This has been one of the most enjoyable years I have had in Millington. Every child in my class this year has been a joy to teach. The results in tests were very impressive. In Accelerated Reader we had the highest word count in Year 7 and in the whole school. Everyone in Y7M did their bit to make this possible.
We were complemented on our behaviour on all trips Shannaghmore, American Folk Park in Omagh, Argory, Shared Education Trips to St Anthony's, Brownlow House and even Holland.
Enjoy your summer and I look forward to hear about your child's success at Clounagh, Tandragee, Killicomaine and Armagh Royal. I have colleagues and friends who will keep me informed.
Enjoy your summer, I hope your children have enjoyed the year as much as I have.🤙🏻
Community Police Visit
Pamala and her Community Police colleagues have been holding workshops in school. The main aim of the visits are to make the children aware of the dangers that children of their age could face and how the Police can help. They carried out role play activities such as: how to behave when out and about; how to treat the elderly; how to deal with peer pressure and to say no to drugs and alcohol. The children asked some very sensible questions and took onboard what Pamala told them. This was very encouraging!
As part of our WAU work on Titanic we carried out a series of experiments as to what it would have been like to be in the icy water of the Atlantic. We recorded how long each class member could keep their hands in the water. We then drew a bar graph of our results and discussed our findings.
We carried out simple activities such as lacing up our shoes, writing our name, building lego towers and putting on our ties to mention a few. We discussed why it would be easier or harder to do after being in cold water.
We also placed bottles of water at body temperature into the icy water and recorded the temperature over the morning. We discussed if passengers huddled together they would survive longer. This led to great debate.
Maths Day to raise money for Children in The Crossfire Charity
Y7M dressed in the colour of an African Country Flag. We classified the flags into various categories designing a Venn Diagram. In the playground we made human Venn Diagrams using our the colours we came to school dressed in. Mr McKane set us a challenge of getting into order of countries from the most Northern to the most Southern. He gave us a map to help us of course. We are not the good!
We also took part in an online challenge of various maths tasks relating to Children in the Crossfire charity facts and figures. We also saw that this is a very worthwhile charity that carries out great work with children in Africa affected by war.
Accelerated Reading Master Class
As a result of every member of Y7M reading for over 25 minutes for the majority of the year, not to mention meeting their reading targets. The Class received Master Class Status. This is by no means an easy task. Everyone in Y7M received a badge and are on the Accelerated Reader Hall of Fame. Thank you parents for your support and patience with your children reading at home.
Dressing up in our Team Colours
As part of Healthy Kidz the whole school took part in a sponsored fitness day. We dressed in our favourite team colours or in a team strip we belong to. A Healthy Kidz coach carried out an intense 30 minute circuits Class. It was both very enjoyable but exhausting. We loved it!
World Book Day 2018
As part of World Book Day we all dressed up in Year 7M as book characters. As well as having a very enjoyable morning in a special Assembly, which the whole school enjoyed, we took part in a Webinar. Based on the BFG book we also carried out some STEM experiments connected to the positions that the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) concocted in the story. We rounded off the day by watching the Movie The BFG. Which we will Carr out a review of at a later date.
Writing task "How Do You Do That?"
As part of our work in Literacy we revised what must be added to a good set of instructions making them easy to follow. As the boys have been cooking in the Boys to Men Project and we have been studying birds in our Flight Topic, we based our instructional writing on:
How to make Fifteens.
How to make a bird shelter and feeder.
How to make a simple nutritious bird feeder.
Science Stations in WAU associated with Flight Topic
We carried out four challenges associated with Flight:
1. Design and construct a rocket (that will propell the highest distance)
2. Research, design and construct a paper aeroplane (that will fly the furthest distance)
3. Design and make a device that will counteract gravity to stop an egg from breaking when dropped off the school balcony.
4. Investigate the force produced when an energy tablet (Barraca) is enclosed within an airtight container.
Filming of Scripts in Literacy using Green Screen App
Flight Presentations using Green Screen App
As part of out WAU topic on flight Y7M researched different aspects of Flight. We carried out research on Birds, Aeroplanes, Rockets and Famous Aviators. In groups we carried out research and In literacy we wrote scripts with our facts. Using the Green Screen app on our iPads we composed short presentations.
Millington - St Anthony's joint initiative
with Healthy Kidz
On Friday Primary 7 teamed up with Primary 7 in St Anthony's in Craigavon. Each child was assigned a partner from the other school. We all met up for the first time and completed a series of activities. These included an Ice Breaker session, Planned and designed a t shirt for the programme, (Congratulations to Taylor whose design was chosen out of 196 pupils) a golden mile and an activity where ICT specialists made sure every pupil was able to log unto the Healthy Kidz app and log activities. Parents please encourage your child to do so. Millington can go up the Healthy Kidz League table as a result of doing this. START LOGGING ACTIVITIES PLEASE!
🤶🏻Victorian Christmas at the Argory.🤶🏻
October Prize Winners
Skittles Probability Investigation (Active Learning)
As part of our work in numeracy we carried out an investigation into predicting the probability of picking certain colours of Skittles. We predicted which Skittle would be inside a packet the most and least. We then counted all of the colours and the totals within our groups using tally charts.
We then calculated the fraction and decimal amounts of each colour and predicted which colours would be picked the most, least and not at all. The whole class, Mr McKane and Miss Magee all randomly picked a Skittle from a jar. Again we recorded our findings and wrote up our findings. Some of our predictions were accurate and some were inaccurate. This is the beauty of probability.
Do all tubes of Smarties contain the same number and colours of Smarties?
We estimated/predicted the amount of Smarties, number of colours and if the same number of Smarties would be in each tube. In groups of two or three we then sorted and classified our results. Each group recorded their findings. Each group then fed back to the rest of the class. We then calculated the mean, mode and median of sweets. The challenge group then using 30 Smarties work out how many degrees are needed for each colour and record results in a pie chart.
We then discussed if the original question was true and if all tubes of Smartiescontain the same colours and the same number of sweets.
Active Learning - American Folk Park Trip
Y7M visited the American Folk Park in Omagh. Here we saw houses that the Strong farmers, Small farmers and Labourers lived in, in Victorian Times. We boarded an actual ship that the Irish would have emigrated to America on during this period in History. On leaving the ship we emigrated ourselves to America. While in the American part of the park we sampled some of the food that the Irish would have ate in America. We all agreed that corn bread and pumpkin bread would have been much nicer and in abundant supply, than rotting potatoes. We even had time to take part in a spot of line dancing. It was an excellent day as we actively experienced the way of life of the Irish in Victorian Times, through role play and asking the super guides questions about the way of life at that time in history.
Active Learning in The World Around Us
As part of our work on the Victorians, we looked at structures, for example the Eiffel and Blackpool towers, which were built during this period in time. We used dried spaghetti and marshmallows to build similar structures. Mr McKane set us a challenge of building towers which fell into certain categories. The highest, the strongest and the prettiest structures. We were given thinking time to design and discuss our ideas with our partners before we built our most magnificent masterpieces. It was a very challenging task. The hardest part was agreeing which category of model we were going to make.
WAU- Push and Pull factors that made people leave Ireland in Victorian Times.
As part of Out Victorian topic we carried out a debate on the factors that made the Irish leave Ireland during the reign of Queen Victoria. We classified these factors into two categories. The ones which forced (pushed) people out and the ones which attracted (pulled) people out of the country. There were a few heated moments. As long as people had valid reasons to support their suggestions,we were all happy.
School Assembly - Elijah
As part of our assembly we carried out a short drama on the Old Testament story of Elijah. Everybody enjoyed taking part and also singing "The Days of Elijah" by Robin Mark.