Welcome to Mary McGrady's P5/6 Class
The class celebrated 100 days at school in lots of different ways. In Literacy, we wrote a newspaper article on ‘100 Day News’ explaining what we have learnt over the last 100 days, what we intend to do over the next 100 years and what we’ll look like 👵🏻🙈.
We played a game of Keepy-Ups with a balloon to see who could perform the most within 100 seconds. We kept quiet and then jumped around for 100 seconds. In art, we coloured in a 100 page and then designed our own collages using 100 breakfast cereal hoops. The winners all received a free Homework Pass.
Congratulations to L.J. Tiffany and Cian, who won a memory game quiz in the class. Homework passes were awarded to all three pupils. 👏
Today, the children used their knowledge of adjectives to describe people and characters, as part of their Literacy lesson. They all worked really well and came up with some amazing adjectives. Some good ones used were: obnoxious, skilful, handsome, powerful, muscular, heroic...A great lesson. Well done kids!
Our new topic this term is ‘flight’ and the children have been recently learning about the jobs of a pilot and how planes fly. Kaci and Caysie’s dads both work for a local engineering company that build parts for Emirates Airlines. Kaci’s dad kindly let her bring in some pieces of equipment that he makes and instals on these planes. The tray on Emirates is oak finished and costs £300! The children got to hear about other components of the seat belt and chair. We also watched some videos of what it is like to sit in Domestic, Business and First Class of Emirates Airlines...it was very fancy and really posh.
Thanks to the girls for telling us all the important information and thanks to Kaci Crangle’s dad for sending the equipment into school. 👍
Our Literacy genre this term is focusing on Poetry. The children learned about a famous children’s author called Allan Ahlberg. He wrote many (funny) poems for children. Our first lesson was on Please Mrs Butler. We examined the poem and as a class, decided that this particular poem has something to do with the psychological state of mind of many teachers - they are all crazy!! Mrs Butler seems to lose her mind when she is being asked lots of questions by her students.
The boys and girls worked in pairs (some children missed this as they were sitting CAT tests in the ICT suite)and wowed us all with their amazing acting skills! They were all able to recite the poem off by heart. Well done 👍
Happy New Year and welcome back. Today we had our first session back with the Cathechists. The children enjoyed the session with Gerry.
A very happy Christmas from the boys and girls in P5/6. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2018. Have a peaceful, fun and restful break. Only 4 more sleeps until Santa is here 🎅.
The children have been feeling very Christmassy since the start of December and have been working on various Religion, Literacy and Art lessons on Christmas and the Nativity. Today, the boys and girls read The Night Before Christmas from books that Erin and Ellie brought in. They watched an animation of it and had to choose their favourite line in the poem and draw a picture of it also.
During art lessons with Miss McCann, the children decorated and constructed their own wooden Nativity scene and made angels. They look fantastic!
Ian, a local firefighter, from Downpatrick came in to chat to the class about fire safety within the home. He told us all the importance of having a working fire alarm and a fire safety route out of the house. He reminded the children that THEY were the most important thing in their houses if a fire were to occur.
The boys and girls were introduced to their new Think, Pair, Shares this morning during a Numeracy lesson. We have been working on the topic of Time and today we put our problem solving skills into practice. We had to solve some cryptic clock codes and also made our own 3D clocks. ⏰
Congratulations to our September/October ‘Think, Pair, Share’ winners, Patrick and Caysie, who were awarded their certificates in Assembly. You impressed us all with your skills, capabilities and work ethic when you both worked alongside each other. Well done 👍
The P5/6 children were busy all week working on our theme: ‘All equal, all different, all together.’ They completed lessons in Literacy, ICT, PDMU and Art on lots of activities. In Literacy they had to create a group acrostic poem; in ICT the children created their own ‘Word Clouds’ on bullying. In PDMU they watched a PowerPoint on Sandy Bottom Sea Schoolm and chatted about the effects of ‘low-level bullying’ that can occur in schools also. We also tried out an experiment entitled: ‘Can you carry this?’ Children had to work in pairs to come up with suggestions of low-level bullying. Two children were chosen to stand in front of the class with their hands out. As each pair took turns of suggesting low-level comments, the two children were made to hold a book in their hands. Each suggestion made their arms sore (as books were being added). The children were able to relate this to bullying and then had to help remove the weights by suggesting nice comments. Finally, to end the week, the boys and girls produced a lovely art display making their own ‘Friendship Flowers’ 🌹
The boys and girls enjoyed our Halloween Fest and brought in their Mesolithic Weapons that they had to design as part of a homework task.
All of the weapons were amazing and ranged from bows and arrows, knives, axes and hammers. They are trying to look scary here with their weapons. Well done everyone 👍
Miss McGrady’s P5/6 class visited Down Museum today and participated in a workshop all about Early Person in Ireland. The boys and girls are studying this topic as part of their World Around Us (WAU).
They had a great day increasing their knowledge of the Mesolithic and Neolithic people who came to our island over 9000 years ago. They got to hold lots of flint, porcellanite, weapons and animal skins. Pupils tried their hand at flint-knapping, grinding wheat and making clay pots.
The children from P5 and P6 spent the day at the SSE arena at a workshop about film classification. They listened to guests from the BBFC in London talk about their jobs.
They watched the film, Captain Underpants, and enjoyed rating the film and asking questions.
The children have been learning Spanish for 1-2 days per week in school since the start of September and know lots of vocabulary and songs. We spent the day coloring in our Spanish Booklets, singing songs, playing games in the yard (pato, pato, ganso - duck, duck, goose!) and finished the day off presenting our Parental Assembly on 'Celebrating Languages.' The children acted and sang wonderfully. Miss McGrady was so proud of you all. There'll be a homework pass on Monday and fun with our piñata!
The children were placed in new 'Think, Pair, Share' partners for the incoming month. Today, they were involved in a practical 'Card Sorting Activity' with instructions on 'How to make a slice of buttered toast.'
They worked really well working with others and enjoyed the task. They took turns, helped each other and placed the cards in the correct order. Well done. 👍
Here are a few photos of the boys and girls enjoying our Sponsored Walk.
The children of P5 visited the chapel today as part of their religion lesson. Debbie spoke to the children about the Our Father and concentrated on the line 'Hallowed be thy name.' The children finished the lesson by working with their extension tasks in their books.
The children from P5/6 spent their Literacy Hour working on various tasks on our class novel 'The Twits.' We have finished reading the story and will be working on various tasks on this novel in the coming weeks. Today, we focused on Chapter 3, which was all about Mr Twit's disgusting beard! We then worked in our 'Think, Pair, Shares' to design a picture of what they thought his beard would look like with all the decayed food lodged in his beard!
The boys and girls of P5/6 didn't take long to earn their first class dojo reward of the new term. Class Dojo is a behaviour management tool that Miss McGrady has been using over the last year, with great success. The children earn 'dojos' for positive behaviour/actions in the classroom. This year, the children earn rewards for: completion of homework tasks, great manners, working hard, taking part and working as a team. The children chose all of their rewards. This year, the maximum amount of dojos is 10 000! Today, the children earned their first 500 Dojos and got to spend 30 minutes of free time in the ICT suite/Library playing games on the computers/iPads or drawing with friends. Well done boys and girls - very well deserved. Next reward is 1000 Dojos. Good luck! 👍
The children of P5 joined the P4 class at St Nicholas' Church for their first session of the new term with Fr McCloskey and all the Cathechists. We are looking forward to learning new aspects of Religion and becoming closer to God throughout the year.
A big, warm welcome to my new P5/6 class for the year. 21 new faces from P5 and 5 familiar faces from the new P6 class. I hope the children have a great year learning and revisiting old work and new topics. September is a 'settling in' month for both the children and their teacher so that we all get to know each other and the classroom routine.
We spent our first day yesterday playing some fun ice-breaker games and completed Literacy tasks and spoke/sang in Spanish.
Today, the boys and girls spent their Literacy and Numeracy hour revising work on punctuating and capitalisation. In numeracy, we completed a practical lesson in place value revision of HTU. We even tried to figure out how to read a really big number that went into tens of millions! It was a tongue twister!!
Our last full day took place today and for a large majority of the children, they will be moving on into the P6/7 room next term. The children have been a pleasure to teach. Throughout the year the children have worked hard and we've had some fun times. Each pupil has their own unique character and personality which they brought to the class. Well done on all the effort and hard work you all put in over the last year. For some children, it has been two years in the classroom.
I would like to wish them all well as they move on and I hope they all have a safe and fun summer holiday.
Thanks to all parents for their support with your son/daughter throughout the year, not only with their homeworks but with everything that encompassed their school lives. Thanks also for the support you have shown me as their teacher. I hope you all have a fantastic summer.
Buena suerte y hasta pronto.
Mary McGrady 😀
The children earned 5000 dojos, as part of our positive behaviour rewards that we have initiated since September. As a treat, the children decided that their reward should be a trip to the park, followed by ice-cream/sweet treat at our local Eurospar. They had a great morning. Well done on this achievement. Will we be able to reach 6000 dojos before the term is out? Another treat possibly? 🤔👍
The P5/6 children were set a homework task on Monday 15th May on area. Their task was to design a 'Healthy Park' for a construction firm. They had a booklet to design their ideas and had to produce their plans on an A3 piece of paper. The idea was to design this concept using 'area' (as we have been learning about this in class). They had to plan their ideas and hand in their final draft this morning.
What a difficult task it was to judge the final projects. They were all amazing and so much hard work was put in to each and every design. The overall winners were Tiffany from P5 and Fintan from P6. Well done both of you.
The whole class deserves a homework pass on Monday for their sterling efforts. Miss McGrady is so proud of you all👍
The P5 class took advantage of working on their own today without the P6s (as they were completing their cycling proficiency exam). They were learning all about the nets of various 3D shapes and how to recognise them in everyday objects.
They were then given a net of a paper Rubix cube to make their own. As an extension task, they had to make/build their own Angry Birds from different nets. They produced some
🏄♀️🏄Hit the Surf🏄🏄♀️ 16th May 2017
The boys and girls from P5 and P6 had a brilliant days craic with the RNLI lifeguards, Mr Burns and Miss McGrady, at Tyrella Beach this afternoon.
They were shown how to rescue someone in difficulty at sea. They loved using the surfboards on the waves. The weather cleared up for us also to make it even more enjoyable. ☀️🌊
The children have been learning about 'Volcanoes and Earthquakes' in their WAU topic. The class have been working on lots of cross curricular subjects with this interesting topic. They have been linking it with their Literacy, ICT, Numeracy and Creative Stuides. Today, they worked in their pairs/groups to paint their models made in a previous art class with Miss Fitzsimons.
They are really looking forward to a future lesson whereby they will try and make them explode!
The P5/6 class worked in pairs to use their measuring skills to find the perimeter of objects and places in and around the school. They had to use their knowledge to problem solve and change from cms to metres using the decimal point.
The P5 children joined their counterparts from Dunsford today and held their Come Follow Me session in St Mary's Church, Dunsford. Local missionaries joined the children today and watched as Fr McCloskey told them all about the early Christians and the meaning of the Eucharist at mass.
In class, the children have been learning about all the different angles and degrees in their Numeracy lessons. The P6 pupils have been working on finding angles on straight lines, within triangles and quadrilaterals. The P5's have been classifying angles.
Their task today was to arrange themselves into groups of 4. Each group was given an iPad and 6 laminated cards with the associated angles on them. The groups were then told to find as many different angles as they could inside and outside the school building. They also had to produce evidence of this by taking images on the iPads. At the close of the lesson, the children all came together to show where they found their angles. Some of them used their imaginations and came up with weird and wonderful angles!
The children worked in groups of 3 and completed various tasks in working with coordinates on the first quadrant.
The P6 children became 'teachers' and worked alongside two P5 children to help them use their skills by plotting coordinates to make 'Alien Masks' for a wall display. The P6 children then had to produce their own 'Olaf' picture using coordinates. They worked well with others and had a successful numeracy lesson.
P5/6 pupils participated in a Maths STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)event on Wednesday morning in our school.
Thanks to Mrs Kennedy and her Key Stage 5 pupils from St Patrick's Grammar School, who provided the Maths activities and help guide the children through them. The children had a great time and really enjoyed the lesson.
Today was Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, and the children learned all about the traditions and customs of how other countries of the world celebrate this day during their Literacy Hour. They also learned about what ingredients are needed to make pancakes and were shown instructions on how to do this. We cheated slightly, as Miss McGrady bought 'ready made' pancakes, but the children toasted them and spread on either chocolate spread, jam or sprinkles. They were yummy!
Did you know that over 57 million eggs are used on Pancake Tuesday? In some Latin American countries, Pancake Tuesday is known as 'Mardi Gras' or 'Fat Tuesday!' This caused some amusement with the children! 😂
The boys and girls celebrated making it through 100 Days of School with lots of fun activities in the classroom all day. They had to see if in 100 seconds they could: do as many jumping jacks as possible, keep quiet for 100 seconds and hop on one foot. They had to see who could roll a dice first to 100 using a 5 bar gate tally, write 100 times tables, write 100 animals and write 100 words that they know. The winners received a Homework Pass!
Part of their Numeracy homework for the week was to produce a 100 themed Maths/Art competition. From the photos below, you can see how much hard work and effort was put into each of their projects. They were amazing! Well done all 👍
The children have been learning about Electricity as part of their World Around Us topic. Today, the learning objective was to understand what static electricity is and how we can create it using some materials.
Static electricity is the build up of an electrical charge on the surface of an object. It's called "static" because the charges remain in one area for a while rather than moving or "flowing" to another area.
The children worked in pairs and produced their own static electricity using a balloon. We were able to make 'Einstein hair' by rubbing a balloon over our hair, causing negative and positive charges. We then cut up small pieces of paper and rubbed the balloon over our hair and noticed that the static electricity made the paper stick to the balloon.
Finally, we used the balloons to move an aluminium can (without touching it) by using the static electricity from rubbing the balloons onto our heads. It was great fun!
The children have been working on the genre of Procedural/Instructional Writing as a focus in their Literacy this term. Today, the boys and girls looked at how important it is for instructions to be precise and how it can go wrong if instructions are given in an incorrect order. The class had a practical lesson in pairs on 'How to Tie a Shoelace' and some children stood up in front of the group and showed the class how they can tie shoe laces. One partner had to give instructions to the other on how to tie a shoelace. There were many different variations on how to do this. The children then used their knowledge of procedural writing by designing their own task by formatting their writing using sequencing words using the appropriate rules for this genre of writing.
Since September, Miss McGrady has been using 'Class Dojo' as a behaviour management tool in the classroom, reinforcing positive behaviour at St Nicholas'. Children can be assigned 'dojos' throughout their lessons by: listening well, completing set tasks, handing in completed homework each day, attending school and using excellent manners.
Information is recorded on students' profiles which are set as 'avatars' which can be reviewed throughout the year.
It has been a huge success and has had a positive and beneficial effect on the children's learning.
The children decided on their own 'rewards' after they received 1000 dojos. When they reached the first 1000, their reward was 30 minutes extra play in the yard. 2000 dojos was time spent in the ICT Suite playing fun, interactive games. They were recently awarded 3000 dojo points and they wanted a 'Pizza Party!' Today they received their wish and pizzas were ordered and delivered to the school from Dominos Pizza in Downpatrick. They all loved it and had a great time. What willl the children choose for earning 4000 dojo points?! Wait and see! 👏
Colin Dryden from Downpatrick Fire Station visited the children to give them advice on:- how to prevent fires in their homes, how dangerous electricity can be, how to plan an escape route out of their homes and what they can do if they witness a fire. It was a very informative session and ties in perfectly with our WAU topic on 'Electricity.'
The P5/6 class worked in their 'January' Think/Pair/Share partnership and had to investigate fractions, using Smarties.
Smarties were used as a fun way of tackling fractions and the investigation also extended our mathematicians in the class. The children worked with the concept of finding the 'numerator' and 'denominator' of each colour of Smarties in their tube. They then had to sort and group their Smarties, whilst also finding the fractions of whole numbers. Some pairs were also able to extend their mathematical knowledge by 'simplifying' their fractions into the lowest form. Others were also able to change some of their fractions into decimals and percentages. They also had to plot their data onto a bar chart. Some of the children quickly realised that their tubes of Smarties didn't contain equal amounts or colours. The most in one tube of Smarties was 35 and the least 30!! They did enjoy dividing their Smarties in half and eating them when the investigation finished!
The P5/6 class worked in groups today and played the 'Banana Split' game as part of their topic of Fair Trade in WAU. The children had to decide who got what of the 30p for a banana. The class was divided into 5 groups and assigned a role of each of the following: Banana Worker, Plantation Owner, Ripener, Exporter and Supermarket. After the group work and discussions, the children were very surprised to discover that the Banana Worker only earned 1p out of the 30p and the Supermarket earned 12p. They thought that this was very unfair. The fairest thing to do to help poor farmers was to buy bananas with the Fair Trade logo.
Instructional Writing Practical Lesson - 30th November 2016
The boys and girls have been concentrating on Instrucional/Procedual Writing this term. Last week we focused on how to write instructions on 'How to wrap a Christmas Present.' Today, we put our writing into practise and helped wrap our Christmas Shoebox Appeal in school. The children chose a couple of gifts from each shoe box and wrapped them. They did a great job. Some of the wrapping was perfect!
28th November - The P5/6 class visit Downpatrick Library
The boys and girls participated in an educational visit to our local library in Downpatrick this morning during our Literacy Hour. The children received their own library cards and were shown around the library and chose a book that they could take home. Mary, the librarian, read a story to them and showed them how to choose books that they would be interested in. The bus journey home was very quiet as they were all concentrating on their new books!
Anti-Bully Week - 14th-18th November
The P5/6 class had a busy week with PDMU and Art lessons working on our Anti-Bully Week theme of 'Together We Are Stronger.' We sketched nice 'Partner Portraits' of each other, read the interactive story of 'The Rainbow Fish' and then designed a wall display of 'Friendship Fish' with nice words depicting a good friend.
The boys and girls participated in a group card sorting activity whereby they had to organise laminated words and sort them into 'Qualities of a good friend' or 'A bully.' Each child then had to tell describe a good quality about each pupil in the class. They also designed their own poster against anti-bullying.
Irish Dancing Success
Congratulations to our P5 pupil, Maeve Morgan who participated in a Feis at the weekend in Belfast (13/11/16) She won medals for performing Irish dances in the Jig, Trophy Dance and the Reel. Well done Maeve.
At the end of Tuesday's Spanish lesson, the children had a chance to taste some Peruvian sweets that Miss McGrady brought back from her Halloween trip to Peru. The children were able to use their knowledge of colours in Spanish and were able to describe all of the colours of the sweets and their wrappers. The children tried some chocolate bars from Peru, called 'Sublime' and got to taste a 'chupete' which is a lollipop that Peruvian children love which contains a chewy sweet or gum in the middle.
Asked if they liked the sweets/chocolate - their replies in Spanish were 'Me gusta!' which means 'I like it!'
Netball and Gaelic Blitz - 25th Octiber 2016
St Nicholas' hosted our annual fun day blitz in Gaelic and netball. Teams from Legamaddy PS, Our Lady and St Patrick's and St Colmcille's joined us. Our school was represented by the boys and girls from P5, P6 and P7.
The aim of the day was to integrate all of the teams and have some fun showcasing our local schools' future talents and they did not disappoint. A big thanks to all of the teachers, classroom assistants and other staff from our school and our local schools who came along and helped out during the day.
St Nicholas' Netball Team
St Nicholas' Gaelic Football Team
Come Follow Me at St Nicholas' Church with Fr G McCloskey and his team of Catechists this term was a great time for pupils to reflect, listen to and discuss Bible stories. Pupils learnt about Saints lives including Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Saint Dominic.
National Smile Day - 7th October 2016
The P5/6 class were all smiles for National Smile Day. As part of their PDMU topic, they created their own 'Smile Badges'.
"Smile and the world smiles with you; frown and you frown alone!"
The P5/6 class enjoyed their Spanish Day on completing Spanish booklets with famous Spanish speaking people, colours, numbers, crosswords and football games. They ate some tapas, playyed a Mexican game called 'La Lotería' and won lots of prizes. They finished off the day by presenting their Parental Assembly on 'Celebrating Languages'. They spoke in English, Irish, French, Polish, Lithuanian and of course Spanish. They said the 'Gloria' in Spanish and sang two songs: Buenos Días and El mundo es un pañuelo!
FACT FILE ON MR BURNS - Q & A SESSION
The P5/6 class interviewed our principal Mr Burns on a task during their Literacy Hour on Monday 5th September. They had a question and answer session with him and found out some fun and interesting facts about him!
WAU/STEM TOPIC COMPETITION
The P5/6 class recently invited a pilot into the class to discuss his job to the children as part of their WAU/STEM topic of 'Flight.' The children have a homework task whereby they will have to design and build their own model airplane. The lucky winner will receive a flight on a Cessna aircraft for half an hour at the Ulster Flying Club in Newtownards. Thanks to Miss McGrady for organising this competition and to the Chief Flying Instructor and Pilot Michael McGrady for the amazing prize!
'Hats and Shades' NSPCC non-uniform day
Road Safety Week
The P5/6 class conducting a Traffic Survey in conjunction with our 'Road Safety Week'. The children were able to use their Data Handling Skills in Numeracy and devise their own Survey. Later in class, the children used their skills to produce lots of graphs from the data they collected.
The class get ready to start their survey.
Terry and William work in a pair.
James and Nathan give us the 'thumbs up'.
Basil and Patrick hard at work.
Congratulations to our P6 children who were accredited for sitting an exam in PIRLS.