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.

 

 

 

October 21

Maths Week 2021 Day 4

Answers to yesterday’s Puzzles

When it is 9 AM, add 5 hours to it and you will get 2 PM.

2 If you look carefully at the image, you’ll see that the dots are placed in intersection of many circles.

So, The correct answer is 12.

 

Today’s Puzzles

1 How many times does the digit 5 occur in the numbers from 1 to 100?

2 What is the number of parking space containing the car?

Easy math puzzle

October 19

Maths Week 2021 Day 2

Answers to yesterday’s puzzles.

Answer 1   ;  3   – The grandfather is also a father and the father is also a son.

Answer 2   ;   666+ 66+ 6+ 6+ 6 =750

Answer 3   ;  Zero

 

Day 2 Puzzle

  1         You are all alone in a dark room with a match and matchbox. Nearby you have 3 objects: a candle, an oil lamp and a log of firewood. Which thing do you light first?

 

 

   

 

 

 

October 18

Maths Week 2021 Day 1

As part of Maths Week 2021 we invite every family to work together to solve the following riddles/puzzles. Please leave answers in the comment box throughout the week. There are no prizes – it is all just a bit of fun because Maths is fun! Check out the blog each day for new puzzles and answers to previous puzzles.

Please remember to keep your MATHS EYES nice and wide throughout this week especially because Maths is everywhere!!

We hope 2nd to 6th class pupils enjoy their Ireland Rocks 2021 competition where they can practise their tables online with their peers through games.

Enjoy,

Múinteoir Deborah

 

Puzzle 1

A grandfather, two fathers and two sons went to the cinema together and everyone bought one movie ticket each. How many tickets did they buy in total?

Puzzle 2

How can you add eight 6s together so that the total adds up to 750?

Puzzle 3

If you multiply this number by any other number, the answer will always be the same. What number is this?

 

 

 

October 18

⭐⭐Junior Room-04th-15th October 2021⭐⭐

The children have worked really well over the past two weeks and we had lots of fun taking part in various activities and completing tasks.  The children worked on 2D shapes in Mathematics and we had lots of fun completing different activities using the shapes.  In Religion, the children learned all about Baptism, and they created beautiful pictures.  For our Art lessons during this time, the children created fabulous hedgehogs using crepe paper and also made hedgehogs using clay.  I cannot wait to see the finished products when they are painted.  For P.E, the children we examined the strand of Athletics.  The children really enjoyed running, jumping, throwing and taking part in activities as a team.  During this time, the theme for our play time was school.  The children constructed fabulous schools, mapped their journeys to and from school, took part in role play and had great fun at the small world station.  For the second week of play, we continued with the theme of school but this time after completing the book ‘Handa’s Surprise’ we examined what school was like in Kenya.  After completing this research, the children then used this information during play time at the various stations.

Also, we have commenced station teaching in the Junior Room.  All the boys and girls are working really well at all four stations and having so much fun.  During this time, we worked on Phonological Awareness, tricky words, dictation, listening skills, pencil control, cutting and colouring.