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World Around Us
Pupils from both P7H and P7McC worked together in groups to create medieval castles as part of their WAU topic. They planned their designs and used a range of junk material to create the final product. The pupils were imaginative and co-operated very well together. Here are some pictures of the building phase.
This term,Year 5-7 pupils started a new Reading programme called Accelerated Reader. The first period of this scheme has just ended and pupils who reached their points targets have been presented with certificates and homework vouchers.An additional prize was given to the pupil in each class who exceeded their target by the greatest amount. Congratulations to Esme who was our 7H winner and to all those who gained a certificate.Of the 7H pupils who took part, 75% achieved their targets.This was a promising start and hopefully we will add to this in the next period.
Year 7 pupils recently attended a workshop organised by the Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon Policing Partnership which focused on different aspects of safety in the home and within the wider environment.
Representatives from the PSNI, NIFRS, NIE, ABC council and Translink gave presentations that highlighted the importance of safety and how potential accidents can be avoided.
Tournament's Top Goalie
At the most recent Banbridge Primary Schools football tournament in February, Christopher McGaffin was given the Top Goalie Award after some terrific displays in nets. He is pictured below proudly displaying his prize of a new ball.
Community Sports Week
Pupils in P7H, along with the rest of Key Stage 2,have been involved this week in the Community Sports Week programme. They participated in a 30 minute session every day, Monday- Thursday, and got the opportunity to try a variety of sports activities. The class was also well represented by Bronte, Ellen and Lewis at the Night of Champions held in Banbridge High School. The whole programme was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by the pupils. A big thanks should go to Mr Selwood and his helpers for organising these events.
Pupils in P7H recently carried out some Numeracy investigations involving the measuring of heights. They worked in groups and firstly had to estimate the heights of their peers and then convert the different units of measure. Pupils then had to choose the most appropriate measuring equipment and carry out the task as accurately as possible. Further work with the collected data involved finding the mean, range and median.
Year 7H pupils were asked to use their knowledge of shapes that make strong structures and create a design that could hold a Cadbury's Cream Egg (roughly 50g) or more. They worked in groups of 2/3 and were given 8 marshmallows and 20 pieces of dried spaghetti. The groups had to sketch out some ideas before attempting to put plans into action. There ensued good co-operation and no lack of ingenuity. This was an enjoyable activity and one in which pupils could eat their construction materials if they chose to do so at the end!!
World Around Us: Bridges
Year7H pupils were given a challenge to create a bridge out of three pieces of A4 paper that would hold a weight of 1kg or more. Their bridge span had to be a minimum of 15cm and apart from two books they were not allowed any additional materials. Some pupils had clearly remembered how triangular shapes are often used in structures and this resulted in some very effective designs. Photos of successful designs are included below.
Year 7 pupils recently took part in a workshop session with a charity group called Hope4Life.The session dealt with issues that the pupils may encounter now or in their teenage years. It was designed to increase the awareness of issues that affect their mental and physical well being and to give them some skills and strategies to deal with potentially difficult situations. The programme is taught through the Uberheroes comic format and has proved very successful in an ever increasing number of schools.
Today, Thursday 25th, saw many pupils dress up in a wide variety of costumes, attend a disco and take part in a Pumpkin Carving competition. Both costumes and carving designs were extremely creative. Check out the 7H photos and slideshow below
World Around Us
Year 7H pupils have been studying bridges as part of their W.A.U. topic. Their most recent task was to work in groups and try to decide the best location for a new bridge. They had to identify advantages and disadvantages of each site and consider things like environmental factors, convenience, factors that could increase cost and the overall impact on the inhabitants of Cantilever City. They quickly established that no option was without drawbacks and that a degree of compromise was needed before making a final decision.
Last week Year 7H pupils completed their Biography Posters and then carried out some peer assessment on the finished products. The children worked in groups of 3/4, decided upon their topic and then carried out research at home and in school. They were asked to present their information in a bright, colourful and interesting format. They worked very well together and produced pieces that fully met the success criteria. They were then asked to positively comment on the work of others and make constructive suggestions on how improvements could be made.
Year 7H pupils have produced some excellent Picasso pictures recently with oil pastels. Check out our gallery below.
More to follow soon.
Year 7H pupils have been doing some Drama activities through their Talking and Listening work. They worked in small groups and had a choose a scenario for a freeze frame image. They were given three key words to think about whilst carrying out the task ( Concentration, Co-operation and Communication) and had to plan their freeze frames very carefully. The pupils really enjoyed the task and watching other groups perform their scenarios. The final task saw all groups interpret the same scene and it was fantastic to see very different outcomes and use of imagination.
Can you guess some of these scenarios from their freeze frames?