What a fun day! 100 Days of School and a cake sale all on the same day! Thank you for making such efforts for dressing up. We had some great acting around the classroom too. And of course, there were those who objected to getting old - "I don't want grey hair!" "I don't want to have wrinkles." But not to worry...some of the teachers objected too and came in as 100 years younger! Have a look at our very old class!
The cake sale was much anticipated. It was a little overwhelming with the sheer volume of cakes! Thank you so much for your generosity and to all the parents who volunteered for the day. We limited cake eating to 1 cake in school and the rest were for home, although there may have been one or two icing "mishaps" - it magically disappeared from the top of some of the buns!
Thank you so much to all of the grandparents who managed to make it into school on Wednesday. The children were delighted and it was lovely to meet you all (or see you for more than 30 seconds at the door.)
There were, of course, lots of children who's grandparents weren't able to make it. But they had lots of fun playing with the other grandparents. And thank you all for including everyone so well. :)
If the children who's grandparents were not able to make it, would like to bring in a photo of their grandparents and share a bit about them with the class, that would be fantastic.
Before the grandparents arrived, we had a think and these are the things our grandparents make us think of!
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Welcome back to school and I hope you had a lovely break over the holidays. It was lovely to see all the children again and hear about their holidays and, of course, Santa.
We launched into revising our Jolly Phonics sounds and back to practicing how to blend. We also started looking at our first "word family." These are words that rhyme and this week we focused on the "at" family. The children loved making up silly sentences using these words, "The fat cat had a hat." One of my favourite websites is www.starfall.com We are using level 2 now in school but level 1 is still a great revision for our letter sounds. In level 2 we can have a look at the word families and play little games and read short stories using short, simple words. Have a look at this youtube clip showing the at word family.
We had a lot of fun this week learning about how important it is to wash our hands properly. We did a little experiment in class, pretending that glitter were the germs we sneezed/coughed out and then we saw how fast and how far the glitter spread around the classroom, from just 4 children starting wtih glitter.
Alison and Tyler helped us to demonstrate how important washing your hands using soap and water is. Tyler used just water and Alison used soap also. We were so surprised at how little glitter was left on Alison's hands compared to Tyler's.
Saoirse gave the class a lovely treat when she read a book for us.
We were also very excited to be writing the numbers 1 and 2 and next week we will finally begin writing our letters! :)
Here are a few photos of the children in action this week. We have started the gymnastics strand in PE and were practicing our log rolls and balancing and travelling across the benches. Look at all the creative ways the children found.
On Friday, there was some strange sounds around the school, jingling bells and a flash of red around the corner! We couldn't believe it....Santa was in Scoil Carmel! The room was filled with squeals and there was lots of enthusiasm for showing Santa where CoCo, our elf, was hiding. We sang a song for Santa from our Christmas show and he LOVED he. He was dancing around our room. Santa gave all the children a present and gave the whole class lots of book, which was are looking forward to reading! :)
We had lots of brave children getting their vaccinations this week. Some were very excited about it, one child was even hoping to be an injection nurse when he grows up. There were, of course, some nerves but overall the children were just brilliant and we had lots of fun cuddling our teddies during injections and playing with them in the afternoon when they were all tired.
In maths, we are looking at shape at the moment and pattern. We are working on 3 colour pattern and a repeating colour pattern (e.g. blue blue yellow, blue blue yellow...) There is a lovely simple game of "String of Beads" down at the end of this link.
Some of the children really understand pattern very well. This is an online game that investigates some quite tricky patterns. http://www.abcya.com/patterns.htm
Here we are, hard at work/play doing our morning activities over the last few weeks.
We are trying to extend our fine motor skills into lacing now. It is quite tricky and needs lots of focus and attention. Keep it going at home and if you have no lacing activities just ask on a Friday if you can borrow some for the weekend. :)
We also had great fun playing mammies and daddies and also doctors with the babies. Good thing there are such good role models at home to immitate!
We are working hard with our Jolly Phonics sounds. We have just started on Group 4 now. Here is a clip of Group 3 songs, so you can keep practicing at home. Games like "I Spy," "Spot the Sound" (look for different sounds on road and shop signs) and "Fast Finger" (find the sound/sight word on a page) are great for reinforcing sounds.
We were very excited to do an investigation in science. We tested different materials to see if they were hard or soft. We checked to see if we could bend the items or if they stayed stiff. We also tapped them on the table and noticed that the hard things made a much louder noise than the soft things.
We are lucky to have lots of resource teachers visiting our classroom each week. On Mondays and Wednesdays they help us out with our reading and on Fridays we have just begun to introduce station teaching. This is where the groups move around the tables and spend time with each different teacher doing different activities. This week we focussed on opposite games. Last week, we had 3 literacy stations and 1 fine motor skills station. Have a look at us hard at work.
We will be having a small Christmas play for our class. It will be in the school hall on Tuesday 19th of December at 11.40. We hope you can make it. :)
We have had lots of fun on the lead up to Hallowe'en. We went on a maths trail around the quad outside our classroom. We put on our "maths eyes" and looked for patterns, matching things that go together, counting and measuring. It was a lot of fun.
And here are two very happy boys after winning Bingo Oíche Shamhna. We used a lot of the vocabulary we have been doing since September - such as body parts, as well as our Hallowe'en words.
"Cé tusa?" "Úúúúúúúú. Is mise an púca!" "Is tusa....." We had a great game trying to guess who was being the ghost.
We did lots of art on the lead up to Hallowe'en. We did cutting and sticking with two colour pattern pumpkins, 3 colour pattern witches' legs and we loved our fabric and fiber witch masks. Can you guess who is hiding behind the mask?
I hope everyone is having a happy and safe Hallowe'en. See you on Monday!
More to come over the next few days but here we are on Wednesday, on our "Spooky Walk." We had lots of fun saying our poems 'as Gaeilge' when we found the cailleach and the púca.