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St. Colmcille's Primary School
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WAU

Creating persuasive posters using Adobe Express to advertise our favourite holiday destinations!

Exploring forces and friction using magnets and toy cars!

Using iMovie to create news interviews of the first steam train passengers!

STEAM challenge- make a paper aeroplane that will travel the longest distance. P3/4 had to work collaboratively, test and then improve their model!

Collecting and analysing data of all the types of transport used daily by P3/4

Well done to the P3/4 who completed research into famous Vikings and then presented their findings to the class! They found and shared lots of interesting facts and were able to give each other constructive feedback using two stars and a wish.

P3/4 completed a special challenge to retrace the journey Vikings made across Europe invading and raiding by coding Spheros!

P3/4, P5/6 & P6 were visited this week by some ferocious Vikings! They got to learn all about the different aspects of Viking life and invasions, including some of our own local Viking history. They tried their hand at making clothes and got to try on some chainmail, shields and compare different weapons! They even got to have a sleep on a typical Viking bed! The children had a go at playing some Viking games and took part in Viking battle drills! Thank you to Harry Cheevers and DeCourcy Knights for organising and visiting us and providing such a fun and informative Viking afternoon!

We measured out the size of a Viking Long Boat in our playground! We measured using metres. It was huge! Much bigger than we expected!

P3/4 have been learning all about Viking clothing as part of their new WAU topic. Thank you to Mrs Keenan for coming to our class to complete a special workshop were we got to design and create our own unique Viking outfit using different materials and fabrics!

Using Adobe Express to create posters to help encourage people to look after their emotional well-being ! Check out some of P3/4’s helpful tips!

Nighttime Routine Vlog

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We have been learning all about the importance of good nights sleep for our development.

Nighttime Routine Vlog

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We have been learning all about the importance of good nights sleep for our development.

Nighttime Routine Vlog

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We have been learning all about the importance of good nights sleep for our development.

P3/4 have been learning about the importance of exercise to stay healthy. They have also been measuring their heart rates to compare before and after exercise!

P3/4 started their new topic, 'Health is Wealth' this week. We had a class discussion about what we already know, would like to learn and how we would like to learn about it. We also tired a variety of fruit and healthy snacks and took part in a super daily mile to celebrate our new topic! P3/4 loved the melon and pinneapple but were not as sure about the hummus and carrot!

P3/4 were very excited to make their own traditional Christmas decoration. Thank you Mrs and Mr Hanna who gifted our class these lovely wooden snowmen! What a precious gift.

P3/4 had a fabulous time at the Down County Museum! They got to explore Christmas toys and traditions from the past and even got to play with with them! They also had a very informative tour around the museum!

P3/4 enjoyed a special trip to Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry. During the visit they had a guided a tour from an Aquarist who told them all about the animals that can be found in Strangford Lough and Irish waters such as pollock, spider crabs and octopus. P3/4 even had the opportunity to hold and feel some in the touch tank. They also got to see some more tropical marine life including puffer fish and sharks! A firm favourite of the class however was the Seal Sanctuary. They spotted a seal with facial injuries and learnt that his name was Neptune and that he had been struck by a boat. P3/4 were very touched by his story and decided to adopt him to help pay for his care and recovery. They will be receiving pictures and regular updates about him and his recovery in the Seal Sanctuary.

P3/4 were very lucky to have Moya Laird, an avid sea swimmer and the nanny of Chloe in our class come to visit us to tell us all about her hobby. She explained to us how she prepares for her swims and all the measures she takes to ensure she stays safe in the open water. She also showed us the special clothing she wears when she comes out of the water to get warm again. P3/4 really enjoyed finding out all about sea swimming, they particularly loved hearing about the special seal that sometimes says hello to Moya in the water around Killough.

P3/4 have been learning about plastic pollution in our oceans and the impact it is having. We decided to use the app, 'Spark Post' to create posters to encourage people to stop using single use plastic and clean up our oceans.

P3/4 had their first trip to Tyrella beach as part of their topic, 'Ocean Deep!' They completed a beach clean up, mindfulness walk to take in all the local flora and fauna and even took part in a sandcastle building competition!

A big thank you to Farrans and St Colmcille's parent, Clara Burns for putting on a, 'Science Starz' workshop for P3/4! They had a great time becoming engineers for the day and building boats. We loved testing how much weight our boats could hold!

P3/4 made jellyfish suncatchers when learning about the types of jellyfish we find along the Irish coastline.

We made an editable Jelly Fish to introduce our new topic, 'Ocean Deep!' We think it looks like a lions mane, but thankfully no one got stung! We also had a lovely discussion about all the things we know about our oceans, what we might like to find out and how we would like to learn about it!

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