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Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit

Extended Schools


Our school is in the very fortunate position of being funded under the Extended Schools Initiative.  This entails providing the children with an extensive and wide-ranging programme of additional clubs and activities. 

This programme has been specifically designed to complement the extra-curricular After School Clubs that are already offered by school staff, and to enhance attainment in Literacy and Numeracy.

Power Hour

This year P2-P7 children will be offered the ‘Power Hour’ club which will focus on mindfulness and the mental health and well-being of your child. We aim to encourage and promote the ‘Take 5 - Steps to Wellbeing’ through doing a wide range of fun and interactive activities each week.

Power Hour club will give your child opportunities to:

  • Be active and healthy - outdoor/indoor games and activities
  • Connect with others – discussion and teamwork challenges
  • Keep learning and developing new skills e.g. sewing, baking, ICT, art and craft
  • Grow in confidence and self-esteem

P2-P3 Mon - Thurs (2:00-2:50pm)

P4 Every Tuesday (2:45-3:45pm) 

P5-P7 Every Tuesday (3-4pm)

The club will begin after the half-term holidays.

Reading Partners

This year the Reading Partners Programme will be offered to a selection of children in Primary 4. Each term three Primary 4 children will do some additional 1-1 reading with Mrs  McBurney. The programme aims to improve children’s reading age and ability while developing their confidence at the same time. The children will:

  • revise sounds/blends
  • develop word attack/sounding out strategies 
  • develop greater fluency at their level
  • become increasingly confident reading aloud

At the end of each term the children receive a certificate highlighting their success and progress in reading.

Mighty Maths & Loving Literacy Bags:

Extended schools funding has enabled us to provide helpful Literacy and Numeracy Resources for the children in Primary 1. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Lending Library is now unavailable for parents to come and collect these resources.

This year all children in P1 will receive a ‘Mighty Maths’ or ‘Loving Literacy’ bag to take home with them on a Friday. Bags should be returned to school on Monday mornings in order to be quarantined. The resources provided in these bags reinforce the learning which has taken place in school. We hope that in using them, parents feel better equipped in supporting their child’s learning at home.



18th Dec 2020
We have had great fun in the run up to Christmas.
18th Dec 2020
We have had lots of fun in power hour over the past few weeks leading up to Christmas....
9th Dec 2020
For our last session of power hour before the Christmas holidays, we watched an animation...