Ballymoney Model Integrated Primary School

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North Road, Ballymoney , County Antrim, BT53 6BW

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End of Term 2A Highlights

The pupils of 6DM 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. 

 

  

We hope you enjoy looking at our highlights. 

 

End of Term 1 Update

 

The pupils of 6DM have continued to work hard in all of their subjects. Some of the highlights during Term 1B include:

 

 - In Language and Literacy, we continued to read Under the Hawthorn Tree. We took part in an interesting talking and listening activity that required us to become Eily, Michael or Peggy and decide what we would do if we were in their situation. We used ICT to help develop our writing skills by researching the topic of famine and used the Book Creator app to write a non-chronological report.

 

- In Numeracy, we took part in some enjoyable data handling activities, including using Venn Diagrams to sort and classify data. During problem-solving, we worked collaboratively to find to find all possibilities to help identify the best luggage deal for passengers wishing to travel abroad.

 

- In the World Around Us we continued to complete activities in relation to our topic of ‘Hunger’. In a particular lesson, we identified the causes and effects of the Irish Famine.

 

 - In a special Art & Design lesson, we learned about perspective in art and used oil pastels to create beautiful works of art to commemorate Remembrance Day.

 

- Term 1B saw the conclusion of our PE lessons with Ronan from the IFA. We had a fantastic time with Ronan and thoroughly enjoyed his fun and exciting PE lessons!

 

- We celebrated Friendship week during Term 1B. In a special activity, we identified what we would want in a friend.

 

- In RE, we discussed the meaning of Advent and identified some words and symbols associated with this special time of year.

 

We hope you enjoy looking at our highlights.

 

     Friendship Week in 6DM 

In year 6DM, the pupils had a lot of opportunities to learn about friendship during Friendship Week. The pupils enjoyed our weekly PE lesson, with coach Ronan, our focus was on teamwork and how good friends can help us. In class we watched the story of the ‘Sandy Bottom Sea School’ and discussed the meaning of friendship and importance of having good friends. We completed a class Friendship Tree in which the children described what friendship means to them.  We were joined with our Year 6 peers to complete a medley of ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ and ‘Count on Me,’ which you can view on our Facebook page soon.

 

Term 1A Update

 

It’s hard to believe that we are already at half-term!

The boys and girls of 6DM have had a wonderful start to the new school year, and have completed a variety of fun, interactive and challenging learning activities. Some of the highlights include:

 

 - In Language and Literacy, we created an author profile for Marita Conlon-McKenna, the author of our new novel, ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’. Additionally, we wrote a descriptive passage based on our senses to describe the famine cottage.

 

- In 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.

 

- 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 how hunger affected the different groups of people. 

 

- We have received highly enjoyable and exciting weekly P.E 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 R.E.

 

We hope you enjoy looking at our highlights.