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Targeted Support Mr Fisher

March and April


The children will be learning about the skills of recount writing and will write a detailed biography about the great British inventor, Thomas Edison. They will be required to carry out extensive online research to help them with their writing.

In grammar the children will be learning about connectives, prefixes and suffixes and similes and metaphors. Within the area of reading and comprehension the pupils will be focusing on 'making conclusions' using evidence they have found in a text. 


The main areas being taught in Maths over the next few weeks are angles, percentages and length.  There will be a variety of practical lessons to help reinforce the concepts being taught, particularly with angles and length.

Why not ask your child to explain to you some of the things they have been learning? 


What's happening in Targeted Support during January & February 2018?

P6 Numeracy Groups

The main focus at this time is on Fractions and Decimals, particularly the latter.  Within 'Decimals' pupils will learn about:

  • first and second place decimals (tenths & hundredths) 
  • the four operations using decimal numbers (X, - + and ÷)
  • ordering decimals
  • rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
  • decimals as common fractions
  • sequencing decimals

Within weight / mass, the children will study kg and g, conversions, reading scales, practical measuring and carry out calculations using the four operations (including problem solving) If time permits we will also look at prime numbers, multiples, factors, square numbers etc.

Recall of tables still needs improvement with the majority of pupils so keep working hard at this with your child at home.

We have a lot to be getting on with!

Overview of Targeted Support

This year at Ballykeel I am in the privileged position to be able to offer additional literacy and numeracy to some P6 and P7 pupils.  The aim of this additional support is to help the targeted pupils succeed in literacy and numeracy by achieving their full potential.

These children have been very carefully and systematically selected by analysing their scores in standardised tests (in English, Maths & Intelligence {I.Q.}) and with professional judgement from their class teachers. Pupils are taught in small groups of 6 or 7. 

It is expected that most children should achieve Level 4, in literacy and numeracy, at the end of Key Stage 2 i.e. at the end of Primary 7.  We select children that we believe would not achieve this expected level without this additional support. A major aim, therefore, of these withdrawal groups is that selected children achieve Level 4 in Literacy & Numeracy.

Withdrawal group teachers meet with parents twice yearly to explain the support being provided, share pupil targets and suggest ways that parents can support learning at home.

Mr. J. Fisher


Latest Photographs

Jamie and James are deep in thought.
Jamie and James are deep in thought.
Good team work from Ben and Katie-Louise!
Good team work from Ben and Katie-Louise!
Rachel-Ann being meticulous as usual.
Rachel-Ann being meticulous as usual.


21st Mar 2018
Kealin, Gary and Katie-Louise battle it out over who wins the 'Dictionary Sword Fight'...
7th Mar 2018
March and April English The children will be learning about the skills of recount...
17th Jan 2018
James, Rachel-Ann & Katie-Louise demonstrate their knowledge of how to find fractions...