New Topic- Space and the Solar System
Today we made planets to scale. We were all very shocked at the size of the planets in relation to the size of the sun. We hope to look at the distance each planet is from the sun, so watch this space!
Congratulations to Louis on his recent achievements singing in Newry Feis. He won the Colum Wright Cup for the best U12 Boys Solo and was the also the winner of the U16 August Toremans Memorial Trophy. Well done Louis! A talented boy!
BOOK CHARACTER DAY (1 APRIL 2015)
The Irish Open Golf Championship is Coming to Town!
Two lucky P.7 children, Katie and Daniel, went to Royal County Down Golf Club for a PR event in preparation for the forthcoming Irish Open. They were lucky enough to be photographed with the Irish Open trophy and the Clarat Jug, the Open prize.
The Solar Eclipse
A Pinch of Salt
Our new topic for this half term is 'A pinch of Salt.' We will be investigating different types of salt and their uses, dissolving and separating materials and experimenting with rust to name but a few! Have a look at the lovely display work in our classroom and see how much fun we are having as scientists of the future!
Clarke from Nerve Belfast came to help us again with our ICT work. This time we were using the programme Scratch to design animations. We had great fun learning how to change the backgrounds and the sprites! Linked with our topic on Salt, we decided to make an interactive animation to help others learn facts about salt and how salt dissolves in water.
Watch this space. Some of our work will be posted shortly!
Shared Languages Programme
Since Christmas we have been working with the P.6 children from All Children's P.S on a weekly basis learning Spanish through participation in lots of fun and varied activities. We have met lots of new friends and had great fun. Have a look at some of the things we have been doing!
Our new topic for this term is 'A Pinch of Salt'. We will carry out lots of Science activities and investigations. We are looking forward to celebrating National Science Week 13-22 March 2015. Please have a look at all the fun things we have been doing.
Our topic for the first term was Rainforests. We found out lots of interesting things about the location of the Rainforests, people living there, animal and plant species and the problems associated with deforestation. We presented what we had learned in a PowerPoint presentation.
Our topic for this half term is the Victorian Era and the Irish Famine. Initially we concentrated on the Irish Famine as we are reading the novel' Under the Hawthorn Tree'. We have completed a lot of different forms of written work- diaries, letters, stories and recounts. Mrs Mahon is very proud of our attempts. Our class is making a big effort to improve the quality of our written work.
As part of our ICT for this term we used iPads, Garageband and imovie to create a short film on the Victorian times. We dressed up in Victorian costume and took photos and videos of a Victorian street scene. We pre-prepared a script/ dialogue between a TV presenter and children of the time such as, urchins, chimney sweeps, rural labourers, maids and stable boys. We worked in pairs to record the broadcast and then we added music specially chosen to emphasis the sadness of this tragic time in our history. We had amazing fun and we produced some excellent documentaries. We followed this work up with some procedural writing. So hopefully we will be able to give other children advice about the do's and dont's of using GarageBand!
YOUNG SCIENTISTS AT ST. MARY'S- ENGINEERS OF THE FUTURE!!
To complement our work on the Victorians our class investigated different types of bridges around the world. We then carried out a scientific investigation to discover which bridge spanning at least 30 cm was the strongest and could support a weight of at least 800g.
Surprisingly we were able to build bridges that held 2kg 900g! WOW!!!
We had lots of fun working in groups deciding on the materials to use and considering the best design structure.
We even wore white Science Laboratory coats- kindly donated by Mr Mc Guigan. We certainly looked the part!
BIG BEACH CLEAN
We were all very excited with the introduction of our new Maths online programme Mathletics. Individually we have strived to gain 1000 points each week in order to achieve a certificate. Mr Fusco told us at Assembly that there will be a special prize for the first five children to achieve a gold award after twenty weeks of hard work! There are children in our class who are very close to this total and we hope they will be rewarded for their hours of extra Maths fun.
We were extremely excited in October when our class became 1st in the UK and we worked our socks off to bring our class to fifth in the WORLD!!! Mrs Mahon was so proud of us. She said it was a team effort.
In October Laura became 1st in the UK and subsequently first in the WORLD!!! Since then many other children in our class have achieved similiar success.
We have an in-school competition in each of the colour zones to see which class can achieve the highest number of certificates. Lucky for us, our class won the prize last term and we are looking forward to going to Coco's to celebrate our success. Mrs Mahon has even told us that if we win the prize again she might even go down a slide next time. ( Mrs Mahon is very silly!)
Laura and Shea were first and second in the whole school to receive their Gold award in Mathletics. They celebrate this achievement after twenty weeks of answering difficult mathematical challenges. Laura was presented with her beautiful prize at assembly last week and Shea is waiting with baited breath to see what his reward will be. (Don't worry Shea, it won't be a handbag!!) This should be an incentive for all the other children in our class to follow in their footsteps. We need everyone in our class to achieve one certificate per week. It's a team effort!!! Remember Maths is FUN!!!