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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.

Breakfast Club

The Breakfast club begins on Monday 6th September. The children are able to arrive in school through the side gates at the canteen between 8:00 - 8:30am each morning. A wide range of delicious breakfasts are on offer, consisting of cereal, scrambled eggs, toast and a variety of tasty drinks too. The cost of breakfast is 70p per day or £3.50 per week. The children will be asked to sit at tables in their class bubbles, where they can enjoy their breakfast while chatting to their friends before going to class.

Power Hour

This year extended schools will fund a Primary 3 ‘Power Hour’ club which will focus on mindfulness and the mental health and well-being of the children attending. 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 activities
  • Keep learning and developing new skills e.g. sewing, baking, ICT, art and craft
  • Grow in confidence and self-esteem

Term 1:

The club will run after school from Monday - Wednesday (2:00-2:50pm) from the week beginning 27th September to the week beginning 29th November 2021.

Term 2:

The club will run after school from Monday - Wednesday (2:00-2:50pm) from the week beginning 10th January to the week beginning 14th March 2022.

Reading Partners

This year the Reading Partners Programme will be offered to children in Primary 3. Each term three Primary 3 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 parents of children in Primary 1. This year again, all children in P1 will receive a ‘Mighty Maths’ or ‘Loving Literacy’ bag to take home with them on a weekly basis. The resources provided will reinforce the learning which has taken place in school. We hope that these resources help to equip you in supporting your child's learning at home through the fun games and activities provided in each bag. The bags will be distributed after the first mid-term break.



17th Dec 2021
During the month of December the children in breakfast club have been doing a Christmas...