Thursday, 25 October 2018

Junior Infant Halloween Fancy Dress

Ms Ormiston and the Junior Infants loved dressing up for Halloween this year.  We had great fun!  Check out our costumes!!
Happy Halloween!!!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

5th and 6th Class September October

We have had a very busy half term back at school! Here are some pictures and information about some of the things we have been learning about so far this year.
 We are taking responsibility and ownership for a lot of our learning by carrying out experiments, using Ipads to research and working in pairs and as part of a team.

Science - Investigating Sound

We began learning about sound by researching some important facts using our Ipads. Then we carried out different experiments at 3 stations. We worked as a team and learned about how you can 'see' sound, how it vibrates, how to change the pitch of sound and we guessed sounds of different items in boxes.

History - The Maya People

Most children had not heard of the Maya people who lived in Central America from 2600BC. They were very intelligent people and they recorded the movements of the sun, the moon and planets on astronomical charts. They made accurate calendars and predicted the solar eclipse of 1999! Most Mayans could solve mathematical problems.They were excellent farmers and grew maize, beans and avocado! The Mayans developed a writing system similar to hieroglyphics. For leisure and entertainment, they played a game with a rubber ball.
The children worked in pairs or groups of 3 an used specific websites to research 2/3 topics each. Projects were presented to the class and it was an enjoyable learning experience for all.

In drama, children took turns using improvisation techniques to role-play a day in the life of a Mayan.

Geography and Science

We learned about how soil is formed and carried out an experiment to investigate the drainage of different soil types. 

Firstly, we took 'got our hands dirty' by investigating different soil samples; texture, insects found in it, dryness/moistness.  Then each group took turns carrying out our drainage experiment. It was a fair test as each group had the same amount of soil, water and time.

Monday, 15 October 2018

3rd & 4th Class  September News

We have had a busy start to our year in 3rd and 4th class. In September we learned a lot in science and geography about different habitats around the world. We worked together to create a group project on habitats such as hedges, shrub lands, woodlands, oceans,wetlands deserts. We used the
 i pads to research our habitat.

In history, we discovered how Setanta got the name CĂșchuainn. We wrote a diary entry from Setanta's point of view.

3rd class come together to do maths. In September we learned all about place value. We also met the Angle family - Daddy Obtuse, Mammy Right (because Mammy is always right!) and Baby Acute angle. We used geoboards and elastic bands to make the angles. It was great fun!

In P.E. we have been focusing on movement skills and athletics.  We have been playing co-operation games to help us to work together as a team.

At the end of September, John from St Mary's Villa's in  Moynalty came to help us to plant our flower bed as a thank you for helping him with the 'Bug Hotel'. We planted snowdrops, viola, and other flowers. These will help to attract bee's to our garden.

John invited Ms Clarke along to attend the Kells Municipal 'Pride of Place' awards on the 9th of October in the Headfort Arms Hotel. We were delighted when Ms Clarke informed us that John won 1st prize in the 'Grow Your Own' category and how the judges mentioned the 'Bug Hotel' as part of their adjudications. John now goes forward to the county final In November. Best of luck John! We were so glad to be part of your project!

In art we used our imaginations to turn one black dot into great works of art. The drawings turned out amazing!