Welcome to Primary 7
Here are a few reminders:
Healthy kids is on Thursday.
Spelling Booklets are to be completed by Wednesday.
Our World Around Us topic for this term is Japan. We would welcome any artefacts.
Irish News Critical Literacy Project
Congratulations to all pupils on completing the Irish News Literacy Project. Well done!
Small Steps Programme
The topic today was volunteering. We discussed what volunteering was and agreed that we can all start to think about volunteering especially as we are now moving on to post primary schools and we are getting older. We can volunteer in Youth Clubs, Schools or even at home. The time and choice is ours. We will not get paid for volunteering. We help ourselves and members of the community. During the session we worked in teams to answer two questions. Why would someone do something for free? and What can I do to help others in the community? We also helped to sort and price key rings for sale in Oxfam. We raised £90 for Oxfam in 10 minutes. We also had a plenary session on what we had learned during the Small Steps Programme. We discussed in our teams what we learned about sport, volunteering and the law.
World Book Day
Today we dressed up as our favourite characters for World Book Day.
Small Steps Programme
Hannah and Emily from the University of Ulster were in on Wednesday 6th March for session 4 of the Small Steps Programme. Todays topic was Social Media. We brain stormed What is Social Media?, Where is Social Media?, What do we use it for? and What dangers are there?
We put up personal information on a pretend Facebook wall to illustrate that once information is on Facebook that it is accessible to everyone and will always be there. We then designed a poster to show the dangers of social media. It was a good session in that it reinforced and reminded us to be careful about sharing personal information on the internet.
Small Steps Programme
Hannah from the University of Ulster was in our class today. The topic was CONSEQUENCES. There was a discussion of good and bad consequences as a result of our behaviour. There was a discussion on how negative behaviours can effect your family, friends, school and place of work. We talked about anger, disappointment and embarrassment for all involved. We put on our lawyer hats to work in groups to discuss scenarios on: 1. sharing information online, 2. teasing on Facebook, 3.stealing and 4. bullying.
On Friday 22nd February we had Pat, an aeronautical engineer, in from the STEM project. We had a talk about employability and the importance of punctuality and good manners. He gave us percentages of future employment prospects if we attend school and work hard. He talked to us about the importance of listening well. We were then shown how to make a windmill, we had to work together to create our own solar powered windmill. We had different roles in the group. The finished windmill was linked up to a solar panel and a big lamp, which acted as the sun. It whirled around very quickly. We worked very well in our teams. It was an excellent workshop.
Small Steps Lesson 2
We enjoyed another P.E lesson with Jessica from the Small Steps Programme. The games are about team work and helping each other out.
More of our blogs which are now also on the website www.movingforward.me.
Jessica from the University of Ulster took a P.E session today. We looked at throwing and catching and made a 'human knot'.
We had our 3rd and final Shared Education session today. Noreen Foster from Conservation Trust talked to us about how an area could be regenerated in both schools. We worked in teams to discuss how this could be done and then listed resources needed. We investigated design, plant names, maintenance and the logistics and came up with a final plan.
Trip to Palace Stables
On Friday 1st February we went to the Palace Stables for a Victorian experience. It was brilliant! We met a really strict school master and a butler. We visited the Archbishop's Palace, the ice-house and the smoke room. We went down the servants tunnel which lead to the Palace. The servants had to whistle as they carried food from the kitchen to prove that they were not eating it.
The school room was very strict. We learned some latin words. Rex means king. There were strict rules for children such as "Children should be seen and not heard." We had to pray before the lesson started. The teacher, Mr Armstrong, had a cane which he hit the wall and desks with! He was quite scary.
We were also told about the stables and how they were run. We had a very interesting visit.
On Thursday 24th January we had our second Shared Education session. The topic this week was 'Healthy Mind'. We worked in groups to research mindfulness and then created a PowerPoint on this area. Some of us presented it to the group for discussion. We also did a yoga session with Emma-Jane.
Post-Primary School Visits
Brownlow, Lismore and Killicomaine schools been to Drumgor to talk about their schools. Transfer forms are to be returned by Tuesday 22nd January.
We had a guest speaker in on Wednesday 16th January. We took part in a workshop about being safe and secure at home.
We went over to our partner school Tullygally on Thursday 16th January. We worked in teams to research information on the heart, the brain and the lungs. We learned that to have a healthy body we need to exercise, have a balanced diet, have good mental health and get plenty of rest. We made posters to promote this lifestyle. We then had a physical activity session. It was a very informative and enjoyable day.
We were awarded with our swimming certificates and badges in assembly this week.
Inspire Me Day
On Friday 14th December we went to the Ulster University in Jordanstown as part of The Small Steps Programme. We had a tour of the campus facilities and a class of 2029 Workshop. We also had a Take-5 well-being session and played sports in their massive sports hall. Next term we will follow this up with a programme called Small Steps. We will be looking at lawfulness and citizenship. We will focus on team work, leadership and the value of sport. It is a brilliant opportunity for us.
Lismore Taster Day
We were at a Lismore 'Taster Day' on Tuesday 4th December. We had Art, Hip Hop and P.E. Maths and Dragon Den's activities. We also had a burger and chips! We all had a great morning.
We all enjoyed a morning in the YMCA playing snooker, table tennis and computer games. We also had a go on the climbing wall. It was a reward from the YMCA for taking part in their lessons this term on building up our self esteem and confidence. It was a brilliant morning.
Today we were on I'm a celebrity trail. We had lots of activities to do. There were jumping, crawling, stepping and running games.
Christmas Craft Fair
Our class have made Christmas tags and filled sweet bags for the Christmas Craft Fair.
Visit from Grace Black E.W.O.
Grace Black, Education and Welfare Officer visited us on Tuesday 27th November. We were learning about the importance of school attendance. We played a game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Our class have finished their individual portraits. They are fantastic!
Children In Need
We celebrated Children in Need day by having a non-uniform day. We raised funds for the organisation.
Hayley has won a prize in the Centra Halloween Colouring Competition. She won two V.I.P tickets to Airtastic!
Sentinus Technology Day
We were all over in Brownlow on Tuesday 13th November at a Sentinus Technology Day. We programmed robotic cars and raced them. Oliver and Maayan came second in the final. We also built rockets and fired them high into the sky using pressurised air. It was a fantastic day.
Todays lesson was about POSITIVITY. We were asked to think about someone who has been a positive influence on us. We then drew them and wrote words to describe them.
Book Fair Competition
Noemi won the Book Fair Colouring Competition.
All dressed up for Halloween!
Megan was in today. We are building up our self portraits. We played a game of human rock, paper, scissors as an icebreaker. It was fun. We then started our 'me river'. We had to think of events in our lives that made us happy and sad. We shared some of these with our classmates. We got to know each other better.
Farewell to Dima
Dima is moving to Germany. We will all miss him.
On Friday we made a memory box. We covered a shoe box with coloured card and plenty of decoration. We will keep special things in it to remind us of happy times.
We were voted onto the Eco council.
School Council Reps
We were voted onto the school council.
Megan was back in again this week. Our topic was bullying. We talked about respecting one another and not putting each other down by saying rude or negative things. We created a character and gave him/her a personality. We then tore it into bits and tried to put it back together but we couldn't. This showed us that the words that we speak are very important. They are good if they are kind but are never forgotten if they are unkind. We will not return to being the same person if someone hurts us with their nasty words.
We are studying Matilda by Roald Dahl as our class novel. We have made a wonderful display board about the characters. We investigated powerful adjectives to describe their personalities.
We were looking at life skills in class and with the Y.M.C.A. We learned about respect and trying our best.
We also looked at Pop Art and how a single word in a comic can say lots because of how it is written. Just look at our wonderful display.
Megan from the YMCA was in again. This session was on communication. We played games to show how important it is to actively listen and to use verbal and non-verbal communication skills properly.
Megan from the YMCA visited our class. We made a large spiders web out of string to show how we are all connected in some way. We also played a game of Human Bingo.
We all wrote Blogs for this new website. www.movingforward.me. Our topic for this month was "Establishing Good Attendance." Patricia, Oliver and Ignas had their blogs put onto the website. You can read them below.
Here we are learning about a Victorian wash day. It was really hard work! We also had to guess what the objects in the photographs were used for. It was good fun.
Our class performed the first assembly of the year on Friday. Our theme was new beginnings.