Thursday 16th June 2022 A fantastic day was had by all at Sports Day. The boys and girls enjoyed all the different races.
Junior and Senior Infants
First And seconds class
tricky word hunting
We have recently started learning our tricky words in Junior Infants. We went hunting in some books to see if we could find some tricky words!
Budding chefs in Junior Infants!
Our Aistear theme for the month of February was the restaurant. We had great fun making menus, drawing plans and building restaurants!
MOVE OVER MET ÉIREANN!
Ms. Smyth's junior infants channeled their inner meteorologist recently when they were learning about weather. Lights camera action!!
Penguins don't get wet!
Did you know that penguins have a special oil on their skin that stops them from getting wet? Ms. Smyth's junior infants learned this when they were exploring the topic of winter animals!
Friendship Week in ms. smyth's junior infants
In February, we celebrated friendship week. We were given pieces of card and a pritt stick and asked to work with our friends to make friendship chains. Look how well we can work as a team!
Hot chocolate is a delicious warm Christmas treat! Yum yum yum!!
Oh no! a Christmas disaster!! Someone Stole santa's cookies, but who could it be? Don't worry Ms. McGinley's Class were on the case!
The cookies were safely found and then decorated.
Ms McGinley's Second Class! We all love coming to school! Enjoy this slide show of photos of our recent learning and adventures!
In the first selection of photos we are learning how to do some coding using scratch junior. It is easy and lots of fun. It is also a free app available for you to download to try at home. We also enjoy using the iPads to play kahoot, a quiz game!
In the next section of photos, we are taking part in Science Week. We learned a lot about renewable energy. The children worked in teams and become experts in a type of renewable energy (wind, solar, tidal and geothermal.) The groups then completed projects with their new found knowledge! After that we focused on wind energy. The children all designed their own windmill and constructed it! Well done to them!
Next are some photos of us in the carpet hall, learning some gymnastics and balancing moves, both on a beam and on the floor.
It's very important to know how to introduce your self properly! The children in our class can do that in at least two languages!!
We got some new games in the classroom. You can also see us enjoying some games of Christmas' past. Some very nostalgic camcorders, video tapes and cassette tapes. (What even are those???)
1. Walking water Equipment needed: Water, food colouring, paper towels, cups
We set up the experiment as shown below. We watched as the coloured water was absorbed by the paper towels and travelled up it. We watched as the colours mixed in the middle part of the paper towels. We noted that (1) red and blue make purple (2) red and green make orange. Have a look at our predictions and the results!
As eggs shells are similar to tooth enamel, we examined what would happen to three eggs being soaked in sugary and acidic drinks.
We put one hard boiled egg into each of the three cups. We poured Coke into one, vinegar into the next and water into the last cup. We checked on them every morning for two days. On day three, we looked at the eggs and discussed what we observed and we came up with a conclusion. We noticed that (1) the egg that was in vinegar had started to decay (2) the egg that was in the Coke had started to discolour (3) the egg in the water had remained the same. Our conclusion was that the best drink for our teeth (and bodies!) is water. We discussed that it is best to only drink Coke from time to time and to use vinegar sparingly on our food. Have a look at the pictures below!
We placed some white flowers into red coloured water and blue coloured water. As the week went on, we watched the petals on the flowers change colour to the same colour as the water. Flowers drink water from the ground through their roots. The coloured water travelled up through the stem and into the petals of the flower. Take a look at the results below!
sCIENCE WEEK WITH MS Martin!!! 11/11/21
This week was science week for schools so we tried out a few cool experiments today 🧪 -We did an experiment using water and gummy bears. One gummy bear was placed in a cup with water and the other in a cup without water. We left them overnight to see what would happen. The gummy bear in water absorbed the water and grew in size. The result was one big watery gummy bear! -We also did a heat conductor experiment to see what material is the best conductor of heat. A plastic straw, wooden fork and metal spoon were each placed in a cup water and we had to guess and examine which one would heat up the quickest. We learnt the spoon and metal is the best conductor of heat as not only did it heat up the quickest but it stayed warm the longest once it was taken out of the water. -We also placed ice cubes in different areas around the classroom to check where the ice would melt fastest. We learned that the cupboard is the coldest place in the classroom as this ice cube was the only one that hadn’t melted fully when we rechecked them a half an hour later. -The last experiment we did was with a balloon, a candle and water. Our first balloon was filled with air and placed over the hot candle. The balloon burst after 5 seconds as the heat in the balloon heated and expanded making the balloon pop. However the second balloon we filled with water and this balloon didn’t pop: this was because the water kept the air in the balloon colder for longer. 🎈
Aistear in 1st class!
Our theme in Aistear for the month of November is Space. The children are learning about all things Space! Having done Aistear in Junior and Senior infants we're building on the knowledge they have already gathered. This month the children will take part in Engineering challenges, literacy based play, experimenting with force in Science and creating Space themed arts and crafts projects. Take a look below to see all the fun that is being had in 1st class Aistear!
In October, we went to visit the new Castletymon Library for a storytelling session. We really enjoyed listening to the librarian read two stories accompanied by story sacks. Afterwards, we got the chance to look at some of the books in the library and play on the new interactive computer. We had lots of fun exploring the new library!
During pumpkin week, we learned all about pumpkins! We learned the names of the different parts of a pumpkin, we learned the lifecycle of a pumpkin, we learned the different names of different pumpkins, we scooped out pumpkins, we wrote the procedure for how to carve a pumpkin and we designed faces for our own pumpkins during Aistear!!
In November, we are learning about people who help us in our community. Garda Sean came in to visit us to explain what he does as a guard, he explained the equipment he uses and he even let us pass around his handcuffs. We really enjoyed learning all about the role of An Garda Siochana in our community!
Have a look below, to see what Ms Smith's Junior Infants got up to during the month of October!
We used pumpkins of different shapes and sizes and investigated a number of things such as;
- Do pumpkins roll? - Are pumpkins rough/smooth? -Weight/size of the pumpkin. - How many cubes tall is the pumpkin? - Will a pumpkin sink or float in water? We were surprised by some of the results!
On our last day in school before the Halloween break, we used markers to draw on the smooth outside skin of the pumpkin. We could rub out the marker and start again, over and over!
Our trip to the local library!
Messing with Magnets!
We have been learning about the different materials objects are made from. We discovered that objects made of metal are magnetic. We got to search around our classroom for metallic objects using different types of magnets!
Maths Week (18th - 22nd OCtober)
We had so much fun during maths week. We went on a maths trail outside the classroom, looking for shapes, numbers, colours and even making shapes with twigs and leaves! We also had a maths games afternoon where the whole school played a variety of maths games. Maths is the best!
MS MCGINLEY’S SECOND CLASS - THE COOLEST KIDS IN TOWN !!
Take a look at our adventures since starting second class in September. We can code on the tablets, we can play violin, we take trips to the library, we learn about the rain forest, we are happy, we do lots of maths puzzles and games, we play basketball! Is there anything we can’t do!?
Ms O'Dea's 1st class
In Sepember we began Aistear with the theme of school. We designed maps of the school, wrote books about our school, learned about the school uniform as gaeilge and created our own school in the play corner! There was lots of fun to be had.
Inspired by mona lisa
We love art in our class and this month we created some art work inspired by Leonardo Da Vincis painting the Mona Lisa. First we did our research and we learned so many new facts about the painting. We learned that it was painted originally in Italy but now we can find it in The Louvre in France. A fact we found very interesting was that one of the employees in the Louvre tried to steal the painting but thankfully didnt succeed! We then set about creating our very own Mona Lisa. We used paint and cotton buds. Take a look at us at work
Our trip to the library
Our class got the opportunity to go visit our new library. We had so much fun exploring all of that it has to offer. The childten loved all the different books, the different places to sit and read, the collection of toys and teddys they had and the huge play screen they had full of games and pictures. Have a look at some pictures of our visit
Ms E Smith's Junior infants
Ms Smith's Junior infants are settling in so well to their new school and classroom. For the month of September we focused on the theme "At Home" for our Aistear and got to take part in lots of fun activities every day. We had a home corner complete with a kitchen, dining room and bedroom, we worked hard to build our own homes with our giant construction blocks, we made a house craft with lollipop sticks, washed up the dishes and cutlery and we played with playdough and dolls houses too! We LOVE Aistear!
FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, THE BOYS AND GIRLS IN ROOM 4 HAVE BEEN DOING THE THEME OF SCHOOL! WE HAVE WENT ON A SCHOOL WALK, LEARNED ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN OUR SCHOOL AND DISCUSSED THE VARIOUS PARTS OF OUR SCHOOL! DURING AISTEAR, WE HAVE DESIGNED SCHOOL BAGS, BUILT A SCHOOL USING BLOCKS AND EVEN HAD A SCHOOL CORNER.
THE BOYS AND GIRLS IN MS MARTIN'S FIRST CLASS GOT TO VISIT THE NEW LOCAL LIBRARY IN TALLAGHT THIS WEEK. THEY WERE SO EXCITED TO GET A CHANCE TO SEE AND READ ALL THE BOOKS AND HEAR ABOUT SOME EXCITING NEW STORIES. THE CHILDREN GOT TO LISTEN TO A STORYTELLING SESSION BY ROB WHO IS A LIBRARIAN. THEY HAD LOTS OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DIFFERENT BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY AND THEY ARE ALL SO EXCITED TO BECOME MEMBERS AND TO BORROW THEIR VERY OWN BOOKS TO TAKE HOME TO READ.