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Cookstown Primary School

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Year 6 Latest News

 

Science with ice

Year 6 have been doing some science experiments to see the effects of icy water on the body. Pupils had to immerse their hands in freezing, cold water and then, immediately afterwards, they were given timed tasks to do such as tying a knot round pencils, building a tower using small cubes and writing their signature.  As you can imagine, this proved quite difficult! 

The children realised that the cold would have also had an impact on the Titanic passengers who would have lost the ability to hold on to oars and hands that were reaching out to rescue them. They would have felt it hard to concentrate and that being in the water would have been really, really sore too.  The children did show a lot of empathy.

Crawfordsburn Trip

Year 6 had a fabulous time on their trip to Crawfordsburn. It was absolutely exhausting as there were many different types of activities such as crate building, archery, underground tunnelling, challenge courses, a beach walk, orienteering, climbing, bouldering, pond dipping and team work. Everyone tried hard and made the most of this wonderful opportunity. Definitely a trip to remember!

 

Measuring the Length of the Titanic

Starting at the Court House gates, Jodie led the way with the trundle wheel.  We stopped at 10m intervals & put a marker down.  We knew that we would need 27 markers to show how long Titanic was.  We estimated how far up the avenue 269m would be.  Two Year 6 pupils stood next to each marker while everyone else continued on.

We kept counting & marking out 10m points.  We got further & further away from the Court House.  This was where we imagined the stern of Titanic to be.   We carried on past the Nursery School and right up to the High School!   

Measuring the Length of the Titanic

Starting at the Court House gates, Jodie led the way with the trundle wheel.  We stopped at 10m intervals & put a marker down.  We knew that we would need 27 markers to show how long Titanic was.  We estimated how far up the avenue 269m would be.  Two Year 6 pupils stood next to each marker while everyone else continued on.

 We kept counting & marking out 10m points.  We got further & further away from the Court House.  This was where we imagined the stern of Titanic to be.   We carried on past the Nursery School and right up to the High School!   

Marvellous Maths – Miss Murray’s Y6

Area and Perimeter Challenge

In class, we have been working on area and perimeter.  Today Miss Murray gave us a tough challenge.  Everybody solved it very well and we displayed our work as posters.

To solve it, we had to answer questions, like:

1)           What length is one side of a square that has an area of 81cm squared?

2)         What is the perimeter of a rectangle which has a length of 4cm and area of 8 cm squared?

3)         What is the area of a square that has a side of 11cm?

4)         What is the perimeter of a regular pentagon which has sides measuring 12cm each?

When we figured out the answers in our small groups, we had to connect questions to the answers.  This was harder than we thought at first but we kept going, and never gave up!  It looked like a hexagon jigsaw when it was complete!  It took a long time J  We worked well together because we listened to each other’s ideas and concentrated.  We were happy when we solved it.  It was fun.

 by: Lucy Patterson, Madisson Rose Connolly and Rebecca Ferguson

 

 

Environmental Art

Year 6 took advantage of our lovely winter weather to partake in some environmental art. Snow, of course, was in plentiful supply and we weren’t going to waste the opportunity to create some snow sculptures! Despite a few cold hands and feet, we had a lot of fun working collaboratively to produce a few masterpieces. 

Year 6 Robotics Day

On Wednesday 13th December the Year 6 pupils were treated to an exciting day of robotics provided by Sentinus.  The pupils were put into pairs and given a laptop and a robot.  Their challenge throughout the day was to program their robot to follow a track from the start to the finish whilst trying to stay on the ‘road’.  This was a wonderful STEM challenge.  At the end of the day the groups were tested.  Many of the groups were able to get the robot from the start to the finish and 2 groups managed to successfully complete the challenge, staying within the width of the ‘road’.  Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day, including Mr Mitchell.  Many thanks to James for facilitating this wonderful day.

Viking Raid

All parents and pupils better watch out as Year 6 are planning a Viking raid!

With swords and spears in our hands we are the most fearsome raiders ever!! You’d better watch your backs for we will be sailing in our two best long ships, Coolnafranky Sea Monster and the Cookstown Storm Maker. We will grab all gold and silver (teachers, hold on to your jewellery), dinner money, and bad test results!!!!!

We have planned our raid VERY carefully AS we are experienced raiders, THERE WILL BE NO ESCAPE!!!!! We also need slaves to do our homework so if some teachers disappear over the next few weeks you never know where they might be!!!

Vikings

This term Year 6 have been learning about Vikings and asking questions like whether they were raiders or traders, what their lives were like and discovering new things from research and especially from handling real Viking artefacts.  Miss Murray asked Marian at Larne Museum and Arts  Centre if we could hire out their Viking treasure box and she generously said yes.  We have loved learning about the artefacts, including the scales, weights, money, drinking horn, jewellery like amber necklaces and the keys that the women wore. We got the chance to handle them and look closely at all the intricate detail. We had lots of interesting discussions on the Viking way of life and how these wonderful artefacts were used. We then produced lovely, detailed artwork which is on display in both Year 6 rooms.

Next term we will be making Viking longhouses using Minecraft, developing our myth writing and storytelling skills and designing and building some Viking transport! It should be fun!!!

Animal Puppets

Year 6 have been working with animal puppets to explore all the different personalities they might have. The children have been focusing on terms such as collaborating, accommodating, avoiding, sneaky and forceful. It was really interesting to discover how the children perceived themselves with many admitting to being a bit of a shark (forceful & domineering) at home but more of a teddy (accommodating) in school. It made us really think about how our personalities can change under different situations. In the end, however, we decided that being a wise owl (collaborator) is the best way to solve difficult situations.

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Back to school letter

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Resources

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2016/17

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