Category Archives: Masterclass

P4 & P5 Technology Masterclass

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This week in our Technology Masterclass we created some lego masterpieces using the Lego Wedo programme on the laptops. What fun was had! Even I learned something new today!

In groups of 2 and 3 you created some lego designs which you then programmed to move and make noises –¬†the bird designs were very noisy and could be heard all the way down the corridor!

It was an absolute pleasure working with you all this afternoon. you worked so well together I am already looking forward to our session next week. Well done everyone!

Please click here to access photos from this afternoon’s session.

Technology Masterclass 10.5.17

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What another interesting Masterclass we had this week! Each group was given another design challenge and a selection of resources. You were asked to use these resources to create the Eiffel Tower. Your Success Criteria this week was:

Your Eiffel Tower must be:

  • free standing (not leaning against something)
  • as close in design to the original as possible
  • worked on by ALL group members

How did your group do? Once again, ideas were being discussed and whiteboards were used to share design ideas.

We had some fabulous completed designs created. Have a look at the photographs and let me know what you think. Lots of fun was had this afternoon, so much so that one group have even asked if they can complete their design at lunchtime. I look forward to adding their completed tower at a later date. Well done to everyone for showing such enthusiasm.

Here are some photographs of you hard at work on your designs.

Technology Masterclass 3.5.17

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What an interesting Masterclass we had this week! Each group was given a design challenge and were then issued with one plastic cup, a length of string, a bundle of straws and a strip of masking tape. You were asked to use these resources to create a bucket tower. You were also given the following Success Criteria:

Your tower must be:

  • able to hold a full cup of¬†cubes
  • free standing (not leaning against something)
  • worked on by ALL group members

Did your group manage? I heard lots of chat and lots of ideas being shared. I liked the fact that a couple of groups used the whiteboards to share design ideas.

We had some wonderful designs created and after trying out your designs holding the cup of cubes some of you realised that you would need to make some changes. Well done, that is exactly what this challenge was all about!

Here are some photographs of you hard at work on your designs. Please show them to someone at home and let us know what they think.

P4-5 Science Masterclass

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What a busy hour that was yesterday afternoon! In our Science Masterclass everyone had the chance to make a lava lamp.

There was great excitement at how the water and oil mixed when we were putting the oil in the bottle. We then had to wait until the oil and water had separated before we could add our food colouring. Next we added a small piece of Alka-Seltzer tablet to create the bubbles.

Now for the science bit. Can you remember why the water and oil separate? The oil separates on top of the water because it has a lower density than water. The food colouring falls through the oil and mixes with the water at the bottom of the bottle. The Alka-Seltzer tablet releases small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas that rise to the top taking the coloured water with it. Alka-Seltzer contains citric acid and baking soda which react with the water to form the bubbles.

Remember to show someone at home how it all works. Here are a few photographs from our session. Chloe S was our photographer.






P4/P5 – Science Masterclass

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Just a wee reminder for all our Masterclass scientists – please remember to bring an empty plastic bottle to our Masterclass session on Wednesday. Your bottle should be no bigger than 50cl. If you are able to bring more than one that would be very helpful. You may bring it in on Wednesday or hand it into my class beforehand if you wish.

Mrs O’Neill

German Masterclass 2

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This afternoon we had our final German Masterclass. Many of you managed to complete your Paul Klee painting and they look wonderful . We added the background to the paintings using watercolours and it really changed the whole look.

A few¬†of you started creating your own version of another of Klee’s painting: Lemon Harvest. Again, they were looking great!

Well done everyone, you worked incredibly hard on your paintings over the last couple if weeks. Here are a few photographs from today’s Masterclass and of the completed paintings. Let me know what you think of them.


German Masterclass

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In Masterclass today you completed your Paul Klee (pronounced “clay”) masterpieces and we had some fabulous examples of his work. Well done! I hope you showed them to someone at home.

This week we had some of P4M join us and they had to work really hard on their painting to catch up …… and that they did! A HUGE well done to you five!

Vincent then showed some of you how to complete drawings using squares. Can you remember what this type of art was called?

Here are a few photographs from this afternoon.

German Masterclass

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Today we had the first of our German Masterclasses with Vincent. Vincent is our German expert who will be working with the upper school classes this term.

Vincent introduced us to the work of Paul Klee. Can you remember how to pronounce his name? Klee was a Swiss-German artist who used different media to create his paintings: oil paint, watercolour ink, pastels and etchings.

Today we used oil pastels and watercolours to recreate one of his designs. Can you remember what it is called? I can’t post a picture of it for copyright reasons but I look forward to showing off your completed designs next week.

Here are a few photographs from this afternoon.

Baking Masterclass

Dirt Pudding Cups With Gummy Worms Recipe

What great fun we’ve had over the past few weeks.¬† The children have enjoyed making tasty dirt worms and false teeth!

Some of you have asked for the ‘worms’ recipe to try at home.¬†¬† We used bourbons for the ‘dirt’ and chocolate angel delight for the ‘mud’

Remember The Junior Bake Off is on CBBC at 5.30pm tonight.  There are also lots of pictures, recipes and ideas for you to try on the CBBC website.

Happy Baking!




P2-4 Just Dance Masterclass

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Another Masterclass session started this week and we had another fantastic group of children at Just Dance. What enthusiasm we had from you all yesterday! We had some great dance selections being suggested.

You mixed with one another so well and it was lovely to see all the big smiles from you all. Please remember to bring your water bottle with you next week as it does get very warm with all the dancing.

Masterclass – Just Dance

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Today we started our new Masterclass sessions. I had the pleasure of venturing down to infants for my Masterclass and what fun we had. The boys and girls of P2-4 were so enthusiastic and it was wonderful to be a part of. The dance moves being displayed were simply wonderful – you are quite the movers! I am sure next week will be just as much fun.

Here are a few action shots from today’s session. Some are a little dark (sorry) but we had to turn the lights off so we could see the screen.

Mrs O’Neill

Masterclass 21/9/16 – Marble Runs

The science masterclass had great fun last week creating our own marble runs! We learned how the energy of the marble was determined by how we created the marble run, for example, creating them on a slight slope allowed the marble to have power behind it and therefore roll quicker. All marble runs had marbles running through them in less than five seconds! We really enjoyed making them and hope you enjoy our pictures!

Science Experiments Masterclass

We all had great fun at Masterclass on Wednesday! We were given the task of making Balloon Rockets! We tied string to two different points after threading the string through a straw. We then blew up a balloon which was sellotaped to the straw. When it was time to let the balloon go, we had great fun seeing how far it went! We realised that by changing the variables (length of string, size of balloon, amount of balloons) we could change the power of the rocket! Some of us created a rocket that flew across the whole classroom!

So how does it work? It‚Äôs all about the air‚Ķand thrust. As the air rushes out of the balloon, it creates a forward motion called THRUST. Thrust is a pushing force created by energy. In the balloon experiment, our thrust comes from the energy of the balloon forcing the air out. Different sizes and shapes of balloon will create more or less thrust. In a real rocket, thrust is created by the force of burning rocket fuel as it blasts from the rockets engine ‚Äď as the engines blast down, the rocket goes up!

Hope you like our pictures!