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 Welcome to Primary 2/ 3.  Keep up to date on what is happening in our classroom by reading our news articles and checking out the photos in the gallery.



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September 2018


This month Mrs Mc Mullan's Yr 2/3 pupils are busy little bees already !!! They have hit the ground running with their topic " School's Cool" !! For the next 4 weeks we will be learning about many different aspects of school life. We will be exploring jobs in our school , mapwork relating to our school building , life at school and school long ago.

Already we have completed a tour of the school and located all the key areas. We are working hard to build a large 3D model of the building. We are also designing our very own dream classrooms and have set up Mrs Colhoun's office as one of our play Zones. In the next few weeks , we will be learning lots about how our school works and what life in school was like long ago. We will be using the apps on our iPads to record what we have learnt and give our opinions. Mrs Colhoun our school secretary and Barry our caretaker have visited us and told us all about their jobs. Check out the photos we took in our gallery !!!

Watch out for our class curriculum guide coming home soon !!! It will let you know all the key areas of learning we will be exploring this year!!!

Take a look at the new photos of the work we have done so far in our gallery !!


October 2018

"Our 5 Senses"

Its October already and we can hardly believe a month is over in Mrs Mc Mullan's room!! The new month means a new topic for us and this month we're learning all about our senses. Through a cross-curricular approach , we will be exploring taste , touch , smell , sight and hearing . We have planned to do several investigations to test how good our senses really are. There will be a taste test , smell test and touch test as fun areas during play time. We will learn about the parts of our eye , ear and tongue to understand how our senses work.

We will be writing about our senses and using the "My Story" app to record our knowledge. We will also be developing our word processing skills through our topic.

Check out our cool " 5 senses " rap we have learnt and watch out for lots of photos in our gallery throughout the month !!!


November 2018

" Light & Dark"

As the dark evenings draw in , the time has come for Mrs Mc Mullan's gang to explore the topic of Light & Dark. It will be another busy month of activity , investigation , fact finding and fun. We have already planned and set up lots of interesting  areas of learning in our room. A " Dark Den" is providing a sensory zone to explore light, shadows , darkness and how our senses are heightened in the dark. We have set up a Light shop to buy and sell items which give us light. We are exploring sources of light at our cutting and sticking area and have lots of topic related jigsaws to complete. We are also developing our programming skills through the use of our Bee Bot robot. Our crafts area is buzzing as we make lanterns and paint lots of light sources.

Our focus for Science is "Circuits" . We will be learning how to build a simple circuit to light up bulbs for our lanterns.

In Literacy we are exploring topic poems and stories as well as learning facts about nocturnal animals such as Owls. This will lead to work on animation through use of our iPads with the help of The NERVE team who are closely involved with us this year in developing ICT in our school. Look out for our photographs and video clips throughout this month showing the wonderful work and movies the children will be creating.


On 27th November Year 2/3 enjoyed a wonderful day exploring animation skills on their iPADS. Jennifer from the ICT NERVE Centre joined us for the day to work in collaboration with Mrs Mc Mullan and the children.

We enjoyed a great day working on the App "Shadow Puppet EDU". We used this app to make short films telling the story of " The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark". This is a book we had been studying as part of our topic     " Light & Dark". We selected photos of the story from the camera roll and added text to each slide. We recorded our voices telling the story and even added background music.  In so doing we have developed early filming making skills . Thanks to Jennifer for all her help and support on the day! Take a look in our photo gallery to view what we did.


December 2018

" Christmas Fun!"

This month we are full of Christmas cheer in Mrs Mc Mullan's class!!! We have been making the most of the festive season as a topic for learning across the curriculum. During our activity based learning sessions we have created a range of learning zone :

  • Santa's workshop
  • Christmas Home
  • Christmas Craft Zone
  • Christmas Story Corner
  • ICT Christmas games
  • Christmas Wish Area
  • Christmas Writing Table

During Literacy hour we read lots of Christmas Stories and developed our writing skills through a wide range of tasks. Number time included Christmas Maths challenges which were great fun. The highlight of the month has been our wonderful Christmas show " Hey Ewe !" . We all sang our hearts out and acted our parts with confidence to the appreciation of all the audience at both the matinee and the evening show. Thanks to Nanny Marie for making all our fabulous costumes!! The icing on the cake came when Santa arrived on 14th to deliver presents to all the children . What a wonderful treat!!! We even got to see him again on 19th when we went on our Christmas trip!! We really have had the best time this month !!! Check out our Christmas Photos in the gallery!!!


January 2019

" Cold Lands "

Its the start of a new year and a new term for all the busy bees in Mrs Mc Mullan's class!!! This month we are learning about life in the cold winter. We are exploring the difference between life here and in Iceland . We will learn what life is like there and how people / animals adapt to the climate. We are also linking the topic to Literacy work where we will be learning about narrative writing through stories such as " Gruffalo's Child" and " Frozen" . We will be creating our own stories allowing us to be both authors and illustrators. We will be making use of our iPads to create animations of winter stories and to develop our coding skills through use of BeeBot .

We have collaborated together to create our playtime plan . This includes:

A Snazzy Snow Centre, Snow Tray ,Frozen Castle ,Winter book zone , Cold land jigsaws Winter painting area, BeeBot coding Zone, Writing area.

Take a look at our photos to see how we are getting on!!!


February 2019


This month Mrs Mc Mullan's boys and girls are learning about Homes. We have planned our topic together to include:

My Home  , Homes Long Ago , Building a Home , Types of Homes.

We have set up an Estate Agents , House Corner , Homes Jigsaws table , Exploring Homes Table , Building Homes Area, and Homes Book Zone.

We are developing our Coding & Programming skills through the use of Codapillar App on the iPADs and using our BEE BOT robot to navigate through a Homes themed Task Board.

We might even come and visit your home for a cup of tea before the month is over!!! Watch out Ballykinlar!!!

March / April  " Minibeasts"

In the lead up to Easter Mrs Mc Mullan's class are learning about the world of Minibeasts. This has proved to be a very exciting topic for the children as they are fascinated to go out into our garden area and take part in a minibeast hunt ! For the next few weeks we will be exploring life as a butterfly , spider , ladybird and bee. Through our daily activity based learning sessions we will be making minibeasts in our " Creepy Craft Corner" , reading about bugs and playing with bugs in our " Minibeasts Zone" , painting bugs , completing bug jigsaws , building bug homes , learning about bug body parts , playing bug computer games and lots more!!!

During Literacy hour we will be learning facts about bugs , reading minibeast books - fiction and non-fiction as well as reading bug poems. We will be using the C2K newsdesk to read new reports on minibeasts too!

UICT skills will be developed through the use of Word Processing package to develop our skills at composing on-screen about bugs. We will learn to type , enlarge , highlight , edit and save our work . We will also learn to add images and page borders.

During Numeracy lessons we will develop skills in symmetry related to butterflies , data handling regarding minibeasts and their features as well and number work about minibeasts.

All in all its going to be a busy time for Mrs Mc Mullan's class!!! You can view how we get on in our photo gallery!!!

May  " Pirates"

This month our class are learning about the life of pirates. This topic is the theme of our activity-based learning sessions , literacy and some numeracy lessons each day . We have planned lots of interesting zones to play in which include :

Making our very own large Pirate Ship to play in ,Pirate dress up area ,Pirate ship small world area ,Pirate Puzzles, Pirate digital story creations , Pirate digital Coding zone , Pirate painting / craft area.

During our literacy lessons we have learnt about life as a pirate , real pirates from the past, pirate ships , treasure and lots more.

Our Numeracy lessons have include pirate data handling , counting and symmetry .

We have also learnt how to talk and sing like pirates!!! OHHH Argh !!!

June  " Holidays "

Holiday time has arrived in Mrs Mc Mullan's Class !!!! We are really enjoying our learning this month as we prepare for the long summer break . We have worked hard to plan our new topic and are now busy re-arranging our classroom . There's lots to be done as we create an airport and large aeroplane zone to play in . We have also set up a coding area to practice our skills around a holiday task board using Bee Bot robots. We are selecting places we would like to go on holiday and writing about them in our writing area. We are building airports and aeroplanes with our construction toys and painting lots of holiday scenes. During World Around Us lessons we will be locating popular holiday locations. Check out our photo gallery as we will soon be putting up photos !!!!







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