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28th-30th Aug 19: School will close at 12:30 for P2 to P7 children. New P1s will finish at 12:00. | Term begins:28th August 2019 | Uniform Sales:   AUGUST 21st & 22nd – 1.00-3.00pm | Term Dates 2019/2020 can be found in 'Parent Area'
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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.

May - June

We've reached our final term in Primary 7, and it promises to be the busiest one yet!!

Topics this term:

Our new theme in World Around Us will be Rainforests. We will be doing some mapwork to find out where the Rainforests are, and research to find out about the Rainforest layers, climate, animals and plant life. We will also look at how the Rainforests are being destroyed and try to persuade people to save them. A new Fronter Room will be opened to help us learn about the Rainforests and share what we have found.

As it's the summer term, it also means exam time! In English and Maths we will be doing some revision ahead of our computerised and class tests at the beginning of May. In Maths we will also be looking at time and reading timetables, co-ordinates, 3D shape and nets, angles, volume, some data handling and using calculators. In English we will be looking at compound and complex sentences, and learning how to use punctuation like : ; , - properly. We will be completing some persuasive writing to encourage people to save the Rainforests.

This term we will be finding out what schools we will be going to, visiting them and meeting the teachers, and taking part in a Transition Project with Zane (our Family Worker) when we will be discussing all the changes that lie ahead, how we feel about them and how we can feel a bit better about any worries we might have.

Sports Day will hopefully be taking place the week beginning Monday 10th June. Both classes will also be swimming this term - P7SG on Thursday afternoons and P7JH on Friday mornings. Please be in at 8.50am as we need to leave at 9.00am sharp.

Your child will receive confirmation of their post-primary school on Saturday 1st June.  P7s will be visiting their new schools on Friday 14th June.  You will receive information about the times in your confirmation letter.

All P7s will be taking part in our Lip Dub which parents and friends can see at our P7 Leavers' Assembly and Prize Giving on Monday 24th June at 9.30am. 

Definitely a busy few weeks ahead!!!!

March - April

This Term is still very busy, with lots of activities alongside our friends in St Brigid’s.  P7SG will be heading to a Disability Awareness Event at the leisure centre to help promote disability sports.  On Thursday 14 March, Michael, from The Travelling Past, will be hosting a workshop based on life during the time of the Famine.  He will demonstrate making butter and potato bread, and show the children the types of tools and utensils found in homes at this time.

Of course we can’t forget about our residential to Woodhall. Mrs Gregg’s group will be going from Monday 25 March – Wednesday 27 March and Mr Hugh’s group will be going from Wednesday 27 March to Friday 29 March.  Information will be sent home shortly regarding what’s happening and an essential packing list. Remember to keep checking the website while we’re away for photos and clips of our adventures.

Topics This Term:

Our World Around Us (WAU) theme this term will be ‘The Irish Famine’ and we will be linking with the P7 classes in St Brigid’s for a number of fun and interesting activities based on our theme. Please remember to check diaries to see when we are going across to visit St Brigid’s and please be in to school on time. We will be adding information, photos and chats to a Hunger Room on Fronter so have a look from home at what we have been doing.

In Maths we will be covering the topics of Sequences, Algebra, 3D shape, Co-ordinates and Data Handling. We will be carrying out a number of problem solving investigations related to these topics. Check out the news on our page for photos of these activities. Remember that mental maths is important and keep practising table facts and number bonds with your child. We will be focusing on the terms factors and multiples.

Within Literacy we will be continuing our class novel, which is linked to our WAU theme and carrying out written and oral activities linked to the story. We are about to begin an exciting piece of creative writing based on a ‘crime’ committed in our school, by one of our teachers. Children will investigate the crime, keeping a notebook of evidence, and compile a written report for the judge and jury!

We will take part in a programme called ‘It’s Your Move’. This is a Scripture Union programme taken by our local schools’ worker Rachael Sheppard, and will focus on the choices and challenges that our children will face as they move on to their new schools.

 

Post Primary Admissions Criteria

January – February

This Term is still very busy, with lots of activities alongside our friends in St Brigid’s.  We have two outings this term.  INOV-8 at Cullybackey College on Friday 18 January, and children have been to Dunclug College on Friday 4 January for a Secondary School Taster Day.

Please ensure schoolbags are checked regularly as there will be a lot of permission notes this term!

Topics This Term:

Our World Around Us (WAU) theme this term will be ‘The Irish Famine’ and we will be linking with the P7 classes in St Brigid’s for a number of fun and interesting activities based on our theme. Please remember to check diaries to see when we are going across to visit St Brigid’s and please be in to school on time. We will be adding information, photos and chats to a Hunger Room on Fronter so have a look from home at what we have been doing.

In Maths we will be covering the topics of Ratio, Fractions, Decimals & Percentages and Algebra. We will be carrying out a number of problem solving investigations related to these topics. Check out the news on our page for photos of these activities. Remember that mental maths is important and keep practising table facts and number bonds with your child.  We will be focusing on the terms factors and multiples.

Within Literacy we will be continuing our class novel, which is linked to our WAU theme and carrying out written and oral activities linked to the story.  We are about to begin an exciting piece of creative writing based on a ‘crime’ committed in our school, by one of our teachers.  Children will investigate the crime, keeping a notebook of evidence, and compile a written report for the judge and jury!  We will also be focusing on types of sentences, and use of punctuation within written work.  

Coaching for Christ will also taking 4 weeks of football coaching sessions with both classes.  You will receive more information closer to the time.  Please send outdoor PE kits for these sessions. 

P7G - Thu 24 Jan to Thu 14 Feb                     P7H - Thu 28 Feb to Thu 21 Mar

 

Post-Primary Admissions

Shortly, 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 be found on the Post Primary Admissions Post within P7 class news.

OPEN NIGHTS

Dunclug College

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

Ballymena Academy

Wed 9 Jan 2019, 7pm - 9pm (For pupils living within a 3 mile radius)

Thur 10 Jan 2019, 7pm - 9pm (For pupils living outside the 3 mile radius)

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

 

P7 Residential  

Of course we can’t forget about our residential to Woodhall.  Group 1 will be going from Monday 25 March – Wednesday 27 March and Group 2 will be going from Wednesday 27 March to Friday 29 March. Now that the deposit has been paid, the remaining balance can be paid in installments on Monday mornings, up until 4 February 2019.  Information will be sent home nearer the time regarding what’s happening and an essential packing list.  

 

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.

 

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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