February 3

Active School Update

 

This week the senior room are taking on the Pedometer Challenge . The children’s steps will be recorded after each lunch break. Prizes  will be given to the child with the most steps accumulated over the week but also to the child with the biggest %age increase between Monday and Friday.. So your only competitor is yourself!

Next week the Middle room will also get their opportunity to participate in this challenge next week if weather is on our side .

Each classroom has started their Active break challenge which will also run for the whole week. Each class will aim to complete a run break, a dance break and an exercise break each day.

We continue to work on the strands of Dance and games in P.E. Last month we focused on the Fundamental Movement Skill (F.M.S.)of balancing . This month we will focus on Jumping for height.

Later on this month, children in the senior room will take on the Climb the heights skipping challenge, which will link in nicely with their Geography knowledge .

Thank you to all the pupils and parents who completed the Active Flag Questionnaire .

A summary of most popular suggestions is posted on the Active School board in our hall.  We will endeavour to tick some of these suggestions off during Active week!

January 29

Art – Clay – Junior Room

This past fortnight we have been exploring the use of clay. After discussing how it feels and the many things we can do with it such as pinching, pulling, throwing, twisting….we moulded our little pinch pots. We discussed and predicted what might happen to the clay pots when left on the radiator over night. Some little scientists predicted that the clay material would change colour and become solid. Some of the children made connections with our Maths topic ‘weight’ and predicted that the pinch pots would be lighter when dry.  How very clever! Each child decorated their own pinch pot as they wished and we discovered in the end that the pinch pots were just like us. Unique and special!

January 25

Aistear -The Arctic – Integrated Play – Maths , Geography, History

 

We had lots of building igloos, polar bears and sleds from lego during Aistear this week. Some children decided to build our sleepy Polar Bear inspired by our poem Polar Bear, Bear Polar, out of Playdough as well as other arctic animals we had discussed such as the Arctic Hare, Arctic Fox, Lemmings and the snowy Owl! At the Maths Station, children explored how heavy various objects are, estimating at first then checking. At the History Table, children sorted old toys and new toys. Lots of fun!