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Year 7H pupils have been working in groups to create their own Theme Park posters as part of their Literacy persuasive writing genre. They worked very well together, shared ideas and skills and produced some excellent pieces that fully met the success criteria. They were asked to carefully consider Purpose, Audience, Layout and Language when putting together their ideas.
Coding Session at B.H.S.
Last week Year 7 pupils visited the ICT suite at Banbridge High School for a session in Coding with Mr Adams. They were also assisted by some ex-Abercorn pupils who are now in Year 8. This was a great opportunity to try some new programming software and work in a High school environment. The pupils proved to be very adept at the tasks given to them and thoroughly enjoyed the session. We would like to thank Mr Adams, Head of ICT, for allowing us the chance to try out Coding.
On Friday 4th May ,Opus Photography came into school to take the Year7 Leavers' photos. This year they also brought a selection of cameras for the pupils to use in a photography workshop. This was a very enjoyable session that saw pupils work in groups and take pictures at various angles. After lunchtime they moved outside and were able to look at scenes from different perspectives and use the effect of natural sunlight. Some of their photos were amazing and will hopefully be displayed in school during the summer term.
Some of our Year 7H pupils have been achieving great things outside of school and here are some of their latest accomplishments in dancing, running and football. Well done to Holly, Marco and Ryan.
Pupil of the Week
Our last Pupil of the week awards before the Easter Holidays goes to Niki and Jonathan. Well done to both pupils and richly deserved.
Our delayed World Book Day with a Where's Wally theme took place on Friday 23rd March. Lots of children and staff dressed up as Wally or Wenda and it was quite a spectacle.
Year 7 pupils last week took part in a workshop session organised by the charity Hope4Life. The session focused on Cyber Bullying and the impact this can have on individuals. The issues were presented through a Marvel style comic book which the pupils particularly enjoyed. It is hoped that workshops like this will raise awareness of the this type of bullying and give them the tools to help deal with these issues.
On Friday 16th March Year 7 pupils went to the SSE Arena in Belfast to watch the Giants take on their big rivals, the Cardiff Devils. It was a great night and the children were treated to a close contest with the Devils who, unfortunately, won in the last 20 seconds of the game. The Abercorn pupils gave the Giants loud support throughout and were a credit to the school.
Year 7 H have been studying Castles as their World Around Us topic in the Spring term. They have learned lots
about how castle building has developed over the centuries from the earliest wooden Motte and Bailey constructions, the different types of castles, how they could be defended and attacked and the people who lived inside these structures. The pupils then worked in groups to design and build their own castles. This work has produced great results and shows a fantastic eye for detail, especially with the interior design features of some.
BEE SAFE WORKSHOP
On Thursday 8th March the Year 7 pupils took part in a Safety Workshop organised by the A.B.C. Council through the District Policing and Community Safety Partnership. This event covered different aspects of safety within the home and in the local environment. They also learned about the dangers of smoking, recycling properly and the importance of good behaviour on a bus. It was a very informative and enjoyable event.
Belfast Giants Visit Abercorn
In February, the Year 7 pupils received a visit from Giants Netminder Jackson Whistle and Schools' Co-ordinator Mr. Gordon Cameron. They talked about the importance of a Healthy Lifestyle and the steps that can be taken to achieve this. They also covered some of the rules of ice hockey and signals given by the referee for different infringements. The Giants, through Subway sponsorship, have given the school a number of free tickets for a forthcoming game at the SSE in Belfast. Year 7 pupils are now looking forward to seeing the Giants take on their big rivals Cardiff Devils on Friday 16th March.
Anti Bullying Week
The week beginning Monday 13th November saw lots of activities taking place throughout the school based on the theme of Anti- Bullying and the P7H pupils were very much involved in raising the awareness of Bullying. The children discussed the different types of Bullying, the impact it can have on others and ways in which we can deal with Bullying. They were asked to make choices on how they would react in different scenarios. They worked in pairs to plan and create a comic strip format outlining a bullying incident and then did some role play based on the comic strips.The pupils also designed some colourful and imaginative Anti- Bullying slogans for T-shirts. You can view a sample of some of their great work.
Year 7H have produced some fantastic pieces of Art using Picasso as their stimulus.
Here are some examples
Our main Literacy focus of Talking and Listening has continued on from last year. During the current academic year we will be placing more emphasis on the Drama aspect of Talking and Listening. The pupils were split into groups and chose a different scenario to create a Freeze Frame. They had to concentrate, co-operate and communicate to plan this task.
The feedback from the children was very positive and their freeze frames were really imaginative.