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Hart Memorial Primary School, Portadown

Latest News - School Council

28th May 2024
Please find the holiday list for next year.
Please arrange holidays for times of school closure as holidays during term time cannot be authorised.  
Thank you.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24th May 2024

P3 are still investigating the topic of BREAD.  They have enjoyed mixing ingredients together, blending and moulding dough and then adding to the frying pan.  Tasting was one of the best parts.....

No bake bread was a REAL FAVOURITE!

During ABL they used drama skills in the role play bakery, numeracy problem solving skills at the games table and baking games on the iPads.

To end this week the children enjoyed tasting a crisp sandwich with the Portadown famous Irwin’s Bakery NUTTY KRUST loaf.

Pleas enjoy browsing our photos full of fun.

 
 
 
 
23rd May 2024
Please find key dates for the final weeks of the term.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22nd May 2024

This term our topic has been ‘Sun, Sea and Sand’. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed learning about travelling to different countries, investigating what the term “waterproof” means and hearing the story of Rainbow fish. Our classroom has become a ‘sea’ of beautiful art work and we particularly enjoyed making the rainbow fish from clay and adding shiny paint to make them look extra special. 

 
 
 
 
22nd May 2024
We went outside this afternoon to practise using the lights to cross the road safely as one of our Walk to School Week activities.

We remembered to stop, look and listen even after the green man shows before crossing and we must never run across the road!  
 
 
 
 
20th May 2024
 
 
 
 
16th May 2024
We had a great afternoon playing in the sun ☀️ Mr Frizzell paid us a visit and even had a go on the ‘massive feet’. He actually had great co-ordination, balance and control! 
 
 
 
 
16th May 2024

As part of our Digital Storytelling lesson P2 had to go on a hunt around the school to find symbols.  We made a list of all the symbols we found.  We then took photos of the symbols. 
When we came back to class we had a discussion about how we had to hold the iPad really still and let the camera focus before pressing the button. Some of us were able to do this and the photos looked amazing!

 
 
 
 
14th May 2024
Next week, beginning Monday 20th May, we are encouraging pupils to walk, or partially walk to school! Let's see how many of our school community we can get involved! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10th May 2024
 
 
 
 
10th May 2024

We were very fortunate to have Laurence form Hope Community Church to lead our assembly today. He spoke about the importance of having a positive mindset, facing our fears and having confidence in ourselves. We really enjoyed his singing!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9th May 2024

We compared different containers to see which held more, less and the most. 

We also estimated, then measured how many cups it would take to fill different containers. 

No one got too wet!

 
 
 
 
3rd May 2024

April was an exciting month in P3F! We celebrated Mathletics achievements, birthdays and monthly certificate winners. We engaged in problem solving activities and explored capacity. Thanks to Irwin’s Bakery, we enjoyed a bread tasting session and discussed texture and taste. In ICT, we found out about online safety and that the information we put online leaves a digital footprint. 

 
 
 
 
3rd May 2024
Please see a letter regarding the uniform for September.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd May 2024

Well done to Cherry, our Healthy Kidz Star.🏃‍♂️⭐️

Kayden received 2 more Mathletics Certificates. 👏👏👏👏

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3rd May 2024

We were very fortunate to have the Reverend Orr come to speak to us again today in assembly. He has reached ‘E’ in the alphabet of messages and today he spoke about Earth and Eyes. 

He told us the story of Jesus healing a blind man using mud and saliva.

We sang ‘Our God is so big’.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd May 2024

On Wednesday 1st May, Hart Memorial PS and Presentation PS showcased the work they have completed throughout the academic year in Shared Education through an event held in the Millennium Court in Portadown. Parents, children, governors and Principals from both schools came to this wonderful event. A lovely sense of community was felt throughout the day. 

Displays of the work children have completed this academic year from P1 to P7 were on show. Hart Memorial PS and Presentation PS have been taking part in Shared Education lessons for over 25 years and bonds are as strong as ever between the two schools. This could clearly be seen from the work and photographs that were on display for everyone to see.

Both schools would like to thank the following for their help and support last year and this year -

  • Bethany and her amazing team from Oasis Youth came to school and hosted a workshop and from this lots of children from both schools enjoy going to the afterschool clubs they offer.
  • Healthy Kidz staff are always on hand to help the children celebrate all the work that has been completed during Shared Education lessons. They host a fun day at the Peoples Park for P4 to P7 children and a fun morning for the P1 to P3 children; during the month of June.
  • Currently the P6 children from Hart Memorial PS and Presentation PS, are taking part in a basketball project run by PeacePlayers. Alex made contact with school at the start of the year and has organised 4 weeks of basketball workshops. The boys and girls are having a great time learning lots of new skills.
  • The Millennium Court in Portadown allowed the schools to use their amazing building to host the event. A huge thank you from both schools for allowing this.
  • Also, a big thanks to Tesco in Portadown for the tea, coffee, milk and biscuits that were supplied by them and used during the event.
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
As part of our recent WAU topic, Our Senses, we have been learning how our eyes, ears and noses work. We looked very closely at our eyes and drew them using pastels, making sure we included our irises, pupils, tear ducts, eye lashes and eye brows. The results were amazing. The children then used the FacesiMake on the iPads to produce representations of eyes using lots of different objects. We also have had fun investigating how efficient our senses of smell and taste are, on their own and together. 
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
Congratulations  to our recent certificate winners at April’s Celebration Assembly and Mathletics winners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
As part of our WAU topic Our Senses, we carried out a taste and sound test. We had lots of fun and made some excellent guesses. We found out how our senses work as part of these investigations. 
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
Please come along to our Shared Education Celebration at Millenium Court on Wednesday 1st May 2024!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
We have been learning how to tell the time in P2. We made analogue clocks. We put on the numbers in the right positions ourselves. It was very tricky but we did it!! Have a look at our pictures. 
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
This month has seen the children working happily along side, and with each other. There has been great enjoyment and learning through outdoor play. The children have been getting creative in the garden. There has been many perfumes, potions and food made with mud, water, flowers and other outdoor items the children have found. We also created a huge giant called Everest using items we found outside. This was inspired from our reading of fairy tales this month. In the classroom we have been using our imagination, creating our own fairy tale characters, and making our own characters and settings out of junk. The children have also putting their problem solving skills to the test, completing 28 piece jigsaws independently! 
 
 
 
 
30th Apr 2024
We have been learning about Fairytales this month, planting seeds and decorating gingerbread men. We have been developing our imagination and creativity in the home corner. It has been lovely to get back into our nursery garden again this month- planting, digging and creating delicious recipes in our mud station!
 
 
 
 
29th Apr 2024
Dr Deborah Webster from Thrive Academy delivered a very important workshop on digital awareness to both P5 Classes. Concentrating mainly on using devices properly and responsibly, this was a very important message for all of us. Thank you, Thrive Academy!
 
 
 
 
 
29th Apr 2024

The showers didn’t stop us enjoying our Healthy Kidz lesson outside this morning As you can see from the happy faces, the children had great fun exercising and learning skills in a fun way.

 
 
 
 
26th Apr 2024

Well done to Carter and Ugne, our April Certificate winners.

Best wishes to Bennett and Hollie as they take on the roles of Prefect in May.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26th Apr 2024
Well done to all our April Certificate winners.

Congratulations to P5D who had the most Mathletics points for April.

Best wishes to our May prefects.
 
 
 
 
 
26th Apr 2024

Primary 3 are always actively learning through all the hands on activities.  This week we were taste testing some different breads, discovering smells, touches and flavours we experienced when tasting our very well known Potato Bread.  Then investigating through puppets, building our vocabulary with sound stones and creating our own songs with some musical instruments to link to a favourite nursery rhyme. 


Just take a look at our activities.......

 
 
 
 
25th Apr 2024
We all had great fun on our P2 trip! We played lots of fun games and watched the Eddy the Teddy show at the Armagh Theatre.
 
 
 
 
25th Apr 2024
Both P2 classes went to the Marketplace Theatre to watch a play-Eddy the Teddy’s Zoo Adventure. It was very interactive and we got to sing songs with Eddy the Teddy, who played his guitar. Sammy, Eddys friend, joined in the fun too. 
Have a look at our pictures as the children had a blast!! 
 
 
 
 
25th Apr 2024
Our second basketball session with Peace Players took place on Tuesday. We went back into our groups and after some fun ice breakers we learnt about the different passes you can make during basketball. After lots of relay races, where each group had to practice their passing skills, we took part in the Peace Player's autography challenge. We collected autographs from pupils from the other school and found we had lots in common with our Shared Ed partners! We are already looking forward to our next session! 
 
 
 
 
25th Apr 2024
We had a very informative session with Young Enterprise. We learnt that some of our food travels many miles to get to our table. We also learnt about trading relationships between countries and practiced our trading skills when we sold shapes with our resources. Some of us started with more resources than others and we discussed how fair this process was. Our session was not only enjoyable but we learnt so much!  
 
 
 
 
25th Apr 2024
(Week 1) - We had our first session with Peace Players with Presentation P.S.. After a very windy journey, we arrived and went into groups. After coming up with our team names, we learnt how to dribble - you should use your finger tips! We also learnt more about our Shared Ed class. Finally, we got to race against each team and see who could score the most amount of points. What a great start! 
 
 
 
 
25th Apr 2024
On Monday 15th April we visited Armagh Palace Stables. We learnt how to read a map and identify what each symbol represents. Unfortunately, the weather was very changeable and when we went outside to practice finding our orienteering kites we got a bit wet! However, that did not stop us from having fun and taking part in a giant orienteering race. 
 
 
 
 
24th Apr 2024

We went outside today in the sunshine to do a traffic survey, as part of our topic of Transport. 

We saw a lot of cars, a few lorries and 2 motorbikes. We were disappointed we didn’t see any buses or bikes!

It was so exciting and we even got a toot of the horn from some motorists!!

 
 
 
 
23rd Apr 2024

Please find information and a leaflet regarding a Kids' choir in Portadown which your child may be interested in.

'We run a kid's choir called Just Sing Kids. It is a community choir for all children within the local area. We are currently trying to encourage even more children to come along and benefit from the joy of singing.

The choir is for children between the ages of 7 and 14.'  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23rd Apr 2024

On Tuesday 23rd April P5D had Tracy and Ruth from Danske Bank in Portadown to talk with them. The boys and girls all learnt about what it means to have a budget, the difference between needs and wants and how we can use the bank. Thank you very much to the ladies coming into school and working with the boys and girls, they all throughly enjoyed the morning. 

 
 
 
 
19th Apr 2024
Our boys and girls thoroughly enjoyed mixing together a variety of fresh fruits, herbs and flowers to make wonderful smelling perfumes and potions! Some fantastic descriptive language used within play.
 
 
 
 
19th Apr 2024
Please find a letter from the Board of Governors/Principal regarding the school uniform.

Following concerns from parents, staff and governors, it has been decided to conduct a review of the current uniform. Please read the accompanying letter carefully and have your say using the link included here and in the letter.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19th Apr 2024
We worked with chalk pastels today to create all or a section of the Titanic. The results are amazing! 
 
 
 
 
19th Apr 2024
Well done to our Mathletics Certificate winners➖➕✖️➗.

Deivid was our Healthy Kidz Star
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19th Apr 2024
Miss Croskery led our assembly today. She talked about the importance of being kind and how we can ‘colour our world with kindness’. 
 
 
 
 
 
18th Apr 2024

We were very privileged to have Stuart Reid in school to speak at the KS2 assembly. Stuart motivated everyone with his enthusiasm for reading books and writing creatively. The children had so much fun, whilst also gaining superb knowledge from our visitor.

 
 
 
 
17th Apr 2024
We have been looking at Spring flowers, in particular daffodils.  The children labelled the various parts of a daffodil in their World Around Us books.  Today, we completed an observational painting of some fresh daffodils. The vases were brightly coloured using pencils and we carefully added the daffodils.  Our paintings created a beautiful display for our P1 corridor.
 
 
 
 
17th Apr 2024
Our topic this term is Transport. We have been learning about different ways to get from a to b.
We used silky pastels to create a smudgy effect on our cars. The children had lots of fun doing this!
We are going to create a display board with all our cars, bumper to bumper!
 
 
 
 
16th Apr 2024
As you will know, smoking is not permitted on school property at any time. Please note, this also applies to vaping.  Please ensure all collectors - parents, grandparents etc know this.   If you are waiting for pupils and need to vape, this should be done outside of the school premises.  
Thank you.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15th Apr 2024
Wendy and Leanne from the Livestock & Meat Commission came to visit P5D today. They showed the children how to cook a lovely meal using beef mince. All of the boys and girls enjoyed tasting the ‘Tikka Beef’ that Wendy made. The children also learnt about the different farms around Northern Ireland that breed cows and sheep. This linked well with the current WAU topic - Farming. 
 
 
 
 
15th Apr 2024
We have started our term 3 topic of Titanic. We learned today that it was approximately 260 metres in length (which is 2.5 times the length of our football field!) and 28 metres in width.
 
 
 
 
 
15th Apr 2024
Thanks to Mrs Kinghan from the ICT Team, who gave P5P a detailed Tutorial on using GarageBand. The boys and girls enjoyed composing and creating their own Music. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12th Apr 2024

Bobby is our Healthy Kidz Star this week. 🏃‍♂️

Our April prefects are Charlie and Cherry.

Well done to our Mathletics winners. Diamond and emerald!!! 

 
 
 
 
 
12th Apr 2024
P3WA had an exciting week exploring new measurements involving capacity and how much each container holds.  The children worked in pairs or small groups and investigated how much capacity each container had and then discussed was this more than, less than or the same as one litre.

Please take a look......
 
 
 
 
12th Apr 2024
Congratulations to all our winners.
 
 
 
 
 
12th Apr 2024

Our principal, Mr Frizzell led our assembly today. He brought a cake along but got a surprise when he cut into it! We realised that what is inside is very important.  

He spoke about the word ‘integrity’ and the importance of having a strong sense of honesty.

We sang a lovely new song, Store up good in your heart. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11th Apr 2024

P5D visited W5 on Thursday 11th April and had a fantastic time. They got to take part in a “Fizz Bang Pop” workshop, explore all the exhibitions and challenge themselves on “Climbit”. Here are some photos to show what a wonderful day everyone had. 

 
 
 
 
10th Apr 2024
We have been learning all about the lifecycle of the frog this week. We went out to the school pond and found some tadpoles. We will wait and go out again in a few weeks to see if the tadpoles have changed! 
 
 
 
 
10th Apr 2024
Mrs Heare gave us 15 minutes to build a structure using different parts of Lego. We discussed what we had made as a whole class and then described the process in our writing books. 
 
 
 
 
8th Apr 2024

The following policies have been added to the school website for consultation:

  1. ICT
  2. Safeguarding and Child Protection

Consultation is an important aspect of policy implementation whereby stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute to procedures and provision within an particular area of school life.
Please take some time to read the policies and provide feedback using the form on the same web page.  The feedback will go directly to Mr Frizzell only.  All feedback is helpful, even if it is just to say 'I agree.'

To access these policies, go to 'About Us' tab on the school website and then 'Policy Consultation.'

The above policies will be up for 2 weeks from Monday 8th April.

Thank you.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26th Mar 2024

During term 2 P5D have been learning about what Jesus did during Lent and Easter. All pupils used what they learnt to create a poster about Easter. The posters were judged and here are the winners. It was also lovely to make some Easter buns and decorate Easter eggs before finishing this term. 

 
 
 
 
26th Mar 2024
What an exciting month it has been. We watched our chicks crack out of their eggs and took care of them. We talked about animals and their young. We observed the changes that Spring has brought about. We saw the beautiful cherry blossom grow on the trees and the daffodils and crocuses start to flower. We created some impressive art work based around this. 
 
 
 
 
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26th Mar 2024
This month we explored film and animation. We discovered how to make pictures move by making thaumatropes. This was lots of fun! We then used the Stop Motion app to make objects move digitally. We really enjoyed this aspect of ICT and look forward to developing our digital storytelling skills next term. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26th Mar 2024
We have been on a Spring walk- looking for signs of Spring and discovered beautiful daffodils, tulips and cherry blossom. We enjoyed learning about St Patrick and made some lovely shamrocks to take home. There has been a lot of discussion about Easter- we made yummy Easter nest buns and had a very exciting visit from Jo Jingles.
 
 
 
 
26th Mar 2024
We enjoyed a lovely ice cream treat together to celebrate our last day of term 😊