Yesterday was such a beautiful day, we decided to have playtime outside!
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!
This month we are learning about Spring and new growth. Our role play area is a garden centre, and in the messy play area, we have a box of soil with some bulbs and tools.
We are also lucky to have the beebots this month - these are little robots that we can programme to follow our instructions. We're having great fun with them.
This month, the focus of our learning is the theme of Space. Where possible, many of our lessons in the various subjects will relate back to the theme of space.
Our first space lesson was a brainstorming session to see what the children already know about space. The doodles above are the results of our brainstorming, with no adult prompts! These children really know their space!
At playtime we have been playing with alien slime, small world rockets, astronauts and aliens, and our own life size rocket and mission control. At the Junk Art station, many of our creations are space-inspired.
We've also watched some videos about life in space that have been made by some of the astronauts up on the International Space Station. Videos like this one:
Text of note sent home in Home Learning folders today:
This month we are learning all about the Post Office. As part of your child’s home learning this week, I am asking you to sit with your child and write a letter to a friend or family member. Your child may write the entire letter, or you may act as scribe and write most of it for them. Do take care with letter formation!
Your child will learn about the format of a letter (date, Dear ___, From ___) and about the types of things people usually write about in letters. A trip to the post office to buy a stamp and post the letter would be particularly valuable, if you can find the time. Then your child might even receive a reply from the person they have posted it to!
If English is not the first language in your home, please feel free to write the letter in your own language. It would be nice to allow your child to write a small amount in English too, as your child is likely not familiar with reading or writing in your first language.
Good luck, and enjoy!
Here is another selection of pictures that were taken during the month of October, when our learning theme was Building.
This month our focus has shifted from rules and laws to construction. We will be learning about the changes that have occured in the history of our school, as well as any changes that have happened to our homes.
In the play area, we have a building site, where we have so far had brickies, plumbers, carpenters and foremen. We use shoeboxes as blocks to build the walls of the houses and shops we create, and we check our work using a spirit level and a measuring tape.
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!