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St. Colmcille's Primary School
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P6 - Mr Brennan

First Week Back - Activity Based Learning and Socialising

WALT: use natural resources to understand place value to 100,000

WALT: look at different materials that clothes are made from.

WALT: solve place value word problems in teams using izak9

WALT: understand the importance of hand washing 
The children completed a science experiment about the importance of washing their hands throughout the day. We put bread into ziplock bags but before doing so we washed our hands with soap and water, with just water, wipes, hand sanitiser and then rubbed a piece of bread on door handles answer with dirty hands. 

The children were able to predict what was going to happen to the bread and then after two weeks we discussed the results and examined the mould on the bread. 

WALT: understand the importance of hand washing (results)

European Languages Day - Irish Lesson

WALT: spell /ow/ words playing dice games.

WALT : spell /oo/ words through active games.

Game 1: children played X’s and O’s Using /oo/ variations.

Game 2: children created /oo/ words using magnetic letters.

Game 3: children played guess the correct variation. Children had to write down the correction variation if a word when it was called out. 
Game 4: children played a dice game where they had to compete different tasks according to the number of the dice.

Game 5: Roll the foam dice and whatever side it falls on the children have to think of a word with that variation.

WALT: move our body in different ways.


The children are exploring dance as part of their PE this term. We were practising our synchronised movement mimicking riding on a roller coaster in small groups. We also played a variation of ‘stuck in the mud’ where the person stuck had to create a dance and then the person ‘freeing’ them had to copy their dance moves to co tinge the game. The children were then tasked to do this in groups. After the children were allowed to use their imagination and act like an object or person beginning with a particular letter when shouted. We got some fantastic examples and the children particularly enjoyed playing this game.  

WALT: pass the ball in a straight line or behind to our team mate. 

As part of our games we have been practising our rugby skills. We have been learning how to pass the ball sides ways or behind to our team mate. We are trying to build this up to a game situation and learning how to defend. 

Felt Making Workshop

The children in P.6. had the opportunity to create a pencil case holder using wool fibres and using a technique to combine all the wool fibres together. The children were guided through this fantastic workshop by the very talented Jennifer Cunningham. The children really enjoyed this activity and were using their artistic skills to combine colours together to create the perfect pencil case. They used soap and water and a rubbing technique to felt everything together. 



WALT: create our own Haka dance.


As part of our games in PE we have been completing rugby games and as part of this we decided to recreate our own ‘Haka’. The children were tasked with creating their own routine, choreograph their dance and use synchronisation to keep in time with their friends. This was a very enjoyable lesson and the children immersed themselves into the challenge and  created some fantastic Hakas. 


Children creating their own Haka

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WALT: use a metre stick to measure height and perimeter.

This week the boys and girls were using metre sticks to measure each other’s height and measure the perimeter of rectangular shapes. They were able to round measurements to the nearest 10 e.g. 1.46m = 1.5m. They were able to convert measurements from cm to metres and then metres to cm. 

WALT: structure an explanation text

The children have been exploring the structures and features of an explanation text this term. They were faced with an explanation text that had been jumbled up. The children had to work as a team and recreate the explanation text as it would normally appear. They were looking out for clues as to how the text might begin and how it might end. After, the children highlighted the key features of the text. 

🍕 Pizza Party - Pumpkin Prize 🍕

Phonics ABL

The children were examining the local newspapers looking for their targeted sound of the week (igh sound). They had the chance in pairs to read the paper and pick out igh words and share with the class. Also, they used play dough to help create ‘sound buttons’ to segment and blend /e/ words. 

Well done to our Irish Dancing Champions - Nevaeh and Erin

One Kind Word

The boys and girls in P.6. Were very active and engaging during our anti bullying lesson. They responded well to the role play situations and offered to say ‘One Kind Word’ to their friends throughout the week. As a class we also created a rhyming poem about social bullying and well done Ella Oakes who won the best poem in P.6. The children also came together to create a class pledge of how we can be nice to our friends in school. 

Human Body - Functions of the Organs

The children were tasked with drawing the outline of a human body, drawing where some of the major organs are located in the body while also having to make notes on their main functions on the outside. The boys and girls used QR codes to aid them with their research using an iPad on google chrome. 

Times Tables Focus 

The children enjoyed a carousel of activities to help practise their times tables from 2-12 and incorporating mental maths strategies to times by 19, 20 and 21. The games included using playing cards and putting a card down and the first one to shout out the answer keeps the card, rolling two 1-12 die and find the product of the two numbers. Children were then faced with the answer and had to write down the potential question on their whiteboards (possibility to have more than one question), children used the interactive board to answer quick fire times tables exploring the different vocabulary associated with multiplication. Lastly, the children had numbers 1-24 on 4 die and numbers 19, 20 and 21 on another and rolled the dice to multiply the number by the given rolled die e.g. 19 x 16.

WALT: use chalk to create an advent wreath