Thanks to Daniel's Mam, Maria, for taking these pictures when we were on our school tour on Monday!
We've been talking about electricity over the past week or so. First we figured out what it is and how it gets into our houses.
Then we started to consider how we can be safe around electricity. We had lots of ideas about what not to do!
Yesterday was such a beautiful day, we decided to have playtime outside!
Yesterday, Yvonne from the dental service came to talk to us about taking care of our teeth. She brought her friend Rocky - he is really good at brushing his teeth and we talked with him about how best to do it.
We are going to try to take extra good care of our teeth this month and try to win an award for it!
We went for a walk to enjoy the sunny weather and to search for frogs. We didn't find any frogs, but we did find lots of other signs of summer!
This month, we have a Music focus in a lot of our learning. Our role play area is a Music Recording Studio, in junk art we are making musical instruments, and in history we are learning about The Beatles.
During Learn Together time, we learn about the main world religions and today we listened to some music from each of those religions. We tried to identify the musical instruments we could hear (and sometimes see in video) and also talked about whether there was singing, about the tempo of the music, and about what the music reminded us of.
Some of the things we were reminded of were quite unusual!!
Today we started learning about non-fiction. A non-fiction piece of writing is not made up - it is about something in real life. Most of the books we read are fiction.
We read a piece of non-fiction writing about Puppets. Then we wrote our own simple report about them. We had to think about what puppets ARE, what they HAVE and what they CAN do. We also drew some pictures of the different types of puppets.
Our next challenge was to proofread each others' work. We used crayons to highlight any important errors we made in our handwriting. We checked for:
We are playing with puppets as part of our play rota this month.
This month, we have a student teacher called Jack in our classroom. He has planned lots of wonderful lessons for us around the theme of History. We are learning to work as historians - that means that the children are becoming more aware of stories from the past, sequencing events and most importantly, using evidence to draw conclusions about things that happened in the past.
At playtime, we excavate the sandbox to find pieces of evidence. There is also a prehistoric world where dinosaurs roam the land!
At the junk art station, sometimes we make tools for analysing evidence, like magnifying glasses. And at the lego station, we are working on homes.
Geography this month is a study of homes - the different types of homes and the different rooms in a home. We are learning these terms both in English, and some in Irish too, as Sa Bhaile is our theme in Gaeilge this month.
Capacity is our focus in Maths - we have been doing lots of work around the words full, and empty - and everything in between! While it can be messy, rice is great fun for practicing filling and emptying containers. We will also be working on ordering containers according to their capacity.
This month we have been getting our hands dirty in lots of ways. We have been continuing to learn about Spring time and growth during our Science and Geography lessons, as well as having a chance to do some gardening during play time. We have really enjoyed playing in the garden box - planting and digging up seeds and bulbs, putting them in pots, and in rows - all kinds of things. It has been really exciting to watch the seeds and bulbs beginning to sprout roots and shoots, and to see how long they grow!
We have also learned a poem about working in the garden:
by George Shannon
Dig a little.
Dig a lot.
Dig a brand-new garden spot.
Plant a little.
Plant a lot.
Plant the seeds and bulbs you bought.
Wait a little.
Wait a lot.
Wait much longer than you thought.
Pick a little.
Pick a lot.
Share the best bouquet you’ve got!
In Art, we've been working with a different type of clay to make a beautiful addition to any garden! After learning two important techniques for sticking pieces of clay together - crosshatching and using slip - we begin to build up a 3D picture of a flower growing in the garden.
Then when the flowers were dry, we were able to paint them in beautiful bright colours and then bring them home to give to our Mams and Dads!
We even went on a nature walk to look out for signs of spring!
We read this story because we have been talking about caring about one another. The villagers did lots of caring things for the tiger child.
We read this book the first day Aoife had a chance to get to know our class. We really enjoyed the story and loved when the police car came!