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News Report Using Green Screen (May)

Primary Six have been working hard with their topic of Extreme Earth. In groups, the boys and girls researched a natural disaster. Having looked through newspapers to identify features of a news report, the children then wrote their own news report. They then wrote a script for their entire news report and recorded themselves using the camera on the iPad. Some boys and girls made a great effort to wear clothes representative of the role they were playing. The reports were recorded and then they children used the Green Screen app to create the effect that they were actually recording live from the scene! It was wonderful to see not only the ICT knowledge flowing in this class but also leadership skills, fantastic communication and very fair self and group evaluation. Well done Primary Six!

Primary Six Boast Budding Artists! (23rd May 2017)

Primary Six availed of the beautiful sunshine to complete Art activities today. Mrs Brady assisted the children in looking carefully at the mountains, considering the shape and colour of them and drawing them using pastels or chalk. Some beautiful pieces of work were created, well done Primary Six.

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Netball Enthusiasts! (April and May)

I am delighted to have so many members of the netball team in my class! The girls have been attending a number of matches and tournaments recently and have been doing our school very proud indeed. The girls are trying very hard and importantly they are having lots of fun.

We are a successful team in the making! Well done girls.

We Have the Winner! (Wednesday 12th April)

We were so proud to boast the winner of the St. Mary's Talent Show. Our class was represented by Cian playing the keyboard, Caoimhe performing a gymnastics routine and Sophie performing Irish Dancing. Sophie beat off all the competition to win, after her stunning performance.

Well done Sophie, we are very proud of you! Keep up your talent!!

Science and Technology Day! (Tuesday 14th March)

We had a fantastic day today completing experiments and investigations! Connected to our Topic of Flight, we wanted to investigate air pressure, and the effect of reducing the column of air on an object. Firstly, we discussed the aim of each investigation. We predicted the results and explained these. During the investigations we observed changes. Afterwards we drew conclusions about what we had observed, gave reasons and justified these and we talked about whether our predictions were correct or not. We talked about the importance of ensuring an element of a fair test was present in each investigation and we considered ways in which we could make each investigation even more fair. Finally, we completed a written record of a chosen investigation.

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We also completed a Technology task today. We began creating our kites which we hope to fly in the yard some day soon. We learnt about the importance of measuring accurately and following instructions in order to complete this Technology task. Now we need to attach a tail and string to the kites before we fly them.
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Budding Gardeners Complete a Spring Tidy Up! (Monday 13th March)

Primary Six were very fortunate today to spend a short while in the beautiful weather, tidying up the raised beds in our garden area. Along with Mrs Close's class, the boys and girls unearthed some potatoes, made a bug holiday home for woodlice and completed some dead-heading and weeding. Lots of fun and learning took place and we are determined to continue using our gardening skills as we approach Spring!

ICT Enthusiasts (Friday 10th March)

The boys and girls have been completing their latest ICT task. As part of our Flight topic, P6 were asked to write a speech from the perspective of Amelia Earhart, one of the Wright brothers or Harry Ferguson. Once the speeches had been written, the boys and girls used the Morpho Booth app on the iPads to record their speeches.

Top of the Podium! (Week Beginning 6th March)

We are top of the Mathletics podium this week! Well done Primary Six. So many of you have made a huge effort to get onto Mathletics and earn a certificate. Even better, think of all the knowledge you have developed in the process of earning a certificate. Now keep this up P6! Well done.

Knitting, Nattering and Magnetic Materials! (Monday 6th March)

Our Primary Six classroom is always such a busy place, but sometimes more than others this is incredibly clear! With discussion of favourite knitting patterns and comparing of techniques for threading a needle, even Mrs McKay was receiving an education! As part of our Flight topic, we are creating felt butterflies by stitching a pattern. We now have some avid knitters who are bursting with excitement to try out a new pattern! Such beautiful creations they made! As if this wasn't enough, one of the boys dropped his sewing needle on the floor. When it was no where to be found, Joseph reminded us that the metal material it is made with could be picked up with a magnet. So off Joseph set to find a magnet and sure enough, the missing needle was found. All of this during Topic time, what a busy environment to be part of!

Mad Hair Day (Friday 3rd March)

There were so many wonderful hairstyles on display today. Well done to all of the boys and girls who took part! A lot of thought and effort was put into the mad hairstyles and it certainly brightened up our classroom for the day!

Pilot Question Time! (Tuesday 28th February)

Primary Six were so lucky today to have a visit today from pilot, Enda Rice. There were many, many questions asked. Topics ranged from security, speed of flight, Enda's favourite country to fly to... the list goes on and on! We are so grateful for Enda for taking time out of his very busy schedule to call in with us and answer so many questions. Our knowledge of flight and the daily running of an airport has been greatly enlightened after this question and answer session.

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Assembly Success! (Friday 24th February)

Well done boys and girls on your excellent assembly. The message of being unique and caring for our common home planet Earth was brought across so well. You have a very proud teacher and you should be so proud of yourselves for the talents and skills you own and the confidence each of you have to sing, talk and act in front of an audience. Well done Primary Six.

Our Planes take Flight! (Friday 24th February)

Today the boys and girls flew the planes which they had made with much effort and dedication. We were eager to see whose plane would fly the furthest. After a few nerve wrecking heats, the winner was Kaitlyn. Well done! We discussed the reasons why Kaitlyn's plane may have won. We talked about the light weight of her plane, the wide wings and the weight at the front of the plane. We are looking forward to our next home learning project already!

Making Prints (Tuesday 21st February)

Primary Six were delighted to have a very exciting Art lesson today from Mrs Brady. The boys and girls began to make prints of birds, based on our topic of Flight. We are looking forward to continuing this print work next week.

Accelerated Reader Bookshelf - Official Opening! (February 10th February)

There was much excitement today when the boys and girls chose their first book from the Accelerated Reader bookshelf. These beautiful, brand new books are just waiting to be read. Who better to receive the first books from the shelf, than reading enthusiasts Maria, Annie and Sophie. Quickly followed by Caoimhin and Max. All of the boys and girls are now reading their books and are looking forward to the challenge of completing a quiz based on their novel. Happy reading boys and girls!

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Amazing Aircraft Display! (Friday 10th February)

I was so impressed with the effort made by so many of the boys and girls to make their own aircraft. They were given this home learning project two weeks ago and today was the day all the airplanes landed in the P6 classroom! The planes were of all shapes and sizes. We are looking forward to finding out whose plane will travel the furthest. Well done boys and girls.

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More Gold Mathletes! (Friday 10th February)

Congratulations to Olivia and Sophie this week on achieving your Gold Mathletics certificate! I'm delighted we have another two names to add to the hall of fame. Keep up the effort boys and girls!

 

Gold Mathletics Champions!

Our list of Gold Mathletics certificate winners just keeps on growing! Well done Jack and Ella on reaching this achievement this week. The rest of the class are working hard to get their names into the Hall of Fame! We also had two silver certificates and quite a few bronze this week. Well done P6, keep working hard!

NSPCC Number Day and Feel Good Friday (Friday 3rd February)

There was lots of fun and learning in our classroom today as we marked the NSPCC Number Day. We completed various activities based on money. P6 completed money word problems and played money games on the computer, iPad and Interactive Whiteboard.

 

Many of the boys and girls had brought in 1p and 2p coins. We took it in turn to make a trail of coins the whole way from our room to Mrs Rooney's room. We estimated that this was the furthest room we could reach. However we discovered afterwards that we could have reached even further! When we finally reached our destination, some P1s were able to follow the trail the whole way to our P6 room. They even found a treat which was given to Mrs Rooney to thank her for organising our first Feel Good Friday!

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Ian Patterson Visit (Thursday 2nd February)

We were delighted to welcome Ian Patterson and his three beautiful birds into our class today. He brought a barn owl, a tree owl and a kestrel with him. Most of the boys and girls were lucky enough to hold one of the birds. The owls and kestrel listened to some wonderful questions from our class and they seemed very content with being in our classroom!

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NSPCC Workshop (Wednesday 1st February)

Today NSPCC returned to our classroom to complete a workshop with us. We had lots of fun and learnt lots of information about keeping ourselves safe. The boys and girls know who they can talk to if they feel unsafe or worried.

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Online Safety Talk (Wednesday 1st February)

Today we listened very carefully to an informative talk about staying safe online. We heard about the importance of ensuring we have high privacy settings on any app or website we use. The boys and girls know that they should not be accessing any website or doing anything online which an adult at home is not aware of. We know we can enjoy the Internet and have fun but we also realise we have to be responsible when we are online and always think twice about what we are doing.

Catholic Schools Week (Tuesday 31st January)

We are currently celebrating Catholic Schools Week in class. Yesterday we read a beautiful poem about Creation and reflected on this by drawing illustrations. Today we watched an animation about Laudato Si and we have discovered wonderful new things about this document. On Wednesday, we will mark St. Brigid's Day by praying to her. Each month we add a new prayer to our daily morning prayers. In November we remembered our deceased family members, this month we have focussed on the holy name of Jesus. We have said an Act of Sorrow each day to say sorry for all the times we  might take the holy name of Jesus in vain. During the month of February we will pray to St. Brigid each day.

Mathletics Success! (Monday 30th January)

 

We made it onto the podium! Well done Primary Six, you all made a huge effort last week to get our class onto the Mathletics podium! In total we received 13 bronze certificates and 1 silver. I think we can still do much better and I hope we stay on the podium for a long time to come! Keep up the effort boys and girls!

One Hundred Percent Attendance! (Friday 27th January)

 

Huge congratulations to the following boys and girls on achieving one hundred percent attendance from September to December! James, Ryan, Conor, Ben, Maria and Olivia; well done on achieving such a fantastic record. Let's hope there are even more children receiving attendance certificates next time around!

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Annie the Animal Enthusiast! (Friday 20th January)

Annie is extremely enthusiastic about animals. She is such a caring girl that she would love to work with animals when she is older and she would like to offer sick animals her help. She recently wrote to Belfast Zoo to enquire about what she will need to do in the future in order to have a career working with animals. Mrs McKay was impressed with her eagerness and clearly Belfast Zoo were impressed as well! They wrote back to Annie answering all her questions and suggested that she should perhaps visit the zoo in the near future. Keep up your enthusiasm Annie!

Wonderful Winter Writing (19th January 2017)

Primary Six put lots of effort into their fantastic, descriptive Winter writing. To help us with the planning stage, we chose an item on Newsdesk to identify descriptive language within. We also listened for examples of descriptive writing in our class novel, The Blue Horse. Afterwards, we recorded descriptive words and phrases associated with Winter. Mrs McKay was delighted with the brilliant work. Well done P6!

Brilliant Birds by our Budding Artists! (15th January 2017)

The boys and girls had lots of fun observing the features of different birds and choosing some of these birds to draw. After completing a line drawing of a bird, we also completed a coloured version of a bird and used feathers to add a variety of texture to our artwork. These have made beautiful displays. Well done Primary Six.

Max the Gold Mathletics Champion! (Monday 13th January)

Congratulations Max on receiving your Gold Mathletics certificate! Max has worked extremely hard, earning points and gaining a certificate every single week! All his hard work paid off and now Max has achieved his Gold certificate. And that hasn't even stopped him from still going onto Mathletics to complete his weekly tasks. Well done Max! You have one very proud teacher!

Primary Six are Artists in the Making! (Tuesday 8th November)

Today we were very lucky to receive an art lesson from Ms. Brady. Over the next few weeks she will be joining our class. We had great fun today exploring mark making with paint, we made various shades of green and we began to think about how a piece of artwork is created by using various layers. We are looking forward to next week's lesson already!

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Money Wise Topic

We are very excited to be beginning our new topic which is Money Wise. Over the next few days we will be thinking about all of the knowledge we gained during our previous topic and we will be spending some time thinking about what we already know about money and what we would like to find out. Already some of the class have shared their experiences of using different currencies in other countries and we have been lucky to look at American coins thanks to Gabriel.

European Day of Languages (Monday 26th September)

Our class chose the Netherlands as our country to celebrate European Day of Languages. We made Dutch windmills, tasted Dutch cheese and looked at traditional Dutch costumes. We discovered on Newsdesk that the Netherlands is a very eco-friendly country and that it is a country with little crime. We enjoyed finding out facts about the Netherlands and we can now recognise its flag and some of its customs.

Welcome to Primary Six!

Mrs McKay and her Primary Six class are very excited about the P6 year ahead. The boys and girls know there is lots of hard work to be done and lots of fun to be had!

Harry Potter

Our first topic this year is Harry Potter. We are currently reading the novel 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone'. We are very excited about the story and we enjoy discussing the unfolding events. We have some Harry Potter enthusiasts in our class who have read all the novels and watched the films, so we can rely on their expert knowledge for unscrambling tricky words in the story.

 

We have just completed a beautiful display of written work. The class were asked to write a spell. Mrs McKay was so impressed by the language, the variation of spells and of course the ICT skills used by the boys and girls to present their work.

Class Displays

Primary Six have been working hard to create beautiful displays in our classroom. Our religion display shows our appreciation for God's creation.

We have also completed an Internet Safety display. We talked about the importance of staying safe online. We all agreed that the Internet is a wonderful place to communicate and complete research although we are also very aware of communicating only with people we know and trust.


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