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โ˜€๏ธ WALT: build a Solar Oven to cook S’mores โ˜€๏ธ

The children in primary 6 were tasked with creating a ‘solar oven’ using household items such as a pizza box, tin foil and cling film. They followed the instructions carefully and were able to create their very own solar oven within a small group. The children were able to answer scientific questions effectively and describe how the solar oven worked. The children had to wait for a bright sunny day so had their solar oven made in advance so they could be prepared for when the sun started to shine. The children enjoyed this task and enjoyed the s’mores even more as well earned treat from their investigation. 

๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฟ Maintaining Our Flower Bed ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒฟ

๐ŸŒ WALT: build Viking Longboats ๐ŸŒ

๐ŸŒ P.6 Viking Visit ๐ŸŒ


Today we were visited by Vikings, we explored real artefacts that Vikings would’ve used, to get an idea on the ways that they lived and worked. We saw how Vikings used to weave pieces of cloth to make their clothes and would use special tools to craft their weapons. After, we were able to take part in a battle, allowing us to see how they fought. We had a great day!

๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿผ‍๐Ÿ”ฌW5 Trip๐Ÿง‘๐Ÿป‍๐Ÿ”ฌ


P6 enjoyed a fun filled trip to W5 as part of our World Around Us topic. We took part in lots of exciting activities including exploring all the incredible exhibitions on offer. Learning lots about engineering, renewable energy and the human body. We were also lucky enough to take part in a workshop called ‘Marvellous Machines’. We even got to make our very own machines. It was a great day all round ๐Ÿคฉ



๐Ÿ’ท Junior Entrepreneurship Programme ๐Ÿ’ท 

The children were able to enjoy a day learning all about globalisation and where all our products come from. They were able to identify where their clothes were made and locate these on a map. They then looked at the ingredients of chicken curry and were then able ti calculate approximately how far their food has travelled before they eat it. This all led the children to their final task where they had to design a new product for a fantasy country based on prerequisite criteria that they had to meet. They were able to collaborate and work as a team to settle on their new product and then design an advert to market this as well. The children had a great morning. Learning all about business and generating new ideas to release a new product. 


WALT: use an atlas to locate countries where inventors and inventions were created. 

The children were tasked with using an atlas to help them locate countries from around the world. They were guided through the different types of maps used such as population density. They were learning to use the Index page and use the grid reference to help locate a city or country on the page. They then used this information to complete their own worksheet and draw the invention while also writing the country name. Ethan O’Connor said it was fun and exciting to use an atlas. Orla said that it was new and interesting to use an atlas. 

WALT: create and present a PowerPoint about Safer Internet Day

WALT: design a boat to solve a challenge and use a Sphero as a motor.

The children were tasked with designing, building and evaluating a boat that would use a Sphero as a motor. They had to think about the type of materials they had to use so the boat would float and not take on any water. They also thought about the type of materials they could that would be suitable to join materials together. Hannah correctly pointed out that tape wouldn’t be useful as it would not be able to stick with the water. The children were allowed to choose any resources and were able to experiment with what would work and not work. We then were able to test our boats in the water to see if the boat would work. This is where the children would see if their designs would work and then allowed the children to evaluate their work. 

Chester’s Challenge Week 3

The children took part in their final instalment of Chester’s Challenge. The children were learning about the traffic light system on foods while discovering how much sugar is in their favourite sugary drinks. The children were also guided through how to help relax their body before they go to bed with reducing screen time and getting the most appropriate amount of sleep. The children have been very engaging over the past three weeks and have taken on board the key messages being delivered. 

Chester’s Challenge

This week on Chester’s Challenge the children were up and moving and mimicking monkey moves and exploring the different ways in which they can move their body. The were guided through how many hours of physical activity they need to participate in during the week and why it is important to keep up muscle and strengthening exercises. Next week they will learn all about the importance of reducing screen time and why sleep is so important. 

Children moving around like Chester and Hartley

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More monkey movements

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WALT: creat a jumping game using scratch

Georgia playing her new game on scratch

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WALT: create an invention to solve an environmental problem

The boys and girls were guided through the issues of ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ where tonnes of rubbish is floating around the oceans. The children were tasked with having to use their creative imagination and create an invention that would help clean the Earth’s oceans. They then had the opportunity to present their ideas to the rest of the class. We had some wonderful presentations from Michael, Hannah, Nevaeh. The presenting skills of the children to outline different areas of their inventions were brilliant. 

Inventors and Inventions 

We have started our new topic this term all about inventors and inventions. We started the topic of with our KWL chart and discussed what we know about inventors and inventions. We then used iPads to research inventors from the past and those in the present era. We have found out some wonderful facts from inventors who lived locally. Seamus discovered that Sir James Martin from Crossgar invented the ejector seat while Mia discovered that Sir Ian Sloane invented milk chocolate who comes from Killyleah.

Chester’s Challenge - Healthy Eating

This week the children were treated to a wonderful workshop from the NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Charity. They were educating the children on the EatWell Guide and how much of each food category we should be consuming each week. They also got a shock as to how much sugar is in some of treats that we have on a daily basis. Next week we are getting active and going to get moving and learn how we can keep active throughout the day and how much physical activity we need each day.