Muireann’s Sixth Class have been learning all about the 1916 Rising this month. We researched projects and presented them to the class for our homework. We have been reading the Gerard Whelan novel “The Guns of Easter” which is a historical fiction novel set in Dublin 1916. We recreated a large map of Dublin with the key locations of the Rising. To top it all off, we visited the Pearse museum in St. Enda’s Park !
Here are our constructed sites of the Rising !
Here we are at the Pearse Museum in St. Enda’s Park.
by Maia, Lilla, Saoirse, Andrej
“On Book Dress Up Day, we chose the theme “Lord of the Rings” for the class. We enjoyed the day especially because everyone had great costumes. We also liked it because we watched the first Lord of the Rings movie to match our theme and we ate sweets!”
Can you spot a group of hobbits, some elves, Legolas, Gandalf, Smaug, Aragorn and a Nazgul ?
by Alan, Hamza, Andy, Chloe L, Amé
Subject : Geography, Science and Art
Topic : The Moon
“These are the Oreo Lunar Phases Projects that we have created to represent the phases of the moon. We scraped the filling out to make the shape of the lunar phases. We painted a galaxy background and then stuck the oreos in order. We created the Earth by cutting green pieces of card into small countries then stuck them on a piece of paper”
Lilla and Saoirse also wrote excellent poems about the phases of the moon !
by Nour, Liam, Yassin and Marium R
Topic : Fractions
“We did a Maths game that had to do with fractions. You play by putting a lollipop stick on the table and you deal out a pack of cards. You put the cards in place of the denominator and numerator. The player with the larger fraction wins the round and all 4 cards”
Sixth Class are taking part in the Crocus Project run by HETI (Holocaust Education Trust Ireland). We were sent crocus bulbs, which were planted this week (October 19th). They should bloom in early spring, to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day. We discussed interesting shapes we could plant the bulbs in to ensure a beautiful bloom! We planted some of our bulbs into the Star of David, which is the symbol of Judaism. We will post about this again when the plants bloom. Stay tuned !
For more information click here : https://hetireland.org/programmes/crocus-project/
Sixth class have been learning about ancient buildings and ruins in Ireland. We read about the most famous ruins, such as Glendalough and Trim Castle and we recreated them using Lego. We then went for a walk to see an unusual ruin in our locality! This ruin is called ‘The Bottle Tower’ or ‘Hall’s Barn’. It was built in the 1740s during a year of intense famine in the country. It is a miniature replica of The Wonderful Barn in Leixlip.
Fifth Class have been so delighted to use our outdoor classroom over the past few weeks. Here we are using it as our debating teams prepare for their formal debates!
Way back in November we were treated to a Zoom call with author and illustrator Alan Nolan. We had so much fun, Alan was so funny and he had us rolling about with laughter! He also taught us how to draw and answered all our questions, it was amazing.
To say thank you we all wrote Alan a letter, we wonder how long it took him to read them all!
Winter Crafts… Printing gift wrap and weaving with wool on cardboard looms… First Class also prepared and produced a performance of Nick Butterworth’s One Snowy Night which was shared with the rest of the school for a virtual winter show!
During Engineers Week we learnt all about the Design Process. We put this design process into practice ourselves by planning, making, testing and improving on a variety of things that could help the Gingerbread Man cross the river safely so that he would not need to rely on the sly fox or be worried about becoming soggy in the water! We designed and made, zip-lines, boats and bridges…
First class are also truly amazing artists… this year we have learnt about some famous artists, Kandinsky and Van Gogh. Inspired by these artists we created concentric heart cards for someone we love and still life paintings of beautiful Spring flowers.
First class love getting outdoors… we had lots of fun doing some active scavenger hunts before the Spring break. As scientists we have been growing plants, discovering how plants take up water and need sunlight, water and air to grow and live. We celebrated Earth day in style with lots of great books like “Here We Are” by Oliver Jeffers and “Earth Yay!”. We also lernt the song “Cover Me in Sunshine” by Pink and created the most brilliant group dances during P.E. We created beautiful Earth Day posters and we made some delicate wildflower sun-catchers for our window. We also learnt all about the life-cycle of a ladybird after Claire found some strange little bumps on her tree and discovered they were ladybird pupa!
More recently we have zoomed out of planet Earth and have begun to explore the whole solar system. We have learnt about Apollo 11 and the moon landings. We have seen how much has changed and developed in space travel and science since 1969. We really enjoyed reading Chris Hadfield’s book “The Darkest Dark” and then watching him brush his teeth and make a sandwich in outer space on the international space station. Watch this space ;-), I think we have lots of budding astronauts here in First Class!
In Fifth Class, we went for a Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk. We took photos of different things we found along the way, and then we came back to the classroom to share our nature photography. Have a look at some of the beautiful, well framed shots we took!
The Student Council arranged some fundraising activities for Daffodil Day March 2021, and we were so thrilled and delighted to see so many people getting involved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for their generous donations!
The Student Council sent this letter earlier this week.
“Dear parents of BETNS,
As this Friday, the 26th of March is Daffodil Day, we will be fundraising for the Irish Cancer Society. Our target goal is €800, which is an average of about €2 per person, but you can donate as little or as much as you like.
We will collect online and with pots that we will leave in the classrooms on Friday. The students are encouraged to wear yellow or something Daffodil related on Friday. Throughout the week, there will be Daffodil Art and the children can bring in Daffodils to decorate their classroom if they want.
The Student Council “
We will update this post with new photos and the amount we raised when it is all counted.
Since October, the children in Graham and Muireann’s fifth class have been engaging in the Writing Workshop once or twice a week. This is a time where the children can write about any topics of interest to them, and can practice their creative writing (narrative, poetry, diary entries) at their own speed. There are Five Stages of the Writing Workshop.
Prewriting is when you are thinking about and planning your piece of writing.
Drafting is the first time you write it.
Editing is when you read over it again and correct your mistakes.
Revision is when the teacher corrects it for you, and finally, when all that is done, the children move on to publish their final work into a book!
Claire’s First Class have been very busy bees since returning to school in September… Take a look at some of what we have been up to!..
Mathematicians at work. We love working and playing together during our maths stations.
Re-telling the story ‘Don’t Worry Little Crab’ by Chris Haughton with our own handmade crab puppets. Art, Drama, S.P.H.E and literacy all in one!
A history lesson on Helen Keller tied in nicely with our science lessons on the senses and we wrote our names in braille, using the sense of touch to read.
Learning about school long ago was fascinating, we are glad we didn’t have to go to school long ago, school today is alot more fun and friendly! We certainly had fun identifying what these artefacts were used for with our groups.
Artists at work, creating collages like Matisse.
We loved learning about all our native Irish trees and the changes that occur in Autumn. We love learning outside and had lots of fun making habitats for woodland creatures and collecting sticks, stones, leaves and conkers to make nature mandalas.
Book week was so much fun! We wrote book recommendations, designed covers for our favourite books, made bookmarks using origami and went on a Where’s Wally search but most of all we loved curling up with a good book for Drop Everything And Read…
Muireann and Graham’s fifth class were learning all about the counties, rivers and lakes of Ireland! We integrated our Geography work into our Art and we created topographic maps of Ireland using salt dough. We moulded the mountain ranges, and painted them using the colours of a physical map : Green for low lands, yellow for higher land, brown for the tops of mountain ranges. We then added in a few rivers and lakes. We included the Shannon, Lough Neagh and the Three Sisters (The Barrow, The Nore and The Suir!)
In Fifth Class we were looking at native and non native trees in our school environment. We went on tree identification walks and we used leaves, twigs, grass to make some nature art!
As the Winter set in we did “10 at 10”, ten minutes exercise at ten to ten, on wet days. (That’s a lot of counting by 10.)
We had lots of fun carving the pumpkin, making pictures and baking “báirín breac”.
On a beautiful Autumn day, we set of in search of “Leafman”.
“A leafman has got to go where the wind blows. “
Developing the skill of observation and drawing.
“Every child is an artist”
“Oh the places you will go!”Dr Seuss
In term 1 we explored 2D shape, number patterns, ordinal number and fractions. We learned about these new concepts and developed our Maths skills in lots of fun ways.
James, teacher Laura’s dad came in to help us to bring our new lobby space to life. Our PTA funded James’ work to fill every corner with beautiful planting. Children in each class have taken on the responsibility of watering and caring for the plants. Thank you James and the PTA!
Playworks is back! Playworks aims to ensure that every child has the opportunity to be active and engaged during their yard breaks. Everyday our volunteers from 4th and 5th Class set up and run our Playworks stations in the yard. Yard equipment including skipping ropes, netball games, tennis rackets and balls and stomper pots are available in the Playworks section and the racing and skipping games stations are always very popular.
In the coming weeks, we will look to add new stations and equipment to the Playworks yard programme. Thank you to Tamasine and our tireless Playworks volunteers who give of their time every day to make our yard so much fun!
Our first term of After-School Activities is coming to an end. We hope that the children have enjoyed participating in all the activities; soccer, chess, yoga, ukelele, art, science, book club, multi-sport, mindful drawing and colouring, lego club, tennis and drama. Please see below the dates of the last session for each group.
Our coming term of After-School Activities will commence at the end of January. Information about activities and sign up will follow after the winter break.
Junior Einsteins Science will take place every Friday in school for a 12-week term commencing on 10th January. Places for Junior Einsteins Science in Term 2 will be filled on a first come first served basis through the company’s own sign up link. Please look out for an email from Órla coming soon with the sign up details.
Drama: Monday, 18th November
Art: Tuesday, 19th November
Lego: Tuesday, 19th November
Multi-sport: Tuesday, 19th November
Movie Book Club: Tuesday, 19th November
Ukelele: Tuesday, 26th November
Tennis: Wednesday, 27th November
Soccer (3rd/ 4th): Wednesday, 4th December
Chess: Wednesday, 4th December
Science with Ann: Thursday, 21st November
Drawing and mindful colouring: Thursday, 28th November (no class on 21st November)
Yoga: Thursday, 21st November
Soccer (5th/ 6th): Thursday, 21st November
Junior Einsteins: Friday, 13th December
Clodagh and Nessa’s dad organised for a very special visit to 2nd and 3rd classes from the ESB Scribble Bots! We had a great time learning about how to make our own scribble bots using a motor and we even got to take our bots home with us. Thank you to Joey and Niamh and all the team from ESB for visiting us during Science Week. We can’t wait to learn more about electric circuits.
Órla had some very happy visitors from First Class sharing their preparations for Science Week in November. First Class have taken on the theme of Space this year. Look at this incredible space helmet that one of our students made at home!
Happy Hallowe’en to all. We saw out Book Week with our ever-popular Dress-up day on Friday, 25th October. Lots of our favourite book characters visited us (with a few ghosts and goblins joining in the fun too!).
Our school lobby is festooned with costumes looking for new homes!
This year, we are inviting parents to drop off any pre-loved costumes in the school lobby outside the book fair. There you are welcome to choose some costumes to take home with you! Donations are welcome but not necessary. Please don’t be shy – every costume deserves another day in the sun (or night trick-or-treating!) We hope that our costume drop n’ swap will support our school community in reducing waste.
We are excited to welcome back the Scholastic Book Fair for our annual Book Week. The book fair is taking place in the school hall all week and is open to parents every day at the drop-off and collection times (8.15-8.35, 12.50 – 1.10, 1.50 – 2.10). The children have been enjoying visiting the fair with their teachers.
This Friday, 25th October is our annual dress-up day. A collection of pre-loved costumes are available for our ‘Drop ‘n Swap’ in the school lobby. We welcome all costume donations and invite you to come and take a costume or two. Thank you to our PTA for organising the Drop n’ Swap.
We have already had an amazing response to the Bags2school clothing drive. All donations will be accepted until this Thursday, 24th October and can be left with school staff at the doors at drop-off and collection times.
This term our children from Third Class entered the Festival of Inclusion art competition. One of our boys was chosen as a winner for his beautiful piece on the theme of Family. He was invited to an award ceremony and his artwork is now hanging proudly in Nutgrove Shopping Centre! We are very proud of him.
The PTA will host a coffee morning for all parents in the school hall this Friday, 11th October at 8.15am. This will be an opportunity to get to know the parents in your child’s class and in the wider school community.
There will also be a meeting for all parents interested in learning about the school cycle bus. This meeting will take place at 8am on Friday morning in the school hall. All parents welcome.
Ballinteer Educate Together’s winning table quiz team have generously donated their winnings to our yard equipment fund. The children from Fourth and Fifth Class carefully selected sports and games equipment on which to spend their €200 prize fund and have now donated this brand new equipment to our Playworks yard programme. We are very proud of you all!
The Churchtown Residents Association has generously donated €500 to the Students Council fund raising effort for our new school library! Vincent, Helen and Gerry visited us today and presented our Third Class Students Council representatives with a cheque to help us to furnish and stock our library for the coming year. The children learned about the work of the Residents Association and were able to tell our visitors all about the Student Councils’ plans for our new library. Fund raising will continue with all donations from this Friday’s Pyjama Day also going to the library fund.
We are very grateful to the Churchtown Residents Association for supporting our school. We can’t wait to share photos with them of our new school library in the coming school year.
Across the school we have been taking some barista lessons. Our classes have looked at various coffee machines and decided to draw some plans and making our own specially designed coffee machines. We have designed machines with built in cream frothers, milk jugs and double coffee cup holders. The children invented so many wonderful coffee machines it is exciting to see what happens when we put our minds to it.
Drawing the plans.
The baristas in action in Costa Ballinteer.