December 22

⭐⭐Junior Room 05th-22nd December⭐⭐

We had a  busy number of weeks in the Junior Room, preparing for Christmas.  We decorated our Christmas Tree in the classroom, made decorations for this tree and the school tree, created fabulous pieces of Art based on the theme of winter/Christmas.  We really enjoyed making the large snowman and Santa and taking part in the walk on Friday last.  We also went to visit the crib in the church.  We were really excited about our hot chocolate and cookies in the afternoon.  It was really yummy!

The boys and girls were really busy in Santa’s workshop, checking and wrapping the toys, writing Santa letters, constructing new toys and playing in the small world area.  Bing has been busy too, moving around our classroom keeping an eye on everything.

We worked on the theme of An Nollaig as Gaeilge and continued to work on the Fyffes programme.  Great fun was had while taking part in the Kahoot Christmas quiz and we all loved learning about the birth of the baby Jesus in Religion.

We are looking forward to Santa arriving very soon and having a lovely Christmas holiday.

December 4

⭐⭐Junior Room-29th November-03rd December 2021⭐⭐

We had a great week in the Junior Room.  We are continuing to work on capital letters, full stops and recount writing.  During Literacy Stations, the children are working on dictation, phonics, phonological awareness and reading.  We are learning all about the different Caitheamh Aimsire as Gaeilge.

In Maths we are working on the topic of spacial awareness as well as the numbers 1-7.

We are continuing to work on Athletics in P.E.

The children created fabulous winter tree and snow globes in Art and we began making decorations for the Christmas tree.

The theme for our play for this month is ‘Santa’s Workshop.’  The children have been very busy writing letters to Santa, wrapping and labelling presents, completing quality checks on the gifts and creating their own toys.

We had a very special delivery this week……our elf ‘Bing’ arrived in our classroom on Wednesday afternoon.  We are all looking forward to seeing what ‘Bing’ will get up to over the next few weeks.

December 3

Middle Room✨✨ Nov 15th-Dec 3rd ✨✨

Here is snippet from the past 3 weeks in the middle room.

We have been learning about Alexander Graham Bell and phones in History. We have started to move onto Explanation writing (oral at first) and we learned/explained  Why it rains? (The water Cycle) in Geography. Everyone is working hard on written presentation and there is a huge improvement all round. I hope all the boys and girls are proud of themselves👌

The children enjoyed the strand of Drawing and their Still life fruit bowls are so unique and beautiful. This week the children made and decorated a little clay decoration for the crann nollaig sa halla.

We have finished our topic Bia and have practised phrases such as ‘ Tá___uaim.’  – ‘I need a ___’

Is breá liom  ____   – I love ___    ‘Is fuath liom ___ ‘    ‘I really dislike ____’

An ndearna tú—?   Did you do? /Did you make?

Ar ith tú?  Did you eat ..?     D’ith /Níor ith mé  as well as plenty of reading in the Aimsir Chaite (past tense ) and Aimsir Laithreach (present tense)

We have moved onto Caitheamh Aimsire (pastimes). We will practise phrases such as

‘Ba mhaith liom bheith ag_____’ –  I like to _____

An féidir leat ___? Can you __? Is/ní féidir liom. We also work on gramadach (grammar) each week as well as plenty of reading from our chart in class and our new books.

In Maths we were learning about lines of Symmetry in Nature, Architecture and Objects. We are all the time working on our number skills, with a particular focus on the hundred square, number patterns, multiplication, odd and even numbers and addition and subtraction problems. (tens and units  & HTU )

In Drama our focus has been mime and thought tracking . It is lots of fun. We will continue this in the next fortnight also.

In SPHE and as part of the Wellbeing Fun Friends programme, children have been focusing on Red thoughts and Green thoughts. While Red thoughts are perfectly normal and ok to have, they are unhelpful.

Red thoughts STOP us having fun, STOP us giving things a go and STOP us feeling great. Green thoughts  help us keep going, try new things and feel better.

In our Monday lessons and with the in class support of Múinteoir Lorraine, we practice changing Red thoughts to Green (helpful) thoughts. Examples   Red = I can’t do this.    Green = I can keep trying/ With time I will get better/ I can give my best effort.    We are trying to encourage children to be the BOSS of their thoughts and feelings and behaviours. We remind them to Choose GREEN ! The more they practise (and ourselves too☺)the better we become at it. It would be so beneficial for families to use the same language at home to reinforce the concept.

Keep up the great work with the reading in both Irish and English at home.

D. Tyrrell

 

November 27

⭐⭐Junior Room in November⭐⭐

We had a great month in the Junior Room.  The children are working on the strand of Athletics in P.E.  We are continuing to take part in the Fyffes challenge and we are really enjoying it.  The children are working really well on recount writing.  We are also continuing to work on capital letters and full stops.  We are continuing to work on the SALT programme and really enjoyed acting out various scenes from the different stories.

We also had a great week celebrating Science week. We examined how to make butter, paper towel colour mixing and rainbow mixing.  We also watched two very interesting presentations based on giraffes and agriculture and we made paper rockets and then checked if they could fly.

We are all looking forward to the Late Late Toy Show this weekend.  We predicted what Christmas jumper Ryan will wear this year and had fun having a look back on previous shows.

 

November 12

✨✨Middle Room✨✨November 1st – 12th

A little lookback on the past fortnight in second and third class.

Our focus in Maths has been Data and continuous number work. We are working hard to build fluency with our tables so that we can calculate accurately and quickly when completing number problems.

For Science week🔎 , we investigated and explored BUBBLES and discovered a new interesting word ‘iridescent’. We also explored sound and how we hear.  Finally we had  a cracking time investigating force and momentum in the egg drop challenge.  Lots of fun!

Children have been working well to improve their written presentation and everyone has been trying hard to get into the CUPS club. Keep up the great work! As part of our Wellbeing initiative we are all learning our song Together We Stand.

We are continuing our Fun Friends Programme in school – we are learning to build resilience and how to cope with different emotions. Our topic in Gaeilge is BIA and we will continue over the next 2 weeks with this topic. We also learned uair agus leathuair ar an clog. We are using  games during Literacy stations to work on our Oral language skills .

In PE We are focusing on the Strand of Athletics. We had fun with some reactions Sprints and Throwing techniques.

We look forward to the bookfair next week.

Múinteoir Deborah

October 22

Maths Week 2021 – Final answers

Well done to everyone who particiapted at home with the Maths puzzles.

We hope you had lots of fun along the way.

We are very proud of our 2nd to 6th class pupils who did really well in the Ireland Rocks 2021 competition and again we hope you had fun  while practising your tables through games.

Múinteoir Deborah

 

Here are the solutions to today’s puzzles

1 The first tank to fill up will be the third one, then the fourth and further the second and the first.

2  Answer: 840

Each number is found by multiplying the number that corresponds to its step by the number that precedes it.