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Congratulations, Grace!

24th January 2022

 

There was huge cause for celebration in P7a today, as Grace took part in an Irish dancing competition in Derry over the weekend: coming an amzing 1st in the Slip Jig and 3rd in Hornpipe! Her class and the school community are very proud of her achievements! 

'Money Wise' workshop

19th February 2022

 

To begin our new World Around Us learning of 'Money Wise' and the young enterprise/ Junior Entrepreneur programme, we took part in a young enterprise workshop. As part of the challenges set, we had to work in teams to create a structure as tall as we can make it, using only the materials provided!

STEAM investigations

13th January 2022

 

 

As part of our World Around Us learning on Natural Disasters, we took part in several STEAM experiments! These included the 'Make a volcano' experiment and the 'Tornado in a jar' investigation! Have a look at some of the images and videos below to see what we got up to!

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Atlas Skills

7th January 2021

 

 

As part of our World Around Us learning on Natural Disasters, we have been undertaking some learning on Atlases. This has included: how to use an atlas, the key components of an atlas and usign the grid-system to find locations from the index. Have a look at some of the photographs below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary 7a welcomes in 2022

5th January 2022

 

Have a look at some of our practical learning to kick off 2022 in Primary 7a!

Creative Christmas!

December 2021

 

Well done to Miley, who has gotten herself into the Creative and festive spirit at home, by creating this wonderful Gingerbread house! Well done, Miley!

Animations

14th December 2021

 

 

Today's ICT lesson focused on developing pupils' animation skills: particularly through the use of the Brush Ninja website. Have a look below at some of the fantastic animations created in the theme of Christmas'. Well done to Michael and Curtis, who finished 1st and 2nd in our class animation competition with their wonderful efforts! Michael also won the top animation across Key Stage 2 classes!

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Football Tournament

14th November 2021

 

 

Representatives from both P7 classes and LSC4 were very lucky to be joined today by P6 and P7 pupils from St. Nicholas’ Primary School Ardglass to take part in some fun indoor sports in Downpatrick’s Ballymote centre. Pupils took part in games including basketball and football. The pupils learned some new skills and enjoyed having the opportunity to take part in exciting, new activities with new people. Thank you to the staff and pupils from St. Nicholas’ for joining us.

Congratulations Grace!

14th November 2021

 

In Primary 7a, we love to celebrate the achievements of our wonderful students. A massive congratulations to Grace, who was awarded a 1st, 4th & 6th in a recent irish Dancing Feis on Sunday- Well done, Grace!

A Titanic day out!

11th November 2021

 

To celebrate pupils’ learning and to close our World Around Us topic of ‘The Titanic’, Primary 7 spent the day in Titanic Quarter, Belfast! Here we toured the wonderful Titanic Exhibition, walked the original Titanic Slipways and went on board the Titanic’s sister ship- the SS Nomadic.

 

It was a wonderful day for everyone involved and great to be back on school trips again after a long two years; see images from our day, below! 

Sink or Float?

9th November 2021

 

 

As part of our WAU/ STEAM learning, primary 7 explored the question; ‘ What makes something sink?’. We discussed our predictions, how to test this fairly and we then conducted our experiment. Have a look at some images of this experience below! 

‘Good Trouble!’

4th November 2021

We are currently taking part in the ‘Irelands future is Mine’ project on Minecraft and in this week’s task, pupils used Minecraft to explore people in life who got in to ‘Good Trouble’- getting in trouble for just causes!

 

Examples included;

  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • John Lewis and MLK
  • Black Lives Matter movement 
  • Malala Yousafzai
  • Nelson Mandela

We explored each figure’s world to learn more about their struggle and then completed a Minecraft challenge from their world. Have a look at some images of our work below! 

Symmetry Around Us

5th November 2021

 

As part of our Numeracy leaning of Symmetry, we took a learning walk to find examples of symmetry in our outdoor surroundings. See some images below for the examples we found all around us! 

Spooktacular celebrations!

21st October 2021

 

To conclude our cash for kids fundraising efforts, we had a wonderful celebration of Halloween in class! Have a look below at some of our photo highlights! 

Dancing the day away!

7th October 2021 

 

Primary Seven have been having great fun in their PE this week, by following a series of dance routines. 

 

Following the steps of 'Muinteoir Emer', Primary 7 developed movs to 'the Minion dance', as well as a Traditional African dance. 

 

We are looking forward to developing some more routines next week! 

 

Boys and girls, you can follow along at home by searching for 'Excercise with Emer RTÉ' online.

NIFRS & PSNI talk about Firework safety

Ireland’s future is MINE

5th October 2021

There is much excitement within Primary 7 today we begin a series of workshops based on Minecraft Education. Today we watched episode 1 of ‘Ireland’s future is Mine’ as well as attempt the Minecraft challenge set in the episode. After completing all episodes in 6 weeks time, we will then enter an All- Ireland Minecraft competition, with many prizes up for grabs! Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks! 
 

This week’s challenge was to design our dream home- have a look at some of our creations below!

Monthy Mass

5th October 2021

 we celebrated our Monthly school celebration of mass, via the St Patrick’s Church webcam. Well done to Aoife and Dale who represented our class at the service, by reading the prayers of the faithful 

Cycle to School Week 2021

1st October 2021
Check out a selection of images from our ‘Cycle to School week’ activities! 

Problem-Solving with Izak 9!

27th September 2021

 

Today in our Problem-Solving and investigations task, Primary 7 used the Izak 9 blocks to problem solve, using the trial and improvement strategy.

In their first task, they had to make three rows of three-digit numbers that would altogether total to 900. In the secod task, the 'Garden Centre' challenge required P7 to make rows of numbers to equal 15, but surrounding a garden block and using each digit only once. Check out some of our photos below! 

The events of the Titanic- Who was to blame? 

22nd September 2021

 

As part of Primary 7’s World Around Us learning about the Titanic, alongside their Writing focus of discursive texts, they have been asking the question: who was to blame for the Titanic’s demise? 
 

Primary 7 have explored this though a range of discussion opportunities and by creating balanced arguments on whether the iceberg, captain, crew members, designers or engineers can be blamed. See below for some images of our learning! 

Getting creative with Adobe Spark

21st September 2021

 

Recently in ICT, Primary 7 have been getting to grips with with Adobe Spark software, which allows them to design and edit posters and information bases, using a range of tools. 
 

Primary 7 were tasked with creating a poster to advertise the Titanic/ facilities on board, with s modern twist. Check out some of the wonderful creations below! 

 

Learning phonics through Practical activities 

September 2021

 

 Check out some of the activities that Primary 7 have been getting up to in their phonics learning, which they have enjoyed getting creative with! 

Titanic Creations!

16th September 2021

 

 

This week in our World Around Us and STEAM learning, Primary 7 attempted to recreate a model of the Titanic, using their skills in Minecraft Education. Check out some of our outstanding Minecraft skills below!

 

Happy Roald Dahl Day!

13th September 2021

Exploring with Tennis

9th September 2021

 

Today in PE, Primary 7 began a series of lessons based on tennis. The aim of these lessons is to develop hand-eye coordination, as well as throwing and batting skills. Check out some of the photos from today, below!

Enjoying our first week back

6th September 2021

 

 

As part of our first week back, Primary 7 have been taking part in a wide range of learning areas! These include; Practical mental maths sessions, exploring the events of th Titanic's sinking, recognising our rights and resposnibilities as children, as well as Pope Francis' call to look after our environment in his 'Laudato Si' letter to the world (Encyclical).

Welcome to primary 7 2021-2022

31st August 2021

 

Today, we welcomed the Primary 7a class of 2021-2022 in to school to beign their final year of primary education. 

 

As a celebration, we enjoyed some slush drinks and Ice-cream!

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