During this term, we have began our cycling proficiency. Although we already know how to ride a bike, we are learning new skills that we need in order to cycle safely. We are expanding our knowledge of the road; what a stop sign looks like, what a give way sign means, how to overtake safely on the road, how to indicate and how to avoid any danger that could arise. And of course, we never, ever cycle without our helmets. Have a look as we apply our new skills!
During May, we received a very special invitation to see the Royal Marines Band perform in Theipval Barracks. However we weren't just spectators...
In p7 we played a very important role in money week. It gave us the opportunity to provide the school with a fantastic fair! We were split into groups and each given £15 from Mrs Calo, this had to be returned. In order to return Mrs Calo's money, each group had to come up with an idea of what they wanted to sell at the school fair. We thought hard about what would be popular sellers, as we not only wanted to be able to pay back our £15, but we wanted to make a profit! Ideas ranged from chocolate fountains, tattoos, lucky dips, books and many more. After much discussion and group work, each team had made a decision on what they would sell. We were only allowed to spend £15 on our stalls, to ensure this, receipts had to be handed back in to Mrs Calo. After much preparation, we got our stalls set up and ready to go, we would be selling popcorn, marshmallows dipped in chocolate, a virtual reality experience, doughnuts, books, tombola, lucky dip, football shoot out, handmade cuddly toys and glitter tattoos! We invited the whole school to our fair, it was a huge success! Every class that came into the assembly hall was full of excitement and every team tried their best to persuade the buyers to come to their stall. Every stall was a hit! Not one stall was left without a crowd due to the excellence of our p7 salespersons and the quality of their products. As a result of this, p7 raised an incredible £545. Thank you to all pupils for supporting the p7 class!
The planning begins!
Time to sell, sell, sell!
nWe had a fantastic time on our trip to York, what a busy four days we had! Our trip was packed with adventures including conquering the roller-coasters at Flamigo Land, creating our own delicious chocolate lollies at York's Chocolate Factory, conducting experiments at the Nation Railway Museum, being detectives and finding clues that lead us to Vikings at Jorvik, travelling through underground tunnels in York's Castle Museum, becoming bowling champions and being astounded by the size of York Minster! And all in four days. I don't think anyone refused to go to bed at night! Despite lots of walking and travelling, every p7 stayed enthusiastic and cheerful throughout the trip, it was simply a delight!
This year we decided to celebrate St Patrick's Day with 'Going Green Day'. We used this day to learn about the importance of looking after the environment, and in particular, the importance of recycling. We all turned up to school wearing green and looking forward to a visit from the Recycling Bus! Our visitor was called Noel, Noel visits lots of schools throughout the year, and he was here to tell us what we can do to help look after the environment. He told us about the horrible landfill sites, and he even made us take a sniff of how it smells! Noel showed us some things that he had made from recycled materials, he made his own wallet out of Coca Cola cans, an aeroplane out of coat hangers and showed us a diary made from elephant poo! Luckily we didn't make diaries... We got to make pencil cases out of used cereal boxes - a great way to recycle! As you will see, they looked fantastic.
Brady made his pencil case out of a Fruit and Fibre cereal box!
In celebration of Going Green Day we also had to pack a naked lunch! This meant that our break had to be packed in a material that could be recycled, we brought in fruit packed in plastic containers that could be used again, instead of cling film for example, and any yoghurt pots we had we made sure to wash out and keep for future arts and crafts projects. It became clear very quickly to us just how much less rubbish was put in the bin this day, no empty crisps packets, tin foil, cling film or wrappers!
Let it never be said that our P7s don't work hard! Last Tuesday they arrived as children but left as seasoned (and very tired) bakers. P7 took on the mammoth task of making pancakes for the whole school, and around 50 eggs, 4 bags of flour, 6L of milk and a dash of stress later, they successfully made and hand delivered over 320 pancakes! Our P7s did a great job of splitting up tasks, taking turns at various roles, following instructions and working under time pressure - maybe a future on GBBO for some ahead? Well done to all our star bakers!
Now that we have more time on our hands in P7 we've been able to spend time doing practical tasks that put in to practice some of the things we have been learning. Recently we spent a morning creating our very own pinhole cameras out of Pringles tubes - delicious AND scientifically useful! Now we're just waiting for the sunny weather to come so that we can actually use them...
In numeracy we've been learning about tessellations, and have been creating some tessellations of our own based on hexagons, inspired by artists like M.C. Escher. We're still putting the finishing touches on many of them, but have a look at how great they are so far!
on Friday 24th February Primary 5-7 took part in a Colour Run organised by A Level pupils from the Grammar School. We had an absolutely fabulous time, got completely covered in paint and together with the Grammar School raised over £13,500 for NI Cancer Fund for Children - WOW!