Welcome back to another school year. 5th class began this unusual school year with a great attitude towards work, adhering to the daily routine of hand washing and sanitising. They love being reunited withtheir friends and working as a team within their new pods. It was lovely for children to experience a sense of normality, having face to face interactions with their friends and teacher.
Each morning this term, the children engaged in a focus task to get them motivated for the day ahead. They had been out of the school environment for a long time and these fun focus tasks helped regain attention and concentration. Focus tasks included puzzles, riddles, dingbats, spot the difference, sudoku, pictionary and many more.(Plus, children had a chance to earn points for their pods which they loved😊)
In literacy, the children have enjoyed learning a new ‘powerword’ each day. We used our dictionaries to look up the meaning of the new word and put it into a sentence. It has been fantastic to see children using the new vocabulary in their recount writing. The pupils wrote very spooky recounts inspired by scary pictures. An excellent effort has been made with regards to handwriting and spelling.
In September, we practised the comprehension strategy of prediction while reading the books ‘Train to Somewhere’ and listening to the audiobook ‘I believe in Unicorns’. This month, the children completed sensory charts and changing images while reading ‘Dandelions’ to practise the strategy of visualisation.
In maths, the children have been engaging in fun warm up games such as noggle, popcorn, buzz and table shootdown. We have been revising our tables and mental maths strategies the children had learned in 4th class. Last week, the children were working on data and drew out bar charts into their copies based on their favourite chocolate bars and colours.
In gaeilge, the children just finished the theme ‘Oíche Shamhna’ and have learned lots of new vocabulary based on the topic. They also recited the fun poem ‘An Chailleach Ghránna’ from the new ‘Bua na Cainte’ programme which they loved.
For art this month, the children made clay creatures, Halloween silouhettes and very creative monster bookmarks.
On Friday, children were rewarded for all their hard work with a party. I loved their spooky costumes😊We played exciting games : find the creatures in the yucky buckets, toilet roll mummy and gold coin toss. The children ate some treats and watched ‘The Addams Family’.
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‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”…and we are really getting into the spirit of Christmas in Rang a 4. The boys and girls have been rehearsing loads for their opening performance in this year’s Christmas Show, ‘Cinderella’. What a show we have in store for you! Get your tickets early!
We have been working hard on our Tin Whistle this term and the improvement is very impressive. We have learned a whole host of songs including some Christmas tunes such as ‘Oh Christmas Tree’ and ‘The First Noel’. Most children love performing ‘solos’ for their teacher and fellow classmates and it is great to see their confidence growing as their skills develop.
We have enjoyed creating some fantastic pieces of artwork in recent weeks. We used recycled Christmas cards and used a picture extension technique to create some fabulous festive pictures. We experimented with lines and shadow to create Snowy Winter Scenes and we worked on our cartoon drawing skills to draw close-ups of the one and only Rudolph. Have a look below at the photos of our masterpieces.
In Science this month, we were learning all about ‘Materials and Change’ and we engaged in some very cool experiments to reinforce our learning. We changed cream into butter by applying the force of shaking, then we added a pinch of salt and tasted our homemade butter on crackers. It is safe to safe it was a thumbs-up from everyone. We also mixed baking soda and water to create our own fake snow. We then had a competition to see which group could make the best miniature snowman. Have a look at our photos and judge for yourself. We also made snowballs and then poured vinegar on them to observe the chemical reaction. As we predicted, the vinegar caused the snowballs to fizz and bubble up before melting. The excitement didn’t end there though. Mrs.Meade brought in ‘Buzz Snow’ and we were amazed watching a tiny scoop of white powder expand by up to 100 times when water was poured over it. It looked like real snow and felt like real snow but it would not stick together like our home-made version so we were unable to make snowmen out of it.
The boys and girls have finished learning and revising all their multiplication tables from x0 up to x12. We had lots of fun in our stations playing games and engaging in activities to reinforce our tables and develop great speed and accuracy. All the hard work paid off and we did brilliantly in our Tables Test. Mrs. Meade is very proud of us.
We were delighted to be invited to the Salesian’s Panto ‘We will Rock You’ earlier this month and we had a great morning at the Lime Tree Theatre. We are also very excited to go and see ‘Aladdin’ in U.L. before our Christmas holidays. It will be another great day out.
It has been a busy and exciting term and we are all deserving of a good break now after our hard work over the last few months.We’ll see you in the New Year!
Hello from Rang 4!
We’ve had a great couple of weeks back in school and everyone in 4th class has settled in really well. We are all trying our best to follow our class rules and routines so that our school day runs smoothly and we have lots of time for learning and engaging in fun activities. We commenced station teaching in Literacy and Numeracy this week with the help of Ms. Quinn and Mrs. Wixted. We get to work in small groups to improve our skills in spellings, handwriting, reading & comprehension, tables and problem solving.
We’re collecting Aldi stickers again this term and we’ve been following the 2019 Rugby World Cup (Éire Abú!) In fact, we’re learning all about Japan and linking it to our studies in Geography, Science, English,History, Art and Drama. Have a look at the beautiful Japanese artwork we created in watercolours and fabric and fibre.
We have also completed some poetry work on the theme of Autumn. We learned ‘An Autumn Poem’ by Elsie Brady, adding appropriate actions to help us memorize the words. We then wrote our own Acrostic Autumn poems which turned our fab. We took inspiration from neighbouring Curraghchase and created some autumn forest scenes to go with our poems. Check out the pictures of our work.
This year, the school decided to set up a Students’ Council. We had over half our class interested in running for a place on the Council so we held a mini election campaign and each pupil made a poster and gave a brief presentation to the class. All candidates did an excellent job and the results were very close. We are pleased to have elected Darragh O Shaughnessy, Conor Mulcair and Kate Collopy as the 4th class representatives. We are also proud to have Aisling Foley and Cormac Fitzgerald acting as our Green Schools Reps this year. They have already been busy carrying out a Traffic Survey as part of our next Green Flag on Travel and Global Citizenship.
We have lots to look forward to this term with a few surprises in store before the Halloween break.
Slán go foill,
Second, Third and Fourth Class had a great trip to Crag Cave and Tralee this month! Ms. Mann, Ms. Moloney, Mrs. Quinn, Sharon and Catherine all accompanied the pupils to Crag Cave where they got to experience the million year old tourist attraction. They also made full use of the Crazy Cave Activity area before being treated to Mc Donalds in Tralee on their way home. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed their trip and thanks to everyone for making the day so memorable!