Access Keys:

 
 
Ballykeel Primary School & Nursery Unit
Holiday Dates for next year: see Parent Area or News
open new window
pause
play

Year 2

May-June

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Miss McPeake, Miss Stewart and Mrs. Backus

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. Spellings continue this term. The children will get five spellings every night to write out twice. They revise them on Thursday night for a test on Friday.

The practical homework book will still be given out most weeks on a Tuesday. Please supervise your child doing their homework, sign it and make sure it is sent back the next day.

Theme - Growing is great!

We have a little bit of olden days school time to finish for a couple of weeks and then during May and June, our theme is 'Growing is great!' We will be looking at growing plants, animals and pets and also us growing. We hope to do a bit of planting and have our own Garden Centre, let's cross our fingers for some sun! We all love looking after and caring for animals! We will be learning about what pets need to keep healthy, making collars and blankets for pets, discovering what a vet does and thinking about what makes our pet special. We might even have some furry friends coming to visit in school!! Lastly we will have a little look at how we have grown over the last year and what things we can do now that we couldn't a year ago,

Maths

Keep practising the number bonds to ten - ask the children ways to make numbers, you will be surprised at how good they've got! We will be starting to learn about doubling numbers e.g. 4+4=8, 5+5=10. Having a quick recall of these number facts will really help your child when they move into P3.

Literacy

Our handwriting is getting neater! We are now learning how to write capital letters. We are using lined books to keep our writing nice and straight in preparation for P3.

We will be continuing to improve our story writing - writing more and trying to do it more independently. Keep going over spellings as that really helps with all aspects of our literacy work.

And lastly…..

       
 

Dates for the diary:

Monday 23rd April – Sports Day – 1:15-2:15pm

Tuesday 24th April – Trip to the People’s Park with St. Brigid’s

Monday 7th May – Bank holiday

Thursday 24th May – Lads and Dads afternoon

Friday 25th May – Exceptional Closure

Monday 28th May – Bank holiday

Tuesday 29th May – School closed for staff training

Friday 1st June – School Fair

Friday 29th June – finish at 12noon

 
 
   

P2 trip will be this term. Details and permission letter to follow.

 

We look forward to a lovely summer term with plenty of good weather so that we can get outside for sports and playtimes.

Thanks for your continued support and have a lovely summer.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart

 

March / April

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Miss Stewart, Miss McPeake and Mrs Backus.

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter.

Date for the diary: Tuesday 13th March, we will be meeting with St Brigid's Primary School to celebrate St. Patrick.

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. The children will continue with spellings. They will get 6 words every night from Monday to Wednesday and then have Thursday night to revise for a test on Friday. Spellings should be written out neatly every night and signed by an adult please. We have included mental maths facts every week to develop quick recall with addition and subtraction. Please ask your child these sums.

Practical maths homework will also be given out every Tuesday in a new homework book. Some practical equipment will be sent home, please look after it and return it the next day.

Theme – Long, long ago ……. Orphan Mary.

We are going to be learning about the Olden Days this term - when great, great, great, great Gran was a little girl! We will be finding out about things have changed at home, at school and the kind of toys little girls and boys played with. We will be meeting a teacher from the olden days, let's hope she's not too cross and doesn't have to use the cane! It should be good fun!

Maths

We will be learning about 3D shapes in number work. We should be able to find lots of examples of cylinders, spheres, cubes, cones and cuboids around the house. Perhaps you could try making a 3D model using some junk shapes?

Literacy

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the reading books and spellings – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible, especially if they reverse any letters. We will also be looking at capital letters and practising them in our handwriting books.

Our reading is really improving since starting P2! Keep working hard at home on this. The Book Bag will be doing the rounds each night, look out for some new books coming your way soon!

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We have two more meet ups with the P.2 classes this term.

Our remaining dates are:-

Tuesday 13th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 24th April – Visit to the People’s Park

The trips are all free of charge and the children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our St Patricks celebrations.

Thank you to everyone who came to the parent interviews in February. It is great to have your support with your child's learning.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart

 

January / February

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Miss Stewart, Miss McPeake and Mrs Backus.

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter.

 

Date for the diary: Week beginning 5th February will be Parent interview week.

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. This term the children will start spellings. They will get 6 words every night from Monday to Wednesday and then have Thursday night to revise for a test on Friday. Spellings should be written out neatly every night and signed by an adult please.

Practical maths homework will also be given out every Tuesday in a new homework book. Some practical equipment will be sent home, please look after it and return it the next day.

Theme – Long, long ago ……. Dinosaurs!

This term our new topic is “Dinosaurs”. We will be learning all the dinosaurs names, what they look like, what they like to eat and all sorts of other interesting facts.

We are looking forward to being real-life archaeologists during Play Based Learning! We have a Dino Dig set up in our classrooms for us to dig for fossils and dino bones! We are also making junk model dinosaurs and dinosaur skeletons.

Watch this space for photos of dinosaur activities!

Maths

In number work we will be learning how to take away. We have been practising how to count backwards to prepare for this. We will also be learning more about money – how to count out the correct amount of coins at the shop. Why not help out at home by playing shop with some real money and items to ‘buy’? We will also be telling the time – revising o’clock and starting to learn about half past.

Literacy

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the reading books and spellings – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible, especially if they reverse any letters. We will also be looking at capital letters and practising them in our handwriting books.

Keep trying to encourage the children to write simple sentences themselves, using as many little 'common' words as possible. Help them to write out any words they know or can sound out e.g. the, up, see, good, look, on, off etc.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will keep meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this term for various activities and we had a very enjoyable visit to watch their Christmas concert before Christmas.

Our remaining dates are:

Tuesday 30th January - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

Tuesday 13th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 24th April – Trip to the People’s Park.

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our Chinese New Year and St Patricks celebrations.

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our Nativity, we hope you enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you for another parent interview in February.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart

 

November / December

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Miss Stewart and Mrs Backus.

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter – Nov/Dec17 in the news section opposite.

Please ensure your child has the following in school every day:

- school bag

- a healthy break time snack

- lunch box or dinner money (paid on a Monday)

- note folder (check daily)

- coat

- reading folder, book and reading record

- P.E. gutties

- library book (to change on Friday)

Dates for the diary: Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th December – “It’s a baby!” P1 and P2 Nativity – Come and see the arrival of baby Jesus.

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. For the next few Mondays the children will get tricky words in their Jolly Phonics books and a new set of letters to make words out of.

Practical maths homework will also be given out most weeks and time should be taken to play them with the children.

Theme - In the Toy Box

Up until Christmas our class theme will be 'In the Toy Box'. During this time we will be looking at old fashioned toys, making toys for our technology project and testing them. We will have a toy shop in class which will help us with our work on money. Very importantly we will be writing a letter to Santa and thinking of all the lovely things we would like!

 

 

Maths

This half term we will be talking and learning about money. Help us recognise and know all the coins up to £1. We will be counting out pennies and buying toys in our toy shop. We are practising counting up to 20 and down from 20-0. We will be playing games adding on 1 and 2 and talking about more and less. Watch out for ideas in our Maths homework.

Literacy

Keep up the good work with the reading books and Jolly Phonics sounds – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible, especially if they reverse any letters.

We are trying to encourage the children to write simple sentences themselves, using as many little 'common' words as possible. Help them to write out any words they know or can sound out e.g. the , up, see, good, look, on, off etc.

We have been focusing on learning the alphabet name for letters and will be doing a lot of work on the alphabet until Christmas - say it at home and match upper and lowercase letters.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will be meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this year for various activities.

Our remaining dates are:

Tuesday 14th November - To take part in Play Based Learning together.

Friday 15th December - To watch the P1-3 Nativity concert.

Tuesday 30th January - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

Tuesday 13th March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

Tuesday 24th April – Trip to the People’s Park

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities. We always have a lovely play time together and look forward to visiting each other for our Christmas concerts.

Thank you to every parent who came for their interview in October. We look forward to seeing you at the Nativity and wish you all a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart

 

September / October

Welcome to P2!

Hello and welcome to P2! Our teachers are Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart. Our classroom assistants are Mrs Halliday, Mrs Backus, Miss McPeake and Miss Bradley.

Have a look at our latest P2 Newsletter - SeptOct17

Please ensure your child has the following in school every day:

- school bag

- a healthy break time snack

- lunch box or dinner money (paid on a Monday)

- note folder (check daily)

- coat

- reading folder, book and reading card

- P.E. gutties

Homework:

Monday to Thursday nights the children will have reading. It is important to hear this reading every night. Every Monday the children will get words in their Jolly Phonics books and letters to make words out of.

Practical maths homework’s will also start later in the term and time should be taken to play them with the children as this is a great way to reinforce our work in class.

Theme - If you go down to the woods today..

Up until Halloween our class theme will be “If you go down to the woods today…” During this time we will be looking at all sorts of things to do with Autumn, trees, weather, The Gruffalo, woodland animals and looking after our environment. We are hoping that the children will bring in all sorts of things from those Autumn walks!

Maths

For this first half term we will be making sure everyone know their numbers to 10. So if you have a minute make sure your child can write their numbers to 10, put them in order, fill in missing numbers and even add on 1 (to a number up to 10). We will be revising our 2D shapes and the children love playing “Spot the Shape” in school – try doing this at home or in the car.

We will be talking about more and less, before, after and numbers between.

Literacy

The children will be choosing a library book every week and bringing it home – please try to read it to them, as they love to hear stories in class. Keep up the good work with the reading books and Jolly Phonics sounds – it all makes a difference.

We are really trying to reinforce good handwriting and correct letter formation - help your child practise their letters as much as possible.

Our author study will be Julia Donaldson and her books really get the children enthused about reading. Ask your child which book they enjoyed the most.

Our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School

We are delighted to be able to keep up our close links with our friends in St. Brigid's Primary School. We will be meeting up with the P.2 classes throughout this year for various activities, and in fact our first visit to do circle time and art activities together will be in October.

Our remaining activities are:

November – To take part in Play Based Learning together.

December - To watch the P1-3 Nativity concert.

February - To celebrate Chinese New Year.

March - To celebrate St. Patrick.

The trips are all free of charge and will be held in St. Brigid's school and Ballykeel Primary School. The children really enjoy their time together and all the activities.

We look forward to meeting you all at the interviews in October.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Thompson and Miss Stewart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latest Photographs

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News

28th Jun 2018
Our seeds have definitely sprouted and the sun has definitely helped a lot. By the...
 
 
 
22nd Jun 2018
It was the perfect day for a picnic and some fun in the sun. Thank you to Mrs Bradley...
 
 
 
22nd Jun 2018
It was soooo much fun on the obstacle course, pirate ship and the helter skelter.....P2T...
 
 
 
19th Jun 2018
Well done to Parker in P2T who came 2nd in the Irish Kids Golf Tour competition....