We are continuing our polar journey this term. We researched a variety of polar animals and wrote reports about them. We also looked at food chains and discussed producers, herbivores and carnivores.We discussed climate change, the greenhouse effect and how the ozone layer around Antarctica is being destroyed. We also looked at the consequences and how it is of huge global concern.We have just started working on our class assembly which will celebrate our polar experience so far. We are looking forward to using the green screen as a background while we are taking on a variety of STEM careers. We have field guides, boating officers, chefs, carpenters, electricians, general assistants, data managers, engineers, technicians, marine biologists, zoological field assistants, scientists and research station support assistants all talking about their vital roles both in the research stations and on the vessel itself. Our Assembly is Friday 9th February at 9.15am.
We are currently working on digital e-books to showcase all we have learned about Polar Explorers. We have included samples of our written work and displays, photographs, voice recordings and some videos of our practical science investigations. We are really enjoying using other apps such as, Morfo Booth, Pic Collage and Comic Life and importing them into our digital e- books. We will post samples of our books on the website very soon. So watch this space!
STEM SENTINUS WORKSHOP
Last night Gerard Hughes from SENTINUS delivered a scientific enquiry evening for P.6 children and their parents. It was a fun and learning experience for all. The children made Cartesian divers, explored the differences between the Arctic and Antarctica landscapes, discovered how to make a paper clip float and how to make it sink without touching it and also the real science behind why a ping pong ball floats near the edge of a glass of water and how to move it to the centre. Surface tension is an amazing thing!
Mrs Mahon was very proud of all of the P.6 children and grateful for their parents attendance at such an exciting event.
Today, Gill Humes, Polar Ambassador for the STEM Learning Polar Explorer Programme visited our school to work with our class on designing remote operated vehicles for deep ocean exploration. We had great fun building the robotic arm prototype.
Gill was so impressed with our beautiful classroom and all our artistic work linked to this theme. She was also so complimentary about our Polar Land Diorama display on the front corridor.
She has already booked in another two dates to visit us in the new term and we look forward to that.
As part of our Polar Explorer Programme we are working towards achieving a CREST award. We have to complete at least 8 different scientific investigations in order to achieve this prestigious award.
CREST Activity 1: Design a boat to carry the maximum number of passengers
We learned that the hull needs to be flat and thin, with deep sides allowing more air into the boat. Have a look at our creations!
RSPB Red Kite Project
Our P.6 children attended the Red Kite Project Launch Event in the Tollymore Centre today. They performed a short presentation on the facts they have learned about red kites and finished with choral speaking poetry. A number of people from RSPB, Mourne Heritage Trust and Newry and Mourne District Council commended the children on their performance and their exemplary behaviour. The UTV cameras were at this prestigious event and we look forward to watching Calum and Mya showcasing what they know about red kites. Mrs Mahon and Mr McGuigan were very proud of all the P.6 children. Some of our work was also on display during the event.
Polar Explorers STEM Programme
P.6 have just started this programme as part of their new class topic on Polar Exploration. Our school was selected as one of only ten schools in Northern Ireland to participate in this initiative. It will involve a lot of fun science and technology which the children are really looking forward to.
The children have already completed polar dioramas at home with the help and support from their parents. Mrs Mahon and Mr McGuigan were blown away with the standard of landscapes produced. Visitors to school have all commented on the beautiful display and it is a credit to all the children involved.
Our Class Display on Polar Lands
PSNI Chaos at School Gates
Today Karen and Sonny came into school to talk to the children about road safety and how to be safe in the school grounds. The P.6 and P.7 children went out with the PSNI officers to see if they could find any examples of poor parking. Some of the children were given the chance to use the speed camera on the Castlewellan Road. It was a very informative afternoon and one which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Celebrating Maths Week
This week the children were tasked with solving a mystery about stolen trophies in school. They had a series of clues and by the process of elimination they were able to work out the culprit. Guess Who???? Mr McGuigan
They had great fun working with their peers to solve this problem. Many thanks to Mrs Mc Laughlin for preparing such a fun and exciting task for the children.
P.6 are Scratch Mad
Over the last couple of weeks we have been working in pairs to complete a series of ICT tasks using Scratch- a coding programme. Have a look at our photographs to see some of our good work.
RSPB Red Kite Officer Visits P.6
Today Alan Ferguson from RSPB came to visit our school to update the P.6 children on the plight of the Red Kite. He explained that the Red Kite is a scavenger and a carnivore and there are only 80 of them living in Northern Ireland. The children were fascinated with all the facts about these marvellous birds and they asked Alan about adopting a Red Kite. This hopefully will become a reality over the next few weeks. Our class hope to attend the Red Kite Launch event in Tollymore Forest Park in November, so watch this space! Mrs Mahon was very happy with our explanation writing linked to this important issue.
P6 are on the Road to Good Health!
Our topic for this term is all about health and healthy lifestyles. Already we have been learning the names of the bones in the human skeleton. We are going to be researching the different body systems and the main internal organ associated with each system.
We are learning about different writing genres and our focus for this term is explanation writing. Our entire class contributed to our shared writing on why children should brush their teeth regularly. Mrs Mahon was very happy with the finished piece.
We hope to use QR codes to display our writing about the different body systems. Watch this space!!
We had great fun investigating how fizzy drinks are acidic attacks on the enamel of our teeth.We experimented with egg shells to see which liquid was most detrimental to our teeth.
As part of our health topic we are currently doing six weeks of mindfulness. Don't forget to bring in your cuddly toys for next week's workshop.