Welcome to Primary 1 & 2!
We have had a very busy first term. Our new Primary 1s have settled in so well and are getting used to our routines. We are very lucky to have extremely helpful Primary 2s who are excellent role models for our Primary 1s.
Our topic this term is the Senses. So far we have had taste and smelling challenges, used magnifying glasses to find hidden words/letters, went on a nature hunt and played fun listening games. We are enjoying exploring our senses both indoors and outdoors during play.
Our Primary 1s have begun their phonic journey and are enjoying the Jolly Phonic songs. Primary 2 are using their phonic knowledge to write excellent sentences including the correct punctuation.
Within Numeracy, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shape. We enjoy sorting shapes and making shape pictures. Primary 1 are focusing on numbers 1-3, while Primary 2 are continuing to improve their adding skills.
We have also enjoyed a visit from the school nurse. She explained the importance of hygiene and why it is so important to wash our hands.
Wow! We really have been busy and it’s only the first term!
Welcome to Primary 3
Our Primary 3 class have had a busy start to the school year. Our topic is ‘Houses and Homes,’ and we are enjoying learning about this in all areas of the curriculum. In Literacy we have been looking at ‘The Three Little Pigs,’ story and we have written our own narrative stories. We have thought of different adjectives to describe the different characters in the story.
We enjoy our Activity Based Learning sessions each week in class. We have made houses out of junk materials, sketched houses out of clay, made stories about our houses on Book Creator on the iPads, painted our own houses, made the three little pigs’ houses and much much more! We have a fantastic estate agents role play area in our classroom too!
We also visited Gareth Mills’ estate agents in Carrickfergus. We were able to ask him questions about his job and what he enjoyed about it. This helped us with our role play in class. We particularly enjoyed the juice, biscuits and sweets that he gave us too!
In Numeracy we are learning about 2D and 3D shape, bar charts, pictograms and lots of other exciting things! We also learn our number bonds each week. We went on a shape walk down our street to see how many shapes we could find. There were shapes everywhere we looked! We can also count forwards and backwards very quickly and count in 2s. Phew! Being in Primary 3 is very busy, but great fun!
Welcome to Primary 4 & 5
Primary 4&5 have had a busy start to the year with our new and exciting topic ‘The Vikings’. Did you know the Vikings liked to wear brightly coloured clothing? Instead of using crushed plants to dye materials, P4&5 experimented with food coloring to make wonderful tie dye patterns. We investigated what material would be best – we decided on white cotton as this would really bring out the colours.
We are also going to be learning how to stitch, mold clay bowls inspired by Nordic designs, prepare delicious soup and create a Viking Longship collage. We are really looking forward to our skype with the Jorvik Viking Centre in York next month. We have been thinking of lots of questions to ask – how exciting!
In Literacy we are learning how to write exciting diary entries inspired by our topic. We are really trying to make our entries interesting by adding lots of adjectives and descriptive language.
What time is it? It’s time for Math! This term we are learning how to read and write the time using analogue and digital clocks. We have been very busy making clocks, recording units of time, reading time tables and even finding and recording important dates from our calendar.
Welcome to P.6 & 7!
It’s the start of another school year! Where has the time gone? The P.6 & 7s have all returned with smiles on their faces and a bounce in their step.
We’ve had a busy start to the year getting to know each other and finding out what our amazing topics are going to be. This term we are looking at ‘The Victorians’. The Victorians were an interesting bunch, as we’ve been finding out. For example, did you know that people often drank beer instead of water? This was due to the water being unclean and carrying several diseases. There was no Robinson’s orange back then!
We have been letting our creative juices flow in our PDMU and art lessons. We’ve created our own modern day versions of Ford Madox Brown’s painting ‘Work’, which depicts life in Birmingham in the 1800s. In our PDMU we have been looking at issues surrounding mental health and we can better understand what mental health is. This led us to develop our own hashtag #whatsyourfavouritedinosaur to help people talk about their problems.
In Literacy we’ve been brushing up on our use of adjectives, nouns, verbs and adverbs. We hope to use lots of the skills that we’ve learnt to create some fantastic narratives based in the Victorian age. For inspiration, we have been reading Oliver Twist and we’ve also got some dramatic scenes to act out.
For Numeracy, we’ve been developing our understanding and use of place value. Do you know what comes after thousands and which direction the numbers move when you multiply by 100? We do! We have also been getting acquainted with the compass points. Do you know where you’ll be if you turn 90° anti-clockwise from North? We’ll give you a clue, it begins with ‘w’.