2017-2018 Archive

P4 Forest School - Week 11: Bible Scenes

This week at Forest School both classes joined together to do their RE lessons. We were looking at some major 'biblical' events, and the children, in their groups, had to create a picture representing the event their group had chosen. The group work was fantastic, as was the weather!

Another thing the children are now doing is following the 'leave no trace' principles, were they ensure no rubbish is left behind. Some of the boys and girls collected a bag full of plastic rubbish.

Have a look through the pictures and see if you can figure out the bible scenes chosen.

Living History Day in P4

Today in P4 the children travelled back in time to experience World War 2.

When the children arrived in their wonderful outfits they went straight up to the Muga. They went on an imaginary train journey back to the 1940s and when they arrived at their destination, names were called out and the children went into different groups. These groups then walked down into the school building to take part in rationing, evacuation, air raid activities, craft, investigations and baking. They also had the chance to look through our wonderful museum of artefacts, created using items provided by the Council and from many of our own parents, grand parents and great grand parents (THANKYOU ALL SO MUCH!)

For break the pupils also had either ham, jam or cheese sandwiches, wrapped in brown paper, and an apple, just like the children of the 1940s.

The children also got to watch some cartoons that were made in the time of WW2 and had a sing a long with many war-time songs.

The highlight of the day was listening to our guest speaker, who answered numerous questions from our pupils. A huge thankyou to Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon Council, to our parent volunteers and to all of our pupils for making this such a fun day.

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P4G School Trip to Hannan Meats

Today P4G had a 'real' treat, arriving at Hannan Meats in Moira and getting hotdogs on arrival. The class had a fabulous day meeting some of the Hannan Meat team, touring the shop, factory and freezers, and seeing how sausages were made. Peter, David and Eamonn, our tour guides explained to us how important the different weight and volume of ingredients were in making a product.

One of the huge freezers was -20 degrees C...very cold indeed.

We all want to say a huge thank you to one of our parents, Peter Hannan, for organising this wonderful trip. P4McA can't wait until their turn next week.

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P4 practical maths

Today P4 enjoyed a very practical and interactive maths lesson on multiplication and division. We took the idea of bears needing a home. Each hoop that you can see in the pictures represents a home for each of the bears. We started off with a different number of bears and used our problem solving skills to divide the bears equally into each home.

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P4 making Polar Animal ebooks

Over the last couple of months P4 have been studying the Polar Regions. A recent homework was to research a Polar animal. This research, along with planning and preparation in the classroom has led to the creation of ebooks using the iPads. The boys and girls loved playing with all the ICT features of the app and have made some wonderful ebooks for others to enjoy.

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P4 Trip to Palace Stables

In preparation for our World Around Us topic, "Life in the Recent Past," which includes the war years, P4 made a visit to the Palace Stables in Armagh. We were evacuees for the day and enjoyed a day steeped in the 1940's! We started off with an interactive discussion about how WW2 actually started which was very informative. We then had an interactive information session looking at the contents of an evacuee's suitcase and learning about what life was like in homes during the war as well as looking at gas masks for babies and children.

Our next stop was into a 1940's school room - very different to our own where children were "seen and not heard." Here we made our identity cards and personal labels which would have been with us at all times on our evacuation.

Following this we met "Sergeant Balton," the GI soldier from Texas. He told us what his job was like and trained a few of us on our gun handling. He even gave us some nicknames, just like he said it was in the army.

In another room, we met the evacuation officer, Mr Smyth. He told us all about how and why evacuation took place. He also told us about the importance of "black outs" for homes and air raid shelters to keep us safe from German bombs. We even visited an air raid shelter in the grounds of the Palace Stables. He made some of us wardens, who kept the rest of the class in order. 

We enjoyed a picnic lunch before heading back to school.

This day has really made us excited for all that we will be studying in World Around Us! While it was great fun we are all glad however, that we live in 2018 and not 1940!

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P4 Investigating 3D Shape through ICT

Recently Primary 4 have been learning about 3D Shape. Using the iPads, they selected the 3D Shape App to gather information on cubes, cuboids and various other 3D Shapes. They also used the Apple TV to show how their group was using the app.