Happy New Year! Here's some of what we have been learning in 2016.
English: We have been practising procedural writing. All of the boys and girls are making sure that they are listing things they need and then writing the procedures step by step. We wrote about brushing teeth, making a sandwich and making spring rolls. For reading, we have been practising to skim text. We did this by speed reading through a page and even skipping some lines! We tried to find the most important information quickly. We learned some poems too including 'If I was a Panda'. The students have also been practising a style of poetry called acrostic poetry. Here is one of them from Kayleigh:
Sitting in my chair
Checking out who's there
Holly says hello
Off to work we go
Oh no, oh no
Left my bag at home
Maths: This month we have been practising to answer questions with a missing box. The students are making sure that the biggest number is first if it is a take away sum and if it is an addition sum, that the biggest number is last. We also practised measuring the length of items around the classroom using rulers, metre sticks and also some non-standard instruments. We have also been learning about fractions such as 1/2, 1/4 and 1/3.
Gaeilge: We have been learning all about school and the words and phrases associated with school. We have been learning how to ask where things are in the classroom and how to ask somebody if they could borrow something. We learned a cool song called Seamusín.
SESE: We have been learning all about China over the last few weeks. The students are working hard finding information from library books and from the Internet. We have learned some cool things about a very interesting country. We worked in teams to complete projects on China. We learned about the willow pattern story and designed patterns in art. We even tried some Tai Chi! Thank you to all who brought things in for display.
PE: We are back swimming in Energie and the students are making fantastic progress already. Thanks to Louth GAA, we have a coach coming in once a week to teach the kids about Gaelic Football.
Drama: There is a Chinese restaurant in the class that will hopefully have tasty food and good customer service.
Science: We did some Science experiments where we tested what would happen to eggs in vinegar. The egg shell became very soft on the outside, just like a rubber ball. We also checked to see what would happen to chicken bones if left in vinegar. It didn't turn out as many people predicted but the bones were softer than before.