To those who are not aware of the Accelerated Reader programme which runs here in Ballywalter PS here’s a brief outline:
Accelerated Reader (AR) is a reading management and monitoring programme that aims to foster independent reading. The pupils’ reading age and ability are assessed by the the internet-based software which also provides their teacher with an insight. The pupil can choose from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in the AR scheme, once finished reading they access computerised quizzes on the books and earn AR points as they progress. Each pupil is set an individual word count target and once achieved they can choose from the “Rewards” cabinet in school.
This has proved extremely worthwhile and teachers have seen a marked improvement in Literacy skills and a real passion for reading blossoming in our school. Have a look below at some of our Remarkable Readers!
This week we are taking part in the national anti-bullying week programme. Children wore odd socks today to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate individuality. Pupils will also be taking part in lessons and activities over the coming days to celebrate anti-bullying week in a fun and informative way.
At Ballywalter Primary we always encourage our children to consider the needs of others and we love to take part in fundraising for various charities. For this year’s Children In Need appeal children and staff were invited to dress in something spotty for the day. Together with the Pre-School we raised a fantastic £321.00
The Accelerated Reader programme which runs from P4 – P7 encourages children to read for pleasure. A wide range of fiction and non-fiction books are available in a variety of reading levels. As the children read and complete quizzes on each book they are awarded a word score which goes toward the individual target set by the teacher.
It’s a really enjoyable way for the children to expand their reading and the rewards certainly are an added bonus!
Our wonderful Building Supervisor Mrs Mary Corkum was recently awarded the British Empire Medal for her services to Education.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions Mary was unable to travel to Buckingham Palace to receive her medal, so in a lovely ceremony outside in the autumn sunshine the Lord Lieutenant of Northern Ireland came to present her with her medal.
All the children and staff had dressed up in their finest to celebrate with Mary and formed a guard of honour.
Teachers and assistants completed specialist ‘beach school’ training at the end of August and some of the classes have already had a lesson on the beach. The outdoor space has the benefit of allowing the children to move about more freely while they learn. We hope that, by participating in some lessons on our local beach, we will improve pupil well-being and create a wealth of learning opportunities, memories and experiences that will stay with the children for life.
We would like to say a big Thank You to the members of Ballywalter Community Action Group. Their application to NDABC’s Recycling Community Investment Fund was successful, and as a result they have presented us with the generous gifts of a lovely bumble bee shaped blackboard for our outdoor play area and a colourful collection of musical pipes which have been fitted to the blue fence in the KS2 playground. These make a lovely addition to our play areas and the children are really enjoying them.