Another STEM activity during the first Term of P7 involved some children making a Christmas tree out of paper cups, string and an elastic band. At first, not being able to actually touch the paper cups caused some confusion, but P7 soon put their thinking caps on and discovered various different solutions!
The last week of school saw the P7s hold their long anticipated Victorian Fair. Not only did all of them look wonderful in their costumes, ranging from chimney sweeps to handsome Victorian gentlemen, but their creativity in producing items to sell was second to none. More important than the fabulous £400 that they were able to raise, the hall was full of excitement from both the younger Prep classes and the sellers themselves. It definitely felt that Christmas was upon us!
After working very hard for several months in preparation for their AQE examinations, the P7s enjoyed a trip to Belfast on the Santa Bus early December. They were able to carry out some ‘research’ for their own upcoming Victorian fair by visiting the Christmas Markets. Their day out also involved a tour of City Hall.
Term 1 during P7 proved to be quite fun now and again with games being played to help with revision and relaxation!
Not all numeracy realated activities involved pencil and paper during Term 1 in P7! The children thoroughly enjoyed creating lots of different kinds of nets when revising properties of 3D shapes, returning to the equipment in their free time.
After hearing about Mexico’s 2017 earthquake, the P7s embarked on a STEM project which had them creating ‘skyscrapers’. Their task involved imagining that they were architects in an earthquake prone city, asked to design and build a new skyscraper ensuring that it was as tall as possible, but still able to withstand the challenge of a possible earthquake (a tray of marbles being shaken for 30 seconds!) They needed to balance height against stability, deciding what was most important for their task.
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...