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Year 7 Classes

Mrs D Graham
Senior Leadership Team
Safeguarding Team
Primary 7








We have had a wonderful year in P7 so far. It is hard to believe that we are in our final term already and of course the final term of primary school for the P7 children. This term has started on a high with a very successful trip to Ballyhome Residential Centre.

Although only a few miles from school and home we had a fantastic time exploring our local community and taking part in many new and adventurous activities. Through the trip I aim to make the children as independent as possible. They were responsible for making breakfast, lunch, tidying up after themselves, washing dishes, keeping their dorms tidy and making their own beds. We awarded points throughout our trip for good behaviour and showing independence.

The first day of our trip was spent coasteering at Portbradden Harbour.The children enjoyed jumping off rocks and exploring underwater caves. On Tuesday we completed a 5-hour hike, exploring the jungle, at Murlough Bay. This activity was extremely challenging for everyone, adults and children, but a great sense of achievement was felt by all when it was completed. We had to move through small caves and down rock faces in order to reach the beach at the end. Here we thoroughly enjoyed making fires and toasting marshmallows. We finished the day off at Jungle NI where we took part in their Tree Top Adventure course. On Wednesday we went orienteering around Downhill Forest and had a great time canoeing up the River Bann. We loved to see some of the P7 parents along the way who came out to give us a wave. That evening the children loved playing outside the centre where we had several games of hide and seek, children versus staff, great fun was had by all. We finished the day off with a team quiz and a treat of chips from the local chippy. Our final day was spent at Ballintoy Harbour completing team games and challenges. We finished with a BBQ before heading back to school to meet the parents.

It was amazing to watch the children achieve and develop skills in areas outside of our school setting and curriculum. The range of activities gave all children a chance to shine and I thoroughly enjoyed watching each child’s confidence grow as they challenged themselves further than they ever thought possible.

In the remaining weeks at Damhead we have a number of exciting things planned and one of those is our Shared Education where we will be linking again with St. Eoghan’s and Macosquin Primary Schools. We look forward to meeting together to complete a range of STEM related challenges and activities before finishing with a trip to W5.

P7 will continue to work hard this term with a continued focus on problem solving .Our World Around Us topic is ‘Titanic’ and through this we will be learning about the great ship as well as the science behind its creation and destruction. We will be using Explain Everything and Adobe Spark to display our learning and creating Titanic animations using our class iPads.

We have a busy but very exciting term ahead.

Mrs Graham