Learning to program animations

Primaries 1, 2 and 3 have been learning how to program images to animate them. Working with a partner, they chose their background, and the characters and objects they wanted to put into their animation, then added lots of frames, moving their characters and objects slightly. The children found it took a long time to make just a few seconds of animation!
Here are some of the animations from both classes.
Primary 1/2

Creating the Solar System with P1/2

Primary 2/3

Owen and Isla


World Book Day 2015 in the Nursery

The morning and afternoon sessions had a fantastic time today, reading and sharing our favourite stories! Thank you parents for your support in preparing the children – it was certainly worth it as they all looked amazing.

We started our day with a special parade around the gym hall. The whole school watched as we walked around in our lovely costumes showing everyone our books (we thought they all looked great, too). Back at the nursery, we had so many books to read, we invited Primary 5/6 to come and help us. All the children were thoroughly engaged and listened well to their stories and to the others in their group.

Thanks again to our helpers – you helped to make it a special day for us!

Under the Sea at St. Mary’s!

As you will all know, the children at St. Mary’s have been studying ‘Under the Sea’ as their focus this term. We thought you might like to see some of the fantastic work they have done throughout this term.
Under the Sea with Primaries 1, 2, 3 and 4 on PhotoPeach
Under the Sea with Primaries 5, 6 and 7 on PhotoPeach
I.T on PhotoPeach

Learning about Animation

The boys and girls from Primaries 4 to 7 have been learning about animation, and have been using different ways to make one of their own. Primary 4/5 made theirs in a powerpoint presentation, duplicating slides and moving their characters each time.
Here is Andrew and Jamie’s:

Primaries 5/6 and 7 have been using Windows Movie Maker to make their animations. They saved each slide they made as an image, then inserted them into Movie Maker. The children also added audio and video clips to their final animation. What the children found out is that it takes an awful long time to make a few seconds of film!!
Here is a final edit!!

Caring for Living Things

Spring gives us a lovely opportunity to think about caring for other animals and plants. The children have really enjoyed watching our tadpoles grow and helping to care for them. We can’t wait to see how they’ve changed over Easter.



Thank you to all who have responded to our plea for seeds, bulbs and cuttings – the children have had a lot of fun planting and role playing a garden centre. If you have any cuttings or bushes you want to thin down we’d be glad to have them – especially Lavender, Clematis, Herbs and Buddelia. Equally, if you’ve been doing any DIY recently and have any guttering, pipes or plastic tubing, we could put that to good use in the garden too.

Scratch Programming

Primaries 5, 6 and 7 have recently been doing a block of lessons on programming. They have been learning to make their own games, literally from scratch! The children had to design their own backdrop and characters, then program the fish to move and react in a certain way. Here is Niall’s game. Watch out for the red fish – you can win extra points if you manage to catch him! To end the game, click the red button in the top right hand corner.

The children in P6/7 shared their games with the boys and girls of P3/4.