Last week we learned about our lungs and how they function.
The class tested their breathing before and after exercising and learned that our breathing gets faster after exercising as our body needs more oxygen.
Pupils also worked together in small groups to test how the respiratory system works, using just a plastic bottle and 2 balloons. One balloon was secured to the lid of the bottle to represent the lung, and another was secured to the bottom of the bottle to show the diaphragm.
As they pulled the ‘diaphragm’ down, the balloon filled with air and expanded, just as our lungs do.
Today we said goodbye to Nour!.
We will all really miss her!
We wish her and her family all the best.
It only comes around every 4 years! And this will probably be the first world cup all our young learners will remember! Just like 2002 for me, I have some great memories! We have connections to some teams still competing, even though Ireland didn't make it! France, Poland and Russia, to name three! So hopefully these countries can make their mark on the competition!
We based our art lessons on the 32 countries of the world cup, have a look below to see how we used the countries colours to create some cool posters!
Here are the other pictures from the school tour, as promised!
What an active and enjoyable week!
We started off the week with our school tour in Kippure. We enjoyed our day, making shelters, doing orienteering and building boats to race down the river.
On Tuesday, we raced through an obstacle course in school, and played a game of soccer on yard.
Wednesday, we took part in an aerobics class in the PE hall and we walked to Saggart village to post our pen-pal letters to our friends in Galway ETNS!
On Thursday we watched two presentations, one on break-dancing and the other was gymnastics. We then ran some laps around the yard.
On Friday, we went to our last swimming lesson of the year, and we put on Egypt vs Uruguay on the IWB for golden time!
More pictures to follow!
We are only a few short weeks out from our summer break! I hope we all have something nice planned for our time off.
We still have a lot left to learn! Here is a small display that all of our students put together last week. We have learned about our place in the Milky Way, and also the names of 7 other planets! We learned about Pluto too, though it is a contentious one!
Over the last two weeks, we have started to play more soccer! We have learned the rules in class, and we play competitive and less competitive games so everyone can challenge themselves at their own level.
Soccer is known as the beautiful game! Mostly because of the simple rules and how no matter what shape or size you are, you can be an important part of a team!
As well as playing our own class, Tadhg's 2nd class come to play with us from time to time!
We have been experimenting with how light and water affect the growth of plants!
Isn't it great to see some sunshine! Summer is here!
I hope everyone will take advantage of the good weather for the next few months and get outside and keep active! Start a new sport, try to learn how to cycle maybe! Or just start being more active by getting out to the park and playing with friends and family.
Over the past few weeks, we have worked hard on raising awareness of proper disposal of chewing gum. We have given several presentations to all other class groups in the school and shown our video also!
Please take a look and remember to "bin your gum when you're done!"
After speaking to parents at the PT meetings, many are interested in finding out a little more about local sports clubs.
To add to the fantastic after school classes in Citywest ETNS, it is great to get involved in local sports teams to improve our problem solving and teamwork skills! Of course, it is a great way to make new friends and also is really good fun!
GAA: (Hurling and Gaelic Football)
St. Mary's Saggart cater for girls and boys' underage teams and training. Peter a local coach has been working with our class in recent months on Fridays.
Rathcoole Boy's F.C. cater for girls and boys underage teams and training at weekends.
Adamstown Cricket Club - based in Corkagh Park. Cater for boys' u11.
Clondalkin Cricket Club - based in Tymon Park. Cater for boys at least 8 years old.
All of these clubs have websites and can be contacted through email and social media platforms like Facebook.