7B concluded their topic of Natural Disasters on Wednesday (26th January) by taking part in a work shop which allowed the boys and girls to create some of the phenomenons we have explored over the past few weeks including volcanoes and tornadoes.
P7 began to work with The Friends Resilience Programme on Friday (21st). It was a very enjoyable and encouraging start to the 6 week course. 7B discussed how we can work together as a group and made some group guidelines. They talked about their strengths. They then discussed what feelings are and how we can recognise them in ourselves and others and finished with a game of emotions charade.
7B had a very busy day on Wednesday taking part in two excellent and very informing workshops. 7B started the day by beginning our collaboration with YENI where we learned what a business was and then what an entrepreneur was. We took part in some quizzes and had our S.T.E.A.M skills put to the test by constructing towers from natural materials. 7B proved they work excellently as a team and will need to use these skills as they have been challenged with coming up with their own business plan.
Our second workshop was with The Chest, Heart and Stroke Foundation where we learned a lot of information about cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The pupils were particularly surprised that there are over 7000 chemicals in a cigarette.
7B were very lucky to be visited today (9th December) by Santa and Mrs Claus. Thank you to everyone who organised the visit.
7B listened with great reverence and respect this morning as Fr. Toland took our monthly mass. As we continue to celebrate Advent Fr. Toland spoke about the importance of welcoming Jesus into our homes at this important time of year.
We were lucky to be joined by Tanya Kearns on Monday (December 6th) the Community Arts Facilitator for Beat Carnival Belfast. Tanya taught P7B some excellent techniques on how to draw their own cartoons based on characters from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The final pieces were absolutely fantastic and 7B even had a go at making their own 3D replica of Whoville.
We were very lucky to be joined by Orla Mulholland, manager of Mabel’s Ice Cream Parlour in Downpatrick on Wednesday (1st December.) Orla also spoke with boys and girls from Mrs Cassidy’s, Mr Brennan’s and Mr McKernan’s class about what it takes to run a successful business. Orla very kindly donated some prizes to each class and we look forward to her presenting prizes to a lucky winner from each class in the not so distant future.
Our whole school was lucky enough to visit Belfast yesterday to watch the Grand Opera House production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Everyone from 7B represented our school superbly and a fantastic time was had by all. A big thank you to everyone who helped organise the day.
This week 7B explored the very serious subject of bullying. We explored this through a variety of ways including poetry, art and discussing how we think it would be to be bullied. 7B discussed what we would do if we were being bullied or knew someone who was being bullied and developed our own class pledge based on the theme of the week which was kindness.
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.
Today both P7A and P7B had the opportunity to visit Titanic Belfast. The boys and girls had the opportunity to explore artefacts linked to The Titanic and were able to experience what it would have been like to be a shipbuilder and a passenger on The Titanic as well as develop an understanding of the size of The Titanic.
The temperature might have dipped but that did not stop 7B from enjoying Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday (November 4th.) 7B spent the entire day outdoors to take part in Phonics and Literacy games, finding some real life examples of patterns in nature for our Problem Solving lesson and created some really unique art using only natural resources.
7B would like to thank everyone who helped or contributed in any way towards supporting our Cash for Kids Challenge. In particular thank you and well done to our PTFA members for all your hard work. An incredible £18, 910 was raised. Well done!
A fantastic day was had by all in 7B today. There was some eerie Numeracy work completed, a spooky quiz and some brilliant Halloween arts and craft but it is safe to say the highlight of the day was visiting our Daily Mile track to find it had been transformed into a spectacular, spooky trail. A big thank you to all involved. They did a fantastic job.
A big thank you to Cormac from Helping Improve Performance who spoke with both P7 classes today via Zoom about resilience and taught us a few coping mechanisms for difficult times.
Continuing on with our topic of The Titanic, this week 7B used our water tray in The Rainbow Garden to explore and experiment on a variety of materials. 7B wanted to explore the properties of these materials and predicted what impact water would have on them, focusing in particular on if they would float or not before recording our results.
To celebrate National Poetry Day 7B had a go at creating their own Autumn themed haikus. 7B also created some lovely artwork to accompany their haiku.
7B today discussed the importance of choosing words wisely. Words have the power to hurt but also to heal. Hurtful words can be just as painful as a physical injury and can be spoken or sent through text/social media. 7B discussed which words they could choose to help someone having a difficult time and the importance of being kind to others.