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.
On Monday the 11th, we went on our school trip to Kippure Estate, in the beautiful countryside of Wicklow. The children had great fun, we built forts, went on a treasure hunt and built rafts along the streams.
A special thank you to ALL the parents who volunteered. Without parental supports, these outings are not possible.
Ignoring the 'Beast from the East' epidemic, it is Spring! In rang a dó we are about Italy and so we have merged the two topics together and created a pasta garden with dyed pasta!
It's world book day this Thursday, be sure to use your child's book voucher which they were given this week. We are reading our own book this week, 'The Snail and the Whale'. This book has great messages for children, ones of adventure, friendships and love.
We've been learning about the Titanic recently, and in particular, important people who were on board the ship, from Thomas Andrews, the ship's designer, to Captain John Edward Smith. We learned about how hopes and dreams of new lives in New York were sadly ended by an Ice-berg, and the 'unsinkable ship', sank.
The children loved this unit. A special thank you to Malcolm's Mum, Tracy, who gave us a newspaper which detailed the tragedy. The children loved this special artefact. We wrote out our own newspaper articles about the event. We may have some future journalists in our class!
We visited the Buddhist centre last week on a school trip. We were collected by a bus from school which drove us all the way into town. I was very proud with how the children represented Citywest ETNS. Also, a special thank you to Leo's Mum, Lisa and PJ's Dad Mark who accompanied us on the trip. It's great to have parents who are willing to give up their time to help our class, and I really appreciate it. After the trip, we all enjoyed a pancake for pancake Tuesday!
We practiced meditation just like Buddhists do and learned about this fascinating religion.