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Welcome to Primary 6.

Please keep coming back to see all the exciting work the children will be doing throughout the year.

Children worked hard to get our classroom looking bright and cheery.

As all eyes were fixed on the children at the front, Mr Mc Guigan ( the man with Dolly Parton songs on his iphone ) could be seen directing from the back of the hall !

As all eyes were fixed on the children at the front, Mr Mc Guigan ( the man with Dolly Parton songs on his iphone ) could be seen directing from the back of the hall ! 1
As all eyes were fixed on the children at the front, Mr Mc Guigan ( the man with Dolly Parton songs on his iphone ) could be seen directing from the back of the hall ! 2
As all eyes were fixed on the children at the front, Mr Mc Guigan ( the man with Dolly Parton songs on his iphone ) could be seen directing from the back of the hall ! 3

We are very lucky to have Mrs Mc Laughlin ( Numeracy Support Teacher) visit our class to help us with our problem solving and team working skills.

Student Council Election Day

Democracy in action.

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Part of our topic 'Road to Good Health' is based on the DAISY ( Digestion Amazing Interesting Science 4 You) program. We challenged the children to come up with a new set of titles for the DAISY acronym. Of course they did not let us down however, we thought Nathan's was particularly good.
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As part of our topic 'Road to Good Health' we in Primary 6 used egg shells to test the effects of different liquids on enamel, the protective substance on our teeth. 

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After a weekend of sitting in our classroom we removed the shells from the milk, water, vinegar and Cola to check our results. 

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Our results clearly showed the vinegar was the most corrosive substance

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A few children decided to have a bake off competition. We enjoyed that.

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Shared writing task on 'Our Teeth'.

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Circuit Training to help improve our fitness.

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Children coding and enhancing their ICT skills.

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Thank you to Mrs Curran for coming and giving us a fascinating and informative talk on dental hygiene.  

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Ever wonder what goes on inside our bodies  when we eat? Well, wonder no more, just ask a Primary 6. The children were given a first class demonstration on the workings of the digestive system by the marvelous Mrs Mahon. She treated both Primary 6 classes to a fun, vivid and exciting show much to the enjoyment of all, well nearly all, the children.

On Monday the 9th we had our first, of three, library visits.

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We in Primary 6 were very fortunate to receive a visit from the RSPB to discuss birds of prey and in particular the Red Kite. Alan Ferguson, local Red Kite officer, give a captivating talk on this beautiful bird.

With fantastic guidance from Mrs Doran the children produced this thought provoking display highlighting the amount of sugar in certain drinks. Thanks also to Pauline for the help.

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Human B-Bots were seen in the corridors of St Mary's Primary. Interactive ICT at its best.

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Another day another visitor to Primary 6. This time our thanks go to Mrs Peters who entertained the children with a ghastly poem on the many afflictions which could befall a person and how to heal them.

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Where were you at 7:33 on Monday the 23rd of October?

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The children were tasked to help solve this dastardly crime. Using their numeracy skills they solved the clues which lead to the suspect being captured.

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After one last interrogation it was MR MC GUIGAN who committed the crime.

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Mr Mc Guigan apologised and has returned all the trophies.

Halloween art with Mrs Black from Unit T and NMDC.

An apple a day (well sort of) with a little help from Tesco.

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Hallowe'en Party

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A little rugby lesson to stretch the legs from Ulster Rugby's Dan.

Computer Coding at it's finest.

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Primary 6 are very excited to be part of the Polar Explorer programme run by the National STEM Learning Network, only 1 of 10 schools in Northern Ireland to be chosen. Our new topic, 'Polar Explorers' will also look at Climate Change, Animals and the Oceans. 

Of course you need a boat.

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And some penguins.

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One child asked the question. We decided to help them find the answer.

Question: How do boats stay afloat when they are so heavy?

We turned to STEM 'Build a Boat' activity. 

 

 

First we had to gather our materials. Plasticine, tray, water and passengers(pasta).
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We tested the plasticine to insure it does not float in its present state.

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PLAY TIME. 

Or should we say malipulation of the plasticine to produce an object that floats.

Now the science bit. Our objective set by STEM was;

"To design a boat that will take the maximum number of passengers." As you can see a lot of the children reached the objective. Next we had to find out which boat held the most passengers ( pasta pieces).

After a hard fought battle Table 4 just came out on top with 24 passengers.

We have to stress that no pasta was hurt during this experiment.

We recorded our results.

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We tasked the Primary 6 children with creating a shoebox diorama based on their topic of Polar Lands. The end product is amazing.

PSNI Community Policing Officers visited the school to deputise and educate the children in different aspects of road safety. This included advice on wearing seat belts, parking and speed limits. Some children were lucky enough to use the speed gun. Thank you Karen and Shane.

While the children in Primary 6 show us every day how super they can be, now and again they do something which pushes the bar higher. Today was such a day when the children took park in the RSPB 'R Kite' launch. We ran out of superlatives to describe the performance, attitude, behaviour, respect and manners shown by all the children. To say they were a credit to the school, parents and themselves is an understatement. Proud does not go anywhere near describing how we teachers and classroom assistants felt about them today.

Thank you children.

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Thank you to all the children and adults who took the time to attend our super science workshop. 

We went to watch the panto, Sleeping Beauty, today. Oh yes we did!

Christmas Dinner. Yum Yum!!

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it's the season to be jolly

so we made a wreath of holly

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Santa. I know him!

A huge big thank you for all the fantastic gifts and to wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

As part of the school's Rights Respecting Campaign, we in Primary 6 studied and discussed the most important articles which relate to us and our school. We highlighted how those rights were being fulfilled by the school everyday.

Another fantastic example of Scratch in action. Feel sorry for David though.

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They say 2 heads are better than 1 so we put 48 together and got some fantastic results.

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We are using Bloom's Toxonomy to give an extra focus to help us in the constructing, understanding and answering of higher level questions.

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We put together our own daily question board.

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The Charles Causley poem, "My mother saw a dancing bear" was our inspiration to create higher level questions.

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PE done in style.

Friendship is very important to us all in Primary 6 and we often recall one of our golden rules,"We can not be friends with everyone but we can be friendly to everyone". However, sometimes we forget and to help us remember we decided to make 'Friendship Bracelets'

We combined ICT and topic to create ebooks. Which we then showed to the Primary 2s.

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We were lucky to be invited to watch a 3D science show all about Space. It was out of this world.

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'Bring IT on' came for a visit to encourage the children to take up a career in IT. 

We are getting better and braver in our gymnastics lessons.

Funky hair day. One of the few things in school were I can not join me for in for obvious reasons.

A fantastic Coding workshop organised by Sentinus. Trail and improvement, coding and debugging helped the children drive the robot car up the track. Lots of fun, excitement and wrong turns helped make it a great afternoon.

Children were tasked to invent their own games in P.E. We have a very inventive lot in Primary 6.

STEM Polar Explorer workshop.

The importance of online safety was emphasised by a visiting drama group.

As an introduction to our new topic 'The Vikings'. Children made clay Viking masks which we put on display in the main corridor.

The PSG organised a very special treat for the children, 'An Easter Egg Hunt'. While no bunnies were found there was chocolate.

As part of our PE we can keep fit via the median of dance. Flight of the Bumble Bee was never preformed like this.

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Another day, another visitor. A visiting theatre group entertained the whole school with their adaptation of, 'The Secret Garden'.
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Keep Fit, Zumba and fresh fruit. What more could you ask for.

BEST DAY EVER!!!

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Getting our studio ready for 'Stop Motion' animation.

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Problem Solving.

Preserving food the Viking way.

Telling time the Viking way.

Sports Day practice.

Tracy and Alison from Soma Festival paid us a visit to tell us all about the Celts and Vikings.

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Once again the Primary 6 outdid themselves in ICT. The children created Stop Motion animation videos and I think you will agree they are amazing.

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Some of our medal winners.

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A third visit from Tracey and Alison from the Soma Festival. This time the children used junk art to make 'Junky Art stuff'

Another fantastic visit from Sentinus. Is it a plane? A rocket? Or a helicopter? Well it's all 3.

Floss

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