Welcome to our P.7 class page. We will have lots of work to cover this year but we know we will have lots of fun too. This is our final year at St.Mary's and we hope to make it a memorable one! We are already looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation, our P.7 production and our P.7 residential trip.
Please browse our page to see all the interesting things we will be doing this year.
Sentinus Technology Challenge N.I Finals
Congratulations to Conaire, Ella and Oisin who were finalists in the N.I Sentinus Technology Challenge in the University of Ulster.
Congratulations to all the P.7 children who performed in our recent school production of Ye-Ha! The show was an amazing success and the children did themselves, their parents and the whole school community proud. They all excelled in their individual roles and really enjoyed the entire experience. We really appreciate all the staff who helped us on this journey. A special word of thanks to Mrs Peters and Sarah who have worked tirelessly over the last number of weeks to create our Wild West backdrop and props.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Our P.7 children celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on 12th May. Bishop Farqhuar commended them for the reverence and respect they showed during the ceremony. Mrs Mahon was really proud of us!
Our Classroom Displays
Today six P7 children represented our school at the Sentinus STEM Challenge in St. Paul's High School, Bessbrook. There were 36 different teams participating from 18 primary schools in the local area. The children were given a variety of materials and they had to design a vehicle which would roll down a slope carrying an egg and travel the furthest distance. All the designs were amazing and both of our teams excelled themselves. Congratulations to Ella, Conaire and Oisin who were joint first and will now go forward to the Northern Ireland finals on 12th June 2017 in the Ulster University in Jordanstown. Lucy, Ethan and Oscar were very strong contenders and they too produced a super vehicle as you can see in our video clips. Well done to all!
Congratulations to James, Natasha, Rachael and Catherine for their efforts in this recent quiz. They really did themselves and our school proud.They lost out by one point on qualification for the final in Donegal. Well done to all!
P.7 Visit to the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
Victorian Artefacts Talk, Down County Museum - Thursday 2nd February 2017
This afternoon we had a visit from Linda McKenna from the Down County Museum in Downpatrick. She brought lots of interesting Victorian objects for us to have a look at, taking each one in turn and talking us through them. It was very informative and an insight into how very different life was compared to today.
Gymnastics is Fun!
De La Salle High School
Today our P.7 boys visited De La Salle High School, Downpatrick, for a taster session of what secondary education is all about. They were divided into groups and got the opportunity to sample a variety of subject areas. They had a great time and really enjoyed the experience.
Art and Design
Today an artist, Lisa Brady visited our classroom to help with us with observational art linked to our new topic on the Victorians. We had great fun and produced some great art work using only pencils and paper.
Congratulations to Oisin and Conaire who represented our P7 year group at a Science and Technology Challenge in St. Louis' Grammar School Kilkeel. They competed against children from 15 different primary schools in the local area and to their absolute credit, they achieved first prize and were awarded with the Technology Cup sponsored by Newry Building Supplies. As part of the task, the boys had to plan and design a bridge which would hold at least 5kg. Marks were awarded for plan and design, aesthetic quality and practicality. Well done boys!
Christmas Tree Festival - Thursday 1st December
We were lucky to be invited to the Christmas Tree Festival "To Bethleham and Beyond" at Newcastle Presbyterian Church on the first day of the Christmas month. We really enjoyed looking at all the wonderfully creative displays, looking at each trees particular decorations and considering the message each brings. Thank you to the Presbyterian Church for inviting us along, it certainly put us in the Christmas spirit!
Shimna College Taster Day - November 25th
We had a busy day sampling what life is like at Shimna College in Newcastle. Our schedule was packed with many varied and exciting lessons from PE, music and German. We were escorted round by two Shimna students who helped us to navigate our way around the building, it really gave us a taste for secondary school. Thank you to the staff and students at Shimna College for such a wonderful day.
As part of our new topic on Theme Parks and Forces and Energy the P.7 boys and girls have been looking at the features of simple machines eg. Pulleys, levers, wheels and axles, inclined planes and gears. Today they used this knowledge to help them in their constructions of simple machines. No doubt we have a few engineers for the future!
Problem Solving Fun
We have started looking at the different strategies for problem solving and how we can use them to help us in our maths investigations. In these challenges each pair was very competitive not only to beat their peers but also to beat their teacher and children in other schools who had carried out this activity.
Science in Viking Style!
We had a fun day investigating lots of facts about the Vikings. We started by finding out about how longships are made and we calculated the ratio of the width to the length of the ship. We discovered that Viking longships do not have a deep draught, that is, they do not penetrate far into the water.
Secondly we carried out an investigation on buoyancy to see how things float. We also looked at how large surface areas create more of a drag and this is why most Viking ships are pointed at the prow and the stern.
We discussed how Vikings would have preserved their food. We carried out an investigation by adding salt to a cucumber and we discovered that salt actually draws the water out and dries up the fruit or vegetable, thus preserving it and keeping it fresh for longer.
To conclude our Science Day we discussed the importance of a fair test and the need to only change one variable. We cut up pieces of banana and put them into different solutions eg. Brine, vinegar and water. We predicted which solution would keep the banana freshest for longest. We will observe the changes over time and record our results!
Our Class Displays
The Vikings Come to Newcastle
We have just started our study of the Vikings and our class are thoroughly enjoying finding out about their history. We are looking forward to celebrating European Languages Day on Monday 26th September. We will research information on our chosen country-Norway and we will carry out a lot of fun activities in relation to this. We hope to dress up as Vikings from Norway and make an iMovie to showcase our study of Viking culture.
Our Viking Day
We really enjoyed our Viking experience today. To begin our day we made some Viking apple juice. We had great fun making it but we all agreed that it didn't really taste too good. We then went on a walk to the beach to choose a stone for our Viking artwork. On our return to school we painted Viking masks and we decorated our Viking brooches. We had a great day and we look forward to sharing what we have learned in our e- books. So watch this space!