We have had a fun and busy month! Have a look at what we have been up to. :-)
We have been learning about the attitude of gratitude in our SPHE lessons. We decided to write and deliver letters to people that we love to say thank you for all of the wonderful things that they do for us. It felt great to thank people!
We had a visit this week from Garda Declan. Garda Declan talked to us about how we can stay safe and have lots of fun over Halloween. He talked to us about fire and road safety. Thank you Garda Declan!
We have been helping each other with our lessons and doing lots of buddy work. We have been having paired conversations to help us practise our new Gaeilge words and phrases and we have been doing buddy reading as well. Teamwork is super!
We combined our maths lessons with our art lessons and experimented with different ways to make straight lines look curvy. Have a look at our cool projects!
We had fun with rainbow colours. We learned about liquids in science and applied our knowledge to our work. We created a rainbow rain scene by adding water to the paint to make it more liquid and then we let it drip. We also created rainbow portraits by adding water to tissue paper and letting it dye the paper.
We had an exciting week last week in our student election vote. We had eleven candidates who went forward for the election. They made fantastic posters and gave super speeches! It was a great competition. Congratulations to Oliver who will be our new student council representative this year and thank you Gaja for all of your hard work up on the council last year!
We have been having a busy first couple of weeks. We are settling into our new classroom and into third class really well. Check out some of our back to school activities below.
We were inspired by the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his famous painting Concentric Circles. We each painted a section of our own Concentric Circle giant painting which is now displayed outside of our classroom. :-)
Our Class Contract
We wrote our own class contract together full of promises that we plan to try and follow for the year so that everybody in our class can learn, feel safe and have fun.
Team Games in PE
We have been playing some team games outdoors during our PE lessons! Check out our over and under relay!
Paired Work in Maths
We are doing lots of maths. Have a look at our paired place value work. We took it in turns to coach each other.
Science and Drama
We are learning about solids, liquids and gases in science at the moment, so we played a drama game to show what we had learnt. We pretended to be the particles in either solids, liquids or gases. Solids have tightly picked particles, liquids have slightly looser ones and the particles in gases float away from each other. See if you can guess which material we are pretending to be from our photos.
Second Class have been working hard as meteorologists. We have been learning all about the weather and today we focused our learning on clouds and rain! We had lots of great questions. What are clouds? Where does rain come from? What is sleet? How cold does it need to be for there to be sleet? We had great discussion and we learnt that when the clouds get full of lots and lots of tiny droplets of water..it rains! We even came across some wow words such as 'condensation' and 'saturated' in our discussion. We had great fun putting our learning into action.
Whatever are those snowmen up to? How funny! Take a look at those silly snowmen having buckets of fun below. More pictures to come..
On the first day back to school, the children in attendance were full of joy and zest wishing each other a happy new year!
A brand new year, 2022. What would it be like? What were our wishes and hopes for this year? It was very exciting.
We learnt about what 'new year resolutions' were and we spoke about how they were like goals for the new year. We thought of daring and fun goals for ourselves. Lisa is going to try and drink more water at school this year. If you see her remind her! Take a look at a few resolutions from Second Class below. We thought of new goals for ourselves, home and school. We need to work hard now to try and keep them!
We have been learning about fractions in Second Class. We LOVE maths and we really loved making our own unique fraction pizzas! We know that fractions are parts of a whole.
Some of us did whole pizzas.
Some of us did pizzas split equally into two equal parts (halves).
Some of us did pizzas split equally into four equal parts or quarters.
And some of us did pizzas split in 8 equal parts or eights.
Take a look below and see if you fancy a slice or two! c",)
Challenge: See if you can make your own fractions at home? Can you spot any around your home?
Each pod worked collaboratively to design, create and decorate their own Chinese dragon. It was by no means easy and the children worked hard listening and compromising on different ideas, solving problems and supporting and encouraging one another through the project. On the last day of term, the children showed off their creations in a Chinese New Year parade with Niamh's class. We sang the song 'Chinese Dragon' and we had a lot of fun! Take a look at some photos below:
Before the winter holidays, the children learnt all about the country China. The children loved using the class globe to find where China was and pinpointing it on their world maps. We went on a fantastic adventure to the Great Wall of China, to the forests to see the giant panda eating tonnes of bamboo, to the base of the very tall Mount Everest and to the wonderful capital city of Beiijing! We learnt about school life in China, typical yummy Chinese food and all about the Chinese new year. Take a look at some our projects below.