Class 6 Update - March 2018

This month we have been learning about the different food groups and how these foods are good for our body.

We made delicious toasties for sandwich day which were a big hit! We have also made shortbread, banana oat cookies, and Lucky Charm buns for St. Patricks Day.

This month we have celebrated 2 birthdays, Daniel turned 9 and Morgan turned 10. Happy birthday!!!

We had lots of fun on Green day, eating green food and dancing at the disco. We have had lots of fun engaging Spring and Easter themed fine motor tasks.

Our favourite activity this month was making funny fruit faces in art, we had a real giggle mixing and matching different eyes, mouths and noses on the fruit faces. We have also been reading the Supertato stories and we even made our own Supertatos and evil peas...mwahahaha!!

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Open Morning for Parents

Pupils got the opportunity to showcase how they learn in Donard School when Mums and Dads were invited into school for the morning. Bet it wasn’t like this in your day Mum!

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Charity Juice and Jive!

There was a sea of green on St Patrick’s Day for our Charity ‘Juice and Jive’. Pupils in both junior and senior school came together for a shared fruity break and then boogied at the jive disco. A grand total of XXXX was raised for The Barnardo’s Charity. Thank you all for your kind donations.

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Yoga Workshops

A series of yoga workshops have started for both Junior and senior school. They have been funded by ‘Extended Schools” and are being led by Mrs Blanche Thompson. Blanche’s training is in Yoga for Children with Special Needs. These support our other ongoing initiatives to improve health and wellbeing for all our pupils.

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BBC School Report

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BBC News School Report gives 11-18 year-old students in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience. This Year we have chosen to report on our Eco-School Project – The Grassroots Challenge.

Take a look at this year’s BBC News Report.

If you want to have a look at other school reports and to see our own on the BBC website follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41775798 

 

Our Work this Month with The Ulster Wildlife Trust

Another great month’s work with The Ulster Wildlife Trust.

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The pupils have been very industrious making bird boxes and bird feeders. They enjoyed hanging up the feeders on trees within our grounds, ready for hungry birds during the winter months. Everyone was very excited when we had a visit from a barn owl and a hedgehog. We have created a hedgehog home in some bushes. We made clay models of the little hedgehog that visited. The pupils also learned about mini-beasts. We went on a mini-beast scavenger hunt and made a mini-beast hotel from wooden crates and logs. Hopefully will have some wildlife visiting Donard School very soon!

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Extended Schools – Sibling’s Group

Our sibling’s group has been a great success.

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The siblings have created masterpieces with Mount Ida Pottery, played games to get to know each other and had a ‘snowball fight’ to tell each other what they enjoyed. We look forward to seeing the group again on 28th February for a drumming workshop.

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Grassroots Challenge

The Eco Team, made up of members from Classes 9 and 11, are taking part in a Grassroots Challenge organised by Ulster Wildlife Trust. This is an eight-week programme that delivers a series of nature and wildlife sessions within our school grounds. The pupils will gain confidence learning about the world around them, working with others and caring for living things.

This month the pupils did a survey of their school grounds and discussed ways that they could encourage wildlife to visit. We learned all about our garden birds and we had a visit from a bat. We discovered what these creatures eat and the types of homes they live in. The Eco Team have really enjoyed the programme so far and look forward to the coming weeks.

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