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Rebecca’s 6th Class have been putting their culinary skills to use every Friday as they engage in an online bake off. So far we have made chocolate brownies, Oreo and Malteser cheesecake and cupcakes. The cupcake session was led by the lovely Lily who shared her love of baking by teaching us all. There certainly are many star bakers in this class!
We thought we would invite our school community to get involved in a fun challenge. Earlier in the year the Getty Museum challenged people to recreate famous pieces of art using everyday household objects (and people or pets). We thought we would try our own Ballinteer ETNS version of this challenge.
So how will it work for our school’s Masterpiece Challenge?
- First choose a famous piece of art you would like to recreate. Inspiration could come from a famous painting, a sculpture, stone work, pottery… Take a look on some art gallery websites online and see what you can find!
- Look around your house and find household objects to use for your recreation. You can have people and pets in your recreation also.
- When you have created your masterpiece, send a photo of it, along with a picture of the original art, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All masterpieces will then be hung here in our virtual gallery on our school website!
Have fun! We look forward to seeing your imaginative works of art!
Check out our wonderful masterpieces below!
Our Aistear theme for December was the Arctic and the children really enjoyed learning all about the Arctic Circle, it’s animals and the people who live there. Our Aistear stations were; role-play, construction, junk art, sensory play, playdough and art.
In the role-play area, we journeyed to the Arctic Circle to explore and look after the animals.
For sensory play, we had great fun with little white beans. We pretended it was snow and played with little animal figurines.
Construction and junk art are always a hit during Aistear!
For art, we made a beautiful winter scene.
In Ballinteer Educate Together N.S. we speak languages from all over the world. This month some of our multilingual students helped us to choose new books for our library in 18 different languages! Over 60 new dual-language books arrived this week.
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…
Senior Infants have been learning lots about space and enjoying our space themed Aistear activities this month.
For junk art, we have been busy making cool creations like rockets, space stations and aliens!
We have also made some really cool aliens with playdough.
Senior Infants have loved playing in our Space Station role-play area. We have been going on moonwalks, taking the rocket ship to mars, fixing broken planets and even saving aliens!
At our art station, we have made some lovely alien and planet pictures and next week we will be making clay aliens.
Construction is always a hit with Senior Infants. We have been making rockets, solar systems, space rovers and space stations.
We read a story about famous architect, Zaha Hadid, recently and were blown away by her building designs. As we looked at images of her curved and gravity-defying architecture, we were inspired to design and construct our own versions using recyclable materials. We worked collaboratively in our pods to create these interesting pieces, borrowing and expanding on Hadid’s ideas of form.
3rd Class have been learning all about the Stone Age the last few weeks and today we designed and made our own Stone Age tools and weapons!
First, we made blueprint design plans of our desired weapons and tools. Then we collected our materials of sticks, stones and leaves on a nature walk before attaching them using only string (We thought this was a cleaner and easier method than using animals skin or organs like they did in the Stone Age!) and no sticky tape or glue.
Our homes are going to look like museums with our super Stone Age display weapon and tools!
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!
Senior Infants have had a great start to the school year. We are working very hard and enjoying lots of fun activities.
Aistear has been a huge hit with the class. Our theme this month is ‘Houses and Homes’. We have been having great fun building homes using waffle blocks, making homes in junk art, playing with the small world house and selling houses in the estate agent role-play area.
For National Tree Day we talked about the importance of trees and we went on a little walk around the school grounds to look at the beautiful trees we have here. We even gave them a little hug!
In English, we have been doing station teaching. The stations include handwriting, free writing, interactive phonics games on the ipads, a phonics station and a word family station.
Before clocks, watches and phones, we used a sundial to tell the time. What is a sundial? It’s an ancient instrument that uses shadows cast by the sun to show the time. And today, a sun sundial makes a great feature or structure in your garden. The best bit is, it’s fun and easy to create your own, personalised sundial!
Here’s what you need and how to make it:
- Find a thick, sturdy stick
- 12 rocks, pebbles or stones
- Some paint or a marker pen
- A watch or clock (just to get you set up, then you can use nature’s clock)
- Start by numbering the rocks 1 to 12, you can paint numbers on them, or paint each one a different colour.
- Find a sunny spot that you can return to throughout the day. If you have a garden, this is perfect.
- Place the stick in the ground so that it stands upright.
- Using your existing watch, check where the stick’s shadow is every hour and mark this using your rocks.
- As every hour passes, place a rock in the spot that matches the time so that it’s in the stick’s shadow. After 12 hours, you should be left with a circle of rocks around your stick.
And that’s all there is to it.
Send us a picture of your finished sundial!
Well done to everyone who entered our 3rd Class ‘Design and Create’ competition. We have decided on some joint winners! Congratulations to Sean and Iarla from Kevin’s class. Their prizes are in the post! Check out their amazing creations here.
Friday, 29th May: Final Art Challenge. Congratulations to Lilla Barta from Fourth Class who won our final art challenge with her beautiful collection of three pictures. We think you will agree that Lilla is a talented artist and a fitting winner for our last challenge. Thank you so much to all our student artists. We have enjoyed your art so much over the last months. If you have been inspired by the Daily Art Challenge why not try this challenge during the month of June. We would love to see your June artwork. Send to us at email@example.com
Thursday, 28th May: Willy Wonka’s Factory – Invent a Sweet! Congratulations to Kitty Thornton from Second Class. Kitty invented a fantastic kitten-making lollipop! We think this would be a very popular new sweet in Willy Wonka’s Factory. Remember that today, Friday is the last in our daily art challenges. Thank you to all those who have taken part since the beginning.
Wednesday, 27th May: Princes and Princesses. Congratulations to Sophie O’Driscoll from 4th Class for her fantastic and very original peg doll prince and princess! We loved that Sophie chose a new medium to explore today’s theme. Well done!
Tuesday, 26th May: Giant Flower Sculpture. Congratulations to Margherita Di Lena from Junior Infants for her fantastic winning lego construction of a giant daisy!
Monday, 25th May: Robots! Theo asked us to design, draw or build a robot and didn’t you do well?! Congratulations to Dorothy in Second Class whose fabulous entry ‘Duplo Riding His Tall Weird Rainbow Car‘ made us smile!
Staff Profile Pictures: Thank you to all our talented students who helped Órla to surprise our teachers, SNAs and staff with new profile pictures for the school website. We were so excited and chuffed to see your beautiful work. Thank you all! Visit http://www.ballinteeretns.ie/teachers/ to see our new staff profile pictures as drawn by our students.
Here are just some of the other fantastic portraits Órla received:
Friday, 22nd May Art Challenge: Movie Characters Congratulations to Theo Quinn from Junior Infants for his fantastic entry Buzz from Toy Story! to infinity and beyond Theo!
Thursday, 21st May Art Challenge: Favourite Toy Congratulations to Lottie O’Mahony from Fifth Class who sent us today’s winning artwork. Her favourite toy? Roller blades! Beautiful work Lottie and well done to all our fantastic entrants.
Wednesday, 20th May Art Challenge: Favourite Planet Congratulations to Aditya Mule from Junior Infants who wowed us with this incredible picture of Planet Earth! Thank you to all our art challenge entrants. Remember, our daily art challenge finishes next week on Friday, 29th May. Since we started the daily art challenge, we have received over 800 pieces of art! We hope that you have had fun making and creating. We have loved sharing your artwork. What has been your favourite theme?
Tuesday, 19th May Art Challenge: Disney Characters Congratulations to Niall Bianchini from First Class. His Yoda picture was chosen as today’s daily art challenge winner! Well done Niall!
Monday, 18th May Art Challenge: Day Out With Grandparents/ Family Congratulations to Karma Khedr from First Class for winning today’s challenge with this beautiful picture of her family’s day out in Bray! We loved that Karma included lots of detail and colour in her art.
Friday, 15th May Art Challenge: Favourite Animals Congratulations to Danika Sanyal from Senior Infants. Look at Danika’s beautiful picture of her four favourite animals! Danika has selected a new theme for Monday’s art challenge: A Day Out with Grandparents/ Family.
Thursday, 14th May Art Challenge: Bumble Bees! Congratulations to Oliver Kirwan from Junior Infants who won today’s Bumble Bee art challenge. Oliver’s picture is really beautiful and comes with a sad true life story!
Wednesday, 13th May Art Challenge: Fun Land! Congratulations to
Bláthnat and Mia from 5th Class who worked together online to create this fantastic Roblox Fun Land! Really creative work girls – well done!
Tuesday, 12th May Art Challenge: Marvel Characters. Congratulations to Séamus O’Mahony from Senior Infants for his incredible collection of Deadpool art that earned him today’s art challenge title! Séamus will choose tomorrow’s art challenge theme. One of our favourite challenges so far – well done everyone!