I decided to take a break from teaching for a few minutes and let the children take over! I think the class actually preferred being taught by one of their peers instead of me!!!
This month we have been learning about Judaism as par of our Learn Together curriculum. We learned about the origins of the religion, some of the important people in the Jewish faith, the holidays Jewish people celebrate and many of the important items and symbols associated with Judaism. We then took a trip to a Synagogue to see and experience all the things we had been learning about. It was a fantastic trip which we all really enjoyed.
Here are some pictures of us using Play Doh to learn about and understand fractions. Fractions are part of our every day life - every time you make a sandwich and cut it in two you are halving it. If you have a pizza or cake and share it between 8 people everyone gets 1/8th. A bar of Dairy Milk chocolate is divided into 8 equal parts. A football match has two equal halves of time. Time can be broken down in to 1/4 past, 1/2 past and 1/4 to the hour.
This week we have been learning more about 'Lines and Angles'. We can now identify - horizontal, vertical and parallel lines. We also focused on right angles. We made shapes, houses, buildings and all sort of things using lollipop sticks.
We put little dots to identify the right angels of our lollipop creations!
We have been learning about Early Christian Ireland in history and we created a representation of one of the features of a monastic settlement out of clay - An Oratory. An Oratory is a Bee-hive shaped structure church or chapel. Check out the pictures of us molding, shaping and adding detail to our Oratories.
Last month we studied the 'Human Skeleton'. We had a discussion beforehand to get an idea of bones we could name the and names we used for them. For example the shoulder bone, the back bone, the thigh bone. We then focused on the proper names of the bones the skeleton consists of. We cut out bone images and pieced them together in the correct position, labelled our skeletons and made skeletons using play doh. Our table names in our class are now called after some of the bones of the body! Here are some photos of the work we did
We also enjoyed some of the youtube clips below as part of our learning.
I am very proud to say that second class were the overall winners of the Junior Class Prize in the 'Echo Young Artist of the Year' competition. The children drew and coloured their own interpretations of what a clean park should look like, using lots of colour and imagination. As a result, The Echo visited us today, along with a photographer. Each child received a Goodie bag and the chosen winners also got a certificate.
We've been learning how to make static energy in Science this week and testing out what objects in the classroom are the best conductors of electricity.
Thank you to Malcolm's brother, Glen, for visiting us today, Thursday the 14th. Glen is a musician in a local band, Walker. He played some songs for the class and we asked him questions that we had prepared earlier in English. We also performed some of our own songs and poems to him. It's great that Malcolm has a positive role model in his life.