The children in 3rd and 4th Class were discussing being unique during a fun lesson on Self-Acceptance. In our classroom we respect and value each other's unique qualities. To celebrate this, we designed three truly unique people, one part at a time. In groups, pupils designed the heads, torsos and lower bodies which were then randomly put together.
Here is the crux of the lesson...
Everybody is different, or unique. What a person looks like on the outside has nothing to do with what is inside! Every person has special talents and special qualities and every person deserves to be treated with respect and kindness.
Finalists selected from the Area Community Games Art competition are invited to take part in the County competition on Saturday 4th February. The competition will be held in the CBS in Ennis at 10 am. Any child who won a gold or a silver medal is a finalist. Unfortunately winners of a bronze medal do not go through to the County competition. Well done to all the children who took part and to all the medal winners. We wish them the very best in the next stage.
Children in Seniors/First Class created prints using celery based on the Big Book 'The Rainbow Fish' by Marcus Pfister and they also created prints based on the Pop Artist Andy Warhol by simply using their hands!
Children in senior and first are learning how to play 'Mary had a Little Lamb' and 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' on the Tin Whistle.
Show and tell is still a big hit here in the 1st and 2nd classroom. Today the highlight of our oral language presentations was Joseph Madden playing some tunes on his banjo. The children love the opportunity to display their talents and interests.
The children in first and 2nd celebrated the start of Chinese new years today. They loved learning about another country and different cultures. We learned that this year is the year of the rooster, we incorporated this into our day by decorating roosters during art class.
The students of 1st and 2nd class learned all about Australia today. They loved learning about the countries vast and rich culture.
This week's Maths topic was money. The children really enjoyed this topic and in particular they loved taking part in the fun activities which were part of our Station Teaching on Thursday. We set up three shops and each child had the opportunity to act as the shopkeeper and as a customer. Mr. O'Connor paid us a visit to browse through the shops! The other stations explored the topic of money through a 'Pick and Mix' interactive game, problem solving with gift tokens, using catalogues and answering questions based on the target board. Thank you to Miss O'Shea and Pauline for helping out with these stations.
The students of 1st and 2nd class enjoyed learning about clothes and fashion from the past. The children even brought in some examples. This led to their teacher feeling quite old as some of my favourite soccer jerseys were displayed as relics!!!
Our school debating team got off to a great start yesterday when they successfully proposed the motion "Donald Trump is Good for Co. Clare." The team was led by captain Chelsea Canny who gave a superb performance. Abby Heffernan and Darragh Moroney delivered very strong arguments as main speakers, while Oisín Cleary Hollie Nugent and Adrian Kelly participated in the cross fire round. The team was very well prepared for the debate and independent adjudicator Liam Lawlor commented on the very high standard witnessed during the debate. Thank you to Ms. Fawl for her work in helping the pupils deliver such great presentations. Best of luck in the next round where the team will now argue that "Computers Should Replace Teachers."
The children in 3rd and 4th Class had fun learning how to blow a bubble and writing instructions during a Procedural Writing lesson, before the Christmas holidays. They then put their instructions to the test and tried to blow their own bubbles! Most people were successful but it was more challenging then the children first expected. We love our 'How to Blow a Bubble' display which can be seen in our classroom now.
The U11 basketball team played their first match against Cree yesterday. They enjoyed themselves and played extremely well but were unfortunately beaten. Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to their coach Martina O'Hagan.
Seniors and first looked at money in maths this week and had fun with the different coins that they are learning about. Children worked in groups to put coins from 1c -50c in order of value. First class played the 1c game in pairs. We also loved role-play in the classroom setting up the 'siopa'. There was a huge demand to be the 'siopadóir'!
Congratulations to our first group of "Pupils of the Week" for 2017. Well done to all pupils that were in the running for selection this week and remember to be in with a chance Try Your Best, Show Respect and Complete Your Homework. Best of Luck!
The Active Flag Committee have met this week and are proposing ways for pupils to be as active as possible during lunchtime. The committee are working to teach younger classes fun games from the SuperTroopers programme. The committee is promoting participation in the school soccer and basketball leagues and creating fun obstacle courses for the middle classes. Healthy eating is also a priority for the committee and they will be publishing delicious recipes to try out on the website. Keep active and stay healthy everyone.
Yesterday, 3rd and 4th Class enjoyed their first Team Teaching lesson since returning to school. This week we were focusing on Division so each station was related to this topic. The children played board games like Snakes and Ladders and Connect Four using division. They played Division Bingo with Ms O'Shea. Pauline led them in division tasks using a target board and I helped the children to practice their tables for this week by playing the online game 'Hit the Button'. The aim of this game is to answer as many questions correctly as possible in one minute. Regular use of 'Hit the Button' can help children to sharpen their recall of vital number facts in a fun way and learning tables need not be boring. A link to this website can be found on our Class page.
Show Respect and Expect Respect
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