This written work will cover aspects of literacy or numeracy covered in class during the day, or revisit learning that has already taken place in the earlier part of the week.  On the nights there is no written homework, pupils are encouraged to revise their spellings and maths facts in preparation for the weekly Friday test, and spend time reading.

 

How can I help my child with homework?

Helping your child with their homework is a valued experience in their learning as it will help motivate and encourage them to continue to work at their best.  There are a number of ways that this can be done; here are some suggestions:

  • Listen to them read / ask them some questions about their reading book
  • Ask them their spellings
  • Go through their maths facts
  • Ask them some questions about what they learned today
  • Check that their homework is completed and signed

Each night the homework diary, spelling book and written homework book should be signed before returning to school the next day.  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.

Hopefully this page will you a greater insight into P7 life.  We hope you have enjoyed looking through it.  Come back soon and see what else we have been getting up to as the term continues.

Mrs Gregg & Mr Hughes

 

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16th Nov 2018
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