4th Class in Room 3 have been really enjoying the Roots of Empathy program. On 12th December, we had a visit from our baby Riain. He was wearing his Christmas best, and both of his parents came to visit us this time. The girls were delighted to meet Rian's dad Steve!
The girls could see how much Riain had grown, and how much more hair he had! The girls asked lots of questions about how he was growing and changing, and we learned that Riain had started to have some food! That week he had tried carrots and avocado for the first time! He was also finding it much easier to do roly-poly with his mam Martina, and was getting really good at sitting up by himself for a few seconds.
Martina and Steve told us all about Riain's favourite games to play. Steve showed us how they play Dinosaurs together. The girls could tell that Riain really liked this because of how much he was laughing and smiling! We discussed how the way that babies show their feelings might be different to how older children and adults show theirs.
4th Class and Jackie gave Riain and his family a Christmas card and some presents, and Martina and Steve gave the girls a lovely Christmas decoration for the classroom. We hope they all have a lovely Christmas and can't wait to see them again in the New Year!
The festive season is upon us once again and we have been very busy!
4th Classes have been preparing for our Christmas show, we hope you enjoy our poem 'Fear Sneachta' and our dance to Walking in a Winter Wonderland! Laila and Mia are reciting the poem 'Too Excited' by Chris Massey. The poem just sums up how we are all feeling at the moment, including our teachers!
We went to the Panto in the Helix, we saw 'The Three Musketeers'. It was so funny, it was all about girl-power and there was even a little dog, Bradley, in it! He was so cute!
We also went to St. Mary's Secondary school to see their rendition of High School Musical! Was really cool to see where a lot of us are heading for secondary school and we even saw some past pupils!
4th Classes have been working hard on creating and constructing Christmas constructions, Christmas Wonderlands or Winter Wonderlands. Ms Behan and Ms Smith would like to thank all Mammies, Daddies, Guardians, brothers and sisters that helped the girls with their art! The whole school are SO impressed with them and the girls should be proud of their fantastic work!
Ms Smith and Ms Behan would like to say Seasons Greeting and wish all the girls and their families a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year!
Nollaig shona daoibh go léir!
In November 4th classes have been working on Robotics with student teachers from DCU.
We followed the LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 programme on the Ipads and built using our LEGO WeDo sets.
"WeDo is a primary education resource developed for younger primary school pupils as an introduction to control technology and programming using robotics. WeDo 2.0 makes primary school science and computing come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages pupils.
Through project-based activities, pupils’ skills are enhanced across science, coding, engineering and technology. The unique combination of the LEGO® brick, classroom-friendly software, and inspiring, curriculum-relevant science projects results in a resource that builds pupils’ confidence. It empowers them to ask the right questions, define problems, and design their own solutions by putting scientific discovery in their hands."
(From https://education.lego.com/en-gb/product/wedo-2 )
We built our robots and investigated forces such as speed and pulling. We learned and improved lots of skills; teamwork, constructing, coding, experimenting and testing as well as having so much fun!
Room 8 had a visit from Baby Heath for Roots of Empathy.
This week, we discussed ways to care for a baby with a focus on nappies and changing!
We learned about disposable nappies and cloth nappies and discussed advantages and disadvantages to using either kind! The big sisters in the class shared their experiences and knowledge too, mammies and daddies should be proud!
When Heath came in we thought he had gotten a lot bigger than his last visit and he was able to sit up and hold himself up on the roller! He was very smiley!
Heath's mammy changed his nappy, she told us she uses disposable nappies for convenience and cost. She even pointed out how a blue strip appears on the nappy to tell if it's wet! Heath was so calm the whole time!
We are really looking forward to our next visit from Heath and are excited for what Lorraine has in store for us next week!
Óiche Shamha Shona! Bob nó Bia!
We learned a poem as Gaeilge about a 'Cailleach' or witch.
An bhFaca Tú an Chailleach?
An bhfaca tú an chailleach?
Chonaic mise í,
Lena srón mór fada,
Is a fiacla gránna buí.
Hubail rubail bubail,
An bhfaca tu an chailleach?
Chonaic mise í,
Lena cat mór dubha,
Ar an scuab ina suí,
Hubail rubail bubail,
After a very busy and hardworking start to 4th class, we had a fabulous and fun day celebrating midterm. We all dressed up as spooky characters and showed them off the Halloween Assembly!
Check out our spooky haunted houses we created for Halloween! We used water colours on the background and used black and yellow paper to design our haunted scene!
We had 2 winners of the Maths Eyes competition during Maths Week too!
Congratulations Laila and Liva!
We set off on our midterm breaks to rest, recuperate and be ready for the next busy stretch of 4th class!
As part of Maths Week, on October 22nd we had a fantastic visit from Bricks 4 Kidz (https://www.bricks4kidz.ie/). Bricks 4 Kidz is all about encouraging STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematical) skills and concepts through LEGO.
Our class's goal was to design and create a working Ferris wheels using LEGO. Have a look at our wonderful creations ...
In October, 4th classes went to the Axis Theatre Ballymun for a Space Week Workshop.
We met Dee Kellegh who combines her interest in space with her love of art and drawing. Dee showed us a photo of the Carina nebula, located only 7500 light-years away from us, which is where stars are being born and emerging into space. We thought the photograph looked magical and we were amazed it was a real image!
Dee told us all about CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) which is a space telescope. It is used for studying the forming of extrasolar planets (planets outside our solar system) by the Swiss Space Office and the ESA (European Space Agency). The mission has a planned duration of 3.5 years and the launch is planned for December 2019. Then, we drew our own pictures of CHEOPs, the sun and exoplanets using chalk and pastels.
Dee also told us some facts about the sun and showed us footage of exploding sun flares!
Thanks to Dee Kellegh and the Axis Theatre Ballymun for inviting us to the workshop!
On October 10th, 4th Class Room 3 started the Roots of Empathy program. The class met Martina and her baby son Riain. He is 3 months and 1 week old. They had a great time interacting with him, singing him songs and watching him on the green mat!
For the rest of the year, Martina and Riain will come in every 3 weeks. They girls will watch him grow and change, and learn how babies communicate their wants and needs nonverbally. They will also learn about caring for a baby. The program will also on their feelings and the feelings of others, and help to develop their empathy.
Room 3 are really excited to watch Riain develop and grow! The girls have predicted that he might be able to roll over by the next time he comes in!