We enjoyed plenty of practical activities in April including some interesting science and maths investigations. In maths, we have been looking at capacity and volume. We used our previous knowledge of capacity to help convert units between CL. ML and L. This helped us to estimate how much certain containers held. We had fun working together to see how close our estimations were. It's such a shame we didn't get the opportunity to "accidently splash" our teachers! In science, we investigated which type of material would be best at maintaining body temperature. This was in relation to our "Titanic" topic. We used ice-pops and wrapped them in different materials and tested which kept their original temperature. We were careful to ensure that it was a fair test by using our science writing frameworks. It was a fun experiment, especially as we got to eat the ice-pops after! We also had the pleasure of Summer (the therapy horse) visiting our classrooms.
Most of this month was taken up with our AMAZING Annie production. Every pupil had a role to play whether it was on stage acting, singing in the choir or being part of the props, setting, lights and music teams. This really brought us all together during our final year in primary school. We also had time to squeeze in some STEM Work this month. Alongside our topic "Titanic", we designed and created a flashlight with the available materials. The design had to give shelter against the elements while offering optimal brightness. We also discussed the benefits of including a switch which would allow us to turn the torch on and off, giving us the opportunity to use Morse Code signals.
We had a fantastic time investigating which shapes were the most streamlined with Mr Linden from St Columbanus.
Our investigations showed that from the selection of shapes tested the most streamlined shape was the conical shape.
We have had a busy month with Careers Week, a trip to watch the Belfast Giants play, a fantastic day at the Radar Centre in Belfast and a visit from Science Sue!
We also enjoyed the Amazing Journey visit where we heard Bible Stories, tasted Biblical food and dressed up as Biblical characters-pictures below.
November and December
The Christmas term was a busy one for our P7 classes. We visited Castle Espie as part of our "Flight" topic. We studied the migration habits of different birds that visit our shores.
As part of our "Victorian" topic we took a trip back in time when we visited The Ulster Folk and Transport museum. We had a fantastic day out and learned some fascinating facts about how Victorian Children lived. Let's just say that we would definitely miss our WiFi!
Here are some of P7McC completing their STEM challenge to test Parachutes.
P7McC : The children have been having great fun making Bi-Planes from scrap materials.