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End of Term 2A Highlights
The pupils of 6MM have continued to work hard in all of their subjects during Remote Learning. Some of the highlights during Term 2A include:
- In Language and Literacy, we were introduced to a new novel, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We created an author profile on Michael Morpurgo. We delved into the world of Michael and his parents, at the beginning of their journey to ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom.’ The pupils wrote a balanced argument focusing on sailing around the world with their families and why it may or may not be a good idea. We have explored the features of a Newspaper article and wrote an article linking to our WAU topic, ‘It’s A Disaster!’ we wrote Newspaper articles about Covid-19.
- In Numeracy, we completed a range of number and topic-based activities. During our first week of home learning, we identified different types of triangles, calculated the missing angles in triangles and used co-ordinates to locate positions. After consolidating our knowledge of telling the time, we developed our skills in counting forwards and backwards in steps of 10, 100 and 1000 and practised using zero as a placeholder correctly. We then used our knowledge of the times tables to help us calculate answers to division questions using the formal written method, with and without remainders. We used these newly acquired skills to simplify fractions and find fractions of amounts. Most recently, we were introduced to thousandths and identified how to write them as fractions and decimals and explored their relationship with tenths and hundredths. At the end of each week we completed a selection of fun and challenging Mathletics activities.
- Our topic for World Around Us is called ‘It’s a Disaster.’ We learned about the difference between natural and man-made disasters and were able to sort them into groups. We looked in more detail at the different types of natural disasters and carried out some independent research to create a fact file on a natural disaster of our choice. We designed a survival kit of what we thought would be required in case of a natural disaster. We carried out a small experiment by making a tornado in a bottle.
- Art & Design - In art and design, we observed the artwork of J M W Turner and used different mediums to recreate his volcano artwork.
- Term 2A we engaged in weekly P.E. sessions with The Bodycoach, Joe Wicks and have also had the opportunity to work with a Personal Trainer from Ballymena, Estelle Wallace.
- We celebrated Safer Internet Week by focusing on how to be safe online. We worked through Jargon Buster and explored the interactive world of Interland.
- In RE, we listened to a series of Biblical stories, and read about stories from the Bible that related to our school’s monthly values. In January, our monthly value was ‘Confidence’. To celebrate this, we read the inspirational story of ‘David and Goliath’ and retold the story in our own words in the form of a comic strip. Our most recent monthly value for February was ‘Trust’. To celebrate this important value, we read the story ‘Jesus Calms the Storm’ and then had the exciting opportunity to create our own sailboat using household materials.
In RE, we have been learning about Advent. We found out that many Christians use this period as a time of waiting. We answered some investigative questions, using iPads and shared our research with one another. We also designed our own advent symbols, on the themes of hope, joy, love and peace to tie in with our Monthly Value of Creativity.
6MM enjoy the opportunity to carry out problem-solving and investigative tasks in Mathematics & Numeracy. We have recently been investigating factors in different numbers. Each week, we focus on different skills, which could be working systematically, making a table or a list or breaking the problem into smaller parts.
6MM pupils have been busy with a number of activities for Friendship Week. During our IFA Football Session with coach, Ronan, we learned about how good friends can support us and help us. We watched the Sandy Bottom Sea School friendship story, which linked to our Class Charter and the UNCRC Articles. As a follow-up activity, we created a jigsaw of how we ‘fit’ together as friends. We also joined with the other Year 6 pupils to create a Friendship song medley. You will see this soon on our Facebook page!
6MM pupils were learning about Remembrance Day. We watched an online video about this special day and talked about remembrance in our local community. We learned about the significance of the poppy and completed some poppy-inspired artwork using oil pastels.
Term 1A Update
It’s hard to believe that we are already at half-term!
6MM have had a fantastic start to the new school year, and have completed a variety of fun, interactive and challenging learning activities. Some of the highlights include:
- We created out superhero-themed class charter. After looking at UNICEF's 'UN Convention on the Rights of the Child', we drew up our charter focusing on both Rights and Responsibilities and found out which articles our items matched up with. As a class, we all signed the charter.
- In Language and Literacy, we created an author profile for Marita Conlon-McKenna, the author of our new shared reading novel, ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’. Additionally, we wrote a descriptive passage based on our senses to describe the famine cottage and explored story settings. We also wrote haikus and explanations for how to grow potatoes.
- In Mathematics and Numeracy, we went on a virtual tour of Ballymoney to identify 3D shapes in our environment. We also had the opportunity to create 3D shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks to help identify their properties. In problem-solving, we worked collaboratively to apply logic and reasoning to answer questions about the times tables. We used a lot of different strategies to help with these tasks.
- Our World Around Us topic is called ‘Hunger’. We had the opportunity to study the artwork of J.P Rooney and create our own famine paintings using his technique. We have also been finding out about class differences in Victorian times and how hunger affected the different groups of people.
- We have received highly enjoyable and exciting weekly PE lessons from Ronan O’Donnell of the IFA. We always look forward to Ronan’s weekly visit!
- Our monthly value for October is ‘Kindness’. To celebrate this, we talked about Article 2 from the summary of UNICEF’s ‘UN Convention on the Rights of the Child’, listened to the ‘Kindness’ song and read the ‘Story of the Good Samaritan’ in RE.
We hope you enjoy reading about some of our highlights.