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Gymnastics

Here are a few photos from our six weeks of gymnastics lessons with Olympian Gymnastics. Our teachers Skye and Rachel were amazing and we all really enjoyed the challenges they set us.

We love toys!

Here are the moveable dolls we designed and made during our topic on toys! Aren’t they amazing! Each one has a character, be it a superhero, princess, monster or teddy bear.

The Vets in Junior Infants

During the month of February we were learning all about pets and the vets. During Aistear we were amazing inventors and even made special machines to give animals their medicine and food using junk art!

We also designed and built animal hospitals, made all of the things that our pets need to be kept fit and healthy and constructed cosy and safe homes for our animals.

Here we are having some fun!

Skipathon 2019

Welcome to B.E.T.N.S. Skipathon 2019!  From the photos you can see just how much fun we had last Friday whilst at the same time keeping ourselves fit and healthy.  We all had a good go at skipping and in Aongus’s class they even carried this fun on into their Numeracy lesson, where they used their Maths skills to calculate their total number of skips.  Their final score was an amazing 30823 skips in just half an hour!

Thank you so much to everyone who generously donated towards our sports fund and supported the children. We have raised over €3500 which is going towards a six week block of gymnastics lessons for all classes and our Sports for All Week in the last term.

Watch this space for photos of the gymnastics in the new year and remember to, keep skipping!


Literacy Station Fun!

In Junior Infants we have been having great fun during Literacy stations. We are listening to stories and nursery rhymes, playing Hairy Phonics on the iPads, looking at picture books, playing phonics games with Joanne, learning our ‘Tricky Words’ using play dough and practising our handwriting with Tamasine. Here we are enjoying ourselves!

Junior Infant library visit

We (Tamasine’s class) went to Dundrum Library last week. We were taught how to use the library by Yvonne the librarian. We even borrowed a book! It was so much fun!

We love toys!

During January in Junior Infants we have had so much fun with toys. From our toy museum to building toys during Aistear. Here we are hard at work designing and making toys! We are particularly proud of the puppets we made as they have arms, legs and heads that can move!

Maths in Tamasine’s Junior Infants

In Tamasine’s Junior Infants we have been very busy bees!  We have been sorting in Maths and have loved working with new friends at our tables.  Here are a few photos of us having fun with colour, size and shape.

January in Senior Infants

Well 2018 has been very busy so far here in Senior Infants!  During January we started Literacy stations and we are loving all of the activities, from using the iPads to working with Ciara on the P.A.T. Programme.  We even started D.E.A.R. Time and really enjoy picking our own books and reading independently.

We have also shared books with our new Reading Buddies, Aongus’s Fourth Class.

In Maths we have been playing active learning games and here we are having great fun!

Unfortunately we have to say ‘farewell’ to the Healthy Eating Café but our next topic is Space and the Solar System so ‘watch this space’!  We have cooked up so many nutritious meals and written so many delicious menus that our start to the New Year has been a very healthy one.

As we say ‘goodbye’ to winter and ‘hello’ to spring we have many things to look forward to so stay tuned for more exciting news from the Senior Infants!

 

 

Our Trip to Airfield

We braved the elements to visit Airfield last week and even though it was a very cold day we enjoyed our trip.

We were lucky enough to see the farmer collect the eggs and milk the cows and we even saw other gorgeous farm animals huddling together for warmth!

Our numb fingers and toes didn’t stop us from having a great time and we very much look forward to our next visit.  Thank you so much to all the volunteers, we couldn’t have made it without you!

The Weather Station

Here in Senior Infants we have settled in to our new classrooms and are really enjoying all the space that we have, especially when it’s time for Aistear!

This month we have been studying the weather, which seemed very appropriate after the events in October and our visit from storm Ophelia.  During Aistear we have participated in many different activities.

We have been making weather instruments using junk art… 

…writing weather reports…

…designing weather-appropriate outfits…

…role-playing in the weather station…

…and using the water station to investigate floating and sinking.  Some of us have even been carrying out weather experiments!

Our Trip to see ‘Ready, Steady, Draw! A Live Drawing Bonanza!’

Well we could barely contain our excitement before our trip to the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire last Friday.  We were booked in to see famous illustrators Chris Judge, Oisin McGann, Niamh Sharkey, Sarah McIntyre, Margaret Ann Suggs and Phillip Reeve do their stuff, live!

It was such great fun and we watched in awe as these talented individuals, along with some equally talented teachers and children, drew illustrations of subjects which the audience suggested (our suggestion was ‘elephants doing ballet’).

The two teams, the Pirates and the Sharks fought it out to see who was the fastest and best illustrators and we as the audience decided their fate.  You can see from the photos just how amazing the pictures were!

When we got back we decided to have a go ourselves and chose our favourite subjects of the day to interpret in our own unique ways.  We could choose from ‘a two-tailed monkey surfing’, ‘a dinosaur drinking a milkshake through his nostril’ and many more besides.  Here are just a few of our pictures and as you can see we are extremely talented illustrators too.

Terrific Tag Rugby with Avon

We were sad to say goodbye to Avon and our Tag Rugby lessons this week.  We have been lucky enough to train with one of the best and have learnt a lot about tactics from him.  He has also given us many skills which we can use on the pitch and in our games of ‘Build-Up’ on yard at break times!

Here are a few action shots of us thoroughly enjoying ourselves during the lessons.

 

Our Magnificent Motte & Bailey Castles

Here in Third Class we turned back the clock to the time of the Normans.

 

We have learnt about their invasion of Ireland and the Norman influence on our cities and counties. We learnt about the beautiful city of Kilkenny and how once a wooden Motte and Bailey Castle stood in the place of its famous castle.

 

We studied the structure of the Motte and Bailey Castles and the reasons behind their Norman engineering and then produced our very own replicas.  We think you’d agree they are indeed quite magnificent!

 

We were lucky enough to have Aisling’s class come and visit us too!  They loved hearing about the construction of our castles and were full of questions about drawbridges and moats.

Festival of Inclusion Competition

This year to mark Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s Festival of Inclusion, the Social Inclusion Unit are holding a Primary Schools Drawing Competition.

The theme of the competition is ‘Celebrating Difference’ and we here in 3rd Class are tremendous at doing just that.  Our entries for the competition are amazing as you can see.  They will be on public display in County Hall from the 10th to the 14th October as part of the festival.

Thank you and enjoy!

Maths Marvels!

In Tamasine’s Senior Infants we have been learning about 3D patterns and the number 7.

Some of us are making patterns with colour and shape and others are getting know the number 7 by making flowers with seven petals, playing ‘What’s my Number?’ and creating the numbers 0 to 7 using Play-Doh.

Here we are hard at work during our group activities!

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