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.
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 Cúchuainn. We wrote a diary entry from Setanta's point of
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 inMoynalty 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!