Welcome to Mrs McCann's primary 7. We work extremely hard but we also have a lot of fun in primary 7. Take a look at some of the activities and work we have been doing throughout the year.
C2K Newsdesk Winner
The C2K Newsdesk recently held a report writing competition where the children from all over Northern Ireland were invited to submit a report about an endangered animal. The P7 pupils worked with the editor, David Huntley, and submitted lots of entries. We were delighted to find out on Wednesday 4th April that Niall McKay was one of the winners. Amelia, the deputy editor, called to school to present Niall with his prize. She commended all the P7 on the high quality of work submitted. The winning entries can be viewed on the C2K Newsdesk. You can also read many of the other reports the P7 have submitted on Newsdesk.
St Mary's Got Talent
Our student council proposed the idea of a talent show and this resulted in 'St Mary's Got Talent'. On Friday 22nd April anyone who wished participated in the class auditions. Following the auditions the members of our class voted for the act they felt should go through to the final. The top two were then selected to go through to the big finale on Friday 29th April. The acts performed to a packed hall and were absolutely fabulous. There was a great array of different talents displayed in our class, including playing the piano, singing, gymnastics, dancing and telling jokes. Cliodhna with her gymnastics and Jack, Jamie and Sean with their singing/dancing performed fantastically in the final.
Junior Entrepreneur Showcase Day
As part of the JEP we have been working on this year we were invited to the Titanic Centre to showcase our business ideas. We displayed our ideas and then got to see what the other schools had come up with too. The ideas were all super. We received a flag and certificates for our participation from Rory Best, the Ireland Rugby team captain.
Nugelato & Cocos
As a reward for working so hard on our Junior Entrepreneur Programme we made a visit to Nugleto and Cocos. Michael Nugent had come to talk to us about being an entrepreneur earlier in the year and had very kindly left us a voucher to visit for some ice cream. He was extremely generous and all the children received a two scoop tub of ice cream with toppings. We then went to Cocos to work off all the calories!!
World Book Day
On Thursday 3rd March we took part in several activities to celebrate World Book Day. The most exciting was watching ourselves perform an extract of Harry Potter on the special programme shown on C2K Newsdesk at 11am. This is now available to watch on the Newsdesk and we have been busy voting for ourselves to win.
We also brought in our favourite books from our early years to read to Mrs McAneney's P2 and Mrs McElroy's P4. We were very impressed at how well they could read to us.
As avid daily readers of the C2K Newsdesk we were selected by the editor to take part in a special World Book Day event they are hosting. They asked us to prepare some work on our favourite novel which will be compiled into a programme, along with 9 other schools, in which viewers will vote for their favourite.
We chose Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Mrs Peters and Sarah helped transform our classroom by building a fabulous Hogwarts Express and Mrs Mahon helped us to prepare the poem said by the sorting hat.
The Newsdesk team were very impressed with the effort we had put into our presentation. Working with the team provided us with a valuable insight into the work that goes on behind the camera and we learnt a lot during the afternoon.
We had a super time and hope our novel is voted number one when the programme is shown live on World Book Day!
We have been updating our displays to keep our classroom bright and colourful. We examined the work of the artist Picasso, we started our planning board for the JEP and we began our preparation for Confirmation.
Aerobics for Lepra Charity
We took part in a special aerobics morning to help raise awareness and funds for the charity Lepra. It was great fun and we wish it could have lasted longer. Mrs McCann was surprised at how well we could dance.
In PE with Mrs McAneney we have been working on our gymnastics skills and performing some sequences of movement to music.
De La Salle
The boys had a great morning at De La Salle Secondary School getting a small glimpse of what school is going to be like in September. It was a very enjoyable morning, and the boys tried home economics, PE, science and technology.
We put a lot of preparation into our projects and were very excited to pitch our ideas to the Dragons' Den panel. We were all very nervous but did an excellent job. After we pitched our ideas we voted for the pitch we though was best. In our class the Choco Fruit Sticks was chosen. These will be available to buy soon!!
We had a lovely Christmas dinner and wish to say a big thank you to Jackie and all the canteen staff. We doubt it will be as good as this next year in our new schools.
We were very busy throughout the weeks before Christmas rehearsing for our Christmas Nativity. Many of us were chosen to sing solo or to provide narration to the show.
Visit from Enda and Paul - Pilots
As part of our topic on flight Enda Rice and Paul Graham came to talk about life as a pilot. They are both captains for Jet2 airline. It was very interesting and we learned a lot about flying and being a pilot - though Mrs McCann says she is still not happy about being on a plane!!
Junior Enterprise Programme
Local entrepreneur Michael Nugent of Nugelato and Sucos visited the Primary 6 & 7 of St Mary’s Primary School, Newcastle to launch the Junior Enterprise Programme. He talked about the business world and his experience as an entrepreneur. The children look forward to welcoming him back as part of the Dragon’s Den panel in January 2016.
Genevieve The Goat
You never know what job you might be called upon to do in Primary 7. We can turn our hands to anything!!
The Science of Flight
We had to design a plane and test out if it could fly.
Our day at Shimna Integrated College
On Friday 27th November we visited Shimna College for the day and had a taster of many of the lessons - history, PE, ICT, drama, Spanish. We especially enjoyed the drama lesson.
Dressing up is always great fun!!
Technology with P3
We helped Mr Prenter and his primary three class to make Halloween skeletons. We really enjoyed working with the younger pupils and showing off our skills.
Lucinda Scott from Newry and Mourne Council came in to show us how we cold reuse juice cartons and turn them into wallets.
World Maths Day
As part of World Maths Day we took part in lots of activities. We worked extra hard in our Mathletics to gain points for UNICEF, we came to school wearing a number and we took part in a maths quiz.
Sponsored Walk - Action MS
On Tuesday 29th September we took part in a sponsored walk through Castlewellan Forest Park to raise money for Action MS. We had a great day and really enjoyed our walk.
Marita Conlon McKenna
On Thursday 24th September we were very lucky to be invited to a special question and answer session with the author Marita Conlon McKenna in St Dallan's PS Warrenpoint. Marita is the author of a trilogy of novels, the first of which 'Under the Hawthorn Tree', we read last year when studying the famine in Ireland. She was extremely interesting and talked about her inspiration to write the novel and also about how she became interested in writing as a career.
We then returned to school and took part in a video conference with her, along with 86 other schools, in which we could post questions to ask her. As part of this conference we were also able to link with a school in Pittsburgh to talk to Dan Rooney whose family emigrated to America from Newry during the time of the famine.
Our new classroom is looking very bright and colourful.
Our topic this term is flight. We have started the term looking at flight in nature and in particular birds. A bird trainer, Ian Patterson, came in to show us a barn owl, wood owl and a kestrel. He told us lots about them and some of us even got to hold them.
Going for Gold!!!!
We are aiming to build on our success last year by continuing to develop our numeracy skills using Mathletics. We reached No 1 in the UK last year and want to do that again this year. Many of our class got to go on a special trip and we want to aim for the whole class to get to go together this year. This will only happen if everyone demonstrates regular commitment. Who will reach gold first?