Welcome to Mrs McCann's primary 7. We work extremely hard but also have a lot of fun in P7. Take a look at some of the activities and work we do throughout the year.
We used Izak 9 to help us develop our computational thinking skills. There was great teamwork involved. The tasks were very challenging but we showed great perseverance in trying to solve the problems. We used decomposition, which means breaking a problem down into smaller parts, and had to do much debugging, which means to find and fix errors. Finding the solution to the magic square was very difficult but Ryan showed great determination and worked on at the problem throughout the day until he eventually solved it. Well done Ryan. Our teacher was extremely proud of how well we worked on this task.
Sirius Science came to visit us and helped us reach the stars without ever having to step on a rocket!
We were guided through our solar system, directed to the nearest nebulae and floated through the international space station, using our 3D glasses!
We then had the pleasure of an extra workshop where we got to make rockets and them launch them in the air. Some went extremely high.
Out of this World
Our latest topic is all about the Solar System. As part of our home learning we had to design and then create our own 'imaginary' planet. Mrs McCann was delighted with our planets as we all had made a great effort and come up with some fantastic ideas. We made up a factsheet giving information about our planets, eg. how big they were, who or what lived there, etc.
We used the PicCollage app to demonstrate our knowledge of the Solar System. We had to include the planets, in order, and if possible make them the correct relative size. It was harder than it looked, but the results were great.
We looked at the art of Peter Thorpe who paints a lot of abstract space-themed artwork. We used his ideas to create our own abstract space art.
New class displays
W attended the Bee Safe event in Castlewellan this week. This was a super event and we learned a lot about keeping safe in many ways. There were talks by NIE about the dangers of playing near electricity pylons, NIFRS about the dangers of fire and the serious damage that can be caused, Farm Safety rules, safety in the home, Translink about safety on the buses, especially as we move on to our new schools in September and the PSNI who talked about Internet safety. There were many things we were surprised at and hopefully we will remember the rules.
We had great fun wearing our Christmas jumpers and eating dinner, then we had a visit from a special visitor.
Thrills and Spills
We have been studying theme parks and exploring lots of science behind the rides. We built our own rides from K'Nex. This was great fun but quite challenging. We worked in groups designing our own theme parks. We had to look at budgets, which included building costs, maintenance cost and advertising. We had to design our advertising leaflet.
Shimna Taster Day
We visited Shimna College for the day and participated in a number of classes, including art, maths, PE and science. This provided us with an opportunity to see what it might be like to go to secondary school in September.
We all submitted our Halloween poster to the Newsdesk Competition and were delighted to hear that Keana was one of the winners. She was one of five winners in the KS2 entries. David Huntley called to visit and give Keana her prize of a Newsdesk goodie bag.
The PSNI came in to talk to us about road safety. They talked about how the speed limit within the school grounds is only 5mph. They also discussed how our parents need to park carefully. We walked through the areas around the school and pointed out cars that were parked incorrectly in different areas. We then went over to the main road and got a chance to use the speed camera.
As part of Maths week we had a CSI day. On arriving at school we discovered some of our trophies had been stolen. We had to solve lots of problems throughout the day to eliminate suspects. We successfully worked out that it was Mr McGuigan who 'stole' them. We had great fun and used our logic and computational skills to solve the mystery.
We have been working hard brightening up our classroom and displaying samples of our work.
We have been working on our problem solving, with the help of Mrs McLaughlin. We love using Izak9 and Mr Fusco was very impressed with our mental maths agility.
As part of our Titanic topic we looked at floating and sinking. We investigated what classroom items float and sink. We investigated how to make an orange sink and realised it would if the peel was removed. We also investigated how to make a ball of clay float and discovered that it could if it was reshaped into a boat design.