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St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast


Welcome to P3SMcK (P3POK)

Our teacher is Ms McKeown and our classroom assistants are Mrs Meier and Mrs Garrahan. 

We are so excited to have our children back learning in school! 

Our Literacy Focus this term is Recount writing and our teachers have lots of fun activities planned for our lessons. Within our writing lessons, our learning will focus on a mixture of grammar, punctuation and spelling. We will develop phonics knowledge and spelling patterns and skills. We will look at nouns and verbs (present and past tense). A big push will be to remember how to use capital letters and full stops correctly. We look forward to reading all about your holiday experiences and how you feel coming back to school. Our reading focus this term will be to keep developing our word recognition, decoding strategies and reading for understanding. 

We have lots of fun Numeracy learning planned. We will focus on recapping numbers to 20 and to 50 and beyond. We will revise our addition and numeracy strategies with a mixture of practical, written and electronic exploration methods and some problem solving. We will look at our shapes, how many shapes we can name and their properties. We look forward to seeing all our wonderful Numeracy strategies and skills!

Homework will be given out on a Monday due for Friday. This will include a reading record, x2 reading books, a homework booklet for the week, and a Mental Maths and Grow in Love booklet for the term. Please read with your child through the week and discuss their books. 

Our topics this year will be: ALL AROUND US, ANIMALS, WINTER, BREAD & PIRATES.

It is important that we all look after our health and wellbeing this year. Over the holidays we have created a new sensory circuit on the link corridor. We have decorated our nurture room and got lots of lovely new equipment for our nurture room. Boys and girls from P.1-7 will be able to use these amazing new resources throughout the year.

PE day is a Wednesday and pupils must come in in their PE kit on this day. 

The school gates open at 8.40am and children will go straight to the classroom, lessons begin at 8.55am. 

You will enter the school by the church car park gate and go straight to our new classroom by the P3/P4 entrance, which is beside the church car park gate. You will also get picked up at home time via the church car park gate. 

You will use hand sanitiser when you enter the school and when you get to the classroom you will wash your hands.

Make sure you bring a healthy item to eat at break time. 

We are a nut free school as some of our children have a nut allergy (no nutella, no foods containing nuts). 

We finish at 2.30pm Monday-Thursday and 1.40pm on a Friday. 

This is a very important year for our P.3 children as they will be making their First Confession. We will let you know this date when it is confirmed later in the year.


We look forward to a wonderful term of learning and fun in P3!



Ms McKeown, Mrs Garrahan and Mrs Meier