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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Year 7

Welcome to our P7 page!!

There are two P7 classes in Ballykeel Primary in 2021/2022 year.  The P7 teachers are Mrs Gregg (P7SG) and Mr Hughes (P7JH).  There will be assistants in both rooms, Mrs Blaney in P7JH and Miss Todd and Mrs McKeown in 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. Work will be completed and shared on Google Classroom.

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 Mavis (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 mornings 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 21 May.  P7s will be visiting their new schools on Friday 17 June.  You will receive information about the times in your confirmation letter.

All P7s will be taking part in our Leavers’ Video which parents and friends can see via our website.

Definitely a busy few weeks ahead!!!!

March - April

Woodhall Residential

Mr Hughes' group will be going from Monday 28 March – Wednesday 30 March and Mrs Gregg’s group will be going from Wednesday 30 March - Friday 1 April.  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 half term will be ‘The Irish Famine’.  We have been researching our local history and finding out more information about local families who lived through the famine.  Children will be using the internet, fact books and films to discover more.  

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 Seesaw 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 and speed of recall. 

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 be developing our coding skills using Scratch.  Children have created log in details to this website and can practise these skills at home.  We will continue to use Google Classroom to complete activities and share these with others in the class. 

We will have a Scripture Union assembly taken by our local schools’ worker Eve Lowry.  We're so looking forward to this.  We will also be having a video call with the Sea Cadets. 

We have been working on developing a 'Growth Mindset' in class, encouraging the children to think more positively about their learning and to embrace mistakes as a learning opportunity.  

Remember that your child has access to a Homework Help website via Google Classroom.  This website if full of helpful information for our Literacy and Numeracy topics, as well as links to videos and games to help them to develop their skills. 

Post-Primary Admissions

Post Primary Admissions go live on 2 February 2022.  You will need to complete this at home for your child.

For more information on the transfer process, click here to visit the Education Authority’s Website.

Entrance criteria for the local Ballymena schools can be found on the Admissions Criteria post

Please do not hesitiate to contact us if you require help with this process.  

All the local schools have video tours on their own websites, please check these out with your children to help them get a feel for the school. 

 

January – February

Happy New Year!  We are thankful that the busyness of transfer is over and we can work at a more relaxed pace.  Cullybackey College will join us on Friday 14 January.

We will also have a visit from Ballymena Academy later this half term, where a few children will have the opportunity to participate in a Maths Challenge.

Topics This Term:

Our World Around Us (WAU) theme this term will be ‘The Irish Famine’.  We will be using Google Classroom to upload and share work.  We will be learning about a local family from Kilrea and their journey during the Irish Famine.

In Maths we will be covering the topics of Fractions, Decimals & Percentages, Ratio & Proportion, Angles, Data Handling and Algebra. We will be carrying out a number of problem solving investigations related to these topics. 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 to read a class novel, which is linked to our WAU theme and carrying out written and oral activities linked to the story.  At the start of a new year, we like to encourage the children to adopt a focus word to help develop their character throughout the year.  This could be related their confidence, school work or family life.  Please chat to your children about this.  We will also 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!

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.  Normally, the local Post-Primary schools would hold open nights in January.  Due to the ongoing situation with Covid, we do not know what is happening with these events this year.  Once we do, we will let you know. 

In the meantime, it would be useful for you to have a look at each school's website to get a feel for what the school is like.

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 Infograph based on the Apollo 11 Moon landing 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 and decimals.

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

We have been working on a Growth Mindset in class and encouraging the children to think more positively about their learning.  This term we will focus more on 'The Power of Yet'.  

Remember that your child has access to a Homework Help website via Google Classroom.  This website if full of helpful information for our Literacy and Numeracy topics, as well as links to videos and games to help them to develop their skills. 

 

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 hopefully 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 encourage your child in their learning by sharing it with them.

In Literacy, we will spend time revising our grammar & punctuation.  We will be introducing 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 Maths Investigations.

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

 

School Supplies & Information

This is a very different start to a school year as you are well aware.  Your child should have the following items with them in school.  These will stay in school throughout the year. 

  • HB Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick (not coloured)
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) – no gel pens please
  • Set of Colouring pencils
  • Hand Sanatiser

Please also send in a pump soap and a box of tissues for the classroom.

Your child can also have their own bottle of hand sanitiser, which will stay at their desk.  You may send a small tube of moisturiser if needed. 

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 literacy homework on Monday night and a written numeracy homework on Wednesday night.  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.  

 

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

You can help your child to revise topics at home by using online games and websites.  We recommend that you download the Overdrive App from Libraries NI so that you can ‘borrow’ e-books and audio books.  They have a great selection. 

The BBC Bitesize Website is also great for revising, and YouTube has lots of helpful videos.  Just search for the topic you are after. 

Keep revising table facts and number bonds, as this will improve speed of recall,

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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