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Year 7

Welcome to our P7 page!!

There are two P7 classes in Ballykeel Primary in 2017/2018 year.  The P7 teachers are Mrs Esler (P7BE) and Mrs Gregg (P7SG). In P7 we also have a Classroom Assistant, Miss Anderson (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.

Post Primary Entrance Criteria

January – February

We have a lot of exciting things happening this term. To begin with your children will be visiting some of the Post-Primary schools in the area. See below for dates. We would encourage you to visit as many schools as possible, so your child can get a flavour of each one. Dunclug College are running a taster day on Friday 12 January and we will be visiting Cullybackey College on Friday 19 January for a science & technology workshop.

Please ensure schoolbags are checked regularly as there will be a lot of permission notes this term!


Topics This Term:

Our World Around Us (WAU) theme this term will be ‘The Irish Famine’ and we will be linking with the P7 classes in St Brigid’s for a number of fun and interesting activities based on our theme. Please remember to check diaries to see when we are going across to visit St Brigid’s and please be in to school on time. We will be adding information, photos and chats to a Hunger Room on Fronter so have a look from home at what we have been doing.

In Maths we will be covering the topics of Weight, Area & Perimeter and Fractions. We will be carrying out a number of problem solving investigations related to these topics. Check out the news on our page for photos of these activities. Remember that mental maths is important and keep practising table facts and number bonds with your child.

Within Literacy we will be starting our class novel, which is linked to our WAU theme and carrying out written and oral activities linked to the story. We will be practising our summarising skills which will link in with our creative writing task of producing a crime report.

We will be linking up again with our friends in St Brigid’s as we take part in a programme called ‘It’s Your Move’. This is a Scripture Union programme taken by our local schools worker Rachael Sheppard, and will focus on the choices and challenges that our children will face as they move on to their new schools.



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 our proud of how hard they have worked, no matter what happens. All our local secondary and grammar schools will 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.

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 Blog post and some Winter poetry. In maths we will be looking at problem solving strategies and applying these to solves number and weight problems. We will also be looking at fractions.

P7 will also be enjoying some visits to other schools to term, with trips to Dunclug College to see 'Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat' and to Slemish College to see 'The Sound of Music'.


Post-Primary Admissions

After Christmas, your child will bring home a post-primary admission form. This form should be completed at home and returned to school.

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

For entrance criteria for the local Ballymena schools, click into the School Criteria post within the Class News section . Criteria for school’s outside of the area can be found on the EA website above.



Dunclug College

Wed 3 Jan 2018 at 7.30pm & Thu 4 Jan 2018 at 7.30pm

Ballymena Academy

Wed 10 Jan 2018, 7pm – 9pm (for pupils within 3 miles of the school)

Thu 11 Jan 2018, 7pm – 9pm (for pupils more than 3 miles from the school)

Cambridge House Grammar School

Sat 20 Jan 2018, 9.30am – 1pm

Cullybackey College

Mon 22 Jan 2018 at 7.30pm

Tue 23 Jan 2018 at 7.30pm

Slemish Integrated College

Wed 24 Jan 2018 at 7.00pm

Thu 25 Jan 2018 at 7.00pm


What should your child have with them each day?

Your child should come fully prepared for all school activities each day.  As a P7 pupil it is important that they begin to take responsibility for organising themselves on a daily basis.  The following is an “essentials” list of the things they need and require everyday

  • Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • 30cm ruler
  • Pritt stick
  • Biro pens for marking (blue, black, red or green) – no gel pens please
  • Colouring pencils/crayons
  • Homework diary, reading book and any other homework (completed, checked and signed)
  • Healthy break / canteen money and a packed lunch / dinner money
  • Any notes that have been sent home, returned and signed
  • PE kit – this remains in school and is sent home every half term to be washed



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 homework on Monday – Wednesday night.  In P7 the written homework alternates between Numeracy and Literacy from week to week (e.g. Week 1 – Numeracy, Literacy, Numeracy ; Week 2 – Literacy, Numeracy, Literacy and so on).  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.  There is no written homework on Thursday nights as pupils are encouraged to revise their spellings and maths facts in preparation for the weekly Friday test.


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

Each night the homework diary, spelling book and written homework book should be signed before returning to school the next day.  If you feel your child has found their homework a little tricky or requires a little extra help from the class teacher, please put a note in the homework diary for us to check the next day.

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 McDowell & Mrs Gregg


Latest Photographs

Think About It Thursday - Problem 1
Think About It Thursday - Problem 1
Think About It Thursday - Answers to Problem 1
Think About It Thursday - Answers to Problem 1
Think About It Thursday - Problem 2.  Can you solve this one?
Think About It Thursday - Problem 2. Can you solve this one?


9th Feb 2018
As part of our Hunger topic in World Around Us, we are reading Under the Hawthorn...
8th Feb 2018
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1st Feb 2018
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1st Feb 2018
The girls played extremely well today. They won they match with a score of 7-1. Abbie...